Status GP racer Stockinger takes fourth in Monza Italy


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Status Grand Prix finished the GP3 Series season on a high at Monza, with Marlon Stockinger taking fourth place and Alice Powell making history by becoming the first female to score a GP3 point.

 Marlon Stockinger battled well to claim fourth.
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Filipino-Swiss Stockinger shadowed the leading trio to the chequered flag in the Italian Grand Prix support race. He was less than two seconds adrift of race winner Tio Ellinas, but try as he might he could not quite grab a podium spot.
 
From the front row, Stockinger made a strong start but dropped to third when David Fumanelli straight-lined the first chicane to take the lead, and only conceded one of the positions he had gained, to Giovanni Venturini…

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Status GP's Stockinger narrowly misses top 10 in dramatic GP3 race


GP3 Series weekend at Hockenheim, Germany.

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A strong start for the Filipino-Swiss from 16th on the grid meant that he was up to 11th place when the race restarted after a very long safety-car period, caused by a multi-car accident on the first lap…
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Marlon Stockinger: "It was a very chaotic race and all the overtaking happened at the start. I had a pretty decent start and it was all quite tight, but I managed to get through. After that it was a case of bringing the car home safely. I had an overtaking chance with Fumanelli on the restart, but that didn’t come off and then it was impossible to move up any further. In two laps there was no way anyone could do anything!”


Status Grand Prix’s Marlon Stockinger narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish in the second race of the GP3 Series weekend at Hockenheim.

Stockinger in the top 10 for Status Grand Prix at Valencia


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Status GP endures disappointing GP3 race at Valencia after first-lap collision


Valencia, 23rd June 2012

Marlon Stockinger, who started the race from seventh on the grid, and Alice Powell, who lined up 11th, unfortunately came together as the field funneled into a narrow sequence of turns – Powell had got caught on oil being dropped by the car immediately in front and was powerless to prevent herself sliding into her team-mate.

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Valencia, 22nd June 2012
Stockinger and Powell both in the top 10 for Status Grand Prix at Valencia

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Filipino-Swiss Stockinger completed the 45 minutes of running in seventh position, while Powell was ninth fastest, making her the quickest of the three UK drivers in the field.

Filipino-Swiss Stockinger takes his first GP3 win with Status GP in the streets of Monaco

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Stockinger takes his
first GP3 win with Status GP in the streets of Monaco!

Filipino-Swiss ace Marlon Stockinger made history by winning the dramatic second GP3 Series race of the weekend in Monte Carlo with the Status Grand Prix team.


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Stockinger’s achievement in this Monaco Grand Prix support race, which he led all the way from pole position, means he is the first driver from the Philippines to hear his nation’s Lupang Hinirang anthem on a European race podium.
 
Stockinger stayed composed all the way through a dramatic race, under serious pressure from Carlin driver Antonio Felix da Costa. He had got the jump on his Portuguese rival at the start, only to have to do it all over again when the safety car appeared due to a first-corner collision.

After the restart the gap was usually just two or three tenths of a second as Stockinger withstood everything da Costa threw at him. While the Status GP driver was racing on Pirelli P Zero tyres that had already done 20 kilometres in qualifying, da Costa was on new rubber and was trying hard to get by while he had the advantage.
 
But as the race wore on Stockinger looked more and more in control, and on the 11th lap of 18 he set a new fastest lap that extended his advantage to seven tenths.

At that precise moment there was a big accident, which meant another safety car. With damage to the catchfencing at the chicane, it was decided to red-flag the race, leaving Status GP racer Stockinger an emotional victor. It moves him up to third in the GP3 points, with Status GP also making progress to third in the teams' championship.
 
While Stockinger had a perfect day in Monaco, there was disappointment for his two GP3 rookie team-mates.

Japanese driver Kotaro Sakurai stalled on the grid and got going towards the back of the field. Although he pulled off an impressive overtaking manoeuvre at the Fairmont hairpin on Carmen Jorda, he could not improve on 21st position.
 
Meanwhile, Alice Powell made contact with fellow English racer Alex Brundle at the first corner, knocking her steering completely out of alignment and damaging her front wing. After a brief pitstop she continued and caught up to Jorda, but was classified 23rd in the results.
 
The next round of the GP3 Series is another temporary course, this time in Valencia, supporting the European Grand Prix on June 22-24.
Marlon Stockinger: "This is something that has only previously happened in my dreams! To stand on the podium steps in Monaco, where people like Ayrton Senna once stood, is mindblowing. And for it to be after my first win in GP3 is incredible! The race was pretty close. The important thing was to focus on being consistent, refrain from mistakes and make a gap. Having fastest lap was good and not only because of extra points – it showed that I could have kept the lead even if the race had run to the finish and also proved that the team did a great job. I couldn’t have done it without those guys.”


Late News: Marlon Stockinger set the fastest lap of the race

Marlon Stockinger:
“There was a hydraulic pressure alert as I came up to the grid. My start was very good – I made up a couple of positions – but I was stuck in first gear. I had to shut off and restart everything to get the car going. After that it was pretty good and the fastest lap shows we had very good pace. It’s a shame I couldn’t use that raw speed to fight for points or even a podium, but the speed we have is positive for the rest of the season.”
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Marlon Stockinger took a superb second place with the Status Grand Prix team in the first round of the 2012 GP3 Series at Barcelona.
Photos Below: Marlon Stockinger celebrates on the podium

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