Silverstone deluge didn’t dampen Horsman

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Forest Hill Moto3 rider Cameron Horsman got to share the Silverstone circuit with the MotoGP stars as he competed in round four of the British Talent Cup. In the first race, Horsman completed a fantastic fight back to finish sixth at the flag. Unfortunately, due to the heavy rainfall the second race was cancelled.

Free Practice
There were two free practice sessions on Friday. Horsman managed 12 laps durig FP1 and recorded a best lap time of 2:25.949. This put him ninth overall. Unfortunately, the rain fell between FP1 and FP2 which meant the track was damp for the second session. It was useful practice because there was the threat of rain for the race but the riders were not going to improve their lap times.

Qualifying
Qualifying was a competitive affair as always. With all the bikes the same the times were quite close. Horsman ended qualifying in 11 th position with a lap time of 2:24.247 which was about 0.07 seconds from a top ten start on the grid. Horsman commented, ”I just didn’t get a fast lap time in.”

Race One
Horsman made a bad start but quickly recovered and gained a position in the opening laps. By the fifth lap Horsman had powered his way into seventh position. He then caught the riders ahead who were battling for fourth position. He managed a superb
slipstream maneuver on the Wellington Straight which put him up to fourth place. As the eleventh lap was completed and the chequered flag waved Horsman finished sixth in a very close battle less than three-tenths behind the rider in fourth.

Race Two
The second race was canclled after the inclement weather left standing water on the Silverstone circuit. It was too dangerous for the riders to compete safely so all races, including the MotoGP were cancelled. Cameron Horsman said, ”Silverstone is a bumpy track but that’s the same for everyone. I didn’t qualify as high as I would have liked but made a great start in the
race. It was more close racing that really gets the heart pumping. It was a shame that we couldn’t do race two as I was feeling confident but it ws an amazing experience to be in an event with the MotoGP riders at Silverstone.”

Cameron Horsman is seventh in the British Talent Cup with four races to go. He is back out at Silverstone next weekend in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

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Words: Jeremy Ryan

Cameron Horsman cuts the gap at Cadwell Park

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Forest Hill Moto3 rider Cameron Horsman ended round six of the Hel Performance standard class championship in fifth place overall having closed the gap on the rider ahead to just seven points.

Free Practice
Cameron Horsman used free practice one to familiarise himself with the Cadwell Park circuit once again. In free practice two he then began to increase his pace, finishing third overall with a lap time of 1:37.863. This put him third quickest on the day.

Qualifying
After making some small overnight adjustments to the bike set up the Moto3 riders were back out early on Saturday morning for Qualifying. Although Horsman managed to continue to reduce his lap time he finished the session in sixth place.

Race One
Horsman dropped a couple of places off the start line but quickly recovered to end lap one in sixth position. He was in the leading group of riders. The Moto3 standard class riders treated the spectators to a fantastic show as they constantly changed places, lap after lap. On lap ten of the 12 there was a big accident just after the mountain section of the track which resulted in a red flag. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.
As the rules dictate the result is counted back to the last full lap completed minus those riders involved in the accident. This appeared to mean that Horsman had finished third and on the podium but somewhat controversially he was placed fourth
after the rider, who suffered a mechanical fault and whose bike started the incident was reinstated in his place and on the podium.

Race Two
After setting a fast lap time in race one he started second on the grid for race two. He made a good start to the race but about halfway through Horsman made a small mistake going into the hairpin. This dropped him down to fifth and he lost a bit of
ground on the lead riders. Digging deep he made up the gap but unfortunately, the race was cut short by four laps after the second red flag incident of the weekend.
Cameron Horsman said,” To be honest I don’t really understand the decision in race one. We contested it but they didn’t change anything. The rider had suffered a mechanical and was out the race and two riders crashed as a result of that so it was a
bit odd.
The second race was fantastic. Lots of close racing but I having caught back up with the lead riders I was unable to make a move because the race was stopped. All in all, it was a good weekend.”

Cameron Horsman is fifth overall just seven points behind the rider in fourth with three rounds remaining this season.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman involved in thrilling races at Thruxton

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Round five of the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class championship took place at Thruxton last weekend. The 2.4-mile circuit is one of the quickest on the British Superbike calendar despite not having any obvious straight. It is a combination of fast flowing corners and very popular with the riders. Horsman finished race one in fourth and seventh in race two.

Free Practice
Free practice took place on a scorching Friday. As temperatures increased the majority of the riders improved their lap times during the afternoon session. Cameron Horsman finished both free practice session in fourth place. Having gearing issues Horsman couldn’t make the best of the warmer conditions and set his fastest lap, a 1:24.119, in the morning.

Qualifying
The 34 riders took to the Hampshire circuit at 9:30am on Saturday morning to complete their half an hour qualifying session. Horsman spent the entire session inside the top four or five riders having decided to alter the gearing on the bike overnight. Determined to get a good place on the starting grid he completed 21 laps, more than any other rider. The effort was
worth it as his lap time of 1:23.226 on the final lap put him second for the start of race one.

Race One
On a very warm track Horsman made a good start to race one. Over the 12 laps the rider from Forest Hill was in an intense battle with Fenton Seabright. The two provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd as they constantly switched places, sometimes several times in one lap.
On the final lap the two riders were neck and neck as they approached a slower GP class rider. Seabright managed to move up the inside whilst Horsman was forced to overtake around the outside losing valuable time. Whilst both Seabright and Horsman were overtaken by the more powerful GP class machine on the run to the line Horsman had to settle for fourth in his class just 0.115 seconds from the podium.

Race Two
The 14 lap second race of the weekend was an amazing spectacle for the large crowd assembled at the circuit in Hampshire. It didn’t start well for Horsman who dropped from fifth at the start. With the leader of the race long gone Horsman clawed his way back to the six rider fight for second place. The positions of all these riders changed with exhausting frequency. The riders showed great maturity in their race craft as it would so easily for an over exuberant racer to crash out taking three or four with him. Horsman finished the race in seventh which seems disappointing, but with the gap between the second place to seventh at just 0.8 seconds it was an extremely tight race.

Cameron Horsman said, “I had a great battle with Fenton in race one. We were passing each other all over the track. Although I just missed the podium I felt very positive after that race. Race two was probably one of the most exciting races I have had in this class. One of the closest races and most fun. I got a bad start but got back to the group. The whole race we were just changing positions. On the last lap I was up to fourth but someone cut in front of me just before the line. I had to brake and that dropped me back to seventh.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan