Technical infraction gives CTSC Daytona win to No. 48 Fall-Line BMW (UPDATED)

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UPDATE (8 p.m. ET): A post-race technical infraction has given the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway to the No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 of Shelby Blackstock and Ashley Freiberg.

The Turner Motorsports No. 96 M3, driven by Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana, had finished first after overcoming an early pit exit violation and an off-sequence pit strategy.

But just after 7:30 p.m. ET tonight, IMSA confirmed on Twitter that it had stripped the overall and Grand Sport class wins from the Auberlen/Dalla Lana duo:

No additional details have been given about the No. 96’s infraction that has cost Auberlen and Dalla Lana the victory.

As a result, all finishers move up one spot. Blackstock and Freiberg are atop the new podium, followed by a second Fall-Line M3, the No. 46 (John Edwards/Trent Hindman), in P2, and the other Turner M3, the No. 97 (Tom Kimber-Smith, Michael Marsal), in third.

Freiberg, who made her Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge debut today, has now become the first female driver to win overall in the history of Daytona International Speedway.

A third Fall-Line car, the No. 47 driven by Spencer Pumpelly and Steven Bertheau, had originally finished in third position but was also assessed a post-race penalty for failing to serve a pit stop infraction.

Murillo Racing took the ST class win in its BMW 328i, with drivers Eric Foss and polesitter Jeff Mosing in the No. 56 entry. Bimmerworld’s No. 81 car of Tyler Cooke and Gregory Liefooghe finished second with the No. 24 Autometrics Motorsports Porsche Cayman of Cory Friedman and David Baum in third.

Five cautions peppered the two-hour, 30-minute race, and it ended under yellow.

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.”