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Dolby revs-up for SF finale

Posted on 11 October 2010  - 12:00

Craig Dolby won Superleague Formula's first-ever street circuit race in Beijing, China on Sunday.

Dolby revs-up for SF finale

Craig Dolby won Superleague Formula's first-ever street circuit race in Beijing, China on Sunday.

The Tottenham Hotspur SF driver was in fine form in what was a non-scoring 11th round of the championship.

He was fastest in both practice sessions and was just pipped to second place on the grid by FC Porto.

However, a poor start ended Porto's chances as both Dolby and Julien Jousse of Roma zipped past on the first corner.

Accidents on lap four saw the safety car out for a prolonged spell during which Dolby opted to take the compulsory pit stop.

Tottenham Hotspur SF's mechanical team, Alan Docking Racing, did a great job on the pit stop that Roma couldn't match and therefore Dolby was in front for the rest of the race, eventually cruising home by three seconds.

The second race was no-less incident packed than the first with only 10 cars finishing as weather conditions - rain, fog and fading light - caused a number of spins.

Dolby was at the back of the reversed grid and fought his way up to a finishing position of eighth.

The Super Final - a five-lap dash for the top-six point scorers to battle it out for 100,000 euro first prize - also had to be cancelled due to the adverse weather.

That was a shame as it meant the Spurs team were just one point behind PSV on countback for the two races and had to settle for second place overall for the Beijing event.

Nevertheless, the main focus is on the final round in Navarra, Spain on October 23/24, where this season's Superleague Formula title will be decided.

Anderlecht top the standings on 635, FC Basel are second on 628 with Spurs joint-third with Olympiacos on 616.

With 50 points for winning a race, it's very much all to play for.

A delighted Dolby said: "Considering the main aim this weekend was to make sure we conserved the car for Navarra, it hasn’t been too bad.

"Race two was a bit tricky and I didn’t want to damage the car.

"That can be frustrating from a racer’s point of view but it was the sensible thing to do.

"My confidence is back and so is the team’s, they've been been fantastic.

"They did a great job in the pits to leapfrog Julien Jousse in race one. I want to say a massive thank-you to all the guys at Alan Docking Racing who have stuck by me through some bad luck mid-season.

"We’ve proved we can come here, race and still go to Navarra to fight for the title and not everyone can say that.”