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Tiihonen denies Hubert Academy Trophy

3 October 2010

Finland's Niklas Tiihonen overcame a 14-point deficit in the final round to win the inaugural CIK-FIA Academy Trophy thanks to two victories in the third and final round of the Championship at Val d'Argenton in France.

Tiihonen won both point scoring finals at the 1280-metre venue to deny Frenchman Anthoine Hubert, who had led the standings from the start of the season, by a mere three points.

On a weekend of mixed weather conditions Tiihonen beat Hubert by 1.5-seconds to win the first 16-lap final with Norway's Oystein Helgheim third and Monaco's Charles Leclerc fourth.

That result reduced Hubert's overall lead to nine points meaning second place in the second final would be enough to clinch the title for Hubert with a third place finish and another Tiihonen win resulting in a tie.

Tiihonen and Hubert shared the front row for the second final and slotted into the first two positions as the race got underway under threatening skies. But with just five of the 16-laps remaining Hubert lost second to Helgheim and a lap later lost third to Greek driver Fillipos Kalesis.

As Tiihonen crossed the line with another 1.5-second victory margin Hubert couldn't challenge Helgheim and Kalesis, who duly completed the podium while fourth place for Hubert saw him fall three points short in the title chase.

Kalesis and Swiss driver Severin Amweg, the only drivers other than Hubert and Tiihonen to have won a final this year, finished third and fourth in the standings, some way behind the top two with Leclerc and Englishman Roy Johnson completing the top six overall.