Horsman cuts gap to championship leader to just 12 points

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With a race victory and a second place finish at Snetterton 300, Cameron Horsman has reduced the gap between himself and the championship leader. The Forest Hill rider shortened Ogden’s advantage by nine points over the weekend with four races of the season remaining.

Free Practice
First thing on Friday morning the British Talent Cup riders took to the Snetterton 300 circuit for the first of two 30-minute sessions. Cameron Horsman was quickly up to speed setting a 2:06.599, which put him at the top of the timesheet ahead of Swann and Farrer.
The second session was strange because the British weather was playing tricks. The organiser’s decided to send the riders out on wet tyres. However, no rain materialised and the track remained dry. It meant a rather frustrating 30-minute session of circulating with wet tyres on a dry track.

Qualifying
The qualifying session on Saturday morning was damp. Horsman initially struggled to find his rhythm and was moving between 11 th and 15 th position in the standings. With the clock ticking he needed to make a good lap time.
He found himself on the track with another quick rider, Fenton Seabright, and neither wanting to give a tow to the other. Horsman came into the pits returning to the circuit with around 12 minutes left.
He moved up to 13 th place with little over five minutes left. He was then bogged down with some slower traffic but managed to make some clear space with three minutes left. It was getting very late in the session but Horsman pushed on and managed to finish with the fourth best time.

Race One
Again the riders found themselves on wet tyres and a drying track for the 14 lap race. Horsman was quick off the grid and made up one place early on the first lap. As expected, Seabright who had secured pole position by some margin, immediately made a break at the front of the race. Initially Brian Hart went with him but crashed out.
Horsman was in the chasing group with Scott Swann, Jack Nixon and the championship leader Scott Ogden. By the middle of the race positions were changing frequently. The rider in third moved into second only to find they were then out dragged into turn one and discovered they were back down in fourth again.
The Forest Hill racer made a great move on lap eight as the four riders approached the corners of Brundle and Nelson. First switching left then right through the two corners he exited in second position once again.
As positions continued to swap he made another impressive overtake on the tenth lap. Showing a lot of faith in the front end of his Honda NSF250R he took a tight line through Riches to retake second for another time.
Such was the nature of the race, two laps later he was fourth. Ogden and Nixon had managed to overtake the 18-year-old. With Ogden looking to break away, Horsman was keen to get ahead of the championship leader to reduce his points deficit.
He tried on lap twelve at the end of the Bentley Straight as they approached Brundle once more, but Nixon shut the door. He then went round the outside at Coram which left Horsman and Nixon side by side. Horsman now had the inside line and was through and up into third place.
As they started the final lap Horsman wasted no time in drafting by Ogden and braking late into turn one. He was again in second position. More importantly he was in front of the championship leader. Horsman got the hammer down and managed to open a gap of four or five bike lengths over Ogden in third. The rider from Doncaster did his best to close up on Horsman but the Londoner held on to take the runner up spot, behind Fenton Seabright.
With Ogden finishing third Horsman managed to reduce the gap in the championship between them to 17 points.

Race Two
There were no difficulties with the tyres or the track for the Sunday morning race. The weather conditions were stable throughout the morning.
Horsman again made a good start to the race slotting into third position behind Fenton Seabright and Brian Hart. Seabright was looking to pull-away from the field as he did in race one. Fully away of this, Horsman made quick work of Hart moving up into second place on the second lap.
Horsman then closed the gap to the race leader and overtook him at the end of the Bentley Straight going into Brundle. Horsman and Seabright were then able to increase their lead at the front of the race until it reached more than five seconds.
The two again fought for the race lead but neither was able to open a gap over the other. Seabright was strong on the brakes into turn one whilst Horsman’s favourite manouvere was to pass going through the left hander of Brundle before flicking right into Nelson.
Further back the Championship Leader Scott Ogden was making gains in the pack of riders and by the halfway stage was running third.
Perhaps sensing that by fighting between themselves Ogden would be able to catch them, Seabright spent the final few laps tucked in behind Horsman. This enabled them to maintain the gap but also meant Horsman was susceptible to a last lap attack from Seabright.
Going into turn one on the final lap Horsman held the race lead. But still he couldn’t get any clear air between them. This time it was Seabright who made the most of the slipstream down the Bentley Straight. He took over the race lead as they rolled left into Brundle. Horsman pushed hard through Coram but was still in second. As they came to the final corner of
Murrays Seabright still had the edge.
As they entered however, Seabright was fighting for control of his front wheel. It moved a couple of times but he held it together. Then as he accelerated away and looked for the finish line he squeezed the throttle a bit too much and he high-sided out of the race.
It nearly ended in tragedy for both of them but Horsman expertly managed to avoid the falling motorcycle. He had to run onto the grass but kept calm and more importantly kept the bike upright.
Returning to the track, still at high speed, he was able to take his third win of the season. Scott Ogden was able to cross the line a distant second but Horsman had importantly taken another five points out of his championship lead.
The next round of the British Talent Cup takes place in the Czech Republic at the Brno circuit 2 nd to 4 th August. There are just four races remaining for Horsman to try and claw back the 12 points he trails the championship leader.

Cameron Horsman said,” It was great to get the win and these two results mean I have cut the gap between me and Scott. It is still a tall order, with just four races to go, but all we can do is think about our races, doing our best and trying to win as many as possible and see what happens. There’s not a lot of rest though as we are now up against each other in the British Motostar Championship at Thruxton and Cadwell Park.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Two more rostrums for Cameron Horsman

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18-year-old Moto3 competitor Cameron Horsman stepped on the podium twice in round three of the British Talent Cup as he
incredible 2019 season continues.

Two hard-fought second places gave the Forest Hill motorcycle racer another 40 championship points which put him second
overall in the British Talent Cup.

After taking over at the top of the British Motostar standard Moto3 classchampionship in the British Superbike series a week
ago, Horsman went to Donington Park last weekend for the third round of the British Talent Cup. This standard Moto3
series organised by the rights holders of MotoGP, Dorna Sports, forms part of their Road to MotoGP. The best riders will
hopefully go on to race at World MotoGP or World Superbike level.

Unusually, Horsman struggled to match the pace of the fastest two riders in qualifying. He finished down in fourth some
0.631 seconds behind the pole-sitter.

However, in the first race he wasted no time with an excellent getaway from the grid.
He quickly moved into third position as the riders tipped into the first corner. It had rained about an hour before the race
started so the riders needed to be careful in the opening laps. There was only a thin dry line on the track surface early
on.

However, the three quickest riders soon broke away and it didn’t seem as if the track conditions were causing them too many
problems. With 13 of the 15 laps remaining Horsman hit the front of the race as he came out of the Schwantz Curve and headed
towards McLeans Corner.

The three at the front soon became a group of five as two other corners tagged on the back. Seabright took over at the front
and started to open a gap. But within four laps the chasing group had reeled him back in.

With 5 laps remaining Seabright crashed out of second. Despite setting one of his fastest laps on the penultimate lap
Horsman had to settle for second position at the finish line.

In the second race of the weekend it was again Ogden Seabright and Horsman who set off at the front of the race. The pace of
Seabright and Ogden seemed too much for Horsman in the early laps as he exerted all his efforts to stay in touch.

He dropped back almost a second from the leading two. At the halfway stage of the race he managed to improve his pace. He
went on to set some fast lap times and was able to claw back the gap to the leading two riders.

With six laps remaining, Horsman made a move up into second position into the Foggy Esses. He then took the race lead on the
penultimate lap overtaking race leader Scott Ogden. The lead changed several times on the final lap of the race. Ogden
returned to the front before Seabright overtook both Horseman and Ogden through the Melbourne Hairpin. Horsman missed out on
victory by a couple of bike lengths as he claimed his second podium finish of a thrilling racing weekend.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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British Moto3 Championship lead for Cameron Hormsan

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The Forest Hill British Moto3 motorcycle racer, Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season with a win in the first race at Knockhill at the weekend. He then finished second in race two to take over at the top of the Championship. In a thrilling first race there was a four-way battle for the victory with Horsman coming out on top. In the second the conditions caused difficulties for everyone as rain fell in spurts during the race whilst the riders were all
lapping on dry tyres. Horsman’s main rival, Scott Ogden, suffered a mechanical issue so

Horsman sensibly brought the bike home in second, taking into account the conditions. He secured valuable points and the championship lead. Horsman now has an 8 point advantage. Horsman was competing on his Honda NSF250R standard Moto3 machine in the British Motostar series, a support class of the British Superbike Championship. This round involved a
long trip to Fife in Scotland where the 25 GP class and standard class riders competed on the short 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit.

Free Practice
Friday got off to a solid start in free practice. He set the second quickest lap time of 55.302 seconds. He was around 0.4 seconds behind the fastest rider in the standard class. He finished second again in FP2 but the gap to the front was less than two-tenths of a second.

Qualifying
The track had been resurfaced this year and whether that was having an effect on the riders concentration or not but many were found guilty of exceeding track limits. Throughout the half an hour qualifying session eleven riders had lapped times erased for exceeding track limits. Turns 3 and 7 were proving the most difficult. Whilst Horsman slipped outside on one
occasion he recorded plenty of laps within the acceptable track limits. The best of which was a 54.059 putting him third on the grid.

Race One
As we have often seen this season so far 18-year-old Cameron Horsman has been battling at the front of the races with Doncaster’s Scott Ogden. It was these two again but this time they were joined by Harvey Claridge and Charlie Farrer.
Initially Ogden and Claridge had the advantage. Horsman was third in the standard class but was caught up behind one of the slower riders on a faster GP machine. However, he made light work of overtaking the rider and by the end of the second lap was just 0.173 seconds behind the race leader Ogden. Determined to control the race and possible make a break Horsman
took over at the front before the end of the third lap.
He wasn’t able to breakaway as the tenacious Ogden re-took first place a lap later. Ogden maintained the lead with the four riders in close formation for the next eight laps or so. On lap 12 Horsman slipped to third as Farrer came through. The rider from County Durham briefly took the race lead as couple of laps later but quickly tumbled out. Horsman took full advantage and took the race lead. Ogden pressed him all the way to the finish line but the Londoner stood firm and took his second victory of the season.

Race Two
Despite his fall Charlie Farrer had set the fastest lap of race one so he was on pole. Horsman started second although he was two positions behind Farrer with a GP class rider sandwiched in between them on the combined grid.
From the start Hormsan pushed hard ending the first in second position behind rival Scott Ogden. It was the same four riders at the front of the race again. Ogden began to open a gap in the lead as Horsman, Claridge and Farrer fought for second position.
With around 6 of the 18 laps completed Claridge made his way ahead of Horsman and then into the lead as Ogden suffered a mechanical issue.
Horsman was running in a comfortable second as both he and Claridge started to drop the rest of the field. Rain then began to fall at the Scottish circuit. With all the riders on slick tyres the rain flags were being waved. Fortunately, the rain then eased off.
Horsman’s main rival in the championship was back out on track but he was so far behind there was no point in taking any risks. As the rain returned the number 72 of Horsman decided to sit in second place and collect twenty points rather than risk throwing it all away on a risky fight for the race win.
Horsman came across the line in second. Ogden was down in ninth when the race was red-flagged because of the weather conditions.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a great weekend. Steve Patrickson and the team gave me a great bike again. Race one was really exciting as there were four of us battling for the win. In race two I was a bit fortunate after Ogden had a problem so I was able to just be sensible and think about crossing the line rather than needing the race win.”
Cameron Horsman will be back on track at Donington Park on 5 – 7 July. This time however, it will be in the British Talent Cup, another Moto3 championship but run by the organisers of MotoGP. He is currently second in that championship.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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