End of an era…

From dailysportscar.com

Dr Ullrich To Hand Over Audi Sport Operational Reins To Dieter Gass At End Of Season. Retirement at end of 2017 after managing organisational change.


Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport since 1993 will hand over his responsibilities for the Neuberg-based organisations operational racing programmes at the end of 2016 to Dieter Gass, currently Head of DTM at Audi Sport, and will complete his career with Audi at the end of 2017 after then managing the organisational transition of Audi Sport.

The news comes in the wake of the sweeping changes made at Board level by Volkswagen Audi Group to group motorsport programmes that will see the end of the Audi Sport LMP endurance racing programme at the end of the 2016 season.

Dr Ullrich told the DSC Editor this evening that his primary thought at present was to complete the 2016 FIA WEC season “in the same spirit that the team has always displayed.”

“I will hand over to Dieter at the end of the year and then will stay for one more year to make sure that the changes required at Audi Sport are made effectively, and that we keep the right people to deliver the programmes that are now approved.”

“After that I will go to the beach!”

In the 24 years that Dr Ullrich was at the helm of Audi Sport the organisation, and/ or their principal customers, only failed to win a major drivers or constructors title in two of them in Super Touring, DTM and/or in Sportscar racing.


So Porsche did it again. Just 1 month after the Le Mans 24h the 6 hours of Nürburgring did not prove so good for Toyota. Saying that, the gap between car number 1 and car number 5 was only 1 minute at the end.

Glad to see that the Alpine won the LMP2 category followed by a Ligier. Could not be better.

I will try and catch up the highlights on Eurosport or Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-1tAP4s2Wc

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New Arnage layout

This is a photo of the new road and roundabout (Green arrows) for general traffic. The racing cars will still used the old bit of road (for how long I wonder). However the old viewing area (that famous little hill) is no longer available. At least this is my understanding.

That certainly will take something away to the pleasure of watching the cars from behind accelerating. Especially at night.

Obviously the road planners are not race enthusiasts.


I shall write and complain to the ACO (my club) and suggest they erect a stand where the old viewing area was.

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