Aaron Mason claimed the second Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup championship title of his seven-year track career on Sunday.
A pair of eighth-place finishes in the two season-closing races were enough to secure the Rossington driver the crown ahead of Lucas Orrock and season-long points leader David Sutton.
Mason’s championship win was as unexpected as it was pleasurable for 35-year-old and the AWM Motorsport team - especially after the penultimate race saw him spin into the gravel and eventually limp past the finish line.
“I’m well chuffed,” said Mason, after the final round.
“I’ve only won one race this year because we’ve struggled with pace.
“The only time we’ve done okay is when there hasn’t been too much weight on the car.
“We’ve spent a lot of the season carrying 50kg and finishing fourth or fifth, and not managing to get the weight reduced.
“That took its toll in the mid-part of the season.
“But it’s all come down to the end, and I suppose that David Sutton had to have some bad luck at some point having been so dominant.
“It happens to everyone in motorsport – it happened to me this morning when I got taken out.
“When that happened I thought it was 100 per cent over for me, so it’s amazing to be standing here now as champion.”
Mason’s sole race win came at Brands Hatch in August, but his season-long podium habit kept him in good stead.
But on Sunday he was just relieved to see the chequered flag, with his Scirocco’s rattles and bangs increasing as the race drew to a close.
“I was suffering fuel surge, the tyres were gone, the driveshafts rumbling,” said Mason.
“I was driving a very careful race because I could see other cars getting penalties for track limits, and then it was just a case of managing the car to the end.
“It just got me home.
“I’m not too sure how many more laps it would have managed.”