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2007 North American GT Season
Photo Credit: Richard Prince.
Champion Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US,7,7)
Putative Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US)
Champion Driver: Olivier Beretta (MC,5,5), Oliver Gavin (GB,3,3)
Putative Driver: Olivier Beretta (FR), Oliver Gavin (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model C6-R, 8.2-liter, eight-cylinder vee, aluminum engine, OHV, fuel injection, six-speed, ventilated disc brakes, carbon fibre/unitary steel chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, power-assist steering, 575 horsepower (Pratt & Miller, Tom Peters).

Pratt & Miller with the C6-R Corvette entry wins all twelve series events and prevails for its seventh consecutive ALMS GT1 constructors' title by a wide margin over the Ferrari and Porsche contingents to ascend as the all-time North American GT championship leader, supplanting Roush Racing. Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin of P&M again jointly share the drivers' crown, the third consecutive for Gavin and the second for Beretta. The Racers Group with the Porsche GT3 Cup entry holds off a furious charge by Banner Racing and its Pontiac GXP-R entry to earn its second consecutive Grand-Am putative GT constructors' title. Dirk Werner of Farnbacher Loles Porsche collects the GT drivers' crown, while Andy Lally of TRG parries off all challengers for the putative laurels.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

ALMS     
Pratt & Miller Corvette229     Gavin132
Risi Ferrari50     Beretta132
Flying Lizard Porsche43     O’Connell J92
Tafel Porsche16     Magnussen92
Rahal Letterman Porsche11     Salo40
Petersen/WLR Ferrari8     Melo40
Grand-Am     
TRG Porsche92     Lally76
Banner Pontiac91     Miller B69
Farnbacher Loles Porsche89     Werner D (SC)69
SpeedSource Mazda66     Valentine68
Tafel Porsche22     Collins K61
Alegra Porsche20     Edwards P56
     Tremblay56

Noteworthy 2007 Races

2007 U.S. Sports Car Invitational Monterey, California2007 2007 U.S. Sports Car Invitational At Laguna Seca for the U.S. Sports Car Invitational (400 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a The Racers Group Porsche GT3 Cup under Andy Lally (US) and R.J. Valentine (US) in 2:29:56.4 (average 82.39 mph), under a second (.231) ahead of a Porsche driven by Ross Smith and Daniel DiLeo. The TRG Porsche under Lally moves out front after the race leading Banner Pontiac driven by Kelly Collins stops for fuel service with only three laps remaining. Lally completes the cross behind the safety car under a caution condition. Photo Credit: Todd Corzett.
2007 XLI Daytona 24 HoursDaytona Beach, Florida2007 2007 XLI Daytona 24 HoursAt Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, an Alegra/Fiorano Porsche 997 GT3 Cup under Carlos de Quesada (US), Jean-François Dumoulin (CA), Scooter Gabel (US), and Marc Basseng (DE) unexpectedly takes class honors and covers 626 laps (average 92.77 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a Pontiac driven by Paul Edwards, Kelly Collins, Andy Pilgrim, and Johnny O'Connell. The AM/FR Porsche beneath Dumoulin moves out front after the race leading Farnbacher Loles Porsche driven by Dirk Werner slows and stops to service an oil leak with only ninety minutes remaining, kicking open the door for Dumoulin and Alegra-Fiorano to steal the D24 after a stellar performance. Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt.
2007 Six Hours of the GlenWatkins Glen, New York2007 2007 Six Hours of the GlenAt Watkins Glen for the 6 Hour in June, a The Racer's Group Porsche 997 GT3 Cup under Andy Lally (US), Spencer Pumpelly (US), and R.J. Valentine (US) takes the class flag and covers 160 laps (average 90.05 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Bryce Miller, Dirk Werner, and Craig Stanton. The TRG Porsche beneath Lally moves out front after passing the race leading Synergy Porsche driven by Richard Westbrook with only twenty minutes remaining before holding off hard charging Werner for victory. Photo Credit: zoompics.com.
2007 Montreal 400 KMMontréal, Canada2007 2007 Montreal 400 KMAt Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the 400 Kilometer in August, a The Racer's Group Porsche 997 GT3 Cup under Andy Lally (US) and R.J. Valentine (US) notches the class victory and covers 67 laps (average 72.32 mph), under a second (.595) ahead of a Porsche driven by Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner. The TRG Porsche beneath Lally moves out front on the final circuit after the race leading Farnbacher Loles Porsche driven by Werner and the SpeedSource Mazda under Emil Assentato tangle at the hairpin. The contact forces Werner wide off the course and allows Lally to slip past on the inside line for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: