Austrian Lukas Wimmer emerged the winner of the 2012 KTM European Junior Cup on Sunday after the second of two races in France’s Magny Cours after a dramatic finish that involved both Wimmer and his only challenger for the title, Spain’s Gaston Garcia.
Wimmer, who had a 31 point lead going into the race and Garcia both crashed in the final stages of a very hard fought race but both scrambled back on their 690 Duke racing machines and finished the race in third and fourth respectively,
A drying track meant the conditions were far from ideal and by the end of the eight-lap race it was French rider Giullaume Raymond, third in Saturday’s penultimate race who topped the podium. Ukranian Ilya Mikhalchik who had led in the early stages finished second.
Fifth went to Jean-Francois Demoulin (France) while wildcards Paul Haquin (France) and Daniel Mettam (New Zealand) completed the top 7. 8th was Aussie Sepp Scarcella ahead of Italian Federico Fazzina and Javi Orellana was 10th. Jamie Patterson, Josh Harland, Christian Vidal, Brandon Kyee, Adrian Pasek, Artur Wielebski and Kaz Hashmi all crashed without injury in a race that many have said was the most enthralling of the season.
Wimmer has proved to be the most outstanding rider of the season, delivering some thrilling finishes but also deploying tactics that frequently either put him on top of the podium or out of the points. He won four races, was second once and third in the final race but finished three times out of the points.
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