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.
2020 the aim was to raise the bar further and challenge for the title. A brand new car was built over the winter to ensure no stone was left unturned. The new car ticked all the boxes and delivered on pace. Mikey improved his average qualifying position by 8 spots from the previous year and finished nine out of 10 races in the top 10, including three top five finishes.
At the beginning of the year, I took the decision to take my racing to the next level and compete in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, one of the UK’s top platforms to springboard drivers into professional motorsport.
Not knowing what to expect from myself, I went into the season with an open mind willing to learn the new car, the race craft and to better my driving in order to be competitive in this series. But in order to have the opportunity to do well I needed the best tools and people around me to make this work.
Xentek Motorsport have been fantastic from our first pre season test day welcoming me into the team and providing me with the car to get the job done! A faultless performance all year they truly are the best team on the grid. A big Thankyou to Chris, Sarah, my mechanic Andy and the rest of the team for the most enjoyable years racing I’ve loved every minute:)
From our BMW team a huge mention must go to Scott Bullett for his continued dedication to our team, he spends many hours in the off season making sure we have fast engines, and gives up his weekends to help us run our cars so a big thanks from me and my dad!
A huge thankyou must also go to everyone who has kept in touch with my racing throughout the year- I hope you’ve enjoyed watching the races. It absolutely makes the good results all the sweeter seeing all the kind comments and messages after the racing!
But an even bigger Thankyou must go to my family, mum and dad Mike Doble and grandparents in particular for the ongoing support driving my racing forward. Motorsport has been integrated in our family for over 50 years and I’m super happy to be furthering the Doble legacy! It truly is a way of life as opposed to a sport.
Now for the final results:
After my third place finish in yesterday’s BMW finale I can confirm that I am 2021 BMW Compact Cup runner up! My goal before the season was to finish ‘best of the rest’ in the standings and to have scored a victory so both boxes were ticked there!
My final Ginetta race of the season did not go my way after nearly taking the lead on lap one I finished the first lap 15th after much contact. The pace was still as strong as it was all weekend and I fought my way back to 9th.
I am super pleased to confirm that I finished 4th in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge pro standings after a long fought battle with some very fierce racers. My goals were to finish top five in the standings and to have scored some podium finishes which I managed to achieve!
I will come back faster and tougher next season to hopefully go a few places better!
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