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Matt Payne has completed a successful driver evaluation test aboard a Kelly Grove Nissan Altima Supercar at Winton Motor Raceway today.
The 18-year-old completed close to 80 laps in the Nissan Altima Super2 Series car in consistent conditions at the rural Victorian venue.
Payne is the inaugural member of the Grove Junior Team. This driver evaluation day is part of the New Zealander’s role in the junior squad.
The test was attended by Brenton Grove and Kelly Grove Supercars driver David Reynolds, who both offered invaluable assistance to Payne in his first-ever drive of a Supercar.
“I just drove a Supercar for the first time and it’s pretty cool. Obviously, there’s a bit going on inside of the car, it’s very entertaining and pretty difficult to tame but I loved it,” said Payne.
“It’s a bit different to the Porsche, you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel in the Cup Car, but it all seems to have come naturally and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“It was great to not only drive the car, but work with the team. They’re an awesome bunch of guys passionate about their job and I can tell already they want success. Getting to tour the factory was a cool opportunity and to see the facilities first hand was awesome.
“I think we’re starting to work really well with each other and we’re building a good base.
“From now, my focus is on finishing Carrera Cup as best as I can. We’ll see where the next rounds are and get prepared to push as hard as we can.”
“Matt has fitted in well with the team so far and his ability to pick up the car has been quite impressive,” said Brenton Grove.
“It’s really nothing we didn’t expect, hence why he’s in the Grove Junior Team program. The way he has been able to fit in with the team, make the most of every run and improve quite significantly is really encouraging for the future.”
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