Bittersweet for Horsman despite a race victory at Donington Park

R3 Donington 2019-1

Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season at Donington Park National circuit last weekend in round two of the British Talent Cup. It looked like he would be back on the podium in the second race until an over ambitious move by another rider, at the final chicane, saw Horsman skittled out through no fault of his own.

The 18-year old had led the championship overnight but left Donington Park a little disappointed as his main rival took the win in race two. Horsman now finds himself second in the standings some 20 points behind the leader.

Free Practice
Conditions were good for both free practice sessions on Friday. In the first thirty minute session Horsman ended the session third fastest overall. In the second he cut six-tenths off his lap time as he grew in confidence with his Moto3 machine on the circuit and ended the day on top with a time of 1:15.109.

Qualifying
Early on Saturday morning Horsman and the other 21 British Talent Cup riders were back out on the two-mile Donington National Circuit. The important qualifying session would determine where the riders started in both races this weekend. Horsman was always in the top positions of a tightly fought contest. In the end he had to settle for fourth place missing out on the front row by just 0.017 seconds.

Race One
Horsman didn’t get the holeshot but quickly moved into the race lead at the Old Hairpin on lap one. The riding was hard but fair as three or four riders battled for the lead over the next 24 laps. Charlie Farrer, Fenton Seabright and then later on Scott Ogden all posed serious questions of Horsman.

But it was the London rider that got to the front on the final lap and held on to take the race victory and put himself five points clear of main title rival Ogden.

Race Two
The riders were all prepared to start a 24 lap race on slick tyres when the rain fell at Donington. The organisers quickly declared it a wet race and all the bikes were changed to wet tyres. As you would expect with the British weather the sun then came out as the shortened 16 lap race began.

Cameron Horsman wasted no time, and was clearly confident in the mixed conditions as he took the lead into the first corner. Initially, Horsman was battling with Fenton Seabright for the lead. Horsman’s main rival Ogden came through the field to join the leading two riders to form a group of three at the front. By the end of the sixth lap Horsman had managed to open a gap of around a second over his two rivals but Ogden then managed to pass Seabright and the two chasing riders quickly closed down the lead Horsman had made.

The rain flag came out as spots began to fall again and the pace at the front of the race began to drop. The three front runners were later caught by two other riders making it a group of five on the final lap.

Unfortunately, one of those riders braked too late into the final chicane and lost control of his bike. Horsman who was tucked in behind the race leader Ogden was the innocent victim as the fallen rider’s bike slid into his sending him tumbling out of the race.

Cameron Horsman said, “The weekend started really positively and we seemed to be in control. Although we qualified fourth I knew we had the race pace. It worked perfectly in race one and was looking good in race two until I was taken out. From podium to nothing is a bit hard to take but that is racing. We have to stay positive and do our best again in the next round.”

His next race is at Brands Hatch on 14 to 16 June 2019 in the British Motostar Championship.
The British Talent Cup continues in July, again at Donington but this time on the GP circuit.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

R3 Donington 2019-2

Photos: Bonnie Lane