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“Near Anilao, there are some drives that I like. The roads are quite twisted and winding, but they’re pretty cool, because you can drive right next to the beach,” says Marlon Stockinger.
Serpentine paths like the ones up in Batangas can transport the Swiss-Filipino racer to his favorite roads in Europe—not as smooth, perhaps, but scenic. Ironically, in Manila he finds himself flying more often than sitting behind a wheel. You can’t help but imagine how unbearable turning a corner must be for Stockinger, a man on the move, trained to race the circuit—on the edge and one hairpin turn closer to the verge—where you could lose control of a car or a component breaks or someone makes a mistake.
He isn’t the first Filipino to win a Formula race in Europe for nothing, and it’s his sharp mental focus that enables him to concentrate on a single task. He’s able to switch that on and off like a light. For agitated drivers, he extends a tip: “Keep your cool. Listen to opera music if you’re really stressed.”
Stockinger’s life was in the public eye long before he got involved with Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. He’s been driving ever since his father took him karting when he was nine, and when asked about the most memorable moment of his career, he says, “It’s when I drove the Formula One car here in the Philippines, simply because we were able to bring the pinnacle of motorsport here, and we were able to show that there was a Filipino in Formula One. That was a unique moment for me, and a first for the country.”
He’s grateful for the scrutiny if it can lead more people to learn about his sport. “What I’d like to see in the Philippines is more support going toward that, maybe from the government and private sectors, for younger racing drivers—even drivers like myself who are established.”
There’s a lot of work off the track, which also comes naturally to him. “It’s more about learning how to lose as much as trying to win. You start to learn that beyond what you do in the race car, there are a lot of things that sometimes aren’t in your control,” he says. It’s a fine balance, letting go and staying focused all at once, but the best ones always come through.