At the start of the second race De Sadeleer found himself trying to prise open the rigid defence of Marcelo Marateotto for fourth place. He didn’t manage it, but they both ousted Kristian Jeffrey on the lap and continued to run close as they both reeled in Steve Burgess for second. Marateotto got by on the last lap, but De Sadeleer was unable to follow, taking the flag in fourth, but only 0.483secs away from a second podium of the weekend.
Rishover was well inside the top 10 for the whole race. From sixth on the opening lap, he also usurped Jeffrey a couple of laps later and followed team mate De Sadeleer to the flag in fifth.
Any hopes Verity had of improving on his race one position were dashed on the opening lap. “I had a reasonable start and had just taken Brian Caudwell at the end of the Kemmel Straight, then John Caudwell hit me in the rear hard and pushed me off. It stripped the starter motor and drive gear, damaging the engine, so my weekend was over,” he explained.
Having chased Marateotto for much of race two, De Sadeleer found himself in a similar situation again in the third and final race of the weekend. Having shadowed his rival for four laps, he managed to overtake and tried to chase down leader Jackson.
After pitting from second he re-joined in fourth, hunting a three-way fight for the lead. But Burgess spun at the Bruxelles Hairpin on the last lap, delayed Marateotto and although they were still second and third on the road, both were given post-race penalties for short stops, handing second to De Sadeleer. “Two podiums at Spa is a dream, but the car was terrific and I could get used to this,” he said.
Rishover also completed his weekend with a second top 10 finish, having secured his place during the second half.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing on June 12 2018