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25.6.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Enebal celebrated on podium at japanise Suzuka Circuit - Big earthquake shaken the ground before the start

In 3rd weekend of Lamborghini Super Trofeo ASIA series, which was driven in japanise circuit of Suzuka, Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen and canadian ace Maxx Abenal accomplished fifth podium of the season after dissapointing retirement due transmission problems.

In rainy summer weather Leipert Motorsport drivers entered the event with their 620hp Lamborghini Huracan. After colourful events and intense racing in wet conditions they finished the weekend in results they had set. In Pro-AM group Eskelinen and Ebenal were 3rd and in overall classifications they were 8th fastest.

The 50 mites race was started behind a safety car and when it entered the pit, Eskelinen was able to keep his 10th starting position iun his stint. At the time for mandatory pit stop and drivers change, Mikko delivered the car to Maxx in 3rd position of PRO-AM group.

Canadian returned to very wet circuit and gave a superb show of his talent as he was able to reduce the gap for PRO-AM silver position driver. However in penultimate corner of the circuit one slower driver braked a bit too early and Maxx was forced to make a action to avoid a collision. He had a 360 degrees spun and lost 7 highly valuable seconds. However he continued flat-out racing and finished the race just 5 seconds slower than silver podium position drivers.

After Satudays' dissapointing retirement, which was caused by a broken gear box, Eskelinen was very happy for 3rd position even he was a bit scared of pre-race earthquake which was measured as 5,7 in Richters scale.

- In Saturday our gearbox literally blew up. Fortunately our rival team showed their skills of professional racing team and loan a gearbox for us and we could drive a technically trouble-free event. In my stint I was able to secure the 3rd position in PRO-AM and Maxx nearly managed to rise us into second position. However he had a thrilling spin and we were forced to satisfy for 3rd position, Eskelinen tells.

- PRO-AM group was won by japanise Takeshi Matsumoto with his team mate Toshiyuki Ochiai by superior 38 seconds gap. FIA hasn't given a rank for these drivers and due their result they should be driving in PRO-group. However they're not racing for the whole series and therefore their superb performance is not a threat to us, Eskelinen continues.

Eskelinen ranks Circuit of Suzuka as one of the most challenging circuits he's ever raced.

- Definitely this Formula-1 circuit of Suzuka was a big challenge. Its' altitude changes and very difficult high-speed corners required lots of courage which me and Maxx were able to give. Then in Sunday it rained and the circuit got even harder. Therefore Podium feels like well-deserved and as we learned a lot, we're very keen for the next race which is to be driven at the middle of August in japanise circuit of Fuji. Lets' hope that there won't be earthquakes because I was a bit scared of the 30 seconds shake which was measured as 5,7 in Richers scale, Eskelinen told.

In overall classifications japanise Kei Cozzolino and his malaysian team mate Afiq Aziz drove their sixth victory of the season. They've been victorious in all rounds driven so far. Second car of Leipert Motorsport, which was run by PRO-drivers australian Ben Gersekowski and british Rory Collingbourne were 3rd fastest in first race and 5th fastest in second race.

Next event for Mikko Eskelinen is a national rally which is to be driven inside WRC Rally Finland at the end of July. In Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series Eskelinen and Ebenal are in second position at PRO-AM group.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, 6th round, Suzuka #2: Pro-AM -group, Top-3:
1. Takeshi Matsumoto & Toshiyuki Ochiai, 20 kierrosta
2. Carrie Schreiner & Richard Goddard, +38,246sek
3. Mikko Eskelinen & Maxx Ebenal, +43,274sek
4. Rik Breukers & Neil Farmer, +1 kierros

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2017 UNOFFICIAL standings 6/12 rounds, PRO-AM-group, top-3:
1. Rik Breukers & Nigel Farmer, 78 points
2. Mikko Eskelinen & Maxx Ebenal, 55 points
3. Carrie Schreiner & Richard Goddard, 46 points

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My previous press releases:
- 21.05.2017 - Eskelinen and Ebenal again two times on podium in Buriram Thailand
- 09.04.2017 - Mikko and Maxx collect two podiums in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Malaysia
- 19.02.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jari Jääskeläinen 2nd fastest in Riihivuori Rallysprint
- 06.02.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen competes in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2017
- 28.01.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen fastest WRC-driver in Arctic Lapland Rally
- Season 2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo press releases
- Season 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo press releases
- Season 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 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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