Jun 2, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
Some awesome news occurred this weekend for one of the rising American sports car stars.
Porsche Junior Driver Connor De Phillippi captured his first career victory in Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, in their Sunday round at the Hungaroring in Budapest, same circuit as where Formula One races.
From pole position, De Phillippi made it off the line cleanly while there was some chaos behind him down the hill on the run into Turn 1, the tight right-hander. Several cars spun including Christian Engelhart, one of De Phillippi’s closest rivals in the championship.
While the Californian was able to control the race, Nicki Thiim made it up to second with a late pass. But he wasn’t able to track down “CDP,” who took home the win by just over 2.5 seconds.
“I couldn’t be more happy, and it’s a truly amazing feeling,” said De Phillippi.
He’s the fifth winner in six races this season, and currently leads the championship by 18 points (89-71) over Engelhart. Fellow American rising star Sean Johnston finished fifth in Round 6.
De Phillippi, 21, is in his second season in the championship and second as a Porsche Junior. He moved to race in Europe with Porsche after several seasons in the North American open-wheel ladder system.
Thank you everyone for the kind messages. Truly one of the best days of my life. It still hasn’t set in yet.. pic.twitter.com/XAI7B7oWSF
— Connor De Phillippi (@CDePhillippi) June 1, 2014
Here’s a video recapping the weekend.
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