Evgeny "Zhenya" Vladimirovich Sokolovsky (Ukrainian: Євген Володимирович Соколовський, born November 7, 1978 in Odessa in the Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainain racing driver, team manager and business man.
Sokolovsky is owner and manager of MotoGP/IDM team Vector Racing, who wins 2011 the Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft in the 600cc Supersport class. He himself drove in the "Vector 24-7 GP Racing" team until 2012, when he changed to touring car racing after a break in 2018 and started in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2020.
Evgeny Sokolovsky grew up in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in Odessa. Evgeny came to motorsport very early through his father, the Ukrainian rally driver Wladmir Sokolovsky, and started in junior races at the age of 8.
From 1995 to 2000 Evgeny studied at the Odessa National Economics University (now part of the Odessa National Polytechnic University) and graduated with a master's degree (Dyplom Magistra) as a commercial IT specialist.
From 2003 to 2009 Evgeny Sokolovsky drove in the Supersport 600 in national championships in Russia and Ukraine.
From 2009 to 2011 he started in the German Yamaha R6 Cup. In 2011, missions in the WorldSBK and in the German DMV circuit racing championship were added. During the 2011 IDM final run at the Hockenheimring he crashed hard.
In the 2012 season he started again in the IDM Suppersport and WorldSBK UEM Coppa dei Due Paesi Trophy, but ended his two-wheeler career at the end of the season.
Touring car racing
After a break as an active driver, Evgeny Sokolovsky switched to touring car racing in 2018. He entered the European oval racing series LMV8 (Late Model V8) and achieved second place in the ASCAR class in his debut year.
In 2019 he switched to a new vehicle in the LMV8-NASCAR class and managed to improve after getting used to it. In the final race, Sokolovsky was involved in a high-speed crash and the emergency vehicle was completely destroyed, Sokolovsky could be recovered from the vehicle unharmed.
In 2020 Evgeny Sokolovsky starts for Marko Stipp Motorsport in the EuroNASCAR Pro class of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and in the Challenger Trophy.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 the races of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series were suspended, and the EuroNASCAR Esports Series was established. Results of the virtual series will also have impact on the real-life championship. Evgeny Sokolovsky and his team Marko Stipp Motorsport starting in this esports championship too.
Team owner and manager
As team owner, Sokolovsky led the motorcycle racing team Vector Racing together with team manager Andrey Gavrilov.
Since 2001 the team has participated in various different championships, up to European and world championship races. In 2006 the team then entered the World SBK Motorcycle World Championship. 2008 Vladimir Ivanov took 2nd place in the IDM Supersport on a Yamaha YZF-R6 for his team.
In 2009 Vector Racing started their season with Vladimir Ivanov in the MotoGP up to 250cc and in 2010 additionally started in the newly created Moto-2 class.
In the 2011 season, Vector Racing returned to the IDM and won the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) with the driver Jesco Günther in the Supersport class.
After the successful 2011 season, Vector Racing Team decided to launch two teams, each with two drivers, for 2012 in the IDM Supersport: Vector Bily KM Racing and Vector 24-7 GP Racing. However, the team could no longer build on the successes of previous years.
Evgeny Sokolovsky is married and lives in Düsseldorf, Germany.
As the managing partner, he heads the AutoSL dealerships in Neuss and in the Classic Remise Düsseldorf.