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.
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.
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.
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
Photo: Bonnie Lane