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Wirdheim signs as official Jaguar tester 17 Feb 2004

Bjorn Wirdheim (SWE) Jaguar r4. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, 27-29 January 2004.

The Jaguar Formula One team announced on Tuesday that Swedish driver Bjorn Wirdheim has signed as their official test and reserve driver for the 2004 season.

Wirdheim, last year's FIA Formula 3000 champion, recently completed a series of successful tests with Jaguar and has immediately started work in his new position in preparation for the forthcoming Australian Grand Prix.

Speaking from Sweden, Wirdheim said: "I am delighted to be joining Jaguar Racing in my new role and look forward to helping the team in achieving its goals this season. There are some really good people in the team and I have settled in quite quickly. There is a lot of work ahead but I am excited about this and look forward to contributing to the continued development of the R5."

Jaguar Racing's Managing Director, David Pitchforth added, "I am pleased to be able to welcome Bjorn to the team at this time and I know that he will be a great asset in the team moving forward. We have all been working incredibly hard on the R5 and the added benefit of a third driver will be a great help both to the development team and of course to our drivers Mark Webber and Christian Klien."

Wirdheim, 23, started his motorsport career in karts in his native Sweden. He switched to single-seaters in 1996, winning the Swedish Formula Ford 1600 title the following year. He scored two wins in the German Formula Three series in 2001, as well as taking pole position at the Macau Grand Prix, before moving to F3000 in 2002. He has also previously tested with the BAR and Jordan Formula One teams.