It’s the most anticipated endurance race with the world’s best drivers and manufacturers taking to the iconic Spa Francorchamps Circuit for the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa.
Father and son duo Stephen and Brenton Grove, along with Anton De Pasquale and Earl Bamber will continue their international GT campaign this month taking part in the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa forming part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The squad has been sharing the driving duties across the IGTC rounds which have so far included the Bathurst 12 Hour and the Kyalami 9 Hour. They also participated in the Dubai 24 Hour early this year where they placed an impressive P4, just shy of a podium. In addition, they took to Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for a round of the GT World Challenge Australia bringing home a P2 result.
The team took to Spa Francorchamps circuit last month to undertake a mandatory 2-day test. Anton helped push the Porsche to second in the fourth and concluding session, finishing just 0.092s from another Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) in P1 showing impressive potential for the Bronze entry.
The Grove entry placed 64th, 47th, 44th and 2nd across the four sessions with the annual 24 Hour race set to be held from June 29-July 2.
The Grove’s are not unfamiliar with the Belgium circuit with the duo competing alongside Matt Payne and Adrian de Silva back in 2022.
The crew will be supported by the team at Earl Bamber Motorsport as they have been for the last two rounds of the series as well as Penrite Racing car #19 Race Engineer, Jack Bell who has previously worked alongside the Groves in their Porsche Carrera Cup Campaign in 2022 as well as Super2 series.
The event will be held from June 29-July 2.
“This is the ultimate GT endurance race in the world with the best GT drivers and teams on a complex and challenging track. The team will race a new generation 992 GT3 Porsche race car.
“It’s a long and challenging race with over 70 GT cars that always have weather challenges over the 24 hours. It is great to be joined by Brenton, Anton and Earl – all extremely capable drivers, and I look forward to working with Earl Bamber Motorsport.”
“It is a massive event which will no doubt bring its challenges but we are confident in the package we have and the car has shown strong pace throughout testing which is really encouraging.
“Anton, Steve and Earl are all incredibly capable drivers with a lot of experience so with that in mind and a strong crew, I have no doubt that we can bring home some silverware,” said Brenton.
Tuesday 27 June
14:55 – 17:55 | Bronze Test
Thursday 29 June
11:20 – 12:50 | Free Practice 1
18:10 – 19:10 | Pre-Qualifying
21:20 – 22:41 | Qualifying
23:00 00:30 | Night Practice
Friday 30 June
15:35 – 16:05 | Super Pole
19:55 – 20:25 | Warm Up
Saturday 1 July
15:30 – 16:30 | Start Ceremony
16:30 | Race
You can watch the sessions live via the website: https://www.crowdstrike24hoursofspa.com/watch-live