champion Casey Stoner said he had 'a lot of fun' during his first day of competitive V8 Supercar action, during practice for the Adelaide round of the Dunlop Series.
The 27-year-old, who retired from MotoGP
at the end of last season, cut 1.5s from his best time to move up the order from ninth (+1.24s) to eighth (+0.69s) out of 30 drivers, during second practice.
“There's all sorts of things to contend with, but in general it's been a lot of fun today,” Stoner said.
“It was a little bit different to begin with, going from a bike to a car, but you learn to run with it – that's the edge of the track and that's all you've got.
“But in general it wasn't as daunting as I thought it would be, it's a bit more easy to deal with.
“I'm pretty happy to be honest. We still need to make some improvements with the car, but it's also me getting used to the car, getting used to the track, getting used to having cars around me and not being able to turn around and check who's behind me, having to use the mirrors instead.
“Everyone's been really good to us today.
“There's obviously still work to do and I'm not placing any expectations on the weekends. But I'm certainly having fun and looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
The No.27 Red Bull Pirtek Holden sat in the top ten for the majority of both sessions and featured in the top three for long periods of the second session.
“We're pretty happy with that,” Red Bull Racing Australia team owner Roland Dane said. “He finished top-ten with plenty of experienced guys all around him and behind him. So he is in the thick of the action. He didn't touch anything, he didn't hit anything. He did a great job first run out and I'm sure he'll be more relaxed now.”
Stoner's debut race on four wheels will take place at 5.45pm on Friday, after his 9.55am qualifying session. A second race will then be held on Saturday.
The Dunlop Series supports the main V8 Supercars