Casey Stoner makes Dunlop Series debut

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Casey Stoner made a big impression behind the wheel of his V8 Supercar with the rookie finishing an impressive ninth from 30 drivers in his first ever Dunlop Series practice session in Adelaide.

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The 27-year-old Red Bull Racing Australia driver, who had driven a V8 Supercar around a full track just twice before this morning, made an impressive start to the session, which was red-flagged before anyone had a chance to post a lap time.

After a five minute wait, the session recommenced on the unforgiving Adelaide street circuit, with Stoner coping well in traffic at his first attempt.
It didn’t take long for Stoner to get on pace, recording a best time of 1.24.89 and out-pacing a plethora of drivers with top tier V8 Supercars experience.

“It was a very good run out of the box,” team owner Roland Dane said. “He was just 1.2 seconds off the quickest guys out there and he has never been to the circuit before or raced within the confines of walls and the track was very green. We’re pretty happy with that. He finished top-10 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.”

The No.27 Red Bull Pirtek Holden sat in the top-10 for the majority of the session, Stoner faring better than a number of drivers who didn’t complete the session.

Source: Red Bull