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So close in SF

Posted on 23 October 2010  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur finished an agonising two points behind Anderlecht in a thrilling finale to the Superleague Formula season on Sunday.

So close in SF

Tottenham Hotspur finished an agonising two points behind Anderlecht in a thrilling finale to the Superleague Formula season on Sunday.

Craig Dolby produced a stunning drive to take the title race to the last few laps of the 12-round series in Navarra, Spain.

The team went into the weekend 19 points adrift of Anderlecht and looked up against it when the Belgian's driver Davide Rigon qualified in pole position for race one. Dolby was fifth on the grid.

However, Beijing Gouon driver John Martin soon took first place off Rigon and the one-two stayed that way for the rest of the race.

Dolby climbed up to fourth and then took advantage when Liverpool suffered car trouble late on to take a place on the podium in third.

The reversed grid for race two saw Anderlecht start 17th and Spurs 16th, but Dolby was in his element.

A fearless driver, Dolby produced one of the drives of the season to charge up to a final position of fourth thanks to a succession of overtaking moves, including a last-lap pass on AS Roma.

With Anderlecht down in 11th and only earning 16 points, the championship was still alive going into the final race, the five-lap Super Final, where the six highest points scorers of the round battle it out for 100,000 euros.

However, there was so much more at stake in this final race - the 2010 Superleague Formula title.

Dolby had to win the race and hope that Rigon finished sixth to creep ahead in the final standings.

It looked on when Dolby immediately took the lead from Beijing Gouon and Anderlecht slipped back from third to fifth and then came under pressure from FC Porto.

However, John Martin recovered in the Beijing car to pass Dolby and then Rigon moved in front of Bordeaux to take the title by the narrowest of margins.

“Everyone saw how much it meant to me this weekend," said a naturally disappointed Dolby.

"I gave it everything I've got but it wasn't quite enough. It hurts like mad right now to finish second again.

"Congratulations to Davide (Rigon, Anderlecht) though. It has been a great year for Superleague Formula and I hope I'll be back to win it in 2011."