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.
|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||–|