Harworth’s Dean Hipwell and the CDH Racing team had a frustrating weekend at Thruxton in the seventh round of the National Superstock 1000 Championship
A poor qualifying and a DNF in the race meant it was a weekend to forget for Hipwell and the team.
After Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session Hipwell was disappointed that he had only put the CDH Racing Kawasaki on the grid in 20th for Sunday’s race.
Although he was starting from well down the grid Hipwell was confident that if he got a good start he could do well in the race.
Due to an incident in the first Superbike race with an engine blow up which contaminated the track the race start was delayed until mid-afternoon.
When the race eventually got underway Hipwell got a poor start but despite this he moved up into nineteenth when he overtook the Kawasaki of Luke Hedger.
On the second lap he was up into eighteenth getting passed Leon Jeacock’s BMW.
Disaster struck on the third lap when the radiator on the CDH Kawasaki sprang a leak forcing him to slow down and pull into the pits at the end of the lap with his weekend coming to a premature end.
On examination of the machine afterwards it was found that there was a big hole in the radiator where it had been hit by a stone.
The team left the circuit in a despondent mood and now have to re-group and prepare for the next round at Brands Hatch in two weeks time.