Philipp Peter ( born April 6, 1969 in Vienna) is an Austrian race car driver.
Beginnings in motorsport
Peter began his racing career in 1985 in karting and moved in 1988 to the Austrian Formula Ford After two podium finishes in the season, Peter tried in the following years in Formula Opel Lotus, the German and Austrian Formula 3 Although he finished several races on the podium, not achieved until then, but the big breakthrough in Formula racing. 1994 succeeded Peter his first race win in the German Formula 3 Therefore, he tried his hand in the following year in the German and Japanese Formula 3 Championship, but was unable to match the result and ended his engagement in Formula racing.
In addition to his Formula 3 race in 1995 he received a contract in the Super Tourenwagen Cup. There he contributed throughout the season an Audi 80 Quattro for the private team MIG. Also launched for Opel in two runs of the Japanese Touring Car Championship. 1996 Peter now fully concentrated on touring car racing and joined the Audi factory team. With the new Audi A4 Quattro he could win a race in the season and finish three more runs on the podium, but he finished the season as only in the upper middle. 1997 Peter remained in the STW, but was unable to repeat his last year's results and finished the season with a podium finish in the back of the midfield. In parallel, he start for Konrad Motorsport and Angelo Zadra at a total of three FIA GT Championship races in a Porsche 911 GT2. However, the podium remained in the GTS -2 class with Franz Konrad at Road Atlanta, the only positive result.
Therefore, Peter moved in 1998 to the American junior series Indy Lights. He finished the first year as a Rookie of the Year and improved his results in 1999 with three overall wins and three further podiums significantly. However, he remained two years behind teammate and eventual champion Oriol Servia.
Sports car racing
After his operations in 1997 in three GT races Peter was reported in January 1998 on the pre-test to the 24- hour race at Daytona, but got for the championship race in a Porsche 911 GT1 no cockpit. Only after the end of his engagement opened with RWS Motorsport to return to the sports car racing. In January and February 2000 Peter piloted among others, Luca Riccitelli and Dieter Quester a Porsche 996 GT3 R in the two major endurance races at Daytona and Sebring. With two podium finishes in its class Peter also received the opportunity to participate in RWS Motorsport in Europe on a championship race of the FIA GT Championship. However, his main involvement in this season was the FIA Sportscar Challenge, who graduated with Peter Marco Zadra, acting as third in the overall standings. Despite the good performance of the BMS Scuderia Italia in the following year he received no possibility again in the Ferrari 333 SP to compete.
So he moved in 2001 in the FIA GT Championship and drove the Porsche 996 GT3 RS with sports car Lando, Redolfi Orlando and type of engineering at three different teams. Nevertheless, he won in the N- GT in two races of the championship with different teammates. At the same time Peter also drove the Porsche Supercup and ended his first season in midfield. The following year, his performance increased in Porsche brand trophy. He won two races and finished two more on the podium at the end of the year, he finished behind his team -mate Marco Werner in eighth place overall. Together with Werner, he also received the opportunity to participate in the 24- hour race at Le Mans. For the Audi factory team Joest Racing he drove the Audi R8 together with Werner and Michael Krumm in third place overall. At the same time Peter started to continue in the FIA GT Championship, but could now only enter with compatriot Toto Wolff at Oschersleben a class victory and played no role in the decision of the N- GT Championship.
In 2003 Philipp Peter now in several sports car series. At the beginning of the year he won for Joest Racing at the 12 Hours of Sebring. He then drove in Europe in the FIA GT Championship developed by N.Technology Ferrari 550 Maranello Ferrari 575 GTC and later, where he finished after a series of technical problems the Championship race in Estoril with Fabio Babini as the overall winner. He also competed in the European Touring Car Endurance Championship on a BMW of Duller Motorsport and finished at the end of the 1000 km race at Le Mans class winner with Andrea Montermini and Klaus Engelhorn. The following year, Peter focused more strongly on the FIA -GT and Touring Car Endurance Championship. He started yet at the beginning of the season in the 24- hour race at Daytona, which he completed on the podium in its class. The results in the GT championship with Babini remained mixed. The team finished several races on the podium, but the faced multiple results outside the top ten.
In 2005, Peter now ran exclusively in the FIA GT Championship, was awarded with the Maserati MC12 GT1 now a new vehicle and returned with it after 2003 back to the Monegasque team JMB. With two second places in the 24- hour race at Spa -Francorchamps in Bahrain and he finished the season in midfield. 2006 were obtained for him a series of new possibilities. At the 24 - hour race in Dubai he drove for the team Duller Motorsport with Dieter Quester, Hans- Joachim Stuck and Toto Wolff class win. In addition, he received a cockpit for the 24- hour race at Daytona at his former Porsche Supercup Team Farnbacher Racing. The championship race with Marco Werner, Dieter Quester and Luca Riccitelli he finished in the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup as runner-up in its class. In the FIA -GT, he joined the Austrian team Race Alliance and received with an Aston Martin DBR9 and Karl Wendlinger both a new car and a new team mate. Although he won his second race for the team in the series, but the driver duo fell out with several other races and therefore played no part in the championship will be decided. Halfway through the season, he also had the opportunity again in a Le Mans prototype in the eponymous 24 -hour race to start, but fell prematurely due to technical defect from.
In consequence of his good results Peter started in 2007 in three different series and at major endurance races in Europe and America. The season began with the overall victory in the 24 -hour race of Dubai with Dieter Quester, Dirk Werner and Jamie Campbell -Walter. In the FIA -GT, he moved in the course of the season between the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R of PSI Experiance, the Maserati of JMB, a Ferrari F430 GT of Advanced Engineering and an Aston Martin DBR9 of Gigawave Motorsport, but was able to record only one podium finish. In selected rounds of the International GT Open it ran better, however, and he finished among others, a race in the Ferrari F430 GT as the overall winner. In two other weekends Peter drove in the ADAC GT Masters and finished each of the four runs with Henri Moser on the podium, two of them as the overall winner. In addition, it was also reported at the season finale of the Le Mans Series in Brazil and the 6-hour race at Vallelunga.
After the season, with more than 27 race starts, Peter 2008 again focused more on the FIA GT Championship. However, he started out the series again at the 24 -hour race of Dubai, which he finished in third class rank. In the subsequent season of the FIA GT, he moved to Gigawave Motorsport, where he graduated from the majority of the championship at the side of Allan Simonsen and at the end of seventh. After the season he returned to the series, however, the back and started in 2009 now in the Le Mans Series and the International GT Open. While he only could show two stage finishes at Le Mans prototype of LMS, he finished the season with his teammate Michal Broniszewski as GTS - master of the International GT Open.
Philipp Peter lives with his wife and son in Monaco.