The most thrilling final of a race season always is the one where the championship still is not decided and the ranking of the final race determines who’s champion and who isn’t. That pretty much goes without saying. Where do you still get that though? In football, in Germany at least, Bayern München often enough celebrates winning yet another championship around eastern already, Moto GP and Marc Márquez is a done deal, depending mainly on Márquez making it to the flag or not, and in Formula 1 the pitlane matters more than the track. Few people other than the odd masochist manage to follow this stuff to the end without losing the will to live.
Good thing that there are least is the Deutsche Blechrollermeisterschaft aka DBM! This is not only motorsport at its finest, it’s also proper battles for the title right down to the finish line of the last race on the last race-day. Not always, but often enough to make sure it stays the riveting thriller that it is. The 2019 season with its final run in Linnich near Aachen is a point in case. For the third time the Sanctimonious SC and the Atomic Bridgeheads SC organised the Clutchtorture & Cowpattybingo. The name sure is a bit of a mouthfull, the event itself leaves nothing to be desired though. It’s not only sprint-racing but a full scooter run, complete with chip-shop, campsite and the very finest of Northern Soul to boot. Hence it wasn’t only the racers and their entourage who turned up, but also local and not so local scooterists who’d come to enjoy the evening do. Most of them made sure to turn up in time to watch the racing and to cheer the racers. The racing then delivered everything it promised in the run up: Championships still not decided in four classes plus the best-of-all-ranking boded well for a battle right to the end.