One of the UK's most promising young racers, Craig Dolby, will be behind the wheel for the Tottenham Hotspur Superleague Formula team when the new series kicks-off at Magny Cours, France, on June 28.
Craig takes over from Duncan Tappy, who guided us to three podium finishes as we ended up in 11th in last year's inaugural SF championship.
The 21-year-old was one of the undoubted stars of the inaugural Superleague Formula season when taking Belgian club Anderlecht to an impressive sixth place in the final points table.
"Superleague was a massive step up for me in 2008 but I learned a lot," said Craig. "I'm now fitter, more mature and ready to build on the podiums I achieved with Anderlecht.
"Hopefully we can get a win early on and then have a really good crack at the outright championship title. I'm there to win it this year and itching to get out on the track."
Adding to the intrigue, the Tottenham Hotspur is part of a rare Anglo-Scottish soccer alliance as Silverstone-based Alan Docking Racing is managing the Spurs cars alongside the Glasgow Rangers FC entry.
"Far from being rivals, I'm sure we'll be a strong team," continued Dolby. "Having a fast team-mate, like John Martin who's racing for Rangers, means we will push each other hard."
After mixed results in 2008 when the club finished in mid-table, Tottenham Hotspur SF is hoping that its latest signing will produce its maiden Superleague Formula race win in 2009. Second place at Zolder in Belgium is the club's best race finish to date.
"We are delighted that Craig has agreed to be our new driver for the 2009 Superleague Formula season," said Executive Director, Paul Barber.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank last year's driver, Duncan Tappy, for his efforts in the Spurs car, and hope Craig will continue to build up our reputation in Superleague.
"At such a young age, we feel he is one of the most exciting young drivers around and we are proud to have him representing the Spurs on the track. Once again, we are delighted to be lining up on the Superleague grid alongside some of the biggest clubs in world football for another year."
SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA - RACE DATES, 2009...
27/28 June Magny-Cours, France
18/19 July Zolder, Belgium
01/02 August Donington Park, UK
05/06 September Estoril, Portugal
03/04 October Monza, Italy
07/08 November Jarama, Spain
ABOUT SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA...
Superleague Formula is the fusion of the two of the world's most popular sports - capturing the passion of football with the thrill and excitement of motor racing.
The new concept features a field of evenly matched V12-powered, 750 horsepower single seater racecars bearing the colours of the world's leading football teams.
Traditional rivals on the pitch are doing battle at some of the world's greatest race tracks.
The series kicked off in 2008 with 12 'double-header' races staged at six of Europe's premier venues.
Underlining the competitive nature of Superleague Formula, no fewer than eight clubs (AC Milan, Al-Ain, Beijing Guoan FC, BVB Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool FC, FC Porto, PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla FC) experienced race victories during what was a dramatic inaugural campaign.
Building on this success, a slightly revised grid featuring three new clubs (Olympique Lyonnais, FC Midtjylland and Sporting Clube de Portugal) will contest the 2009 championship, which starts at Magny-Cours in France on 27/28 June.