Josh Files is a British racing driver who clinched few championship titles in national and regional touring car competitions in recent years. Most recently, he won the TCR Europe Series in 2019.
Previously, he was ADAC TCR German champion two times (2016, 2017) and Middle East TCR champion in 2017. Earlier in a career, in 2013, he was a double Renault Clio Cup champion, winning both the Eurocup and British championship.
Josh Files took his first championship title in 2010
Starting a career with classic cars
Born in January 1991 in Norwich, Joshua Luke Files started his racing career in 2008, racing together with his father in historic races and Thoroughbred Sports Cars series.
In 2010, he became a Class C champion in the Thoroughbred Sports Cars series while driving a Triumph TR6. He was a race winner four times in eight events.
Moving to Renault Clio Cup UK in 2011
In 2011, Files moved to Renault Clio Cup UK, the premier one-make touring car series in Great Britain. Driving the #99 Clio for Team Pyro, Files was on a podium two times, finishing seventh in the points.
In 2012, Files was still without wins, scoring four pole positions and four podiums in the #99 Renault Clio to finish sixth in the final standings.
Josh Files in 2013
Double Renault Clio Cup champion in 2013
In 2013, Files reached the top, not only in the British Renault Clip Cup but also in the Eurocup. His first UK Cup victory came at Croft in June and then one more at Snetterton in August. With two wins and eight more podiums he dominantly won the championship title.
In the Renault Clio Eurocup, Files was a race winner four times, winning at Imola, Circuit de Catalunya (two times) and Aragon to dominantly take his second championship title that year.
Josh Files at Macau Guia Circuit in 2015
Competing in Clio Cup until 2015
In 2014, Files participated in just two rounds of the Renault Clio Eurocup, scoring one podium at Aragon. He was also a guest-driver in one round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, driving for In2 Racing at Silverstone.
In 2015, the main competition for Josh Files was the Italian Renault Clio Cup. He was a race winner four times, finishing third in the points. In November 2015, he made a debut in the TCR International Series, driving the #14 Opel Astra OPC for Campos Racing at season's finale at Macau Guia Circuit.
Josh Files in 2016
2016 ADAC TCR champion with Target Competition
For the 2016 touring car season, Files joined Target Competition to race full season in the ADAC TCR German championship. Driving the #99 Seat Leon Cup Racer in two rounds and then the #99 Honda Civic TCR in five rounds, he scored six victories and two more podiums, dominantly winning the title.
Besides racing in German TCR series, Files returned to Renault Clio Cup Italy and had a one-off appearance in the TCR International Series, driving Target's Honda Civic at season's finale at Macau.
Josh Files defended ADAC TCR championship title in 2017
Double TCR champion in 2017
During the off-season, from January to March 2017, Files participated in the TCR Middle East Series, winning all four races he entered with #75 Honda Civic TCR of Lap57 Motorsports and winning his second TCR championship title.
In the 2017 ADAC TCR Championship, he continued to race with Target Competition, scoring six wins in the #1 Honda Civic TCR and defending a championship title.
He finished third in TCR Trophy Europe at Adria International Raceway and participated again in TCR International Series season's finale. This time, he was driving Honda Civic for M1RA Racing at Dubai Autodrome, finishing in the third place in Race 2.
The champion again - Josh Files in 2019
European TCR champion in 2019
In 2018, Files continued his career in the TCR Europe Series, driving the #99 Honda Civic Type R for Hell Energy Racing with KCMG. He was a race winner once, at Zandvoort, finishing sixth in the points.
The TCR Europe Series was his main competition in 2019 again but he changed a car and the team. He was driving the #9 Hyundai i30 N TCR for Target Competition, scoring three wins over the season and taking the championship title.