Bjorn 4th at Autopolis & Returning to WEC

'13_S-GT_Rd7_0850Bjorn Wirdheim finished 4th in the 7th and penultimate round of the Japanese Super GT Series. Bjorn is now 3rd overall, 10 points behind the leader with 20 points up for grabs at the Championship finale in three weeks time.

Saturdays practice and qualifying sessions were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. In and extra qualifying session on Sunday morning Bjorn and the GAINER team finally secured a 6th grid position. In the race Bjorn initially moved into third position before tyre issues resulted in an early pitstop.

“With no running or feedback on Saturday we picked the softer compound for qualifying. We soon realised it had been a mistake as we suffered from severe graining. As we have to start the race on our qualifying tyres there wasn’t much we could do apart from trying to get ourselves to the earliest pit window,” said Bjorn

Teammate Hiranaka took over for a long second stint on a harder set of tyres and managed to advance back up to a final 4th position.

2013_GT7-03316“Out aim this weekend was to reduce the points gap to the leader. We managed that and we now need to win the final race in order to give ourselves the best shot at the title. The final will be run without handicap weight and we were quickest in Motegi testing a month ago.”

Next up for Bjorn is the Japanese round of the World Endurance Championship on the 20th of October were Bjorn will make his return to the series in the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 prototype he last drove in Brasil. The Japanese Super GT Final will take place at Motegi on the 3rd of November.

2013 Super GT Round 7 Autopolis – Highlights