American Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) scores his first Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at the Hungaroring in Budapest.
Stuttgart. Fiercely close competition characterised the Budapest round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on the Hungaroring. On Sunday, Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) scored victory ahead of Nicki Thiim (DK/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing) and Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1).
De Phillippi is the fifth winner from six races of the popular brand trophy series. With this maiden win, the 21-year-old American moved to the top of the overall rankings and now leads the field of 38 competitors with 89 points. "Pole position, victory and points lead - now that's what I call a perfect weekend! Right now I'm the happiest guy in the world," said a beaming de Phillippi.
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After a good qualifying session on Saturday, de Phillippi took up the race from position one. With a perfect reaction time, the American put in a brilliant start and immediately pulled several metres away from the rest of the pack with his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. De Phillippi, who now lives near the German city of Wiesbaden, was totally unaware of the action behind him. Lechner pilot Thiim made up three positions in the first lap which set him on a path to the podium. When the Dane finally swept past Eng in lap six, the final rankings for the trophy were certain. Eng seemed satisfied with his result: "It was a fair duel between Nicki and me. This is what makes racing so much fun." Behind the leading three de Phillippi, Thiim and Eng, Porsche junior Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) turned heads with his performance. "As a newcomer to the Carrera Cup it's of course great to bring home such a result. Fourth on this circuit is fabulous," said Müller.
Bad luck plagued Konrad pilot Christian Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport), who had managed to clinch victory on Saturday:
In a chain reaction, Eng, Michael Ammermüller (A/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing), Porsche Scholarship driver Earl Bamber (NZ/Team 75 Bernhard) and Engelhart touched in the first lap. Engelhart came away with tyre damage which forced him to pit. He finally saw the finish line in 34th, but managed to turn the fastest race lap along the way. Ammermüller earned one championship point with 15th, but Bamber in 17th went home empty-handed. "I'm just going to forget about Budapest and set my sights ahead. I've looked at videos of the Norisring. It's an impressive circuit. I'm determined to be back up the front there," explained the New Zealander.
The points table is now led by de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport) with 89 points ahead of Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport, 71 points), Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport, 66 points), Nicki Thiim (DK/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing, 64 points) and Porsche junior Alex Riberas (E/Attempto Racing powered by Häring, 63 points). "The season is long. We still have twelve races left on the calendar and I'm just eight points off second place. I'm curious to see what the future brings," said the 20-year-old Spaniard, who saw the flag in seventh on Sunday.
The next double-header weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is contested from 27 to 29 June on the Norisring. The street circuit in the heart of Nuremberg is popular with fans and drivers alike. Every year, more than 120,000 spectators flock to the Franconian metropolis to witness the gripping fights on the 2.3 kilometre circuit. One of the crowd's favourites is Elia Erhart (TECE MRS-Racing). The 26-year-old Porsche pilot celebrates his home race on the Norisring. For this reason, the local hero is very excited about the upcoming double-header: "A couple of years ago I worked as a marshal. Now I'm competing at my home race for the third time in the Porsche. Many of my friends and relatives are coming to support me."
Result race 6:
1. Connor de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport)
2. Nicki Thiim (DK/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing)
3. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
4. Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
5. Sean Johnston (USA/Team Deutsche Post/Pole Promotion by Project 1)
6. Clemens Schmid (A/Lechner Racing Academy ME)
7. Alex Riberas (E/Attempto Racing powered by Häring)
8. Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport)
Points' standings after 6 of 18 races:
1. Connor de Phillippi (USA/Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport), 89 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/Konrad Motorsport), 71
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport), 66
4. Nicki Thiim (DK/QPOD Walter Lechner Racing), 64
5. Alex Riberas (E/Attempto Racing powered by Häring), 63
1. Rolf Ineichen (CH/Konrad Motorsport), 112 points
2. Ralf Bohn (A/Team GT3 Kasko), 100
3. Wolf Nathan (NL/Land-Motorsport), 84
4. "Mike Keller" (D/SMS Seyffarth-Motorsport), 68
5. "Bill Barazetti" (D/TAM Racing), 62
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 41 points
2. Lukas Schreier (D/ZaWotec Racing), 3
3. Christofer Berckhan (D/ Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport), 3
4. Michelle Gatting (DK/Attempto Racing powered by Häring), 1
1. Konrad Motorsport, 137 points
2. Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport, 137
3. QPOD Walter Lechner Racing, 103
4. Team Deutsche Post by Project 1, 101
5. Attempto Racing powered by Häring, 65