BMW's Maxime Martin has dominated a hugely dramatic race at the Moscow Raceway to record his first ever DTM victory as defending champion Mike Rockenfeller failed to finish.
The RMG-driver, already having claimed a maiden pole-position in his rookie DTM season yesterday, made the perfect getaway from the word go and continued to march away from the chasing pack, led by Bruno Spengler, at great ease as the first stint progressed.
However, as has been the case all season long, the race was split into two packs with alternating tyre strategies. Rockenfeller and BMW's Augusto Farfus acted as the leading drivers on the standard rubber as the pair sacrificed their opening stint to launch an attack later in the race with the leaders having started on the option tyres.
Martin had stretched a 42-second advantage to Rockenfeller as the pit-stop phase loomed, but on lap 23 the RMG-driver saw his hard earned ascendancy eradicated as an improbable safety car period, triggered by Timo Scheider's wounded RS5 stopping on the start/finish straight, threatened to turn the race upside down.
In what should have been an open goal for Rockenfeller to pull off a miraculous strategic victory, the Phoenix-drivers race then self-destructed before his eyes after making an uncharacteristic mistake to lock his brakes and slide into his Audi team mate Adrien Tambay, putting them both out of the race and prompting another safety car phase.
Farfus and Miguel Molina then took over the reigns as Martin's main challenger, but with race being held under two safety car phases for a sizeable period, they both ran out of pace and laps to catch the BMW M4.
Martin eventually crossed the line over four-seconds ahead of his BMW team mate Spengler who held second for the entire race.
Audi's Mattias Ekstrom completed the podium after again making another sterling fightback through the field from starting eleventh.
The Swede denied BMW a famous 1-2-3 result by knocking Timo Glock off the podium in the dying laps.
Marco Wittmann strengthened his lead at the top of the standings with a controlled drive to fourth position while Audi's Nico Muller recovered from an opening stint meltdown to finish in the top five.
Glock eventually settled for the sixth ahead of a welcome seventh and eighth for the Mercedes duo of Christian Vietoris and Pascal Wehrlein, giving the 'three-pointed star' its best result of the year under normal circumstances.
Audi's Edoardo Mortara held onto ninth by the skin of his teeth after resisting the advances of Farfus' end of race charge.