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First win in SF!

Posted on 20 July 2009  - 12:00

Craig Dolby led our Superleague Formula team to a first-ever win in the championship over the weekend.

First win in SF!

Craig Dolby led our Superleague Formula team to a first-ever win in the championship over the weekend.

The highly-rated young driver took the chequered flag in the first of the SF's two races at Zolder, Belgium, on Sunday.

We then finished ninth in race two to take third-placed honours for Round Two and climb up to third in the overall SF Championship behind Al Ahli and leaders Liverpool.

Qualifying in sixth place on the grid on Saturday, the car was damaged in a pile-up on the first lap of race one but Craig managed to push on from sixth and a fantastic pit stop saw him re-join the race in front of Rangers and Liverpool.

The safety car was soon out again and this time, from the front, Craig sped away in the final stages to take the race by two seconds.

"It was fantastic and it was my first win in the series as well," said Craig. "We knew we were quick enough to win the race even after qualifying in sixth place.

"At the start of the race we got hit by Sporting Lisbon and it broke the rear of the car but we kept pushing and pushing, made a superb pit stop and came out ahead of Rangers.

"At that point it was just a case of pushing as hard as we could and it was a cruise to the end."

SF, Zolder

The cars take up reverse grid positions from where they finished in race one for the second race which meant Craig started at the very back.

A downpour saw the cars all start on wet-weather tyres.

As with the opening round of the series at Magny-Cours, he carved his way through the field up to ninth when the safety car came out again. Most of the field took advantage of the safety car being out to change tyres and take their compulsory pit stops, but the Tottenham team gambled and kept Craig out as he now led the field again.

Unfortunately, Craig wasn't able to push on this time as the track dried out so he pitted and came back out ninth.

He went on to clock the fastest laps of the weekend in the closing stages but couldn't make any further impression on the car in eighth.

"The second race was a bit of a disappointment but overall it was a great weekend," added Craig. "We managed the first win and we know there is more to come."

Overall standings after two meetings: 1 Liverpool FC 159 points; 2 Al-Ain FC 135; 3 Tottenham Hotspur 128; 4 FC Basel 117; 5 AC Milan 112; 6 RSC Anderlecht 110; 7 Olympiacos 104; 8 Flamengo 83; 9 Corinthians 76; 10 Galatasaray 75; 11 Atlético de Madrid 74; 12 FC Porto 73; 13 FC Midtjylland 72'; 14 Rangers FC 66; 15 AS Roma 66; 16 Olympique Lyonnnais 52; 17 Sporting Clube de Portugal 51; 18 PSV Eindhoven 35.

SF, Zolder

SF, Zolder