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GROVE UNOFFICIALLY LOCKS IN 2023 SUPERCARS LINE-UP

GROVE Racing has all but confirmed David Reynolds and Matt Payne will be its 2023 Repco Supercars Championship drivers.

While it’s by no means an unexpected revelation, Grove Racing has refrained from publicly announcing its plans – even after incumbent Lee Holdsworth’s retirement news.

In New Zealand, where Payne hails from, team owner Stephen Grove spoke with more certainty.

“The plan is to have Matt in one car and Dave Reynolds in the other car,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“I think it’s good to have the balance between old and new, I think it will work well.”

Grove believes having Payne spend this year gaining experience in Super2 locally and in GT abroad has been pivotal in the process.

“Especially with some of the GT racing he has been doing overseas, the combination of the really fast drivers all the way down to ams (amateurs) at the bottom, you have got to be able to manage that traffic,” he said.

“If you go back and look at Spa, there were 64 cars on a 7km track, so you have got to be able to manage traffic and pick up some racecraft stuff.

“So yeah, I think the year off was probably a good idea.”

David Reynolds. Pic: Supplied

While a one-year team option will be picked up on Reynolds, keeping him at Braeside for at least another 12 months, Payne is more or less guaranteed multiple seasons – much like the assurance Triple Eight gave its 2022 rookie Broc Feeney.

“Matty is not a one-year and see how you go,” Grove added.

“It’s a long-term project for us. You would expect by year two he would be up to speed.

“There’s a couple of tracks he has got to learn, I don’t think he has been to Newcastle… but at that level the guys pick the circuits up pretty quick so I think we’ll be right.

“I think he needs to just understand the level that he’s racing at. It is a very high level and all the boys are good. I think he’ll hold his own.”

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