MAY Bank holiday weekend saw Harworth’s Dean Hipwell and the CDH Racing Team travel to Oulton Park for the second round of the British Supersport Championship.
Hipwell was looking for another good result after his fifth place finish in the opening round but it didn’t turn out as well as he had hoped.
Free practice and qualifying went well, on a circuit which Hipwell doesn’t particularly like, with him putting the CDH Yamaha into tenth place on the grid for Sunday afternoon’s qualifying race.
Hipwell got off to a good start but had lost four places on the first lap. On the third lap his front brake started to fail which meant he had to take avoiding action to prevent him running into other machines when approaching corners.
The problem got worse as the race progressed but despite this he managed to hang on to claim fourteenth spot. The result of this was that he could not put in a good lap time and ended up being nineteenth quickest where he would start from on the grid for Monday’s main race.
The CDH team changed all the brake pipes and brake fluid prior to Monday mornings warm up session. This went well with no apparent problems showing up.
Once again Hipwell got away to a good start making up two places on the first lap before losing a place on the fourth lap. By the end of the seventh lap he was in 15th position.
The front brakes on the CDH Yamaha started to fail but despite this he headed a group of four riders covered by just over a second for the next four laps.
Hipwell had to take avoiding action on a number of occasions to prevent the Yamaha taking out the Honda of Max Hunt.
On the penultimate lap Hipwell was overtaken by the rider behind him but maintained his position when they both overtook the Kawasaki of Stapleford. On the last lap Hipwell managed to hold off the challenge of two riders behind him to bring the CDH Yamaha past the chequered flag in 13th place, which meant that he didn’t go away empty handed in terms of championship points.