Glock drove one-handed to keep car door closed

Timo Glock drove the opening stint of his Saturday DTM race at Hockenheim trying to keep his left-hand side door attached to his BMW M4 DTM after it came loose.

Glock drove one-handed to keep car door closed

Glock, who has endured a torrid 2019 season as BMW struggled for reliability and performance, had qualified seventh but rose to fourth on the first lap.

But the ex-Formula 1 driver was then forced to drive one-handed on the straights after one of the three latches holding his left-hand door came loose and it progressively worsened.

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Glock was seen on camera holding the door as he entered the pits early on lap 10 of 38 to make his mandatory stop and fix the problem, and could only finish sixth as the early stop meant he was at a tyre disadvantage late in the race.

"It just popped off at some point on lap two, I think," Glock told Motorsport.com. "Then at the beginning, it was still OK but at some point, after more and more laps, the door bent more to the outside and it was getting very slow on the straights.

"I had to use a lot of DRS at the beginning to go to stay a bit with the train [of cars] but it [the door] slowed me down so much. I

"t forced us to go into the pits very early but after the pitstop, we had good pace and could catch up again but at the end, with the safety car it was clear to me that everyone else was on fresher tyres so I tried to survive and get some points."

BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said on Sunday that he did not know the cause of Glock's door coming loose but suggested it could have been early contact or a hard impact with the kerb.

"There are three latches that go into the frame and the last one, which is always the worst one, is the one that popped out and it was a question of time for when the others would go out," said Marquardt when asked by Motorsport.com to explain Glock's problem.

"I have to say, I don't know what happened to Timo this year. It looks like whatever shit can happen, it accumulates on Timo and his car.

"Whenever there is something on the radio - Nurburgring [for example], I head somewhere there's a door on the track and I thought 'ah no Timo's door!'.

"It was actually an Aston door, but you see the door happened [to Glock] this weekend. It's unbelievable."

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