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.

Connor De Phillippi Finishes A Solid P4 In His Debut At The Famous Monaco Street Circuit

In only his second Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup race, series rookie De Phillippi just missed out on a podium, finishing P4 before a packed Formula 1 crowd on the streets of Monaco.

May 28, 2014 – SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — It’s was only the second race of the season for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship, but in the world of motorsports, the racing in Monte Carlo was the beginning of what is commonly known as the “greatest weekend in racing.” With Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix kicking off the action and ending with both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, it’s a weekend every racer dreams of taking part in. For Porsche Junior Connor De Phillippi, this dream came true with the opportunity to not only be there for the Monaco Grand Prix, but also race his 911 GT3 Cup car around the prestigious street circuit in the principality.

Just as the 2014 season has already proven, the competition has been as competitive as ever. With the 2.075 mile long Monaco street circuit virtually impossible to pass on, it’s imperative to qualify as close to the front if you want a chance at a podium, let alone winning this marquee event.

28 drivers, from 12 different countries gave it all they had to try and capture the top qualifying position, and in the end, De Phillippi was just 0.172 seconds short of pole position, qualifying his Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport car in a fantastic P4 position. After the session, the young American commented, “It was a fantastic qualifying and I’m very happy with the session. It was a little crazy with the yellow flags, but the team did a great job and we managed to qualify in P4 our first time to Monaco. Now we’ll focus on Sunday and give it our best.”

Starting from P4 for Sunday’s race, De Phillippi got a clean start and held his ground entering turn 1’s very challenging Sainte Devote. As with most races on the streets of Monaco, unless you get caught up in an accident or put a wheel wrong, you’re more than likely to finish in the position you start in. With no pit stops in the Supercup series and such a competitive field of drivers, this once again proved to be the case. Much like the other top 8 drivers in the race, De Phillippi could not advance and brought home P4. Although he missed out on the podium, his first time racing at Monaco proved to be a huge success and a dream come true.

“This weekend at Monaco was great and it really hasn’t sunk in yet. We managed another clean start, kept pace with the leaders and finished as the top rookie in the race. I think we can be very happy with our finish and it will help motivate us to work hard and look to improve in the upcoming races.”

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

Round 3 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria from June 20th – 22nd.

Connor De Phillippi Now Leading The Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Championship

The 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany championship has already proven to be one of the most competitive championships in the world. With a different winner in each race so far and only a 7 point spread between the top 5 drivers, consistency has been key to De Phillippi’s success. Coming off a podium finish the previous round at Hockenheim, De Phillippi continued his consistent running at the front of the pack and ended the weekend as the overall points leader in the driver’s championship.

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