Allan McNish has become Britain’s first sportscar world champion for over two decades after winning the World Endurance Driver's Championship in China.
He and his team-mates, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval, knew that a third place finish would be enough for them to take the title.
“I have been waiting to win a World championship since 1985. I’ve had three cracks at a world title – in karting I finished third at Le Mans, that hurt because it was very close, but then in Formula One there wasn’t really an opportunity, so it’s third time lucky.
– Allan McNish
The Dumfries driver is now the first British sports car world champion since Derek Warwick, who won the title in 1992.
He is also the first Scottish driver to have ever won the title.
It's McNish's first world title win in his 25 year career.
"I feel massively proud of what we accomplished this year. We came out the blocks fighting in the Silverstone opening race and went on to also win at Le Mans and in Texas. Today we drove a conservative race but I’m out to finish the season off in style in Bahrain at the end of the month.”
Dumfries driver Allan McNish clinched the World Endurance Driver's Championship with race to spare to claim the first world title of his 25 year career.
Along with team-mates Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval he went into the race in Shanghai knowing that third would be enough to claim the title.
McNish becomes the first British sports car world champion since Derek Warwick won the title in 1992.
The Dumfries driver is now the first British sports car world champion since Derek Warwick won the title in 1992.
McNish and his crew would have finished fourth but for the second Toyota, driven by Anthony Davidson, Sebastian Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin, retiring from the lead in the penultimate hour when a bolt in the right-front suspension sheered.