Timo Glock says he has “not much hope left” in the DTM title race after he failed to score any points in the sixth round at Brands Hatch last weekend.
The ex-Formula 1 pilot was third in the drivers’ championship standings prior to the UK round, but his nightmare weekend has pushed him down to sixth place.
The BMW driver is now a full 76 points behind leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Petronas) and says this may be a gap too big to close.
Asked by Autosport about his title hopes, Glock replied: "It's never over until the last race, but for sure over 50 points... there's not much hope left."
The German said his "race pace improved a lot" on Sunday compared to a day earlier, but that the "circumstances" of the race meant he failed to "convert that good pace into a correspondingly good result".
Glock was on course to score a point in the Saturday race until he was passed by three cars on the same lap with just over half of the distance still to run.
"Qualifying wasn't a big issue, I was a couple of hundredths up until Turn 4 [Surtees], I tried to squeeze a bit more out, and lost the rear and spun off," said Glock.
"That wasn't that painful, but the race was just hard to understand why we had such a big balance shift in the car suddenly.
"I just had no front end from the middle part of the race, massive understeer, I just couldn't do anything."
With Glock dropping down the standings, BMW’s lead driver is now Marco Wittmann. He hopes to challenge the Mercedes dominance in the four remaining rounds of the 2018 season.
"The gap to the frontrunners increased, instead of decreased, but it's not over," said Wittmann.
"[There are] still eight races to go, we need to push and try to put them [Mercedes] under pressure and qualify a bit higher."