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Firman heads for Le Mans debut Ralph Firman is heading to Le Mans where he will make his debut in the French classic this weekend in the Racing for Holland Dome sports prototype car. The 29 year old Englishman will partner Tom Coronel...

Firman heads for Le Mans debut

Ralph Firman is heading to Le Mans where he will make his debut in the French classic this weekend in the Racing for Holland Dome sports prototype car. The 29 year old Englishman will partner Tom Coronel and Justin Wilson who, like Firman, last year competed in Formula One. Although sports car racing holds few secrets for Firman, who finished 2nd in the Japanese GT Championship in 2002 - the same year in which he won the Formula Nippon title - the Le Mans experience is new and he is looking forward to the challenge.

"The Le Mans 24 Hours is without doubt one of the biggest races in the world, probably in the top 3, and it's something I have always wanted to do," said Firman. "When Jan Lammers gave me the opportunity to drive his team's Dome I jumped at the chance and we had a really good test at Le Mans last month. It's great to be partnered with two highly competitive team mates in a quick car so I think we can do a good job. Although the Audis are the cars to beat I think we can be a thorn in their side because of our line-up, and over the course of the race, reliability and pit work will be critical, so if we get everything right a podium could be on for us."

Firman, who drove for Jordan Grand Prix in last year's Formula One World Championship, held out for a Formula One drive until February this year before turning his attention to opportunities in other categories.

"My focus has been on finding a competitive drive which would really be a step forward," said Firman. "Racing for Holland is a great team and the Dome is what I call a proper racing car. I have been training hard and am really looking forward to the week ahead."

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Jan Lammers , Tom Coronel , Ralph Firman