RALPH Firman - Team JORDAN

Date of birth : 20 May 1975
Birthplace : Norwich
Marital status : Single
Height : 185 cm
Weight : 78 kg

Wins : 0
Points scored : 0
Number of GP : 0
Pole Position : 0
Podiums : 0
First GP : 2003 (Melbourne)
Best result : 0


Ralph Firman Jr was born on May 5th, 1975 in Norwich. Known today mainly by Japanese fans, he started in karts at age 11 in England. But competition was fierce when you know that his dad, Ralph Firman Senior, was and still is part of the British autosport picture.

In 1969, Firman the senior was Emerson Fittipaldi's mechanic, and they had this idea of one day building their own racecars... It was in 1973 that the first chassis were made by this new company named Van Diemen, who is today one of the largest racecar manufacturer in the world. 

Ralph Junior, for his part, enters the Vauxhall Junior Formula series in 1993 and records 9 wins in his first year. The year after he finishes fourth overall, this time in the Senior circuit, and is named "Best Rookie" in the F3 championship, placing 9th - he'll win it all in 1995 driving a Dallara Mugen Honda F395.

This same year (1995) he finished second in the British F3 championship. 1996 sees a repeat of his F3 title, and adds the Macau GP, still at the wheel of a Dallara Mugen. From 1997 to 2000, he joins the Japanese GT series and signs with the Nova team in Formula Nippon. In 2001 he switches to PIAA Nakajima, ending fourth overall in his first year and winning it all in 2002. 

C A R E E R  H I G H L I G H T S

86/92 : Karting.
1993 : Formula Vauxhall Junior (Win : 9 , PP : 10).
1994 : Formula Vauxhall (Series ranking : 4th)
1995 : British F3 Championship (Series ranking : 2nd).
1996 : British F3 Championship (Series Champion), Macau GP Winner
1997 : Formula Nippon (TMS), JGTC (Chateraise PORSCHE), Macau GP
1998 : Formula Nippon (NOVA : Series ranking 7th), JGTC (Nismo GT-R)
1999 : Formula Nippon (NOVA : Series ranking 4th), JGTC (Taivon Tranpio Fto)
2000 : Formula Nippon (NOVA : Series ranking 9th), JGTC (Toyota Team Sard)
2001 : Formula Nippon (PIAA NAKAJIMA : Series ranking 4th)
2002 : Formula Nippon (PIAA NAKAJIMA), Series Champion




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