|Newly crowned Champion Kptk92 does battle with four time Champion x Shuffle in the setting sun at Hockenheim|
Kptk92 couldn't hide his delight after capturing the British Touring Car Championship crown at Hockenheim last night.
The SEAT driver secured the title at the fifth attempt after a mechanical failure on o0o JAM1E o0o's Honda condemned him to sitting out of the event. It now means that there is no longer only one winner of the BTCC - x Shuffle had previously dominated the previous four seasons.
But an epic showdown between Champions, old and new, was one of the many highlights from an enthralling meeting at Hockenheim National which, despite playing host to the lowest attended grid of the season, still had plenty of action and drama.
"It was a fantastic evening of racing, probably some of the best this season," said Kptk92. "It's a shame what happened to Jamie and Christian (who also suffered a similar issue) but also a shame that we had a smaller grid than usual, because imagine what the racing would have been like with a full grid! The car was really strong today and ending the season with a win and the title caps off a perfect season."
When asked if the title win was soured by the disappearance of his rivals over the course of the season, Kptk92 replied: "Not at all. I've had a great season-long fight in the standings with Jamie and we didn't luck into the title at all. We were competitive in almost every single event so you can't say that it was just down to turning up to every event because we had genuine pace and were scoring some great points. Jordan switched cars halfway through the season and even if you combined his Vauxhall points with his Ford points he would have come 2nd in the standings. It's a massive lift for myself to earn this Championship with such a competitive line-up so no I won't see this title victory in any other way."