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Frenchman Hubert takes Academy double.

Frenchman Anthoine Hubert won both CIA-FIA Academy races at Wackersdorf to take the lead of the brand new championship.
Frenchman Anthoine Hubert made history by becoming the first driver to win a round of the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy thanks to a double victory at Wackersdorf in Germany.

On what was a very important weekend for the CIK-FIA on many levels with the joint debut of the Academy trophy and the Under 18 World Championships, 32 drivers from 32 countries all on identical FIM powered Parolin chassis gathered for the first two rounds of the six round, three venue, Academy trophy.

What started as a very wet weekend at the 1222-metre circuit nestled in the South East corner of Germany turned into a dry and highly successful one for Hubert, who was never out of the top five throughout timed qualifying and the three heats and then led the majority of the two 17-lap finals that count towards the championship.

On paper it might look as though Hubert, running under the Olivier Bruneau banner, was the dominant force all weekend thanks to two heat wins and then the two final victories but while there was no doubting Hubert's pace, he was by no means the runaway winner.

Estonian driver Hans Villemi, driving for the Finnish based JTL Racing operation, led the way in the sodden timed qualifying session by a massive three tenths of a second from Monaco's Charles Leclerc and Britain's Roy Johnson with Hubert fourth and Brazilian Felipe Fraga fifth.

However in the drier heat races Villemi wasn't quite as strong, finishing fourth in the opening nine-lap encounter behind Leclerc, Norwegian driver Oystein Helgheim and Hubert.

Leclerc then cost himself the win in heat two, jumping the start and earning himself a ten second penalty. The penalty dropped him from first, more than a full second ahead of Hubert, to ninth.

Hubert then added a second win to his collection in the final heat on Sunday morning just beating Villemi and Johnson while Leclerc jumped the start again to earn himself a three second penalty on this occasion, enough to drop him from a close fourth on the road to a distant 17th.

Two wins was more than enough to put Hubert on pole for the first final with points on offer to the top fifteen finishers. Villemi would start alongside him with Johnson and Finland's Niklas Tiihonen on row two and Leclerc a frustrated seventh.




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