Champion Josh Files wins red-flagged final race of season

Champion Josh Files wins red-flagged final race of season

Josh Files
Photo: ADAC / Gruppe C

Josh Files won an eventful final ADAC TCR Germany race of the season at the Hockenheimring ahead of Max Hofer and Niels Langeveld, which was halted early with four minutes to go.

Files, who started the reverse-grid race from pole position, got off to a good start initially, but behind him Team Honda ADAC Sachsen’s Mortiz Oestreich was looking to challenge for the lead.

On lap two Oestreich made his move on Files, passing into Turns 2 and 3, before opening up a comfortable advantage in the ensuing laps.

However Oestreich’s lead would not last, as the Honda driver was later added a drive-through penalty for a jump start, handing the new champion back the lead of the race.

Thereafter Files held on to his lead, despite pressure from ProSport Performance’s Max Hofer, who had made his way into the position after superbly passing Niels Langeveld and Sheldon van der Linde one lap prior.

The win is Files’ sixth of the season in what has been a dominant campaign for the Target Competition Brit, who ends his season as he began it.

Second marks Hofer’s first podium of the season, whilst Racing One’s Langeveld held on to take third and secure fifth overall in the championship standings.

Wolf-Power Racing’s Mike Halder was fourth, giving the German the runner-up spot in the final championship standings, ahead of ProSport Performance’s Sheldon van der Linde in fifth, who was involved in fierce battles with Langeveld and Hofer in the race.

Steibel Motorsport’s Pascal Eberle took seventh, ahead of an impressive showing from Luigi Ferrara in the V-Action Alfa Romeo in eighth, with the Italian making up 19 positions in a spirited drive.

Although LMS Racing’s Niko Kankkunen was classified in eighth, it was the Finn who caused the end of the race early when he went off into the barriers at Turn 12 whilst trying to make a move to the outside of Ferrara.

Wolf-Power Racing’s Alex Morgan and Engstler Motorsport’s Florian Thoma completed the top ten.

The race featured a brief safety car intervention on lap ten when Simon Larsson clattered into Target Competition team-mate Tim Zimmermann at Turn 8, ending the former’s race, whilst battling for the final points positions.

Having served his drive-through penalty on lap seven whilst leading, Oestreich emerged in 16th position and by the end of the race had made up limited ground to finish in 12th.

Early casualties in the race where Team Honda ADAC Sachsen’s Steve Kirsch and Target Competition’s Kris Richard, after Kirsch made contact with Richard at Turn 12 whilst they were battling for fourth.

After her huge shunt in Saturday’s first race, Lubner Motorsport’s Jasmin Preisig failed to take the start, after she spent the night in hospital as a precaution. Also not starting was her former team-mate Dino Calcum.

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 12 12 LAPS 1:50.109 1
2 19 Max HOFER AC 1927 Mayen e.V. im ADAC Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 0.530 1:49.735 11
3 14 Niels LANGEVELD Racing One Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 1.536 1:49.951 3
4 7 Mike HALDER Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 12 2.070 1:49.709 7
5 18 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE AC 1927 Mayen e.V. im ADAC Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 3.364 1:49.978 9
6 28 Pascal EBERLE Steibel Motorsport SEAT León TCR 12 3.755 1:50.110 16
7 16 Luigi FERRARA V-Action Racing Team Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 12 4.669 1:50.032 26
8 20 Niko KANKKUNEN LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 5.375 1:50.289 18
9 2 Alex MORGAN Wolf-Power Racing 2 SEAT León TCR 12 5.792 1:49.587 29
10 39 Florian THOMA Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 12 6.034 1:50.475 17
11 22 Harald PROCZYK HP Racing Opel Astra TCR 12 6.698 1:49.993 10
12 88 Moritz OESTREICH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 7.288 1:49.811 2
13 56 Jaap VAN LAGEN Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 9.347 1:50.585 12
14 73 Fredy BARTH TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 12 9.853 1:50.294 22
15 38 Jason WOLFE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 12 10.176 1:50.390 23
16 98 Tom LAUTENSCHLAGER Target Competition GER Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 10.634 1:50.446 20
17 35 Rudolf RHYN TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 12 11.257 1:50.901 19
18 42 Lukas NIEDERTSCHEIDER Niedertscheider MSP SEAT León TCR 12 11.689 1:50.741 25
19 78 Fabian DANZ Schläppi Race-Tec SEAT León Cup Racer 12 11.895 1:50.558 27
20 8 Luca ENGSTLER Junior Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 12 12.292 1:49.966 6
21 15 Cosimo BARBERINI V-Action Racing Team Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 12 12.796 1:49.933 30
22 11 Jürgen SCHMARL Target Competition AUT-POR Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 13.089 1:51.158 21
23 23 Sebastien STEIBEL Steibel Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 12 13.374 1:50.614 36
24 41 Steve KIRSCH Team Honda ADAC Sachsen Honda Civic Type R TCR 12 13.626 1:49.333 8
25 29 Max HESSE Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 14.511 1:51.548 28
26 34 Orhan VOUILLOZ Young Driver Challenge SEAT León TCR 12 17.063 1:51.120 34
27 9 Stefan GOEDE Team Engstler USA Volkswagen Golf Gti TCR 12 17.313 1:50.674 33
28 84 Maurits SANDBERG Racing One 2 Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 18.155 1:51.302 35
29 54 Simon REICHER Certainty Racing Team Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 22.539 1:51.886 32
30 10 Antti BURI LMS Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 12 34.826 1:49.594 13
R 99 Tim ZIMMERMANN Target Competition GER Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 DNF 1:50.808 15
R 12 Simon LARSSON Target Competition SWE-POL Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 DNF 1:50.427 31
R 44 Sandro KAIBACH Aust Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 DNF 1:49.870 4
R 66 Ronny JOST TOPCAR Sport SEAT León TCR 5 DNF 1:51.005 24
R 94 Kris RICHARD Target Competition UK-SUI Honda Civic Type R TCR 4 DNF 1:51.593 5
NS 36 Dino CALCUM Schläppi Race-Tec Opel Astra TCR DNS N/A 14
NS 17 Jasmin PREISIG Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra TCR DNS N/A