Filipino race car driver Marlon Stockinger is set to mentor aspiring racers in the final stages of Nissan’s virtual GT Academy in the country.
Stockinger, a Lotus F1 junior team and Renault World Series race car driver, has been named judge and mentor for the finalists of the Philippine leg of the race academy. Since its launch since in March of this year, a total of 13,000 participants from different parts of the country joined the competition. Only six will be chosen to represent the Philippines in the Asian Finals where they will be pitted against aspiring racers from India, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.
Stockinger told The Manila Times the event gives a chance to more Filipinos to try their luck in the expensive sport of car racing.
“Events like this give the Filipino a chance. We all know racing is very expensive and this is an inexpensive way of bringing an opportunity to the public to try out the sport,” he said.
Stockinger added he hopes the event will pave the way for the future car drivers to keep the sport alive in the Philippines.
“From the 13,000 participants, you’ll definitely going to find the next generation of Filipino drivers coming through for the next couple of years,” he stated.
Stockinger maintained that teaching budding car racers what he has learned through his career will be a chance for him to give back to the Philippine motorsports community.
“Its something I thought I’ll do later on in my career but the opportunity came now so why not take it. I think it’ a really good chance to promote the sport and give back in a way,” he said.