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30.6.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury collect nearly all possible points from Italian Misano - Due Victory and 2nd position the duo is in silver position in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series after four rounds

Reigning Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series Champion, Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen made nearly a perfect job with his british team mate Jake Rattenbury in 2nd weekend of Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship series which was driven at final weekend of June in italian circuit of Misano. In intense heat the duo accomplished 2nd highest AM-group Championship points in Saturdays' night race and in Sundays' race they celebrated their first-ever group victory. As they collect 27 of 32 possible points, they entered 2nd position in Championship standings and are now only five points behind leader Nicolas Gomar.

In Saturdays' night race Mikko and Jake entered with german Leiper Motorsport 620bhp Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO car at 6th position in AM-group. Mikko had an excellent stint as he was able to pass two fellow rivals until a safety car was called in due a crash their competitor had suffered. When track was again clear to be driven, Mikko came to mandatory drivers change and gave the steering wheel to Jake who had even more superb stint as he passed three fellow AM-group cars and therefore finished the event in 2nd highest Championship points. 2nd position was best possible result as Eskelinen and Rattenbury were nearly about to retire from the event due technical problem with alternator which gave warnings thought the race. However they decided to run the car as long as it was moving and it definitely was worth of it.

- In qualifyings as well as in Saturdays' race we had big problems with alternator. Our car didn't run smoothly as this electrical problem constantly gave warnings to our dashboard. I was almost about to came out from the circuit to avoid engine failure, but fortunately our engineer decided to run us long as the car was mobing. Furthermore as we were able to beat our second best Championship rival Nicolas Gomar we're more than happy for the 2nd highest points, Eskelinen tells.

For Sundays intense heat the duo entered at 2nd AM- and 9th in overall starting grid. During the night Leipert Motorsport mechanics had solved the technical problem and therefore Jake took the AM-leadership in starting procedure. After drivers change Mikko pushed harder than ever and was able to keep the position until chequerred flag and for their first-ever AM-group victory. As another best Championship contender Raffaele Giannoni was forced to retire the event, Mikko and Jake collect 15 highly valuable points more and therefore they stept into 2nd position in AM-group standings.

- Between the races Leipert Motorsport solved the technical problem we had encoutered and therefore we could seriously drive four our first-ever AM-group victory. Jake opened the race with a smooth run and was able to get us group leadership which I defended to chequerred flag. Eventyally after 50 minutes if intense racing we won the Championship leader by 1,566 seconds gap and reduced his leadership by 3 Championship points. We're more than happy for this excellent result because me and Jake had never-ever competed here before. Now we're back in race for title of European Championships, Eskelinen continues.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe continues in next two weeks at Dutch circuit of Zandvoort.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Misano (Italy) sat 29.6.2019: AM-group, top-5
1. Raffaele Giannoni (ITA), 29 laps
2. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), +4,488sec
3. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), 10,564sec
4. Robert Zwinger (SLK), 15,356sec
5. Cyril Leimer (CHE), +18,596sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Misano (Italy) sun 30.6.2019: AM-group, top-5

1. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), 29 laps
2. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), +1,566sec
3. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB), 7,682sec
4. Cyril Leimer (CHE), +11,847sec
5. Federico Paolino (ITA) & Massimo Mantovani (ITA), +32,255sec

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe standings 2/12 rounds: AM-group, top-5:
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), 52 points
2. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), 47 points
3. Raffaele Giannoni (ITA), 41 points
4. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB) 25 points
5. Robert Zwinger (SLK), 23 points



12.5.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury collect one podium from opening round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe at circuit of Silverstone - Leipert Motorsport drivers lost the victory just by four seconds

First racing weekend of International Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe was driven in traditional british Formula-1 circuit of Silverstone at the middle of May. In two 50 minutes events Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen and his Welsh team mate Jake Rattenbury had a thrilling races for the victory. However in Saturdays' event they lost the victory by 4,125 seconds and on Sunday by 17,739 because of drive thru penalty.

In first race of the weekend reigning Champion of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Mikko Eskelinen entered the event by 7th position in overall and Pole Position in AM-standings. During his stint he was in excellent pace. However at the end of his stint his speed was slowed down another class driver who shut the door in one slow corner and therefore two rival AM-drivers were able to pass him.

After drivers change Welsh Wizard Jake Rattenbury showed his talent and was able to reduce the gap. However he didn't have enough time to do passings and therefore french Nicolas Gomar collect the victory and italian Raffaele Giannoni took the second highest Championship points. Third position was still an excellent result for Eskelinen and Rattenbury.

- It was very intensive race as we had to drive very hard and avoid mistakes from the start to finish. I did everything I could to defend the Pole Position but then one PRO-class competitor forced me out from the circuit and in that moment Gomar and Giannoni passed me. Then I just tried to follow them, Eskelinen tells.

- After drivers change my team mate Jake Rattenbury also pushed wery hard but wasn't able to pass our rivals and we had to satisfy for third highest Championship points. The level of competitiveness is very high as in final lap Giannoni had to give everything he could to keep us behind. This race was an excellent demonstration that we're going to have a hellowa races in all next five racing weekends which are still in front of us, Eskelinen continues.

On next day at the second race of the season Jake Rattenbury started driving again from 7th position in overall and Pole Position in AM-group. The start was a chaotic and therefore Rattenbury dropped three positions as Gomar and Giannoni again was able to go in front of the Leipert Motorsport drivers. Furthermore as second Leipert Motorsport team car (PRO-group) jammed in front of Rattenbury, the changes for the group victory got harder. However Jake did excellent job and was able to step again into leadership of AM-group. However when entering the pitlane for driver change, he had a bit too much speed and therefore the jury gave drive-thru penalty for speeding in pitlane.

After drivers change and suffering drive thru penalty Eskelinen did what he could and was able to finish the event 17,739 seconds slower than the winner and just by 4 seconds slower than third position driver. Fourth highest Championship points were still big dissapointment for Eskelinen and Rattenbury.

- It was a chaotic start as Pole Position driver bend the rules of starting procedure as he tried to play penalty for his worst rivals. Therefore Jake missed the optimal start and three cars passed him, including the second Leipert Motorsport car. Jake could't drive his own speed because slower drivers excellently defended their positions and Rattenbury had to loose hit attacks. Then when he entered the pits for drivers change he had a bit much of speed and our dream for the first season 2019 victory was denied.

- Now that first of the six racing weekends are being driven, we've seen that there is absolutely no room for a single driving mistake. However we also saw that our speed is enough to drive for the victories in forthcoming events. We just have to learn from these mistakes and not to repeat them in next rounds, Eskelinen continues.

The second race of AM-group was again won by french Nicolas Gomar who was over 10 seconds faster than italian Raffaele Giannoni. Next two rounds are to be driven in italian circuit of Misano at the end of June.

TV-broadcasts in Finnish National C More TV-channel

For past five years Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe and Asia series has been seen in Finnish C More TV-channels. Season 2019 is no difference as GTM Motorsport produces the shows from each European round as primary show is to be broadcast on Sundays just before Formula-1 live and six reruns on following days. Furthermore shows can be seen in YouTube and GTM Motorsport home page www.gtm.fi.

- One section of GTM Motorsport is to support international motorsport scene with a TV-production which it has done for past five years. GTM Motorsport continues its' successful partnership with MediaGuru Jack Bacon which is responsible for the content of the shows. Also the company makes PR-work from the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series to Finnish national media and therefore GTM Motorsport maximises vicibility for its' sponsors and partners, Eskelinen tells.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, Silverstone #1, AM-group, Top-5:
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), 23 laps
2. Raffaele Giannoni (ITA), +4,009sec
3. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), +4,215sec
4. JM Littman (GBR) & Grzegorz Moczulski (POL), +27,831sec
5. Oliver Freymuth (DEU), +28,251sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, Silverstone #2, AM-group, Top-5:
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), 24 laps
2. Raffaele Giannoni (ITA), +10,227sec
3. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB) +13,694sec
4. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), +17,739sec
5. Robert Swinger (SLO), +44,758sec



My previous press releases:
- 23.03.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen enters Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship series - Goals are set for double titles
- 30.01.2019 - Eskelinen and Kapanen retired two times in Arctic Lapland Rally
- 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