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9.8.2020 - Elias Niskanen and Mikko Eskelinen two times 4th fastest in Misano - Competition for 2nd position was concluded in final corner of the race

Season 2020 of Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing series got underway in italian circuit of Misano Adriatico as 23 competitors measured their skills in intense summer heat. Flying Finns Mikko Eskelinen and his team mate Elias Niskanen accomplished two times 4th highest Championship points and is in 4th position in overall standings as there are still eight rounds to go.

First race of the season was driven in pitch black night conditions. In heavy darkness the Finns were't able to challenge their rivals and were forced to satisfy for 4th highest Championshio points. In 2nd race, which was driven on Sunday midday Mikko and Elias had a huge competition for podium positions as at the end of the race the car which was driven by Loris Spinelli and Gerard van der Horst had a small mistake which dropped them just in front of Finns. As Eskelinen was able to catch van der Horst, also Damiano Fioravanti was able to catch Eskelinen. After 50 minutes of intense racing Eskelinen made his move in the final corner of the race. However at the same time Fioravanti made his move and was able to pass Eskelinen. Therefore Finns were left again to 4th position.

Third Finn of the series, Olli Kangas, suffered a puncture and in 6th lap had to retire the event.

- We were too cautious at first race and therefore we decided to improve our pace for the second race as I started it from 10th position in overall classifications. For whole of my stint I was able to match my speed against fellow competitors and delivered the car to Mikko in 3rd position in PRO-AM group which he was able to defend until final corner of the race. Even we were left without trophies we're still very happy for the start of the highly competitive season, Elias Niskanen tells.

- Young Finn Elias Niskanen made a superb debut as he had a trouble-free stints and therefore gave a show of his talents which was also seen in Lamborghini Squadra Corse as they had chosen him to be a part of their Junior Program. Even we lost the podiums in very narrow margin, the results were very promising and therefore we believe that we will be more competitive in forthcoming events. Lets' hope that the Europe will stay safe in this era of pandemia and therefore we could drive for the whole season as planned, Eskelinen continues.

Next two rounds of Lamborghini Super Trofeo European series are to be driven in first weekend of September in traditional german circuit of Nurburgring. Saksan perinteikkäällä Nurburgringin GP-radalla.

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Misano 2020, 1st race, 8.8.2020, PRO-AM -group, top-3:
1. Karol Batz (POL) & Andrzej Lewandowski (POL), 31 laps
2. Loris Spinelli (ITA) & Gerard Van der Horst (NDL), +32,255 sec
3. Damiano Fioravanti (ITA) & Lorenzo Bontempelli (ITA), +39,274 sec
4. Elias Niskanen (FIN) & Mikko Eskelinen (FIN), +1:09,247 sec

Final results Lamborghini Super Trofeo Misano 2020, 2nd race, 9.8.2020, PRO-AM -group, top-3:
1. Karol Batz (POL) & Andrzej Lewandowski (POL), 31 kierrosta
2. Loris Spinelli (ITA) & Gerard Van der Horst (NDL), +49,124sek
3. Damiano Fioravanti (ITA) & Lorenzo Bontempelli (ITA), +49,566sek
4. Elias Niskanen (FIN) & Mikko Eskelinen (FIN), +49,923sek

UNOFFICIAL standings 2/10 rounds, PRO-AM -group, top-4:
1. Karol Batz (POL) & Andrzej Lewandowski (POL), 31 points
2. Loris Spinelli (ITA) & Gerard Van der Horst (NDL), 24 points
3. Damiano Fioravanti (ITA) & Lorenzo Bontempelli (ITA), 21 points
4. Elias Niskanen (FIN) & Mikko Eskelinen (FIN), 16 points

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26.6.2020 - European Circuit Racing series gets finally underway in August - Finnish Racing Champions Elias Niskanen and Mikko Eskelinen enters Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship series

International Racing Championship series 2020 were originally set to start at the end of March from Malaysian Circuit of Sepang as Flying Finns Elias Niskanen and Mikko Eskelinen supposed to start their season 2020 in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian series. However due terrible international Koronavirus pandemic the series was cancelled and therefore also their plans were changed.

Now few months later the epidemic has begun to ease up as European countries have start opening their borders so that also the race car engines can be started up. However as there won't be Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian series, Finns Elias Niskanen and Mikko Eskelinen will drive in European series in PRO-AM group with 620bhp Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo run by german Leipert Motorsport.

Eskelinen enters his 13th international racing season as reigning Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Championship bronze medalist. Since season 2014 he's enjoyed competition in Asian and in European series which has delivered him one Asian Championship title and three other medal positions. In season 2018 he won the Asian title with another fellow finn Juuso Puhakka, who in season 2020 competes in GT World Challenge with GT3-car.

Team mate Elias Niskanen won bronze medal Karting KFJ NEZ series in season 2014 and entered Finnish Racing Championship series with Formula Ford which in season 2016 was rewarded with a title of Finnish Racing Champion. After Formula Ford CUP-title in season 2018 he entered international racing arenas by competing in Asian Formula Renault series. After colorful events he was eventually 4th fastest.

In Season 2020 Elias Niskanen makes his debut in GT-cars as in October 2019 he had a perfect test with Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO car in circuit of Barcelona. As his lap times were impressed by team manager Marcel Leipert and team mate Mikko Eskelinen, young and highly talented Finn will now aim for the title.

- As in season 2019 me and my sposors made a decition to enter Asian Formula Renault series, we also had plans for season 2020 which were set to compete in GT-cars. Thefore my plans are now set for professional racing career and follow the footsteps which another Flying Finn Juuso Puhakka has taken; After season 2018 Asian Championship title he got a seat from Lamborghini Manufacturer team which delivered him silver medal in Middle-East and Asian PRO-series. Now he has taken a step to GT3-series and aims for success in GT World Challenge series, Niskanen tells.

- In October 2019 at Circuit of Barcelona I fullfilled all the goals I had set for myself and because of excellent lap times I knew that it was the right time to enter behind the wheel of GT-car. Furthermore as I'm competing with a fellow Finn who has won titles and other medal positions in previous season of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, I strongly feel that we have good possibilities to drive for the success, Niskanen tells

Season 2020 gets underway at the second weekend of August from circuit of Misano Adriatico and continues within 3-4 weeks time in German Nürburgring, Spanish Barcelona and Belgium SPA-Francorchamps. Final rounds of an exceptional season is to be driven at the middle of November in french circuit of Paul Richard which is located near Nizza.

- For past six seasons I've enjoyed a lot in Lamborghini Super Trofeo series and now I'm very happy to share a seat with another Finnish Racing Champion. In tests which were driven in October 2019 Elias Niskanen showed his talent and convinced me and Leipert Motorsport so well that for past winter and spring we've done lots of hard work for the season which finally gets underway at August, double-time Finnish Racing Mikko Eskelinen tells.

- Misano is the toughest event in this season as there will be about 40 degrees of heat. It'll be tricky season as there will be 10 very challenging events. However we've prepared for the series by spending lots and lots of hours in simulator. Furthermore my team mate Elias Niskanen has been driven with Formula-3 and in July he'll be competing in one race here in Finland. We cannot wait for the season 2020 to get underway, Eskelinen continues.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe 2020 events:
- 07.-09.08.2020: Misano Adriatico, Italy
- 04.-05.09.2020: Nürburgring, Germany
- 09.-11.10.2020: Barcelona, Spain
- 20.-24.10.2020: SPA-Francorchamps, Belgium
- 13.-15.11.2020: Paul Ricard, France

 
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