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Grove Racing Gen3 Mustangs break cover

GROVE Racing has pulled the covers off its pair of Gen3 Ford Mustangs which will tackle the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship.

Hot on the heels of the Blanchard Racing Team’s historic shakedown this week, the Penrite-backed squad appears ready to pick up the slack with both of its challengers.

Missing from the Groves’ announcement is confirmation of when exactly a track debut can be expected for its cars, with the focus for now on its updated livery.

“The launch of our Gen3 Mustang liveries mark a significant milestone for our team and category,” said team owner Stephen Grove.

“It’s always exciting to see the design concept when it presents on a render, but to see it come to life on our Gen3s is something quite special.

The Grove Racing team. Pic: Supplied

“The team have done a fantastic job getting them prepared; from the engineers and mechanics to the commercial team, and it’s a testament to their continued commitment during what has been a challenging period with the Gen3 build.”

Added team principal David Cauchi: “The cars look fantastic, I am immensely proud of the team for the work they have put in over the past few months to get them to this point.

“There is still work to be done as we look ahead to our upcoming test days, but I believe we will be in a position to build upon the results we obtained in 2022.”

The Braeside squad’s Supercars driver line-up will again be led by 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds.

“I’m super excited to get behind the wheel of these cars. They look so epic, and I think they’ll look even better on track,” Reynolds said.

Payne and Reynolds with their respective cars. Pic: Supplied

“The whole team here have done an awesome job; they say that stripes make you go faster so let’s hope that rings true.

“It’s great to have the support of Penrite and Ford again along with all our other sponsors, it means a lot that they stayed with us.”

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In the sister #19 Ford will be Matt Payne, one of three first-year drivers in the field.

“It’s great to see the cars track ready for the first time. To see my name and number on the cars is pretty special,” said the 20-year-old Kiwi.

Payne’s #19 Ford Mustang. Pic: Supplied

“I am glad to be able to share this moment with the team whose support has been extraordinary.

“We’re setting our sights to our test days and Newcastle, and I am keen to be alongside Dave and learn from him as well as Garth (Tander, mentor) whose experience will be invaluable.”

Grove Racing is competing in this weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour; Reynolds is too but in a Mercedes-AMG Pro-Am entry alongside Jordan Love and Tony Bates.

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