Harworth’s Dean Hipwell ended the season on a low note in the British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch last weekend as he scored no points with a 24th place finish and a failure to finish.
Saturday morning’s qualifying session saw Hipwell only manage to put the CDH Racing Triumph in 18th spot on the grid for the afternoon’s sprint race.
His problems didn’t end there because after lining up on the grid after the sighting lap the engine of the CDH Triumph failed to start and the team had to push the machine into the pit lane.
The problem appeared to be a faulty battery connection which was quickly put right, but with not having done the two warm up laps had to start from the pit lane.
Starting from what was theoretically 39th on the grid Hipwell had moved up into 37th at the end of the first lap.
Overtaking seven riders on the second lap he was now in 30th, but was nearly three seconds behind the group in front.
Lap three saw him move up another two places when he overtook both the Kawasaki of Arnie Shelton and the Yamaha of Jamie Harris.
On the next lap he was up into 27th when Ben Stafford in front of him crashed out.
On the fifth lap Hipwell caught and passed the Kawasaki of James Henry and the Yamaha of Ryan Dixon to go 25th.
David Allingham crashed out on the sixth and penultimate lap with Hipwell up to 24th.
As the last lap started he was two and a half seconds behind the rider in front, but despite his best efforts could not make up the deficit and had to settle for this 24th place finish.
Hipwell’s fastest lap of the race would see him start from further up the grid in 15th spot for Sunday afternoon’s feature race.
Sunday Afternoon’s race got underway with Hipwell hoping for at least a top ten finish to round off the season.
He made a good start picking up two places on the first lap when he overtook both the Triumph of Bjorn Estment and the Yamaha of Marshall Neill.
Hipwell held this place until the third lap when the Yamaha of Matthew Paulo got past him with Estment now close behind him.
By the end of the fourth lap he was still in 14th place two tenths of a second behind Paulo with Neill just over a tenth of a second behind him.
Lap five saw a dramatic change in his position with him slipping down to s17th then on the sixth lap he was struggling to control the CDH Triumph going into the corners and had dropped back to twenty fourth. Having lost his front brake pressure he was forced to call it a day at the end of the seventh lap when he pulled into the pits his season well and truly over.
There was much disappointment in the CDH Racing team with the weekend’s events and the only consolation for them and Hipwell was the fact that during the feature race he had lapped the Brands Hatch GP circuit quicker than he had done during the rest of the weekend.
Hipwell ended up after the season was over in 13th place in the championship standings.