De Phillippi makes history with BMW M8 GTE Program

Nines races into the inaugural racing season of the newest BMW race car, San Clemente native Connor De Phillippi added another entry in the record books by delivering the first victory for the all-new BMW M8 GTE at the Michelin GT Challenge this past weekend at Virginia International Raceway (Sunday,August 19th).

The Team RLL No. 25 BMW M8 GTE, driven by Connor De Phillippi and British teammate Alexander Sims, completed 88 laps of the classes two-hour-and-forty-minute race, winning with just a 1.323 second margin of victory.

De Phillippi had a great start of the race moving from fifth to third in the first corner, and handed the car over to his teammate just 2.3 seconds behind the race leader with a little over an hour left remaining in the race. With smart strategy and taking only fuel during the last pitstop instead of fuel and tires, De Phillippi and Sims brought their BMW M8 GTE home to its first ever global victory.

“It was down to the last pit stop,” De Phillippi said. “Obviously, after the contact with the slower car and drive through penalty for Sims, we had to rethink our strategy for the final hour of the race. We went with a more aggressive strategy by staying out longer and not taking new tires on the final pitstop, which gave us enough of a gap to hold off the competition in the final twenty minutes.”

“To achieve this first win in my first year with BMW is something I’m very proud of. The entire BMW Team RLL has been working tirelessly since last November on this new project and we’ve gone through many weekends where we struggled. But now the day has finally come and it’s time to celebrate this win!”

The tenth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will take place on the west coast next month up at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on Sunday, Sept. 9th and will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. PST.

De Phillippi storms to victory at wet Zandvoort

Connor De Phillippi and Montaplast by Land Motorsport celebrated their first ADAC GT Masters victory of the 2017 race season in treacherous rain conditions at Circuit Park Zandvoort (22-23.07). The team from Germany was the dominant squad during the race, and with a safety car in the final 8 laps of the race it allowed De Phillippi a final chance to plot an attack for the win. When the green flag waved for the final restart, it was a late braking move into turn 1 that catapulted the #1 Audi R8 LMS into the lead which could not be touched until the checkered flag flew.

Californian-born De Phillippi, who now races for Land Motorsport full-time around the global, emphasized that this victory was a key point scoring weekend that was needed in the season to reignite their title fight

“Up until this point in the season we have scored a few podiums, but we have no had the most dominant car We’ve been focused on being mistake free and waiting for our opportunity to shine. With the rain we had today, it allowed us as drivers to shine through and make our magic happen. I’m extremely happy to het a win at the halfway point in the season and now we will aim to do the same at the Nürburgring in August.”

“We will be going to the Nürburgring with nothing less than a race victory as our primary goal.

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.”

Connor De Phillippi: Stellar performance remains unrewarded

One of the stories of the 42. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen was Land Motorsport’s rise and fall. Connor De Phillippi did everything right in the opening hours of the second VLN race of the season. Having started from 21st on the grid after a little set-back in qualifying, the American drove the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 all the way up to seventh place before handing over the steering wheel to Christopher Mies. Just when victory in VLN2 looked inevitable, Mies suddenly lost speed in the final kilometers, dashing a near-certain win.

OC Register Interviews Connor

One of the four drivers on a European racing team that rose out of nowhere to place second in the grueling Rolex 24 Daytona endurance race on Jan. 28 is not from Europe. Connor De Phillippi, 24, is an Orange County product, from San Clemente. He recently sat down with the OC Register for an interview. Read it now by clicking here.

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.”

American Connor De Phillippi reaches title promised land in Europe

For several years on the Mazda Road to Indy, Connor De Phillippi was among the star open-wheel prospects-in-waiting. The driver out of San Clemente, Calif. had the theoretical package of combining great talent, speed, marketability, partner relationships and looks in hand – similar to a Josef Newgarden, another past Team USA Scholarship recipient.

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VLN-Tabelle: Connor De Phillippi krönt sich zum erfolgreichsten Fahrer

Land Motorsport garnierte seine erfolgreiche GT-Saison beim Münsterlandpokal mit einem weiteren Tagessieg. Damit krönte sich Connor De Phillippi zugleich zum erfolgreichsten VLN-Fahrer der diesjährigen Saison – und belegt Platz eins in der hypothetischen Tabelle der Langstreckenmeisterschaft.

Am vergangenen Wochenende hat Land Motorsport seine diesjährige Saison mit dem dritten VLN-Erfolg gekrönt. Nach dem Titelgewinn im ADAC GT Masters reklamierte die Audi-Equipe somit auch die Speed-Trophäe der Langstreckenmeisterschaft für sich. Und: Stammfahrer Connor De Phillippi hievte sich somit als erfolgreichster Fahrer im Gesamtklassement an die Stirn der hypothetischen Tabelle.

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Land siegt bei furiosem VLN-Finale

Mit einem furiosen Finale verabschiedet sich die VLN-Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring am Ende ihrer 40. Saison in die Winterpause. Bei anfangs schwierigen Witterungsbedingungen gestartet, empfing im Ziel eine strahlende Herbstsonne die Sieger des 41. DMV Münsterlandpokals, Christopher Mies und Connor De Phillippi: Im Audi R8 LMS von Land wurden sie nach 4:06:25.800 Stunden mit einem Vorsprung von 2:44.418 Minuten vor Jörg Müller und Nico Menzel im BMW M6 GT3 des BMW-Teams RBM abgewinkt.

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