Father and son Stephen and Brenton Grove, Bathurst 12 Hour class winners, have been confirmed as the Australian representatives and the first confirmed entry for the inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup to be held later this year in Bahrain.
It is the first time the international event, promoted by global GT entity SRO, will be held, requiring a combination of both bronze and silver rated drivers to share a car representing a particular country at the 5.412km Bahrain International Circuit.
The duo will race a Herberth Motorsport prepared Porsche 911 GT3 E in the race.
For Brenton, a silver rated driver, the idea of representing Australia on the world stage with his Father was one of the main ambitions for applying.
“To represent Australia at an international event with my father is pretty special,” he said.
“We have strong ties to Porsche in Australia and Germany so to be able to do the event in a Porsche GT3 R, representing Australia is a really special thing.
“For us, it’s one of the most exciting racing programs we have embarked on. For everything to line up and fit into our schedule was pretty fortunate and also to both qualify for the required driver ratings.”
However, Brenton admits there will be some added pressure, not being able to experience the car or circuit before the event, arriving the day before opening practice begins.
“Neither of us have ever driven a GT3 R before and we’ve never been to the circuit, so the preparation will be quite different,” he added.
“Because we can’t get there any earlier or drive the car beforehand, there will be a lot of simulator stuff in attempt to adapt to the car as quickly as possible.
“When we arrive, we will catch up with the team at Herberth Motorsport and they will get us up to speed with everything we need to know ahead of the race. They are an extremely experienced team and I’m sure they will accelerate our learning curve.
“It’s one of the main reasons we chose to do the event with Herberth. They are well regarded within the Porsche family and have had tremendous success with the car.
“For CAMS [Confederation of Australian Motor Sport] to give us the opportunity to apply and partake is such a good initiative,” Brenton continued.
“The support we have received from everyone is amazing, so we are really wanting to do the country and CAMS justice, as well as try and receive as much exposure for Australian motorsport as possible”
The FIA GT Nations Cup will be held at the Bahrain International Circuit from 30 November/1 December.