Josh Files wins incident-riddled first race at Oschersleben

A record 41 cars lined up on the grid to take the green flag on the first of seven weekends of the ADAC TCR Germany season this Saturday. What followed was a surprisingly sane, yet incident-riddled 30-minute sprint.

Kris Richard (Target Competition, Honda) started the race from pole position after a shortened qualifying session, forced by a multiple car pile-up. The series debutant posted the quickest lap in the only timed quali leg this weekend and started race one from the top spot.

Lined up alongside Richard was fellow Honda pilot Steve Kirsch (ADAC Sachsen, Honda). Sheldon van der Linde (AC Mayen, Audi) qualified in third, just in front of defending champion Josh Files (Target Competition, Honda). Max Hofer (PROsport Performance, Audi) rounded up the top 5.

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The race

One would presume that threading more than 40 cars through the narrow corner that is turn one at Oschersleben would be a Herculean task. Yet, we were presented with a very well behaved field. Defending champion Josh Files swiftly carved his way through to P2 even before the first corner and – almost unnoticedly – took over the lead shortly thereafter.

A fair bit of jostling and elbowing on track later, the first of three safety car periods was called upon, when Simon Reicher (Certainty Racing Team, Audi) caused two separate accidents in the matter of just two corners. First the Austrian punted out a skidding Jason Wolfe (Team Engstler, Volkswagen), before sending Ronny Jost (TOPCAR Sport, SEAT) into the gravel. Both cars had to be pulled out of their pebbly entrapments by the marshals.

The field was released with 15 minutes to go and Josh Files made a huge leap to lead the field by almost a full second into turn one. The green flag phase should not last for long though, as Robin Brezina (Aust Motorsport, Audi) overshot the narrow first corner and made heavy contact with the ADAC Sachsen Honda of Moritz Oestreich. Both drivers having to call it a day with stricken race cars.

After a good few laps of running under green flag conditions again, a final safety car was sent out for a heap of smaller incidents on track, that for the matter of safety had to be taken care of under the limited pace of the Honda pace car.

With all cars and debris cleared, a final last lap sprint ensued. Little change on track on the final minute and a half meant that Josh Files went on to score his first win of the ADAC TCR Germany season. Steve Kirsch closely followed the Brit over the line, with Sheldon van der Linde completing the podium. Pole setter Kris Richard narrowly missed out on a place on the rostrum in P4.

Race two will see Florian Thoma (Team Engstler, Volkswagen) start from pole position as the top 10 qualifiers will start in reverse order. The Swiss will be joined on the front row by Pascal Eberle (Steibel Motorsport, SEAT). Race winner Files will start from seventh position.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 Josh FILES Target Competition UK-SUI Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 32:12.662 1:34.982 4
2 41 Steve KIRSCH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 0.750 1:35.052 2
3 18 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 1.869 1:35.370 3
4 94 Kris RICHARD Target Competition Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 2.157 1:35.752 1
5 11 Jürgen SCHMARL Target Competition AUT-POR Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 2.642 1:36.071 11
6 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport SEAT León TCR 17 3.211 1:36.075 9
7 99 Tim ZIMMERMANN Target Competition Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 3.614 1:35.757 8
8 19 Max HOFER Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 4.229 1:35.898 5
9 98 Tom LAUTENSCHLAGER Target Competition Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 4.986 1:36.026 12
10 39 Florian THOMA Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 17 5.380 1:36.120 10
11 44 Sandro KAIBACH Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 6.014 1:36.144 7
12 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 6.815 1:36.446 13
13 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing SEAT León TCR 17 6.869 1:36.397 16
14 77 Juuso-Matti PAJURANTA Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 17 6.887 1:35.734 17
15 7 Mike HALDER Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 17 7.908 1:35.861 26
16 2 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 17 8.382 1:36.414 22
17 8 Luca ENGSTLER Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 17 8.811 1:36.660 28
18 13 Kai JORDAN Racing One Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 17 9.450 1:36.617 30
19 36 Dino CALCUM Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 17 10.408 1:36.703 20
20 27 José RODRIGUES Target Competition 2 Honda Civic Type R TCR 17 10.588 1:37.871 6
21 23 Sebastien STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 17 12.357 1:37.833 27
22 17 Jasmin PREISIG Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 17 12.594 1:38.019 34
23 20 Niko KANKKUNEN LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 13.215 1:38.509 41
24 82 Thomas KRAMWINKEL GermanFLAVOURS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 13.312 1:37.838 24
25 78 Fabian DANZ Schläppi Race-Tec SEAT León Cup Racer 17 13.685 1:38.343 33
26 9 Stefan GOEDE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 17 14.260 1:38.318 40
27 12 Simon LARSSON Target Competition SWE-POL Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 16.780 1:36.920 21
28 84 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One 2 Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 17.418 1:38.595 32
29 35 Rudolf RHYN TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 17 17.662 1:38.694 35
30 5 Kristian POULSEN Team Engstler Dänemark Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 17 17.840 1:37.927 36
31 3 Gosia RDEST Target Competition SWE-POL Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 18.222 1:38.248 38
32 40 Dillon KOSTER Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 18.515 1:38.685 29
33 83 Martin NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider MSP SEAT León TCR 17 20.632 1:41.627 39
34 10 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 13 4 LAPS 1:35.987 14
35 64 Sven MARKERT GermanFLAVOURS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 5 LAPS 1:36.814 18
R 88 Moritz OESTREICH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 8 DNF 1:36.291 19
R 24 Robin BREZINA Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 DNF 1:36.557 15
R 4 Roland POULSEN Team Engstler Dänemark Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 8 DNF 1:39.338 37
R 54 Simon REICHER Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 4 DNF 1:36.727 25
R 38 Jason WOLFE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 3 DNF 1:36.551 23
R 66 Ronny JOST TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 3 DNF 1:38.032 31
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