Mixed weekend at Donington for Harworth’s Hipwell in British Supersport Championship opener, with top 10 finish and mystery crash

Dean Hipwell at Donington (Pic: Roy Cross)
Dean Hipwell at Donington (Pic: Roy Cross)

Harworth’s Dean Hipwell and the CDH Racing Team had an up and down weekend in the first round of the British Supersport Championship at Donington Park over the Easter weekend with a top ten finish and a mystery crash.

In cloudy but dry conditions for the qualifying session on late Sunday morning Hipwell put the CDH Triumph into 11th place on the grid for the afternoon’s sprint race.

Dean Hipwell at Donington (Pic: Roy Cross)

Dean Hipwell at Donington (Pic: Roy Cross)

Although he was more than happy with the grid position he was a little bothered with the front end handling so the team decided to tweak the rear suspension to improve this for the race.

Late afternoon saw the race get underway with Hipwell moving up into eighth place by the end of the first lap.

With him still in eighth place the safety car was deployed due to an accident on the fourth lap and eventually stopped to enable the track to be cleared.

The race was restarted but now to be run over six laps with the starting positions as to the position when the safety car was deployed.

Hipwell got off to a good start maintaining his eighth place for the first two laps.

Lap three saw him get past the Triumph of Sam Hornsey to move up into seventh spot.

Although he maintained this position for the next two laps he had been gradually caught by the Triumph of Joe Collier.

Running wide on one of the corners on the fifth and penultimate lap allowed Collier to get past and unable to get back passed him on the final lap he had to settle for eighth place.

Hipwell’s fastest lap of the race would see him once again start from 1th for Easter Monday’s feature race.

The CDH Racing team made a few more minor mods to the bike prior to Monday morning’s warm up session and this proved to have worked as Hipwell lapped nearly a second faster than he had done in the previous days race.

Monday afternoon’s race got underway in ideal warm and sunny conditions with Hipwell maintaining his 11th place on the first lap before moving into 10th on the second lap when Sam Hornsey in front of him crashed out.

Another rider went down in front of him on the third lap and he was now up into ninth place but was eighth 10ths of a second behind the group of riders in front.

Over the next three laps he gradually closed the gap down before eventually getting past the Triumph of Joe Collier on the seventh lap.

Hipwell held onto this position until the 10th lap when he was demoted to when Harry Hartley’s Yamaha got passed him.

Lap eleven saw his downfall when he crashed out for no apparent reason.

Afterwards Hipwell said he had no idea why he crashed.

“The whole bike just seemed to let go as I was cornering,” he said.

Hipwell escaped without injury and with minimal damage to the CDH Triumph.

The CDH Racing team said they happy with how the weekend went with Dean riding really well.

The veteran racer lapped the Donington circuit faster than he has done before.