Marco Wittmann claimed the DTM championship after finishing sixth at the Lausitzring as race winner Pascal Wehrlein made history.
BMW driver Wittmann watched as his rivals all struggled at the circuit in Brandenburg and the eight points he collected were enough claim the title with two races remaining.
Wehrlein turned his pole position into victory on Sunday as he dominated proceedings to win by 15.418 seconds from team-mate Christian Vietoris and become the youngest DTM race winner at just 19.
Audi's Timo Scheider claimed the final podium place, but the main celebrations were in the paddock as Wittmann recorded his maiden championship title.
Wittmann's triumph was confirmed as Mattias Ekstrom and Edoardo Mortara (both Audi) failed to pick up any points, leaving the German 69 points clear with only a possible 50 available in the remainder of the season.
"This is sensational, simply unbelievable," said the newly crowned champion. "It was a difficult race, I had to stay out of all the battles."
Wehrlein pulled clear of his rivals after a smooth start, while Vietoris made his way from 11th to second by lap five, jumping ahead of Jamie Green and Daniel Juncadella.
Wittmann was able to stay out of trouble throughout, but Ekstrom had no such luck and found himself off the track on the third lap as he careered through the gravel trap, eventually falling back to 15th place.
Ekstrom began to push back through the field, but at the halfway stage his challenge was over as his Audi lost its front left wheel and he was forced to retire.
Wehrlein was well protected by Vietoris and began to stretch his lead, while also reacting to the strategy of others to changing to the option tyre on his way to victory.
Juncadella should have claimed his first podium finish of the season in third, but the Mercedes driver was handed a drive-through penalty for not respecting the yellow flags and that enabled Scheider to nip ahead.