Tom Onslow-Cole insisted he could go home from Brands Hatch happy with his performance during the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, despite hit title hopes ending in disappointing fashion.
The Team Aon driver went into the season finale lying fourth in the championship standings but his hopes of lifting the crown took a hit when he could only manage tenth on the grid at the wheel of his LPG-powered Ford Focus.
Those title hopes came to an end in the opening race when gearbox failure forced him into retirement in the ninth lap, although Onslow-Cole remained the man to beat in the Independents' championship going into the final two races.
However, hydraulic problems saw Onslow-Cole fail to make it to the finish of either remaining race meaning he dropped to third in he Indy standings.
“It's been a frustrating day and a really bad way to end the season,” he said. “But we did come here in the title hunt and I've still finished fourth in the championship, which is a great achievement for only my third season in the BTCC and so I can go home happy, with the focus on coming back next year even stronger.”