Horsman closing in on fifth spot after Brands Hatch

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From the short 1.3 mile Scottish circuit of Knockhill, the Hel Performance British Motostar series moved to Cameron Horsman’s local track, the 2.4 mile Brands Hatch circuit, for round four.

Cameron made a great start to the weekend on the Nova / Fab Racing Honda finishing second quickest in free practice one. A large amount of rain then fell. When the riders went out for free practice two the track was still damp. Horsman waited for the circuit conditions to improve before venturing out on slick tyres. No one was going to improve their lap times but the practice in mixed conditions could have proved valuable if the rain fell again later in the weekend. We have already seen this year, in the British Talent Cup that Horsman is talented even when the circuit is not at its best and he set the quickest time.

For qualifying on Saturday the conditions were perfect. Dry track and warm weather. The lap times were the fastest they had been all weekend and Horsman improved his quickest lap time too. The session was really competitive and despite a time of 1:37.427 he would line up seventh in the standard category. He was around half a second off the rider in third.

The first race was for 12 laps. However, due to a crash on lap nine it was cut short. Horsman had made a good start and was racing in a group of five other riders. He worked himself from the back of the group to fifth in the race overall just 1.3 seconds from the race leader. However, an incident on lap nine led to the red-flag coming out and the race ended. His
progress was halted and he was declared fifth.

The second race took place on Sunday afternoon. This time it was it was a 14 lap 34-mile race and Horsman was feeling very positive. Again he got away well but his progress was made more difficult when he came across one of the slower riders on a GP category class machine. This faster machine was able to pull-away on the straight but was slowing him up through the corners. Try as he might he was unable to pass and make it stick. He went on to cross the line in a slightly frustrated 6 th place.

Having added 21 points over the weekend Horsman remains sixth overall but is now just four points behind the rider in fifth.

Cameron Horsman said,” In qualifying I was expecting to do a lot better after the Friday but I didn’t manage to get a good enough lap in. A few people were trying to get a tow and were getting in my way a bit. In race one the front three got away but I was in the second group and we managed to catch them up. Then there was a crash and that messed it up a bit.

In the second race I was third on the grid but I had a bad first lap and got stuck behind a GP class bike. I just couldn’t overtake so it was frustrating. I managed to keep the other standard class riders in our group behind me though.

I’m looking forward to Thruxton because I usually do quite well there.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Solid points at Knockhill

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The 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit in Scotland was bathed in sunshine all weekend giving ideal track conditions for the riders. On top of that the track had been resurfaced leading to some very quick lap times.

With two successful rounds of the British Talent Cup it has been two months since Cameron Horsman rode in the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class series.

Round Three took place at Knockhill in Fife where the 1.3-mile track was immersed in fabulous sunshine all weekend.

In the first free practice Horsman spent some time adjusting to the differences between the Moto3 machines he rides in the two different classes. It didn’t take long as he registered the fourth quickest time. In FP2 he was unable to improve on his lap time and slipped to ninth overall.

Qualifying took place on Saturday morning. The Forest Hill youngster managed to reduce his time to 54.868 making good use of the new asphalt surface that had been laid at the venue. His time put him 8 th in the class on the grid.

In the opening lap of the 18 lap race one Horsman lost a position but was on the back of a group of around and found himself at the back of a group of six riders. From the mid-way stage of the race he battled with Scott Ogden eventually overcoming the North Lincolnshire rider on lap 13 to take eighth place at the flag.

The second 22 lap race of the weekend took place on the Sunday. Horsman made a better start moving up a couple of places but on a tightly packed track in the opening laps he slipped back to his starting position. He then began to make inroads and was battling with Ross Turner, Charlie Atkins and Scott Swann. The four pushed each other hard as they covered the near 28 miles of undulating track and the famous sharp Taylor final hairpin over the 22 laps. Horsman managed to make a late move on Atkins at the end of the final lap to cross the line in seventh place. He also managed to set his fastest lap of the weekend a 54.601.

Horsman left the Scottish round with another 16 points. The fourth round of the championship will be at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit on the weekend of 20-22 July.

Cameron Horsman said, “I was struggling along the start and finish straight which is up hill at this circuit. I was catching the smaller riders in the first part of the circuit then losing out to them ibn the second part, all weekend. But we came away with valuable points in both races and I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch my home circuit.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan