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Control crucial for Groves to take next step

“WE’RE in control of our own destiny.”

That’s the unspoken element of Gen3 which Grove Racing hopes can help it propel itself even further up the grid.

The r-word – reset – has been thrown about like there’s no tomorrow by pretty much every team in the Repco Supercars Championship when it comes to the new-for-2023 machinery.

But for the Groves, the chance to build rather than inherit cars is tantalising.

In its first season since completing its takeover of Kelly Racing, the team overhauled its staff and its ways and carried out a series of upgrades to its cars.

That paid off, with eight podiums the reward, and a jump from eighth to fifth in the teams’ championship.

But there was always a feeling that there’d be a ceiling for its Gen2 Mustangs, which were rapidly put together by the Kellys in the 2019/20 off-season when they switched from Nissan.

There will be no such excuse next year.

Brenton Grove

“I mean these cars, we got what we got,” team owner Stephen Grove told V8 Sleuth.

“We have got our own destiny (in Gen3) and we’ll be responsible, because we’re building three cars.

“They’re our cars, built by us, so we’re in control of our own destiny so we’re hoping next year we can roll out with some really good cars.”

The Groves have plenty of championship-winning expertise in its ranks now, including team principal David Cauchi, technical director Grant McPherson and co-driver/mentor Garth Tander.

Its primary driver line-up of David Reynolds and rookie hotshot Matt Payne should see benefits of its rise up the pitlane too, Lee Holdsworth’s ninth place in his last race before retiring as a full-timer helping keep Erebus Motorsport at bay, just.

“From eighth down to fifth is a lot,” said Grove.

“I think it’s four spaces or something we go up.

“It makes a huge difference for coming in and double stacking, it makes a huge difference if you’re in those 10-minute qualifying sessions and you can’t get a second set (of tyres) on. It’s a big difference.”

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