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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Late NEWS: Stockinger takes second place with Status GP in Barcelona GP3 opener Barcelona, 12th May 2012


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Barcelona, 12th May 2012


Stockinger takes second place with
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Marlon Stockinger celebrates on the podium



Marlon Stockinger took a superb second place with the Status Grand Prix team in the first round of the 2012 GP3 Series at Barcelona.

 
The Filipino-Swiss, who was fifth on the grid, made a strong start to move up to fourth. He was then promoted to second when two cars in front were penalised for false starts. After a safety-car period, he chased hard for victory and finished just 2.6 seconds behind the race winner.
 
The result means that Stockinger is the first Philippines national to finish on the podium in a major European single-seater series and at a Formula 1 race weekend.

It also lays the foundations for a strong title challenge from Stockinger and the Status GP team. With the leading eight finishers from today’s race reversed on the grid for tomorrow, he will start seventh. This will give him another chance for strong points in the race that acts as a curtain raiser to the Spanish Grand Prix.
 
Japan’s Kotaro Sakurai ran very strongly on his GP3 race debut. He was 15th on the grid and then rose the order to 12th in a very close midfield battle. Unfortunately for Sakurai it got too close on lap 14 of the 16-lap race. He was edged wide by a rival onto the dirty line, and dropped to 18th as he fought to recover from dust on his Pirelli P Zero tyres.

British racer Alice Powell also made her GP3 debut with Status GP. With very little testing time in a GP3 car she impressed by qualifying 18th. But her race lasted only two corners when she was collected by a spinning rival and was forced into the gravel trap.
 
The Sunday GP3 Series race starts at 0925.
 
Marlon Stockinger: "When you start in the top five everything is always possible. The boys worked hard to give me a good car and it’s great that I finished on the podium in the first race of the season. There was a bit of chaos at the start with the jump-starting cars, but after that it wasn’t too hectic for me. We have a little bit to work on to get the best out of the tyres in tomorrow’s race but for now I am very happy!”
 
Kotaro Sakurai: "It was really exciting. I had a really good race and there were so many cars battling. I was trying to overtake someone on the inside and someone else was trying to pass me on the outside. I was just trying to avoid an accident when I got pushed wide and onto the marbles. It was a bit unlucky, but a great performance and I am sure we have the pace to get a reversed-grid front row at coming races.”
 
Alice Powell: "I didn’t even see what happened behind me. I’d made a good start, had a good run into Turn 1 and then I got a big smack from the rear. It happens, but it’s a shame because I’m sure I could have made up some places. It’s just what I didn’t need – I’m still learning the car and all about the downforce levels in a GP3 car.”