Lewis Hamilton has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014.
The 29-year-old Mercedes driver won his second Formula 1 world title this season and joined an exclusive club by becoming the fourth Briton to win the drivers’ championship at least twice.
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy was runner-up, with athlete Jo Pavey third.
“I was sitting there saying Rory’s going to have it,” said Hamilton, who earned 34% of the vote. “I thought it had to be someone else.”
The Englishman won 209,920 of the 620,932 votes cast, with McIlroy getting 123,745 (20%) and Pavey 99,913 (16%).
“I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who called in, I really wasn’t expecting it,” he added.
“I am so speechless. I’m so proud and honoured to be among such great sporting talent.”
Hamilton was runner-up to boxer Joe Calzaghe in 2007 and Sir Chris Hoy the following year.
Having arrived at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow with his dog, Roscoe, he was presented with the trophy by former Scotland player and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish after his name was announced by former England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson in front of a 12,000-strong audience.
Meanwhile, Paul McGinley capped a triumphant 2014 for golf by winning the Coach of the Year award.
The Irishman, who is 48 on Tuesday, oversaw a 16½-11½ win over the United States at Gleneagles in September.
However, his European side were beaten to the Team of the Year prize by England’s women rugby players, who beat Canada 21-9 in Paris to claim the World Cup for the first time since 1994.