• Fil-Swiss racer 3rd in rookie podium in Moscow Raceway qualifier

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    Filipino-Swiss racer Marlon Stockinger placed third in the rookie podium in the qualifi for Saturday’s sprint race in the World Series by Renault 3.5 L category at the Moscow Raceway.

    Stockinger is currently the 8th overall, and is third in the rookie class, giving four points for Team Lotus F1 Junior Team in Moscow, Russia.

    Prior to that, Stockinger–who entered the 2013 World Series by Renault on April–finished 6th Monday after finishing fourth in Friday’s second practice.

    His teammate, Marco Sorensen, finished in 10th place.

    The 22-year old Stockinger said he could have finished higher if not for the wheel spin at the start.

    “Unfortunately I lost 2 places at the start because I had a lot of wheel spin. After that everybody kept their position for the whole race. The top 10 drivers were so evenly matched and consistent – all with lap times within one second from each other – that there was no opportunity to overtake or being overtaken,” he said.

    “It looks kind of easy from the outside, but it is extremely difficult to keep your concentration for 40 minutes and not making a mistake, which could instantly cost you a position,” Stockinger said.

    According to him, the feature race slated Tuesday would include a compulsory pit stop and another qualifying session in the morning.

    “I will have to push hard in tomorrow’s qualifying” Stockinger said.

    “After struggling the first half of the season and after some unfortunate race incidents, I feel more and more comfortable with the World Series car, which is quite a step up from GP3 and extremely physical to drive.”

    Last May, Stockinger was in the Philippines for the first ever Manila Speedshow, where he had an F1 car demo.

    RUBEN D. MANAHAN 4th

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