Files Seals TCR Germany Title With Hockenheim Victory

Josh Files has been crowned the 2016 ADAC TCR Germany champion, sealing the title with his sixth win of the year during the season finale at Hockenheim.

Files was in dominant form in his Target Competition Honda Civic, converting a third pole position of the campaign into a dominant lights-to-flag victory in the opening race in Germany.

The championship win is Files’ third tin-top crown in four seasons, having won both the UK Clio Cup and Eurocup Clio crowns with Team Pyro back in 2013.

The title comes at the end of a remarkable maiden TCR campaign for the 25 year old, who also notched three race wins across two meetings at Oschersleben, and a single success at the Red Bull Ring.

Files’ success came as the Target squad also won the Teams title, and the Norwich racer hopes to stay with the team next season for an assault on both the TCR Germany and International series.

“Clinching both the team and drivers championships at Hockenheim is such a good feeling for everyone involved,” said Files.

“Race one was tricky as it started raining just before our race and the circuit was damp with us on slicks. I got a really good start but my team mate made a better one but he gave me some room which was nice of him.

“The car was unbelievable and we were doing times almost as quick as in qualifying. For that reason I was able to pull away and I don’t want to say that it was easy but it kind of was!

“To win the championship by winning the race is the best feeling you can have and I was a complete cry baby and I had tears coming down my face with two laps to go.”