Casey Stoner just finished his first outing at the Australian V8 Supercar Championship, the former MotoGP Champion qualified 12th amongst 30 drivers and was just 1.030s from the leader, quite a remarkable feat for someone on his first race at the Championship, but his luck would not last long as he faced a flat tyre midway through the race. He had reached the 10th position before slowly dropping down to the 13th when his tyre gave up.
I made a mistake and locked up big time going in to the last corner – not what everybody saw on TV, that was later, I tried to save the tyres so I could actually finish the race. I kept locking up here and there, even without any kind of brakes, and unfortunately got too much of a flat spot and she popped on me coming through turn three. Once the tyre burst I was in for a ride. I tried to save it as much as I could but it was game over. This crash won’t put me in a good position for race two but, oh well we can tune the car up and see what we can do tomorrow.”