Dean Hipwell had another up and down weekend in the British Supersport Championship, this time at the short Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
The Harworth motorcyclist picked up a top 10 finish in Saturday’s sprint race, but ended the weekend with another ‘did not finish’ in Sunday afternoon’s feature race.
Saturday morning’s qualifying session saw Hipwell put the CDH Racing Triumph in 12th place on the grid for the afternoon’s sprint race.
In dry sunny conditions the race got underway in late afternoon with Hipwell making a good start passing both Harry Hartley and Bjorn Estment on the first lap to move up into 10th place.
For the next three laps he managed to stay ahead of these two but on the fourth lap Estment managed to get back past him pushing him back to 11th.
For the next four laps Hipwell stayed no more than two tenths of a second behind Estment before overtaking him on the eighth lap.
On the next lap Andy Reid in front of him crashed at Graham Hill bend moving Hipwell up into ninth.
Over the next nine laps of the 18-lap race he opened up a gap of nearly two seconds over the riders behind him.
Having been held up by Estment he was two seconds adrift of a group of three riders in front of him as he started the last lap.
On the last corner at Clearways James Rispoli in the leading group of riders crashed out elevating Hipwell to a well earned eighth place at the chequered flag.
Hipwell’s fastest lap of the race would see him start from 11th place on the grid for Sunday afternoon’s sprint race.
In cloudy but dry conditions on Sunday the race got underway with Hipwell quickly moving up into seventh place.
Disaster struck on this first lap as he exited Graham Hill bend and accelerated onto the Cooper Straight he lost the back end of the CDH Racing Triumph ending his race before it had really started.
Over the weekend Hipwell had worked with the Ohlin’s Suspension technician and helped to make some major changes with the bike.
This has improved the handling of the Triumph to such an extent that each time he has gone out on track he has lapped quicker than before.
A spokesperson for the CDH Racing team said: “We’re very happy with Saturday’s result.”
“And although Dean crashed on Sunday, overall we felt quite positive of how the weekend went.”
“We’re looking for even more top 10 finishes throughout the season.”
Luke Stapleford held off the determined challenges of Kyle Ryde to win the second round Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Feature race by 0.140secs with Jake Dixon running third in a typically hard fought thriller.
Glenn Irwin, riding the Gearlink Kawasaki, made the early running but Profile Triumph rider Stapleford who had missed the morning warm-up session as his team continued to work on his bike was always close and took the lead on the seventh lap.
Stapleford then held on, taking the race by 0.140secs.