Harworth’s Dean Hipwell secured two 13th place finishes in round five of the British Supersport Championship at Knockhill ending a frustrating weekend for the CDH Racing Team.
With their main race engine having failed last time out at Snetterton, the CDH Racing Team had put a spare engine in the bike ready for Knockhill.
Having also damaged the electronic dash when he crashed this did not arrive back until the day before having to travel to Scotland.
Although they had replaced the engine they could not start this without the dash and just before it was loaded they found that the engine was not running properly.
During Saturday morning’s qualifying session the problem was still plaguing them.
Towards the end of the session when Hipwell was about to put in his fast qualifying with a new tyre the Triumph once again failed to start and the team had to borrow a starting machine.
This meant that Hipwell did not have much time left to put in enough quick laps before the session ended.
Despite this, and the engine not being as quick as the broken main engine, he put the CDH Triumph in sixteenth place on the grid for the afternoon’s sprint race.
Saturday afternoon’s race got underway with Hipwell moving up into 15th place on the first lap.
Lap two saw him back in sixteenth after being overtaken by the Kawasaki of Sam Coventry.
Josh Daley, in front of Hipwell, crashed out on lap four promoting him back up into 15, before he moved up to 13th place when third placed Jake Dixon crashed out on lap 16.
Sunday afternoon saw Hipwell make a better start to jump up into 12th place by the end of the first lap.
Despite Ben Wilson in front of him crashing out again he stayed in thirteenth place with Luke Hedger’s Kawasaki getting passed him.
Over the remaining sixteen laps he held onto this position.
Despite the weekends problems the CDH Racing team were reasonably happy that they had finished both races and at least picked up a few championship points keeping Hipwell in 12th place in the championship standings.