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.

Competing in front of an energetic DTM series crowd at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, De Phillippi qualified his 911 GT3 Cup Car in P9 for round 3, just 0.203 seconds off pole position. When the lights went out, De Phillippi got a clean start, managed to get through the carnage at turn 1 and quickly put himself into P5. A slight mistake midway through the race cost him a couple spots and from then on, it was a matter of maintaining his pace and bringing the car to the checkered flag. De Phillippi ended up finishing the race in a disappointing P7, but gained valuable points for the championship. “I’m a little frustrated with myself for making a mistake, but the car was really good, we took home valuable points and now we’ll focus on improving for tomorrow’s race.”

Sunday’s round 4 would turn out to be a much better day for the Porsche Junior. Having qualified just 0.115 seconds off pole position, De Phillippi started from P5. As the race started, De Phillippi capitalized on an error from veteran Danish driver Nicki Thiim going into turn 1, allowing De Phillippi to slip into P4. With the track drying as the race went on, the pace dramatically increased and it became a battle of saving tires while still trying to overtake. In the end, De Phillippi held his P4 position, narrowly missing out on the podium by just 1.06 seconds to pole-sitter Michael Ammermüller.

After the race, De Phillippi commented, “Wow, today was a great day for us! The track was changing very quickly and got faster and faster with each lap as it dried out. I had a great battle with Ammermüller in the middle portion of the race. We had some close calls in lapped traffic and I almost had him, but the same lapped traffic almost cost me a spot to Bamber. Of course another podium was our goal, but we came away with solid points and to lead the championship is a great feeling for myself and the whole Lukas Motorsport team.” De Phillippi added, “I’ll be racing at Monaco next weekend in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco weekend, so I’m not only looking forward to that, but also contending my championship lead at Hungaroring in Budapest for the PCCD championship at the end of the month.”

“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, Oakley, Competent Motorsport, David August Inc., Brett King Design, Bell Racing Company and the Porsche Club of America.”

With 4 of the 18 races in the books, De Phillippi is leading the championship by 2 points over veteran Carrera Cup driver and Germany Christian Engelhart.
Rounds 5 and 6 will take place at the Hungaroring in Budapest from May 30th – June 1st.

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