Guy Jolly saw his hopes of retaining his prestigious Supreme Trophy crown ended by a catalogue of problems.
The local racer was caught up in two crashes and also suffered a mechanical failure on a miserable Saturday night at Mildenhall Stadium.
And salt was rubbed into his wounds when he had to present the silverware to new winner Darren Cottrill.
Jolly said: “The whole night was an absolute disaster to be perfectly honest.
“I was taken out by another driver in my first heat and then had to retire from the second one with mechanical problems.
“I was making good progress through the field in the final until another car crashed into the side of me and put me out of the race.
“I was just unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that happens.
“The worst part was having to hand the trophy over to the new winner.
It certainly wasn’t the way I wanted it to go, but I’ll take it on the chin as there is plenty still to race for this year.”
Jolly will be back in action in the V8 Hotstox Series at Coventry on July 18 before tackling a World Championship qualifier at Belle Vue in Manchester in late August.