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Red Bull Racing Australia has officially announced that two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner will race a V8 Supercar in 2013, confirming a long-suspected plan for both driver and team to enter the sport in what will be a first for both parties.

Competing in the V8 Supercar Dunlop Development Series in Craig Lowndes’ 2010 Bathurst-winning Triple Eight Race Engineering-built VE Commodore, 27-year-old Stoner will drive the No.27 Red Bull Racing Australia Pirtek Holden in all seven rounds under the watchful eye of Triple Eight managing director Roland Dane.

Casey Stoner

After first meeting the Triple Eight team in 2011, Stoner completed his first V8 Supercar test later that year before becoming a regular in the team’s garage throughout the 2012 championship winning series, further fuelling rumours of the shift in motorsport discipline.

Stoner will get two more test days prior to round one of the Dunlop Series, kicking off at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide on March 28.


Red Bull and Triple Eight Race Engineering officially began their new V8 Supercars joint venture on January 1, 2013, with the official unveiling of the all-new Red Bull Racing Australia VF Holden Commodore due in the coming weeks.

  • Just saying

    I’m not a Holden or T8 fan but, I’d love for Casey to do well. It will be interesting to see.

  • c3vzn

    VF Commodore?

    • Golf

      2014, not this year :(

      • Sydlocal

         Yes the VF will be this year Golf, they were aero testing the VF for Homologation with the Nissan at the end of last year.

    • Andrew M

      Yes VF commodore, they will be racing the VF before its available in the showrooms.

      I think its the first time in the history of Australian motorsport that a car has been raced before it has been released to the public.

      The Holden teams begged for it so they dont have to remodel mid year. Because they are starting with COTF they were given grace so they didnt have to make 2 big changes in 1 year.
      Nissan will also be racing the Altima before it hits the show room

      The COTF Commodores were released in VE skin, but they will be changed just Like SBR/Erebus released and tested their cars in Ford shell

  • Andrew M

    Also, in related and just as big news, Shane Van Gis has already come out of retirement and Signed with Teckno autosports to race a commodore after having sighted home sickness for initially retiring from the sport

  • Al Tungupon

    So Drama King isn’t retiring from motor racing after all. I suspect that Casey will soon regret leaving MotoGP too early.

    • Exar Kun

      He never said he was retiring from motorsport altogether – just MotoGP.  He doesn’t like the way it’s being run or the general attitudes and indeed, hasn’t even ruled out going back provided they make some big changes.

      I like the guy.  He’s honest and says what he thinks.  He may come across as a whinger from time to time but he’s as fast as anyone else on two wheels.  The guy has some serious skills.  I look forward to seeing how his 4 wheel career goes.  Provided the talent is there, I think he has the work ethic to pull it off.

      • Banchuck

        “from time to time” should read “every time he opens his mouth”……….

  • Ruthers

    Casey got talent just the lads a ****head to talk a a eight time would champion like Rossi like that when Rossi clearly feels like he did wrong was total lack of respect.
    would of loved to see Casey do one more year and see how he goes against Rossi now he back on a Yamaha at the top of his game again.its very sad respected Casey for a long time but after that show will never see him in same light again