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Stoner makes his mark with Clipsal fight back
2 March 2013
Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner belied his experience as a four-wheel racer as he notched up his first Dunlop V8 Supercar race finish with a run to 14th from 30th on the grid in the Clipsal 500.
Marking the much anticipated tin-top race debut for one of motorcycling's most successful competitors, though Stoner was forced to start from the back of the grid when a puncture in race one prompted an early exit, he nonetheless raised eyebrows with his impressive gains in race two.
Setting the eighth fastest lap around the Adelaide street course as he climbed 15 positions over the course of the race, Stoner would go on to take the chequered flag in 14th position.
Showing his mettle in door-to-door action on his debut, Stoner is looking forward to getting back into his Red Bull Pirtek Holden.
“My main goal today was not to flat-spot the tyre [like I did in race one] and bring the car home, and I had a lot of fun,” he said. “Everyone was really good to race with, everyone gave racing room and I had a few battles there. It was very, very enjoyable and I wish we had another race tomorrow. But unfortunately that's it for the weekend.”
“I had a real taste for it and in general, we've now got more of an idea and things I thought I was going to be nervous about, I'm more OK with than I thought I'd be.
“I still need a lot more experience. There's still a lot of things going on in the cockpit, set-up, geometry, that's going to take me a long time to understand after 24 years learning about bikes.
"We were pretty happy with the way we went. We couldn't get the car working right in race one but in race two the car was definitely a bit better and I felt more comfortable with it. Hopefully with time, things will start to come but honestly, I just want to have a bit of fun and go and race some guys.”
Stoner's next Dunlop V8 Supercar event will take place at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth on May 3-5
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