2007 Le Mans Series season
The Le Mans Series 2007 season was the fourth long-distance championship of ACOs. It was held over six races in the period from 15 April 2007 to 10 November 2007. For the first time won a diesel vehicle the Constructors' Championship in the LMP1 prototype class. In addition to the five European races, a 1000 - mile race in Brazil was held. It was thus not only the first race on the South American continent, but also the first run in which a distance of more than 1000 km has been covered.
- 2.1 LMP1
- 2.2 LMP2
- 2.3 GT1
- 2.4 GT2
- 3.1 Race Calendar
- 3.2 1000 km Monza
- 3.3 1000 km Valencia
- 3.4 1000 km Nürburgring
- 3.5 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps
- 3.6 1000 km Silverstone
- 3.7 Mil Milhas
- 4.1 Drivers' Championship 4.1.1 LMP1
- 4.1.2 LMP2
- 4.1.3 GT1
- 4.1.4 GT2
- 4.2.1 LMP1
- 4.2.2 LMP2
- 4.2.3 GT1
- 4.2.4 GT2
Besides minor aerodynamic changes in the LMPs already announced in the rules in 2006 restricting the maximum volume of an exhaust system came into force. Here, the threshold of 113 dB ( A) could not be exceeded, the measurements of volume were carried out in 15 m distance to the circuit. In addition, the maximum size of the tank for diesel vehicles to 81 liters has been set. The capacity of the fuel tank was, as before, at 90 liters. The guidelines for temperatures within a cockpit in 2007 were somewhat relaxed. The maximum temperature in the car with air conditioning installed could now be up to 32 ° C. If there is no air conditioning was installed, the driver had to be fed by fresh air fan, but could not exceed the outside temperature at 12 ° C, the temperature in the cockpit.
The race series has been extended to a distance of six runs. The race at Interlagos and Valencia were first run of the season in the Le Mans Series. The 1000-kilometer race at Silverstone and Monza were held again in 2006 after a break, it was decided not to races at Donington and Istanbul. The barrel Mil Milhas Brasil Interlagos represented the first run of the series on the South American continent, but it was not the first race outside of Europe, as early as 2005 took place outside of Europe a run in the belonging to the Asia part of Turkey. Furthermore, it was the first race of the Le Mans Series, in which the distance traveled is not the usual 1000 km, but about 1600 km corresponded.
In the prototype LMP1 2007, the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP was demonstrated for the first time to the public. In addition to the unveiling of diesel prototype, the developments of the previous models of Lola, Creation, Pescarolo and Zytek were presented. Their vehicles in the GT1 category, no new cars were developed because the FIA and ACO are planning to abolish this category by 2010. The new regulations were submitted in October 2007. In the group GT2 997 GT3 RSR was also the first time used a Corvette Z06 in the Le Mans Series next to the Porsche.
2007 Aside from the traditional four race categories, a further rating has been introduced. Along with the new series sponsor Michelin integrated the ACO, the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge. The separate summary was presented by Frédéric Henry - Biabaud the LMS pre-test in Le Castellet. In each race, all participating vehicles were evaluated based on an index in the respective classes, which was calculated from fuel consumption, average speed and weight of the vehicle. The respective winning team won a cash prize of up to 10,000 euros per race.
Teams and Drivers
Swiss Spirit sold after the 2006 season, his Courage LC70 of Saulnier Racing and acquired by the first Lola B07 chassis. In these Lola an Audi FSI engine was installed, which was only the factory team to be available by 2006. The Czech racing team Charouz denied in 2007 his first sports car year with another new Lola B07 chassis. As the engine Judd GV5.5 S2 was selected, with the Pescarolo Sport in 2006 not only the team but also the drivers' championship had been able to win. Pescarolo itself has continued to set its own development based on the Courage C60 one. In addition, Roll Centre could be won as a customer, who also competed with Judd engine and Pescarolo chassis. After the unsuccessful excursion in the previous year in the LMP2 class, the British team was thus landed back in the large prototype class. Courage ended during the winter break the program with Mugen, whose engines had proved in recent years as not sufficiently reliable, and joined the British motor specialist AER. Arena Motorsports, which has already contested sports car operations under the banner of Audi Sport UK, joined in 2007 as a factory -based Zytek team under his own name. In addition to the regular drivers Max Chilton was allowed to participate in one run, with 16 years the youngest racer in the Le Mans Series. Peugeot returned after ten years of abstinence in endurance racing back. With the LMS GT1 Champion 2006 Pedro Lamy, Formula 1 driver and open- Fortuna - Master 1998 Marc Gené and the single closed sports car of the season was the work team of the title aspirant for 2007.
In the small prototype class, the winner of the LMP2 constructors' championship in 2006 moved from one driven with Judd engine courage on a new Zytek 07S / 2 In addition to Michael Vergers and team owner Juan Barazi the team was completed by Karim Ojjeh, who drove in 2006 for Paul Belmondo Racing. Also equipped by Zytek launched the LMP2 freshman team LNT from Silverstone in the season. However, the British troops were still present in the GT2 category. With T2M Motorsport another acquaintance from the GT2 class was now active in the sports car segment LMP2. The Japanese team based in France exchanged during the winter break their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR against a dome team Mader - one. Serge Saulnier, whose team Saulnier Racing Courage LC70 had a care in the previous year for Swiss Spirit, his team sold to JN- Investissement group. Now led by Jacques Nicolet you stepped under his own name in the series on, purchased the Courage chassis of Swiss Spirit and modified it for the LMP2 class. The only German sports car team, however, took a different path. Ian Mitchell, team owner of Kruse Motorsport, traded in his Courage C65 chassis to a year of Pescarolo Sport. Some changes had to be made to the former LMP1 car to retrofit their Pescarolo -01 chassis according to the rules of the small prototype class. Mitchell confided continue on a Judd XV675 unit that had to be used in the car, a process which had hitherto taken no other team with this vehicle up. The two last year's Radical SR9 - chassis were used in the Le Mans Series in 2007. The vehicle from rolling Centre was sold to Embassy Racing, which appeared for the preliminary test on the Circuit Paul Ricard with a Pilbeam, but was not satisfied with its reliability. The other Radical was used as the year of Team Bruichladdich.
Last year's winners in team Larbre used a two Aston Martin DBR9 2007. Of the drivers of the vehicle, however, victory was only the Swiss Gabriele Gardel in the team. Also with two vehicles appeared Luc Alphand Aventures. Next to the old Corvette C5 could buy the successor Corvette C6.R, which had clinched the class victory in the 24- hour race at Le Mans in 2006. With a newly constructed Saleen Racing Box entered as a freshman in the series. Although the team did already have experience from operations in the Italian GT series. The driving in the FIA GT Force Jetalliance 2007 had a short guest visit during the 1000 km of Spa, among others, the former Formula 1 driver and FIA GT champion Karl Wendlinger.
Since last year's winner of the GT2 car Lando Sport, had migrated in the International GT Open, Joël Camathias joined the Porsche team of James Watt Automotive, while title holder Marc Lieb received a cockpit at Team Felbermayr-Proton. In addition to two new cars put the German team on an old 996 GT3 RSR. All other Porsche teams alternated closed for the new Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, except for Ice Pol Racing, which now took up this season with a Ferrari F430. The Spyker factory team focused its presence on a car, however, was able to sell over the winter break a vehicle at the Swiss Speedy Racing Team.
Overall winners are highlighted in bold.
1000 km Monza
The 1000 - km race at Monza took place on 15th of April at the Autodromo Nationale Monza and walked over a distance of 173 laps of 5.793 kilometers for a total of 1002.189 km.
Nicolas Minassian reached in qualifying with a time of 1:34,503 the pole position in the Peugeot 908 before teammate Stéphane Sarrazin. In the LMP2 Lola Angel Burgueño put his total at position 10 among the GT1 car, the team ORECA achieved with the fastest time of 1:45,443. Richard Lietz was able to pull the fastest time in the GT2 for the IMSA Performance Matmut, with 1:50,381 handed the total space for 28
In the race, both Peugeots can quickly deposed from the rest of the field, the closest rival of Pedro Lamy and Marc Gené are Jean -Christophe Boullion Pescarolo and Stefan Mucke in the Lola from Charouz Racing Systems. Before the two - hour mark of the Peugeot of Pedro Lamy and Stéphane Sarrazin gets technical problems and lost four laps in the pits. During the first two places are now awarded to the driver duo Nicolas Minassian / Marc Gené and Emmanuel Collard / Jean -Christophe Boullion, reconditioned ascendants of the second Peugeot one opponent after another and can accommodate up to finish in third place after the sports car in the meantime to overall was 10 fallen behind.
In the small LMP class occur after a few minutes three Lolas at the top, Thomas Erdos for RML, followed by the prototype of Quifel ASM and Horag Racing. The positions seem related, as in the second half of the race until the Lola of the ASM team is pushed into the box and then the vehicle by Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos is on the box with a cooling problem. However, the car can continue with regular mandatory breaks and achieved in spite of the handicap to second place. Behind it, far behind due to technical problem is the car of Binnie Motorsports. As a class winner and in sixth overall in the Swiss Lola crossed by Horag Racing to the finish line.
In the initial phase, the lead may change, thanks Safetycarphase, several times between the Team ORECA Saleen and the Corvette C6.R of Luc Alphand. Ultimately, ORECA is over its competitors through, but after 52 rounds down the race for ORECA is completed, engine damage will stop the French team. Approximately one hour before the race, the positions are related, the two vehicles of Luc Alphand on the first and third place, the remaining Aston Martin DBR9 Team Modena in between.
As with the big GT class, the initial phase of the race is characterized by overtaking in the GT2 field, with the team Farnbacher Racing initially has the upper hand. After a few movers and technical problems of various participants after three hours, the Ferrari F430 by Sergio Hernandez, Alessandro Bonetti and Fabrizio de Simone before another Ferrari Scuderia Villorba the English -Corse team. While the distance between the two leaders an hour before the race is 10 seconds, need to finish the championship race with only two working gears, Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb. The order in the top of the GT2 will remain until you drop the race.
1000 km Valencia
At the Circuit de la Valencian Ricardo Tormo the second round of the LMS was held on 6 May 2007, and went over a distance of 234 laps. In this case, a distance of 947.934 km has been covered.
The pole position was driven out by Marc Gené, with a time of 1:23.489 he could remove the second Peugeot 0.441 seconds. In the LMP2 Michael Vergers lapped the course in 1:25.606, that he will start from the fourth place overall in the race. For the GT cars went the fastest qualifying time, as in Monza, at team ORECA and IMSA Performance.
Similar to the two factory Peugeots Monza can pull out a significant lead after the start, only the Zytek Arena Motorsports can go with the lap times of the turbo diesel. However, the vehicle falls due to a defective throttle cable from the third hour. The position takes over after a three-way battle of the Lola team, the vehicle of Jan Charouz, Stefan Mücke and Alex Yoong. The double victory for Peugeot is no longer to take them under normal racing conditions, as is pushed into the last hour of the race, the Peugeot with the number 7 into the box. The diagnosed clutch problems mean the end of the prototype. After the 6- hour mark is exceeded, the race is checkered. Stéphane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy win by two laps before the two Lolas of Charouz Racing and the Swiss Spirit.
The race of the fastest qualifying vehicle passes through the LMP2 grow. Already in the first round behind Michael Vergers due to a drive failure, the race behind all other LMP cars to record. In the meantime, again the first small prototype, the car falls back due to technical problems on overall rank 22. Always, however, better find the two local heroes Miguel Angel de Castro and Angel Burgueño into the race. First launched on the third class rank, they overtake in the last hour of the race so far leading the LMP2 car of Vitaly Petrov and Jean -Marc Gounon. At the end they win their class with two laps ahead of the car by Saulnier Racing.
A start - to-finish victory Stéphane Ortelli and Soheil Ayari can go out for Team ORECA. While her Saleen S7 -R circled without problems the course 222 times, the other teams are thrown back with technical problems and minor collisions. At the end of both Saleen cross the finish line ahead of the Aston Martin DBR9 of Larbre teams.
In the small GT- class ride at the beginning of the two Porsche of Felbermayr-Proton and IMSA Performance remaining GT2 vehicles which, however, can contribute to half of the race both Virgo Motorsport, as well as unlock Scuderia Villorba Corse again. Approximately one hour before the race, it still looks for a class win for Raymond Narac and Richard Lietz, as the LMP2 driver Bruce Jouanny while lapping pulls back early on the racing line and Lietz relegates into the wall. This meant the end for the Porsche IMSA Performance and a 30 -second stop-and -go penalty for the team of Saulnier Racing.
1000 km Nürburgring
The traditional 1000 km Nürburgring race was held on 1 July 2007 on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring race track and went over a distance of 1003.860 km; shall be the price was 195 times circled.
The first row again secured the two diesel-powered sports prototype of Peugeot. Marc Gené could undercut the pole time last year by nearly four seconds with a 1:41,867. The best place LMP2 vehicle has been driven by Thomas Erdos for the British RML team. With a 1:45,492 thus it was enough for the eighth starting position. Soheil Ayhari drove in 24th place, so went the fastest GT1 - time to the ORECA team. Second-placed Aston Martin DBR9 Team Modena missed the best time by almost a second. Much scarcer was the qualification in the GT2 category, 0.140 seconds ahead was the first time in the 2007 season, a Ferrari at the beginning of the GT2 field. Thus, the Virgo Motorsport team finished the qualification, thanks to Robert Bell, with a 1:58,930 on the grid 31
After the start of the race, the two Peugeots can build distance to the rest of the field. Fastest petrol engine is the work of Courage by Jean -Marc Gounon and Guillaume Moreau, since both the Charouz, as well as Racing for Holland start due to technical inconsistencies from the last row. After a good half of the race the Pescarolo obsolete with the number 16 the lying third in Courage. During the first three places not change until the end of the race, stranded Jean -Marc Gounon in the gravel and can be freed with the help of the marshals. The team of Charouz Racing Systems and Creation Automotive use the unwanted life of courage, pull over and be counted in the target as a fourth and fifth.
The fastest LMP2 cars are after the start of the two Lola RML and Quifel ASM; Third place goes to the half of the race a few times between the Radical Embassy Racing and Zytek of Barazi - Epsilon. About two hours before the race may Karim Ojjeh overtake the vehicle of Quifel ASM and thus moves to the second class position. Since up to pan the checkered flag no further positions are swapped the leaders in the LMP2, Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos achieve their first class victory of the season.
The GT1 cars remain from the start close together, only the Saleen Team ORECA can settle something from the rest of the GT1 field. Before the three - hour mark the leading vehicle overtakes a puncture, and it needs an unscheduled visit the Box. Nevertheless, it may be the class lead after four hours of riding again usurp and are these no longer ago until the end of the race.
In the category of small Gran Turismo vehicles leads from the start of the Virgo Ferrari of Robert Bell and Allan Simonsen, behind the two Porsche of Felbermayr-Proton and Farnbacher Racing. The race runs very unspectacular, addition to the change of position by the order of pit stops vehicles remains constant until the end of the race.
1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps
The 1000 km of Spa -Francorchamps took place on 19 August and went over a distance of 143 laps á 7.004 kilometers, so a total of 1001.572 km.
Nicolas Minassian could figure out the fastest lap in qualifying and failed narrowly at the 2 minute mark. Notably, it was the fourth pole position in four races for the Peugeot team with the number 7 in the LMP2 RML MG- Lola scored with a lap time of 2:06.660, the best starting position in its class. In total position 22, and thus the fastest GT1, was the Saleen S7R Team ORECA. Stéphane Ortelli circled the course with 2:14.715 thus about half a second quicker than second-placed car of Racing Box team. In the GT2 was the best starting position to Marc Lieb, who was able to learn the overall grid position 31 for the Felbermayr- Proton.
Already at the first corner, there is a collision of the courage with the Lola - Judd Chavouz. Both vehicles can drive on after a long break repair, but the race is over after 15 laps for the plant Courage. Undisturbed by accident driving both Peugeots which the field toughest rival is the Pescarolo sports car of Emmanuel Collard and Jean -Christophe Boullion. After an hour be at the Peugeot with the number 7 repairs made after the prototype can continue, but after a good ten minutes, the car is parked and abandoned in the box. Meanwhile, the positions of the LMP1 are made, the remaining Peugeot leads to the end of the race before both Pescarolos.
The race in the LMP2 designed to relatively unspectacular, while Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos may settle quickly, struggling in the first half of the race the Lola of Binnie Motorsports and the Radical Embassy to a podium finish in the Warren Hughes stranded at the end of the gravel. In the second half of the race also Binnie Motorsports gets in trouble, after a contact with the vehicle of Saulnier Racing cars of the several stages in the box needs to be repaired. Also in the battle for second place is Michael Vergers his prototype of Barazi -Epsilon to the wall and have to give up the race. The aufrückende Lola Horag Lister team inherits the third podium place behind the third overall and leading the team RML LMP2 team and Quifel ASM.
In the GT1 quickly forms a leading trio, consisting of the Team ORECA Saleen, the Luc Alphand Corvette and Aston Martin of Team Larbre. During the race, the Aston Martin can squeeze past on the second-place Corvette and is in a race to the finish overall 8. The remaining podium places are completed by Stéphane Ortelli and Soheil Ayari for the French ORECA team of Luc Alphand, Patrice Gouslard and Jerome Policand.
The start of the GT2 cars wins the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche, driven by Marc Lieb and Xavier Pompidou. Directly behind the driver pairing Robert Bell and Allan Simonsen, followed by the French IMSA Performance Matmut team. During the race there will be plenty of spins, departures and collisions that trigger multiple safety car deployments. Even if in the meantime the vehicle of Robert Bell in the lead, win in the end, Felbermayr - Proton, ahead of the two Ferraris of Virgo Motorsport and GPC Sport.
1000 km Silverstone
With a time of 1:31,692 Nicolas Minassian moves to the pole position, followed by his team-mate Pedro Lamy, who completes the front row for Peugeot. Fastest LMP2 is the Zytek Team LNT with a time of 1:35,149, thus overall grid position 4 in the GT1 Team Modena was noted down not only the first GT1 Qualifikationsbestzeit this season, but also the series on Team ORECA stop go for the first time this season behind another GT1 car in the race. With a lap time of 1:49,730, it is sufficient for Virgo Motorsports for start number 29, ahead of all other GT2 cars.
The two Peugeots to implement their starting position immediately into a guide and place quickly a gap between themselves and the rest of the field. Upon completion of the race half the Peugeot of Marc Gene overtakes a puncture, forcing him almost to hobble a complete lap around the course while between the Charouz Lola and Pescarolo with the number 16 flares up a fight for the order on the Siegerpotest. Beneficiary of this situation is the defaulted Peugeot, the duo quickly approaches and outdated around half an hour before the race ended. A few minutes later, the Peugeot continues with the number 8 in the box, the vehicle is inspected by the race and disqualified shortly thereafter because of the broken wheel well. The two Pescarolo Team inherit less than five minutes before race end positions 2 and 3
In LMP2 the lead may change up to the third hour of the race several times, then performs the Zytek of Barazi -Epsilon and gives it no longer up to the end of the race on. The forthcoming double victory slides the British manufacturer Zytek almost out of his hands, as the vehicle of Team LNT and the Binnie Motorsports Lola minutes stranded in the gravel before the race ended. However, Tom Kimber -Smith manages to free himself before the Portuguese Lola can overtake.
While in the initial phase of the GT1 cars are close to the other leg, the field thinned out due to driving errors from ever further. Therefore Modena performs in the third hour of the race team Team ORECA. Less than 2 hours before the race takes Stéphane Ortelli the lead in the GT1 standings and travels the French team for the fourth class win in this year.
Robert Bell and Gianmaria Bruni can quickly settle from the field, followed by the vehicles of IMSA Performance Matmut and Meyer- field proton. While the team of Virgo Motorsport travels against a class win, the worst persecutors creeps only on three tires around the course and have to give up about an hour before the race ended. In addition to the Ferrari of Virgo Motorsport and Porsche IMSA Performance Matmut, is for the first time this season a Spyker on the GT2 podium.
On the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, the last round of the Le Mans Series 2007 took place on 10 November 2007, and went for the first time over a distance of more than 1000 km. The race course was 374 times surrounded, which corresponds to a distance of 1611.566 km.
The qualifying session was the first time Stéphane Sarrazin decide for themselves, with a 1:18,787 he was thus around 0.2 seconds faster than his team-mate Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gené. For overall position 5 and class fastest LMP2 Michael Vergers filed a 1:23,449. In the GT1 multiple ALMS winner Olivier Beretta turned the Corvette of Luc Alphand on the eighth overall position. A front row starts behind the fastest GT2, piloted by Dirk Werner at the tenth position.
The 1000 miles race begins dramatically, the car on pole position comes not from the spot and can move only after the field is on the formation lap. The circuit is suspended between the aisles and the electronics therefore blocked the drive wheels. Pedro Lamy takes a good hour to his Peugeot from behind to take the second position and join the ranks behind his teammate. Half an hour later breaks with Jean -Christophe Boullion during braking of the Senna -S front suspension, he can intercept the car without the barriers to touch and then go into the box. After the race half- time crossing the Peugeot of Pedro Lamy and Stéphane Sarrazin is pushed to the pits to make repairs, but it may continue before the Pescarolo is back within striking distance. After the seventh hour of the race, the Peugeot with the number 8 must unscheduled visit twice the box, but can continue after a few repairs, but loses several rounds on the leading sister car. After 374 laps, the race is checkered. Pedro Lamy and Stéphane Sarrazin win as runner-up the championship.
Like the Peugeot, even the Pilbeam of Pierre Bruneau team can not start and is pushed into the box, can later go on though, but proposes in the second half of the race into the wall and thus obstructed the safe podium position. The two remaining LMP2 drive close together until the Embassy Radical loses after a takeoff into the gravel several rounds to the box and thus can save Juan Barazi, Michael Vergers and Karim Ojjeh its second class victory for Barazi - Epsilon.
In GT1, the Corvette of Luc Alphand team can quickly make the Aston Martin. After five hours, the projection is already seven laps, but the Corvette must shortly leave for a longer stay repair the lead in the GT1. Since the Larbre team makes no mistakes can this last round of the season recorded their first class victory of the season.
While the Felbermeyer Proton Porsche stand out in the GT2 with the number 79 and 88 by multiple punctures on the right rear, the sister car of Marc Lieb, Xavier Pompidou and Basseng drives a peril- class victory. Due to technical problems the teams of GPC and James Watt Automotive the Monegasque JMB Racing Team can carry two Ferraris on the GT2 podium, one of the vehicles is fully occupied with Brazilian local heroes. In other JMB Ferrari is among other championship leader Robert Bell, who has not brought his own Ferrari to Interlagos.
Within each of the four classes are the drivers of the vehicles first eight points distributed as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. Drivers who are not driving at least an hour will not get any points. If two or more drivers have the same number of championship points, those who are better off, which achieved the best individual result in the season. Do all drivers achieved the same result, priority is given to the person who can have the highest rankings with the result. Should all drivers have the same number of relevant results, one is rated better, who scored the item as the first result. Otherwise, all drivers occupy the same placement.
The decision on the title in the drivers' championship was only in the last race of the season. Although Stéphane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy led since the second race of the season, but it enabled the technical problems and the resulting residue in Silverstone Jean -Christophe Boullion, who could drive consistently in the points until then to catch up again. Due to the better result in the final race of the title was 4.5 points clear at Pedro Lamy and Stéphane Sarrazin. The second Pescarolo team driver Emmanuel Collard built already ahead of the championship, because he did not participate in the FIA GT at the 1000-kilometer race in Valencia because of obligations as a Porsche factory driver.
† - For the run at Interlagos only half points were awarded since fewer than five vehicles took part in this class in the race.
The championship in the LMP2 was not decided by the course of the race at Silverstone. Both Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos, and Miguel Amaral, Miguel Angel de Castro and Angel Burgueño had a chance to win the championship. However, no one took the title contenders at the last race in South America part. As for the run in Brazil only three LMP2 cars were logged in the championship finally went to Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos, even if one of Quifel ASM driver had taken part in another prototype in the race. Because due to the small number of racing cars of the ACO decided to award only half championship points. Therefore, one could achieve for a win only five instead of the usual ten points. However, six points would have been necessary for a tie.
† - For the run at Interlagos were only awarded half points, as have participated less than five vehicles in the class in the race.
The situation in the GT1 Championship turned out to be similar to the LMP2. Three driver pairings were to win the GT1 title after the race at Silverstone still the possibility. However, were due to the small number of participants and the resulting halved championship points not enough points will be scored to snatch Stéphane Ortelli and Soheil Ayari the championship.
† - For the race at Interlagos only half points were awarded since fewer than five vehicles took part in the class in the race.
The decision on the title in the GT2 Robert Bell has already achieved prematurely by his victory at Silverstone. Teammate Allan Simonsen did not participate in this penultimate championship race, as he pursued commitments in the Australian GT Championship. After the Virgo Motorsport Ferrari in the last race did not compete in Brazil itself and the two drivers anheuerten at various other teams, fell only here the decision whether Robert Bell had to share the championship with his team mate or not. Robert Bell remained loyal Ferrari and changed for the run to JMB, while Allan Simonsen contested the race for the Porsche team James Watt Automotive. Through the achievement of scoring points Robert Bell has named the sole LMS GT2 champion 2007.
The 2007 season was a struggle reliability against speed. While the work of Peugeot vehicles were unbeaten at speed in every race, they lacked reliability. Here could trump sports especially the last year's champion team of Pescarolo, although you could decide not run this season for themselves, they reached the points in every race, often it was beaten only by the diesel prototypes. In the end it was enough but only for the runner-up title, however, was associated with an automatic invitation to the 24- hour race at Le Mans 2008. Le Mans Series champion in 2007 was thus Peugeot, who also received an invitation to Le Mans in 2008 next to the title.
† - For the race at Interlagos only half points were awarded since fewer than five vehicles that have participated in the classroom, in the race.
The decision in the team championship in the LMP2 corresponded closely to the drivers' championship, because all the top teams completed the entire season with its main cast. So RML could decide the championship between runs, because the only Titelkonkurent did not compete in Brazil. As in the team standings both champions and runners-up received an automatic invitation to the 24- hour race at Le Mans, the number of participants on the last race was crucial. Quifel ASM gave up a trip to South America and enabled Barzai -Epsilon with a class win to catch up. In Interlagos but suffered only three LMP2 vehicles and so by decision of the ACOs only half points were awarded championship that secured the Portuguese team's runner-up.
† - For the race at Interlagos only half points were awarded since fewer than five vehicles that have participated in the classroom, in the race.
As in the drivers' standings, the decision of ACOs because of the number of participants was for the race at Interlagos to only awarded half points that championship decision. Thus, the Team ORECA was not to take the class title as they could, apart from the Mil Milhas decide each race of the season for themselves. The title of runner-up, however, was still open. However, team Larbre reported the Aston Martin with the number 51 for the race in Brazil. Once you noticed the mistake they asked for the ACO if it would be possible to swap the vehicle numbers in order to compete with the number of third-placed sister car allowed. The request was rejected because Luc Alphand Adventures thereupon appealed protest.
† - For the race at Interlagos only half points were awarded since fewer than five vehicles that have participated in the classroom, in the race.
Due to constant traveling, the GT2 title already went to Silverstone to the Virgo Motorsport team that could learn a podium position at each participating this season. Felbermeyer proton stable as runner-up, as the list of participants for the race at Interlagos has been published. Neither G.P.C. Sport still Scuderia Villorba Corse began their way to South America to intervene in the title fight. Remarkably, a special series of victories was in 2007 not broken: Since 2005, won only always abwechselned Ferrari and the following race a Porsche GT2 class.
In addition to the main race of the Le Mans Series in 2007 drove the same race weekend several accompanying racing series on the same route. An integral part of the framework program were the Peugeot 207 Spider Cup one-make cup and organized by Peter Auto Classic Endurance Racing. In addition, the sports car of the Radical Cup Race started at three of the five European events. At selected championship races competed among others, the World Series by Renault and the French Porsche Carrera Cup.
A live broadcast of all six rounds of the season at full length was carried out by the television channel Motors TV. Was commented the broadcast by Mark Cole and Carlton Kirby. For the runs at Spa, Silverstone and Interlagos, the team was supported by the racer Liz Halliday.