GT3 Cup Challenge racer Stephen Grove is the latest driver to climb Porsche Cars Australia's motorsport pyramid.
The Melbourne racer will step up to Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia for the remainder of 2012 while continuing to race in the Porsche Staff Solutions International GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series where he has learnt to hone his racing of the 911 GT3 Cup car.
Grove joins Ray Angus, Shane Smollen and Matt Kingsley who have made the jump from GT3 Cup Challenge to the premier one-make series.
Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Jamey Blaikie welcomes Grove to the one-make championship.
“Stephen is a great character and indeed a welcome addition to Carrera Cup,” said Blaikie.
“It’s terrific to see drivers progressing from GT3 Cup Challenge through to Carrera Cup, which proves the validity of the Porsche motorsport pyramid for customers in our one-make series.”
No stranger to Porsche competition, Grove brings to Townsville four rounds experience in the Porsche Staff Solutions International GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series with the intention of competing in both Porsche categories full-time in 2013.
“The level of competition and professionalism in Carrera Cup is extremely high and it’s a great environment for me to further develop as a driver,” said Grove.
“My aim is to gain more racing experience; using Carrera Cup to increase my knowledge of the cars, tracks and working with the engineers to better my performance. I’ll therefore have a much greater understanding and ability in Carrera Cup for next year’s championship.
“I’m still relatively new to motorsport so I’ll continue racing in GT3 Cup Challenge as well, increasing my experience and fast-tracking the lengthy learning process.”
Grove takes delivery of his brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car from Porsche Cars Australia today in preparation for the Townsville round.