Subaru's Ashley Sutton has admitted winning the 2017 British Touring Car Championship crown 'is yet to sink in' after enduring an emotional climax to his title winning campaign.

The Adrian Flux Subaru Racing driver secured his first ever BTCC drivers' crown in the final race of the year at Brands Hatch after finishing on the podium in third during a wet reverse grid encounter.

Having witnessed the vast majority of his once healthy points lead wiped out in the previous race - courtesy of his title rival Colin Turkington's miraculous victory - Sutton ultimately prevailed by a 21-point margin over the Team BMW driver.

Following a shock early retirement from Turkington in race three, Sutton was able to tackle the remainder of the final race knowing the championship was safely wrapped up.

"I’m literally worn out from all the emotion. The last two meetings have been really up and down. It’s not sunk in yet and, as you can tell, the emotion is still there for me. It’s been a real roller-coaster for me, the last two meetings," said Sutton.

"Up until that point we had it pretty easy and the team have been fantastic. We’ve always had good momentum. It’s nice to let all that emotion out, no more pressure."

Sutton was sitting right behind Turkington when the BMW driver's championship charge ended in heartbreak after the former two-time champion got caught up in Tom Ingram and Mat Jackson's altercation at Graham Hill bend.

Turkington was forced to limp back to the pits with a broken rear-right upright into an early retirement and Sutton was told of his title rival's demise on the radio during the safety car period.

Having been told 'you're the British champion' over the radio, Sutton said he brushed all of that information aside as he looked to end the year on a high with another podium finish.

"He [Turkington] went up the inside and I was right behind him. On the exit there was a bit of contact on the right but I couldn’t quite see what was going on," he continued.

"I was focussed on using the chance to get past him, even if he continues racing. We did that and half-a-lap later I got the radio call ‘you can relax now, Colin isn’t in the race’.

"I had to double check because I didn’t believe the team.

"David came over the radio and told me I was the British champion but I ignored it altogether. I was still in the car and I wanted to end on a high and stand on that podium one more time.

"There was still a job at task. So I brushed it aside. I didn’t want to get all tearful and let all the emotions out then. I wanted to save that for the end and share it with the team."



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