Nurburgring temporarily closed for graffiti defacing

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The iconic Nurburgring was temporarily closed as a result of graffiti that defaced the track.

Several pranksters defaced the track’s notorious Brunnchen corner with a depiction of a giant penis. Police estimated that 20 liters of paint were used for the creation, apparently aimed at a Danish driver who was using the track. (Fans have been able to drive around the full circuit for about 20 euros and has been a popular destination for enthusiasts.)

Paint was still wet on the track on Sunday, and it took several hours to remove it from the surface.

No one has claimed responsibility for the defacing yet.

The full Nordschleife, 14.2 miles, is one of motorsport’s most iconic circuits and last year went through financial turmoil. The shorter circuit is used as a home of the German Grand Prix for Formula 1, after the full one was taken out of commission for F1 grands prix after 1976.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”