Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver Pascal Wehrlein became the youngest ever champion in the history of the DTM, Germany’s premier touring car series, on Saturday after finishing eighth at Hockenheim.
Wehrlein entered the final weekend of the 2015 DTM season needing just 14 points to be sure of the title, but a poor qualifying display left him starting outside of the top ten, handing title rivals Mattias Ekstrom and Edoardo Mortara a chance to cut the gap.
However, a manic opening portion of the race saw all three prime title contenders get caught up in incidents, with Ekstrom being sent into a spin and Mortara suffering a puncture.
A safety car period sparked by a crash for Gary Paffett brought Mortara back into contention for points, but he was then hit with a drive-through penalty for spinning Timo Glock when trying to make a pass. He was eventually forced to retire from the race.
With Ekstrom also hitting more trouble, Wehrlein was able to slip into the top ten before taking eighth on the last lap from Antonio Felix da Costa and crossing the line to become the 2015 DTM champion.
Just one day shy of his 21st birthday, Wehrlein becomes the youngest ever title winner in the history of the series, and has done his hopes of securing a seat in F1 with Manor next year a world of good.
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff was on hand to congratulate Wehrlein and the Mercedes DTM team after his title win, and will now be trying to find a seat for the German in 2016.
At the head of the field, Timo Scheider claimed his first win since 2010 for Audi ahead of Jamie Green and Maxime Martin.
The DTM season comes to a close on Sunday with the second race of the weekend at Hockenheim.
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)