Hipwell takes two top 12 places on racing return

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After a five week break the third round of the British Supersport Championship held at Snetterton saw Harworth’s Dean Hipwell pick up two top 12 finishes.

Saturday morning’s qualifying session saw Hipwell put the CDH Racing Triumph into 14th place on the grid for the afternoon’s 10 lap sprint race.

The race started in late afternoon with Hipwell getting off to an excellent start which saw him move up into 10th by the end of the first lap.

As the race progressed he was gradually losing ground to the two Suzuki’s of MacKenzie and Rispoli whilst at the same time coming under pressure from Stapleford and Hornsey.

On lap seven the Triumph of Stapleford got past him and again on lap eight the Triumph of Hornsey pushed him back into 11th.

While these three were battling it out the Yamaha of Cooper had caught the group and was now just a 10th of a second behind Hipwell.

Over the remaining two laps Hipwell just managed to stave off the challenge of Cooper with a last sprint out of the final corner, bringing the CDH Triumph across the line in 11th.

His fastest lap of the race would see him start from 11th place on the grid for Sunday afternoon’s feature race.

Hipwell didn’t get away to as good a start on Sunday, dropping back to 13th by the end of the first lap.

Lap three saw him up into 12th as the rider in eighth crashed out and he was just over a 10th of a second behind the Yamaha of Allingham.

On lap five Hipwell managed get past Allingham but with being held up by him for two laps was now over three seconds adrift of 10th place.

Although he gradually pulled away from Allingham over the next few laps he couldn’t close down on the group of riders in front.

It looked as if Hipwell would have to settle for another 11th place finish until third placed Luke Jones crashed on the final lap leaving Hipwell to take the chequered flag in 10th.