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Why GC500 win is just the beginning for Grove Racing

“WE’RE not here to win one race. We’re here to win championships, and win championships consistently.”

Make no mistake, Grove Racing did very much savour its maiden Supercars win, achieved by David Reynolds in Race 2 of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

But, ambitious as ever, it is adamant this breakthrough is just the beginning.

Why? “It’s a hard sport and you can’t buy results,” team co-owner Brenton Grove explained to V8 Sleuth.

“You can have a good budget but at the end of the day you have got to get everyone to pull in the same direction.

“No matter what, you will always have a deficiency; we have started to try to plug the biggest one and keep working down the line.

“We have got a lot of really smart people, we have got a lot of people that are hungry for wins and are very good in their respective roles.

“Everything we’re doing is building. We don’t think we’re anywhere close to where we want to be yet, so to have this result – and not just the race win, but consistent results all weekend – it’s genuine pace.

“We’ve had it from Tailem Bend, at Sandown, at Bathurst; we’ve gone to a lot of different tracks, old aero, new aero, we’re performing the same all the time.

“There’s a lot of scope still to improve and that’s why it’s just the beginning.”

Grove says Reynolds will be missed when he leaves for Team 18 next season but there is plenty of excitement around Richie Stanaway joining Matt Payne in a super talented, all-Kiwi line-up.

MORE: Stanaway cuts first Grove Racing laps

“Dave has been a very important part of the team, he’s been with us since we have been in Supercars, he has obviously achieved our first race win, he achieved our first pole position, he achieved our first podium,” said Grove Jr.

“Dave will always have a special place in the team and certainly in the Grove family.

“But obviously we’re starting our journey in Supercars and we see a long-term thing and Richie was someone that we spotted that was quite similar to Matt in that he was a bit of a diamond in the rough but has a lot of potential.

“We hope with our experience in Supercars and our experience in business, we’re able to nurture him and lead him down the right path and get that performance out of him.”

One round remains this season, the VAILO Adelaide 500 on November 23-26.

Brenton Grove. Pic: Ross Gibb
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