Harworth’s Dean Hipwell and the CDH Racing Team had another frustrating weekend at Donington Park in the ninth round of the British Supersport Championship, despite picking up seven points.
The problems started with Saturday morning’s qualifying session in which Hipwell, on the CDH Triumph, only managed to put in seven laps before he had to abort the session with a suspected oil leak.
Fortunately he had put in a reasonably quick lap time which would see him start from 18th on the grid for the afternoon’s sprint race.
Not initially being able to ascertain where the oil leak was the team decided t to replace the engine with a spare .
Hipwell made a reasonable start in the late afternoon’s race moving up into 16th on the first lap when he overtook Jake Dixon and Sam Coventry.
He caught and passed Josh Corner and hung onto this 15th position as the race progressed.
On the last lap the ninth placed rider crashed out and Hipwell brought the CDH Triumph across the finishing line in 14th.
His fastest lap time would see him once again start from 18th for Sunday’s feature race.
Sunday afternoon’s race got underway with Hipwell moving up into 12th on the first lap when there was a crash on the first bend.
Despite having been overtaken by Bjorn Estment on the fifth lap he was still in 12th spot with tDavid Allingham in front of him crashing.
With Estment and the sixth placed rider crashing out on the sixth lap Hipwell was up into10th.
The CDH Triumph was starting to suffer with front end chatter which saw Hipwell back in 13th by the end of the 10th lap.
Lap 12 saw him back up to into 12th, and despite the front end problems Hipwell decided to tough it out over the remaining six laps.
On lap thirteen Alastair Seeley in sixth crashed putting him into eleventh where he stayed till the chequered flag.