The promising Austrian racing driver Philipp Eng, who currently serves as BMW factory driver in the DTM, reached the peak of his career in 2015 by winning the two most important titles in the Porsche single-make competitions - Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
After he won all with Porsches, Philipp Eng decided to make a switch in 2016 and he moved to BMW, driving the brand-new BMW M6 GT3 in GT races. In a fact, Eng returned to BMW because his racing career started with the Bavarian manufacturer back in 2006. In 2018, he won Spa 24 Hours with Walkenhorst Racing's BMW M6 GT3, sharing a car with Tom Blomqvist and Christian Krognes.
Five years in karting before Formula BMW debut
Philipp Eng, who was born on February 28th, 1990, in Salzburg, started racing with karts at the age of 11, and after five successful seasons, he was ready to graduate into the big race cars.
He debuted in the 2006 Formula BMW ADAC championship and scored one podium in his debut season, to finish 10th in the final classification. He was second among rookies, behind Jens Klingmann.
Formula BMW World Final winner
In 2007, Philipp Eng continued to race with the Mygale FB02 single-seater and finished third in the Formula BMW ADAC. The highlight of the season was his victory at the Formula BMW World Final. That victory earned him a test with the Formula One car of the BMW Sauber Formula One team, which he undertook in 2008.
After the Formula One testing, Eng competed occasionally in the 2008 German Formula 3 championship and in the inaugural season of the European Formula BMW championship, but didn't race a full season in any of those two competitions.
Formula Two victories at Brands Hatch
In 2009, Eng had moved to the Formula Two championship, where he continued to achieve good results and podium finishes. He finished 8th in the final standings with one victory and three podiums. He was the winner at Brands Hatch.
Eng spent one more season in the Formula Two, scoring three wins to finish 6th in the 2010 points standings. He won at Silverstone, Marrakech and again at Brands Hatch. During 2010, he also took part in the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.
GT racing debut with Callaway's Corvette
The season 2011 was a turning point in Eng's career because he changed the motorsport discipline. He left single-seaters and entered GT racing, joining Callaway Competition to drive Chevrolet Corvette Z06.R GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters.
He competed the full season but without wins and podiums in 16 races. During 2011, Eng sat for the first time in the Porsche 911 Cup car to compete in one race of the German Carrera Cup. After that, he decided to focus his career on Porsche races.
Philipp drove Porsche and McLaren in 2012
In 2012, Eng joined the MRS GT-Racing team and competed parallel in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Porsche Carerra Cup Deutschland. After five Supercup races, he finished 13th in the points, while in the German Carrera Cup he reached one podium in sixteen races and finished 10th in the standings.
Eng also had a part-time schedule in the ADAC GT Masters with MRS GT-Racing's McLaren MP4-12C GT3, scoring just one pole position in seven races, without wins and podiums.
The winner of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
In 2013, Philipp focused just on the German Carrera Cup, driving again for MRS GT-Racing. In 17 races, he scored four podiums and finished 5th in the final classification. He also participated in two races of the Blancpain Endurance Series with the team's McLaren.
In 2014, Eng again had a double programme with 18 races in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and ten races in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. He changed the team and moved to Project 1. Sponsored by Deutsche Post, he scored two wins and seven podiums in the yellow-and-black #12 Porsche 911 and took the German Carrera Cup title. Eng won with just two points advantage ahead of Michael Ammermüller. In the Supercup, Eng achieved three podiums in ten races and finished fifth in the points.
The 2015 season was the career best for Eng
Another season with the Project 1 team followed in 2015 and it became Eng's most successful season so far. He was a dominant driver both in the Supercup and German Carrera Cup, so he took both titles with aggregate eleven victories.
In the 2015 Supercup season, which featured ten races (one race was canceled), Eng had won at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. He won the title with a comfortable lead ahead of Sven Müller.
Nine wins in 17 races of the German Carrera Cup
In the 2015 Carrera Cup Deutschland, Eng scored nine wins in 17 races. He won both races at Lausitzring, Zandvoort and Oschersleben, adding victories at Red Bull Ring, Nurburgring and Hockenheimring. He won the title with almost a hundred points advantage over the second-placed Christian Engelhart.
Victory at Nürburgring, podium at Daytona
But, it wasn't all. Eng's hunger for victories resulted with a class win at 24 hours of Nürburgring. Eng competed in the SP7 class, driving Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for Black Falcon Team TMD Friction alongside Manuel Metzger, Hannes Plesse and Gerwin Schuring. As a preparation for the 24-hour race, Eng competed in three more races of the VLN Endurance series at Nürburgring Nordschleife, winning two times.
Eng also participated at 24 hours of Daytona, partnering Patrick Dempsey, Madison Snow and Jan Heylen in the Wright Motorsports Porsche. They finished third in GTD class, adding one more podium to Eng's successful year.
New adventure with a new BMW
After all those numerous victories and podiums with the famous sports car manufacturer, Philipp Eng made a complete switch for 2016. He moved to Rowe Racing to drive BMW M6 GT3. His partner in the Blancpain Sprint Cup was Alexander Sims, while for endurance races, VLN Series and 24 hours of Nürburgring the crew was expanded with the DTM driver Maxime Martin. The highlight of the season was a victory at Spa 24 hours. At the end of the season, Eng finished 10th in the Blancpain Sprint standings and 4th in the Endurance Cup.
Le Mans 24h debut with Porsche
He didn't completely close the doors of Porsche, as he made his Le Mans 24h debut with Dempsey-Proton Racing, driving the Porsche 911 RSR with Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz. They finished 8th in GTE Pro class and 31st overall.
DTM debut and victory at 24h Spa in 2018
In 2017, Philipp Eng was driving for several BMW teams in different competitions, including ADAC GT Masters, Blancpain GT Series (Endurance and Sprint), VLN endurance series and Asian Le Mans Series.
In 2018, he participated with BMW teams in some sports car endurance races but his main job would be to drive the #25 BMW M4 DTM in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). He scored several DTM podiums during his rookie season but the highlight of the year was a victory at Spa 24 Hours with Walkenhorst Motorsport. He was sharing the #34 BMW M6 GT3 with Tom Blomqvist and Christian Krognes.