Motor Sport: Allan McNish has ended his lengthy wait for a word title
Allan McNish has claimed the World Endurance Championship alongside his Audi team-mates Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval.
Last Updated: 09/11/13 11:52am
The trio could only finish third in their R18 e-tron quattro in the six-hour race at the Shanghai International Circuit, their worst result of the year, but that was still good enough to clinch the title.
The trio won three races this season, including the prestigious event at Le Mans, and also finished second three times.
It was a first title for the motor sport veteran McNish and the 43-year-old said: "I've been waiting on this since 1985.
"I had three cracks at a world championship in karting, finishing third once, and that one hurt because I was close but no cigar.
"In Formula One there wasn't really an opportunity, so to finally crack it, it's third time lucky.
"Personally, I feel massively proud of what we've achieved this year.
"We came out of the blocks fighting at Silverstone and we had a really good run, especially at the Circuit of the Americas, which was a turning point for us because it allowed us to come here (China) and drive a very conservative race."
The Shanghai race was won by the sister Audi team featuring reigning champions Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer.
McNish and his crew would have finished fourth but the second Toyota, driven by Anthony Davidson, Sebastian Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin, had to retire when leading in the penultimate hour because of suspension problems.