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Grove Racing boosted by star signing’s early arrival

GROVE Racing will benefit from incoming technical director Grant McPherson starting earlier than expected as the build-up to Gen3 ramps up.

The title-winning engineer has been released by Walkinshaw Andretti United to start with Grove on Wednesday (November 2). It was previously thought he would make the switch in the coming off-season.

McPherson had been in his second season with WAU; he has been replaced as Nick Percat’s race engineer by Adam Austin at the ongoing Gold Coast 500.

McPherson had previously guided Shane van Gisbergen at Triple Eight Race Engineering, then working alongside fellow race engineer and now Grove team principal David Cauchi.

“I’ve known Grant for a long time, worked with him and we’ve had lots of fun together and won a few races and championships,” Cauchi told V8 Sleuth.

“So when we were looking for someone to fill that role, he was one of the first people that came to mind. Really happy to have him onboard.

“Walkinshaw have been very respectful and amicable to both Grant and us and released him from his contract with Walkinshaw early, so thank you to them for being really good about it – dealing with them has been really good.

Grant McPherson (left) with Chaz Mostert. Pic: Walkinshaw Andretti United

“We’re really excited to have him onboard to lead our team as technical director.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do for Gen3 and ultimately Grant is a great guy and looking forward to working with him again.”

Cauchi believes the early start will be advantageous for their Gen3 program.

“The sooner he starts, the better off it is for us,” he added.

“It is an advantage and he can start to contribute with the Gen3 build which is what all teams are going to start to work very hard on in the next couple of months, so absolutely it’s an advantage so it’s fantastic for us.”

Cauchi also confirmed Grove have reverted to their old cool suit system after a failure made life difficult for its drivers David Reynolds and Lee Holdsworth yesterday at Surfers Paradise.

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