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Jordan to test Japanese driver at Suzuka 06 Oct 2003

Formula Nippon star Satoshi Motoyama will drive Jordan's third car in Friday's private test session at Suzuka, the team announced on Monday.

Motoyama is the current leader of the Formula Nippon championship (the series won by Jordan driver Ralph Firman last year), having taken four race wins, including one at Suzuka, for Team IMPUL, which is owned by the legendary Japanese driver Kazuyoshi Hoshino. He also lies second in the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship.

"I would like to thank the Jordan Ford team for giving me a great opportunity to drive Jordan Ford's third car at Suzuka," said Motoyama. "I have been dreaming of this chance for long time. I consider this opportunity as a big step in advancing my future racing career.

"I have raced in Suzuka many times and I know the track very well, but it will be my first time driving an F1 car so I think it will be very different. It will be a big challenge for me, and I will do my best to show my driving skills in the limited time."

The last time a Japanese driver took part in a Grand Prix meeting was almost exactly a year ago, when Takuma Sato finished in an emotional fifth place at Suzuka in his last race for Jordan.