Audi's Mike Rockenfeller has become the Moscow Raceway's first DTM pole-man in the most bizarre of circumstances after receiving a helping hand from President Vladimir Putin.
Q4's one-lap shootout, initially delayed, was eventually cancelled due to a two-hour airspace closure as it emerged President Putin was due to fly overhead, meaning the circuit's Air Ambulance would be unable to take off if needed.
As a result, the times in Q3 and below assemble the positions for tomorrow's grid.
Mattias Ekstrom, following his Norisring disqualification, had led most of Q3 but was dislodged by Rockenfeller in the final minutes of the session to take an untimely pole-position while Ekstrom still starts the race from second.
Augusto Farfus was BMW's top runner in third just ahead of defending champion Bruno Spengler who narrowly claimed fourth.
Audi's Jamie Green missed out on what would have been a Q4 spot by an agonising gap of just half a tenth in fifth and is joined on the third row by BMW's Dirk Werner in sixth.
Gary Paffett also failed to drag his Mercedes into the top four and had to settle for seventh just ahead of his younger team mate Pascal Wehrlein, who choreographed a fine showing in eighth.
Dani Juncadella and Christian Vietoris complete the top ten with an all Mercedes fifth row in ninth and tenth.
DTM's form man Robert Wickens was Q1's surprise casualty, missing the cut by just over a tenth of a second in his Mucke Mercedes.