Horsman consolidates third place in GP2 championship

Two fourth place finishes on the Silverstone National circuit last weekend has helped Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman strengthen his grip on third position in the British GP2 championship. He now sits on 203 points 39 ahead of the rider in fourth with six races to go.

Free Practice
A wet start to the weekend meant a significant number of riders did not venture out in FP1. With brighter weather expected later in the day Cameron Horsman was one of those who decided to stay in the pits.

Making up for lost time Horsman completed 19 laps in the afternoon session on what was now a dry track. He ended with the 11th best combined Supersport/GP2 time and fourth in the GP2 class just 8-hundredths of a second behind Jamie Perrin in third.

Qualifying
Late on Saturday morning the Moto2 machines joined the British Supersport bikes on the 1.64 mile Silverstone National circuit, for the 30-minute qualifying session.

After a ten-lap stint on circuit Horsman returned to the pits for fresh tyres. He was sitting around 20th overall and ninth in the GP2 class. On his return to the track he made an immediate impression vaulting up nine places and was the 4th quickest GP2 bike.

With 8 minutes on the clock the number 72 had registered a fastest lap time of 56.403 which put him at the head of the GP2 machines. He then made a further trip to the pits, this time to try and find some clear track. On his return he had slipped to fourth on the timesheet and any further progress was halted as two red flag incidents in quick succession brought proceedings to an early end.

Race One
On a dry track Horsman made a solid start to the 18-lap Sprint Race on Saturday afternoon. By the end of three laps Horsman was just a tenth behind the British GP2 rider in third place. Horsman was matching his rival as the two began to look for a way to overtake a British Supersport competitor just ahead of them. His fellow GP2 racer made a move on lap six but Horsman was held up until an opportunity on lap nine saw the Chassis Factory – Go Racing Developments SGR rider also overtake.

Unfortunately, his adversary was able to take full advantage of the clear track ahead and had made a gap of over a second and a half back to Horsman. As the race wore on Horsman was unable to make any inroads and had to settle for a safe fourth place at the flag.

Race Two
Horsman struggled to keep the front wheel down as the lights went out and the 25-lap feature Race commenced. The result was a drop of five places on the opening lap. Although he remained fourth in the GP2 class he now had eight British Supersport riders between him and the British BP2 rider in third.

At least in the early laps, the front 13 riders, of which Horsman was number 13, were tightly packed. However, on the short Silverstone National circuit passing opportunities are difficult with the strengths of the Moto2 machines different to the Supersport bikes. It took until lap ten before Horsman was able to make some progress.

Once he got his momentum Horsman began to pick off the Supersport riders ahead in his quest to close down on the GP2 rider in third position. Pushing on he set his fastest lap of the race on lap twelve and the number of riders between him and third place in the GP2 category was down to four.

With six laps remaining Horsman was just over a second behind his target. Unfortunately for Horsman his rival was able to respond and with similar lap times to the end of the race the number 72 of Horsman came across the line in fourth position once more.

Cameron Horsman said, “ I am really pleased with the weekend. The team have given me a great bike again. I endeavoured to find a good place to overtake the Supersport riders to try and close down my GP2 rivals but it proved difficult on this short circuit. Later in race two I made some real progress but it was too late to effect the result. Having said that two fourth places finishes is not a bad thing and we have improved our hold on third place in the championship, so there are plenty of positives.”

The next British GP2 race is at Oulton Park from 24-26 September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Second place success at Snetterton for Horsman

Moto2 racer, Cameron Horsman from Lewisham finished second in race two in the British GP2 championship at Snetterton at the weekend. The Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR rider held off the current GP2 champion, Mason law, to take 20 championship points. Horsman also took a fifth-place finish in race one. Cameron Horsman is now third in the championship on 177 points.

Free Practice
Friday was a successful day for the British GP2 rider from Lewisham. Cameron completed 14 laps during the first free practice session ending in 7 th in the GP2 class. He then went on to finish fourth in FP2 with a lap of 1:53.930.

Qualifying
The Supersport/GP2 qualifying took place on Saturday morning. He made a good start to the session before a red flag was shown as three riders fell at turn two. After the restart and with 6 laps completed Horsman came into the pits to change to fresh tyres for the final 10 minutes of qualifying.
After his out-lap, he was quickly up to speed. He was up in sector one. He continued being faster through sector two and reduced his lap time to 1:54.618 which put him 15 th overall and fifth in the British GP2 class. He looked to be on to improve his lap time further. On the next lap, he was up again in sectors one and two but in sector three the lap time slipped away as he came across a slower rider.
Horsman had to settle for 15 th on the grid and the fifth-fastest Moto2 machine in the British GP2 category.

Race One
The ten-lap Sprint Race was the penultimate event on Saturday afternoon. Horsman lined up 14 th after another rider received a penalty for causing an accident in qualifying but still fifth in the GP2 category.
Horsman lost a position to GP2 rival Dan Jones in the opening laps. The two then battled for a couple more before Horsman managed to get the better of Jones and started to break away. Having returned to fifth in the GP2 category he then caught and passed a Supersport rider.
Horsman was unable to close the gap to the next GP2 rider but had done enough to secure a top-five finish. The team would make some adjustments overnight ahead of the Feature Race on Sunday.

Race Two
Sunday’s Feature race was a fifteen lap concern and Cameron Horsman lined up 13 th on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid.
The number 72 made a flying start moving up four places to ninth and settled in behind fellow British GP2 riders Charlie Nesbitt and Mason law in the GP2 category. They were running 2 nd , 3 rd and fourth in their category. The leading GP2 rider then crashed out promoting all three to the podium positions.
Initially, none of the riders could break away from the others as they almost matched each other for lap times. During the final part of the race, Nesbitt did make a break leaving Mason Law and Cameron Horsman to dispute second position.
The order of the podium positions was not resolved until the last lap. Cameron Horsman managed to get the better of Mason Law to snatch second place at the finish line. It was his fifth podium of the season and best result this year.

Cameron Horsman said,” I am very pleased to have got on the podium again this weekend. We did well in race one but I was bogged down at the beginning so I lost the leading GP2 riders. In race two I got a much better start and we had the pace to match the fastest GP2 riders which makes this podium extra special.”

The next round is on the Silverstone National circuit on the weekend of 10 th to 12 th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane