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Formula One news: Jack Doohan escapes father Mick’s shadow with Formula 3 performances

Jack Doohan was racing about on two wheels from as early as he might keep in mind.

As the son of Australian MotoGP legend Mick Doohan, it’s hardly stunning.

He had racing in his genes.

But it was a party accident when he was younger that modified Doohan’s course from following in his well-known dad’s footsteps on two wheels to pursuing a racing profession on 4.

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“From a young age I always liked two wheels but when I was five I had a crash at home on my fifth birthday and broke my leg,” Doohan mentioned.

“I think that threw dad off it a bit seeing me get hurt at such a young age and also I think I scared myself quite a bit.

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Camera IconThen… as a 7-year-old with a famous dad. Pic: Tony Martin Credit: News Regional Media

“Then I did BMX for a couple of years …. then a couple of my mates from school started karting and I had always karted for fun at home because we had a track in our backyard which was very fortunate.

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“When they started karting at that age you want to be doing what your mates are doing so I started to get back into it and just went from there and started to take it seriously about half a year later.”

Since then, Doohan hasn’t appeared again.

Now on the official stepladder to Formula One, the son-of-a-gun is making a reputation for himself in worldwide motorsport, racing in Formula 3.

Doohan final week turned the primary driver to win two F3 races on the identical weekend when he scored two wins out of three races at a rain-drenched Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, securing an enormous factors haul to bolster his standing within the championship.

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With two rounds nonetheless to race, at Zandvoort this week and Austin, Doohan sits second within the Formula 3 standings, 25 factors behind Norway’s championship chief Dennis Hauger.

The 18-year-old is now setting his sights on closing the championship hole.

“I had an opportunity to take crucial points for the championship and I was very happy to be able to maximise the weekend and get those two wins,” Doohan mentioned.

“Without them I wouldn’t be as close as I am in the championship and keep things alive.

“In the remaining two rounds we will keep the approach the same and focus on it session by session. Hopefully, if we stay at the front and take maximum points every weekend then the championship will take care of itself.

“It was the first time anyone has won two races on an F3 weekend, so that’s cool and all, but until we win the championship or get to a position where we can be on the front footing then I need to stay very grounded and focus on the job at hand.”

Doohan, a Red Bull Junior Team driver, has primarily based himself abroad since he was 13 to pursue his racing ambitions.

He is hoping to comply with the identical path as fellow younger gun and Melbourne racer Oscar Piastri, who gained final 12 months’s Formula 3 title to progress to Formula 2 in 2021.

Piastri, who’s managed by nine-time Grand Prix winner Mark Webber and is a member of the Alpine F1 Academy, leads the F2 championship with 4 rounds to go.

Doohan is in his second 12 months in F3 and admitted he “struggled” in his first season, ending twenty sixth, however feels he has grown as a driver with his new workforce Trident this 12 months.

“The team that I’m with now has helped me a lot. Last year I wasn’t in a good position in any way with the team and with learning, I struggled a lot,” Doohan mentioned.

“I didn’t really have a good foundation to be able to extract my potential. The team has helped me to find my potential and find the skills that I needed to succeed in Formula 3.”

Clearly, Doohan’s ambition is to make all of it the way in which to Formula 1.

“That is what I am here for and what I am trying to do and what we are all trying to do,” Doohan mentioned.

“It would mean the world to me because that is what I want to do and where I want to be and to not make it would not feel like an accomplishment.”

Doohan has his dad, a five-time MotoGP winner, travelling with him to each race this 12 months and mentioned his help had been “everything” to him.

“None of this would be possible without him,” Doohan mentioned.

“He’s been there and done it, obviously in a different discipline but the same characteristics apply.

“He always wants me to enjoy what I’m doing too and find what works best for me, especially recently to be able to extract my maximum potential.

“Dad has always been focusing on the mental side of things because, for us in motorsport, talent only gets you so far. All of us are good drivers to be where we are, to know how to drive a car very well, so it’s everything else that starts to count and that’s what he focuses on with me.”

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