Stoner set to make V8 Supercars switch
20 January 2013 – Casey Stoner is set to contest the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series in 2013, the second rung of Australia's touring car ladder. According to The Sunday Mail, the double MotoGP World Champion will make his debut at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide next month.
Stoner, who has long been linked with a move to the V8 Championship, retired from motorcycle racing's top echelon in 2012. After testing for Triple Eight Racing last December, the former Ducati and Repsol Honda rider is now in line to race a Holden VE Commodore in the feeder category, competing with his traditional #27.
"Since I was twelve, I've always been interested in it," said Stoner, who will drive one of V8 veteran Jamie Whincup's old cars in the second-tier series. "It was always my plan during my whole career to drive a V8. It's now the new chapter in my career but I have to be realistic and see if we're capable of doing anything."
Stoner added that thoughts over a MotoGP return have not entered his mind, with the Australian still feeling comfortable about his decision to leave the sport.
"I've got no thoughts whatsoever at this time of ever even thinking of coming back to Grand Prix racing," explained the 27-year-old, who claimed 38 victories in MotoGP. "I'm not changing my mind every couple of minutes. The money doesn't interest me."
The 2013 Clipsal 500 meeting takes place over four days from 28 February to 3 March, consisting of two 250 kilometre races at the famous street circuit.