The country’s Prince of Speed Marlon Stockinger gave his fans and followers a rare treat by showcasing his racing and driving prowess along the streets of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig recently.
By driving his Lotus World series race car around BGC ground for Globe Slipstream 2.0, spectators were treated to another Formula One experience for the third consecutive year.
Lotus F1 Team driver Stockinger, currently competing at GP2, has been supported by Globe in his quest to become the Philippines’ first ever F1 driver. GP2 is a feeder series for drivers eyeing Formula One.
“We want every Filipino to see and experience the excitement that millions of fans around the world associate with this sport. Aside from that, this is a way for us to really express how we support and empower the Filipino dream,” said Dan Horan, senior advisor for Consumer Business of Globe Telecom.
Globe believes that with Marlon’s impressive track record in racing, he is on his way to becoming the first Filipino F1 driver.
On display also during the event was Stockinger’s famous Lotus-Gravity Charouz Formula Renault 3.5 car. The event also had car shows, driving simulator challenges and activities for kids at the Mind Museum.
Stockinger is set to race at Silverstone, England this July as part of the 2015 Status Grand Prix or GP2 season.
Road to F1
Stockinger said support from his followers fuelled him to do better. Trending in social media, Stockinger has over 100,000 likes on Facebook, almost 30,000 followers on Instagram and over 35,000 followers on Twitter.
“Racing has been part of my life for so long that I couldn’t see myself anywhere else other than motor racing,” said Stockinger at a press conference at Ascott Hotel in BGC, a day before the Globe Slipstream 2.0 event.
He started his racing career driving a go-kart in Carmona, Cavite at the age of nine. “It just gave me that sense of freedom that I never experienced up until that point.”
Stockinger moved to Europe when he was 16 to race full time. He has never looked back.
“I love racing because of the excitement, adrenaline and high,” he admitted, adding “I get to travel the world.”
Challenges as a racer
Stockinger said there are a lot of physical challenges in car racing. “I need to keep fit in order to perform well on my races. Some people think that racers are just sitting down the car but that’s not true. You experience higher forces when you’re inside a race car and you have to manage the race car well,” he explained.
He does fitness training and exercises such as biking, running and lifting weights to keep fit.
He explained that car racing is a team effort and it takes at least five people (the racer, two mechanics and two engineers) to run a race car. The challenge lies, according to him, on team effort, “especially during the pit stops because the results matter depending on their performance.”
For Stockinger, the road to F1 is still a long way but he believes he will get there. For now, he’s thankful that racing has taught him to be independent.
“Now, I know that wherever I go, I can take care of myself,” he said.