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.
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.
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.
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.
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