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23.3.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen enters Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship series - Goals are set for double titles

Since 2008 Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen has determinately developed his international racing career and it has been rewarded with many podiums and titles. In his 12 years of racing he has won multiple Championship titles in european racing series as well as in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian series.

In season 2019 Mikko Eskelinen will measure his skills in 12 rounds of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe and in two rounds of Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals with british team mate Jake Rattenbury, who has won the World Championship title in season 2014. Season 2019 gets underway in the middle of May at british circuit of Silverstone. Eskelinen and Rattenbury competes with german Leipert Motorsport team 620 bhp Lamborghini Super Trofeo EVO.

For past seasons both drivers, Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury have enjoyed the performance of Leipert Motorsport as Eskelinen won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Championship series 2018 and Rattenbury won Dubai 24 hours event which was driven in January 2019. Therefore their goals for the forthcoming season and its' 14 races is pretty simple: To win European Championship series as well to win World Finals.

- Season 2018 was the most successful season in my 11 years career as I and my team mate Juuso Puhakka collect 12/14 podiums and the Championship title in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Championship series. Now in forthcoming season I'm aiming for similar result with Jake Rattenbury in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe. I strongly we'll be a very competitive pari in AM-category of the series as this is my fifth season as a Leipert Motorsport driver. Besides Asian Championship title I've collect silver medals in Europe and Asia as well as bronze medal in World Finals and thefore our goals are set for high, Eskelinen tells.

- In all these five years it has been great to see other Finnish racing drivers entering the series. A year ago my GTM Motorsport helpt Juuso Puhakka to show his talent and it was rewarded with first-ever Finnish title in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series. For me personally it has been a priviledge to share my know-how and now it's nice to see how Puhakka continues his career as he has already picked silver medal in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle-East series, Eskelinen shares his thoughts.

Each Lamborghini Super Trofeo series racing weekends includes two one-hour free practice sessions, two 15 minutes qualifying sessions and two 50 minutes races with mandatory drivers change. Lamborghini Super Trofeo is driven in Europe, Asia, Middle-East and North-America. In October all of these series are put together as drivers compete in World Finals for the title of World Champion.

Television broadcasts in Finnish C-More TV-challen and YouTube

For past five seasons Lamborghini Super Trofeo European and Asian Championship series has been broadcasted in Finnish C More TV-channel. This will happen also in season 2019 as GTM Motorsport produces the shows from each racing weekend. Furthermore the shows are available to watch in YouTube right after its' first appearance in C More TV-channel.

- GTM Motorsport supports Finnish racing drivers to enter international racing arenas and therefore for past five years we've produced TV-programs from each round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Also in season 2019 co-operation with C More will continue as our partner company MediaGuru Jack Bacon will take care of the media work for the shows. This is how we maximize the vicibility of our sponsors and partners, GTM Motorsport owner Mikko Eskelinen tells.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship series 2019:
- 11.-12.05.2019 - Silverstone (England)
- 29.-30.06.2019 - Misano (Italy)
- 13.-14.07.2019 - Zaanvoort (Nedherlands)
- 26.-27.07.2019 - SPA-Francorchamps (Belgium)
- 30.-31.08.2019 - Nurburgring (Germany)
- 24.-25.10.2019 - Jerez (Spain)
- 26.-27.10.2019 - World Finals, Jerez (Spain)



30.1.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Arto Kapanen retired two times in Arctic Lapland Rally - Frozen MAP-sensor and broken transmission forced the duo to retire

Season 2019 edition of traditional Arctic Lapland Rally was driven in very arctical, about -30 degrees and harsh conditions in surroundings of Rovaniemi, Arctic Circle. Due very cold weather the cars and the drivers faced freezing conditions to drive and therefore many competiror tackled with technical issues. One team was Mikko Eskelinen and his co-driver Arto Kapanen who retired the event because of technical problems.

After good pre-rally tests Eskelinen and Kapanen entered the event to challenge other racing drivers Valtteri Bottas and Mika Salo. Even they drove with old Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Step2 rally car they managed to get a good start for the rally as they could match their speed against Mika Salo, who drove with modern Skoda Fabia R5 car. Also Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver Valtteri Bottas was in their grasp. However in third stage of the rally a MAP-sensor froze up and engine misfired a lot. As there was still two stages to go before service, they decided to retire the event in safety reasons.

After retirement the service team replaced MAP-sensor with a new one and engine was in order again. However even due the retirement Mikko and Arto collect 15 minutes of penalty, they decided to continue the rally because it was fun to drive between high snow banks. However in the middle of the sixth stage it was game over again as transmission failed to work.

- We had carefully prepared the event as we headed the stages with high hopes. However we haven't competed with our old Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Step2 car in these very cold conditions and therefore we had no idea that MAP-sensor could freeze up. After our retirement our service crew noticed the problem and when they replaced that sensor, everything was working again, Eskelinen tells.

- On next day we restart the rally with Super Rally regulation and just drive for enjoyment. However after about 10 kilometres of the stage we started to hear loud noise from the transmission and we immediately knew that we had to retire. It was frustrating that we couldn't see our speed against Valtteri Bottas and Mika Salo. Maybe next time, Eskelinen shared his feelings.

Winner of Arctic Lapland Rally was Emil Lindholm, who made superb performance with new Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 rally car. After 10 special stages and approximately 241,11 special stage kilometres previous Finnish Rally Champions Teemu Asunmaa and Juha Salo lost the victory by 49,2 and 59,6 seconds. Valtteri Bottas was 5th fastest with Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Eskelinen gives a recognition for Bottas, who drove superb performance in his first-ever rally and did it with modern World Rally Car.

- Valtteri surprised everybody by showining a trouble-free and steady performance from the first stage on. He drove very maturally and improved his pace as the rally progressed. Also Mika Salo and his co-driver Peter Flythström was in similar racing mode as they finished the rally in 11th fastest. Lets' hope that both of these drivers continue their racing career in rally and I could have a re-run against these tarmac circuit drivers, Eskelinen tells.

- This was my only winter rally of the season as now I'm facing negoations for international circuit racing season. As a reigning Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Champion I'm having good opportunities on my desk and therefore my racing career will continue on tarmac surface, Eskelinen opens a bit his plans.

Final results Arctic Lapland Rally 2019, overal standings, top-5:
1. Emil Lindholm & Mikael Korhonen, Volkswagen Polo GTi R5, 1:58:54,0
2. Teemu Asunmaa & Jani Salo, Skoda Fabia R5, +49,2sec
3. Juha Salo & Topi Luhtinen, Skoda Fabia R5, +59,6sec
4. Henrik Pietarinen & Juha Lummaa, Skoda Fabia R5, +1:13,3sec
5. Valtteri Bottas & Timo Rautiainen, Ford Fiesta RS WRC, +1:59,2sec
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ret. Mikko Eskelinen & Arto Kapanen, technical problems, ss2 & ss6

Videos from the event:
Arctic Lapland Rally 2019 Tests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTIH3C1UaUY
Arctic Lapland Rally 2019 Tests Slowmotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tu7xfUkvHI
Arctic Lapland Rally 2019 SS1: Aittajärvi: https://youtu.be/wSJSNCW8nFU
Arctic Lapland Rally 2019 SS2: Mäntyvaara #1: https://youtu.be/YvPm05nTgN8

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My previous press releases:
- Season 2018 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia press releases
- Season 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia press releases
- Season 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe press releases
- Season 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe press releases
- Season 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe press releases
- Season 2013 Portugal SuperCars Series Championship press releases
- Season 2012 Spanish GT Championship series press releases
- Season 2011 GT3 European Championship & Finnish Rally Championship press releases
- Season 2010 GT3 European Championship & Finnish Suomi Rally Cup press releases
- Season 2009 GT3 Finnish Racing Championship press releases
 
Mikko Eskelisen kotisivut on suunnitellut ja toteuttanut MediaGuru Jack Bacon - Digitaalisen median tuotantostudio - www.mediaguru.fi