De Phillippi Crowned 24H Nürburgring Winner

Connor De Phillippi and Audi Sport Team Land celebrated victory in the Eifel, when the weather conditions ensured for a dramatic finish at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The team from Germany was the dominant squad during the race, despite a setback just before the penultimate hour of competition. The team of Wolfgang Land led for 125 race laps, about 3,172 kilometers, when a sensor problem occurred on the car. The attempts to completely solve the problem during two pit stops were unsuccessful. Despite this, the number 29 Audi R8 LMS moved back up to second place. Shortly before the end of the race, Audi Sport Team Land was the first front-running team to change to rain tires. A decision that paid off: Kelvin van der Linde regained the lead on the wet track. Together with his teammates, Christopher Mies (D), Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Markus Winkelhock (D), the South African won the 45th edition of arguably the most difficult endurance race in the world.

Californian-born De Phillippi, who now races for Land Motorsport – mostly in Europe – emphasized that the achievement of winning one of the premier endurance races in the world has made his risk to take his talents across the pond worthwhile. He is only the second American to win the race – which continues to grow in international stature – after Sebring 12 Hours and 24 Hours of Daytona winner Boris Said’s victory in 2005 with BMW.

“I’m still in shock. The events that took place in the final 30-minutes of this race are all something I’ve never seen before in motorsport. The Nürburgring is called the ‘Green Hell’ for a reason, and it certainly showed us that today.”

“I simply cannot be happier for everyone at Land Motorsport and all of my teammates for doing an absolutely perfect race.”

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