Spengler made a good start, which took him into second place. In contrast, Blomqvist dropped back to sixth. Five drivers came into the pits for their mandatory stop after the opening lap. They included Blomqvist and Farfus. The majority of the field opted for an early stop. By the end of the eighth lap, all six BMW drivers had been in for a tyre change. The strategy, and the rapid work performed by BMW Team RBM, allowed Martin, who came into the pits after lap seven, to climb through the field and join the battle for the lead. The safety car was called into action after 25 laps, following a collision between Mercedes driver Robert Wickens and René Rast (Audi). Martin and Spengler moved into first and second place after the restart. However, contact with another car that was yet to make a stop resulted in Spengler’s car suffering a puncture. Shortly after that, the race was suspended after a crash involving Gary Paffett (Mercedes) and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi).
After an interruption of around half an hour, the cars were sent back onto the track for the remaining 25 minutes. Maxime Martin led at the restart, with Wittmann third having climbed several places after the safety car phase. The exciting second half of the race saw Martin hold of Auer in the battle for the lead. The Belgian went on to claim the second win of the weekend for BMW. Wittmann came home fifth, just 0.027 seconds behind third-placed Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes), following a dramatic finish with three cars crossing the finish line within a matter of millimetres of each other. Farfus finished seventh to score his first points of the season. Blomqvist and Glock, who had to make an early second stop following a puncture, were ninth and tenth. Spengler fought his way back from last place to finish 12th.