Rishover should have started the second sprint race from the front row, but more battery problems left him in the pitlane. “I was so excited, then had to start from the pitlane on cold tyres,” he explained.
Starting last he made four places on the opening lap, before contact with John Caudwell. His hopes of further progress were dashed when the last four laps were under the safety the car, leaving him in 13th.
Tyler and Verity continued where they left off in the first race. “It was the other way around though and I just couldn’t get passed him, “said Tyler as they held a racelong ninth and 10th throughout.
Despite starting in 13th for the last race of the weekend, Rishover made seven places on the opening lap before challenging Verity for fifth.
But on lap three he was back in 15th, “I lost aero going through Schwantz Curve and then spun at McLeans,” he said.
Verity continued to progress and was up to second before his stop, but after his stop Rishover charged up the leaderboard and was back challenging Verity again by lap 16.
Three laps later he continued through the order with Clutton and Short and took the flag for his second podium of the weekend in third. “The three of us were so much quicker, I just stuck with it and followed them through. My set-up was awesome, my best weekend racing ever and a great team to be with,” Rishover concluded.
Verity claimed fourth with three laps to go, earning himself the driver of the day award, but Tyler retired after 16 laps, having run in the top five, when a grassy moment at McLeans filled the radiator with grass and he overheated.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, 15th September 2020.