Former grand prix racer Ralph Firman will contest the Dallara Nissan World Series this season for the two-time championship winning Gabord Competicion team. The ex-Jordan driver starts his campaign this weekend at Jarama in Spain
The 28-year old, who won the Formula Nippon title in 2002, drove for Jordan in Formula 1 last year, scoring a point in the Spanish Grand Prix. This year's 18-round Dallara Nissan World Series schedule boasts rounds in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, France and China.
"I am delighted to join Gabord Competicion as the team aims to capture a third successive Formula Nissan World Series title," said Firman. "The team has clearly dominated the championship in previous seasons so although I have little preparation time before this weekend's opening events I know they have everything in place to give me the chance to do well.
"There are very few prestigious championships outside Formula 1 but the Nissan World Series is one of them and to have been offered this drive comes as a great boost to me. I would like to thank Gabord Competicion and the Mazel Group for their support."
Firman had previously been linked with a drive with Dale Coyne Racing in the US-based Champ Car World Series. Gabord won the series last year with Renault F1 test driver Franck Montagny.
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