In the final stage, Ekström was supported by his brand colleague Mike Rockenfeller, who in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix had been defending position six for a long time. However, in a tussle with Mercedes driver Maximilian Götz, he lost several positions and in the end had to settle for an unrewarding eleventh place.
Adrien Tambay in his Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM took position 14 after having started from the last row following an accident in qualifying. Nico Müller in the Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg finished Saturday’s race in position 16, after being forced to get out of the way in the starting commotion and losing a lot of ground.
Even worse misfortune struck his teammate Jamie Green, who in his Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM had started the race with good prospects from the fourth row of the grid. Shortly following the start, the Briton was sent into a spin by BMW driver Tom Blomqvist and subsequently hit by Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM). This immediately ended the race for both of them. Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM) became entangled in the collision as well and retired after eleven laps.