IT PROVED an eventful weekend at Brands Hatch, which hosted the seventh round of the British Supersport Championship, for Doncaster’s Dean Hipwell.
He was lucky to walk away from a 90mph crash at Sheene Curve during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session.
His Globalnet Telecoms Yamaha wasn’t as fortunate, however, and suffered extensive damage to the front forks and wheel, headstock, fuel tank, sub frame and electronic control unit.
Fortunately the CDH Racing Team had enough spares and spent half of Saturday night rebuilding the bike and Hipwell was able to line-up on the grid in Sunday morning’s qualifying race in 16th place.
Hipwell finished 13th in the race but his fastest lap time meant that he would start 20th on the grid in the afternoon’s race.
The race got underway on the hottest day of the Championship with with Hipwell having climbed up to 13th with less than half the laps completed when it was red flagged and stopped due to a bad crash.
The race was eventually re-started but restricted to a six lap sprint with Hipwell starting from 13th position on the grid.
But being unable to replace the tyres on the Yamaha, he had to use the original set he had started which would see him at a disadvantage over his rivals in front who all had new tyres. In the end, Hipwell came 15th as the team picked up seven points.
Doncaster’s James Rose made his own little bit of history when, for the first time in a main race at the BSB, he and his two MotoBreakers team-mates took all three places on the podium in the Superstock 600 race.
The lead changed hands many times but Rose finished behind Ben Burke and James Lodge.
The 16 points Rose accrued keeps him in second place, just fifteen points off top spot, with Dixon in third.