Mikey is the Doble families third generation racing driver and is looking to follow in the footsteps of father Mike and grandfather Mick by winning championships at the highest level. Like many drivers, Mikey began his motorsports career in karting. By the age of nine, Mikey was competing at the highest level of karting in the UK, the same proving grounds which saw Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Lando Norris begin their racing careers.
As his karting career came to a close, Mikey's focus began to shift towards golf. Mikey spent five years playing full time with the ambition to pursue a career in professional golf. He won multiple golf titles at county level, collegiate level and achieved a playing handicap of -1. During this period, Mikey's passion for motorsport never faded and 2018 saw his much anticipated return to racing, however this time in cars. Mikey completed his first season of cars, racing in the BMW Compact Cup, competing along side his father Mike Doble who himself was making a return to racing after a decade out from behind the wheel. After a strong rookie year which saw him race consistently within the top 15, 2019 was a substantial break through year. Mikey finished the season fifth in the overall standings out of 45 entries. He was one of only two drivers to finish 16 out of 16 races inside the top 15 and he also finished the year with a second place finish.
Mikey continued to progress through 2020, 2021 saw him make the jump from club racing to the much higher profile series of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, whilst still racing in the BMW series he competed in previously. Ginetta has played a part in developing many succesful drivers throughout the years due to the shear competitivness of their grids. Mikey finished in a very good fourth position for his first season whilst securing a second place finish in the BMW Compact Cup. A lot was learnt and many trophies were added to the cabinet which gave Mikey great confidence to mount a serious championship challenge heading into 2022.
2022 has been Mikey's most successful season of his career and also marked the moment he made motorsport history at the final weekend of the season.
Coming into the season, Mikey was set to focus soley on winning the Ginetta GT5 Challenge title after a fantastic debut year in the series. Those plans expanded weeks before the season start as the decision was made to run again in the BMW Compact Cup for a fifth consecutive year. Whilst Mikey's first win was scored during the 2021 season, he had yet to secure a championship title to this point.
The year got off to a hot start in the BMW Compact Cup as Mikey scored two wins in the season opener at Brands Hatch back in April and followed that up with three wins at Snetterton for round two to take a healthy lead in the championship. The first half of the Ginetta season was extremely busy as five rounds out of the seven were to be completed before the summer break. Heading into the summer months, Mikey would continue to grow his championship lead in the BMW series after almost a faultless campaign thus far, whilst scoring a handful of podiums in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and sitting fourth in the standings, still with the absence of his first win!
As we moved to the business end of the season, the Ginetta GT5 Challenge would arrive at Kent's Brands Hatch for the penultimate round of the season. Mikey scored a pair of third place finishes along with his maiden victory in the series which would catapult him into championship winning contention moving on to the 'Donington Decider' in October.
To win the Ginetta championship at Donington Mikey had to overcome a 26 point deficit to the leader over three races. Sounds simple? It was not the case for Mikey as he had to divide his efforts to secure the BMW Compact Cup title just 60 miles down the road at Silverstone- on the same day! Mikey would be required to finish one race of the three at Silverstone to secure the title which meant that he travelled from Silverstone to Donington four times on the Saturday. After a heroic effort from Mikey and his teams at both venues, Mikey became the 2022 BMW Compact Cup champion for the first time after successfully finishing race one. To add to the results, Mikey also scored a double pole in qualifying at Donington along with a race one victory which would see him take the championship lead in the Ginetta's heading into Sunday, all be it by a small margin!
Sunday was extremely intense as this titanic championship battle would continue all the way to the final race of the season. Three drivers separated by just eight points with a career changing opportunity on the line. The 20 minute race around Donington's GP circuit produced one of the most exciting championship races in Ginetta's history. The result would see Mikey finish second in the race and become the 2022 Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion, making history by becoming the first driver to win two championships in two different events at two different circuits- on the same day!
'I am ecstatic beyond belief to not only become the champion in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and the BMW Compact Cup, but to also become the first driver to become a double champion at two different venues on the same weekend! The success of this season's racing will put me in a great position to hopefully accelerate my career towards my career goal of becoming a British Touring Car driver.
I owe a debt of gratitude to my sponsors- Doble Motorcycles and Close Brothers Motor Finance for allowing my racing to happen and to my Ginetta team- Xentek Motorsport along with each member of our own, family run BMW team for their hard work and dedication to get us to this point. Let's push for more great achievements in 2023!'
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