BMW 320si number 4
Driver: Alex Zanardi
Qualifying: 10th (2.32.493)
Race 1 result: 10th
Race 2 result: retired
BMW 320si number 5
Driver: Felix Porteiro
Qualifying: 11th (2.32.497)
Race 1 result: 12th
Race 2 result: 7th
The FIA WTCC 2007 championship concludes in the best way for BMW Team Italy-Spain. At Macau, the team led by Roberto Ravaglia and Umberto Grano conquered, together with the other two official BMW teams, the constructors' world title in a day that saw Andy Priaulx as a world champion, for the third season in a row, and Stefano d'Aste winner of the Independents trophy.
Alex Zanardi: "In race one I was right behind Priaulx, and due to the classification position I was keen to protect his position from any attacks. I am really very happy for his third championship success which arrived when the situation seemed to be definitely compromised. In race two I have been bumped at the beginning of the race and I concluded escape route. In the heat of the moment I selected the reverse too violently and this broke some gearing that shortly caused the damage of other gears as well. I finally wish to congratulate with Stefano d'Aste that conquered the Independents title behind the wheel of a BMW."
Felix Porteiro: "This was my first race at Macau. I constantly improved from session to session and I ended up with competitive laps both in qualifying and race. In the first manche I run with the objective to help Priaulx in his title fight, while in race two, once the situation was decided, I had the chance to express my best without keeping an eye to the classification and I got a seventh place which I reckon quite good on a difficult track like this. The experience gathered this year will surely be useful next season".
Umberto Grano (Project Manager): "As I said in the pre-race statements, the constructors' title was a strategic result for BMW. We achieved our objective, and alongside came the drivers' title as well as the Independents one. An en-plein that sees our brand once again as a great protagonist in the history of touring races".
Roberto Ravaglia (Team Manager): "Macau is one of the most demanding tracks of the world. Zanardi already knew very well the track, while Porteiro had to learn it quite quickly to give his contribution in the decisive race of the season. The constructors' championship victory is a result that awards the efforts of BMW Team Germany, BMW Team Italy-Spain and BMW Team UK. My sincere congratulations go to Andy Priaulx for obtaining his third world title at the end of a very tight season".