Bjorn Wirdheim and the GAINER Team finished 2nd in last weekends 5th round of the 2014 Super GT Championship held at Fuji Speedway. The result carries the team into a 4-point overall lead with three rounds remaining.
Qualifying on Saturday was run in dry conditions but Sunday brought severe weather as a result of typhoon Halong. The race was red-flagged at one point due to heavy rainfall and although the full 300km distance was achieved, the final 7 laps were run under safety car.
“We had an issue with throttle calibration in qualifying and weren’t able to set a representative lap-time. For that reason we had to start the race from 20th position,” said Bjorn.
“We were hoping for wet conditions as it evens everything out, especially considering our 74kg handicap following the success we’ve had in earlier rounds. Also, the Dunlop tyre we’re using is normally very good in the wet.”
Bjorn started the race and had already moved into the top-10 by the time the race was red-flagged on the 12th lap.
Once the race was restarted, Bjorn swiftly move into 2nd position behind the leading Subaru BRZ. Teammate Katsuyuki took over shortly after the halfway mark and was able to consolidate the position.
The result means that the team now leads the championship ahead of the important 1000km long distance round at Suzuka.
Next up for Bjorn is round 7 & 8 of the GT Asia Championship where he will race the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 of Mike Racing Team.
Round 6 of the Super GT Championship is held at Suzuka on the 31st of August.