Stockinger finishes third at Nurburgring


Posted at Jul 14 2014 04:01 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2014 12:01 AM

Filipino-Swiss racer Marlon Stockinger finished in third place at Nürburgring in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, behind champion Roberto Merhi of Spain and Lotus teammate Matthieu Vaxiviere.

The race, held at the Nürburgring track in Germany yesterday, saw Merhi claim his second victory of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season.

Stockinger, racing for Lotus, was not among the leaders at the start but took advantage of the retirement of six drivers after an eventful opening lap to move into third place.

According to the World Series website, Oscar Tunjo of Pons Racing, Oliver Rowland of Fortec Motorsports, and championship leader Carlos Sainz, also of Pons Racing, all retired when Tunjo clipped over Rowland, an incident that also affected Sains.

Also forced to retire were Beitske Visser (AVF), Matias Laine (Strakka Racing), and Meindert van Buuren (Pons Racing).

After the safety car period, Merhi retained his lead, but Vaxiviere and Stockinger followed close. While Vaxiviere was able to close the game, Merhi still led from pole to flag for his second win of the season.

"The team gave me an excellent car this weekend," Stockinger said. "We could always run into the top five. Unfortunately, I couldn't exploit the DRS to its full potential."

It was Vaxiviere's first podium in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and the Lotus teammates say they were thrilled to both make it to the top three.

"I am ecstatic with this second place and I am pleased for the team because Marlon finished third," Vaxiviere said.

"I am also thrilled about Matthieu's return," said Stockinger. "We both finished in the points. We are progressing, and I hope that it will continue after the summer break."