While Richards kept Murphy at a safe distance to retain third, De Sadeleer chipped away at Elliot Goodman and finally snatched fourth with a lap to go. He remarked it was “very satisfying.”
The second race was the sprint, but while Richards made an excellent start to slot into third behind Burgess and Dominik Jackson, De Sadeleer lost out initially. “It was a terrible start, I really need to work on that. I just lost too much time with wheels spinning and lost three places though.”
Although Richards lost touch with the lead duo, he held off the threat from the closing Kristian Jeffrey, to take his second podium of the day, a third place in a red flagged shortened race.
For De Sadeleer, he fought his way passed Brian Caudwell to hold fifth from lap four, but was just under a second from catching Jeffrey at the end.
Back to the Enduro format for the final race and it was De Sadeleer’s chance to shine. He chased Burgess from the start in his quest for second, and when his rival pitted, he stayed out for a further lap. Despite another success penalty, he was into third when the pit stop window closed, after chasing Jeffrey again.
“I had got passed Mark at the start and tried to hold onto the lead pair, but pushed really hard after the stops and was really pleased with my progress. The day just got better as we went on,” said De Sadeleer after he claimed third.
Richards had dropped to sixth on the second lap and lost two more places before his stop. He re-joined in tenth and made some progress to move into eighth on the penultimate lap.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing on July 3rd 2018