British Touring Car Championship leader Ashley Sutton has described his Silverstone weekend as an ‘emotional roller-coaster’.

The BTCC title race reached boiling point during the penultimate round of the season, which saw both title protagonists Sutton and Colin Turkington endure a weekend of contrasting fortunes.

Following what looked to be a costly race two penalty, Sutton bounced back from the depths of despair to re-establish a 10-point championship lead with an eleventh place finish in race three, while Turkington failed to register any points in what proved a disastrous third race for the BMW driver.

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“I thought Donington was an emotional roller-coaster after getting disqualified from pole but this topped it! I genuinely thought, after the appeal got thrown out, I made my life ten times harder for the championship,” Sutton told Crash.net.

“That soon changed on lap one when I saw Turkington in trouble – I had to look twice. I thought it was Collard at first. My rate instantly lowered after that!

“I’m a little bit for words at the moment. We’re going into the final round still leading and actually gained points in that last race. The whole weekend was a bit emotional.”

Sutton’s title hopes took a severe dent in race two after the Subaru driver was penalised for final corner contact with Team BMW’s Turkington as the pair disputed third position, all interwoven with the points’ battle.

The championship leader was given a time penalty and dropped to fourth, but was also given a third penalty strike, which relegated him to the back of the grid for race three.

Giving his view on the altercation, Sutton said: “In my opinion it [the move on Turkington] was acceptable because I was forced off the circuit. But I have to accept the clerks, I can’t hold a grudge against them.”

“It’s the clerks decision on that day and I’ve took that on the chin, accepted it and done my apology. I took my penalty for it and survived. Now it’s on to Brands and keep my nose extra clean.”