Podium delight for Horsman

Cameron Horsman from Lewisham stepped on the podium at Brands Hatch in the British GP2 category of the British Superbike championship last weekend.

The Go racing Developments SGR rider also took a fourth place finish in the second race of the weekend. The results put him
fourth in the overall championship standings.

Free practice
The weekend started bright with two dry free practice sessions. In the first Horsman finished 5 th with a best lap time of 1:30.888 on the 18 th lap of the session. In the afternoon he remained fifth overall in the despite shaving almost four-tenths off his time to reduce it to 1:30.510.

Qualifying
Although the track was wet early in the morning by the time the British GP2 class was out on track the conditions had improved. Qualifying took place on slicks throughout the full thirty-minute session. The British GP2 moto2 machines compete on track alongside the British Supersport category on a combined grid.
With around 8 minutes of the session remaining Horsman was lying 19 th on the grid and 7 th in the GP2 class with a lap time of 1:32.656 on the board. This was time for his final call into the pits to put on some brand new rubber.
It had the desired effect. Returning to the track with 5 minutes left on the clock he stormed up to 15 th overall and 4 th in the British GP2 class with a 1:30.985.

Race One
The race was red-flagged on the first lap on Saturday after an accident to a rider nd there was insufficient time to complete it. It was re-scheduled for Sunday morning.
Rain had fallen during the morning so the riders lined up on the grid with wet tyres. Horsman started 15 th on the grid and 4 th in the British GP2 class.
He made a really good start moving up six places on the opening lap although he remained fourth in the GP class. He was battling with Jack Scott a fellow GP 2 rider for third position. On lap five of ten Horsman managed to overtake the number 55 of Scott and then began to open
a small gap as he tried to break away. A couple of laps later and Scott had succeeded in closing the gap to Horsman and was looking to find a way to regain third place.
Horsman defended his position on the track well as we entered the final couple of laps. He then managed to make the most of some back-markers on the final lap. This enabled him to pull-away again and take his first podium of 2021 with third positon at the flag.

Race Two
The second race was also red-flagged but this time due to rainfall on lap seven. The re-started race was reduced to just 8 laps with all the riders on wet tyres.
Horsman was running fourth in the GP2 class with two laps to go and had caught the rider in third place. He then managed to pass and looked like he might open a gap. However, in the first sector of the final lap Horsman slip to fourth and although he pushed hard he was unable to regain third spot.
Cameron Horsman said, “Race one was a great result for us and my first podium of the year. In race two we missed out on the podium but finished in fourth place and I am now fourth overall in the championship on 61 points. As always a big thank you to all my sponsors and to my team Go Racing Developments SGR. Finally, I just want to send my best wishes to Brad Jones and his family and to say that we are all thinking of you.”

Next Up
The next round of the season will be at Thruxton this coming weekend.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Top five at Knockhill for Cameron Horsman

Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman took a top five finish in the British GP2 class at Knockhill last weekend. The GP2 Moto2 machines compete in the same race

as the British Supersport machines although the score their own points in a separate championship.

The short 1.3-mile circuit was missed off the calendar last year in the abridged pandemic affected season.

Free practice
Saturday was busy for the British GP2 riders. They completed two free practice session, a qualifying session and the 20 lap Sprint Race.
Cameron Horsman started the weekend brightly finishing third in FP1 with a lap time of 50.727 on the Chassis factory Moto2. In the second free

practice session Horsman reduced the lap time to 50.080.

Qualifying
Early afternoon and Horsman was back out on the Go Racing Developments SGR machine for qualifying. He was unable to replicate his FP2 lap time and

had to settle for 6 th . However, his time was only 0.27 seconds from the 3 rd fastest rider in the GP2 class.

Race One
Horsman lined up 18 th on the combined grid, the 6 th quickest GP2 machine. He made a solid start holding position for the first few laps. By the

fifth lap he was running in 17 th position overall but still 7 th in the class. Three laps later and he was just 4 tenths behind the next GP2
rider ahead. Just as it looked like Horsman might be able to close the gap he lost the front end on the ninth lap at Clark’s corner sliding off into

the gravel. Uninjured Horsman made his way to the safety barriers.

Race Two
Despite the disappointing end to race one Horsman had recorded an impressive lap time which meant he lined up 13 th on the combined grid and fourth

in the GP2 class. Horsman started well but he lost touch with the riders in front as another competitor fell in front of him. Avoiding
the crash, he fell around 1.6 seconds behind the nearest GP2 rider ahead. During the remainder of the 26 lap encounter he was never able to close

back up but secured a solid 5 th place finish.

Cameron Horsman said, “We showed good pace on Saturday in free practice and we weren’t far off in qualifying but a few tenths on this short circuit

makes a big difference. Despite not qualifying as high as I wanted I felt good for race one because I knew we were competitive.
However, it wasn’t to be. I got a good start in race two and was not far behind Perrin and Scott. Then one of the Supersport riders fell and I had to

avoid him which opened up a gap. I just couldn’t chase them back down. You always want more but a top five finish is not a bad
way to finish the weekend. Thank you to all my sponsors and to my team Go Racing Developments SGR.”

Next Up
The next round of the season will be at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 25 to 27 July 2021.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Kerry Rawson