Sheldon Van der Linde was handed the win in race certainly one of DTM on the Nürburgring after Mirko Bortolotti crashed into race chief Felipe Fraga whereas attempting to overhaul the Brazilian within the closing phases of the race. Van der Linde led residence his brother Kelvin, to make historical past as the primary South Africans to attain a 1-2 in DTM. Forward of the race, thick fog descended on the Eifel circuit, forcing qualifying to be deserted. Because of this, the drivers lined up on the grid of their championship positions after a close to four-hour delay to the beginning. Purple Bull Alphatauri AF Corse driver, Felipe Fraga loved a dream begin from sixth on the grid, transferring as much as second place in as many corners. Sensing a chance to make up floor on the championship leaders, Fraga was not content material to take a seat round behind Bortolotti. As the 2 entered the chicane, Fraga was bravest on the brakes to take the lead across the exterior. AF Corse pulled the pin first, bringing the race chief into the pitlane for recent tires. In slippery, chilly circumstances tire warm-up was going to play a giant position in strategic decision-making. As was evidenced when Bortolotti pitted from second a lap later and rejoined within the lead. On his new chilly tires, the Italian had no probability of conserving the Ferrari behind. As Fraga capitalised on his tire benefit and accomplished a textbook transfer to regain the lead. However those that thought the battle for the lead was over, have been confirmed fallacious when Bortolotti tried an optimistic transfer on Fraga within the closing phases of the race. The Italian acquired all of it fallacious. He misjudged his braking and ploughed into the facet of Fraga within the closing nook. Spinning each automobiles spherical and ending their races consequently. Additionally, probably ending any probability Fraga needed to compete for the championship as effectively. Sheldon Van der Linde sitting in third, was handed the win on a silver platter by Bortolotti. Swinging the championship lead again in direction of the Schubert Motorsport driver. His brother, Kelvin Van der Linde, got here residence in second to finish the primary ever 1-2 for 2 South Africans in DTM historical past.