“I had got a good start and managed to build a gap, but the stops went in Clutton’s favour and even the safety car didn’t really help.”
For Rishover it was a disappointing result, “I got a rear puncture, well it was the valve. We changed the wheel at the stops and then I spun off at Hamilton on cold tyres,” he admitted, after retiring on his 12th lap.
It wasn’t the best of starts for De Sadeleer in the shorter sprint race. “I was down to fourth by the time we reached Wilson Hairpin and under pressure from Clutton,” he said.
But on the second lap he was on the grass after running wide through Palmer and dropped to seventh, before quickly retaking Brian Murphy.
John Macleod was the next target but it took another three laps before he claimed fourth exiting Wilson. “Then I got lucky as Dom (Jackson) had an issue, it gave me third and the championship lead,” he said.
Rishover had been lucky to make the starting after a late engine change. “The boys did a brilliant job to get me out there. We had no running up time or anything. I had a few handling issues and was watching the temperature gauge, but great fun,” he said after retaining a strong seventh throughout.
It was plain sailing for De Sadeleer in the final race, never seriously challenged. Apart from the pitstops, he was never out of the lead and was victorious by almost eight seconds. “It was all about managing it, keeping ahead of Jac Constable and just keeping the pace. I did expect him still to be ahead of me though after the stop though,” he said.
It was also a pleasing finale for Rishover. Having run in fourth for most of the race, he finally took sixth after losing out to Macleod in the closing laps. “The radio kept saying push and it kept me going. I knew John was catching and he got me when he caught a backmarker into Brundle,” he concluded.
The next round of the Championship is on June 22-23 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.