GP3 Series graduate Marvin Kirchhöfer secured his first points of his GP2 Series career during Friday’s Feature race, and then his maiden podium during the Sprint race.
The Carlin driver drove strongly throughout the weekend, and felt it was an amazing experience to race around the legendary street circuit, with Kirchhöfer feeling his second GP2 race weekend was vastly improved from his first in Spain two weeks ago.
Kirchhöfer enjoyed his first Feature race at Monaco, making up a couple of places at the start and maximising his performance to take eighth place on the road, which became seventh when Antonio Giovinazzi was penalised.
“It was a really nice race and I enjoyed it very much,” revealed Kirchhöfer. “I had quite a good start and had managed to get by two cars at turn one which was great and I was feeling comfortable in the car.
“In the mid-point of the race, I struggled a little bit but then I continued to push and felt really confident; I was able to continue to push hard right until the end.”
Kirchhöfer made a good start to the Sprint race on Saturday, challenging pole sitter Nobuharu Matsushita into the first turn, but was forced to settle for second as the ART Grand Prix driver disappeared into the distance.
“It was a good first weekend for me here in Monaco and I think second is a really good result,” said Kirchhöfer. “Just being here is amazing and racing here is a dream I’ve had since I was a small boy.
“We showed really good pace and improvements since the first weekend in Barcelona – so we continue to work like this and aim to move up one more place on the podium.
“Overall, very pleased to be leaving Monaco with second position under our belts.”