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EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Profile: Martin Doubek

Name: Martin Doubek
Birthday: 22nd of December, 1994 (26)
Hometown: Litomysl, Czech Republic
NWES since: 2015
NWES Starts: 90
EN2 Starts: 56
EN2 Wins: 7 (12,50%)
EN2 Podiums: 16 (28,57%)
EN2 Top-5s: 24 (42,86%)
EN2 Titles: 1 (2021)
World Series of Asphalt Starts: 1 (2020)

The EuroNASCAR 2 Championship was decided in the very last race of the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season at Autodromo di Vallelunga in Italy. Two Hendriks Motorsport teammates were battling it out and ahead of the final race, it was Tobias Dauenhauer who led the championship standings by 13 points. Martin Doubek had to win and hope for his German teammate to not finish third or better. In the end, Doubek made the miracle come true and became the 2021 EuroNASCAR 2 Champion.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Doubek joined the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2015 and therefore belongs among the true veterans in Europe’s official NASCAR Championship. The Czech from Litomysl pulled double duties at least once in all years he competed in EuroNASCAR except for 2018. He has a total of 90 races under his belt splitted between EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2. In the second division, Doubek won 7 races so far, scored 16 podiums and finished inside the top-5 24 times. The 2020 season marked the breakthrough for the 26-year-old driver.

A long way to the top

In his first year of European NASCAR racing, Doubek took on a part-time program in both series to adapt to the 400hp V8-powered, unfiltered machines. The Czech scored his maiden EuroNASCAR 2 podium finish in 2016 at Circuit Zolder in Belgium – a track that would get a fundamental place in his NWES career later. In the following season, Doubek again did a part-time program but missed out on a podium result in both championships.

In 2018, he focused on his EuroNASCAR PRO program and therefore he didn’t start in EuroNASCAR 2. He contested 9 of 12 races with an average finish position of 10.2. One year later, he was back in both championships and showed his potential. He scored two more podium finishes in EuroNASCAR 2 at Valencia and again Zolder. With a strong season and an eighth place in the overall standings on his account, Doubek was ready to make the next step in 2020 with Hendriks Motorsport.

Doubek finally in Victory Lane

The Czech missed the season opener of the shortened COVID-19-effected season but the second event of 2020 marked the first breakthrough-moment in his EuroNASCAR 2 career. He not only won his maiden race at Circuit Zolder but also celebrated a double-win in Belgium. Since then, Doubek became a true championship contender and regular EuroNASCAR 2 race winner. He finished seventh overall in points in his best season up to then.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

The 2021 season started with a blast for Doubek at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain. He went to Victory Lane twice while his teammate and 2021 EuroNASCAR PRO Champion Loris Hezemans, with whom he was sharing the car with, also won both races of the season opener. For the first time in EuroNASCAR history, one team – Hendriks Motorsport – was able to win all races of an event with the same car. Doubek put himself on top of the EuroNASCAR 2 standings, determined to stay there.

The Hendriks Motorsport battle starts

With Dauenhauer, Doubek had a fierce title contender inside Hendriks Motorsport and the German had shown his capabilities in 2020, when he finished second in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship. Dauenhauer missed out on the title in the very last race of the season at Valencia when he was beaten by Vittorio Ghirelli. Doubek’s rival wanted to make sure not to let something like this happen again and rocketed back in contention with a phenomenal win at Brands Hatch.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

In his home race at Autodrom Most, Doubek had to see Dauenhauer grab the championship lead as the German won both races. With one podium finish and one DNF, Doubek lost some momentum but he never gave up: three weeks later at Grobnik, Doubek won Saturday’s race while Dauenhauer parked his Ford Mustang in Victory Lane on Sunday. With the regular season finale looming, the two Hendriks Motorsport drivers were ready to take the championship battle to the next level.

Doubek wins at his favorite track and clinches the title

The final of the regular season was held at Doubek’s favorite track: Circuit Zolder. The 26-year-old had to settle for second behind Naveh Talor, who scored his maiden EuroNASCAR 2 win, but finished right ahead of Dauenhauer. On Sunday, Doubek sped to a dominant victory to close the gap on the German on top of the overall standings. After all drivers dropped their two worst results of the regular season, Dauenhauer led Doubek by just 3 points.

Everything was ready for a nail-biting clash in the EuroNASCAR Finals at Autodromo di Vallelunga in Italy – a track Dauenhauer had dominated at in 2020. And the first race was in the favor of the German who took the checkered flag right ahead of Doubek, stretching the gap back to 13 points ahead of the final race of the season. The math was easy: Dauenhauer needed a third place finish to grab the Tijey Championship Trophy, while Doubek was forced to win and hope for some help at the 4-km track located 30 minutes North of Rome.

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Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Doubek started from third and swiftly took over second. Dauenhauer didn’t look as strong as the day before, fell back from Pole Position to fifth after a clash between Simon Pilate and Vladimiros Tziortzis in the first lap. When Doubek got past Francesco Garisto to grab the lead, the Czech was virtually the 2021 EuroNASCAR 2 Champion, but Dauenhauer was charging. The latter overtook two contenders and moved to third place – enough to secure the title.

But then drama struck: Dauenhauer made a mistake and crashed his Ford Mustang into the barriers, which dropped him down to 13th. Doubek sustained the pressure on his shoulders and got the maximum out of his car as he sped to victory and to his first ever major title in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The Czech pushed Dauenhauer off the top and won the 2021 EuroNASCAR 2 Championship by 17 points.

Doubek’s progression over the years was impressive. His motivation, determination and will to get better from year to year brought the 26-year-old to the top of the EuroNASCAR 2 standings. With a strong momentum for the 2022 season, it will be interesting to see what Doubek will be able to accomplish with his first NWES title on his resume…