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!”

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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