Double podium success for Horsman

British GP2 rider, Cameron Horsman from Lewisham, got the best from his Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR Moto2 machine to finish on the podium twice at Cadwell Park.
In the Sprint race on Saturday, he crossed the line 3 rd to collect 16 championship points before repeating the success in the Feature Race on Sunday missing out on second position by just 0.119 seconds. He has moved up to third overall in the championship standings on 146 points, two ahead of Jack Scott in fourth.

Free Practice
It was Horsman’s first time at Cadwell Park on a 600 machine and he got off to a positive start. Horsman finished fourth overall in both free practice sessions, with a best time of 1:31.770 in session two.

Qualifying
He was able to make more progress in qualifying. Horsman reduced his lap time to 1:31.341 which ensured he lined up 15 th on the combined grid with the British Supersport bikes and 4 th in the British GP2 class.

Race One
Horsman had a frustrating start to the 12 lap Sprint race. He got caught up in a group of riders that he had more pace than but was struggling to pass them on the narrow circuit. When he eventually got to the front of the group the gap to riders ahead was already significant.

Unable to close down the riders ahead Horsman concentrated on his race going on to cross the line 9 th overall and third in the British GP2 category.

Race Two
Horsman’s best lap time of 1:31.507 in race one saw him move up the grid for race two. He started 12 th overall and fourth again in the GP2 class.

He managed to hold 12 th position through the early corners and was tucked in on the back wheel of fellow British GP2 rider Dan Jones.

As the race went on the gap between the two riders would stretch a little before Horsman would reel it back in. The distance between them was never greater than nine-tenths of a second with Horsman always quickly closing back up if Jones looked like he might escape.

On the final lap, Horsman had latched on to the back wheel of Jones but was just unable to find enough speed and a clean place to make a pass. In the end, he had to settle again for third spot but just 0.119 seconds behind Jones in second position.

Cameron Horsman said,” It was my first time on the Moto2 at Cadwell Park, because the track wasn’t on the calendar last year. It’s a tight circuit so to come away with two podium finishes, in the end, was a good result. Thank you to everyone in the team and my sponsors for keeping me racing.”

Horsman has now stood on the third step of the podium four times this season and will be looking for more success next time out at Snetterton from 3 rd to 5 th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photos: Bonnie Lane

Podium finish for Cameron Horsman

The Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR Moto2 rider from Lewisham took his second podium of the season in the British GP2 race at Donington

National circuit last weekend. He is now fourth in the championship standings with 114 points just five behind the rider in third.

Free Practice
The weekend started well for Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman finishing free practice 1 in fourth position. He then went on to knock 7 tenths of a second off his lap time as he improved to finish third quickest of the British GP2 machines with a time of 1:09.549.

Qualifying
After a great Friday of free practice, Saturday began with frustration for Cameron Horsman.
The number 72 was following his usual routine of starting on used tyres in qualifying before pulling in with around seven or eight minutes remaining to put on brand new rubber. Having completed his out lap Horsman was set to push on and improve on his 18 th place on the grid and fifth in the British GP2 class. However, another bike deposited oil on the track at turn two and the marshals brought out the red flags. The session was over and Horsman was unable to make use of the fresh tyres or improve on his grid position.

Race One
Horsman was elevated to 17 th on the grid after another rider withdrew from the race before it began. There had been some drizzle during the day but it was dry by the time the 20 lap race got underway.

The Londoner didn’t get away from the grid as well as he would have hoped and dropped behind two of his GP2 rivals, Jones and Archer.

The three raced lap after lap within a few tenths of a second of each other. Riding nose to tail no one seemed to be able to break away. It was on lap nine that Horsman made his way ahead of Jones to take 4 th in the GP 2 category. He then quickly followed Overtook Archer to take third.

Despite making his way to the front Horsman was unable to make a gap with both Archer and Jones close on his back wheel. Nonetheless, he held on to take third place and a second podium of the season at the chequered flag.

Race Two
Starting 15 th on the grid in race two and fourth in the GP2 category Horsman gained three positions off the grid and was into third place in the GP2 category by the end of lap two. Fellow GP2 riders Jones and Law were in close attendance.

On lap seven Horsman was unable to hold off Law who had overtaken Jones and now passed the number 72 Chassis factory machine of Horsman.

On lap 15 a safety car was deployed meaning the riders bunched up until it returned to the pits on lap 18. Over the final few laps Horsman was unable to match the pace of Law and had to settle for a respectable fourth-place finish to add to his podium from Saturday.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was great to return to the podium on Saturday so I must give my team a big thank you for providing me with a competitive bike. Although we didn’t make the podium in Sunday’s race we were the fastest we had been all weekend and we finished 8 th in the combined result of Supersport and GP2. So there were plenty of positives to take with us to Cadwell Park.”

Next Up
The next round of the British GP2 season will be at Cadwell Park from 20 to 22nd August.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Solid results for Horsman in mixed conditions at Thruxton

Cameron Horsman took a fourth and fifth place finish in the British GP2 Championship at Thruxton in tricky weather conditions. He now stands 5 th overall on 85 points and just 12 points behind the rider in third position.

Free Practice
The two free practice sessions on Friday took place on a damp and windy track and as it would turn out for race one were of limited use in preparing the Moto2 machine. Horsman finished fifth quickest out of the British GP2 machinery in both sessions.

Qualifying
The 25-minute qualifying session got underway at 12.25 on Saturday morning. Although the sky was cloudy the track was dry. In his first stint on the circuit he made steady progress. Then the rain flags came out in sector two and then sector three as spots of rain began to fall. His
best lap time at this stage was a 1:20.190. Horsman came into the pits to make a change of tyres. The precipitation petered out to the relief of most riders. Horsman made significant progress with his lap times finishing with a 1:18.998 to put him 6 th just a fraction of a second behind his teammate number 60 Cameron Fraser.

Race One
Despite the weather forecasts the 12 lap Sprint race took place in good conditions after the inclement weather that featured on Friday. Horsman started 15 th on the combined grid and 6 th in the British GP2 class. A steady start saw him sitting on the back wheel of his teammate
Cameron Fraser. On lap five Horsman managed to get the better of Fraser as he advanced into what was now fourth place in the GP2 class after another had fallen.
His next target was around a second up the road but there were a number of Supersport riders in between and this time Horsman was unable to close the gap to his rival in the GP2 category. He crossed the line in fourth position.

Race Two
Horsman’s best lap time of 1:18.702 elevated him to 12 th on the grid and the fourth fastest British GP2 machine for race two.
The rain had threatened throughout the day and finally fell heavily just before the Supersport / British GP2 race was set to get underway. As a result, the race was reduced to 15 laps with the marshals needing time to clear some of the standing water from the track.
Once the race started the rain stopped but the track was wet and the riders had to contend with a considerable amount of spray in the first couple of laps.
Horsman made a steady start in the tricky conditions. By the fifth lap he was running 6 th in the GP2 class on the back wheel of fellow GP2 rider Rowlings. The following lap he managed to pass. He was over three seconds behind his next target who was Jamie Perrin, fourth in the
British GP2 category.
Horsman made good progress lapping half a second quicker than his rival. By lap 11 he was less than a second behind and still closing. However, Horsman ran out of laps and crossed the line 5 th just 0.087 seconds behind Perrin in fourth.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a challenging weekend for all the riders with the changing weather so I am pleased we came home with two solid results. Thank you once again to Go racing Developments SGR for giving me a competitive bike to race as always and also thanks to my sponsors without who I could not race.”

Next Up
The next round of the season will be at Donington Park on 13 to 15 th August.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane