Horsman finishes season on the podium

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After 18 races the Hel Performance British Motostar season drew to a close at Brands Hatch last weekend. Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman secured a podium in the final race despite awful racing conditions with standing water on the track.

The second place result was his third podium of the season and he finished sixth, tied on points with the rider in fifth. That rider had a race victory which gave them the advantage over Horsman.

Free Practice
Conditions were good if somewhat windy for Friday’s two free practice sessions. In the morning session Cameron Horsman clocked the third best time a 1:38.610. In the afternoon his times were almost identical and he ended the day fifth overall.

Qualifying
Horsman reduced his lap time during the 30-minute qualifying session. After completing 13 laps the Londoner saved the best until last posting a 1:37.684 which put him fourth fastest in the standard category and only half a second behind the pole- sitter.

Race 1
The number 72 of Horsman was involved in a ten lap battle which involved Thomas Strudwick, Scott Ogden and T-Fox Moreton. On lap four he managed to move into second place behind race leader Max Cook but the group of riders was very closely matched. Strudwick managed to overtake in the middle of the race before Ross Turner came through three laps from the end. Horsman crossed the line in fifth.

Race 2
Horsman has proved previously that he is competitive in the wet and he needed to be at his best in treacherous conditions on Sunday. The 12 lap race had standing water on certain parts of the circuit and almost half of the standard class field failed to make the finish line. Horsman kept a steady head and was quickly into fourth place in the early laps of the race. He then moved into third place on lap four. Continuing to negotiate the tricky, slippery surface whilst many around him tumbled out Horsman eventually crossed the line in a fantastic second place to end the season with his best result of the season.

Cameron said,” After the British Talent Cup weekend I came him full of confidence. I
was a bit disappointed in race one that I missed out on the podium after a good start so was even more determined on Sunday. I seem to do alright in the wet weather so I was relatively calm about racing and perhaps that was a good thing as many people crashed out. It has been a while since I have stood on the Motostar podium and to end the year with a second place is a great feeling. Thank you to all my sponsors and supporters. As soon as I can I will let you know about my plans for 2019.”

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Words: Jeremy Ryan

Best finish of year for Horsman in Assen

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Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman finished a superb fourth in race two after battling in a group of eight riders in the latest round of the British Talent Cup in Assen, Holland.

In the first race he crashed out on lap tenth whilst also running well.

Free Practice
The weekend had a positive start with Horsman clocking the third fastest time in free practice one on the 2.8-mile TT Circuit in Assen. It then got better in the afternoon as he finished top of the timesheet with a lap time of 1:49.196.

Qualifying
After a very positive Friday Cameron Horsman was looking forward to the thirty-minute qualifying session. He further reduced his lap time to a 1:49.033. However, the field was very competitive and whilst his lap time was only two tenths from the fourth position Horsman would have to start tenth on the grid.

Race 1
Cameron Horsman made a fantastic start to the first race of the weekend. He gained six places on lap one and was just a second behind the race leader and they started the second lap. He then continued in fourth position and began to reduce the gap to Thomas Strudwick in third place. Behind him he was coming under pressure from Storm Stacey and they swapped position on lap eight.

Horsman wasn’t finished though and he went back into fourth positon by the end of lap nine.
Unfortunately, Horsman’s race finished early on lap eleven. Pushing just a little too hard he crashed out at turn five, De Strubben.

Although no points he had continued to improve his lap times with a best of 1:47.574.

Race 2
The second race was action packed from start to finish. Whilst the front three riders managed to get away at the beginning of the race Horsman was involved in an eight rider battle for the full 16 laps. Although positions changed regularly Horsman featured at or near the front of the group for the duration. Nixon, Stacey, Davis and Seabright all battled with the number 23 of Horsman but the Londoner never gave up.

As they started the final lap he was seventh but managed to claw his way through the group to finish a deserved fourth, where he had been for much of the race.

Cameron said,” This is definitely one of the best weekends I have had in the British Talent Cup.
I had good pace all weekend. Unfortunately, in race one I made a mistake. Race two was even harder but I came through it and picked up my best result of the season. Thank you to everyone who helps organise the British Talent Cup, especially to Lewis Patrickson for all his
help, support and commitment to my results. I’m now looking forward to the final round in Valencia.”

At that last round, in mid-November, the 23 riders currently in the British Talent Cup will find out whether they will stay on for the next season. Before then Horsman will race at Brands Hatch between 12 and 14 October in the final round of the British Motostar standard class championship.

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Words: Jeremy Ryan