Casey Stoner has confirmed that he will, as expected, race on four wheels this year. The two-time MotoGP world champion has signed a one-year deal to race a Triple 8 Holden Commodore in the V8 Supercar Development Series.
The 27-year-old Australian denied reports last week that the deal, which has been rumored ever since he announced his retirement from motorcycle racing last May, had been signed. But he has now revealed that he will contest the full season in the championship that supports Australia's V8 Supercar series.
"It's a trial year to see how I go and how I like the sport," Stoner told Australia's Daily Telegraph. "We are definitely making a commitment to it, but at the same time we don't want to go in too deep in case it's not for us.
"I was going to do 75 percent of the races, but I've decided to do them all. I want to get as much time in the seat as I can and try to understand what it's like to drive a V8."
Stoner said he would be open to stepping up to the V8 Supercar category for the enduro races at Sandown and Bathurst, but doubted too many teams would be interested in his services.
"I doubt anyone would want me at Bathurst, but I'm not ruling it out," he added. "It's every Aussie's dream to drive there.
Stoner first tested a V8 Supercar for Triple 8 in December 2011. But has also been adding to his experience with a series of secret track-day runs in machines run by series veteran Paul Morris.