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 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.

Porsche Junior Connor De Phillippi Ends The Weekend With A Podium Finish At Hockenheim

With a massive grid of 37 drivers, representing 11 different countries to kick off the championship, American Connor De Phillippi started from pole position after breaking Porsche Factory driver Nick Tandy’s 2011 qualifying record around Hockenheim.

De Phillippi Enjoying Foray Into Endurance Racing

Following a shift to sports car racing only one year ago, Connor De Phillippi is set to tackle two 24-hour races in the same month, all while making his around-the-clock endurance racing debut.

First up for the 21-year-old Porsche Junior, who is coming off a successful first season in Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, is this week’s Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai, where the California native is at the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3 R entered by Swiss squad Fach Auto Tech.

Beachfront Racing At Zandvoort (a.k.a Sandvoort)

Courtesy of Panorama Magazine – November 2013

A crisp ocean breeze, two-lane beach board walk and 100 yards inland from this coast line was… A race circuit? Now visualize 45,000 spectators relaxing on the sandy embankments while listening to 38 Porsche GT3 Cup cars roar down the main straight and you’d find yourself in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

During my stay in Europe so far this year, there was never a location that had felt so similar to my hometown back in California. As funny as it seems, it actually felt like a ‘home race’ in a way, especially with the surprise visit from some neighbors back home. Coming into this race weekend, my expectation levels were very high after a promising test day just a few weeks beforehand and I felt it was time to finally climb onto the podium.

Red-Flagged On The Nurburgring Formula 1 Track

Courtesy of Panorama Magazine – October 2013

“All drivers out of their cars and down to race control. The race director would like a word with everyone.”

Never in my entire career have I had any session during a weekend red flagged and brought to a ‘pause’ per say, so the race director could have a chat with all of the drivers. Although, there is a first time for everything I suppose. Prior to this race weekend at Nurburgring, I was told that track limits were always an issue. The problem is, is that in order to be on pace with the leaders you have to cut the track like the others if you want to give yourself a fair chance!

Street Courses And Lady Luck

Courtesy of Panorama Magazine – September 2013

A crisp ocean breeze, two-lane beach board walk and 100 yards inland from this coast line was… A race circuit? Now visualize 45,000 spectators relaxing on the sandy embankments while listening to 38 Porsche GT3 Cup cars roar down the main straight and you’d find yourself in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

An American in Germany

Courtesy of Panorama Magazine – July 2013

My first Carrera Cup race. At Hockenheimring. Was I excited? Absolutely! But I tried to be realistic with my expectations, as my competitors have three, four, or even five years experience in the series and on tracks we’d be racing on.

For me, this race was not just about learning a new car—it was about learning a new car at a track I’ve never raced on, in a country I’ve lived in for only two months. We’d done some testing at the Hungaroring, Adria Raceway, and the Red Bull Ring to prepare for the season opener in Hockenheim, so I was beginning to get comfortable with my new “office.” But now it was time to shine in Hockenheim!

Autoweek: American Racers at Le Mans

“He’s a great kid with a bright future,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports. Doonan saying that about Connor De Phillippi now that De Phillippi has a full-time ride with Porsche speaks to the relationship the 20-year-old driver has maintained with the people who helped him in the past.

De Phillippi, of San Clemente, Calif., competes this season in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Germany as a Porsche Junior Driver, regarded as the first step in building a career under Porsche’s racing umbrella. It’s a change for De Phillippi, not only geographically, but his previous experience was in open-wheel cars.

Porsche Panorama Magazine – Norisring

Courtesy of Panorama Magazine – July 2013

Street course circuits. A mini playground made of concrete walls, catch fences, and tire barriers. One of my favorite aspects being the locals coming out to enjoy a weekend of motorsport entertainment, and having the chance as a driver to meet these locals is an even greater experience.

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