2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series

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2007 V8 Supercar season
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The 2007 V8 Supercar season featured the ninth V8 Supercar Championship Series which began on 1 March and finished on 2 December. This championship consisted of 14 rounds covering all states and the Northern Territory of Australia as well as rounds in New Zealand and Bahrain. The series also carried the Australian Touring Car Championship title, which was awarded by CAMS for the forty eighth time in 2007.[1]

The 2007 season was significant in that two new models of cars were being used by the teams. The Holden VE Commodore was a completely new car and the Ford BF Falcon consisted of several changes from the previous model. These cars debuted at the first round of the season at the Clipsal 500.

This season was also significant in that Channel Seven broadcast the series for the first time since 1996, after Channel Ten had rights to the series for the past ten years.

Pre-season[edit]

The 2007 pre-season began with a number of driver and team changes which occurred during December 2006 and January 2007. The most important of the driver changes being Greg Murphy moving to Tasman Motorsport from Paul Weel Racing and Steven Richards changing not only teams, but also manufacturers by moving from the Holden based Perkins Engineering to the Ford Performance Racing team.

A number of team changes also occurred during the off-season with Vodafone being the naming sponsor for Triple Eight Race Engineering and Jim Beam joining forces with the Dick Johnson Racing team.

Most of the team launches occurred during late January and early February with a few exceptions, including the launch of Mark Winterbottom's FPR car in early January. As well as the individual team launches, an official season launch was held in Sydney's Martin Place on 15 February.

A number of testing days were also held during the pre-season. These tests were conducted at the two race circuits used as test tracks, Queensland Raceway (TeamVodafone, DJR and WPS Racing) and Winton Raceway (most Victorian based teams including HRT, Ford Performance Racing, HSV Dealer Team and Perkins Engineering). Both of these major tests were conducted on 19 February 2007.

One of the other major stories of the 2007 pre-season involved both of Holden's most supported teams, being the Holden Racing Team and the HSV Dealer Team. Both teams temporarily had their TEGA licences revoked meaning they would not be able to compete in the championship. This was due to issues relating to the ownership of both teams.[2] This problem related to the ownership of the teams, where under V8 Supercar regulations, one person can only own one team. Officially, Mark Skaife owns HRT and John Kelly (father of Todd and Rick) owns HSV Dealer Team, however the close relationship between the two teams and the presence of Tom Walkinshaw in both teams clouded the ownership of both teams.[3] The teams had their licenses reinstated temporarily pending the presentation of documents proving the ownership of each team to TEGA. On 22 February 2007, the HSV Dealer Team produced the required documents and has been fully reinstated to the championship,[4] and HRT was cleared to race on 27 February 2007 after satisfying TEGA that Mark Skaife is the true owner of the team.[5]

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers contested the 2007 V8 Supercar season. Drivers are numbered as per the official 2007 entry list listed on the V8 Supercar website.

Team Car Car # Drivers Endurance Event Drivers
HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore 1 Rick Kelly Craig Baird
Paul Radisich
16 Garth Tander
Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore 2 Mark Skaife Glenn Seton
Nathan Pretty
Tony Longhurst
200*
22 Todd Kelly
Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 3 Jason Richards Mark Noske
Jay Verdnik
51 Greg Murphy
Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon 4 James Courtney David Besnard
9 Russell Ingall Luke Youlden
Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon 5 Mark Winterbottom Owen Kelly
Matt Halliday
6 Steven Richards
Perkins Engineering Holden VE Commodore 7 Shane Price Kayne Scott
Holden VZ Commodore
Holden VE Commodore
11 Jack Perkins
Marcus Marshall
WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon 8 Max Wilson Michael Caruso
Grant Denyer
10 Jason Bargwanna
Brad Jones Racing Ford BF Falcon 12 Andrew Jones Damien White
Christian Murchison
14 Brad Jones
Simon Wills
Dick Johnson Racing Ford BF Falcon 17 Steven Johnson Alex Davison
Andrew Thompson
18 Will Davison
Paul Weel Racing Holden VE Commodore 20 Paul Dumbrell
Paul Weel
Holden VZ Commodore
Holden VE Commodore
50 Cameron McConville David Reynolds
100
Team Kiwi Racing Ford BF Falcon 021 Adam Macrow
Paul Radisich
Shane Van Gisbergen
John McIntyre
Britek Motorsport Ford BF Falcon 25 Jason Bright Adam Macrow
26 Alan Gurr Warren Luff
Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore
Holden VE Commodore
33 Lee Holdsworth Greg Ritter
Cameron McLean
Holden VE Commodore 34 Dean Canto
Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore 39 Fabian Coulthard
Steve Ellery
Owen Kelly
Chris Pither
Holden VE Commodore 67 Paul Morris
Rod Nash Racing Holden VZ Commodore 55 Steve Owen Tony D'Alberto
Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon 88 Jamie Whincup Allan Simonsen
Richard Lyons
888 Craig Lowndes
Paul Cruickshank Racing Ford BF Falcon 111 John Bowe Jonathon Webb
  • Note: Mark Skaife used the number 200 on his car to celebrate his 200th round entrance at Philip Island.

Race Calendar[edit]

Rd. Race Title Circuit City / State Date Winner Team Report
1 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 1–4 Mar Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team Report
2 BigPond 400 Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo, Western Australia 23–25 Mar Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Report
3 PlaceMakers V8 Supercars Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe, New Zealand 20–22 Apr Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team Report
4 Winton Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria 18–20 May Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Report
5 Eastern Creek Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney 9–11 Jun Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Report
6 Skycity Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory 22–24 Jun Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Report
7 Queensland 300 Queensland Raceway Ipswich, Queensland 20–22 Jul Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Report
8 Jim Beam 400 Oran Park Raceway Sydney 17–19 Aug Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport Report
9 Just Car Insurance 500 Sandown Raceway Melbourne 14–16 Sep Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
Triple Eight Race Engineering Report
10 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 4–7 Oct Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
Triple Eight Race Engineering Report
11 V8 Supercar Challenge Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland 18–21 Oct Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Report
12 Desert 400 Bahrain International Circuit Manama, Bahrain 1–3 Nov Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Report
13 Falken Tasmania Challenge Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 16–18 Nov Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Report
14 Dunlop Grand Finale Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 30 Nov – 2 Dec Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Report

Changes[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

Team changes[edit]

Rule Changes[edit]

  • Points will only be awarded to the top 15 finishers.[16]
  • The top ten shootout will only be run at the endurance events.[16]
  • A single 45-minute qualifying session will be held in a fashion similar to Formula One, were all cars compete in the first 15 minutes. The quickest 20 will then complete in the second 15 minutes and the quickest 10 will complete in the final 15 minutes.[16]
  • No rounds will be dropped for the championship.[16]
  • There will be a greater spread of points between the point scoring positions.[16]

Results and Standings[edit]

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos. Driver No. ADE
BAR
PUK
WIN
EAS
HID
QLD
ORA
SAN
BAT
SUR
BAH
SYM
PHI
Pen. Pts.
1 Garth Tander 16 6 10 1 1 1 1 1 8 4 1 1 5 15 5 6 3 3 1 1 1 Ret 19 2 4 Ret 1 1 8 2 14 4 1 10 Ret 1 1 4 0 625
2 Jamie Whincup 88 3 5 7 23 18 4 2 5 1 2 2 2 3 EX 5 4 26 4 2 3 3 Ret 4 1 1 2 2 Ret Ret 22 16 2 1 1 3 3 2 0 623
3 Craig Lowndes 888 13 11 4 8 8 14 7 4 18 6 5 9 4 2 3 1 1 5 3 2 7 1 14 1 1 3 24 7 Ret 5 1 5 6 5 4 6 3 0 592
4 Rick Kelly 1 4 1 2 2 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 2 4 2 2 2 7 16 6 2 15 15 2 Ret 7 16 6 4 12 8 6 5 Ret 5 8 10 0 552
5 Mark Winterbottom 5 5 Ret 10 6 5 2 23 11 26 20 10 11 7 6 Ret 6 6 10 7 5 4 3 24 8 10 20 17 5 1 1 3 3 3 7 7 4 5 0 420
6 Todd Kelly 22 1 2 Ret 10 7 6 4 2 27 11 4 4 5 1 4 8 4 8 11 19 8 2 11 9 Ret Ret 26 Ret 11 28 Ret 12 20 Ret 6 2 1 10 381
7 Steven Richards 6 11 8 22 13 9 5 18 12 2 16 12 6 6 7 7 9 8 13 Ret Ret 5 6 5 3 10 Ret 5 1 25 6 25 4 2 2 27 12 9 0 380
8 Mark Skaife 2 14 7 3 3 2 10 6 9 21 17 26 1 1 3 1 5 5 2 8 17 1 20 Ret Ret 17 8 Ret 7 18 21 7 4 4 2 5 7 0 379
9 James Courtney 4 2 3 11 Ret Ret 9 5 3 17 15 8 Ret 14 8 16 Ret DNS 3 4 18 19 7 Ret 16 2 6 15 4 6 2 2 28 8 6 12 7 6 0 359
10 Will Davison 18 Ret 9 6 5 6 11 8 6 Ret 14 9 14 9 10 EX 7 7 6 5 4 6 8 16 Ret 3 11 18 11 8 3 5 9 11 14 9 9 8 0 343
11 Russell Ingall 9 8 4 24 14 10 8 9 10 Ret 8 6 7 11 12 Ret Ret 11 9 6 9 Ret 9 3 7 Ret 4 3 3 5 8 7 16 30 13 8 19 26 0 311
12 Steven Johnson 17 9 6 5 4 4 13 21 16 6 5 Ret 10 8 9 11 23 18 11 22 Ret 13 12 12 Ret 3 8 13 Ret 3 4 6 8 9 8 13 11 27 0 304
13 Greg Murphy 51 7 Ret 8 7 12 12 11 13 Ret 4 7 12 25 11 Ret Ret 14 19 12 7 9 Ret 22 14 4 5 4 13 10 11 10 11 22 15 10 13 22 0 250
14 Jason Richards 3 20 13 14 12 19 7 Ret 18 23 Ret 16 13 24 16 10 10 9 Ret 13 8 11 5 6 14 4 10 6 2 16 13 15 10 7 3 17 26 Ret 0 235
15 Lee Holdsworth 33 24 12 9 9 11 17 13 17 5 Ret DNS 23 12 Ret 14 17 10 Ret 10 10 10 4 1 5 Ret 12 27 14 Ret 25 12 Ret 13 12 11 10 11 0 209
16 Dean Canto 34 12 18 27 25 28 25 17 Ret 19 23 14 16 Ret DNS 9 11 15 16 15 13 18 23 Ret 5 Ret 9 14 Ret 13 7 9 20 12 10 20 16 14 0 125
17 Max Wilson 8 17 Ret 23 18 13 16 12 14 9 Ret Ret 19 23 21 8 14 16 15 14 Ret 16 11 9 Ret 7 13 9 10 23 26 20 26 17 19 19 24 15 0 110
18 Jason Bargwanna 10 15 Ret 25 22 23 20 Ret DNS 11 22 15 15 13 13 Ret 16 13 14 Ret 21 15 27 13 Ret 7 14 7 12 9 10 11 23 23 Ret 23 18 16 0 109
19 Steve Owen 55 16 Ret 12 Ret 24 19 19 21 13 7 11 27 Ret Ret 13 12 19 18 Ret Ret Ret 23 8 11 6 15 21 Ret Ret 27 19 15 25 Ret 18 21 Ret 0 103
20 Paul Radisich 021/16 16 11 22 15 10 7 24 12 13 2 Ret 0 96
21 Jason Bright 25 10 14 DNS DNS DNS Ret 16 25 7 9 24 8 22 14 Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret 12 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS DNS 19 Ret Ret 17 18 9 Ret 15 12 0 71
22 Paul Morris 67 Ret 17 15 19 15 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 17 10 15 12 13 12 12 9 15 Ret Ret 21 15 Ret Ret 25 Ret Ret 23 Ret Ret 21 11 Ret Ret 13 0 70
23 Paul Dumbrell 20 Ret 20 18 17 Ret 22 Ret Ret 25 25 21 Ret 19 18 24 21 17 25 25 10 6 12 21 Ret Ret 14 Ret 14 13 16 Ret 25 Ret 19 0 69
24 Owen Kelly 6/39 3 13 24 23 Ret 20 19 17 18 28 Ret Ret 22 21 0 63
25 Richard Lyons 88 10 5 0 63
Allan Simonsen 88 10 5 0 63
27 David Besnard 4 16 2 0 60
28 Tony D'Alberto 55 11 6 0 54
29 Paul Weel 20 22 Ret Ret 6 12 0 51
30 John Bowe 111 Ret Ret Ret 20 14 21 15 23 14 Ret 17 22 21 24 15 15 24 23 17 12 23 24 19 12 14 19 11 Ret 18 24 18 27 19 17 28 25 23 0 47
31 Craig Baird 16 4 Ret 0 45
32 Nathan Pretty 22 9 11 0 45
33 Matt Halliday 5 8 13 0 42
34 Cameron McConville 50 21 15 19 24 16 18 14 15 12 21 22 18 16 17 20 19 20 Ret 18 14 17 22 Ret Ret Ret 18 10 9 Ret 20 27 19 Ret DNS 15 Ret 18 0 35
35 Luke Youlden 9 7 Ret 0 33
36 Alex Davison 18 Ret 8 0 30
Andrew Thompson 18 Ret 8 0 30
38 Glenn Seton 2/22 13 11 0 30
39 Shane Price 7 22 22 13 16 20 24 25 20 10 13 18 25 Ret 22 19 Ret DNS Ret 24 16 21 18 20 Ret Ret Ret 22 Ret 12 9 26 Ret 26 Ret 16 17 28 0 30
40 Greg Ritter 34 18 9 0 27
Cameron McLean 34 18 9 0 27
42 Jonathon Webb 111 12 14 0 25
43 Shane Van Gisbergen 021 20 13 23 20 Ret 22 12 Ret 15 16 13 24 15 18 14 14 17 0 23
44 Andrew Jones 12 25 Ret 26 28 21 26 Ret 22 Ret 10 20 24 Ret 23 18 25 23 24 23 Ret Ret 17 7 Ret Ret Ret 28 Ret 22 21 22 21 27 Ret 24 Ret 20 0 19
45 Tony Longhurst 2 13 0 12
46 Simon Wills 14 16 Ret 23 21 18 19 17 20 22 21 21 Ret 24 10 17 Ret Ret Ret 20 15 21 15 23 22 24 Ret 26 Ret Ret 0 12
47 Fabian Coulthard 39 Ret 19 17 15 17 23 20 19 20 19 19 Ret 17 20 22 22 25 14 14 Ret 19 16 0 8
48 Steve Ellery 39/67 20 25 Ret 15 Ret 0 6
49 Michael Caruso 8/10 Ret 15 0 6
Grant Denyer 10 Ret 15 0 6
51 Jack Perkins 11 19 Ret 21 26 25 DNS DNS DNS 22 18 Ret 20 20 25 21 24 21 Ret 19 11 21 26 18 Ret Ret 16 19 Ret 17 17 Ret 0 6
52 Marcus Marshall 11 17 Ret 14 14 16 22 20 24 0 6
53 Alan Gurr 26 23 Ret 28 21 27 Ret 24 24 15 24 25 26 Ret Ret 23 18 Ret Ret 20 20 22 28 Ret Ret Ret 23 Ret 16 24 Ret 24 25 29 20 24 23 24 0 2
Adam Macrow 021/25 18 16 Ret Ret 0 0
Brad Jones 14 Ret 21 20 27 26 Ret 22 Ret 0 0
Chris Pither 39 19 16 0 0
John McIntyre 021 20 Ret 0 0
Kayne Scott 11 17 Ret 0 0
David Reynolds 50 Ret Ret 0 0
Warren Luff 26 Ret Ret 0 0
Mark Noske 3 Ret Ret 0 0
Jay Verdnik 3 Ret Ret 0 0
Christian Murchison 14 Ret 0 0
Damien White 14 Ret 0 0

Team Championship[edit]

Pos Team Penalty Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Rd 12 Rd 13 Rd 14 Pts
1 HSV Dealer Team 0 88 129 116 114 80 106 95 44 105 0 81 68 57 94 1177
2 Triple Eight Race Engineering 0 60 46 77 89 81 93 102 70 96 111 68 37 106 98 1134
3 Holden Racing Team 0 87 73 76 21 117 90 46 60 39 18 10 17 46 100 800
4 Ford Performance Racing 0 44 46 44 33 64 54 36 70 81 36 50 77 100 53 788
5 Stone Brothers Racing 0 92 17 66 34 35 6 62 37 33 60 78 86 26 38 670
6 Dick Johnson Racing 0 44 80 32 37 47 28 46 36 0 81 26 84 47 38 626
7 Tasman Motorsport 0 22 34 26 26 15 28 30 40 9 45 72 28 44 12 431
8 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0 16 24 4 16 5 28 22 47 39 27 20 29 22 23 322
9 WPS Racing 0 3 4 8 17 10 17 8 21 0 39 40 23 2 192
10 Paul Weel Racing 0 3 0 5 5 0 0 3 8 36 15 17 6 4 2 104
11 Rod Nash Racing 0 0 5 0 21 0 9 0 10 18 36 2 0 2 0 103
12 Paul Morris Motorsport 0 0 6 0 10 10 14 16 6 6 0 0 0 6 4 78
13 Britek Motorsport 0 17 0 0 22 13 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 9 7 73
14 Team Kiwi Racing 0 0 6 21 9 4 0 0 5 6 2 6 59
15 Paul Cruickshank Racing 0 0 3 2 3 0 4 5 0 15 9 6 0 0 0 47
16 Perkins Engineering 0 0 4 0 12 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 14 6 0 42
17 Brad Jones Racing 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 19 0 0 2 2 0 0 31

References[edit]

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