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Race 2: Quotes from the podium
11
February
2017

Race 2: Quotes from the podium

Josh Files (1st): “It all comes down to the start; yesterday I got it wrong and today it was back to normal. I was actually in a position to go into the first corner four abreast with the Golfs, but I thought ‘this will end in a crash’. I got past two of the Golfs in Turns 3 and 4 and I then just had Luca in front of me and he pretty much let me past in the first chicane. Thanks to him for that – he probably thought he didn’t have quite the same speed and let me go. It’s quite difficult to maintain concentration when you have a big lead and with the heat here as well you can easily lose concentration if you back off. I made sure I was picking up every apex and looking after the car because cars can break. I made sure I was quite consistent. The car Lap57 and JAS produced this weekend was just awesome and I can’t thank them enough.”

Davit Kajaia (2nd): “I’m very proud of the team and the car. I didn’t have a very good start because I had too much wheelspin and Josh overtook the other cars very quickly. It was a little bit difficult for me to overtake the other cars and I lost too much time but finally I took second place. It wasn’t difficult as I was in Engstler’s slipstream and I overtook him quite easily. Then I saw Josh was a long way in front of me, so I just kept my pace and so I could control Luca behind me. Now I have to concentrate on Bahrain and try to get on the podium again there. Finally, I want to thank the team and to the organization of TCR Middle East.”

Luca Engstler (3rd): “It was a crazy few days for us. I had a crash in the first race thanks to a stupid mistake from me; it wasn’t Brandon’s fault, it was definitely mine and I said sorry to him. The team worked all night to repair the cars and I said to myself that I had to give them a good result to give them something back. I don’t think we had a chance against the Honda so P3 is a good result for us. It was important not just for the team for me to finish on the podium, it was also important for my confidence. Now we have to focus on Bahrain, but I don’t want to think about the title. I just want to do the best I can because I’m still only sixteen and I want to learn as much as I can. I have to learn from things like my mistake in Qualifying when I went over the track limits, not on my fast laps but on my slower ones. We’ll have to focus in Bahrain and not make this kind of mistake again.”


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