De Phillippi set for 12 Hours of Sebring debut with Stevenson Motorsports

Stevenson Motorsports has confirmed Connor De Phillippi as their third driver for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, as part of a slightly adjusted lineup in its two Audi R8 LMS entries. De Phillippi joins Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell in the team’s No. 6 Audi, which will mark the young American’s first 12-hour start at Sebring. He has past experience at the track from his open-wheel career.

He enjoyed a standout drive at the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai, also in one of the new Audis.

“For 2016 I was looking to make a return to more racing in North America, and as my European plans developed I tried to align myself with top teams that would be competing in the new Audi GT3 machinery,” he said.

“Stevenson Motorsports was at the top of my list, and after we made contact it all moved forward from there! The 24 Hours of Dubai was my first time in the Audi, and starting off with such a strong personal performance in completely foreign machinery gives me a great feeling heading into Sebring.”

DE PHILLIPPI SHOWS HEAD TURNING PERFORMANCE AT HANKOOK 24 HOURS OF DUBAI

The 2016 Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai proved to be a career-enhancing weekend for Connor De Phillippi. Throughout the entire 24 hours, the media named De Phillippi the star of the race due to his impressive performance behind the wheel of his Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS.

With 100 cars entered in the event, there was no doubt the competition level would be the toughest in this event’s history. The weekend began as well as can be, with the #28 Land Motorsport Audi starting on the front row in second position. By lap 2, the team had taken over the lead.

At hour four, it was time to shine for De Phillippi in his first driving stint; and that is precisely what he did. After being handed over the car in 3rd position, he sliced his way through traffic and overtook the lead Audi by closing a 13 second gap in just 3 laps. The media room was left speechless after De Phillippi’s stint was finished. He handed over the car with a 49 second lead to his teammate, Carsten Tilke.

“I may not have a lot of endurance racing experience, but working the lapped traffic just seems to come natural to me. Battling for the lead with one of the best GT drivers in the world was quite fun! And to say I came out on top in the battle is very satisfying.”

Unfortunately their luck ran short during the 21st hour of the race when the gearbox temperature began to skyrocket. Which was then shortly followed by a complete loss of drive. After hours of hard battling, the team had to accept defeat and relinquish their second place position.

“At first I had lost fifth and sixth gear. I continued to drive my stint using only the first four gears, but then after about an hour the temperature went extremely high. I radioed to the team and we then decided to come into the pits to see what we could do. As I entered pit lane there was one final clunk, which then led me coasting down pit lane to our box. It was an unfortunate yet graceful way to end our hard fought effort here in Dubai.”

“Even though we did not come out on top, it proves that we have great speed in combination with our new Audi R8 LMS. I cannot thank Land Motorsport, Montaplast, Audi Customer Racing, Justice Brothers, Brett King Design and Vital Ultra for their continued support. I cannot wait to get this 2016 race season underway.”

Porsche Junior Connor De Phillippi Takes Win At Hungaroring In Carrera Cup Germany Championship

The young American driver captured not only his first win, but also took home a 3rd place podium and the lead in the overall driver’s championship.

Jun. 2, 2014 – SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Rounds 5 & 6 of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany championship at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, Hungary will surely be a weekend Connor De Phillippi will not forget anytime soon.

With another monstrous field of 37 competitors and some of the best sports car racers in the field, De Phillippi not only took home his maiden win in the series, but he also captured a 3rd place podium and regained his lead in the overall driver’s championship.

In race 1 of the weekend, De Phillippi managed to qualify his #9 FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport car in P3, just 0.2 seconds off the pole position. From there, De Phillippi got a clean start and maintained his P3 position over Danish driver Nicki Thiim. This was De Phillippi’s 2nd podium of the season and kept him in the tight driver’s championship battle with veteran Carrera Cup driver and Germany Christian Engelhart.

“Overall, the race was good for us. I didn’t get a perfect start, but I managed to hold my position into turn 1 and had the pace to maintain P3. Starting from pole position for tomorrow’s race, we are in the best position for a win, so that’ll be our sole focus.”

For Sunday’s longer sprint race, De Phillippi put his car on pole position with a lap time of 1:47.540. With Hungaroring being one of the most difficult circuits to pass on, it’s crucial to get a clean start and maintain position through turn 1. With the pressure on him, De Phillippi did exactly that. He got a great start and never looked back. For each of the 19 laps, De Phillippi was never challenged for the lead and he never put a wheel wrong. At the checkered flag, De Phillippi took his first win by 2.5 seconds over Nicki Thiim, the 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup champion.

“Today’s victory was the result of over a year of really hard work with my team. We have been very strong this season and to achieve my first victory, as well as the first team victory for FÖRCH racing in the Carrera Cup is truly a dream come true. They have believed in me from the beginning and I cannot thank my entire team and Porsche Motorsport for their amazing support. Hearing the American Anthem played while on top of the podium is simply an indescribable feeling!”

“Once again, I have to give a huge thank you to the whole FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport team, Porsche Motorsport and my partners, Jorg Gray, McKenna Porsche, Justice Brothers, Oakley, Competent Motorsport, David August Inc., Brett King Design, Bell Racing Company and the Porsche Club of America.”

With 6 of the 18 races in the books, De Phillippi is now leading the driver’s championship by 18 points (89) over veteran Carrera Cup driver and Germany Christian Engelhart (71).

Rounds 7 and 8 will take place at Norisring from June 27th – June 29th.

More information on the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany can be found at www.racecam.de.

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