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Jordan prepare for historic Macau outing 12 Nov 2003

Ralph Firman Jnr (GBR) Jordan.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, United States Grand Prix, Indianapolis, USA, 26 September 2003

The Jordan team will make history this weekend by running a Formula One car in China for the first time. Ralph Firman will perform demonstration runs in the EJ13 as part of the 50th Macau Grand Prix meeting.

Firman, who took victory in the prestigious Formula 3 race on the Guia street circuit seven years ago, said: "I can't wait to go back to Macau as it's one of the most challenging circuits in the world. I have good memories of winning in 1996 and it will be really exciting to drive the F1 car there."

Team boss Eddie Jordan, joining Firman in Macau this weekend, added: "I have great memories of Macau, particularly as part of Theodore Racing when we ran Ayrton Senna, and I'm very proud to take part in this unique event and further strengthen Jordan's links with China."

The Macau Grand Prix has long been seen as one of the testing grounds for future Formula One stars, and other famous alumni include Michael and Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella.

To mark half a century of motorsport in Macau, this year's meeting is being held over two weekends. The first, on November 8-9, highlighted the historical side of the event, while the second, on November 13-16 will comprise the headline F3 race, the Guia touring car race, the Macau Motor Cycle Grand Prix and a host of support races.

Jordan's Formula One demonstration will form part of the celebrations, which organisers hope will be a fitting tribute to Teddy Yip, a major contributor to the event who passed away in July this year aged 90. Senna took victory in Macau's first Formula 3 race in 1983 with Yip's Theodore Racing Team.