Grand Am GT Series (USA): Porsche claims GT title – Dirk Werner drivers champion

Dirk Werner (Germany), teaming with rookie Bryce Miller (USA) and Wolf Henzler (Germany), clinched the 2007 Rolex Grand-Am GT Series drivers championship in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports IPC/Marquis Jet Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car with a third-place finish at Saturday’s Sunchaser 1000 at Miller Motorsports Park. The final race of the season also saw Porsche clinch the GT Manufacturers Championship and Farnbacher Loles wrap up the GT Team Championship. Porsche has won the GT manufacturers title seven times of the eight years the series has been in existence.

For Porsche, the titles strengthened its leadership in the Rolex Grand-Am GT series since its beginning in 2000 (includes GT, and the former SGS, GTS, and GTU class designations). Porsche has the most class wins in the history of Grand-Am (all classes), the most wins in the GT class, GT poles, and the most GT podium finishes (by more than 100 finishes). More than 90 percent of these records have been set by Porsche 911 race vehicles – including the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Porsche 911 GT3 R/RS, and the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

The Werner/Miller/Henzler Porsche finished third after running in the top five throughout the entire race. Their third-place finish wrapped up GT driver’s championship for Werner – who finished 10 points (375-365) ahead of the Pontiac team of Collins and Edwards, who finished first in the Utah event. Werner ran the final stint for the team, running the final 17 laps of the race. It marked his 10th podium finish of 2007 and fifth straight for Werner and Miller. The pair scored one win – at Virginia International Raceway.