Bjorn Wirdheim

Bjorn Wirdheim

  • Full Name: Bjorn Karl Mikael Wirdheim
  • Family: Engaged to Ellen Aubrey, Daughter Edie Beau, Working Cocker Spaniels Maddy, Molly and Spuddy, Cat Frank
  • Birthplace: Vaxjo, Sweden
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 74kg
  • Blood Type: AB+
  • Languages: Swedish, English, German
  • Interests: My Family & Dogs, Running, Golf, Cooking
  • Music: Massive Attack, Basement Jaxx, Chase & Status

Career 2017-1990

2017
Super GT Series
GAINER Team

2016
Super GT Series
GAINER Team

European Le Mans Series
LMP2
Krohn Racing

Scandinavian Touring Car Championship
Flash Engineering
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

2015
Super GT Series
GAINER Team

European Le Mans Series
LMP2
Greaves Motorsport
CHAMPION

2014
Super GT Series
GAINER Team
RUNNER-UP
TEAM CHAMPIONS

GT ASIA
Mike Racing

2013
Super GT Series
GAINER Team
RUNNER-UP
JAF GP CHAMPION

World Endurance Championship
LMP2
Greaves Motorsport

2012
Super GT Series
Nissan & Kondo Racing Team

2011
Super GT Series
Nissan & Kondo Racing Team

2010
Super GT Series
Lexus & Team Le Mans
JAF GP CHAMPION

2009
Super GT Series
Lexus & Team Le Mans

2008
Super GT Series
Lexus & Team Le Mans

2007
Super GT Series
Lexus & Team Le Mans

Formula Nippon
Team Dandelion

2006
Super GT Series
Lexus & Team Le Mans

Formula Nippon
Team Dandelion

2005
Champ Car
Team HVM

Champ Car Testing
KV Racing, Dale Coyne

2004
Formula 1
Jaguar F1 Racing

2003
FIA Formula 3000
Arden Racing Team
CHAMPION

Formula 1 Testing
Jordan GP & B.A.R

Champ Car Testing
Patrick Racing

2002
FIA Formula 3000
Arden Racing Team
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

2001
German Formula 3
Prema Powerteam

2000
German Formula 3
Team Ghinzani

1999
Formula Palmer Audi

1998
Formula Palmer Audi

1997
Swedish Formula Ford
Team Brorssons
CHAMPION

1996
Swedish Formula Ford
Team Ichi Ban
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
JUNIOR CHAMPION

1990-1995
Karting

Career Highlights

  • 2017 Super GT Series – 1 Race Win, 2 Podiums
  • 2016 STCC – Rookie of the Year, 4th Overall
  • 2016 STCC – 1 Race Win, 4 Podiums, 3 Pole Positions
  • 2015 European Le Mans Series LMP2 – Champion
  • 2015 European Le Mans Series LMP2 – 2 Race Wins, 3 Podiums
  • 2015 Super GT Series – 4 Podiums
  • 2014 Super GT Series – Team Champion
  • 2014 Super GT Series – Runner-Up on Equal Points with Driver Champions
  • 2014 Super GT Series – 1 Race Win, 5 Podiums
  • 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 – 4 Races/2 Podiums
  • 2013 Super GT Series – 2nd Overall
  • 2013 Super GT Series – JAF Grand Prix Champion
  • 2013 Super GT Series – 2 Race Wins, 5 Podiums
  • 2010 Super GT Series – 4th Overall
  • 2010 Super GT Series – 3 Podiums
  • 2010 Super GT Series – JAF Grand Prix Champion
  • 2007-2017 Super GT Series – 4 Race Wins, 24 Podiums
  • 2006-2007 Formula Nippon – 3 Podiums
  • 2004 Formula 1 – Test & Reserve Driver Jaguar F1. Friday Practice Driver at all GP’s
  • 2003 Formula 1 – Testing with B.A.R at Mugello & Jerez
  • 2003 Formula 1 – Testing with Jordan GP at Monza & Friday Practice Driver at US GP
  • 2003 FIA International Formula 3000 – Champion, 3 Race Wins, 9 Podiums
  • 2002 FIA International Formula 3000 – Rookie of the Year, 1 Race Win, 3 Podiums
  • 2001 International Formula 3 – Pole Position in Macau GP on first Visit, 3rd Overall
  • 2001 International Formula 3 – Pau GP, 3rd Overall
  • 2001 German Formula 3 – 2 Race Wins
  • 1996-1997 Swedish Formula Ford – Rookie of the Year, Junior Champion, Champion

Profile

FIA Driver Categorisation 2017 – Platinum

Bjorn was introduced to motor racing through his father, himself a successful GT driver. Already from a very young age, Bjorn was determined to reach his childhood dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver. Having risen through the junior formulas, Bjorn got his break-through at the Macau Formula 3 GP in 2001 where he grabbed pole position on his first visit, out-qualifying newly signed Formula 1 driver and most successful British F3 driver ever, Takuma Sato. This led to Bjorn being given the chance to drive for one of the top FIA Formula 3000 teams for the 2002 season, an opportunity he seized, finishing 4th and taking rookie of the year honours in his debut year.

In 2003 Bjorn went on to win the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship in a record breaking season where he only finished outside of the top-2 on one occasion and had the championship wrapped up with two races to go.

Eddie Jordan was the first Formula 1 team owner to offer Bjorn a Formula 1 test and it took place at Monza, the final official test of the 2003 season. Regular driver Giancarlo Fisichella provided a benchmark and Bjorn was invited for further testing during the Friday practice sessions at the US GP, taking the role of the teams 3rd driver, evaluating qualifying, race tyres and setups for the regular drivers. Bjorn was also invited to test with the B.A.R team on two occasions, at Jerez and Mugello alongside regular drivers, Jenson Button and Jacques Villeneuve.

For the 2004 season, Bjorn had offers from three Formula 1 teams, Jordan, B.A.R & Jaguar F1 as well as an offer to race in Champ Car. Jaguar provided the best opportunity for Bjorn’s entry into Formula 1 with a three-year option agreement which would see him gain experience at all GP’s driving alongside the teams regular drivers, Mark Webber and Christian Klien, in all of the Friday practice sessions, with the aim of graduating into a regular drive the following year. Bjorn’s task aside from learning all the circuits would be to provide the regular drivers information on qualifying and race tyres as well as settings and evaluating new car-developments. Bjorn would also take part in all official test sessions.

Unfortunately at the end of the 2004 season the Jaguar F1 Team owner, Ford Motor Company decided to pull out of Formula 1 and sell the team. For the following season there were no opportunities in Formula 1 that did not demand a driver bringing sponsorship and Bjorn was forced to look elsewhere.

For 2005 Bjorn secured a drive in Champ Car with the HVM team. The team was however struggling financially and the results were badly affected due to limited testing and barely any development. When Bjorn got the call inviting him to test Formula Nippon with one of the top Japanese teams, he jumped at the chance and a successful test led to a two-year contract starting from 2006.

Following a successful debut in Formula Nippon where he scored his first podium in only his second race, Bjorn was also invited to test in the highly popular Super GT Series with the Le Mans Team. This led to Bjorn replacing one of the team’s regular drivers for the 2007 season. Since 2007 Bjorn has established himself as one of the top drivers in the Japanese Super GT Series.

In 2010 Bjorn narrowly missed out on winning the Super GT Championship with Lexus Team Le Mans. Going into the final 300km round at Motegi the team was one point behind the championship leading Dome Honda (T.Kogure & L. Duval) and nine points clear of 3rd placed TOM’s Lexus (J. Wakisaka & A. Lotterer). However, after qualifying second behind the Dome Honda, Bjorn and his team were issued with a 20-second stop/go penalty for having entered the track too early on the way to the grid before the start of the race. Missing out on the opportunity to take the championship fight to the chequered flag, the team also lost a safe second position and dropped to fourth overall.

Having gained recognition as the overall fastest driver over the course of a race stint throughout the season, Bjorn was offered the opportunity to join Nissan for 2011 and competed for the manufacturer with the Kondo semi-works team for two seasons.

For 2013 Bjorn’s main priority was to secure a competitive drive which would get him back into a position where he could fight for individual wins and challenge for the championship. With no openings within Nissan’s more competitive teams Bjorn’s choice fell on the GAINER GT300 team.

Bjorn and GAINER Team took the first win in their first round together and went on to finish 2nd overall in the 2013 Super GT Championship with 2 victories and 5 podiums. Bjorn was also given the opportunity the same year to join Greaves Motorsport for selected races in their World Endurance Championship LMP2 campaign, qualifying and finishing fourth on his debut in Sao Paulo and going on to score podiums at both Fuji Speedway and Bahrain International.

In 2014 Bjorn and GAINER went on to win the Super GT Team Championship, narrowly loosing out on the Drivers Championship having finished on equal points with the champions, scoring 1 victory and 5 podiums.

2015 Bjorn received an offer to join Greaves Motorsport again for a full season campaign in the LMP2 class of the European Le Mans Championship. Together with silver rated driver Gary Hirsch and gold rated Jon Lancaster, Bjorn and the team went on to win the championship in their first year together, scoring 2 victories and 3 podiums. Bjorn also finished 5th overall in the Super GT Championship with GAINER Team in what was to become the final season for the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

In 2016 the GAINER Team made the switch to the new Mercedes AMG GT GT3 car but Bjorn and long time driving partner Hiranaka suffered two mechanical failures that prevented them from reaching the top spots in the championship. Bjorn also made his return to Swedish racing for the first time in almost 20 years, joining Flash Engineering in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. Bjorn wasn’t able to compete in all events due to clashes with Super GT but after scoring 1 victory, 4 podiums and 3 pole positions he went on to finish 4th overall and rookie of the year. Bjorn also participated in two rounds of the European Le Mans series with Krohn racing, replacing regulars Olivier Pla at Silverstone and Tracy Krohn at Imola.

2017 Bjorn returns to Super GT with GAINER team and team mate Katsuyuki Hiranaka, their 5th year together. 3 races into the season the team currently has two mechanical DNF’s and a 2nd position at the Fuji 500km race.

Career in Pictures 2014-1988