By Steve Breazeale
San Clemente High graduate Connor De Phillippi made his presence felt on the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland racing circuit in 2013. De Phillippi, who entered the European racing circuit in May, competed in and completed every race of the season, earning Rookie of the Year honors along the way.
De Phillippi entered the final race of the season with a 24-point lead in the Rookie classification and was eying a podium finish at the series finale, held at Hockenheimring in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany on October 20. After gaining the third position in the preliminary heats, De Phillippi was poised to make a top-3 finish on the final day, something he had not done all year. But unlike in every race before, De Phillippi failed to finish.
The Hockenheimring had been drenched with rain in the buildup to the race, making the 17-lap course a difficult task. On the tenth lap, De Phillippi made a mistake exiting a turn and spun out due to the wet conditions.
Despite the spin-out, De Phillippi still claimed the Rookie of the Year honors, marking an end to his inaugural season.
“There are certainly mixed feelings (about the final race). As far as the championship goes, the team did an amazing job and we finished every race, until the final one today,” De Phillippi said. “It’s frustrating to end the season with my first DNF, but overall, my consistency over the course of the full season paid