On the first flying lap of Q1 Files set the fastest ever lap of a TCR car at the Nürburgring sprint circuit with a time of 1.35,278. So fast was the time he pitted with 13 minutes to spare after completing just this 1 lap with elevated him into Q2 for the pole position shoot out. On lap 1 of Q2 he again went provisional pole position with a time of 1.35,485. In the end it was enough for P3 as 2 other drivers managed to squeeze a little more out of their next laps, meaning Files missed Pole position by just 0.069s, showing just how close the TCR Germany field is!
After a stunning start Files passed pole-sitter Mike Halder (Seat) and Niels Langenfeld (Audi) before turn 1 - setting the pace at the front and ensuing a race long battle between the trio. A collision in the mid field deployed the first Safety Car for several laps. Restarting with 22 minutes race time remaining Files defended his lead from
Halder and Langeveld. Halder knocked a few times on Files 'door' but was not successful in getting passed. Contact of another two competitors caused a Safety Car for the second time in the race. With less than 3 minutes to go, Files was again defending from Halder and Langeveld. At the start of the final lap, Files and Halder headed down the start/finish straight side by side in a last ditch bid by Halder to snatch the lead from Files, but in a defensive masterclass by the Briton, he held his nerve and took win number 4 of the season in his Honda Civic TCR car for the Target Competition squad.
Due the reverse Grid regulations Files started from P8. After another brilliant start, Files was already looking in contention to enter turn 1 in 4th place. But then disaster struck as he was involved in an start accident after a slow getaway from pole sitter Max Hofer (Audi) meant he aggressively defended his position, hitting Dino Calcum (Opel) into the front of Files Honda, which put Calcum heavily in the Tyre wall. The Opel driver managed to walk away with no injuries and Files would retire his Honda for the first time this season with a broken front wishbone
“It was a weekend of 2 halves! We had some problems in free practice but my Target Competition boys worked tirelessly through the day and we made the car the fastest its been all year, and one of the fastest cars outright in Nürburgring meaning we could really fight it out for Pole position! To win the first race in such style with such a fight was a great feeling and it made me immensely proud of all the effort we as a team put in, and this was our reward. Race 2 was not ideal, but these things happen, this is motorsport after all. The best news is Dino was okay, as the crash was one of the hardest I’ve seen"
Files is still leading the championship with 288 points followed by Mike Halder 211 Points and Niels
Langeveld 197 Points. The Team championship is also led by Files and his teammate Richard
(Target Competition UK-SUI) with 297 Points followed by Honda Team ADAC Sachsen 255 Points and
AC 1927 Mayen e.V. im ADAC 244 Points.
After the summer break the next round will be held at the Sachsenring/Germany on the 15-17th August 2017.