Bell still couldn’t break the tow however and at the flag they were split by only 0.693 secs.
Richards was comfortably in third throughout, “I just couldn’t catch them, so spent most of the race on my own,” he said.
Lake missed out on the top 10 this time around, finishing 11th.
It was dry again for the final race of the weekend and it was an all 360 front row of the grid, with De Sadeleer on pole again.
There was little to split the team mates for the first half lap, still side by side as they headed out of the Loop and prepared for the charge down the Wellington Straight, before Richards finally surrendered.
“He knew he had to let me go or he would be on the grass if he stayed there. A good clean start though,” said De Sadeleer. “Yes he closed me down as I expected,” Richards replied.
While De Sadeleer focused on building his lead, Richards had Bell pressing to challenge.
Al three held station until the stops and De Sadeleer emerged with his lead still comfortably intact.
“It was a good stop and I didn’t exactly know where Mark was,” said De Sadeleer, after taking victory by over 20 seconds.
Richards continued to hold off Bell too and had a nine seconds cushion as he took the flag a clear second. “We weren’t catching though as Jerome was so much quicker.
Lake was a disappointing 12th, having run eighth early on. “I got hit and the bodywork was loose, so much vibration,” he explained.
Returnee Wesley Fongenie also saved his best until last, finishing 15th. “Loved it,” he concluded.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, 17th August 2021
Images by Oliver Read