Motorcycling: Hipwell settles for three points

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An underwhelming Saturday qualifying session saw Dean Hipwell settle for three British Supersport Championship points at Silverstone last weekend.

Having qualified in 18th place on the grid, Hipwell lost ground in the standings as he placed 14th and 15th place in last weekend’s two races.

A quick start for Hipwell saw him jump from 18th to finish 13th, but having been passed on the final lap, the Harworth racer had to settle for 14th, and a place on the grid in 15th for Sunday’s race, due to his fastest lap time.

On Sunday Hipwell was condensed in a tight pack that were seperated throughout much of the race by less than a second.

After jockeying for positions with Yamaha’s Matthew Paulo’s, Hipwell was left disappointed as he finished the race in the same position he started.

Meanwhile Doncaster teenager Keenan Armstrong once again showed his potential in the National Superstock 600 Championship, held at the same meeting, with a top ten finish.

After starting in 11th position on the grid and dropping to 12th on the first lap, Armstrong surged back into tenth, before a rider higher up crashed out, leaving him to finish in ninth place.

The result gave Armstrong seven championship points, his second best return of the season so far.