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Oeverhaus Set for DTM Debut at Nürburgring

Two-time DTM Trophy race winner set to become youngest driver in championship history…

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Theo Oeverhaus will make his DTM debut as a guest starter with Walkenhorst Motorsport at the Nürburgring round later this month and is set to become the youngest race starter in series history.

The 17-year-old German will be piloting a third BMW M4 GT3 for Walkenhorst, joining team regulars Marco Wittmann and Esteban Muth.

Oeverhaus currently competes with Walkenhorst in the DTM Trophy support series, where he claimed his maiden victory at Hockenheim last year and added a second series win at the Norisring last month. He currently sits third in the standings.

With his guest start, Oeverhaus is set to make history as the youngest driver ever to compete in a DTM race.

The record is currently held by Pascal Wehrlein, who was 18 years old when he contested his debut season with Mercedes in 2013.

“I am really happy about this chance and the confidence from DTM to be racing as the youngest driver in history,” Oeverhaus said.

“It will be a tough weekend for me as I will be racing in DTM Trophy as well.

“Nevertheless, I am very much looking forward to showing how well one can progress through the ranks of the junior series BMW M2 Cup and DTM Trophy into the high-quality DTM.

“Huge thanks to Walkenhorst Motorsport who are supporting me both in DTM Trophy and in DTM.”

Oeverhaus already has some notable experience behind the wheel of the M4 GT3.

Apart from a number of test sessions, he recently contested the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa aboard Walkenhorst’s Bronze Cup entry, joining Joerg Breuer, Henry Walkenhorst and Don Yount and finishing second in the two-car class.

“For us as a team, being able to accompany Theo from karting to DTM in such a successful way makes us proud and brings great joy,” said Walkenhorst Motorsport team manager Niclas Koenigbauer.

“I am really curious to find out how he will do in his first GT3 sprint race. And, of course, I hope to see further young talents on the unique DTM platform and that we are allowed to be a part of the success story.”

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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