AFTER months of speculation, MotoGP World ChampionCasey Stoner has officially confirmed his move to four wheels this year in anexclusive interview with Sydney’s SundayTelegraph journalist James Phelps.
According to the feature, published this morning,Stoner will drive for Triple Eight in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series in a RedBull-backed Holden Commodore.
The Queensland team is accustomed to success in V8Supercars Developmental series, having won the title in 2011 with AndrewThompson and scoring second last year with Scott Pye.
Stoner's confirmation this morning ends months of speculationsurrounding a potential move to V8 Supercars for Australia’s latestmotorcycling world champion, that begun when he announced his retirement from the two-wheelsport late last year.
Stoner told Daily Telegraphjournalist James Phelps that he would be approaching the year on a trialbasis 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 wedon'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 dothem all.
"I want to get as much time in the seat as I can and try to understandwhat it is like to drive a V8."
Stoner recently purchased a new home on the GoldCoast and will continue to work hard on his transition to V8 Supercars –utilising race simulators and the nearby driving school owned by former V8 teamowner, 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 onegoal was to be MotoGP champion.
"We haven't had much time in a car. I have done a few laps in PaulMorris' 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 isas 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 toenjoy it and not get too wound up."
You can read the wide-reaching interview conductedby The Sunday Telegraph journalistJames Phelps here (External Website).
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