Sunday 27 January 2013 8:00
By: V8 Supercars
AFTER months of speculation, MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has officially confirmed his move to four wheels this year in an exclusive interview with Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph journalist James Phelps.
According to the feature, published this morning, Stoner will drive for Triple Eight in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series in a Red Bull-backed Holden Commodore.
The Queensland team is accustomed to success in V8 Supercars Developmental series, having won the title in 2011 with Andrew Thompson and scoring second last year with Scott Pye.
Stoner's confirmation this morning ends months of speculation surrounding a potential move to V8 Supercars for Australia’s latest motorcycling world champion, that begun when he announced his retirement from the two-wheel sport late last year.
Stoner told Daily Telegraph journalist James Phelps that he would be approaching the year on a trial basis before assessing his four-wheeled future.
"It is a trial year to see how I go and how I like the sport," Stoner told the Sunday Telegraph.
"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 recently purchased a new home on the Gold Coast and will continue to work hard on his transition to V8 Supercars – utilising race simulators and the nearby driving school owned by former V8 team owner, Paul Morris, to aid his transition.
"I started on two wheels and have done little to nothing on four," Stoner said.
"I have so much to learn. I spent my whole life on bikes and my one goal was to be MotoGP champion.
"We haven't had much time in a car. I have done a few laps in Paul Morris' ride-day cars to get a bit more feeling.
"But those cars are so different to the race car.
"I am trying to get on the simulator to learn the tracks, and that is as much as I can do really. I have had one proper test in the car. I went well, but it doesn't mean anything. I have no expectations except that I want to enjoy it and not get too wound up."
You can read the wide-reaching interview conducted by The Sunday Telegraph journalist James Phelps here (External Website).
V8Supercars.com.au will follow this story across the day with further updates as they happen.