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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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retired. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Jake Rattenbury (GBR), crash


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