“I think the others bogged down, but it was a great start. I managed to pull away too, but as I started to slow a little, Jackson speeded up.,” he explained.
They were nose to tail onto the seventh lap, but Richards held on until Clearways. “I had been struggling through Stirlings and every lap he closed up there. But I got a particularly bad run out and he took me around the outside at Clearways and pulled way,” Richards added after retaining a well-deserved second.
De Sadeleer struggled to make progress and had to settle for fifth, with teammate Rishover following him home to complete the top six.
But with no success penalty at the pitstop, De Sadeleer saved the best until last. Richards had started second on the grid but lost out on the opening lap as Jackson, Constable and Clutton got away, leaving him to try and hold onto De Sadeleer and rechallenge for fourth. “I was mugged into Paddock, so just tried hanging onto Jerome,” said Richards.
De Sadeleer opted to take his stop early, while Richards stayed out. “Clutton got me early at Stirlings again, just after the stops,” Richards added.
For De Sadeleer though he emerged as the new leader and managed to ease himself clear to a fairly dominant victory.
Richards still made it home sixth, but with Rishover a first lap casualty, Tyler completed the 360 finishers in 13th.
“A sixth win felt good and I am not that far behind in the points, so a DNF for either us could still settle it,” De Sadeleer concluded.
The final rounds of the championship take place at Donington Park on September 28th/29th.
By Peter Scherer