Zandvoort Podium & Another Step Closer To The TCR Germany Title For Files

Zandvoort Podium & Another Step Closer To The TCR Germany Title For Files

Two very different races at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands saw Britain's Josh Files edge ever close to the TCR Germany title after a front running opening race on Saturday and a controlled and mature race earlier today saw the #99 Team Target driver consolidate his overall lead at the top of the table.

Qualifying second after showing incredible pace once again during Free Practice, Files looked comfortable at the front of a five car tussle only to relinquish the lead on the final lap of the opening encounter to finish on the podium once more.

Conditions took a turn for the worse overnight with rain lashing the Dutch venue. Starting ninth Josh immediately moved forward and was up to sixth before a lengthy safety car period. Another safety car more or less immediately after racing resumed saw Josh move up to fifth where he would be classified after a red flag brought a premature end to the race following many of his rivals beaching themselves in the gravel at various points around the circuit.

Second and fifth ensure that Files heads to the finale a comfortable 41.5 points ahead of his nearest rival, meaning a Pole Position and/or a solid first race drive will be enough to lift the ultimate prize at his first time of asking!

Josh Files - TCR Germany Championship Leader: "After qualifying I’m pretty disappointed with the weekend. We showed so much speed even with 30kg success ballast and then in race one I had too much oversteer at the start and should have had a better car at the end but the race was essentially a 4 lap race the other guys were quicker and I lost the lead with about 5 corners to go. The race today shouldn’t have started. They gave us 3 sighting laps and then did actually start the race which surprised me. We managed half of lap one before a safety car and then about four corners until it came out again and then after the restart it was red flagged. We had a quick car but how can you make progress when you get to do one flying lap. I’m disappointed to lose points but overall I am happy with the performance of the car and the way I drove. We head to Hockenheim with a 41.5 lead overall so we have to keep our eye on the prize.”

The final two races take place at the Hockenheim circuit at the beginning of October.