Zandvoort, Netherlands – 19 / 21 May 2018
RACE 2 REPORT
Josh Files wins
a thrilling race
Local boys van Lagen and Kroes finish on the podium
Josh Files completed a
spotless performance in Zandvoort’s Race 2, claiming his and Honda’s
first victory in the TCR Europe Series. The Briton took a perfect start
from fourth on the grid, stole the lead from Jens Reno Møller after a few
hundred metres and never looked back.
The drivers behind him put in a great show, as they were involved in a
series of tough fights for the positions. Local boys Jaap van Lagen and
Danny Kroes claimed well deserved podium results, finishing second and
Van Lagen elbowed his way through the field from ninth on the grid to
second in eight laps; afterwards he tried to close the gap from Files,
but to no avail. As for Kroes who had started from the pole, he clenched
his teeth and managed to keep a charging Attila Tassi at bay. During the
final lap they made contact, swapped positions and paints, but eventually
Kroes was tougher and retained the third position.
Yesterday’s Race 1 winner Mikel Azcona grabbed a sixth place that helped
him to join Dušan Borković on top of the standings on equal points; Files
moved up to third, 16 points adrift.
The TCR Europe will resume at Spa-Francorchamps on June 8th to 10th.
Grid – Barr is missing after his Hyundai was wrecked in the crash at the
start of yesterday’s Race 1
Start – Møller starts first, followed by Files, Kroes and Nagy
Lap 1 – Files and Kroes overtake Møller; Richard overtakes Nagy for
fourth; Borković pits and rejoins with a drop of power
Lap 2 – Richard overtakes Møller for third, Van Lagen and Nagy make
contact at the Tarzan bend; van Lagen takes fifth; Briché pits with a
broken turbo manifold
Lap 3 – Van Lagen overtakes Møller for fourth
Lap 4 – Tassi and Nagy clash at the Tarzan bend; Nagy slips to eighth
between Tassi and Azcona; Nagy and Paulsen collide at Turn 8, the latter
Lap 5 – Van Lagen puts the pressure on Richard; Mora overtakes Abreu for
Lap 6 – Van Lagen overtakes Richard for third
Lap 7 – Tassi overtakes Møller for fifth
Lap 8 – Van Lagen overtakes Kroes for second; Azcona overtakes Møller for
sixth; Mora overtakes Nagy for eighth
Lap 9 – Tassi overtakes Richard for fourth
Lap 11 – Files increases his leading margin to five seconds; Tassi is
Lap 12 – Kroes closes the door at the Tarzan and keeps Tassi behind
Lap 14 – Files wins from van Lagen; Kroes retains third position after a
tough fight with Tassi; Richard and Azcona finish fifth and sixth
Kroes demoted to
fourth behind Tassi
The Stewards of the
meeting decided to penalise Danny Kroes for his contacts with Attila
Tassi during the fight they had in today’s Race 2 while fighting for the
They have dropped the Dutch driver to fourth in the race results,
promoting Tassi to third.
The competitor renounced to use his right of appeal.
Dániel Nagy was given a ten second penalty for the collision with Stian
Paulsen, this dropped him from ninth to 12th.
Quotes after the second race at Zandvoort
Josh Files (winner): "It was a perfect day for
me and I am happy it happened on such a fantastic track and close to
home, as I live virtually across the Channel. Again, I had a good start
and after a short fight with Møller, I took the lead. From there, it was
a matter of avoiding mistakes and preserving tyres. I was not under any
direct threat, but this is a track where you cannot relax. The car was
perfect and the team did a perfect job. Now we can focus on reducing the
points gap and join the fight for the title."
Jaap Van Lagen (second): "It was a great race and it
feels really special to be on the podium in front of this huge crowd.
Unlike yesterday, I had a very good start and could gain some positions
staying on the outside line. Then, I did a couple of overtaking
manoeuvres and found myself behind Kroes. I noticed that he was having
some trouble with his tyres, and eventually I could pass him. The car was
really strong and allowed me to push hard throughout the entire
Danny Kroes (third): "It was a good
result and a nice way to finish the weekend. The start was lively
and there were some contacts, but Files was faster and pulled slightly
away. I had to fight for the entire race, notably with Van Lagen and then
Tassi. I think that last fight was quite entertaining for the spectators.
Attila kept pushing all the time, there was also some bumping, but I
managed to resist and I am quite proud of this podium."
2018 TCR Europe Series – calendar
– Circuit Paul Ricard, France (International GT Open)
19/21 May – Circuit Zandvoort,
Netherlands (Jumbo Racing Days) *
9/10 June – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (International GT Open)
7/8 July – Hungaroring, Hungary (International GT Open) *
18/19 August – TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands (Gamma Racing Days) *
22/23 September – Autodromo di Monza, Italy (International GT Open)
20/21 October – Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, Spain (International GT
With TCR Benelux
** With TCR Benelux and TCR Portugal
information, results, points and HD pictures at www.europe.tcr-series.com