Bjorn Wirdheim will join Greaves Motorsport for this weekend’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo, starting the ‘flyaway’ portion of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.
The Swede, who currently races in the Japanese Super GT championship, will join Christian Zugel and Gunnar Jeannette in the team’s Zytek-Nissan LMP2 team for the event. With Nissan works drivers Lucas Ordonez, Michael Krumm and Jann Mardenborough the team completed the class podium at June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and currently sit fourth in the class teams’ championship, depite the withdrawal from the Spa-Francorchamps event after a qualifying crash.
“We are really pleased to have such a fast and experienced driver join us for Sao Paulo” said team manager Jacob Greaves. “Bjorn’s record in all forms of motorsport is impressive and he will add a great deal to our effort at Interlagos.”
As well as Super GT, where Wirdheim has one win in the GT300 class and is in contention for the title he has raced with success in single seaters, winning the 2003 Formula 3000 International championship going on to be reserve driver for the Jaguar F1 team.
After this weekend’s Brazilian race the WEC championship embarks on a world tour to complete the season starting with a debut race at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas in late September before returs to Fuji Speedway, Shanghai and Bahrain.