Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner will make his debut in the 2013 V8 Supercars Development Series championship, after signing a deal to race for the newly-renamed Red Bull Racing (nee TeamVodafone) in an ex-Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE.
The 27-year-old retired from MotoGP competition at the end of 2012, and was surrounded by rumours of a switch to V8 competition after conducting several test outings with the Triple 8 Engineering squad at Queensland Raceway, reporting clocking times less than two seconds off the 2012 pole time at the Ipswich circuit.
“It’s now the new chapter in my career but I have to be realistic and see if we’re capable of doing anything,” he told the Sun Herald.
Stoner will have another test outing for the championship-winning stable at next month’s compulsory pre-season test session at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Stone will make his Development Series debut in the opening races staged during the Clipsal 500 round in March, running the same #27 he ran when he clinched his motorcycle championship titles.