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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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14.7.2019 - Mikko Eskelinen and Jake Rattenbury continues in silver position in Lamborghini Super Trofeo European series - Dutch Zandvoort showed again its' difficultness

3rd racing weekend of Lamborghini Super Trofeo European series was driven in the middle of July at Dutch circuit of Zantvoort, which is a previous - and also forthcoming Formula-1 circuit. In intense racing weekend the Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen and his welsh team mate Jake Rattenbury were unable to reach their goals as they were forced to satisfy for one podium position and 6th highest Championship points. Even Championship leader, french Nicolas Gomar collect 10 points more than Leipert Motorsport drivers, Eskelinen and Rattenbury are still steadly in silver position in the series as there are still six rounds to go.

In 5th round of the season and 1st Zantvoort event, Mikko and Jake drove an excellent 50 minutes race which eventually was concluded to 3rd highest AM-group Championship points, just 1,5 seconds slower than winner and 0,4 seconds slower than second fastest. As their worst Championship rival was 4th fastest, Mikko and Jake were able to reduce his leadership by 2 points.

Sundays' second race day started with rainy conditions and therefore there were lots of action during the race as altogether two times the safety car was called in. Jake started well and made a good stint. Just before drivers change a shower came up and drivers were forced to make a decision to change wet tyres. Leipert Motorsport decided to change but Mikko misunderstund the command and returned to circuit with slick tyres. Then on next lap he entered pits again to change tyres and it was game over for the victory.

Few moments later a fellow competitor hit a wall and safety car was called in. Five minutes later the race was restarted again and in first braking point Mikko made a mistake on and he went out in a spectacular way. Fortunately he didn't hit a wall and eventually he finished the event on 6th fastest in AM-group which was a big dissapointment especially because Championship leader Nicolas Gomar won the event and is now leading the series by 15 points.

- It was very frustrating because on Saturday we lost the victory just by 1,5 seconds and on Sunday we make stupid mistakes in pit as well as in my driving turn. I had a miscommunication failure with my engineer as I understood his commands to go competing again. However his messages were intented to mechanics for tyre change and therefore I had to come again to change the tyres, Eskelinen tells.

- Then I lost two positions when a safety car was called in and after the race continued, I missed braking point and went off the circuit deep into gravel and lost about 15 seconds on that moment. These mistakes cost us 10 highly valuable Championship points and therefore for the rest of the season we cannot make any mistake if we want to win the title, Eskelinen continues.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series continues in next two weeks in final weekend of July at traditional belgium racing circuit of SPA-Francorchamps.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, Zandvoort #1, saturday 13.7.2019, AM-group, top-5:
1. Robert Zwinger (SLK), 29 laps
2. Bakker & Harkema, +1,102sec
3. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), +1,574sec
4. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), +14,798sec
5. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB), +1 lap

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, Zandvoort #2, sunday 14.7.2019, AM-group, top-3:
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), 26 laps
2. Mathis Bakker (NDL) & Paul Horkema (NDL), +0,245sec
3. Antonios Wossos (GRE), +21,277sec
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6. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), 1 lap

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe 2019 standings 6/12 rounds, AM-group, top-5
1. Nicolas Gomar (FRA), 77 points
2. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), 62 points
3. Robert Zwinger (SLK), 46 points
4. Raffaele Giannoni (ITA), 41 points
5. Thomas Padovadi (EST) & Steven Liquirish (GRB) 37 points




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
 
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