For the first time this season, Champ Car World Series rookie Bjorn Wirdheim will hope to make past experience pay as the series heads to Montreal for the latest round of the year.

Wirdheim drove at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2004 while part of the Jaguar Formula One team and the Swede said he was hopeful of making that experience pay this weekend and fight for a third top ten finish of the season.

"Montreal is the only track that we visit this year that I have raced on before," he said. "I was there last year with Jaguar for the Formula One race and I did the Friday practice. It is a track that I quite like and I have been really looking forward to this event for two reasons. The first, obviously because I already know the circuit and will not have to learn on Friday like I have had to at all of the other events this year. Second, because the HVM team had a very good car in Montreal last year and nearly won the race.

"From what I understand we will use pretty much the same setup as we used in Denver where we had a really good car. I am confident that if we get everything right in Montreal, we will get the result that we were capable of in Denver. The Montreal circuit has some really long straights and heavy braking zones. Last year, most of the work I did was on brakes, we were working to get them to last the whole race.

"I don't expect to have the same problem in Champ Car because the car is quite different but it is something we will have to look after. Montreal is more like a normal racing circuit although it still has a street circuit feel to it because in most places there is not a lot of run off area and the walls are very close to the track so you still have to be very careful when driving on the limit. That being said, I like the layout and I really enjoy the challenge of the margin with the wall, it should be a good weekend for us."

 

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