Arm pump impedes Horsman at Oulton Park

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The undulating, twisty, narrow Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park proved a real challenge for rookie Moto2 racer Cameron Horsman from Lewisham. The 19-year-old still came away with a 7th and 9th place finish in the British GP2 Cup despite suffering arm pump.

Qualifying
It was late Saturday morning when the thirty plus Supersport and GP2 (Moto2) riders started their 25-minute qualifying session on the 2.7 mile Oulton park circuit. The number 72 of Horsman was out promptly as he looked to build on the progress he made in Friday’s free practice sessions. He found the undulating and twisty track layout of Oulton Park made the Moto2 machine much more challenging to master than at the previous circuits of Silverstone, Snetterton and Donington Park. He registered a 1:41.029 lap time that put him 20th on the combined Supersport / GP2 grid and 7th in his class.

Race One
The shorter 12-lap Sprint Race took place on Saturday afternoon. Horsman did not make the best of starts slipping down to 9th in the GP2 class on the opening lap, behind Joey Thompson and Dan Jones.

On the second lap, Horsman regained one position as he advanced passed Thompson. By the end of lap four he was back into 7th position. His nearest GP2 rival was more than two seconds down the road and to make progress Horsman also had to negotiate his way around a Supersport rider in the process. He was suffering arm pump problems in the race and although he continued to push and reduced the gap to the riders ahead he was unable to make a pass.

The Londoner crossed the line in 7th place in the British GP2 Cup category.

Race Two
The Chassis Factory Nova Go Racing rider lined up 16th on the grid, 7th in the GP2 class, for the second race of the weekend. The Moto2 machine is a much heavy bike than the Moto3 of last season and Horsman’s struggles with arm pump this weekend continued. He made a tentative start dropping five places on the first lap and to tenth overall in his category.

In spite of his arm issues. he managed to improve as the race went on and regained a position on the final lap as he went on to take ninth place at the flag after 15 laps.

Cameron Horsman said, “This was the hardest weekend I have had on the Moto2 machine. The team did everything they could to help me but this is a tough track with lots of changes of direction and changes in elevation. I guess it just put a lot more stress on my arms than usual as I suffered arm pump for most of the weekend. Still we came away with two points scoring finishes and I am looking forward to the next round at Donington Park on the GP circuit. That track should hopefully suit me better.”

Cameron Horsman is sixth in the championship standings on 83 points.

The penultimate round of the series takes place at Donington Park from the 2nd to 4th October.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Double podium success for Cameron Horsman

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On Saturday, Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman, took his first podium in the British GP2 Cup, when he finished third. Then on Sunday the Chassis Factory / Nova Go Racing rider went one step further finishing second in this Moto2 support series of the British Superbikes Championship.

Qualifying
After two free practice session on the Friday the 19-year-old had ended the day seventh fastest in the GP2 category. During qualifying Horsman managed to reduce his best lap time from Friday by three-tenths. His fastest time, a 56.686 came on lap 15 of 18 he completed during qualifying. This put him 4th in the GP2 category and 17th overall in the combined British GP2 Cup / Supersport start grid.

Race One
The first race of the weekend was an 18-lap Sprint Race of the 1.6 mile Silverstone National circuit. Horsman made a satisfactory start holding his position on the opening lap. He then managed to make up two places on lap four. The number 72 continued running in fourth spot in the GP2 class up to the middle of the race.

Horsman then caught and overtook fellow GP2 rider Dan Jones. Although in third place he didn’t sit back. He had found a good rhythm and began to close in on the number 86 of Charlie Nesbitt.

With two laps to go he overtook Nesbitt to move into second spot. Nesbitt hit back the following lap and although Horsman pushed hard he could not find a way back and crossed the line 0.061 seconds behind for what was a superb third place.

Race Two
Race one had already proved a fantastic result for the rider from Lewisham but Horsman achieved an even better result in race two.

The feature race was 26 laps long with Horsman starting 16th on the grid and 5th in the GP2 class. Caught up in the frantic opening corners he slid to 6th in the GP2 category on the opening lap.

It didn’t take long for him to find his stride though. On lap three he was running 16th overall and was the 4th GP2 machine in the race after passing team mate Tom Oliver.
Shortly after the safety car was deployed after a three rider crash. Horsman found himself riding in third position just behind Charlie Nesbitt in second and Alastair Seeley who led the GP2 class.

After several laps the safety car pulled into pit lane and the now bunched up field were racing again. Nesbitt overtook his team mate Seeley and led the GP2 category. On lap 14, just after the halfway point of the race, Horsman also overtook Seeley to move into second spot.

By the end of lap 14 Horsman was right on the back wheel of Nesbitt and fighting for the lead. Unfortunately for Nesbitt, he suffered a mechanical issue and had to retire. Horsman was now out front but right behind him were the experienced Seeley and Chassis Factory Nova Racing team mate Tom Oliver.

Horsman briefly overtook the Westmoreland putting the supersport rider between him and the other two GP2 riders but Westmoreland quickly regained the position. The next time Horsman overtook Westmoreland the other two GP2 riders were able to follow.

Horsman was able to manage the pressure of the two rivals behind well. He looked set for a possible first British GP2 Cup victory. Unfortunately, on the penultimate lap a Supersport rider suffered an issue with his bike and Horsman had to ease off. This enabled his team mate Oliver to ride round the outside of them and take the race lead.

Horsman had to settle for second place at the flag but it had been a superbly successful weekend for the youngster from Lewisham.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was great to achieve my first podium. Even better to make it two in the same weekend! I’m not too disappointed to miss out on the win as it went to my team mate. The bike was superb so I must thank Chassis Factory and Nova Go Racing. We just got faster and faster all weekend. I set my best lap time of the weekend in the final race.”

Cameron Horsman is fifth in the championship standings on 67 points.

The fourth round of the series takes place at Oulton Park from the 18th to 20th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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