Bjorn Wirdheim finished 2nd in the Asian Le Mans Series round of the Super GT Championship at Fuji Speedway. With two rounds to go Bjorn and the GAINER team are now in 2nd position overall, trailing the leader by 16 points.
The race was a late addition to the Super GT Championship as it was decided that the GT300 class would be eligible to score points for participating in the new for this year Asian Le Mans Series.
“Even though we weren’t going to be given the full points scores awarded in Super GT it was still worth going as we’re in the fight for the title. All the contenders were going and the 2nd place was a good reward after a more or less perfect performance from the GAINER team,”
“Normally we’d be pleased to finish on the podium but at this point only victories count if we are to win the series. The #16 Mugen Honda CR-Z overall leader proved way too strong as they could easily control the race and this left us frustrated.”
“I drove the second stint and emerged on track after the stop 17 seconds behind the leader. I managed to close the gap to 3 seconds before the stint was over but it was apparent that as soon as I was getting to close for comfort, they were able to up their pace.”
“We now have to rely on them not scoring in one of the next two races if we are going to be in with a chance. We’ll need two perfect performances at Autopolis and Motegi, the final two rounds. We know we are capable of winning those two races as we’ve had very strong test results on both those circuits recently,” said Bjorn.
The penultimate round of Super GT will take place at Autopolis on 5-6 of October.