The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe's season opener was a thrilling event. In Silverstone, England, the team with the two driver duos #33 Eskelinen/Rattenbury and #30 Lagrange/Lambert tackled the first challenges and finished third in the AM standings.
Wegberg, Germany - Sunday, 12.05.2019
With the driver quartet Mikko Eskelinen (46, Finland), Jake Rattenbury (25, England), Niels Lagrange (28, Belgium) and Anthony Lambert (19, Belgium) Leipert Motorsport competed in the first race weekend of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, which was held as part of the Blancpain GT Series at Silverstone. Despite some challenges, the team supported by MOTUL completed the races with a good result: Top-5 positions, points and the first championship podium.
Eskelinen / Rattenbury on third place - retirement for Lagrange / Lambert in first race
Directly at the first race the experienced race team was able to triumph: Mikko Eskelinen who started the race from seventh on the grid, fought his way through and convinced with some strong duels which cost him a few positions though. The Finn's fighting spirit also motivated his team mate Jake Rattenbury who took over the Lamborghini in the second half of the race. On tenth place he came back on the track - shortly afterwards the safety car moved out. Rattenbury had a good restart and so he was able to fight his way forward. The 8th overall place and 3rd place in the AM classification secured the driver duo Mikko Eskelinen / Jake Rattenbury a podium directly at the season opener.
One man's joy is another man's suffering: Niels Lagrange started in the sister Lamborghini #30, but already in the third lap, driving on P5 overall, he had to pit due to steering problems. The race was finished very early for the two drivers Lagrange/Lambert.
Both Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini in the top 5
The second race was a test of patience for the whole team: Rattenbury in the #33 as well as Lambert in the #30 were stuck after the start directly behind a clearly slower competitor which made itself however on the distance extremely broadly and had already lost twelve seconds to the leading cars shortly before the middle of the race.
A passing on the 5,901 kilometres long track was only possible shortly before the driver changes. When Eskelinen took over the steering wheel from Rattenbury, he had just a short time later to come in for a Drive Through penalty because of speeding in the pit lane. That cost time and places. Although they were still on P1 of the AM class after the driver change, at the end of the race the two were rated as twelfth overall - P4 in the AM class, unfortunately just missed the podium.
Fast driver change in the sister racebolid: In race 2, Niels Lagrange took over the steering wheel from Anthony Lambert on P9 in total and was already seventh in the race shortly afterwards. To make up for the gap in the first half of the race, the 28-year-old gave everything he had, but reached the leading field only shortly before the end. In sixth place (P5 PRO) he crossed the finish line.
After the first thrilling race weekend of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe in Silverstone Leipert Motorsport will start next week with a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO at the season opener of the Belcar in Zolder (17.-19.05.) with the drivers Jimmy de Breucker and Yannick Hoogaars.