Fortec Motorsport driver Oliver Rowland spoke to after winning his Formula Renault 3.5 title with a round to spare at Le Mans.

The newly-crowned champion, who succeeds Carlos Sainz to become victor of the European-based series, finished in eighth place on his way to winning the title after qualified an uncharacteristic 14th.

The Briton felt unwell during qualifying but needed just one point to seal the deal before the final round at Jerez takes place next month. In winning, he matches Sainz's record of seven wins in a single season and could well surpass this tally if successful at the Spanish circuit.

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"It hasn't sunk in yet, you work for it everyday for eight months and now it's over," he said.

Rowland had been battling Lotus junior Matthieu Vaxiviere all season until a mixed weekend for the Frenchman forced him to settle to second overall. His 74 point lead over third-placed man Dean Stoneman makes him untouchable and confirmed for in the runner-up position at his home circuit.

23-year-old Rowland, fresh from his win, noted the improvements that his main championship rival made over the course of the season and the fair battle who two enjoyed during a eight round fight for glory.

Himself a runner up in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup championship in 2013, Rowland knows from experience the pitfalls of becoming a runner up. It is a position that, he admits, is perhaps the cruelest in motorsport.

"Matthieu was very consistent and pushed me hard," he notes. "We had the pace last year and I needed that consistency, that was what I found that might the slight difference for me."

"Sometimes I was also in the right place at the right time and I have to admit that."

Indeed, Rowland's own rise from fourth in the 2014 standings to the new reigning champion is indicative of his wiliness to learn throughout the season and explore different ways to find that slight margin necessary in the competitive single-seater series.

"I've worked with Don Macpherson, a sports psychologist, for three or four years but we recently upped our game," he explains after his team celebrations. "I'm very rarely in the simulator, for me it's the psychological battle and he has helped me with that. Physically I never really have a problem."

Attention now shifts focus as he attempts to, alongside Jazeman Jaafar, secure Fortec their first team title at the final round in Jerez. The British outfit now has two drivers' championships after Robin Frijns' 2012 victory but has not yet secured the team trophy.

There are just two races remaining in the FR3.5 championship where the battle for third is hotting up between four different drivers. DAMS' Dean Stoneman currently holds that position in his first year as a Red Bull junior.

For Rowland, however, it is a simple case of relief.

"I wanted to win it before the last round because it means I can relax a bit and enjoy it."