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

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 1 Josh FILES Target Competition UK-SUI Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 32:12.577 1:37.980 3
2 88 Moritz OESTREICH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 4.322 1:38.506 7
3 7 Mike HALDER Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 18 5.588 1:38.513 6
4 94 Kris RICHARD Target Competition Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 6.230 1:38.391 9
5 36 Dino CALCUM Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 18 6.772 1:37.760 10
6 10 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 8.011 1:38.524 5
7 44 Sandro KAIBACH Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 19.728 1:39.651 2
8 27 José RODRIGUES Target Competition 2 Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 19.970 1:38.879 11
9 18 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 21.693 1:39.496 12
10 24 Robin BREZINA Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 22.914 1:39.538 1
11 77 Juuso-Matti PAJURANTA Positione Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 18 23.953 1:39.300 15
12 66 Ronny JOST TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 18 24.925 1:39.436 18
13 98 Tom LAUTENSCHLAGER Target Competition Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 26.455 1:39.166 22
14 38 Jason WOLFE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 18 26.655 1:39.160 16
15 99 Tim ZIMMERMANN Target Competition Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 26.997 1:39.293 23
16 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider MSP SEAT León TCR 18 27.417 1:39.146 24
17 19 Max HOFER Prosport Performance Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 27.950 1:39.149 28
18 39 Florian THOMA Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 18 29.076 1:39.595 20
19 17 Jasmin PREISIG Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR 18 29.635 1:38.718 14
20 78 Fabian DANZ Schläppi Race-Tec SEAT León Cup Racer 18 35.058 1:39.093 32
21 82 Thomas KRAMWINKEL GermanFLAVOURS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 38.717 1:39.788 35
22 54 Simon REICHER Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 40.068 1:39.255 33
23 13 Kai JORDAN Racing One Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 18 42.524 1:38.957 36
24 9 Stefan GOEDE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 18 42.604 1:39.836 27
25 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport SEAT León TCR 18 44.733 1:39.579 31
26 40 Dillon KOSTER Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 45.144 1:39.452 29
27 23 Sebastien STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 18 49.588 1:40.489 37
28 84 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One 2 Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 50.661 1:40.022 38
29 41 Steve KIRSCH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 18 55.798 1:38.906 8
30 3 Gosia RDEST Target Competition SWE-POL Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 1:22.556 1:39.949 30
31 12 Simon LARSSON Target Competition SWE-POL Audi RS3 LMS TCR 18 1:29.271 1:39.299 26
32 20 Niko KANKKUNEN LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 17 1 Lap 1:39.275 13
33 35 Rudolf RHYN TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 17 1 Lap 1:38.893 25
34 8 Luca ENGSTLER Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 15 3 Laps 1:38.333 4
35 64 Sven MARKERT GermanFLAVOURS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 15 3 Laps 1:40.048 34
36 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing SEAT León TCR 14 4 Laps 1:38.936 19
R 11 Jürgen SCHMARL Target Competition AUT-POR Honda Civic Type R TCR 10 DNF 1:39.532 17
R 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 8 DNF 1:39.164 39
R 2 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 3 DNF 1:40.547 21