Hyundai driver leads TCR Europe points ahead of the final round
Josh Files will lead the TCR Europe field into the final round of the season, after protecting his championship lead over two races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (September 20-22). Files’ Spanish weekend started well in his Target Competition run i30 N TCR, taking the four points on offer for qualifying second behind his teammate Andreas Bäckman, who took his second consecutive pole position. However, a mistake prevented Files from matching his starting position in the results. He rebounded to take fifth place in Race 2, despite starting from ninth on the grid to be able to lead the championship into the finale at Monza.
Customer Racing Junior Driver Bäckman, meanwhile was able to celebrate his first win in the championship after converting his pole position into Race 1 victory. The points he scored, together with those he collected for topping qualifying, kept him in mathematical contention for the title and – added to a seventh place for Dominik Baumann – helped Target Competition clinch the teams’ championship one round early. Away from the Italian squad it was a strong weekend for M Racing’s Nelson Panciatici, who finished fifth and sixth in the races to climb to fourth in the championship, sandwiched between Bäckman and Luca Engstler in his M1RA run i30 N TCR.