DTM: The youngest driver of all time starts at the Nürburgring

Fresh blood for the DTM: The 17-year-old Theo Oeverhaus made a guest start in the race at the Nux308;rburgring (27/28 August) and thus his first race in the top German sports car league.
Oeverhaus, established in the DTM Trophy talent factory since 2021, will be driving a BMW M4 from the Walkenhorst Motorsport team from Melle near Osnabrück in his guest appearance, becoming a teammate of Esteban Muth (BEL) and Marco Wittmann (GER).

As a result, Oeverhaus made history in the 36th DTM season as the youngest driver in the traditional series. He replaces Pascal Wehrlein, who made his DTM debut in Hockenheim in 2013 as an 18-year-old.

Theo Oeverhaus becomes the youngest DTM driver of all time thanks to his guest appearance at the Nürburgring.

“I’m very happy about the opportunity and the confidence of the DTM to be able to start as the youngest driver in history,” says the man from Osnabrück. “It’s going to be a tough weekend for me as I’ll also be competing in the DTM Trophy. Nevertheless, I am really looking forward to showing how well you can advance to the top-class DTM via the BMW M2 Cup and DTM Trophy junior series.”

Theo Oeverhaus celebrated his first victory in the DTM Trophy in October 2021 in Hockenheim in the Walkenhorst BMW. In the current season he has already managed a second place at the Lausitzring and a win at the Norisring. The up-and-coming talent is currently in third place in the drivers’ standings with 76 points.

Oeverhaus is also consistently successful in the one-make BMW M2 Cup, which is regularly held on the DTM platform. He was able to gain his first GT3 experience in a race and tests. A DTM test is also scheduled before the DTM debut.

“For a guest start, it was important to us that Theo brings some experience with him in the car,” says DTM representative Martin Tomczyk. “He recently proved this at the long-distance classic in Spa. I like how he’s developing. In a short time, Theo proved himself in the DTM Trophy in combination with the BMW M2 Cup and now gets the chance to show his skills in the DTM. That’s exactly the kind of development I want for young drivers. I also think the synergies that the team uses on the DTM platform are great.”

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