Bjorn Ready for This Weekends Formula Nippon Debut Swedish Racing Driver Bjorn Wirdheim and his new Team, DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing are well prepared for this year's inaugural race in the Japanese Formula Nippon Championship. Bjorn recently...
Bjorn Ready for This Weekends Formula Nippon Debut
Swedish Racing Driver Bjorn Wirdheim and his new Team, DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing are well prepared for this year's inaugural race in the Japanese Formula Nippon Championship. Bjorn recently attended the Team's official kick off party that was held in Tokyo together with, among others, representatives from Dandelion Head Sponsor NTT DoCoMo and Sweden's Ambassador in Japan, Michael Lindstrom. Pre-season testing concluded two weeks ago at the historical Fuji circuit and the development of the newly introduced Lola-chassis has gone according to plan. Bjorn is feeling optimistic heading into this years first race weekend.
"It has been a major change of lifestyle for me moving to Japan but the Team have made me feel very welcome and have made every effort to ensure everything has worked out smoothly. I'm impressed with their professionalism, they have worked hard to give me the opportunity to learn as many circuits as possible even though we've sometimes had to use the old spec chassis as the new one was not yet available,"
"I have obviously got a lot to learn but the difference compared to last year is that I have been given the best opportunity to prepare myself fully for the forthcoming season and our results in testing indicate that we can be competitive already from start."
The original two-day test at Fuji had to be cut short by one day due to heavy snow. Bjorn ended up fourth over all and was the quickest Honda powered Driver. At Suzuka, during the week before, the Formula Nippon Drivers had the opportunity to test in both wet and dry conditions over the course of three days.
"That was my debut on the Suzuka circuit and the first time we did some serious testing with the new car and engine. It has taken a while to understand the new Bridgestone tyre, especially when it comes to optimizing the performance on new tyres in the dying minutes of the sessions when there is a big improvement in track-grip due to everyone running new tyres at the same time. Fortunately we made progress in that area at Fuji. It's all part of the learning-curve. My team mate ended up in the top six which proves that we've got a competitive package also at Suzuka."
The Race weekend at Fuji begins with two free practice sessions on Friday. Qualifying will run on Saturday followed by the race on Sunday that is scheduled to start 14:35 Tokyo time (GMT+09:00).