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The 2007 and 2011 MotoGP World Champion, Casey Stoner, who retired from the sport to move to Australia’s V8 Supercars, has unveiled the livery he will be running on his VE Commodore ahead of his debut in Adelaide, on Friday.
The Aussie will be competing in the Dunlop Development Series, and today has revealed his Red Bull Pirtek Holden in Adelaide. As we reported back when the rumours of Stoner’s move started to flare, he is the first 2 wheeled Motorcycling champion since Wayne Gardner, to make the jump onto 4 wheels in the V8 Supercars categories. “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. Everything’s gone pretty smoothly so far but until we’re on the track there’s only so much we can do. But the team has been great and helped me out in absolutely every way possible and I’m very excited.”
So far, Stoner has only tested the car on a purpose built circuit, something he’s more than used to from MotoGP, now he is faced with a street circuit on his debut, concrete walls either side throughout the lap. Speaking about the nature of the Adelaide circuit, Victoria Park, Stoner explained how he’s somewhat nervous about it: “It’s something very alien to me racing a car let alone with walls each side of me and not something I’m completely natural with yet, but I do want to go out and enjoy it.
“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”…“Craig (Lowndes) and Jamie (Whincup) have been fantastic and give bits of advice where they can, but until you’re out there it’s very hard to replicate that. So, I’ve done all I can.”
The 27 year old hasn’t set his expectations too high just yet, stating that he primarily wants to enjoy himself, but of course he will be gunning from results. “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.”
Regarding the jump from 2 wheels to 4, Stoner explained: “When you step up the different classes, because it’s all generally the same on two wheels, it’s not a big thing, but for me moving from two wheels to four wheels is something I’ve never done before. I’ll be a little more nervous, for sure, than I was going into MotoGP. But I’m also very excited.”
He begins his 4 wheeled career this Thursday (Feb 28th), when the first Free Practice gets underway.