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Grove Racing finalises enduro pairings

GROVE Racing has locked in its driver pairings for the Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000.

As expected, David Reynolds and Garth Tander will make for an all-star combination in the #26 Penrite Mustang, with Porsche factory driver Kevin Estre joining Matt Payne in the #19 entry.

Reynolds and Tander have both conquered the Mountain before, and both with Car #26 engineer Alistair McVean.

Tander has in fact won two of the past three editions of the Bathurst 1000 from his time partnering Shane van Gisbergen at Triple Eight.

“I am thrilled to drive with Garth this year,” said Reynolds.

“We have known each other for a long time and he’s as good as they come.

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“He is really respected, his knowledge of the sport and his craft is fantastic, and if there is one person you want to be paired with for enduros, it’s him.”

Tander added: “I’m excited to pair up with Dave for Sandown and Bathurst.

“With Dave being a former Bathurst winner himself, I’m looking forward to learning more about how Dave goes about the business of driving fast at those two events.

“Dave and I have been in the same team together in the past, but never shared the same car, so should be a bit of fun given how much of a character Dave is, but when it’s time to go to work, it will be full focus on the job at hand.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Matt as he continues his journey as a rookie driver this year, I think he’ll learn an immense amount from Kevin Estre over the two endurance events, given how much of a pro Kevin is.”

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Payne is even more excited about the opportunity to combine with the 34-year-old Frenchman.

“It’s really exciting to paired with Kevin Estre,” he said.

“He is a bit of a global superstar with a mega amount of experience under his belt. He’s someone I am looking forward to working with and learning from as we head into the enduro rounds.

“I have done some endurance racing overseas myself last year and always saw his name at the top of the timesheets so it will be great to combine our experience and see what we can do in the back half of the year.” 

All up, it’s a powerful roster for the Ford squad.

“I don’t think you could ask for a better endurance line-up,” said Grove Racing team principal David Cauchi.

“The experience that both Garth and Kevin possess is world class and we can’t wait to kick off our endurance campaign with them alongside Matt and Dave.

“Garth has been working with us from the start of the year; his feedback has been fantastic as we learned more about the Gen3 cars.

“Kevin brings with him phenomenal racing experience and impeccable driving skill which has brought him a great deal of success. So, we are excited to have him driving our Mustang with Matt.”

The Sandown 500 will kick off the endurance season across September 15-17.

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