Josh Files takes double victory at the Red Bull Ring

Josh Files takes double victory at the Red Bull Ring

Josh Files
Photo: ADAC Motorsport

2016 ADAC TCR Germany champion Josh Files (Target Competition, Honda) has once again claimed victory, winning the second of two races in Austria this Sunday.

The race started with a reversed grid, meaning that the tenth quickest car of Friday’s qualifying had the privilege of starting from the front row. This weekend, Robin Brezina (Aust Motorsport, Audi) was the lucky one to inherit pole position, right in front of his Aust Motorsport team-mate Sandro Kaibach. Josh Files lined up in third.

Once the lights went green for the race to start, Files had a lightning start, passing both Aust cars within the few first hundred metres. The Honda driver managed to build up a significant gap already after the first lap. Both Aust cars were quickly overtaken by Moritz Oestreich (Honda Team ADAC Sachsen) and Mike Halder (Wolf-Power Racing 2, SEAT).

Five minutes into the race, Halder’s Wolf-Power Racing team-mate Alex Morgan found himself in trouble and had to pull to the side of the track with technical problems. Standing near one of the quickest parts of the track, the safety car got sent out to neutralise the race.

When the Honda safety car pulled back into the pit lane seven minutes later, Files once again had a good restart, clinging onto his first place.

The order within the first three positions did not change in the remaining laps of the race, so it was Files again who crossed the line in first, making it three wins out of four races this season for the Englishman. Oestreich and Halder came in second and third to complete the podium.

Files’ team-mate Kris Richard (Taget Competition, Honda) came home in fourth, followed by Dino Calcum (Lubner Motorsport, Opel) who had high hopes to finish the second race on the podium again.

Antti Buri of the Audi LMS Racing team crossed the line in sixth, with Sandro Kaibach behind in seventh.

José Rodrigues (Target Competition, Honda) returned to the top ten this Sunday, after finishing the first round in a disappointing 28th place – way outside the points scoring positions. The Portuguese driver held off Sheldon van der Linde (AC 1927 Mayen, Audi) for 8th place. South African van der Linde had to settle for ninth.

Pole-sitter Robin Brezina rounded off the top ten. Although the rookie driver could not follow the pace of his contenders, the 18-year old bagged a significant amount of points over the course of the weekend, after having had a disappointing start to the season in Oschersleben.

The ADAC TCR Germany championship returns on July 7 to 9, racing once again at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany.

Race result

11Josh FILESTarget Competition UK-SUIHonda Civic Type R TCR1832:12.5771:37.9803
288Moritz OESTREICHTeam Honda ADAC SachsenHonda Civic Type R TCR184.3221:38.5067
37Mike HALDERWolf-Power Racing 2SEAT León TCR185.5881:38.5136
494Kris RICHARDTarget CompetitionHonda Civic Type R TCR186.2301:38.3919
536Dino CALCUMLubner MotorsportOpel Astra TCR186.7721:37.76010
610Antti BURILMS RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR188.0111:38.5245
744Sandro KAIBACHAust MotorsportAudi RS3 LMS TCR1819.7281:39.6512
827José RODRIGUESTarget Competition 2Honda Civic Type R TCR1819.9701:38.87911
918Sheldon VAN DER LINDEProsport PerformanceAudi RS3 LMS TCR1821.6931:39.49612
1024Robin BREZINAAust MotorsportAudi RS3 LMS TCR1822.9141:39.5381
1177Juuso-Matti PAJURANTAPositione MotorsportVolkswagen Golf Gti TCR1823.9531:39.30015
1266Ronny JOSTTOPCAR SportSEAT León TCR1824.9251:39.43618
1398Tom LAUTENSCHLAGERTarget CompetitionAudi RS3 LMS TCR1826.4551:39.16622
1438Jason WOLFETeam Engstler USAVolkswagen Golf Gti TCR1826.6551:39.16016
1599Tim ZIMMERMANNTarget CompetitionAudi RS3 LMS TCR1826.9971:39.29323
1642Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDERNiedertscheider MSPSEAT León TCR1827.4171:39.14624
1719Max HOFERProsport PerformanceAudi RS3 LMS TCR1827.9501:39.14928
1839Florian THOMAJunior Team EngstlerVolkswagen Golf Gti TCR1829.0761:39.59520
1917Jasmin PREISIGLubner MotorsportOpel Astra TCR1829.6351:38.71814
2078Fabian DANZSchläppi Race-TecSEAT León Cup Racer1835.0581:39.09332
2182Thomas KRAMWINKELGermanFLAVOURS RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR1838.7171:39.78835
2254Simon REICHERCertainty Racing TeamAudi RS3 LMS TCR1840.0681:39.25533
2313Kai JORDANRacing OneVolkswagen Golf Gti TCR1842.5241:38.95736
249Stefan GOEDETeam Engstler USAVolkswagen Golf Gti TCR1842.6041:39.83627
2528Pascal EBERLESteibel MotorsportSEAT León TCR1844.7331:39.57931
2640Dillon KOSTERCertainty Racing TeamAudi RS3 LMS TCR1845.1441:39.45229
2723Sebastien STEIBELSteibel MotorsportVolkswagen Golf Gti TCR1849.5881:40.48937
2884Maurits SANDBERGRacing One 2Audi RS3 LMS TCR1850.6611:40.02238
2941Steve KIRSCHTeam Honda ADAC SachsenHonda Civic Type R TCR1855.7981:38.9068
303Gosia RDESTTarget Competition SWE-POLAudi RS3 LMS TCR181:22.5561:39.94930
3112Simon LARSSONTarget Competition SWE-POLAudi RS3 LMS TCR181:29.2711:39.29926
3220Niko KANKKUNENLMS RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR171 Lap1:39.27513
3335Rudolf RHYNTOPCAR SportSEAT León TCR171 Lap1:38.89325
348Luca ENGSTLERJunior Team EngstlerVolkswagen Golf Gti TCR153 Laps1:38.3334
3564Sven MARKERTGermanFLAVOURS RacingAudi RS3 LMS TCR153 Laps1:40.04834
3622Harald PROCZYKHP RacingSEAT León TCR144 Laps1:38.93619
R11Jürgen SCHMARLTarget Competition AUT-PORHonda Civic Type R TCR10DNF1:39.53217
R14Niels LANGEVELDRacing OneAudi RS3 LMS TCR8DNF1:39.16439
R2Alex MORGANWolf-Power Racing 2SEAT León TCR3DNF1:40.54721