Two top 10 finishes for Hipwell at Oulton Park

Dean Hipwell at Oulton Park (Pic: Roy Cross)
Dean Hipwell at Oulton Park (Pic: Roy Cross)

Harworth’s Dean Hipwell had a satisfying weekend in the third round of the British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park.

Two top 10 finishes gave the CHD Racing team rider 17 championship points and put him in ninth place in the standings.

Dean Hipwell at Oulton Park (Pic: Roy Cross)

Dean Hipwell at Oulton Park (Pic: Roy Cross)

Sunday lunchtimes’ qualifying session held in dry, bright conditions saw Hipwell put the CDH Racing Triumph in 10th place on the grid for the afternoon’s sprint race.

He got off to a good start, getting past the Yamaha of Danny Webb on the first lap to move into ninth, less than half a second behind the Triumph of Joe Collier.

Hipwell kept this position for the next couple of laps as he held off the challenge of Luke Hedger.

He had also dropped off the group of leading pack and was demoted to 10th on the fourth lap with Hedger managing to get passed him.

On the penultimate lap, three of the leading group of riders all crashed out together at the Shell Oil’s hairpin putting Hipwell into seventh place where he stayed to the finish.

His fastest lap time would see him start from three places further back on the grid in 13th place for Bank Holiday Monday’s feature race.

Prior to Monday lunchtime’s warm up session the CDH Racing team made some minor changes to the suspension and a slight alteration to the gearing which saw Hipwell lap three 10ths of a second a quicker than he had done in the previous day’s race.

The afternoon’s race got underway with Hipwell getting off to another good start, moving up to 12th on the first lap with the Kawasaki of Hedger in front of him crashing out.

James Rispoli who was having trouble with the Team Traction Control Yamaha had dropped down the field from third place and was passed by Hipwell on the second lap.

He held this 11th place for the next five laps with the Yamaha of Danny Webb now in his sights.

Lap eight saw him get past Webb and move into 10th spot but was now over a second adrift of the leading group having been held up.

Race leader Luke Stapleford pulled into the pits and with Harry Hartley dropping out on the ninth lap Hipwell was up into eighth.

Over the remaining six laps he held off the strong challenge of Webb who was no more than a wheel length behind him.

As the pair battled it out they lost ground to the leading group but in a thrilling sprint to the chequered flag Hipwell held onto this eighth spot, just, by nine hundredths of a second.

His fastest lap of the race was half a second quicker than his fastest lap in the previous day’s sprint race.

The team, who were delighted to see Hipwell take two top 10 finishes and lap the circuit quicker than ever, now have over a month to prepare for the fourth round of the championship at Snetterton.

With Luke Stapleford dropping out on the ninth lap of the Bank Holiday Monday Championship Feature race due to mechanical problems whilst leading, his championship lead is now down to one point over Kyle Ryde.