Newly retired double MotoGP champion Casey Stoner will make his much anticipated V8 Supercar debut on Friday after unveiling his Red Bull Racing Australia Holden in Adelaide.
As his former two-wheeled counterparts continue testing at Sepang without the 27-year-old, Stoner has all but finalised preparations ahead of his first ever race on four wheels.
He will compete in the Dunlop Development Series and get his first taste of the unforgiving Victoria Park street circuit in opening practice on Thursday.
Stoner unveiled his Red Bull Pirtek Holden in Adelaide alongside team owner Roland Dane, his ride the very same VE Commodore that took Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife to Bathurst 1000 victory in 2010.
The official livery reveal marks a momentous occasion in V8 Supercars history, Stoner the first international motorcycling star to make the full time transition to the V8 series since 1987 MotoGP champion Wayne Gardner almost 21 years ago to the day.
“I can't wait,” said Stoner, who joins reigning champion Jamie Whincup as a Holden ambassador.“It's exciting to finally get the chance to be at a race weekend after so much time thinking about it. I think it's going to be fantastic and I'm very much looking forward to it.
“Everything's gone pretty smoothly so far but until we're on the track there's only so much we can do. But the team has been great and helped me out in absolutely every way possible and I'm very excited.”
Not only will Stoner be attempting to steer some 1.3tonnes of metal around a race track, but he'll be doing so inside the tight confines of a cement-barriered street circuit that's unforgiving at the best of times.
“It's a little nerve-racking,” Stoner said.“It's something very alien to me racing a car let alone with walls each side of me and not something I'm completely natural with yet, but I do want to go out and enjoy it.”