2007 World Touring Car Championship

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2007 World Touring Car Championship
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The 2007 World Touring Car Championship season was the 4th season of FIA World Touring Car Championship motor racing. The championship, which commenced on 11 March and ended on 18 November, after twenty-two races, was open to Super 2000 Cars, Diesel 2000 Cars and Super Production Cars [1] as defined by the relevant FIA regulations. The Drivers' Championship was won by Andy Priaulx and the Manufacturers' Championship by BMW.[2]

Teams and drivers[edit]

Andy Priaulx (BMW), Yvan Muller (SEAT) and Jörg Müller (BMW) in Curitiba. Yvan Muller challenged double-champion Priaulx in the last stage of the season, but Priaulx won the Drivers' Championship again at the final round in Macau.
Yvan Muller (SEAT Leon) placed second in the Drivers' Championship
James Thompson (Alfa Romeo 156) placed third in the Drivers' Championship
Alain Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti) placed sixth in the Drivers' Championship

The following teams and drivers contested the 2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship.[3]

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds
United Kingdom BMW Team UK BMW 320si 1 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx All
14 Sweden Fredrik Ekblom 7, 10–11
Germany BMW Team Germany 2 Germany Jörg Müller All
3 Brazil Augusto Farfus All
Italy BMW Team Italy-Spain 4 Italy Alessandro Zanardi All
5 Spain Félix Porteiro All
United Kingdom Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Lacetti 6 United Kingdom Robert Huff All
7 Italy Nicola Larini All
8 Switzerland Alain Menu All
88 Sweden Rickard Rydell 7
Spain SEAT Sport SEAT León 9 Spain Jordi Gené 1–6
10 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 1–10
11 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 1–9
12 France Yvan Muller 1–6
18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 2–11
38 Spain Oscar Nogués 10
40 Germany Peter Terting 8
88 Sweden Rickard Rydell 11
SEAT León TDI 9 Spain Jordi Gené 7–11
11 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 10–11
12 France Yvan Muller 7–11
Italy N.technology Alfa Romeo 156 15 United Kingdom James Thompson All
16 Netherlands Olivier Tielemans 1–10
66 Macau André Couto 11
Hong Kong GR Asia SEAT León 20 Netherlands Tom Coronel All
United Kingdom Team RAC/Aviva BMW 320si 25 Netherlands Duncan Huisman 11
Independents' Trophy
Sweden Honda Dealer Team Sweden Honda Accord Euro R 17 Sweden Tomas Engström 10
Italy SEAT Sport Italia SEAT León 19 Italy Roberto Colciago 2–3, 6–10
34 Italy Massimiliano Pedalà 3, 5, 8–9
Hong Kong GR Asia SEAT León 21 Republic of Ireland Emmet O'Brien 1–6
22 Italy Maurizio Ceresoli 3–11
35 Russia Timur Sadredinov 8
45 Russia Sergey Krylov 9
France Exagon Engineering SEAT León 23 Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals All
24 France Anthony Beltoise 4
77 Portugal Luís Pedro Magalhães 6
Germany Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si 26 Italy Stefano D'Aste All
Sweden Elgh Motorsport BMW 320si 28 Sweden Carl Rosenblad 7, 11
Italy Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si 30 Italy Luca Rangoni All
31 Spain Sergio Hernández 1, 3–4, 6–11
32 Italy Davide Roda 5
Belgium Racing for Belgium Alfa Romeo 156 33 Portugal Miguel Freitas 2–6, 10–11
Switzerland Maurer Motorsport Chevrolet Lacetti 36 Spain María de Villota 3
Germany Engstler Motorsport BMW 320i 43 Germany Franz Engstler 11
44 Russia Andrey Romanov 11
Russia Russian Bears Motorsport BMW 320i 50 Russia Lev Fridman 2–3
51 Russia Evgeny Zelenov 2
52 Russia Viktor Shapovalov 2–3
Russia Golden Motors Honda Accord Euro R 54 Russia Alexander Lvov 7
55 Russia Andrey Smetsky 7
Macau Ao's Racing Team BMW 320i 62 Macau Ao Chi Hong 11
Russia Avtodom Racing BMW 320i 63 Hong Kong Henry Lee Jr. 11
Guest Entries
United Kingdom Team RAC/Aviva BMW 320si 27 United Kingdom Colin Turkington 9, 11
Germany TFS-Yaco Racing Toyota Corolla T-Sport 37 Germany Philip Geipel 5
Germany Engstler Motorsport BMW 320i 46 Hong Kong David Louie 11
Sweden Polestar Racing Volvo S60 Flexifuel 60 Sweden Robert Dahlgren 7


Driver changes[edit]

Changed Teams

Entering WTCC including those who entered one-off rounds in 2006

Leaving WTCC

Calendar[edit]

Four circuits (Zandvoort, Pau, Porto and Anderstorp) newly joined the category.
Image: an advertisement for the race at Zandvoort, one of them, by the car of Tom Coronel at the opening races in Curitiba.

A provisional calendar was released on 15 January 2007.[1][2]. On 27 February 2007, the FIA announced that the 13th and 14th races of the series originally scheduled to be run in Istanbul would instead take place at the Anderstorp circuit.[3]

Each race weekend featured two races of 50 kilometres each (similar to Superbike World Championship race format). If the safety car was deployed during a race, the first two laps under it were not counted towards the race distance.

The starting grid order for the first race of each weekend was determined by the results of qualifying and the race began with a rolling start. The second race grid order was determined by the results of the first race with the top eight positions reversed. The second race began with a standing start.

Round Race Name Track Date
1 R1 HSBC Race of Brazil Brazil Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba 11 March
R2
2 R3 Courtyard Race of the Netherlands Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 6 May
R4
3 R5 Stihl Race of Spain Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo 20 May
R6
4 R7 Beru Race of France France Circuit de Pau Ville 3 June
R8
5 R9 Race of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Masaryk Circuit 17 June
R10
6 R11 Race of Portugal Portugal Circuito da Boavista 8 July
R12
7 R13 Race of Sweden Sweden Scandinavian Raceway 29 July
R14
8 R15 Beru Race of Germany Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 26 August
R16
9 R17 Courtyard Race of UK United Kingdom Brands Hatch 21 September
R18
10 R19 Courtyard Race of Italy Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 5 October
R20
11 R21 Monroe Race of Macau Macau Guia Circuit 16 November
R22

Results and standings[edit]

Races[edit]

Race Race Name Pole Position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Winning independent Report
1 Brazil Race of Brazil Germany Jörg Müller Germany Jörg Müller Germany Jörg Müller Germany BMW Team Germany Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals Report
2 Germany Jörg Müller Brazil Augusto Farfus Germany BMW Team Germany Italy Luca Rangoni
3 Netherlands Race of the Netherlands Switzerland Alain Menu Italy Luca Rangoni Switzerland Alain Menu United States Chevrolet Italy Luca Rangoni Report
4 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Gabriele Tarquini Spain SEAT Sport Italy Luca Rangoni
5 Spain Race of Spain United Kingdom James Thompson United Kingdom James Thompson United Kingdom James Thompson Italy N.Technology Italy Luca Rangoni Report
6 United Kingdom Robert Huff United Kingdom James Thompson Italy N.Technology Italy Luca Rangoni
7 France Race of France Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu United States Chevrolet Italy Stefano D'Aste Report
8 Brazil Augusto Farfus Brazil Augusto Farfus Germany BMW Team Germany Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals
9 Czech Republic Race of the Czech Republic Spain Félix Porteiro Brazil Augusto Farfus Spain Félix Porteiro Italy BMW Team Italy-Spain Italy Massimiliano Pedalà Report
10 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Germany Jörg Müller Germany BMW Team Germany Italy Stefano D'Aste
11 Portugal Race of Portugal Switzerland Alain Menu United Kingdom Robert Huff Switzerland Alain Menu United States Chevrolet Italy Stefano D'Aste Report
12 Germany Jörg Müller United Kingdom Andy Priaulx United Kingdom BMW Team UK Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals
13 Sweden Race of Sweden Portugal Tiago Monteiro Switzerland Alain Menu United Kingdom Robert Huff United States Chevrolet Italy Luca Rangoni Report
14 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Sweden Rickard Rydell United States Chevrolet Italy Roberto Colciago
15 Germany Race of Germany Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Roberto Colciago France Yvan Muller Spain SEAT Sport Italy Roberto Colciago Report
16 United Kingdom James Thompson Brazil Augusto Farfus Germany BMW Team Germany Italy Massimiliano Pedalà
17 United Kingdom Race of UK Switzerland Alain Menu France Yvan Muller Switzerland Alain Menu United States Chevrolet Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals Report
18 United Kingdom Colin Turkington United Kingdom Andy Priaulx United Kingdom BMW Team UK Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals
19 Italy Race of Italy France Yvan Muller Spain Jordi Gené France Yvan Muller Spain SEAT Sport Italy Luca Rangoni Report
20 United Kingdom James Thompson Spain Jordi Gené Spain SEAT Sport Italy Roberto Colciago
21 Macau Guia Race of Macau Switzerland Alain Menu Italy Gabriele Tarquini Switzerland Alain Menu United States Chevrolet Italy Luca Rangoni Report
22 Italy Gabriele Tarquini United Kingdom Andy Priaulx United Kingdom BMW Team UK Italy Luca Rangoni

Standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver BRA
Brazil
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
SWE
Sweden
GER
Germany
UK
United Kingdom
ITA
Italy
MAC
Macau
 Pts 
1 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx 2 2 8 5 5 3 6 2 Ret 7 7 1 11 13 5 2 7* 1 NC Ret 8 1 92
2 France Yvan Muller 8 4 NC 12 3 4 2 6 6 DNS 5 5 6 Ret 1 5 4* 5* 1 5 27† DNS 81
3 United Kingdom James Thompson Ret 11 13 19 1 1 10 7 9 5 10 10 3 5 3 4 2 8* 3 3 5 3 79
4 Brazil Augusto Farfus Jr. 3 1 5 2 22† 10 7 1 4 2 9 6 16 9* 7 1 11 Ret 7 Ret 26† DNS 71
5 Italy Nicola Larini Ret 10 2 4 2 5 Ret 11 5 6 3 20† 7 2 Ret 21 Ret 12 4 2 7 2 71
6 Switzerland Alain Menu Ret Ret 1 Ret 9 14 1 8 8 Ret 1 3 8 3 NC 10 1 Ret 5 Ret 1 21† 69
7 Germany Jörg Müller 1 3 10 3 8 2 11 10 2 1 8 2 15 10 4 Ret 14 7* 16 14 13 20† 66
8 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 4 5 7 1 Ret 24† 19 12 7 4 4 7 5 7 2 7 10 Ret 6 Ret 2 14 62
9 United Kingdom Robert Huff 5 Ret Ret 13 Ret 13 4 4 20 NC 2 11 1 11 11 6 6* 3 8 4 3 Ret 57
10 Spain Jordi Gené 9 12 9 10 4 6 8 5 15 8 14 21† 18 24 6 3 5* 6* 2 1 4 22† 55
11 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 4 9 Ret 12 3 3 13 9 15 13 2 6 10 8 21 11 Ret 8 6 4 38
12 Spain Félix Porteiro Ret Ret 11 8 Ret 19 5 Ret 1 3 17 18 14 16 Ret 20 9* 2 18 Ret 12 7 32
13 Netherlands Tom Coronel 6 8 Ret 14 21 25† 9 Ret Ret 11 6 4 4 4 Ret 12 13 9* 9 7 15 5 29
14 Italy Luca Rangoni Ret 7 3 6 7 7 Ret 17 18 Ret 20 12 17 20 16 18 16 21† 10 DNS 17 10 15
15 Italy Alessandro Zanardi 7 6 12 11 Ret DNS Ret 9 3 20 16 15 20 15 Ret 15 15 Ret 13 6 10 Ret 14
16 Sweden Rickard Rydell 9 1 11 6 13
17 Italy Roberto Colciago WD WD 6 7 Ret Ret DNS DNS Ret DNS 19 18 8 14 12 15 22† 9 6
18 Mexico Michel Jourdain 12 15 15 16 6 9 12 Ret 11 13 12 9 Ret 12 12 9 19 13 14 13 3
19 Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals 10 9 14 15 13 16 18 13 12 15 13 8 22 23 Ret DNS 8* 10 DSQ DSQ Ret 13 3
20 Spain Sergio Hernández 14 Ret 10 8 14 Ret Ret DNS Ret 22 14 17 18 16 19 17 21 15 1
= Sweden Fredrik Ekblom 12 14 11 12 16 9* 1
NC Netherlands Olivier Tielemans Ret 14 16 17 14 11 Ret 16 19 16 Ret DNS 13 21 9 Ret 20 14 Ret 11 0
NC Netherlands Duncan Huisman 9 11 0
NC Italy Stefano D'Aste 11 13 17 18 12 18 13 Ret 14 10 11 14 21 19 17 13 17 17 21 10 18 12 0
NC Italy Massimiliano Pedalà 11 15 10 12 Ret 11 NC 18 0
NC Spain Oscar Nogués 12 DNS 0
NC Republic of Ireland Emmet O'Brien 13 Ret 18 20 17 17 17 Ret 16 17 Ret 19 0
NC Russia Timur Sadredinov 13 19 0
NC Italy Maurizio Ceresoli 15 23 Ret 15 17 14 18 16 23 25 15 16 Ret 19 17 Ret 22 18 0
NC France Anthony Beltoise 15 14 0
NC Portugal Miguel Freitas Ret 21 16 Ret 16 Ret 21 18 19 Ret DNS DNS 20 15 23 19 0
NC Sweden Tomas Engström 15 16 0
NC Germany Franz Engstler 19 16 0
NC Sweden Carl Rosenblad 25 17 20 17 0
NC Portugal Luís Pedro Magalhães 21 17 0
NC Spain María de Villota 18 20 0
NC Russia Viktor Shapovalov 19 23 20 21 0
NC Russia Lev Fridman 20 22 19 22 0
NC Russia Sergey Krylov Ret 20 0
NC Italy Davide Roda 23 21† 0
NC Russia Evgeny Zelenov 21 24 0
NC Germany Peter Terting Ret 22† 0
NC Russia Alexander Lvov 24 26 0
NC Russia Andrey Romanov 24 Ret 0
NC Russia Andrey Smetsky 26 27 0
NC Hong Kong Henry Lee Jr. Ret DNS 0
NC Macau André Couto DNS DNS
NC Macau Ao Chi Hong WD WD
guest drivers ineligible for points
NC United Kingdom Colin Turkington 3* 4* 14 8* *
NC Sweden Robert Dahlgren 10 8* *
NC Germany Phillip Geipel 22 19 *
NC Hong Kong David Louie 25 Ret *
Pos Car BRA
Brazil
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
SWE
Sweden
GER
Germany
UK
United Kingdom
ITA
Italy
MAC
Macau
 Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

† — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Point system: 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1 for top eight finishers in each race.

Drivers with 0 points were not classified in official championship results.[2]

* Phillip Geipel, Robert Dahlgren, Colin Turkington and David Louie were not eligible to score championship points. Thus, 9th-place finishers scored points in the Race 2 of Sweden, Race 1 & 2 of the United Kingdom and Race 2 of Macau.

Yokohama Independents' Trophy[edit]

Championship promoter KSO organised the Yokohama Independents’ Trophies within the 2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship.[4]

Drivers were awarded points towards the Independents' Trophy in the first twenty rounds on a 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1 basis for the first eight finishers of those entries which were classified as Independents.[4] Points were awarded in the final two rounds on a 20-16-12-10-8-6-4-2 basis.[4]

Pos Driver BRA
Brazil
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
SWE
Sweden
GER
Germany
UK
United Kingdom
ITA
Italy
MAC
Macau
Pts
1 Italy Stefano D'Aste 11 13 17 18 12 18 13 Ret 14 10 11 14 21 19 17 13 17 17 21 10 18 12 152
2 Italy Luca Rangoni Ret 7 3 6 7 7 Ret 17 18 Ret 20 12 17 20 16 18 16 21† 10 DNS 17 10 150
3 Belgium Pierre-Yves Corthals 10 9 14 15 13 16 18 13 12 15 13 8 22 23 Ret DNS 8 10 DSQ DSQ Ret 13 124
4 Spain Sergio Hernández 14 Ret 10 8 14 Ret Ret DNS Ret 22 14 17 18 16 19 17 21 15 81
5 Italy Roberto Colciago WD WD 6 7 Ret Ret DNS DNS Ret DNS 19 18 8 14 12 15 22† 9 78
6 Italy Maurizio Ceresoli 15 23 Ret 15 17 14 18 16 23 25 15 16 Ret 19 17 Ret 22 18 66
7 Italy Massimiliano Pedalà 11 15 10 12 Ret 11 NC 18 44
8 Portugal Miguel Freitas Ret 21 16 Ret 16 Ret 21 18 19 Ret DNS DNS 20 15 23 19 36
9 Republic of Ireland Emmet O'Brien 13 Ret 18 20 17 17 17 Ret 16 17 Ret 19 35
10 Germany Franz Engstler 19 16 20
11 Sweden Carl Rosenblad 25* 17* 20 17 16
12 France Anthony Beltoise 15 14 14
13 Sweden Tomas Engström 15 16 13
14 Russia Timur Sadredinov 13 19 10
15 Portugal Luís Pedro Magalhães 21 17 7
16 Russia Alexander Lvov 24 26 5
17 Russia Viktor Shapovalov 19 23 20 21 5
18 Russia Lev Fridman 20 22 19 22 4
19 Russia Andrey Smetsky 26 27 3
20 Italy Davide Roda 23 21† 3
21 Russia Andrey Romanov 24 Ret 2
22 Russia Sergey Krylov Ret 20 2
23 Spain María de Villota 18 20 2
24 Russia Evgeny Zelenov 21 24 1
NC Hong Kong Henry Lee Jr. Ret DNS 0
NC Macau Ao Chi Hong WD WD
Pos Driver BRA
Brazil
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
SWE
Sweden
GER
Germany
UK
United Kingdom
ITA
Italy
MAC
Macau
Pts
  • * Guest driver

Yokohama Teams' Trophy[edit]

The Yokohama Teams' Trophy was won by Proteam Motorsport.[5]

Manufacturers' Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer Car Wins Points
1 BMW BMW 320si 9 255
2 SEAT SEAT León, SEAT León TDI 4 249
3 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti 7 218
4 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 156 2 124

Points were awarded on a 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1 basis in each race but only to the top two placegetters from each manufacturer. All the other cars of that same manufacturer were considered invisible as far as scoring points was concerned.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 WTCC Sporting Regulations Retrieved from fiawtcc.com via web.archive.org on 22 December 2014
  2. ^ a b Championship point standings Retrieved from www.fiawtcc.com via web.archive.org on 22 December 2014
  3. ^ 2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship - Entry List Retrieved from www.fiawtcc.com via web.archive.org on 22 December 2014
  4. ^ a b c Yokohama Independents' Trophies - Regulations Retrieved from fiawtcc.com via web.archive.org on 22 December 2014
  5. ^ Yokohama Teams' Trophy Retrieved from www.fiawtcc.com via web.archive.org on 22 December 2014

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