Monte Carlo:India's Karun Chandhok recorded his first podium finish of the 2008 GP2 Series on Friday, finishing third in the biggest race of the season around Monte Carlo's fabled streets.
The 24-year-old from Chennai, rose from sixth on the grid to grab the final place on the podium. He jumped ahead of series leader Giorgio Pantano off the start line and moved up to fourth in the later part of the race.
Karun chased Mike Conway for the final position on the podium and with the gap coming down at over a second a lap, back marker Javier Villa collided with Conway at the chicane sending the Englishman wide and allowing Karun through.
The Indian was able to negotiate his way past their collision and finish third, while his team-mate Bruno Senna won the race.
Karun later described receiving the trophy on the steps of the famous Automobile Club de Monaco as the best feeling he has ever had in racing.
"To on the podium in Monaco is the best place in the world", Chandhok said after the event.
"This track isn't physically difficult, but it's mentally challenging, so to finish in the top three, you really deserve it," he said.
"It's a great relief after a difficult second race in Istanbul, and I'm delighted for the team to get both its cars on the podium. It's amazing to have the Indian tri-colour up above the Royal Box here in Monaco," Karun said.
His next race will be Monaco sprint event to be held on Saturday.