British Talent Cup Rd2 Donington Park

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Horsman takes a seventh place at Donington

The second round of the British Talent Cup was a tough but ultimately positive weekend for Forest Hill racer Cameron Horsman. The 17-year-old was hit by another rider in the first race in the opening corners but went on to finish with a solid sixth place in race two. Horsman is currently ninth after two rounds.

Free Practice
The conditions for free practice were mixed. Free practice one took place on a completely wet track. In the afternoon the rain had stopped falling and a dry line had appeared. Horsman used these sessions to familiarize himself with the track again.

Qualifying
Horsman’s best lap time was a 1:41.629 which was less than three tenths of a second from a front row place. With such close lap times it meant he would start sixth on the grid for both races.

Race One
The weather had changed dramatically for the race with clear blue skies although it was blustery. Feeling comfortable with the bike Cameron Horsman was looking forward to trying to get away with the front group of riders. Unfortunately, his race was over almost before it began when an over exuberant rider lost control crashing into him in the very first corner.

Race Two
After the disappointment of race one Cameron Horsman was keen to get a good start to the second race. Unfortunately, he got bogged down and dropped to tenth in the first few corners. By the end of the second lap he had already made up two places as he started to work his way back through the field. Horsman made up another place only a lap later running seventh. He was racing in a group of riders including Stacey, Whatley, Nixon and Jack Hart and continued to improve moving up to sixth on the fourth lap. Whilst he managed to rise to fifth he was battling in a competitive and very tight group and after a small mistake went unforgiven on the final lap he crossed the line in seventh.

Cameron Horsman now has 19 points and is ninth in the championship as the riders next stop will be Snetterton.

Cameron Horsman said,” I didn’t make a good start to race two but felt comfortable with the bike. I was in a long battle with a group of other riders. Although it meant the front three managed to get away it was exciting. At the end there were six of us within a second and I am happy to have finished seventh. The low point was race one which meant we missed out on more points, but these things happen in racing. I would like to thank my mechanic and all the people that run the superbly organised British Talent Cup.

Cameron Horsman will be back in action on a Moto3 at round three at Snetterton on 15 to 17 June.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

BSB Motostar Oulton Park

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The weather and track conditions were excellent as first free practice got underway on Saturday at Oulton Park, with Cameron Horsman getting a good start. Coming up to the end of the first lap the bike suffered a mechanical failure, which turned out to be an engine problem and the end of the session for Cameron. Jeff Claridge from Nova Racing Transmissions kindly lent Cameron an engine; everybody in the team worked hard changing the engine over and had the bike ready in time for second free practice. After taking the first couple of laps steadily Cameron turned on the pressure finishing 3rd in the standard class with a best lap time of 1:50:061 being one of the fastest for the day.

Qualifying on Sunday, again with excellent weather, got underway and Cameron was up with the leaders, putting in good sector and lap times, with a final lap time of 1:49:000 saw him finish 2nd in his class and on 6th row of the grid for Sunday’s race.

The first race of 10 laps on Sunday afternoon saw Cameron late onto the grid due to a slight problem which was able to be fixed prior to exiting the pit lane. As the lights went out he got a good start and throughout the race Cameron and Fenton Seabright battled it out for second and third places over the ten laps with Victor Rodriguez leading the standard class. As the race finished Cameron took 3rd place with a best lap time of 1:48:247.

The second race of 14 laps on Monday and again Cameron was riding hard from the start and up at the front determined to try and take the race win. Unfortunately this was not to be when he crashed out in the closing laps sliding across the track and grass closely followed by his bike. The rider was unscathed the bike suffering some damage.

Following the race Cameron said I was devastated to have crashed out, but a big thank you to Jeff of Nova for lending me an engine and everyone else who helped in changing it so quickly. Without this help I would not have made it to the podium on Sunday. Racing has its ups and downs but we move on now to the next British Talent Cup rounds, the end of May at Donnington, in June at Snetterton then back to HEL Motostar in July at Knockhill, the season is still in the early stages and all to play for. Finally, thank you to my father for all the time and effort he puts in to enable me to compete.