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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.
Starting from pole position for race 2, De Phillippi had a rought start off the line and was overtaken in turn 1 by series veterans Nicki Thiim and Christian Engelhart. However, by the 4th lap, De Phillippi was back in the race lead after Thiim and Engelhart made contact with each other. This effectively created a tense battle for victory between Bamber and De Phillippi.
With the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion hot on De Phillippi's heels, both drivers embarked in a battle of pace, while still trying to manage their tires for the duration of the 18 lap sprint race. With De Phillippi still on the set of tires he used for qualifying, each passing lap added to the challenge of maintaining the lead. For the next 10 grueling laps, the 21-year-old American did all he could to hold off the charging New Zealander. With 4 laps to go, De Phillippi's 911 GT3 Cup Car simply didn't have the grip to hold off Bamber. Despite losing this mechanical grip with each passing turn, De Phillippi still managed to keep pace and ultimately finish P2, almost 6 second ahead of the P3 finisher.
After the race, De Phillippi was thrilled to end the first race weekend of the PCCD championship on the podium, proving early on that both himself and the FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsports team are capable of challenging for both the driver and team championships.
When the podium celebration was over, a champagne drenched De Phillippi commented, "Overall, this was a very satisfying weekend for myself and the team. It feels great to finally be on the podium after so many days of hard work and preparation. We've now proved that we have the pace to compete for the championship and I'm looking forward to the next round of the championship."
With 2 of the 18 races in the books, De Phillippi is sitting 6 points back and 3rd in the championship.
Rounds 3 and 4 will take place at the 3.667km (2.292mi) Motorsport Arena Oschersleben from May 16th - 18th.
About Connor De Phillippi:
Following in similar footsteps to American Porsche Works driver Patrick Long, Connor De Phillippi started racing go-karts at the young age of 5 years old. By the time he was 14 years old, he had won 21 national titles, including the only person to ever win 4 SKUSA SuperNational titles.
In 2008, De Phillippi made the move from karting to open wheel racing, winning the Skip Barber West Coast Series championship and Rookie of the Year honors. De Phillippi then participated in the Skip Barber National Series Racing Shootout, beating out 50 other competitors and earning him a full ride in the Skip Barber National Championship for 2008 as part of the MAZDASPEED Driver Development Program. In 2009, he won the Skip Barber National Championship, winning a record 7 of the 14 races. By winning the Skip Barber National Championship, De Phillippi won a full-ride for the 2010 Star Mazda Championship Series as part of the Mazda Road to Indy Program. That same year, after winning the Team USA Scholarship, he became the youngest and only second American to ever win the Walter Hayes Trophy in England. In 2010, he took the next step up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and ended the Star Mazda Series in third place overall, winning Rookie of the Year honors. 2011, he secured runner-up and finished third in the 2012 championship. After securing a position with the Porsche Motorsport Junior Program, Connor took full advantage of the opportunity and took home the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Rookie of the Year in his first season of sportscar racing.
For more information on Connor De Phillippi, including links to his social media platforms, visit his website at http://www.connordephillippi.com.