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.”

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.”

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