Former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has confirmed that he will enter the V8 Supercars competition this season after ending his time in MotoGP.
The 27-year-old Australian said he will drive a Red Bull-backed Holden Commodore for the Triple Eight team. He will compete in the V8 Development Series, following tests in recent weeks with a V8 car.
“It is a trial year to see how I go and how I like the sport. 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 per cent 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 told the Sunday Telegraph.
The double MotoGP champion will debut at the Clipsal 500. He admitted that he hadn’t been thinking of moving onto four-wheels when he shocked the MotoGP paddock by announcing his retirement in May last year.
“Once I decided to retire from bikes, there was no thought to go racing again. I wanted to have a full year off and maybe even see the world a bit. I wanted to slow down. But as the year went on I started considering the V8 development series. We had discussions from there and eventually got a deal done,” Stoner revealed.