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21.2.2020 - Elias Niskanen and Mikko Eskelinen enters Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia and aims for the title - Finns competes in PRO-AM class in the highly appreciated racing series

In final weekend of March the international Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series gets underway in circuit of Sepang, Malaysia. For the fourth year in-a-row there are Finns driving for the title as Elias Niskanen, age of 19, and Mikko Eskelinen, age of 47, drives the same 620bhp Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO which is run and maintenanced by german Leipert Motorsport team.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series includes six racing weekends and in total of 12 competitive events. Furthermore in final weekend of October 2020 Elias and Mikko gets challenged by fastest Asian, European and American series drivers in World Finals which are to be driven in italian circuit of Misano.

Since season 2014 Mikko Eskelinen has successfully competed in Lamborghini Super Trofeo European and Asian series. During these six seasons he's won one Asian PRO-AM title and collected three other medla positions. In season 2018 he won the Asian PRO-AM series with another Flying Finn Juuso Puhakka and now he tries to renew that title with a fellow Finn Elias Niskanen, who was 4th fastest in season 2019 edition of Asian Formula Renault series.

- For past six years I've enjoyed a lot in competing with Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo racing cars as the series is very competitive because all the cars are similar compared to each others. Therefore drivers skills are the things which makes the difference, Eskelinen tells.

- Now for the season 2020 I'm very honoured to drive with another Finnish Racing Champion as in October 2019 at Circuit of Barcelona Elias Niskanen showed his talent and convinced me and Leipert Motorsport engineers to start planning for season 2020. Since then we've done lots of work to reach our goals and therefore I strongly believe that we have good chances to collect the title, season 2008 and 2009 Finnish Racing Champion Eskelinen continues.

Elias Niskanen enters GT-cars from Formula Renault series

In season 2014 Elias Niskanen won Karting KFJ NEZ-series bronze medal and took a step to compete with Formula Ford in Finnish Racing Championship series. Hard work gave a reward as in season 2016 Elias took the title. Furthermore in season 2018 he also collect Formula Ford CUP-title and entered to international racing series as in 2019 he was 4th fastest in overall standings of Asian Formula Renault series.

After the season in October Niskanen was given a change to show his skills in a test which was driven in F1-circuit of Barcelona Catalynua. In two test days he constantly made amazingly fast lap times and therefore proved his skills.

- When in season 2019 I, together with my sponsors and partners, made a decision to compete in Asian Formula Renault Series we also planned for the future which was to race with GT-car. I know that there are seats for fast drivers and therefore my goals are now to show my talent and enter forward in my professional career. Two years ago Juuso Puhakka won the title and it offered him a seat in a team which was supported by Lamborghini Squadra Corse, manufacturer, Niskanen tells.

- I'll be driving with Mikko Eskelinen, who is one of the most experienced driver in the series as he has won one title and three other medals in the series. Therefore he has lots and lots of knowledge from the circuits I'm entering for the first time in my career. I'm very enthuastic and cannot wait the season get underway, Niskanen continues.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian series broadcasts in Finnish C More TV-channel

From all rounds of the season Lamborghini Squadra Corse produces high quality Live Stream broadcasts from the events which are aired in YouTube. Furthermore GTM Motorsport produces 30mins broadcast from each round for Finnish C More TV-channels.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2020 events
- 27.-29.03.2020 - Sepang (Malaysia)
- 24.-26.04.2020 - Buriram (Thailand)
- 22.-24.05.2020 - Fuji (Japan)
- 19.-21.06.2020 - Suzuka (Japan)
- 11.-13.09.2020 - Shanghai (China)
- 28.-29.10.2020 - Misano (Italy)
- 30.-31.10.2020 - World Finals Misano (Italy)

18.2.2020 - Luka Nurmi and GTM Motorsport deepens their co-operation - In season 2021 Luka Nurmi to compete in international racing series?

In season 2020 Flying Finn Luka Nurmi, age of 15, drives for the title of Porsche Sprint Challenge NEZ-series as Relaa Racing Porsche Junior Driver. In season 2019 youngster won bronze medal with Porsche 997 car and for season 2020 he gets seated in more competitive 991.1 version car. Therefore his goals are set for only for the title.

Exactly a year ago Luka Nurmi and GTM Motorsport agreed a co-operation which aims to help Luka Nurmi to develope his career towards international racing series. In season 2019 GTM Motorsport introduced Luka to professional german Leipert Motorsport team and provided a two days test with 620bhp Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO GT-car. Now in season 2020 Luka Nurmi and GTM Motorsport deepens their co-operation which aims for Luka Nurmi to step up into international racing arenas for season 2021.

- For season 2020 my goals are very clear as I'm seeking much more than bronze medal which I accomplished in season 2019. Also we have to defend Team Championship title which in season 2019 was won by our Relaa Racing team. For the season 2020 events I'll be focusing on getting more competition experience and develope my driving skills. We're also planning for more tests in european circuits so that I can be ready when season 2021 gets underway, Nurmi tells.

- A year ago I started my co-operation with GTM Motorsport and it has provided me exactly what I had wanted from it. I've had a good introduction for european professional teams in tests and in the events. Furthermore in October I had superb two days of test in GT-car which provided lots of data from my driving and how to develope it. GTM Motorsport owner Mikko Eskelinen has a genuine desire to help me and therefore I'm more than happy for the co-operation so far, Nurmi continues.

GTM Motorsport belies that in forthcoming season there will be many more young Finnish Racing drivers to compete in international racing series.

- In Formula-1 and in support series there are many Finns aiming for success as they're all developing their careers. There are also many Finnish GT-drivers entering to European, Asian and American series. GTM Motorsport has got many contacts especially from young drivers from Karting series as they're seeking options for forthcoming seasons. GTM Motorsport is more than happy to help them as we've shared our know-how and contacts so that Finns can continue taking steps towards international arenas, GTM Motorsport owner Mikko Eskelinen tells.

- Two seasons ago GTM Motorsport was helping Juuso Puhakka to enter into GT-cars. In season 2018 he won Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian PRO-AM title and in season 2019 he was second fastest in Asian PRO-series. Now we're waiting news for his season 2020 plans as I'll be compiting with another Flying Finn Elias Niskanen in Asian PRO-AM series. Earlier in tests, which were held in October at circuit of Barcelona, Elias Niskanen and Luka Nurmi amazed with their speed and therefore start following their both careers, Eskelinen continues.

Season 2020 racing calendar
- 22.-23.05.2020 – Porsche Sports Cup Weekend Ahvenisto, Finland (3 starts)
- 06.-07.06.2020 – Finnish Racing Championship series Kymiring, Finland
- 26.-27.06.2020 – Porsche Sports Cup Weekend Pärnu, Estonia (3 starts)
- 07.-08.08.2020 – Porsche Sports Cup Weekend Kymiring, Finland (3 starts)
- 28.-30.08.2020 – Porsche Club Festival Finland, Alastaro (2 starts and team Championship)

Career highlights
- 2019: 3rd in Porsche Sprint Challenge NEZ
- 2019: 5th in RalliCross RX-Academy
- 2018: 2nd in Finnish Karting Championship series, OK
- 2017: 1st Karting Rookie driver of the year
- 2017: 2nd in Finnish Karting Championship series, OKj
- 2016: 3rd in Rotax MAX Challenge World Finals
- 2016: 3rd in Karting BNL-series, Rotax
- 2016: 2nd in Karting Rotax MAX Challenge Finland series


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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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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