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SF down to the wire

Posted on 5 October 2009  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur driver Craig Dolby kept the Superleague Formula title race alive with two fine performances in Monza, Italy on Sunday.

SF down to the wire

Tottenham Hotspur driver Craig Dolby kept the Superleague Formula title race alive with two fine performances in Monza, Italy on Sunday.

His fifth and second-placed finishes in races one and two respectively made sure the championship will go to the final weekend at the Jamara circuit in Madrid, Spain.

The second race was key. Starting back in 14th on the grid, Craig carved his way through the field and was up to 11th by the end of the first lap and in second place by the time he took his compulsory pit stop on the 11th lap. He emerged fourth and was soon past PSV and Corinthians, finishing six seconds behind Sporting Lisbon.

The podium finish saw the Tottenham Hotspur SF team take 45 points while championship leaders Liverpool took 32 in fifth.

Craig Dolby, Monza

"The first few laps (of the second race) were unbelievable and very aggressive, as I knew I had to be," said Craig.

"After the issues in qualifying, I thought it would be difficult, but we never gave up. We came fifth in the first race with an engine problem which we fixed and came through from the back of the grid, passing all the people who had problems in the pit stops before they got there.

"I showed a few people that I am not going to back down and if my car is on the inside I will stay on the inside. A few people tried to push me on to the grass but I went wheel-to-wheel with them. For Jarama, the championship is still wide open so I will definitely be giving it large!"

For the record, Craig qualified in ninth for the first race before fighting his way up to fifth.

The final round is at Jamara on November 6/7.

Craig is a guest at our match against Stoke City at the Lane on Saturday, October 24.

Overall standings after five of six rounds: Liverpool 350, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 301, Olympiacos 259, FC Basel 253, Corinthians 249, Anderlecht 247, FC Porto 241, AC Milan 236, Rangers 203, Roma 196, Sporting Lisbon 191, Galatasaray 182, Sevilla 179, Atletico Madrid 170, Flamengo 161, FC Midtylland 158, Al-Ain 135, PSV 125, Lyon 124.

Craig Dolby, Monza