Horsman finishes impressive rookie Moto2 season 6th overall

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Summary Horsman ended his rookie British GP2 (Moto2) Cup season with a seventh and fifth place finish at Brands Hatch. This took his points total to 138 and 6th in the overall championship in a year that saw him take a first race victory in the class.

Qualifying
Overnight rain had left the Kent circuit damp throughout most of the morning. Although there was no further rain the track was drying slowly in the cold October temperature. However, a dry line was definitely appearing on the racing line. Like several of his competitors Horsman decided to sit in the garage at the beginning of the session venturing out when the improved conditions would enable him to use slick tyres. He managed 12 laps during the remainder of the session setting the seventh fastest time in the GP2 category, a 1:31.101. He had qualified 7th in the Moto2 category and 19th overall.

Race One
It was still cold when the riders lined up for the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. Horsman made up a couple of positions on the opening lap but remained 7th in the Moto2 class. On lap three he was overtaken by a Supersport class rider and for several laps could not re-pass. This resulted in his closest GP2 rivals managing to make a break. Although he re-took the position later and posted his fastest lap time of the weekend so far (1:30.419) he was unable to close down his GP2 rivals. He went on to finish 15th overall and 7th in his category.

Race Two
Horsman was placed 20th on the combined Supersport / GP2 grid for the final race of the season, seventh in his class. He dropped a position in the GP2 class on the opening lap. Jake Archer was the nearest but between Archer and Horsman were two Supersport riders. By the fourth lap Horsman had caught Archer and passed the number 47.

His next objective was the GP2 of Dan Jones who was some 1.5 seconds ahead. Having got himself some clear track he was able to chip away at Jones’ advantage. However, behind him Archer had got through the Supersport riders and was not far behind Horsman.

Jones and Horsman then traded places for a couple of laps with Horsman eventually managing to pull away with around 4 laps to go. Archer had also got through and for the final two laps put Horsman under a lot of pressure.

The Lewisham rider held off the challenge to take a hard fought fifth place finish.

Following another successful weekend Cameron Horsman finished his rookie year in 6th position overall on 138 points. On the way he took a third place, a second and of course a fabulous maiden win at Donington Park early in October.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was a great first year in Moto2. I wasn’t expecting to get a podium this year so to finish with three and a race win was amazing. It has been unusual not to have any crowds this year but I appreciate all the support I have had from the local press and social media. I must thank the Chassis Factory and Nova Go Racing for the bike I have had this year and all my other sponsors and supporters.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Photo: Bonnie Lane

Heroic Horsman takes maiden Moto2 win

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Rookie Moto2 rider Cameron Horsman secured a dramatic first British GP2 Cup win at Donington Park at the weekend. The Lewisham rider started 20th (6th in class) on the combined GP2/Supersport grid at a rain soaked Donington Park. Despite the conditions, the Chassis Factory Nova Go Racing rider continually posted faster lap times than his GP2 rivals hauling them in one by one to take victory in race one in the Moto2 category.

Qualifying
Because of the weather conditions the organisers scrapped the qualifying sessions and set the grid positions for the 12-lap race one from the best free practice times from Friday. This put Horsman 20th overall and 8th in the Moto2 class.

Race One
He made a steady get away from the line as a thick mist of spray enveloped the riders further down the field.

Horsman was quickly onto the back wheel of two fellow GP2 rider before passing them on lap four to move into third as another Moto2 rider slid off in the conditions.

The number 72 was able to maintain his rapid pace during the difficult track conditions as rain continued to fall. He soon found himself closing in on another rival. Horsman was lapping almost a second quicker than his opponents.

On the penultimate lap he set his fastest lap of the race to move into second position. He was then rapidly homing in on the back wheel of the race leader and his teammate Tom Oliver. In the final part of the lap Horsman was able to ease passed Oliver and take his first British GP2 Cup race win.

Race Two
Cameron started race two from sixth on the grid. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the start he wanted dropping to 12th in the initial tussle off the grid and finishing the first lap in 15th place overall.

Horsman recovered and regained his flow moving back into fourth position in the British GP2 class on the fifth lap of 14. He then battled with Mason law and his teammate Tom Oliver for several laps.

Later on in the race he the arm pump issues he suffered at Oulton Park returned and he struggled to match the pace of his fellow GP2 riders.

At the flag he had to settle for a 6th place in the Moto2 category but it has been a very successful weekend.

Cameron Horsman said, “To get my first win was unbelievable. The track conditions were really bad on Saturday but I just kept a good rhythm and late on in the race could see I was catching the race leaders. To take a win in my rookie year in Moto2 was fantastic. Thanks to all my sponsors and especially to Chassis Factory and Nova Go Racing for a superb bike.”

Cameron Horsman is sixth in the championship standings on 118 points just 30 behind the championship leader in the closely fought Moto2 category.

The last round of the series takes place at Brands Hatch from the 16th to 18th October.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Photo: Bonnie Lane