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Dolby's dream start in SF

Posted on 5 April 2010  - 12:00

Craig Dolby took Silverstone by storm to hand Tottenham Hotspur SF a near-perfect start in Superleague Formula 2010.

Dolby's dream start in SF

Craig Dolby took Silverstone by storm to hand Tottenham Hotspur SF a near-perfect start in Superleague Formula 2010.

He showed exactly why he's the most talked about driver in the football-themed championship by winning the first race of Round One, racing from the back of the grid to fourth in race two and then taking the £100,000 'Super Final'.

The stunning performance means we top the championship after the first round on 92 points out of a possible 100 from FC Porto in second and FC Basel in third.

Lyon, with Sebastien Bordais behind the wheel, who drove for Toro Rosso in Formula One last year, are fourth while Liverpool, last year's SF champions, finished with zero points after two retirements.

Craig took less than a lap to show he meant business. Starting fourth on the grid after Saturday's qualifying, he sped to the front inside the first two corners, had a 10-second lead by the third lap and eventually took the chequered flag 11.298 seconds ahead of AC Milan.

But it was the second race that provided the stage for Craig's talent. In Superleague Formula, the final positions from race one are reversed on the grid in race two, so Craig started at the very back of the grid.

He overtook six cars on the first lap to move into 11th, was eighth by lap six and by lap nine, he was up to fourth after getting past Roma.

He was actually in first place when he came in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 13 and rejoined the race in fifth. Bordais, who started in pole position after retiring in race one, was well away by this stage but Craig managed to overtake Galatasaray for a final position of fourth, less than a second behind third-placed Atletico Madrid.

Having scored most points in the two races, Craig started on pole in the 'Super Final'. This is the final race of each round for the top-six point scorers only over five laps, a shoot-out for £100,000.

Porto moved inside Craig on the first corner but overdid it, allowing Craig to nip back in front and he wasn't caught from there, winning by 1.7 seconds from FC Basel.

"It was an incredible weekend," said Craig. "To come out of it with a win, a fourth and then to win the Super Final and to lead the championship is just what we all wanted. I'm almost lost for words.

"I had a very good first lap in the second race and that's really the race that shows what we can do as drivers. I love overtaking, I love having a proper race and these lads really show that, it's a great class of drivers.

"I was so disappointed we couldn't win the championship last year but this year, we're right on it straight away.

"Last year we didn't start as strongly as this, now we have and I've got to maintain it.

"It's a very long season though and the other guys will push us hard so we won't be getting carried away just yet."

Craig Dolby

Round One results: Race One - TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, AC Milan, Flamengo, Porto, Basel, Sevilla, Sporting Lisbon, Roma, Anderlecht, Atletico Madrid, Corinthians, PSV, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Lyon, Liverpool, Bordeaux.

Race Two - Lyon, Olympiacos, Atletico Madrid, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, Porto, Basel, Corinthians, Bordeaux, Sevilla, Anderlecht, Sporting Lisbon, Flamengo, Roma, Galatasaray, PSV, AC Milan, Liverpool.

Super Final - TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, Basel, Olympiacos, Lyon, Porto, Atletico Madrid.

Overall standings - TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 92, Porto 70, Basel 66, Lyon 61, Olympiacos 61, Atletico Madrid 59, Flamengo 54, Sevilla 49, AC Milan 45, Corinthians 42, Sporting Lisbon 42, Anderlecht 38, Roma 35, Bordeaux 23, Galatasaray 20, PSV 14, Liverpool 0.

The next round of the 12-round series is at Assen, Holland on May 15/16.