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Stoner takes to the track on four wheels

"I didn't expect to be in Craig's actual race car. To be behind the wheel of something that won a race a few weeks ago is very special and I appreciate it" - Casey Stoner.
Reigning double MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has taken to the track on four-wheels, after getting the chance to drive Craig Lowndes' TeamVodafone V8 Supercar.

Stoner had expressed his desire to drive the car after attending the recent Sydney 500 as a guest of Vodafone.

Guided by five-time Bathurst winner Lowndes and his recently crowned V8 Supercar champion team-mate Jamie Whincup, Stoner completed no less than 90 laps around the challenging Driving Centre at Norwell, Queensland.

“[It's] something I have wanted to do since I was quite young actually and the opportunity to finally get in one and have a go is something pretty special to me,” said the Repsol Honda rider.

“With everything I am learning today, I have to forget everything I know about bikes and change to learn to drive these, and it is the same thing going from cars to bikes.

“I am surprised at how well they absorb the kerbs, they are still going to be a stiff race machine but they do absorb the bumps pretty well and of course the power is still there.

“We have to deal with a fair bit of power myself. The hardest thing I have had to do is change whatever I know about braking and changing through gears. I am having to rethink it again.

“I didn't expect to be in Craig's actual race car. To be behind the wheel of something that won a race a few weeks ago is very special and I appreciate it.”

Whincup wouldn't be surprised to see Stoner racing in V8s after hanging up his leathers.

“Casey did a great job today, Lowndsey did a few laps earlier this morning to lay a bit of data down, then he handed the car over. Hopefully this is an experience he really enjoys.

“While it was fun for him I know he wanted to do a good job and he certainly impressed everyone here.

“I think for sure Casey has something to offer V8's. I am not sure how close that is for him, hopefully he goes on and does awesome stuff for us Aussies in MotoGP and on two wheels for a bit longer.




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Mal X

December 16, 2011 11:21 PM

Casey has the skill to become one of the all times greats, but the European media is hell bent on portraying as the villain of the motoGP world, why do they do this... because he is so damn good. This is the sad truth about sport, there is alway one team/person that is portrayed this way. I just hope Honda realises this and that they start to openly correct these journalist, and expose them for what they are, bigots. As for Casey to V8 supercars it would be all fun and games for the first season but there after the rose coloured glasses will come off.



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