Files is crowned champion
With an authoritative double win at the wheel of the Lap57 Honda Civic, Josh Files secured the first edition of the TCR Middle East Series’s title at Bahrain International Circuit. The Brit also becomes the first driver to have two different TCR titles under this belt, adding this one to that of TCR Germany won last year.
Liqui Moly Team Engstler took the Teams’ honours, but there was some disappointment among the German team’s members, as Brandon Gdovic missed the Driver’s title by only 5 points. The American collected two nice second positions, but it was not enough. Luca Engstler, who also was in contention to win the tile, was third in Race 1, but had to retire in Race 2 with a broken driveshaft.
Italy’s 16-year-old Giacomo Altoè continued his steady learning process and took good results (one fourth and one third) at the wheel of Team Engstler’s third Volkswagen Golf. The Mulsanne Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Davit Kajaia also proved fast, but lacked reliability and could not finish in any of the races.