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.”

De Phillippi scores double Factory seat at Nürburgring 24H

24 year old American GT Champion, Connor De Phillippi, has joined Audi Sport in their four car assault on this years 2017 Nürburgring 24H race and will look to become the second ever American to claim victory –

A strong Audi line-up for the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring: In Germany’s major endurance race to be held from May 25 to 28, Audi Sport customer racing will be supporting Audi Sport Team Land and Audi Sport Team WRT. The two teams will each be fielding two Audi R8 LMS cars. Twelve professional race drivers, including six winners from previous years, are going to share the cockpits in the iconic endurance race.

The Audi campaigners at the Nürburgring combine experiences from GT3 racing, the DTM and Le Mans and are aiming to clinch the fourth victory for the brand since 2012. Racing pros Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies, Nico Müller, René Rast, Frank Stippler and Markus Winkelhock have previously decided the iconic race on the Nordschleife in their favor. They will be supported by Connor De Phillippi and Kelvin van der Linde. Like Haase, Rast and Mies, these two campaigners have previously won the ADAC GT Masters overall classification. Three-time Le Mans winner Marcel Fässler, longtime sports car driver Pierre Kaffer, Blancpain GT Champion Robin Frijns and former Formula 3 Cup winner Frédéric Vervisch complete the line-up.

In Audi Sport Team WRT, Audi has the winning squad of the 2015 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on board as well. “We’re poised for fierce competition with a strong line-up,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “In addition, we’re again expecting several customer teams to be competing in the Audi R8 LMS this year.”

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