DONCASTER’S Dean Hipwell finished in a creditable 12th place in the fifth round of the British SuperSport Championship at Knockhill.
The CDH Racing Team rider had travelled north of the border hoping that his luck would change after crashing out of the main race last time out at Snetterton.
Despite having to use the spare engine in his Globalnet Telecoms Yamaha, whilst the main engine was being rebuilt, Hipwell consistently improved his lap times and was 14th quickest after Friday afternoon’s second free practice session.
After mixed results in the two qualifying sessions on Saturday, Hipwell had started in 17th place on the grid for Sunday’s main race.
The CDH Racing Team were happy with this result as the Doncaster rider, despite the Globalnet Telecoms Yamaha being a bit down on top speed - something put down to a faulty fuel sensor in the ECU - had ridden a lot better than he had done recently.
The team hope to have the bike’s main engine available for the next round at Oulton Park as they aim to maintain their improved form.
Doncaster’s James Rose has dropped to second in the standings after coming fourth in the Superstock 600 Championship.