Cameron Horsman finishes third overall in the British GP2 Championship

Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman was presented with his trophy for finishing third overall in the British GP2 Championship at last weekend’s final round at Brands Hatch.

The Go Racing Developments SGR team rider had actually secured third at the previous round, before finishing the season with a sixth and fifth place finish at the Kent circuit.

Free Practice
There was drizzle in the air for free practice one so most riders decided to stay in the pits. Some made a short excursion onto the Kent circuit before returning to the dryness of the pit boxes but Horsman did not register a lap time. Conditions were better for FP2 and Horsman completed 14 laps during the session. He ended 15 th overall and 5 th in the GP2 class.

Conditions were tricky for the Supersport and British GP2 riders at Brands Hatch for the qualifying session. Spots of rain were reported in all sectors. Despite the uncertainty of the track conditions Horsman was running inside the top fifteen and 5 th with around quarter of an hour of the session remaining.

He entered the pits with a time of 1:33,265 with around ten minutes remaining. After returning to the track Horsman eventually slipped to 21 st and 8 th in class after not being able to improve on his lap time.

Race One
There was a damp track for the 12-lap Sprint race on Saturday. Horsman lined up 21 st on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid and 8 th in the GP2 class.

With a few riders forced to start from pit lane and a good start Horsman quickly moved into 15 th overall after the first lap.

Six laps into the race and Horsman was beginning to lap faster and faster as he was sitting 6 th in the GP2 category. He was involved in an exciting four rider battle, two supersport, another GP2 rider and himself over the ensuing laps.

By the tenth lap he was in 14 th position and fifth in the GP2 class and still posting faster lap times. He went on to record his best lap of the race on the final and 12 th lap and crossed the finish line for another 11 championship points.

Race Two
The first attempt to run the Feature Race was red-flagged on lap 8 after one rider’s machine deposited water onto the track. The result was that rider crashed out followed by six more who encountered the spillage shortly afterwards. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt in the incident.

This left us with a five lap sprint with Cameron Horsman starting from 12 th on the grid and fifth GP2 rider. In the restart Horsman quickly overtook another of his GP2 rivals on the opening lap to move into fifth spot in his category. Over the following laps his rival kept him honest as he tried regaining the position from Horsman. However, the number 72 held on to take fifth in the final race of the season.

Cameron Horsman ended the season third in the British GP2 Championship on 273 points with six podium finishes.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a really positive season and a big thanks to my team Go racing Developments SGR and all my personal sponsors for keeping me racing. To finish third overall is a great achievement for me and the team. It has been hard at times with a full season packed into a short calendar but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. “

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Horsman picks up podium number six at Donington Park

The British GP2 rider from Lewisham qualified 19 th on the combined British Supersport / British GP2 grid and 5 th in the GP2 category. In the Sprint Race he rode to a third place finish on the Chassis Factory / Go racing Developments SGR Moto2 in wet conditions. In the Feature Race he had an electrical issue and started from the pit lane eventually coming home ninth. The results mean that Horsman has secured third place in the British GP2 championship with one round to go.

Free Practice
On a wet track Cameron Horsman got the first Friday free practice session underway in positive style. With the British GP2 machines riding alongside the British Supersport class he was fourth overall and 2 nd in the GP2 class.
By the afternoon the rain had stopped and the track was dry. Cameron finished fifth quickest in the GP2 class with a 1:33,842 and 12 th overall.

The Supersport and GP2 riders were out on Saturday morning for their qualifying session which took place in dry but cold conditions. The track temperature was hovering around 10 degrees.
With 11 minutes to go he was fifth in his class and with a lap time of 1:35.090. At this stage he came into the pits before returning with 7 minutes remaining on the clock. Whilst Horsman quickly reduced his lap time to 1:34.787 those around him also improved their times and he would line up 19 th on the grid and fifth in his class.

Race One
The conditions for the Sprint Race on Saturday afternoon can only be described as very challenging. The track was still cold and the rain continued to fall throughout the 12 laps.
The track was very slippery and caught one rider out on the warm up lap. With another rider starting from pit lane, one man’s misfortune is another’s gain. Horsman was able to benefit from quickly being able to move into third place in the British GP2 category.
He made up two places on the opening lap overtaking Supersport riders and remained third in his class for the first few laps. Despite riding as hard and safely as he could in the conditions another GP2 rider closed in and passed Horsman on lap three.
Horsman knew his pace and his bike in these conditions and wasn’t going to risk either. The rider that passed Horsman later went on to fall as his speed and the track conditions caught him out. This elevated Horsman to third again.
Horsman ended the race in third position in the British GP2 class to pick up his sixth podium of the season.

Race Two
An electrical issue on the warm up lap saw Horsman forced into the pits as the race got underway. He did manage to come back out but returned after one lap as issues continued. The team identified the issue and managed to send him back out. By now Horsman was over a lap down on everyone else. Horsman managed to come home ninth in the British GP2 class.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a really challenging weekend. The weather made the first race really difficult for everyone with both the rain falling and low temperatures. However, we stuck to the task and managed another podium finish. In the second race the bike did not feel right on the warm up lap so I pulled into pit lane. We had an electrical issue. We went back out to see what we could do and how many points we could score. As it happens we did enough to secure third in the Championship”

The last round of the British GP2 Championship in 2021 is at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit on 15 – 17 October.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane