Albury's Jordan Boys finished off a frustrating Super2 Series by winning the final race of the season at Bathurst.
Starting from pole position, Boys held off newly-crowned series champion Broc Feeney to win a shortened race that finished under the safety car.
Boys was confident he could have held Feeney off if the race had gone full distance.
"Yeah, I think so, but it's frustrating that we'll never know," Boys said.
"It's probably fitting to finish the year like that because it's been that sort of year, really."
Boys started the season strongly, winning the first race at Bathurst in February only to have the victory taken off him due to an engine irregularity.
Super2 races at Sandown and Winton were cancelled because of COVID and when his team struggled to find race-winning pace at subsequent events in Townsville and Sydney, it meant Boys was out of the title hunt.
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"I had my sights firmly set on winning the championship this year, but things didn't go our way," he said.
"The team at Image Racing have done an awesome job in another really tough year, I can't thank them enough and getting a win to finish the year is what they deserve."
Meanwhile, fellow Albury racer Matt Chahda finished ninth on Friday and seventh on Saturday, making up seven places along the way and racing hard with Super2 rookie-of-the-year Matt McLean.
Chahda, who will be back on the Super2 grid in 2022, finished fourth in the drivers championship.
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