Audi Sport Competition Manager Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich today received the Spirit of Le Mans award from Automobile Club de l'Ouest president Jean-Claude Passart at a press conference at the Musee Automobile de la Sarthe at Le Mans circuit.
The award is presented annual by the ACO to key figures in sports car racing who have made a significant contribution to Le Mans, and Dr. Ullrich was chosen as the recipient this year lfor his strong success, his belief in Le Mans and endurance, and for building up a fantastic team of drivers and engineers and given them the aim to win.
"I am very moved," said Dr. Ullrich, "Finally to come here in this podium with the Spirit of Le Mans award is very important for me. A large group of people have worked very hard to achieve success and without them I would not be here. We and the ACO work towards a common aim - endurance."
Dr. Ullrich brought Audi to Le Mans 24 Hours in 1999 and won the race in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, as well as achieving numerous other victories in the American Le Mans Series during the same time period.
A second Spirit of Le Mans award was presented to French journalist Jacques Issautier who is currently reporting on his 58th Le Mans 24 Hours race.