There were also problems for both Richards and Rishover: “I spun trying to challenge Marcelo Marateotto at Stowe,” said Richards after dropping down to seventeenth.
Rishover’s race was ended when he was sidelined after making contact with Mark Crader when battling for eighth on lap four.
Back at the front De Sadeleer stayed out as his rivals made their pit stops early. “I had started on wets and held my position okay, then I saw Dom [Jackson] pit so I decided to stay out another lap to make sure slicks would be the right decision.”
De Sadeleer rejoined in seventh,having changed to slicks, and within three laps was back to third and challenging Brian Caudwell for second. A lap later he was through, but the gap to Burgess and the lead was just too far. “I had got passed Steve [Burgess] fairly easily in the first half, then went clear. I was surprised to see Dom ahead of me after the stops. I caught him easily and could see he could do nothing as he was still on wets, but Steve was just too far ahead.”
Richards had started to gain places after his early spin, “I had a bad stop and the splitter collapsed, so that was that for me,” but he was able to take John Caudwell for thirteenth on the last lap.
There should have been two races on Sunday to end the season but torrential rain and standing water on the track caused the meeting to be abandoned.
De Sadeleer concluded: “P3 in my first season, what a great feeling! Nine podiums in 19 races, bring on 2019! It was a fantastic car to drive from 360 Racing, they’re an amazing team, and special thanks go to my Dad Stanislas and my wife Caroline-Christine for supporting me.”
Published by Peter Scherer for 360Racing on October 16 2018