Bjorn Wirdheim and the GAINER team missed out on a points finish in Round 4 of the Super GT Championship held at Sugo. A strategic decision late in the race dropped them out of contention from what would have been a safe 4th position.
Bjorn drove the first stint in the 300km race and moved up from their 9th qualifying position to 4th before handing over to teammate Kazuyuki Hiranaka. Hiranaka maintained the position but as the rain started falling the team opted to stop for wet tyres. Shortly after the pitstop the rain ceased and the final 20 laps were run in dry conditions.
“These things happen, at the time we made the decision to stop and put wets on it felt right and would have put us in contention for the win. Unfortunately it almost immediately stopped raining as we rejoined the race and with wet tyres on a dry track we started loosing positions quickly. It’s hard to predict the weather and when the deluge finally came the race was already over,” said Bjorn
“We proved yet again to be the strongest GT3 team despite our 72kg penalty weight following our success in the opening three rounds. The slightly different regulated JAF cars are still outstanding to the point where we can’t challenge them. The combination of the DIXCEL Mercedes GT3 and our Dunlop tyres is very strong and provided that the organisation restricts the JAF cars to a fair level we’ll be able to challenge for the victory at the Suzuka 1000km race in three weeks time.”
The result drops Bjorn to third in the Championship standings, 13 points behind the leader. The next race is held at Suzuka on the 18th of August.
2013 Super GT Round 4 Sugo – Highlights