A great weekend for Jerome de Sadeleer at Spa-Francorchamps
On 9 June, Jérôme de Sadeleer finished second in the opening 40-minute endurance race of the weekend for the Radical Challenge on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, only 0.064 second away from the winner. He finished fourth on the second race and second on the last race of the weekend.
A very tight endurance race
During the race, Jérôme was just a few seconds behind Jackson Dominik… He had indeed two second advantage over Jérôme de Sadeleer, leaving him to push hard before choosing an early stop. This strategy gave unfortunately enough space to negate the five second success penalty carried over from Brands Hatch leaving him a clear run to the flag.
Jérôme de Sadeleer said, “That was a lot of fun! The pace was good, I was able to keep up with Dominik for most of the first half of the race but then, unfortunately going out of the pits, I stalled the car and had to do a reset. It probably cost me seven or eight seconds and so that was a bit of a shame. But I’m still learning the trade and second place at Spa is nothing short of beyond the goal I had coming into the season.”
A great final race
Marateotto and Burgess diced coming out of La Source on lap six, de Sadeleer pulled off an awesome move to take them both through Eau Rouge. Jérôme de Sadeleer finished at the second position of the Radical Challenge Championship after post-race penalties.
After the last race, Jérôme de Sadeleer said, “I had a perfect drive in my eyes for race three so I was really excited. I had the success penalty that put me behind a couple of guys [Marateotto and Burgess], but I heard they got penalties so I got bumped up to second place. I kind of feel like I deserved it because that drive was a very strong one – I didn’t make any mistakes and kept pushing, kept being focused. Being at Spa and getting two podiums is a dream come true. This is amazing. The car, I’m really starting to get used to it, to be able to drive it on its limit, to be able to set it up properly with the guys. It can only get better from here on.”