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19.11.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Ebenal sixth in Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals - Silver medal in Asia series is an excellent result

Final four races of the international Lamborghini Super Trofeo season 2017 were driven in legendary italian circuit of Imola. First two races were final rounds of Asia Championship series where Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen and kanadian team mate Maxx Ebenal collected silver medal. Final two rounds were complitely seperate events as American, Asian and European series drivers were put together to measure their skills in World Finals.

In two intense 50 minutes World Final races Leipert Motorsport drivers Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Ebenal collected fourth and seventh highest PRO-AM class points and finished the season in PRO-AM sixth position. Winners of PRO-AM World Finals were american Taylor Proto with italian team mate Edoardo Piscopo. PRO class was won by kanadian Mikael Granier with italian team mate Loris Spinelli.

In first race of World Finals Eskelinen and Ebenal had a thrilling battle for Podium positions. Leipert Motorsport drivers entered the event with complitely different kind of competition strategy against their fellow drivers as AM-driver Eskelinen started the event. Even in qualifyings he had one of his best laps during the whole weekend he still was forced to start the event in back row due the reason that all other drivers were PRO-drivers.

In his stint Eskelinen was in good pace and was able to match his speed against top drivers. He also was able to pass one fellow driver. After drivers change Ebenal continued the attack and secured PRO-AM 4th position after Nicolas Gomar was penalised with 30 seconds due causing a collision. Eskelinen was very happy even they lost Podium position just by 1 second.

- In these events our rivals have encountered lots of drama. Also in this first race of World Finals the drivers had many offs. Fortunately we were able to avoid all crashes and therefore eight Championship points was a good start, Eskelinen told.

In next day Ebenal started racing from PRO-AM second position. However in second lap Ebenal suffered a fast-paced spin due fellow competor hitting his car. Even Maxx was able to continue, six other fellow drivers passed him during the spin and it was game over for Leipert Motorsport drivers. After drivers change Mikko had a good run but wasn't able to catch other top PRO-AM drivers. Therefore they had to satisfy for dissapinting seventh position.

Despite miserable final round of the season Eskelinen was still very happy for season 2017 results - Silver medal in Asian series was a superb result.

- In first race we lost podium just by one second and in second race Maxx encoutered drama which one of our fellow competitor caused by hitting our car. After drivers change my role was just to enjoy as Podium positions were out of my reach. Even sixth position in World Finals is not a bad result it still is a dissapointment for me because in season 2015 I was on bronze medals at World Finals, Eskelinen tells.

- Season 2017 is to be remembered one of the best one in my 10 years of racing career. Me and Maxx collected 9 of 14 podium positions and celebrated silver medal in Asian Championship series. I'm now the only Finn who has ever accomplished that result and therefore I'm very happy, Eskelinen joys and continues, - Big thanks for this season goes to my team mate Maxx Ebenal, german Leipert Motorsport as well as for my sponsors and partners who have believed the same goals.

New Finns entering Lamborghini Super Trofeo season 2018 series?

In final rounds of the season 2017 there were many previous Champions and medalists on the circuit. Therefore the level of competition was very high as many drivers opened their season 2018 plans to enter American, Asian and European Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Also Eskelinen have received offers to drive with new Lamborghini Huracan EVO. He also knows that there might be one or two other fellow Finns in season 2018 series.

- With Leipert Motorsport I've started a Junior Program to enter more Finns to develope their racing career with new 620bhp Lamborghini Huracan EVO. So far we've driven two test days in Spain and there are more to be driven. For many drivers the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series has been an excellent step foward towards GT3 cars. Therefore I'm very happy to be able to help young Finns to enter to international racing arenas, Eskelinen tells.

- Here in Imola Lamborghini Squadracorse introduced their EVO version of Huracan and, to be very honest, it looks very aggressive and fast. Therefore I'm negoating for another PRO-AM season in Asia so that my goals are set only for the Championship title as now in this season I collect silver position. However first I need to have negoations with my wife. My racing season 2018 starts in traditional way at Arctic Lapland Rally which is to be driven in fourth weekend of January at surroundings of Arctic Circle and residence of Santa Claus, Eskelinen concludes.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final 1st round, Saturday 18th November 2017, PRO-AM: Top-5:
1. Taylor Proto (USA) & Edoardo Piscopo (ITA), 28 laps
2. Pieter Vanneste (BEL) & Niels Lagrande (BEL), +3,893sec
3. Emmanuel Anassis (USA) & Brandon Gdovic (USA), +16,156sec
4. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebebal (CAN), +17,158sec
5. Nicolas Gomar (CHE) & Lucas Mauron (CHE), +18,086sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final 2nd round, Sunday 19th November 2017, PRO-AM: Top-5:
1. Nicolas Gomar (CHE) & Lucas Mauron (CHE), 26 laps
2. Pieter Vanneste (BEL) & Niels Lagrande (BEL), +5,842sec
3. Taylor Proto (USA) & Edoardo Piscopo (ITA), +7,427sec
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7. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebebal (CAN), +59,1sec

Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals UNOFFICIAL final results 2/2 rounds, Pro-AM: Top-3:
1. Taylor Proto (USA) & Edoardo Piscopo (ITA), 25 points
2. Pieter Vanneste (BEL) & Niels Lagrande (BEL), 24 points
3. Nicolas Gomar (CHE) & Lucas Mauron (CHE), 21 points
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6. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebebal (CAN), 12 points

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2017 UNOFFICIAL final results 12/12 rounds, PRO-AM, Top-4:
1. Rik Breukers (NED) & Nigel Farmer (HKG), 151 points
2. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebenal (CAN), 119 points
3. Richard Goddard (AUS) & Carrie Schreiner (DEU), 100 points
4. Takeshi Matsumoto (JPN) & Toshiyaki Ochiai, (JPN), 57 points


17.11.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Ebenal secured silver medal in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia - Eskelinen has also European series silver medal from season 2015

Flying Finn Mikko Eskelinen made Finnish Racing history in final two rounds of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series which were driven in legendary italian circuit of Imola. Eskelinen finished the events in 2nd and 4th PRO-AM positions which were enough to secure first-ever silver medal for Finnish driver in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series. Superb performance with canadian Maxx Ebenal was an excellent continution for season 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship series.

During past six months Eskelinen and Ebenal has been very competitive in PRO-AM as they managed to collect 9 of 12 possible podium positions. After colorful 12 rounds the duo secured silver medal by 19 points gap for german Carrie Schreiner. Winner of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia PRO-AM series was dutch Rik Breukers and his Hong Kong team mate Nigel Farmer. They collect 31 more Championship points than Eskelinen and Ebenal.

In penultimate round of the season, which was driven in Imola circuit of Italy, Leipert Motorsport drivers made enjoyable stints and collect 2nd highest PRO-AM podium positions. Then few hours later at the final race of the season Ebenal suffered double puncture and therefore tuo dropped out of podium positions. Even a misfortunate final race Eskelinen was still more than happy for the Asia campaign and its' final results.

- For the whole season our faith has been on positions two to four. Therefore PRO-AM silver position has been absolutely our maximum result. This was also agenda in the final race as I started our race from 2nd position. However due miserable start I dropped into third position but then again due pit lane drive thru penalty which one of our rival experienced we managed to get back to silver position which we were able to keep to chequered flag. Then on final round Maxx suffered two simultanious punctures and we dropped out from podium to 4th. Even so 5th silver podium position and 9th overall podium of the season gave lots of self-confidence for forthcoming World Finals, Eskelinen tells.

- Silver medal in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series is nearly a maximum result we could have accompished this season. Ofcouse we could have been a bit closer to our rivals but, to be honest, we had no chances to match our speed for professional racing driver Rik Breukers and his very fast amateur driver Nigel Farmer. Breukers is one of the best drivers in Lamborghini Super Trofeo series and everyone is expecting a lot from him in World Finals. I'm very happy for this season and its' experiences and results, Eskelinen continues.

Season 2018 plans program under construction

In final round of the season Lamborghini Squadra Corse introduced new EVO version of its' Huracan. For season 2018 the car gets major upgrades, especially on aerodynamics. It has been proven that the new car is much more faster than current car which has been in action for three years. Eskelinen hopes to get a seat behind the steering wheel of EVO in season 2018.

- For past for years I've been priviledged to measure and develope my speed in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe and Asia. During these seasons I've driven 52 rounds and been 27 times on podium. Even I've collect silver medals in European and in Asian series, I feel I've done something right. It also means that I can improve one position and because I've already got contract offers for season 2018 it would be really hard to say no for Lamborghini Super Trofeo season 2018, Eskelinen shares his thoughts.

- New Lamborghini Huracan EVO looks really aggressive supercar. It would be pity if I couldn't be able to utilize my experiences and skills I've gained from these four years from European and Asian circuits. But lets' finish the season in World Finals and then enjoy current accomplishements. However decisions for season 2018 has to be made soon because the best seats are available at the moment, Eskelinen continues.

Two final rounds of Asia series were driven together with American series. Both Asian PRO-AM events were won by indonesian Andrew Haryanto with Lamborghini manufacturer driver Milos Pavlocic. World Finals are to be driven in Saturday and Sunday.

- In World Finals Asian, American and European series are set together and therefore there are even more competition on the circuit. I strongly believe that me and Maxx will give a good fight for podium positions even there are many previous, current and new Champions on the same race. It'll be a hellowa competition and we truly have to give all of our best to be able to challenge top drivers. Fortunately nothing hasn't been driven yet so absolutely we'll go on and have a try, Eskelinen shares hopes.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2017, #11 round (Imola), friday 17th November, PRO-AM -group: top-3
1. Andrew Haryanto (INA) & Milos Pavlovic (SRB), 27 laps
2. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebenal (CAN), +11,096sec
3. Rik Breukers (NLD) & Nigel Farmer (HKG), +41,176sec
4. Carrie Schreiner (GER) & Alberto Di Folco (ITA), +41,977sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2017, #12 round (Imola), friday 17th November, PRO-AM -group: top-3
1. Andrew Haryanto (INA) & Milos Pavlovic (SRB), 27 laps
2. Rik Breukers (NLD) & Nigel Farmer (HKG), +7,725sec
3. Carrie Schreiner (GER) & Alberto Di Folco (ITA), +44,236sec
4. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebenal (CAN), +59,253sec

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My previous press releases:
- 24.09.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Ebenal collected two PRO-AM Podium positions from Shanghai
- 20.08.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Ebenal superb 2nd podium from japanise Fuji
- 29.07.2017 - Eskelinen once again on podium at Vetomies Rally - P3 still a dissapointment
- 25.06.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Enebal celebrated on podium at Suzuka F1-circuit
- 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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