Connor Signs With BMW Of North America

This week BMW Team RLL completed the first US test of the BMW M8 GTE at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Fla., in preparation for the upcoming 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The team’s 10th season representing BMW will not only see the debut of a new racing car, but it will also see a change to the driver lineup as Bill Auberlen transitions to a new role in support of BMW of North America’s customer racing program as a BMW NA Brand Ambassador, among other duties. Racing fans will not be disappointed though as Bill will join BMW Team RLL for the four endurance races; Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen and Petit Le Mans.

De Phillippi storms to victory at wet Zandvoort

Connor De Phillippi and Montaplast by Land Motorsport celebrated their first ADAC GT Masters victory of the 2017 race season in treacherous rain conditions at Circuit Park Zandvoort (22-23.07). The team from Germany was the dominant squad during the race, and with a safety car in the final 8 laps of the race it allowed De Phillippi a final chance to plot an attack for the win. When the green flag waved for the final restart, it was a late braking move into turn 1 that catapulted the #1 Audi R8 LMS into the lead which could not be touched until the checkered flag flew.

Californian-born De Phillippi, who now races for Land Motorsport full-time around the global, emphasized that this victory was a key point scoring weekend that was needed in the season to reignite their title fight

“Up until this point in the season we have scored a few podiums, but we have no had the most dominant car We’ve been focused on being mistake free and waiting for our opportunity to shine. With the rain we had today, it allowed us as drivers to shine through and make our magic happen. I’m extremely happy to het a win at the halfway point in the season and now we will aim to do the same at the Nürburgring in August.”

“We will be going to the Nürburgring with nothing less than a race victory as our primary goal.

Top-5 for De Phillippi at the 24 Hours of Spa

The 69th edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa kept all its promises and will sit in the history books as one of the world’s most difficult GT3 races in endurance racing history. With five cars and four different manufacturers all within a 70 second time gap, it shows how brutally tough the competition was for 24 hours.

The Audi Sport Team WRT car #2 driven by Connor De Phillippi, Christopher Mies and Frederic Vervisch was constantly in the top three positions and even led for several hours before the halfway point in the race.

During the mandatory 5-min technical stop at around the 14th hour in the race, the team had a slight hiccup when changing a brake caliper and lost valuable time in the pits. From that point it was an all out sprint race, with De Phillippi and his teammates driving as if it was an all our sprint race to the finish.

As time ticked down the #2 Audi R8 LMS slowly worked its way back into the Top-5 and when the checkered flag flew it was a 5th place finishing position for De Phillippi’s first attempt at the infamous 24 Hours of Spa.

“Of course we all had victory in mind today. We led and fought in the top three positions for the first half of the race, and we go away from this event knowing that we had the speed to stand on top of the podium. I’m pleased to have crossed the line in fifth position and I’m very proud to have been a piece of this team today. The atmosphere was one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever experienced and I look forward to coming back next year with a chance at the overall victory!”

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