Podium for Bjorn in Bahrain

Bjorn WirdheimBjorn Wirdheim took a podium in the final World Endurance Championship round of the year, held in Bahrain. Bjorn drove the first two stints and the final stint in the 6h race. Bjorn was partnered with Nissan Academy driver Wolfgang Reip and GP2 race-winner Jon Lancaster.

“We had a strong driver line-up for this round and I had personal experience of this track having driven there previously in F1 testing. After Shanghai where we managed to qualify 3rd, we knew we had a car strong enough to finish on the podium,” said Bjorn.

“At the start I stayed out of trouble in the first two corners and got myself into 2nd. Just like in the opening stint of the Shanghai race I found myself behind the #25 ADR car and he was able to pull a gap on me even though I was pulling away myself from the car in 3rd.”

Bjorn Wirdheim“When it was time for the driver change we had dropped to 3rd, loosing out on a position to the #49 car who’s Michelin tyres seemed to suit the track conditions perfectly. Jon took over but was forced to make an early extra stop due to a tear-off getting caught in our air box. Both Jon and Wolfgang had a good performance in the car.”

“When it was time for me to get back in the car for the final stint we were running for 2nd but knew we were forced to make a splash and dash for the final 8 laps as the earlier extra stop meant we went out of sync with our fuel strategy. We were consistently the fastest car on track during the final hour but the gap to the next car ahead was unfortunately to big to close.”

“Still, we finished 3rd and got ourselves onto the podium with a great performance from the Greaves team. It’s been a pleasure racing with them during the 2nd half of the WEC season and I’ve really enjoyed it!”