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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




1.9.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury lost the Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship title in Nurburgring - One podium of two dropped Leipert Motorsport drivers into bronze position in overall standings

5th racing weekend of international Lamborghini Super Trofeo European series was driven in final weekend of August at traditional German GP-circuit of Nurburgring. Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen and his Welsh team mate Jake Rattenbury were unable to reach their goals and therefore lost the title of becoming European Champions.

In 9th race of the season they collect bronze podium position and in 10th race they were forced to retire the event due technical problem. As their worst rivals managed to collect almost highest Championship points, Mikko and Jake dropped to third position in overall standings as there are still two final rounds to be driven.

Mikko had prepared the event by having a speedy motorsport day in Finnish Alastaro Circuit with young Flying Finn Academy driver Luka Nurmi as the duo, for example gave motorsport experiences to their sponsors and partners.

- I was given an opportunity to share my motorsport experience with young and highly talented racing driver Luka Nurmi, who in current season has succesfully been competing in Porsche Sprint Challenge NEZ and RallyCross RX Academy series. It was superb to see how Luka took my advices immediately into usage on the circuit and therefore I can say that he truly is a talent we truly will hear a lot in the future, Eskelinen tells.

Both races in Nurgburgring were driven in hot summer weather conditions. In qualifyings Jake Rattenbury collect one bonus point as he took the pole in AM-group. Everything looked well as Mikko was 2nd fastest in his own qualiifying. Then few hours later Jake defended his leadership for the whole his stint and delivered the car to Mikko in a leading position. However shortly after drivers change Mikko was caught in traffic and therefore slovakian Robert Zwinger and french AM-group series leader Nicolas Gomar catched the Finn - and passed him. Thefefore third position for reighning Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Champion was a big dissapointment.

- We knew that with only two victories we could be able to fight for the title and theferore third highest Championship points were not the ones we had hoped for. Jake did again perfect job but I was stuck behind a slow PRO-group driver and therefore we lost the advantage which Jake had collect us. Then two our worst rivals passed me and we had to satisfy for bronze podium position, Eskelinen told.

On next day german Leipert Motorsport drivers suffered more setbacks as Mikko started driving from 2nd position in AM-group. He excelently defended the position until a half way of his stint before running into troubles as he went a bit too fast in one right hand corner and lost the rear of the car. After spinning out from the circuit he managed to return back in 22nd position. Eventually Mikko and Jake were forced to retire few laps later when a technical problem in fuel injection system stopt the car.

- I truly tried to maintain my 2nd position and nearly was able to do so. However I went a bit too fast in one corner and went wide just a bit so that I lost the control and the car spun into gravel. I managed to keep the engine running and return the circuit. However few laps later I noticed that the engine didn't run as it should have and I came to pits. Team mechanics managed to localize the problem into fuel system and it was game over. Therefore even I would have driven without that mistake, our race would have still been over because of this problem, Eskelinen shared his frustrating words.

Forthcoming European Champion, french Nicolas Gomar secured his title by having another superb racing weekend. Also slovakian Robert Zwinger had a perfect weekend and therefore he dropped Mikko and Jake into 3rd position in overall standings.

Final weekend of Lamborghini Super Trofeo season 2019 is to be driven in Spanish circuit of Jerez in 4th week of October.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, Nurburgring #1, Saturday 31.8.2019, AM-group, top-5:
1. Robert Zwinger (SLK), 24 laps
2. Nicolas Gomar (FRA) & Gilles Vannelet (FRA), +8,729sec
3. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), +15,973sec
4. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB), +20,331sec
5. Antonio Wossos (GRE), +31,593sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, Nurburgring #2, Sunday 1.9.2019, AM-group, top-5:
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA) & Gilles Vannelet (FRA), 24 laps
2. Robert Zwinger (SLK), +16,559sec
3. Antonio Wossos (GRE), +49,227sec
4. Holger Harmsen (DEU), +1 lap
5. Oliver Freymuth (DEU) +1 lap
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retired. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), technical problem

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe 2019 standings 10/12 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



27.7.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury collect super victory in SPA-Francorchamps - and experieced dissapointing retirement due heavy crash their fellow competitor caused

4th racing weekend of international Lamborghini Super Trofeo European series was driven in intense +40 heat at traditional Belgium racing circuit of SPA-Francorchamps. Reigning Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Champion, Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen and his fellow team mate, Welsh Wizard Jake Rattenbury entered the event in second position in AM-group of the series.

German Leipert Motorsport drivers opened the weekend in a promising way as they were fastest AM-group team in both practice session and in both qualifyings. Therefore they collect two bonus points and therefore their goals were set for the victory of both forthcoming two 50 minutes events.

In Saturdays 7th round of the season Mikko and Jake made also perfect job as they secured highest Championshio points. Rattenbury entered the event from 8th position and due superb start he passed three fellow competitors and continued racing on 5th position in overall classifications - and as a leader of AM-group. After drivers change Mikko was able to keep the position which Jake had driven and therefore the duo celebrated their second victory of the season. Furthermore as Championship leader french Nicolas Gomar and his team mate Gilles Vannelet were third fastest, Mikko and Jake collect three points more.

The victory was more than important for Eskelinen and Rattenbury because now their hopes for the Championship title came alive again as their plan for the event was fullfilled with 100% performance.

- Before the event we knew that we had to put all of our know-how in the table as very intense summer heat gave us all a big extra challenge. During the weekend we've been fastest AM-group team and therefore the victory was more than expected. Two bonus points and highest Championship points from 7th race of the series is a superb thing, Eskelinen tells.

- In the race Jake made a absolutely best-ever start and continued racing in 5th position in overall classifications. For the whole stint he was able to drive in his own level and therefore he was able to collect about 15 seconds gap which provided me a good position to continue driving towards chequerred flag. Even racing is a team work, Jake really was the key for the success, Eskelinen continued.

Dissapointing Saturday

After very happy Friday Mikko entered the 620bhp car in 9th starting position for the 8th round of the season and also had a good start as he was leading AM-group for first four laps. Then a fellow PRO-group driver heavily hit him in fast-paced right hand corner and damaged the car so bad that Mikko and Jake were forced to retire the event.

Mikko was very frustrated and unhappy person when he entered the pit and faced his rival who had caused the collision.

- I had a clean start and was leading AM-group in a good way when a fellow polish PRO-group driver tried to pass me but hit heavily hard to back of my car. I spun and then he hit my car again which damaged my car so badly that I had to retire the event, Eskelinen tells.

- For the first 15 minutes I was very unhappy person because this collision ruined our hopes for the AM-title. Therefore I have a pretty straight feedback for the polish driver when I met him in the pits. Zero points for us and because Nicolas Gomar won, he's now leading the series by 22 points. This situation would have been easier to accept if I had done the mistake which forced us to retire the event. However now the situation is what it is, Eskelinen damns.

Penultimate round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo European series is to be driven in traditional German circuit of Nurburgring in final weekend of August.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe SPA-Francorchamps, 7/12 round, AM-group, top-5:
1. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), 21 laps
2. Robert Zwinger (SLK), +2,591sec
3. Nicolas Gomar (FRA) & Gilles Vannelet (FRA), +5,109sec
4. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB), +34,536sec
5. Oliver Freymuth (DEU), +59,235sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe SPA-Francorchamps, 8/12 round, AM-group, top-5:
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA) & Gilles Vannelet (FRA), 21 laps
2. Robert Zwinger (SLK), +0,322sec
3. Antonios Wossos (GRE), +28,256sec
4. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB), +32,632sec
5. Oliver Freymuth (DEU), +57,255sec
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retired. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), crash




My previous press releases:
- 14.07.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury continues in silver position after Lamborghini Super Trofeo Zandvoort
- 30.06.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury collect nearly all possible points from Italian Misano
- 12.05.2019 - Eskelinen and Rattenbury collect one podium from opening round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe at circuit of Silverstone
- 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
 
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