Dolby helps Karla make motor racing history

WEDNESDAY, 5.25pm: Melton motor racer Craig Dolby was brimming with pride after he helped young Latvian driver Karline Stala become the first woman in motor racing history to win a single-seater championship.

Dolby was employed as driver coach by his 2006 team Astromega after winning the Formula Renault 1.6 Championship on his debut season with the Belgian team.

Tasked with helping the promising Stala to follow in his tyre tracks and win the 2007 championship, Dolby used his intimate knowledge of the car to help her break new motorsports ground.

He said: "We did a lot of work with Karline in testing and knew we weren't quite up to speed.

"But by mid-season she came on leaps and bounds and for her to win and for me to be part of that was really good for me. To see her progress was a real achievement.

"We were in phone contact throughout the season and she would ask me about the car set-up.

"She did everything I asked of her and she ended up winning. I'm really proud of her."