V8 Supercars is looking more and more likely as the next step in the racing career of former Moto GP world champion Casey Stoner after a successful test run in Queensland on Wednesday.
Stoner, who retired from Moto GP at the end of the 2012 season last month, impressed on Wednesday driving Jamie Whincup's Holden Commodore as V8 Supercar legend Craig Lowndes watched on and provided some advice.
Since Stoner’s retirement, rumours have picked up suggesting he will spend a year racing for Triple Eight Race Engineering in the minor Dunlap Series next year before taking a leap further.
The 27-year-old fared well with the Commodore and by the end of the day had reduced his time to two seconds behind the fastest qualifying times from 2012’s V8 Supercars race in Ipswich.
Triple Eight Race Engineering team manager Adrian Burgess indicated that the decision remains up to Stoner whether he wants to make a deal or not.
"Prior to today, he's only driven our ride car,'' Burgess said on Wednesday.
"This is the opportunity to drive the race car. Once today is over, he can go home and make a balanced, educated assessment of where he's at and if he wants to do a deal.''
V8 Supercars may also be seeking a return to China after representatives met with an owner of a circuit earlier this week.
V8 Supercars last raced in China in 2005, but may now return to race at the Zhuhai International Circuit in southern China. The track was included in the 1999 Formula One calendar, but logistical issues caused it to lose its spot.
China would be the fourth international location added to the V8 Supercar season; New Zealand and Abu Dhabi are being joined by a stop at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas in 2012.
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