HARWORTH Supersport racer Dean Hipwell crashed out in spectacular style at Brands Hatch during last Friday’s test session, breaking his wrist.
Hipwell and the CDH Racing team were looking forward to competing on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, with expectations that they would improve their standing in the championship.
In the first meeting of the season at Brands Hatch the Harworth rider posted his best finish of the season when he ended up in fifth place.
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 star and finishing line he was on maximum power travelling in excess of 145mph ready for his first flying lap.
At this moment the marshalls 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.
Unfortunately didn’t happen in time and as he exited Paddock Hill bend and put full power back on, the back end of the Yamaha stepped out viciously sending Hipwell up in the air in a massive high side.
Hipwell ended up face down on the track concussed.
Subsequent examination revealed that he had broken the scaphoid bone in his wrist, and suffered bruised ribs and a hole in one elbow.
A team spokesman said: “Dean will be contacting a specialist with a view to having laser treatment on the broken boes in order to speed up the healing process.”
“He considers himself to be extremely lucky not to have been more seriously injured and will not be competing in the next round of the championship but is hoping to be back in action in September.”