HARWORTH’S Dean Hipwell raced to a top-ten finish in round three of the main British Supersport Championship last weekend at Croft.
Starting 14th place on the grid, Hipwell got away to a better start than he had done in qualifying and held his position on the first lap.
As he exited the hairpin on lap two he did well to avoid a crashed rider in front of him and crossed the start and finish straight in 12th place.
He held this position for the next six laps as he closed in on the Triumph of A J Venter.
By this time Hipwell had increased his lead to the chasing pack behind him to over ten seconds putting no pressure on him to fight off any challenge.
On lap nine as he approached the hairpin he out-braked the Triumph and dived underneath to claim 11th place with a tenth of a second advantage.
On the 10th lap one of the front runners dropped out elevating him another position.
Hipwell closed down on the group in front and another move at the hairpin saw him up into ninth on the 12th lap.
He was now with a group of four riders covered by less than a second as he set his sights on the Yamaha of Sam Warren in front of him. Another move on the penultimate lap saw him take the Yamaha in front with an advantage of just four tenths of a second and now just three tenths behind the Honda of Lee Johnston. Hipwell could not quite close this gap as he brought the CDH Yamaha past the chequered flag in a satisfying eighth place.
The CDH Racing team were pleased with his performance and Hipwell said that he was sure if the race had gone on for another three laps he would have been in the top five.
Doncaster’s James Rose was competing for only the second time in the National Superstock 600 Championship after over two years since he last donned his leathers. Out of a field of 44 qualifiers Rose put the Repli-Cast Yamaha into 14th place on the grid. Race day saw Rose, who was 14th on the grid, get away to a flying start and made up nine places to cross the start and finish straight in fifth position, less than a tenth of a second behind fourth spot.
Lap five saw him move up into fourth place before being knocked back into fifth on the next circuit and then dropping back to sixth the next time round.
Rose held on to this position for the remaining five laps as he gradually closed the gap to the rider in front only to be denied a fifth place finish by less than a tenth of a second at the chequered flag.
Rose and the Repli-Cast team were delighted with his sixth place finish.