Formula E setting up shop at England’s Donington Park

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The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship will have its headquarters and team facilities based out of England’s Donington Park circuit, a longtime staple of motorcycle racing and the site of Ayrton Senna’s legendary drive to victory in the 1993 Formula One European Grand Prix.

In addition, Donington will also serve as home testing and development site on F-E’s Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car for all 10 of the series’ teams, including American-based groups Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing.

F-E CEO Alejandro Agag said in a statement that the series looked at a number of European sites for the headquarters but felt that being part of the United Kingdom’s famous “Motorsport Valley” (also home to F-E partners McLaren and Williams) was too good to pass up.

“All 10 teams will soon have top facilities at their disposal in a modern, sustainable building, as well as direct access to the circuit to develop their cars,” Agag continued. “We are also just a stone’s throw from East Midlands Airport and the hub of our logistics partner DHL, meaning will we make substantial cost and emission savings.

“It’s also great for such an innovative and global racing series to be based at a historic race track like Donington Park and we’re looking forward to welcoming the teams.”

Construction began just after the New Year and is set to be completed by the end of April, with teams slated to move in starting May 1. F-E’s commercial wing will continue to be based in London.

More than 150 people are expected to work out of F-E’s Donington facility. True to the series’ environmental emphasis, it will comply with sustainable construction and development standards.

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.”