World of Sport

Rally driver’s one-handed show after door won’t close

French rally driver Francois Delecour put in a remarkable performance on Rally Latvia despite having to race while holding his door shut.

Competing on stage three of the Rally Liepaja-Ventspils in Latvia, the second fixture of the European Rally Championship, the driver's side door on his Peugeot 207 S2000 suddenly would not close - as you can see in the video below.

"I don't know what happened," the impassioned 50-year-old said before driving away with the door still flapping. "It was just impossible to close the door.

"Every right turn it was coming open, sometimes in sixth gear. I drove most of the stage like this.

[Driving] in sixth gear, sideways, I was afraid to touch the tree, then always with one hand... it was terrible."

Incredibly, Delecour came second on the Vecpils 1 stage - just 2.8 seconds behind Ireland's Craig Breen, who also drives a Peugeot.

Breen led the rally after winning all three stages on day one on Friday.

“I can’t believe it," the rising star said on the eve of his 23rd birthday. "Somebody’s looking after me today, I really do think that.”

The three-day event continues with stages four to nine on Saturday and concludes on Sunday.

Delecour is third, 12.1s off the pace - but with two hands on the wheel again, who would bet against him putting together a challenge for victory?

Finn Jari Ketomaa is second in a Ford Fiesta.