A German court has upheld the murder conviction of two men whose midnight race in downtown Berlin ended in the death of another driver.

Hamdi H. and Marvin N. in 2016, then 26 and 24, raced at 170 kph (106 mph) on Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm boulevard until Hamid H. ran into a Jeep, killing the 69-year-old driver.

They were sentenced to life in prison in 2017 — the first time anyone was convicted of murder for a drag-racing fatality.

That verdict was overturned on appeal last year, after a federal court ruled the crime didn't meet the legal requirements for murder and ordered a retrial.

But the Berlin State Court reinstated the earlier verdict Tuesday, saying their actions had gone beyond negligence and they knew they could result in death.