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.”

Connor De Phillippi: Stellar performance remains unrewarded

One of the stories of the 42. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen was Land Motorsport’s rise and fall. Connor De Phillippi did everything right in the opening hours of the second VLN race of the season. Having started from 21st on the grid after a little set-back in qualifying, the American drove the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 all the way up to seventh place before handing over the steering wheel to Christopher Mies. Just when victory in VLN2 looked inevitable, Mies suddenly lost speed in the final kilometers, dashing a near-certain win.

OC Register Interviews Connor

One of the four drivers on a European racing team that rose out of nowhere to place second in the grueling Rolex 24 Daytona endurance race on Jan. 28 is not from Europe. Connor De Phillippi, 24, is an Orange County product, from San Clemente. He recently sat down with the OC Register for an interview. Read it now by clicking here.

De Phillippi Delivers Stand Out Performance in Rolex 24 at Daytona

Current ADAC GT Masters and Nürburgring VLN Champion Connor De Phillippi brought his Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 to a second place finish at the famous Rolex 24 at Daytona Endurance race.
The team regulars De Phillippi and Mies, with an assist from co-drivers Jules Gounon and Jeffrey Schmidt, impressed in their first stateside appearance, with particular praise heaped on De Phillippi for his overnight stints in the wet. Despite being only his third attempt at Daytona, the 24 year old wowed in the rain, at one point building a more than 25-second lead over second place. De Phillippi credits his experience in Europe for his performance.

“During my 3-hour night stint in the rain, our performance was simply in a league of our own. With so many races in Europe being in the rain, it was essentially normal conditions to me. We hope the rain continues all the way to the finish of the race.”

Despite an ill-timed tire puncture and some bodywork damage that dropped the team back to 7th place, De Phillippi and his Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport teammates rallied to be back out in front in the closing stages of the race. However, unfortunately, a Daytona 24 win, and the coveted Rolex watch, was not in the cards for the team. After a full 24 hours of racing, the Audi nicknamed ‘Peggy Sue’ crossed the finish line less than three tenths of a second behind first place.

“We can all be very proud of what we achieved today. To come across from Germany and finish second against the best team the US has to offer is a massive accomplishment. Zero mistakes were made during the pitstops and every driver performed in all conditions. I guess this means we just have to come back next year and try once again to win that coveted Rolex watch.”

Though he didn’t take victory, pundits, fans and competitors alike were impressed with De Phillippi’s master class in the overnight hours. FOX Sports Commentators Brian Till and Tommy Kendall expressed their praise during the race broadcast, with Kendall backing up his kind words on Twitter by asserting that De Phillippi earned it. Other commenters called his drive a “highlight” and a “standout performance.”

American Connor De Phillippi reaches title promised land in Europe

For several years on the Mazda Road to Indy, Connor De Phillippi was among the star open-wheel prospects-in-waiting. The driver out of San Clemente, Calif. had the theoretical package of combining great talent, speed, marketability, partner relationships and looks in hand – similar to a Josef Newgarden, another past Team USA Scholarship recipient.

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VLN-Tabelle: Connor De Phillippi krönt sich zum erfolgreichsten Fahrer

Land Motorsport garnierte seine erfolgreiche GT-Saison beim Münsterlandpokal mit einem weiteren Tagessieg. Damit krönte sich Connor De Phillippi zugleich zum erfolgreichsten VLN-Fahrer der diesjährigen Saison – und belegt Platz eins in der hypothetischen Tabelle der Langstreckenmeisterschaft.

Am vergangenen Wochenende hat Land Motorsport seine diesjährige Saison mit dem dritten VLN-Erfolg gekrönt. Nach dem Titelgewinn im ADAC GT Masters reklamierte die Audi-Equipe somit auch die Speed-Trophäe der Langstreckenmeisterschaft für sich. Und: Stammfahrer Connor De Phillippi hievte sich somit als erfolgreichster Fahrer im Gesamtklassement an die Stirn der hypothetischen Tabelle.

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Land siegt bei furiosem VLN-Finale

Mit einem furiosen Finale verabschiedet sich die VLN-Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring am Ende ihrer 40. Saison in die Winterpause. Bei anfangs schwierigen Witterungsbedingungen gestartet, empfing im Ziel eine strahlende Herbstsonne die Sieger des 41. DMV Münsterlandpokals, Christopher Mies und Connor De Phillippi: Im Audi R8 LMS von Land wurden sie nach 4:06:25.800 Stunden mit einem Vorsprung von 2:44.418 Minuten vor Jörg Müller und Nico Menzel im BMW M6 GT3 des BMW-Teams RBM abgewinkt.

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Audi zurück im Titel-Kampf

Audi triumphiert beim ADAC GT Masters am Nürburgring gleich doppelt. Die Lauf-Sieger Connor De Phillippi und Christopher Mies melden sich im Titelkampf zurück.

Die beiden Audi-Piloten Connor De Phillippi und Christopher Mies haben sich beim zweiten Lauf des ADAC GT Masters am Nürburgring den ersten Sieg ihres Teams bei den Supersportwagen gesichert.

De Phillippi zeigte sich nach dem Rennen überglücklich: “Christopher hat die Reifen nicht kaputt gefahren, daher war meine Aufgabe nicht mehr so schwer. Unser erster Sieg, ich kann meine Freude noch gar nicht in Worte fassen.”

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VLN: Mies/De Phillippi feiern 20. Sieg

Großer Jubel im Team Land-Motorsport: Christopher Mies und Conner De Phillippi feierten im Audi R8 LMS im vierten Lauf den 20. Sieg in der VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring für den Traditionsrennstall von Wolfgang Land aus dem Westerwald. Die 47. Adenauer-Deutsche-Payment-Trophy auf der Nürburgring-Nordschleife war von äußerst schwierigen Wetterbedingungen mit teils starkem Regen, teils dichtem Nebel geprägt.

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In The Headlights: Connor de Phillippi

A week on from another solid weekend in the ADAC GT Masters at the Lausitzring, I caught up with Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi driver Connor de Phillippi for a chat about a number of topics.

Before we get started, I want to say a massive thanks to Connor. He’s the first driver to get involved with this site and I can’t thank him enough for not only answering the questions, but also clearly putting a lot of time and thought into his responses. He’s a sterling example of why I and many others love GT racing. As a big fan of his and Audi in general, it is genuine pleasure to get him involved.

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