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.
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.
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.
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
Photo: Bonnie Lane