Bank Holiday woe as Hipwell makes bruising exit

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IT proved Blank Holiday Monday for Harworth’s Dean Hipwell in the fourth round of the British Supersport Championship on the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit.

Hipwell travelled to the meeting in good spirits after his top-10 finish last time out.

Having set the sixth quickest lap time (109.12mph), Hipwell started in sixth place on the grid for Monday afternoon’s race.

The weather had closed in by the time the race got under way with rain covering the circuit. The CDH Racing team chose a new compound of wet weather tyre which had just been introduced for Thruxton with it being a fast flowing circuit. Hipwell got off to a cautious start in the atrocious weather conditions, not knowing the characteristics of the new tyre. He had dropped back to 11th place by the end of the second lap but was well clear of the pack behind him.

By the end of the sixth lap, although he had not made up any places, the tyres were just coming into their own and he was only two tenths of a second behind the Kawasaki of Luke Stapleford.

Approaching the club chicane he passed Stapleford and just as he put on the power on the exit he unfortunately high sided and his race was over.

Paul Young was the only other rider to make the same tyre choice as Hipwell and he ended up winning the race. Hipwell came away from the weekend battered and bruised and with a badly gouged hand.

In the Superstock 600 race Doncaster’s James Rose, who stared 30th on the grid, got away to a fantastic start and maintained his form to claim an 11th place finish in another rain-affected race.