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Four-Time Bathurst 12H Class Winners Grove Move to GT3

Four-time Cup class-winning team moves up to GT3 for the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour…

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Four-time Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Class B champion Grove Racing has announced that it will step up to the GT3 ranks of the Australian enduro next year.

The father-son duo of Stephen and Brenton Grove will co-drive a Porsche 911 GT3 R with FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Am competitor Ben Barker in the race next February.

Their Pro-Am class entry will be run by German team Herberth Motorsport, which also recently prepared a GT3 Porsche for the Groves in the FIA Motorsport Games.

At that event, the father-son pairing claimed a bronze medal for Australia.

“We have a technical partnership with Herberth who bring their experience within the Porsche GT3 R program,” said Brenton Grove.

“It will be a joint partnership with them, running under the Grove Racing banner and with the support of some local talent as well.

“Herberth’s head engineer will come over as crew chief and work alongside their regular German mechanics and our local engineers, John Russell and Jarrod Bowles.”

Grove Racing has entered Porsche Cup machinery into the Bathurst 12 Hour each year since 2013 and has won Class B on all but three occasions.

Its most recent victory came earlier this year in with the Groves sharing a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Barker, who has been with the team since 2017.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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