Stoner confirms move to V8 Supercars
26 January 2013 – Casey Stoner has confirmed his expected move to the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, the second level of Australia's touring car ladder. The double MotoGP World Champion, who retired from motorcycle racing in 2012, will contest all seven rounds of the 2013 campaign, driving a Red Bull-backed Holden Commodore for Triple Eight.
"It is a trial year to see how I go and how I like the sport," Stoner, a winner of 38 races in MotoGP, told the Sunday Telegraph. "We are definitely making a commitment to it, but at the same time we don't want to go too deep in case it is not for us.
"I was going to do 75 percent of the races, but I have decided to do them all. I want to get as much time in the seat as I can and try to understand what it is like to drive a V8."
Stoner went on to explain that he will be prioritising simulator work in the coming weeks, with the 27-year-old approaching his maiden V8 Supercars campaign with just one test under his belt to date.
"I started on two wheels and have done little to nothing on four," Stoner said of the situation. "I have so much to learn. I spent my whole life on bikes and my one goal was to be MotoGP Champion.
"We haven't had much time in a car. I am trying to get on the simulator to learn the tracks. I have had one proper test in the car. I went well, but it doesn't mean anything. I have no expectations except that I want to enjoy it and not get too wound up."
The 2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series begins with the double-race Clipsal 500 Adelaide, which will be staged at the street venue from 28 February to 3 March.