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Engineer shake-up for Grove Racing

GROVE Racing will alter its race engineering line-up for the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship, team principal David Cauchi has confirmed.

The long relationship between David Reynolds and Alistair McVean, which dates back to 2016, is set to continue but there’ll be a change on the other side of the garage.

That will see Will Davidson, who guided Lee Holdsworth this year, move on from a race engineer role.

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It’s not yet clear who will be on the cans for rookie Matt Payne, who is replacing the retiring Holdsworth. The Kiwi was engineered by Jack Bell in Super2 this season.

“Will won’t be race engineering with us next year,” Cauchi told V8 Sleuth.

“Alistair will still be part of our engineering team and we’ll announce what we’re doing with the rest of the engineering team in due course.”

Cauchi clarified that Davidson’s services will still be used at times in a different role.

“Will was working with us on a contractor-type basis, so we’ll still be using his services on an as-needed basis, just not as a race engineer,” he said.

Grove has pulled off a couple of high-profile signings for 2023, including Garth Tander’s bombshell defection from Triple Eight, which was announced last week.

Besides co-driving, part of the five-time Bathurst 1000 winner’s duties will be to mentor 20-year-old Payne, who was the Super2 rookie of the year.

Grant McPherson also joined the squad in November as technical director, following a stint as Walkinshaw Andretti United head of performance.

Cauchi himself only started earlier this year, having spent the previous 15 years at Triple Eight.

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