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Hines to contest LMS with DAMS

Former touring car racer Luke Hines to race in the Le Mans Series for DAMS
Luke Hines has inked a deal to join DAMS for the 2010 Le Mans Series season.

Hines will drive an Oreca 09 Formula Le Mans car for the French team and tested a 2010-spec version of the prototype machine at Magny-Cours earlier this week.

The former BTCC racer drove a Formula Le Mans Car at Silverstone last season, securing a podium finish in the process.

“I'm very excited to be driving for DAMS this season, because it's a great race-winning team, the Formula Le Mans car should be very competitive and the Le Mans Series is a fantastic championship,” he said. “We had a full days test at Magny-Cours, and everything went very well. I felt very comfortable and confident in the car and I'm really looking forward to the first LMS race at Paul Ricard.”

DAMS general manager Loic David said he was pleased to add Hines to a driver line-up, which will also include Edoardo Piscopo and fellow Briton Dean Stirling.

“We are very happy to welcome Luke in our team for the opening round of the Le Mans Series,” he said. “Luke is friendly, has very quickly integrated into the team and went straight into the car with ease during our test, which took place on a circuit he had never driven on before.

“These tests are really promising for the Paul Ricard race. Luke's team-mates will be Edoardo Piscopo, who drove for DAMS in GP2 Asia, and another British driver, Dean Stirling, who did a successful test at Paul Ricard with us last month.

“Everything is in place to fight at the top and we are all looking forward to the next race.”

Hines will also continue to race in the Grand Am Rolex Series, although his Miller Barrett Racing team will miss the next round at Barber Motorsports Park while new equalisation rules for the GT class are clarified.

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