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20.1.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and co-driver Arto Kapanen fullfilled their goals in Arctic Lapland Rally - Despite brake problems the Winter Wonderland rally adventure was a big enjoyment

In season 2003 Mitsubishi Ralliart build total 17 Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Rally Cars. Chassis number 16 is located in Finland and the car is owned by Mikko Eskelinen. At the moment Chassis number 16 is the only one which is in active rallying as Mikko with his co-driver Arto Kapanen competed in 55th edition of Arctic Lapland Rally with ex-works World Rally Car.

In traditional "Winter Rally Grand Prix" Arctic Lapland rally, which included 10 fast-paced and tricky special stages and 201,73 special stage kilometres Eskelinen and Kapanen kept their promoses and finished the Arctic adventure in top-10 position.

Season 2020 got a highly desired start as several Finnish Rally Champion and many who wants to collect the title had upgraded their car into Skoda Fabia R5 EVO. Therefore it wasn't a surprise that top-3 positions in FRC1-group were collected with the new car and in total of top-9 positions were driven with new or old specifications Skoda Fabia R5 rally car.

- Before the event I told that with season 2003 specifications World Rally Car cannot match to a modern R5-group car. But because from season 2008 on I've greatly enjoyed competing in this rally, I couln't be away from it. Therefore our goals were set only for the enjoyment and that is what we surely got, Eskelinen tells.

- My 14th Arctic Lapland Rally was a big adventure as we also collect top-10 position and were fastest non-R5-car in group of FRC1. Five Finnish Rally Championship points among multiple Finnish Rally Champions and young new guns is an excellent results for a driver who is nearly turning into senior age, Eskelinen continues.

FRC1-group was won by reigning Finnish Rally Champion Teemu Asunmaa, who dramatically took the winning position in final stage of the rally as leader Emil Lindholm made a mistake and dropped into third position. Overall winner of the rally was Toyota Gazoo Racing manufacturer driver Kalle Rovanperä. Mercedez AMG Fomula-1 driver Valtteri Bottas was 9th fastest in overall classifications.

Mikko Eskelinen doesn't drive in other Finnish Rally Championship events as he now focuses for the international racing season which starts in April.

- For the past 12 seasons I've enjoyed a lot in rallying and in international racing arenas. Therefore season 2020 will be the same as there are some things still to be improve; In season I won Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Championship series and in season 2019 I collect bronze medal in Lamborghini Super Trofeo European series. For me Arctic Lapland Rally has been a traditional season opener and it'll continue to be so also in next year, Eskelinen shared his thoughts.

Season 2020 racing plans will be published in first weeks of Fenruary 2002.

Final results 55th Arctic Lapland Rally 2020: FRC1-group, top-3:
1. Teemu Asunmaa & Jani Salo, Skoda Fabia R5 Evo, 1:41:30,4
2. Eerik Pietarinen & Miikka Anttila, Skoda Fabia R5 Evo, +48,3sec
3. Emil Lindholm & Mikael Korhonen, Skoda Fabia R5 Evo, +1:11,3sec
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10. Mikko Eskelinen & Arto Kapanen, Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Step2, +8:38,2sec

Click and view videos and images from the event:
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK1: Aittajärvi: https://youtu.be/-C0puM8lhMM
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK2: Mäntyvaara #1: https://youtu.be/_v2M_E3VXmE
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK3: Kaihuavaara: https://youtu.be/OxGZ0DgajjE
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK4: Jyrhämäjärvi: https://youtu.be/_EmgC-81hCQ
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK5: Mäntyvaara #2: https://youtu.be/x6Kuq06Dk6s
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK7: Mäntyvaara #3: https://youtu.be/KCb9PIMXMRY
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK8: Sarriojärvi: https://youtu.be/ktyprfBshSE
- Arctic Lapland Rally 2020 EK9: Untamovaara: https://youtu.be/2wMtvy4JQcA

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Click and view videos and images from the event:
- WRC-talvitestit @ Nilsiä: https://youtu.be/jPYxwQV8Ui8
- WRC-talvitestit @ Uurainen: https://youtu.be/ZBsnSvM81qI
- WRC-kyydityselämys @ Mökkiperä: https://youtu.be/gs4FxVtj5jI
- Mikko & Veeti Eskelinen testaa WRC-kilpuria: https://youtu.be/kcoyQpcB_x4

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22.10.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen & Jake Rattenbury 3rd fastest in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe - Heavy crash in Jerez ruled Eskelinen out from World Finals

Since season 2014 Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen has been competing in Lamborghini Super Trofeo series and in season 2019 edition, once again, he collect a medal position as now in season finale, which was driven in Spanish circuit of Jerez, Mikko and his fellow british team mate Jake Rattenbury collect bronze medals from the European Championship series.

Exactly a year ago Eskelinen celebrated his first-ever Asian Championship title with fellow Finn Juuso Puhakka, who was 2nd fastest in Asian Championship series this year. Even both Finns drove like a lion, they were forced to have a dissapointing end as Puhakka, together with his japanise team mate Takashi Kasai, lost the Championship title just by 0,247 seconds and Eskelinen suffered a brake failure and encountered a heavy crash in final lap of the penultimate race of the season. However, despite a miserable retirement, Mikko and Jake collect a bronze podium because their rivals were lapped before chequerred flag was waved.

Previously Eskelinen had driven in Jerez at season 2012 when he collect the title of Spanish GT Champion. Now he entered season 2019 finale with hopes of collecting silver medal in European series and leaving the circuit as World Finals Champion. However his weekend came to a sudden end as in the crash the car was so badly damaged that Leipert Motorsport mechanics were unable to repair the car for the World Finals. Therefore Eskelinen and Rattenbury were forced to accept bronze medals in AM-group of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship series.

- During my 12 years of motorsport career this was the most bizarre thing I have encountered as right immediately after crashing out from the circuit due brake failure I was given an ambulance ride to paddock and then few minutes later I celebrated on podium and poured Champagne, Eskelinen tells.

- On final lap I was on attack mode with a speed of approximately 220km/h. Then next thing I remember was that I realized I had no brakes and I will hit the wall. The impact was so hard that I found the mirror on my lap. It was pretty unreal feeling that about 15 minutes later I was celebrating podium position even I didn't finish the event, Eskelinen continues.

Even the medal from Lamborghini Super Trofeo series was 3rd in-a-row for Eskelinen and 5th overall, he still was a bit dissapointment as he and Jake Rattenbury were unable to drive for the European Championship title in final round. Flying Finn was also forced to skip World Finals due injury he suffered in crash. German Leipert Motorsport had prepared a spare car for the race but in morning warm up Eskelinen discovered for not being able to drive with maximum performance.

- My racing season 2019 was ended into a big dissapointment as the car hit the barrier so hard that the impact had bend the chassis of the car. In that impact I also hurt myself and therefore I wasn't able to drive in World Finals, Eskelinen tells.

- Because we were unable to reach our goals which were set for the Championship title, it only means that I have to try again in next year. I really love to compete in internation GT-series and also help young Fellow Finns to go forward in their career. A year ago I and very talented Juuso Puhakka collect the title of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia PRO-AM Champions and now as Juuso is on his way towards GT3 Championship series I'm ready to help other Finns as in forthcoming weeks my GTM Motorsport and Leipert Motorsport will organize a Shoot Out event in Circuit of Barcelona. Two Finns, Luka Nurmi and Elias Niskanen will be able to show their talent and make plans for next seasons, Eskelinen continues.

In Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals the PRO-title was won by danish Frederik Schandorff and Jonathan Cecotto. AM-group was won by Steven Aghahkani, age of 16. Jake Rattenbury collect bronze medals from World Finals.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe 2019 UNOFFICIAL standings 12/12 rounds, AM-group, top-5:
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), 129 points
2. Robert Zwinger (SLK), 97 points
3. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), 90 points
4. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB), 61 points
5. Raffaele Giannoni (ITA), 41 points


My previous press releases:
- Season 2019 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe 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
 
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