Norfolk racer Josh Files is a double champion
PUBLISHED: 14:31 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 26 September 2017
Tenth place in the opening race at the German Hockenheimring was enough for an anxious Josh Files to claim his second TCR German crown and his second TCR title this year – despite the race being halted prematurely.
Jasmin Preisig required medical assistance after a nasty accident, bringing the race to a halt, and for Files, from Poringland, to breathe a sigh of relief as he wrapped his second title.
“The main thing is that Jasmin is well,” was the first thing the local racer said after getting out of his Target Competition-run Honda Civic. “I am very happy and being a double champion is a sensational feeling. I was nervous before the start but luckily everything worked out. Now I am looking forward to a great fight in the final race.”
Files underpinned his defence of the TCR German title with six victories from the 14 races while he failed to score points in just one race, when he was the innocent victim in a start-line accident.
The local racer’s final victory came in the last race in the series after he had wrapped up the championship.
From pole position Files made another of his trademark scintillating starts to lead, but he was pushed back to second place by Moritz Oestreich on the second lap. However Files, was handed the lead back when Oestreich had to serve a drive-through penalty for a jumped start, which he served on the eighth lap.
A safety car period followed, but shortly after racing resumed another accident would brought out the red flags, with Files taking his sixth win of the season.
“It was a perfect end to a very, very good season,” said Files. “On the straights the Audi was faster than us so it was hard, but I am just happy about this year.”
Dan Zelos has vowed to bounce back from a difficult weekend at Silverstone where the Dereham youngster was relegated to the back of the Renault Clio UK Cup grid for a tyre marking infringement.
“It was a shock to be sent to the back of the grid all for a number written upside down on a piece of paper,” said Zelos, who had set qualifying times which would have put him in fifth and sixth places on the grid for the two races. He recorded 13th and 14th place finishers.