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Hubert made to wait as Gounon is given Ledenon win

by Peter Allen
Jules Gounon


Anthoine Hubert thought he had secured the French F4 Championship with victory in the first race of the weekend at Ledenon, only to be penalised for his defence of the lead from chief rival Jules Gounon.

Starting from pole position, Hubert came under attack from Gounon at the first corner but kept hold of the lead for the duration, winning by 0.748 seconds. The stewards took issue however with the way in which he defended at the start, giving him a 30 second time penalty that dropped him to 11th in the results.

Felix Hirsiger made a good start to move up to third. He challenged Gounon initially before falling into the clutches of Tristan Viidas, but the Anglo-Swiss driver managed to hold on to his place, which became second with Hubert’s penalty.

Matevos Isaakyan finished in fourth ahead of Marco de Peretti and?Dennis Anoschin. Neal van Vaerenbergh started fourth but gradually slipped back over the course of the race, finishing seventh. Paul Hokfelt took eighth on his series debut by passing Tom Le Coq, while Remy Deguffroy?took tenth and the reverse grid pole for race two.

Race results
Pos Driver? Time/Gap
1 Jules Gounon 15 laps in 21:08.213
2 Felix Hirsiger +5.943
3 Tristan Viidas +6.626
4 Matevos Isaakyan +12.237
5 Marco De Peretti +14.339
6 Dennis Anoschin +21.011
7 Neal Van Vaerenbergh +23.954
8 Paul Hokfelt +24.713
9 Tom Le Coq +26.897
10 Remy Deguffroy +27.316
11 Anthoine Hubert +29.252
12 Amaury Rossero +30.428
13 Ivan Kostyukov +30.69
14 Simo Muhonen +33.078
15 Florian Pottier +33.529
16 Kang Ling +34.237
17 Sidhant Panda +46.243
18 Severin Amweg +46.493
19 Kirill Karpov +51.863
20 Amaury Richard +52.975
Not classified
Lucile Cypriano 6 laps