Hipwell toasts nine-point haul in Holland

#74 Dean Hipwell CDH Racing Triumph Motorpoint British Supersport
#74 Dean Hipwell CDH Racing Triumph Motorpoint British Supersport

Dean Hipwell and the Harworth based CDH Racing Team travelled to the Dutch TT Circuit Assen to compete in the tenth round of the British Supersport Championship last weekend.

The Harworth racer returned over the North Sea after picking up another nine championship points with a twelfth and eleventh place in the two weekend races.

Saturday morning’s qualifying session held in showery changeable conditions saw Hipwell put the CDH Triumph in nineteenth position on the grid for the afternoon’s sprint race.

This position reflected the fact that the grid had been bolstered by the inclusion of a number of the Dutch Super sport riders.

Saturday afternoon’s race got underway in better conditions with it being bright and dry.

Hipwell got off to a good start moving up into sixteenth place by the end of the first lap before being overtaken on the second lap by the Yamaha of Joe Francis.

Lap three saw him up into fifthteenth when both Luke Hedger and Harry Hartley dropped out.

Hipwell maintained this place for another two laps just behind the MV Augusta of David Allingham who he overtook on the sixth lap to move into fourteenth.

With both Keith Farmer and Bjorn Estment dropping out on the eighth lap he was now up into twelfth being the third rider in a group of four covered by just less than a second.

Lap ten saw him back into thirteenth when Allingham’s MV got back past him.

This four man group was seven seconds ahead of the chasing pack and four seconds behind the group in front as the last lap started.

As the four battled it out Hipwell got back passed Allingham and held him off as they raced for the chequered flag with pipping him by two tenths of a second. His fastest lap of the race would see him start from sixteenth on the grid for Sunday afternoon’s feature race.

Hipwell made another good start getting past both the Kawasaki of Luke Hedger and the Triumph of Bjorn Estment on the first lap.

Lap two saw him up into eleventh when Rispoli’s Yamaha crashed out and he got beyond both the MV of Farmer and the Yamaha of Paulo. With two other riders having crashed out the pace car was deployed until the start of the fifth lap.

The sixth lap saw Hipwell back into thirteenth when both Estment and Paulo got back past him.

By the end of the next lap he was back up into twelfth when got back past Paulo but had now lost ground to Estment who was now over a second ahead of him.

Over the next three laps he gradually closed the gap down before getting beyond him to move into eleventh spot.

He was now just behind the Yamaha of Marshall Neill who he overtook on the twelfth and penultimate lap to move into tenth.

The last lap saw a three way battle emerge as Neill got back past him and the Yamaha of Hartley was hot on his rear.

At the flag Hipwell had to settle for eleventh nine hundredths of a second behind Neill and also nine hundredths of a second ahead of Hartley.

Hipwell and the CDH Racing Team were happy with the weekend’s performance and the nine championship points which keep him in twelfth spot in the standings.

Once again both races were dominated by Luke Stapleford winning the first race by eight seconds from James Rispoli and taking the second by seven tenths of a second from Jake Dixon.

Stapleford still leads the championship from nearest rival Kyle Ryde, who could only manage a sixth and sixth, by 98 points with four races remaining.