Reigning TAG Heuer Pro-Am champion Stephen Grove and son Brenton Grove ended their campaign in the inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup with a DNF in the Main Race, leaving the pair with ‘unfinished business’ at the unique nation-versus-nation event.
The Team Australia duo raced a Herberth Motorsport-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Bahrain International Circuit event, finishing 13th and 12th in the two qualifying races.
The #911 entry was then caught up in opening corner carnage at the start of the final Main Race, ending its bid in the 2018 GT Nations Cup, which was ultimately won by the team representing Turkey.
In spite of the unfortunate conclusion, both Groves were thrilled by the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“It’s such a shame that the Main Race ended before it had really begun,” said Stephen Grove.
“All weekend the team had done a great job with the car and our strategy was really good.
“I think we were in for a great result. Obviously there was a lot of carnage in the race and unfortunately, we weren’t able to avoid it.
“However, the whole event was a great experience and driving with Brenton once again was something special.”
Brenton added: “Driving with Dad was such an amazing thing to do. Obviously, the result didn’t end up the way we wanted it to, but we worked so well together and were a very competitive pairing.
“From our side, there’s definitely an element of unfinished business so we are hoping we can get the blessing from CAMS to come back again next year and put our best foot forward.”