Mikey Doble is poised to take on what will be the biggest season of his racing career to date in 2023 after confirming that he will step up into the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship with CarStore Power Maxed Racing.Graduating to the UK’s premier motorsport series off the back of a remarkable campaign last year which saw him clinch two championship titles, the 24-year-old will join forces with race winner Aron Taylor-Smith and fellow rookie Andrew Watson to pilot one of the Independent squad’s Vauxhall Astras.
Boasting a wealth of experience on his rise up the motorsport ranks, the Surrey-based driver is no stranger to the TOCA package having been one of the leading lights in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge over recent years.In 2022, Doble produced a superb season-long performance - chalking up a total of 12 victories and 10 further podium finishes - in both the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and BMW Compact Cup to ultimately be crowned the champion of each category on the same, thrilling weekend.
That success - along with crucial partnerships with the likes of Fewkes Sport Management - has since paved the way for him to achieve his lifelong dream of competing in the BTCC; doing so with a team that has a proven track record of success. Headed up by Adam Weaver, Power Maxed Racing has built a reputation for helping some of the series’ most successful drivers kickstart their careers and guide them to victory in the Jack Sears Trophy - something that Doble will be targeting over the course of the year.
Doble will commence pre-season testing in his front-wheel-drive machine in the coming weeks before the official BTCC Season Launch takes place at Brands Hatch on April 12.
“To be able to announce I’ll be joining the BTCC for 2023 is an absolute dream come true. I’ve watched the BTCC for more than 20 years’ and have always had my sights set on one day becoming a touring car driver.
“Since I started karting from the age of six, I’ve been able to climb up the motorsport ladder and becoming double champion last year has really been a key factor in giving me the opportunity to achieve what has been a personal long-term goal.
“I’d like to thank CarStore Power Maxed Racing for believing in me enough to give me this opportunity; joining their line-up gives me great confidence of taking on the challenge of what will be my rookie year in the BTCC.
“Stepping up into the BTCC is of course a huge jump for anyone, but with the professionalism and experience that PMR possess, I’ll be aiming to score points and challenge for the Jack Sears Trophy. I can’t wait to begin working with them!
“Finally, I would like to thank everyone that has helped me along the way on my journey to the BTCC. From my partners who will be announced shortly and management team at Fewkes Sport Management to of course my family, who have wanted this as much as I have - they’ve all played a huge part! It’s going to be a fantastic season and I’m eager to get things underway in April.”
"We've been used to the off-season sometimes being a dark place for us. Having to get everything agreed again for another year is nerve wracking however this year it's been incredible.
"Having the security of a five-year deal with CarStore has allowed us to go into the winter with confidence and put our efforts in to the car and staff development. This has allowed us to secure a third licence and build an additional car so that we can welcome yet another great prospect to the BTCC.
"Down the years we've helped two drivers go on to win the Jack Sears Trophy and in 2023 we have two fantastic racers that are eligible for the accolade. Mikey is a talented, focused individual and we can't wait to realise his dreams with him. We've never been more excited and confident about a season; we're looking forward to getting back to winning ways."
The 2023 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season commences on April 22/23, with Rounds 1, 2 & 3 taking place at Donington Park.
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