Filipino-Swiss driver Marlon Stockinger, competing in the 2012 GP3 Series for the Status Grand Prix racing team, earned his maiden win over the weekend with a stunning victory at the famed Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo.
The Manila-born Stockinger, the son of a Swiss father and a Filipina mother, ruled the street circuit laid out on the city streets of Monaco and was serenaded at the podium with the Philippine national anthem as the Philippine flag was raised in the traditional honor for the winning driver.
The Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, won by Red Bull’s Mark Webber, featured support races from feeder series GP2 and GP3 with the 21-year-old Stockinger emerging as the winner in the second of two races for the GP3 Series.
He moved up to third overall in the driver standings with 39 points, trailing Finnish leader Aaro Vainio by 15 points after four races. Stockinger had earlier finished second in Spain and eighth place in the first race in Monaco.
Status Grand Prix also moved up to third in the team standings.
Stockinger was a decorated driver in karting championships before moving up to formula racing. He entered the GP3 Series last year with Team Atech GP but switched teams between seasons.