HARWORTH Supersport racer Dean Hipwell was lucky to escape with just a broken wrist after crashing out in spectacular style at Brands Hatch during Friday’s test session on the short Indy circuit, ending up with a broken wrist.
Hipwell and the CDH Racing team were looking forward to competing on the Brands Hatch GP circuit with expectations of improving their standing in the championship.
Friday afternoon’s test session got underway in dry bright cloudy conditions with Hipwell setting off for his first lap of the weekend. As he approached the start-finish line he was on maximum power, travelling in excess of 145mph ready for his first flying lap.
At that moment the marshals were preparing to put out the black and orange flag together with his number warning him to stop, as what appeared to be smoke was seen coming from the CDH Yamaha.
But they were too late: as he exited Paddock Hill bend and put full power back, the back end of the Yamaha stepped out viciously sending Hipwell up in the air in a massive high side with the machine being catapulted down the track. Hipwell ended up face down on the track, concussed.
The session was immediately stopped in order for the medical team and marshals to recover both Hipwell and the Yamaha.
Hipwell’s injury came to light as he got up onto his knees and felt pain as he put pressure on his hand.
Subsequent examination revealed that he had broken the scaphoid bone in his wrist – one of the worst injuries to heal – plus bruised ribs and a hole in one elbow. His weekend was over before it had even started, with the team travelling back home on the Saturday.
Hipwell now has his hand and wrist in plaster and will be contacting a specialist with a view to having laser treatment on the broken boes in order to speed up the healing process.
The 22-year-old considers himself extremely lucky not to have been more seriously injured in the incident.
He will not be competing in the next round of the championship at Cadwell Park on August Bank holiday weekend but hopes to be back in action on another of his favourite circuits, Donington , in September, injury permitting.