2bU exclusive! We catch up with Marlon Stockinger
They say school prepares us for the future and sets us up for the real world. Twenty-year-old racing champ Marlon Stockinger has yet to continue and complete his formal education, but under his helmet are exceptional knowledge and skills with which he can surely outrace anyone with a college diploma.
Filipino-Swiss Marlon was educated here in the Philippines, but when he moved to Europe, he decided to throw himself wholeheartedly into the intensive training required of a professional racer. “I told my dad firmly, I wanted to focus on one thing—and that’s racing,” he says.
He was thrust early into the rigors of motorsport, which he says provided him a different kind of education. “In school, you always learn from the adults, those older and more knowledgeable than you,” he says.
“I knew that if I wanted to be good at what I’m doing and gain respect for it, I’d have to develop a very professional working attitude, and be able to form relationships with the older people mentoring me,” he says.
Marlon also credits his older, more seasoned teammates for broadening his perspective and helping him adjust to cultural differences. “Be more liberated,” he says without skipping a beat. “Take more responsibility, be open, and have your own opinion.”
By being immersed in this kind of sport, where teamwork plays a huge factor in one’s victory, Marlon acknowledges the value of contributing his inputs and having his thoughts heard.
“The conservative nature of Filipino culture and our strict religious background generally make Filipinos more reluctant to speak out,” he says.
“But thanks to racing, I now know how speak my mind in a professional and respectful manner and offer constructive criticism, all of which makes us grow as a team. However, it’s also this very upbringing that has enabled me to relate well with my teammates.”
Marlon often reminds himself while he gears up and prepares for a race that he’s accountable for his own choices on the track. “Apart from the fact that moving to Europe forced me to learn a whole new culture and be responsible for myself, getting into the sport taught me lot more–that once the race begins, I’m alone in the game. I have to be entirely liable for my actions, and I have to be aware of the consequences of whatever I do,” he shares.
His experience in racing opened his eyes to the serious business of the professional world he’s entered. And while the quick progression of Marlon’s career has helped him mature significantly, one thing remains constant: his pursuit of excellence.
“Be the best at what you do, but remember that there is no end to learning and improving,” he advises.
Looking back on his achievements, Marlon reveals the most valuable life lesson racing has taught him. “There will always be someone out there better than you,” he says. “But it’s you who will put yourself where you want to be—and that’s ahead of the game.”
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