Handy Motorsport's Rob Austin has won the final round of the 2017 season in wet conditions at Brands Hatch, as Ashley Sutton is crowned the 2017 British Touring Car champion after finishing third in the title deciding race.

Having seen his championship dramatically cut to six-points following Colin Turkington's race two victory, Sutton ultimately prevailed for his first ever BTCC drivers' crown after a dramatic retirement for Turkington on third lap of the race, signalled a premature end to the title battle.

As Austin quickly gained the lead from pole-sitter Michael Epps, both title protagonists began to scythe their way up the order in the treacherously greasy conditions.

However, whilst fighting his way to the cusp of the podium order, a minor altercation between Tom Ingram and Mat Jackson at Graham Hill corner wiped Turkington out of the finale, and ultimately the title battle.

The Team BMW driver suffered a broken rear-right upright and limped back to the pits into a heartbreaking early retirement.

From there on in, as Austin controlled the race at the front of the field ahead of Eurotech Racing's Jack Goff, Sutton could then tackle the rest of the race free in the knowledge, whatever the outcome, he would be crowned champion for Subaru.

Whilst Sutton challenged to threaten the leaders, he settled for third position and crossed the line 4.741s behind race winner Austin and the second placed Honda of Goff.


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