Dan Cammish says he does not "feel anything" after losing the British Touring Car Championship less than two laps from the end of the final race at Brands Hatch.
The Team Dynamics driver took the points lead for the first time this season from erstwhile leader Colin Turkington after the reigning champion was spun by his Cammish's team-mate Matt Neal in race two.
But WSR driver Turkington mounted an incredible comeback from 25th on the grid to sixth, which was enough to win his fourth series title by two points over Cammish after he suffered a brake failure at the end of lap 13 of 15.
Cammish fell to third in the standings as a result of drawing on points with Andrew Jordan, who has six wins to his brace.
The Honda Civic Type R driver told Autosport: "It hasn't sunk in, I don't think it's hit me.
"I've never been in shock but I feel as though this is as close as I might get."
The TV feed showed the front brakes on Cammish's car were glowing far more compared to his rivals.
Autosport understands his brakes faded and the pedal travel increased.
As he hit the brakes with extra force to slow the front end, the rear-axle locked.
He span backwards across the gravel and mounted a tyre wall to record his only non-finish of the season.
"Obviously the impact was fairly big," Cammish added.
"I am fine but I feel a bit numb.
"I don't feel anything, I don't feel sad. What's just happened there?
"I don't think it'll dawn on me just how close I came and just what's happened.
"I came within one and a half laps of being the touring car champion.
"It's sad and hard to take, but I'm trying to see the positives."
Team Dynamics are also investigating whether Cammish might have also hit the accelerator pedal briefly when he applied the brakes.