New Zealand’s sportscar ace Earl Bamber will join rookie Brenton Grove for the Dunlop Super2 Series 250km race at Mount Panorama this October.
Bamber, already announced that he will join Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Shane van Gisbergen for the Pirtek Endurance Cup – including the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – will join the Super2 grid in the Grove Racing’s entry.
The opportunity will offer the 27-year-old increased Supercar mileage at the circuit which has seen the factory Porsche driver win two Bathurst 12 Hour Class B titles with Grove Racing in 2014 and 2016.
Bamber has already driven the Grove Racing Holden having completed a brief outing at Winton in February.
“It’s going to be a mega challenge for both of us, the first time going to The Mountain in a Supercar for both Brenton and I – so that will be awesome,” said Bamber.
“I’ve known Brenton for a long time now and help him a bit behind the scenes so it will be awesome to share the car with him.
“Brenton has got a steep learning curve as well so hopefully I can pass on a little bit of knowledge from what I’m learning in the main series, but also all around the world.
“It has always been amazing to work with Grove Racing, for me, the journey started with them all the way back in 2013 when I was doing Carrera Cup as a completely unknown kid.
“Stephen (Grove) was the one guy who gave me an opportunity and chance way back then, so it’s amazing to be able to drive with them still five years later.”
Being in double-duty mode for the 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is going to benefital for the Kiwi ace for his own Bathurst bid in the Red Bull ZB Commodore.
“Sharing the car with Brenton is a massive help towards my Bathurst 1000 main game preparations, obviously it’s just more track time and chance to gain more track knowledge,” he added.
“He’s in a Triple Eight car, one from last year, so the aerodynamic package is different, but certainly most things are still the same – it’s definitely a help.
“Overall, I’m just really looking forward to the Bathurst weekend and working with the Grove Racing guys and girls; hopefully we can grab some good results.”
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