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Bjorn 5th in WEC 6H of Shanghai

Bjorn WirdheimBjorn Wirdheim finished 5th in last weekends 6h race of Shanghai, the penultimate round of the 2013 World Endurance Championship.

Bjorn was back driving for the Greaves Motorsport team in their Zytek LMP2 prototype partnering Eric Lux and Mark Shulzitskiy.

“It was nice to get the call from Greaves asking to join them again, I never got a chance to really show my race performance in the previous round at Fuji that got cancelled due to the weather conditions,” said Bjorn.

“I had previous knowledge of the Shanghai circuit going back to when I tested Formula 1 there in 2004. I’m comfortable in the LMP2 car now and was able to get up to speed straight away. The team worked well to improve the car though out the weekend and my quickest lap in qualifying was only just over a tenth off the Pole lap.”

Bjorn Wirdheim“With the teams quickest drivers two best average lap times from qualifying we managed a third starting position which was brilliant considering my team mate Mark Shulzitskiy was new to the car and the Championship. In the race I got a great start and was able to advance into 2nd position immediately in the first corner.”

“I wasn’t able to match the pace of the leader initially in that first stint but was able to pull away from the pack behind. I left the car in a comfortable 2nd and was not due back until the final two stints of the race.”

“When I got back in the car we had dropped to 5th and I chased down a 20-second gap to 4th and was able to move up one position. After that there wasn’t much else I could do as there was a 30-second gap in front of me to the next position.”

“In the final few laps I collected a piece of astroturf that got caught in the radiator. As a result we were forced to make an unscheduled pitstop and dropped back to 5th before the finish of the race.”

“All in all it was a positive weekend, there is definite pace in the car and we proved that in qualifying with a very competitive fastest lap. I had a good three stints in the race matching the top drivers in this championship and I really do enjoy driving this type of car.”

Next up for Bjorn is the final Super GT race of the season, the JAF Sprint Cup at Fuji on the 23-24th of November. Bjorn will be racing on the Saturday.