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Local Hollywood A lister Michael Fassbender’s ambitions of taking part in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours Race will take a step closer today.

The Fossa-man will contest the European Le Mans series, which gets underway at 10am Irish time today, at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

Fassbender has signed for the Proton Competition team and will drive a Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE class.

The European Le Mans series is considered the last stepping-stone before being granted entry to the legendary French race and a successful season will pave the way for his debut at Le Mans next June.

The 43-year-old will share the car in the five-round series with Porsche factory drivers Richard Lietz and Felipe Fernandez Laser.

“Even before I started acting, I had a big dream to go racing – it was clear to me at a young age,” he said. “My father was a driving enthusiast who taught me a lot.”

The X-Men star has been preparing for the Le Mans 24 Hours for years.

Last year he competed in national-level Porsche Sports Club events in Germany at the wheel of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup as well as driving a Ford Escort Mk2 in the Rally of the Lakes.

He also contested rounds of the Ferrari Challenge North America in 2017 and 2018.

Versions of this article were previously published in The Kerryman and The Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to both weekly titles.

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