Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will take on nine-time Formula One Grand Prix winner Mark Webber and four-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup in a race around Sydney Motorsport Park as part of next month’s Top Gear Festival Sydney.

The race, dubbed ‘The Aussie Speed Showdown’, will see Stoner – who retired from MotoGP last year – return to his former manufacturer as he pits his Honda CBR1000 motorbike against Webber’s 2013 Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 car and Whincup’s new Red Bull Racing Australia V8 Supercar around the North Circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek).

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson said the race between three of Australia’s fastest men was the petrol equivalent of a bare knuckle brawl.

“Only Top Gear Festival would dare,” he said.

Mark Webber

The massive motorsport event, hosted by Top Gear personalities Clarkson, James May, The Stig and Australia’s Shane Jacobson, is also set to include Stoner challenging three-time V8 Supercar Champion Craig Lowndes in a unique ‘Fish out of Water’ contest that will see the ex-MotoGP rider behind the wheel of Lowndes’ Red Bull Racing Australia V8 Supercar and the V8 star perched on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike.

Top Gear Festival Sydney will keep Australian car nuts occupied from March 9-10, before the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix begins in Melbourne on March 14.




  • Zaccy16

    why not in melbourne!!!!

    • Wild Man

      They did Melbourne last time (back in 2011).

  • Guest

     will take on nine-time Formula One Grand Prix winner Mark Webber    ??

    • Suqsid

      He is a nine-time Formula One Grand Prix RACE winner, not Championship winner..

    • Wild Man

      9 wins puts him number 42 of the alltime winners list.

      Over 800 drivers have raced in F1.

  • Save It For The Track

    a ‘Grand Prix’ is a race, so no error there. Melbourne Grand Prix, Monaco Grand Prix etc. It’s like saying someone is a 4 time ‘Bathurst’ winner, that is not saying that the person has one that many ‘championships’. Seems Stoner is hardly a ‘fish out of water’ either, as he is supposed to actually start racing in v8′s anyway. And why does it need to be in Melbourne? You’ve got the Grand Prix that is whinged about year on year ad nauseum. I know you lot show up to two insects crawling up a wall, but seriously. It’s on in Sydney, get over it. Go to the Grand Prix in Melbourne, and after a couple more years of whingeing about it, perhaps Melbournians will finally be happy.

  • Save It For The Track

    when they lose it I meant to say