Casey Stoner and Red Bull Racing Australia have taken the covers off the two-time MotoGP champion’s new V8 Supercar ahead of his four-wheeled racing debut on Friday.
Stoner, 27, who hung up his riding boots at the end of the 2012 MotoGP season, will compete in the #27 Red Bull Pirtek Holden VE Commodore built by Triple Eight Race Engineering – the very same car that claimed victory at the 2010 Bathurst 1000 with Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife at the wheel – in the V8 Supercar Dunlop Development Series.
Stoner said he was excited about getting to race the 640hp Holden Commodore after months of build-up.
“I can’t wait,” Stoner said. “It’s exciting to finally get the chance to be at a race weekend after so much time thinking about it.”
“I think it’s going to be fantastic and I’m very much looking forward to it.”
The shift from two wheels to four seems to be going well for the former rider despite the fact he has only spent two test days behind the wheel around Queensland Raceway.
“I have a fair idea of what’s involved, but unfortunately nothing can really replicate what I’ll have to do when I get out there,” Stoner said.
“I’m not expecting too much too early. But the racing looks like a heck of a lot of fun, so I’m looking forward to getting out there.”
Casey Stoner is the first international motorcycle rider to make the transition into the V8 Supercars series since 1987 MotoGP champion Wayne Gardner made the switch almost 21 years ago.
Round one of the Dunlop Development Series starts today with practice at Adelaide’s Victoria Park street circuit, before Friday’s qualifying and Race 1 and Saturday’s Race 2.