Motorcycling: Harworth’s Hipwell happy with progress

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Dean Hipwell made progress on the track after finishing 14th in the fifth round of the British Supersport Chanpionship.

Harworth’s Hipwell and the CDH Racing team took the Globalnet Telecoms Triumph to Snetterton and Friday’s two free practice sessions saw the young rider only managing to be 21st quickest.

Following tweaks to the suspension and fuel mapping, this ultimately improved his performance on Saturday seeing Hipwell’s fastest lap being two seconds quicker than his best free practice time for 19th spot.

Hipwell got away to a good start in the race but as he approached the Agostini corner, he hit the brakes too early and lost three places in the process - finishing the first lap in 22nd place.

By the end of the third lap, he had moved back up into 19th place as he chased down the Suzuki of Voskamp.

With Glen Richards going off track on the fifth lap, Hipwell was now in 18th place and on the next lap he had overtaken Voskamp moving up another place.

Samuel Hornsey, ahead of Hipwell, crashed out on the penultimate lap which saw him bring the Globalnet Telecoms Triumph across the finishing line in 16th place. His fastest lap would see him start from 20th on the grid for Sunday afternoon’s main race.

Hipwell got off to another good start in the race on Sunday afternoon, moving up into 17th by the end of the second lap.

With the second placed rider crashing out, he was up another place into 16th on lap three.

Hipwell was now at the back of a group of four riders covered by less than a second. He maintained this position for the next six laps and with Hornsey dropping out and having overtaken the Yamaha of Stuart Easton, he was up into 14th.

Easton retook Hipwell on lap 12 but with the sixth place rider dropping out on the next lap, he was back up into 14th where he stayed until the chequered flag. Hipwell’s fastest lap of the race was nearly half a second faster than his previous best time of the weekend.

The CDH Racing team said they were “happy with the results” and improved performance.