The Gilles Villeneuve of the British Touring Car Championship took home the ultimate prize in 2020 after a sensational display throughout this oddest of seasons, his otherworldly natural talent, car control and racecraft allied to an insatiable appetite for overtaking. And he did so at the wheel of a completely redesigned and re-engineered car that had a total dry-weather mileage still only in double figures when the action kicked off.
Ash Sutton, Laser Tools Racing, BMR Engineering and the Infiniti Q50 pulled off a smash-and-grab heist from under the noses of the acknowledged BTCC standard setters: four-time champion Colin Turkington, West Surrey Racing and the BMW 330i M Sport. It appeared to be a season-long performance of fizzing opportunism and audacity - far removed from the softly-softly Turkington/WSR approach - but in reality you have to delve much further back even than the coronavirus-extended 2019-20 off-season to discover the roots of what transpired.
Sutton, of course, had been the (literally) blue-eyed boy of his manager Warren Scott's BMR Subaru team, winning the championship at the second attempt - and in only his fifth season of car racing - in 2017. But the Levorg was progressively handicapped out of consistent competitiveness by BTCC organiser TOCA.