Team BMR's Colin Turkington has expressed his pride in collecting a fifth British Touring Car Championship Independents' crown despite losing his overall drivers' title to Gordon Shedden at Brands Hatch.

The defending champion arrived into the season finale with an outside chance of claiming back-to-back titles, 32 points behind the eventual 2015 winner Shedden.

Fourth place in race one, ahead of Shedden in sixth, injected one final breath of life into Turkington's title defence but the Volkswagen CC driver's fate was finally confirmed when a retirement in race two - born from the legacy of an early skirmish - signalled the end of his reign at the top.

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Turkington staged somewhat of a recovery during the final encounter to score points in twelfth position while his team mate Jason Plato lost out on claiming a third title despite winning the last race of the year.

"I'm really proud to have won this for a fifth time," Turkington told Crash.net. "I did my best to defend the championship but it wasn't my weekend. It hasn't been the easiest year but I've given it a 100% of my effort.

"We accident damage in race two from the second lap and then the tyre popped but I was really struggling for pace during the race anyway. The luck didn't go my way."

Despite failing to successfully defend his crown, Turkington's defiant season long fight to remain in contention until the penultimate race shouldn't be underestimated having made the switch from the RWD West Surrey Racing BMW 125i M Sport to the FWD Volkswagen CC for 2015.

Turning his focus onto the 2016 season, Turkington expects to grow in strength for the following campaign and has already fired a warning shot to his fellow competitors.

"I had a lot to adjust to with moving to the Volkswagen. I'm pleased with my transition but it was always going to be a massive learning curve and I know I can get better. I kept fighting the death and that's all you can do," Turkington explained.

"We've built a good foundation for next season so we can only get faster. I've just got to improve on my familiarity of the package. It's about being more comfortable with the FWD car because I've spent so long doing something else."