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CD’S STATS:

DOB: 31/03/1988
BIRTH PLACE: Leicester, UK
RESIDENCE: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
HEIGHT: 5’11 / 1.80m
WEIGHT: 71kg / 11st 1lb
FAVOURITE TRACK: Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Silverstone and Donington Park
HOBBIES: Swimming, climbing, skiing, RC racing
HEROES: Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and World Champion swimmer/friend James Gibson

CD’S BIO:

Today, Craig Dolby is one of the hottest prospects in British motorsport. Still just 23, the Melton Mowbray racer has spent the past three seasons beating some of the world’s best single seater protagonists on the world stage in Superleague Formula after marking himself out as one to watch in motor racing’s junior ranks.

The last two seasons in particular have seen Dolby emerge as one of the fastest, most spectacular and revered overtakers the sport has to offer after twice becoming Superleague Formula vice-champion and missing out on the 2010 title by a slender two points.

His combative, hard charging style was first noted in karts at the tender age of six where it didn’t take long for Dolby’s natural talent to emerge. A year later he was winning Cadet races at the East of England Kart club, including the Champion of Champions Trophy where he notched up the first of many ‘youngest ever’ records, this time for most points in a single season.  

In 1995 Dolby was crowned champion for the first time after winning the East of England Kart and Strubby titles before working his way through the ranks where he would race and beat the likes of older future stars Lewis Hamilton, Paul Di Resta, Mike Conway and Alex Lloyd.

Two more championships followed in 1999, including the TV Masters Cadet crown, as well as a promising seventh overall in the British national series.

A concerted assault on the domestic title was therefore the main aim the following year and having wrapped up the opening three races, Dolby was well placed to do just that, only for a burst appendix to derail his bid. But third in both British and Super One championships was still a good return after an injury-interrupted season. Ron Dennis certainly agreed when presenting him with the McLaren Mercedes Young Driver of Achievement award.

Dolby rebounded quickly the following season to seal the British 'O' Plate Championship despite only contesting a part-season alongside his commitments on the international stage in Formula JICA.

By the end of 2002 and having been British JICA vice-champion, Dolby felt ready for the graduation into car racing. He had already become the youngest driver to test a Formula Renault 2.0 and continued that trend into the ’03 season. Still too young to race in Britain, he joined Paston Racing’s F.Renault 1600 Belgium line-up.

Success was quick to follow, Dolby becoming the youngest ever Briton to win a single seater race at the age of just 15 years and 12 days. And all that on debut! A further three wins and six podiums followed on the way to an incredible fourth overall.

Sadly, budget constraints and contract difficulties curtailed much of the following two seasons – during which there was nevertheless another record set; this time for youngest podium finisher in Formula Renault UK history. But his luck was about to change.

Returning to Belgium in 2006, Dolby utterly dominated the domestic Formula Renault championship scoring seven wins, nine podiums and four pole positions on his way to the title with Astromega, with whom he also tested in Formula 3000 and Formula Renault 3.5 as a reward for his achievements.  

After a spell in France in 2007, he returned to Astromega (running the RSC Anderlecht entry) in 2008 for the inaugural season of Superleague Formula. Amongst the most inexperienced of the drivers competing, which included ex-F1 and IndyCar stars, Dolby instantly took to the identical 750bhp single seaters which were completely unlike the Formula Renault machinery he’d grown up racing.

Superleague’s unique race structure of completely reversing the finishing order of race one to give the grid for the second perfectly suited Dolby’s tenacity. That, and a penchant for the spectacular overtaking manoeuvre, was clear for all to see at the Nurburgring where a stirring fightback from the final row resulted in a scarcely believable second place! Two further podiums and a fastest lap set the tone for an impressive first season in which he finished sixth overall.

The rookie’s impressive performances didn’t go unnoticed and in 2009 he was snapped up by legendary single seater outfit Alan Docking Racing. Competing under the Tottenham Hotspur banner, he was a title contender throughout the season, clinching his first series victory at Zolder, scoring a further five podiums and setting two fastest laps en route to second in the final championship standings.   

Having established himself amongst the championship’s elite, Dolby would come closer than ever to winning the title in 2010. Sticking with ADR and Spurs, he began the season in scintillating style by overtaking four cars in two corners at Silverstone on his way to victory in race one and the newly-introduced five-lap Super Final where €100,000 and a record weekend points tally were also his.

But just as his speed and consistency had made him untouchable during the season’s opening third, so a spate of mid-season bad luck would ultimately cost him the crown. 19 points adrift going into the Navarra season finale, Dolby battled relentlessly to narrow the gap. In the end not even a string of stunning overtaking moves were enough as the championship was eventually decided on the Super Final’s last lap.  

Two points shy last term, but a worthy champion all the same, sees Dolby returns to Superleague Formula in 2011 hungrier than ever to claim the title.

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Superleague Formula, R3: Goiânia

09/10/2011



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