High five for Horsman

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British Moto2 racer, Cameron Horsman, was back in action last weekend in the British GP2 Cup, a support series of the British Superbike Championship. Competing at the Snetterton 300 track in Norfolk he managed a fifth place finish in the first race before a technical issue halted further progress in race two.
The 19-year-old from Lewisham is in his first season of Moto2 and had already shown early promise finishing fourth and ninth in his first two races in the class at Donington park two weeks ago.
Along with the other riders, Horsman had to face another challenge on Friday with strong winds gusting across the circuit during the free practice sessions on Friday. He finished the first session in 8th as he familiarised himself with the circuit before making significant progress on the afternoon to end the day in 7th overall.

Qualifying
On Saturday the bright blue sky spotted with sunlit white clouds may have looked impressive but the wind had calmed little from the day before. Late morning the 33 riders of the Supersport and GP2 classes went out on to the blustery Norfolk circuit for their qualifying session. Horsman made good progress running 6th in his class with around five minutes to go. Despite improving his lap time with a 1:55.591 by the end of the session he slipped to 25th on the grid and 9th in the GP2 class.

Race One
Saturday afternoon the riders competed in the 12 lap Sprint Race. Horsman maintained position in the opening laps. The Chassis Factory / Nova Go Racing rider then sought about hunting down Jake Archer ahead. They were part of a train of ten riders with positions changing on a regular basis, As the race went on Horsman became involved in a five GP2 rider battle for fourth spot. He continued to battle with Archer and also Mason law among others. At the chequered flag Horsman crossed the line and was rewarded with a fifth place finish.

Race Two
The riders returned to the 15 lap Feature Race on Sunday afternoon and thankfully, the wind had dropped significantly. With the grid set up based on the lap times of yesterday’s race Horsman was 3rd in the GP2 class and 13th on the combined Supersport / GP2 grid. Unfortunately, Horsman was unable to make the most of this opportunity as on the second lap he had a technical problem and was forced to retire from the race.

Cameron Horsman said, “I really enjoyed racing this weekend. On Saturday we managed to get a top five finish. We got faster all weekend and in race one I had a better lap time than I did in qualifying. Obviously race two was not in the script but these things happen in racing.”

The third round of the series takes place on the Silverstone National Circuit on the 4th to 6th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Horsman narrowly misses podium on Moto2 debut

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Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman made a remarkable start to his Moto2 career at Donington Park last weekend. Racing for a new team on a new bike he narrowly missed out on a podium in his first Moto2 race. He ended the weekend with 20 championship points and plenty of confidence for round two.

Cameron Horsman moved up to the Moto2 class in British Superbikes Championship in 2020.
In 2019, the Lewisham rider finished a superb year as runner-up in both the British Talent Cup and British Motostar Moto3 series.

Now racing on a Chassis Factory Moto2 for Nova Go Racing team Horsman qualified 8 th in the Moto2 category. With the Moto2 bikes racing alongside the Supersport class he started 23 rd onthe combined grid.

Race One
Horsman made a blistering start to the 20 lap race making up four places of the start line and moving into 8 th place in the GP2 class. He managed to open a gap back to Jake Archer, one of his GP2 rivals and concentrated on closing the gap to Joey Thompson on the Spirit Moto Corsa ahead.

At the halfway stage of the race, Horsman had caught and overtaken Thompson to move into 6 th overall. He then went on to pass Dan Jones moving up to 5 th in the category.

As he continued to push on he got into a battle with team mate Tom Oliver. The two eventually found themselves competing for the final podium position with Horsman missing out by just 0.094 seconds at the line.

Race Two
The grid for race two was based on the fastest lap times from race one. Horsman lined up 17 th on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid. Although Horsman made a good start he was unable to make the same kind of progress as he did in race one. He struggled with the bike settings and gearing.

He spent a long time battling with Jake Archer and eventually crossed the finish line in 9 th position.

Horsman took 20 points away from round one and looks forward to the next round of British GP2 Cup is at Snetterton on the weekend of 21 st to 23 rd August.

Cameron Horsman said,” I want to thank Nova Go Racing for the opportunity and continued support. This is a completely new category and you have to ride the Moto2 very differently to the Moto3 I was used to. The year has been difficult for everyone with the COVID 19 virus so I am just glad to be riding again. To come so close to a podium in my first race was fantastic. I
am already looking forward to the Snetterton round.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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