The fans in Nuremberg witnessed two spectacular races in each of which Mattias Ekström, from Audi’s perspective, was the principal performer. On Saturday all cars entered the race on rain tyres after a heavy rain shower shortly before the start. In difficult conditions seasoned campaigner Ekström instantly improved from sixth to second place and went on to battle with BMW driver Maxime Martin throughout the race. In position three Ekström clinched the lead of the standings which he managed to defend with a fourth place on Sunday.
Following a hectic early stage with numerous collisions, Sunday’s race was red-flagged due to a severe accident of Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller. After the restart Mattias Ekström initially maintained fourth place before the Swede overtook Marco Wittmann, taking third place. However, Ekström lost the deserved podium place again when Wittmann hit him in the rear in the final turn, from which Mercedes-Benz driver Edoardo Mortara benefited in a spectacular photo finish. Wittmann had already overtaken Ekström off-track with contact at the beginning of the race. The BMW driver received a warning.