Reigning Blancpain Sprint Series champion Maximilian Gotz has called his switch to DTM 'a dream come true' for the 2015 season.

The 28-year-old impressed the Mercedes-Benz team during a test session in Jerez last December and has agreed to race for the team in a Mercedes-AMG C63 for the 2015 season.

"The moment when I first found out that I will be racing in the DTM in 2015 will stay with me for a very long time," Gotz said. "It's a little bit like a dream come true and a mega feeling to know that the success I achieved with different teams over the years during my time with the AMG Customer Sports Programme was being closely monitored by the racing bosses at Mercedes Benz."

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The German driver clinched the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series championship and also has 24-hour race victories to his name after winning at Spa and the Nurburgring in 2013.

"I will be doing everything I can to achieve success in the DTM but am also aware that I have a lot to learn this season," he added. "I'm now looking forward to the first tests and to working with my new team. Everything else will then follow on from Hockenheim."

Gotz has previous experience in a DTM car after testing with Mercedes at Lausitzring in September 2013.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, explained Gotz's strong performances in the past few seasons merited the driver a chance in the DTM series.

"His fine performance has earned him the opportunity to join the DTM," Wolf said. "His step up from the Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Programme to our DTM team shows the great opportunities that are open to young and successful racing drivers with Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz has been promoting young racing drivers in motorsport for many years."