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.”

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