De Sadeleer and Richards shared the front row for the start of the race two sprint, but Clutton led into Old Hall.
Richards slotted into second and within a couple of laps the lead pair were in the clear.
Rishover and De Sadeleer were initially fourth and fifth, but pressing Constable for third, before both got by exiting Old Hall on the fifth lap.
Clutton managed to fend off Richards’ advances and at the flag they were 0.807 secs apart. “I had made an average start but then bogged down and Clutton got me. I stuck with him and was faster in some places, but he was better through the chicanes,” said Richards.
De Sadeleer had been pressing team mate Rishover until lap 10, “I bogged down at the start too, but should have stayed on line. Then I was got stuck in fifth gear exiting Cascades and just had to finish,” he said after losing a place to sixth with a track limit penalty.
“When I realised I couldn’t catch the top two, I just made sure I was there at the finish, but felt the pressure from Jerome for a while,” added third placed Rishover.
The safety car was soon in action in the final race with Richards in second behind Clutton again, De Sadeleer fourth and Rishover having slipped from third down to sixth.
There were only three racing laps before the pitstop window opened, but Constable made it out from his stop with inches to spare in front of Richards.
For the rest of the race they were nose to tail, with Richards briefly nosing ahead at Cascades. “He somehow got the jump on me out of the pits, we were so close and went side by side along Lakeside,” said Richards, who was then penalised for track limits dropping him to fourth.
De Sadeleer had to fight his way through the pack, taking Rishover with him for fourth and fifth on the road. “Hard work again and it was the best I could hope for with the success penalty,” said De Sadeleer after Richards’ penalty classified him third.
Rishover was penalised again too, dropping him two places to seventh. “I lost a lot after the safety car, the tyre pressures were too low,” he said.
The next rounds of the Championship are at Silverstone on August 15/16 and with all three drivers showing early pace, the Silverstone based team will be looking for more success.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, 27th July 2020.