FILIPINO F1 hopeful Marlon Stockinger earned his first points for the Lotus F1 Junior team by finishing eighth overall in Race 1 during the fifth round of the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series held in Moscow, Russia.
The 22-year-old Stockinger came home ahead of Danish teammate Marco Sorensen and highlighted his most impressive showing to date with a third-place finish in the rookie podium.
This marked the first time the Filipino-Swiss tested the newly-built Moscow Raceway, where the series returns for the second time upon its completion in 2012.
The rookie driver of the Lotus F1 Junior team, actually finished even better in the qualifying round for Race 1 where he placed a strong sixth.
He later qualified in Race 2 by placing 19th before officially finishing in 12th by the end of the race.
Aside from Stockinger, 12 other rookies complete a roster of 30 drivers from around the world vying for top podium honors in the race series where many Formula 1 teams draft their future drivers.
Four more rounds will be staged in the motor racing championship for 3.5-liter Formula Renault cars, with Round 6 to be held in Austria from July 20-21.
The Formula Renault 3.5 Series is the highlight race of each of the World Series by Renault events.
Last summer, Stockinger brought to the country a real F1 car which he drove around the grounds of the Mall of Asia Arena and the Quirino Grandstand as part of his Lotus F1 roadshow.