Dolby: Spurs' title bid back on track
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, July 17th 2010, 14:36 GMT|
Superleague Formula series leader Craig Dolby believes Tottenham Hotspur's title challenge is back on course after a mid-season rebuild of his Panoz-Elan chassis improved his qualifying fortunes at Zolder in Belgium.
Dolby will start round six of the football club-based series from sixth on the grid, one place ahead of closest challenger Yelmer Buurman of AC Milan. This marks a huge upturn in form since the previous round at the Nurburgring in Germany, where he started last due to a mystery handling problem.
"The car is back - I have a race car again - so I'm happy," said Dolby, who was coy about the exact nature of the issues that have been resolved. "We found a few things, just wear and tear, plus a bit of damage, and a lot of little things added up."
Dolby even "got his hands dirty" by joining his Alan Docking Racing team in stripping down the car in the break since the previous round.
"I helped out with the bodywork, and it was good fun working with the boys. It shows what a strong team we are that we can bounce back like this. The only problem I feel we have is that we effectively lost a weekend of development, so we came here on the back foot slightly."
He believes that he had the potential to progress to at least the semi-finals of the knock-out stages of qualifying at Zolder, but blamed a mistake at the penultimate corner for him being defeated by FC Basel's Max Wissel.
"I got some wheelspin coming out of the hairpin, and but for that I would've beaten Max," reckoned Dolby. "But take nothing away from him, he drove well - it was my mistake, but overall on the lap time we're very quick. I'm a little down on traction in the final sector, but that's because of the way we've got the car set-up for the first two-thirds of the lap."
He also warned: "Don't forget I won from P6 here last year."