HARWORTH Supersport racer Dean Hipwell, having broken the scaphoid in his right hand last time out at Brands Hatch, was unable to compete in the Bank Holiday meeting at Cadwell Park.
This was a big disappointment for Hipwell and the CDH Racing team as Cadwell is their home circuit and one of Hipwell’s favourite tracks.
Some of Hipwell’s sponsors had made arrangements to attend the meeting to give their support but the team did travel to the circuit as a last minute deal was made for another rider to take the place of Hipwell on the CDH Racing Yamaha.
A friend of one of the sponsors, Chaz Beale, was drafted in for his first ever race at this top level of British Motorcycle racing. Beale, who has only competed in the 600 Thundersport series, jumped at the chance.
In Saturday afternoon’s practice race Beale had to pull in after two laps with engine problems which turned out to be too rich a fuel mixture.
So he started at the back of the grid for Sunday’s main race. Despite not having raced for two months Beale did manage to finish, albeit it in last place.
Championship leader Ben Wilson did the double over his nearest rival Alastair Seeley by claiming victory in both races with Seeley in second spot both times. Wilson now leads the championship 53 points.
Hipwell will also miss out at Donnington Park in two weeks’ time when the team hope to field another rider on their Yamaha. Anyone with the right credentials who fancies theirhand at full on Supersport racing at the top level can contact Dean by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 007748024199.