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Finnish Presence Returns To Macau GP Courtesy of IRRC Front Runner Kostamo

Finland will enjoy representation next month at the Macau Grand Prix for the first time in 33 years, following confirmation that IRRC front runner Erno Kostamo will sample in November the iconic Asian roads event.

Since bursting onto the roads scene at Imatranajo in 2016, rapid, ultra determined Finnish racer Kostamo has developed for many into his nations leading closed roads exponent.

Fourth within the 2017 IRRC series, this years has seen him go one better in the final Superbike championship standings, following a collection of formidable display’s aboard the Markka Racing BMW.

Consistently battling against fellow series front runners such as Danny Webb, Didier Grams and Marek Cerveny, meeting upon meeting he’s been in strong contention for podium’s, race wins.

Photo by Lars Törnqvist

Looking forward to becoming the first Finnish racer since Eero Hyvarinen in 1985 to tackle the Macau GP, his maiden Macau tenure sees him set to compete under his own teams banner with help from Rico Penzkofer’s Penz outfit.

Speaking recently about his upcoming first roads campaign outside of Europe, he candidly stated:

“Macau GP is one of the greatest real road races in the world. In 2007, when I was racing in Spain with Ajo Motorsport, I thought my career was at it’s peak, and at that time I never even dreamed of racing in Macau.

Eleven years have passed along with one decision to quit racing, so it’s great to see that my career is still advancing.

I know I have the pace to succeed, but given the speciality of the track, it’s better to head out without any specific goals, and concentrate on safe riding. Upping the speed in a safe way comes only with experience.”

Words by Stevie Rial