HARWORTH’S Dean Hipwell (CDH Racing) made an encouraging start to the British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday, grabbing a top-ten finish.
Changes to the championship this season mean that riders have two free practice sessions and then one qualifying session and a qualifying race the day prior to the main race.
The fastest lap time of each rider in the qualifying race determines the grid positions for the following day irrespective of their finishing position. Championship points are awarded for both races.
After the second free practice session things were looking well for the CDH Team as Hipwell finished the day with the second quickest time.
Saturday saw him put in another good performance in qualifying bringing the CDH Yamaha into 10th place on the grid for the qualifying race the following day.
Hipwell recorded the fifth quickest lap time and started start from that position on row two, just in front of Steve Plater, for Monday’s main race. He got away to a good start maintaining his fifth position with the leading group at the end of the opening lap. Just over a second covered this lead group as the pace quickened on the second lap. He maintained his position, despite the challenge of the Triumph of Jimmy Hill.
By the end of lap ten Hipwell had started to lose some ground on the four riders in front. He continued to fight off the challenge of the two riders now tracking him and on lap eighteen he jumped up into fourth place as the rider in front crashed out at Clearways.
He did well to hold off the challenge of the more experienced rival until the penultimate lap when Plater managed to squeeze past him.
The team were in joyous mood as Hipwell brought the CDH Yamaha across the line in an impressive fifth place, less than a second behind the winner.