Wash out dampens Hipwell’s aspirations

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DEAN Hipwell’s hopes of climbing back up the British Supersport Championship in round seven at Oulton Park on Sunday were washed out.

The CDH Racing rider had been looking to put in a good performance after the disappointment of being robbed of a top 10 finish by an engine failure in the previous round at Snetterton.

But little went right for Hipwell over the weekend and he left the circuit in 17th position after picking up just one point after finishing 15th in the in the shoot out qualifying race.

Hipwell had started the race in 10th place but crossed the line in 16th place. He was later elevated to 15th place, securing him one championship point, when Gary Johnson was given a 20 second penalty for causing an incident on the first lap.

Hipwell blamed his poor result on a lack of power from the engine, but The CDH Racing team couldn’t find any obvious cause when checking the engine on Saturday night.

Sunday morning started fairly bright but then gradually went downhill as the start of the first Superbike race approached at 1pm and it was raining heavily by the time the race started.

As the time approached for the start of the race, the circuit was hit by a torrential downpour and the meeting was abandoned at 5.15pm.