Motorcycling: Crash agony for Dean Hipwell

Dean Hipwell
Dean Hipwell

Harworth’s Dean Hipwell suffered a damaging crash in qualifying at Brands Hatch in Round One of the British Supersport Championships.

His injured hand ruled him out of Sunday afternoon’s sprint race on the Indy circuit.

And, unable to post a qualifying lap for the feature race on Easter Monday, he was forced to start from the back of the grid.

Hipwell did manage to climb to 17th but was disappointed not to rescue a 15th place finish that would have earned a championship point.

He is hoping to make a full recovery from his hand injury in time for Round Two at Oulton Park over the May Bank Holiday.

Also at Brands Hatch, Doncaster’s MotoBreakers Racing team took part in the Superstock 600 Championship and tasted victory through James Lodge.

Lodge and Ben Currie posted qualifying positions of ninth and tenth respectively.

Russell Brown, however, missed the cut for the race after the second qualifying session was washed out and his 39th spot on the grid, earned the previous day, agonisingly left him one place short.

The race was shortened from 22 laps to 14 after an oil spillage that cost Currie his place, as he came off his bike and the machine was not able to be fixed in time for him to complete the race.

That left just Lodge to battle for MotoBreakers and in a dramatic conclusion, he was able to edge in and out of the lead before snatching top spot on the podium by five hundredths of a second from eventual runner-up Mason Law.