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Bjorn 3rd on WEC Return

Bjorn WirdheimBjorn Wirdheim finished on the podium on his return to the World Endurance Championship in last weekends 6H race at Fuji Speedway.

Bjorn was back in the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 prototype that was being run in collaboration with GAINER International, Bjorn’s team in Japanese Super GT. Although the race was eventually abandoned due to severe weather conditions, the qualifying result of 3rd position was enough to secure the podium position.

“I was very pleased to get the opportunity to get back into the LMP2 car at Fuji, a track I know well. Unlike the previous outing in Sao Paulo where I had arrived without any previous testing or experience, I was able to start the weekend on a much higher level at Fuji,” said Bjorn.

“Already in FP2 we were 2nd quickest and on track to fight for pole position in Saturday qualifying. Time is always limited for testing during the race weekend but we managed a few setup changes in the right direction. We made the decision to let my team mate Hiranaka run the new tyres in qualifying as the extra grip would benefit him more than me considering his limited experience. He did a good job and I was able to improve the lap time slightly on the second run on used tyres. The average of our two combined quickest laps put us in third, only just over a tenth of a second behind pole.”

Bjorn WirdheimThe weather forecast for race day was for wet conditions with heavy rain. The organisers tried to start the race several times behind the safety car but ended up having to red flag and eventually abandon the race due to the severe weather conditions.

“It was the right decision as it was simply too dangerous to go ahead and race. There was so much standing water on the circuit that in the 10 minute warm-up before going to the grid, at least 5 of the GT-cars had offs in different places round the track. I feel sorry for the fans and my team mates as everyone lost out on what would have been a great race.”

“I would like to thank both Greaves Motorsport and GAINER for giving me the chance to show my performance in a prototype.”

Next on Bjorn’s schedule is the Super GT Championship Final at Motegi on the 3rd of November. Bjorn and the GAINER team is currently in 3rd position in the drivers championship, 10 points behind the leader.

“We have a chance to win overall but we need to win at Motegi and unfortunately we’re relying on the leading Honda to finish outside of the podium for this to happen. We know that we have the pace to win so we’ll just focus on that part and then we’ll see how things play out.”