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24.9.2017 - Mikko Eskelinen and Maxx Ebenal collected two PRO-AM Podium positions in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Shanghai - Fellow Finn Patrick Kujala in huge crash

Finnish Racing drivers Mikko Eskelinen and Patrick Kujala collect three of four possible Podium positions in 5th round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series, which was driven in chinese Formula-1 circuit of Shanghai. PRO-AM driver Mikko Eskelinen celebrated silver and bronze position and fellow Finn Patrick Kujala collect silver PRO-position from the first race. In second race he experienced one of the worst offs of his career as he lost brakes at the end of the long back straight. Even he hit heavily to tyre barriers with speed of 170km/h, he still walked out of the situation without serious injuries. At the moment of the retirement he was having an intense competition for the overall victory.

German Leipert Motorsport driver, Mikko Eskelinen, is currently celebrating his 10-years of motorsport career and having one of the most successful racing season of it as now he's been able to collect eight podium positions of 10 possible with his canadian team mate Maxx Ebenal.

In first round of Shanghai weekend Eskelinen and Ebenal lead PRO-AM for 47 minutes of 50 minutes event. However just three minutes before chequered flag their worst rival and fastest man of the circuit, dutch Rik Breukers passed Eskelinen and drove into victory. In overall classifications Mikko and Maxx were 7th fastest.

- In Qualifying Maxx set us top position in PRO-AM. In the race he got an excellent start from seventh position and during his stint was able to pass two fellow competitors. Then I tried to maintain that position and nearly was able to keep it. However just three minutes before the end I lost the battle to Championship series leader Rik Breukers, Eskelinen told.

On next day Eskelinen entered the wet 50 minutes race from 10th and 3rd PRO-AM position. During his stint he was able to avoid drama and after 22 minutes of racing he came to pit stop and drivers change as job well done man.

Ebenal was again in excellent pace and was catching PRO-AM top leading drivers. However another Flying Finn Patrick Kujala experienced brake failures and hit tyre wall with massive 170km/h of speed. Safety and medical car was called to circuit and race ended behind the safety car. Therefore the strategy for Eskelinen and Ebenal came to an early finish and they were unable to reach their goals. In overall classifications the duo were 8th fastest.

- For the whole racing weekend we had a different competition strategy for our rivals. In first race it lead us to PRO-AM silver Podium position and in second race we had all possibilities to drive for our first victory. However when Patrick Kujala experienced this huge crash we immediately knew that it was game over also for us. Fortunately Kujala sustained only minor injuries in the event, Eskelinen tells.

- Eight podium positions of ten possible has kept us in PRO-AM silver medal position in overall standings. Before the final weekend dutch Rik Breukers and his team mate Nigel Farmer are leading the series by 29 points and german Carrie Fischer and his australian team mate Richard Goddard are now 17 points behind of us. Breukers was one of the fastest man in the circuit this weekend and, to be honest, we have no possibilties to match for his speed. Thefefore silver position is definitely the best we can accomplish from this series, Eskelinen tells.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, Asia and America series are having their closures in season 2017 final racing weekend which is to be driven in the middle of November at italian circuit of Imola. After two final rounds of the series the drivers are set together for thrilling competition in two World Final rounds. Therefore Eskelinen and Ebenal are having lots of expectations in the events which are to be driven in home circuit of Lamborghini brand.

- Because there are 15 points to be given for the winner of the race and as there are still two rounds of ASIA series to be driven, there are 30 Championship points plus two extra points from qualifyings to be given for drivers. This means that we still have a very, very narrow possibility for the Championship title. We only need to be fastst in qualifyings and fastest in both races - and our worst rival Breukers and Farmer cannot have a single point. To be honest, our focus are already set for World Finals, Eskelinen shares his toughts.

First round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Shanghai overall winner was japanise Kei Francesco Cozzolino and his malaysian team mate Afiq Yazid. In Sunday fastest was polish Artur Janoz with his british team mate Toby Sowery.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, Shanghai #1: 23.9.2017, PRO-AM, top-3:
1. Rik Breukers (HOL) & Nigel Farmer (HKG), 21 laps
2. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebenal (CAN), +13,264sec
3. Carrie Schreiner (GER) & Armaan Ibrahim (IND), +23,743sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, Shanghai #2: 24.9.2017, PRO-AM, top-3:
1. Rik Breukers (HOL) & Nigel Farmer (HKG), 19 laps
2. Carrie Schreiner (GER) & Armaan Ibrahim (IND), +2,621sec
3. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebenal (CAN), +3,702sec

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia 2017 UNOFFICIAL standings, 10/12 rounds, PRO-AM, top-4:
1. Rik Breukers (NED) & Nigel Farmer (HKG), 128 points
2. Mikko Eskelinen (FIN) & Maxx Ebenal (CAN), 99 points
3. Richard Goddard (AUS) & Carrie Schreiner (DEU), 82 points
4. Takeshi Matsumoto (JPN) & Toshiyaki Ochiai, (JPN), 57 points

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My previous press releases:
- 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
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- 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
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