American Connor De Phillippi gets first Porsche Carrera Cup victory (VIDEO)

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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.

Here’s a video recapping the weekend.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.