MARLON Stockinger and his Lotus team are on the road to a little piece of history when they take their Formula 1 cars for a spin in the roads of Manila in the two-day event dubbed 'Manila Speed Show.'
Stockinger, recently chosen to be a part of the Lotus Formula 1 junior team, will sit in one of the three F1 cars flown for the event that will be staged infront of the Quirino Grandstand and the Mall of Asia grounds over the weekend.
Together with Lotus F1 test driver Davide Valsecchi, Stockinger will drive the F1 cars from the Luneta grounds to the MOA in a roadshow on Saturday and Sunday that will also feature local GT cars, a motorcycle stunt and a drift demo.
All the shows will be free to the public.
The spotlight should fall on Stockinger, a 22-year-old race car driver born and raised in Manila. He made waves as a champion karter who won the Monaco leg of the 2012 GP 3 Series and is now knocking on the doors of the world's most prestigious car race.
“Motorsports can be very daunting for young drivers, particularly everything that occurs away from the track. We hope to give our drivers the very best preparation possible for their future careers,” said Lotus team principal Eric Boullier in a press conference on Friday at the Manila Hotel.
Marlon is set to participate in the prestigious 2013 World Series by Renault. He will be heading to Monte Carlo soon after the roadshow to resume his campaign on board his Formula Renault 3.5 racecar.
Joining Stockinger and Boullier in the press conference were Lotus F1 business development head Martin Reiss, Marlon’s parents Tom and Egin, and veteran F1 journalist Peter Windsor.
President Benigno Aquino III is expected to grace the gala night.