Conor Daly bounces back after scary accident in GP2 Abu Dhabi test

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Conor Daly rebounded rather nicely in Thursday’s round of GP2 Series testing, as he ended the final day of preseason testing in Abu Dhabi seventh fastest for Venezuela GP Lazarus. His best time was 1:51.994, nine tenths behind afternoon session leader Arthur Pic of Campos Racing.

The fact the young American was even back in a car at all today was a very good story to begin with.

On Wednesday, Daly, who had been a last-minute appointee to Lazarus’ second car for the test, was contacted exiting the pits by his former GP3 Series teammate Facu Regalia.

The resulting contact at Turn 18 pitched Daly into a frightening multiple barrel roll. In a text, Daly told MotorSportsTalk it was the worst accident of his career. Considering he had this horror smash at Monaco in 2012 in GP3, that’s saying something.

There is no video of the accident available at the moment.

Here’s the series of tweets Daly posted on Wednesday, followed by the much better update ones on Thursday.

After today’s running, he had this better news to tweet.

Jon Lancaster of MP Motorsport set the fastest time overall at 1:49.653.

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.”