Horsman involved in thrilling races at Thruxton

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Round five of the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class championship took place at Thruxton last weekend. The 2.4-mile circuit is one of the quickest on the British Superbike calendar despite not having any obvious straight. It is a combination of fast flowing corners and very popular with the riders. Horsman finished race one in fourth and seventh in race two.

Free Practice
Free practice took place on a scorching Friday. As temperatures increased the majority of the riders improved their lap times during the afternoon session. Cameron Horsman finished both free practice session in fourth place. Having gearing issues Horsman couldn’t make the best of the warmer conditions and set his fastest lap, a 1:24.119, in the morning.

Qualifying
The 34 riders took to the Hampshire circuit at 9:30am on Saturday morning to complete their half an hour qualifying session. Horsman spent the entire session inside the top four or five riders having decided to alter the gearing on the bike overnight. Determined to get a good place on the starting grid he completed 21 laps, more than any other rider. The effort was
worth it as his lap time of 1:23.226 on the final lap put him second for the start of race one.

Race One
On a very warm track Horsman made a good start to race one. Over the 12 laps the rider from Forest Hill was in an intense battle with Fenton Seabright. The two provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd as they constantly switched places, sometimes several times in one lap.
On the final lap the two riders were neck and neck as they approached a slower GP class rider. Seabright managed to move up the inside whilst Horsman was forced to overtake around the outside losing valuable time. Whilst both Seabright and Horsman were overtaken by the more powerful GP class machine on the run to the line Horsman had to settle for fourth in his class just 0.115 seconds from the podium.

Race Two
The 14 lap second race of the weekend was an amazing spectacle for the large crowd assembled at the circuit in Hampshire. It didn’t start well for Horsman who dropped from fifth at the start. With the leader of the race long gone Horsman clawed his way back to the six rider fight for second place. The positions of all these riders changed with exhausting frequency. The riders showed great maturity in their race craft as it would so easily for an over exuberant racer to crash out taking three or four with him. Horsman finished the race in seventh which seems disappointing, but with the gap between the second place to seventh at just 0.8 seconds it was an extremely tight race.

Cameron Horsman said, “I had a great battle with Fenton in race one. We were passing each other all over the track. Although I just missed the podium I felt very positive after that race. Race two was probably one of the most exciting races I have had in this class. One of the closest races and most fun. I got a bad start but got back to the group. The whole race we were just changing positions. On the last lap I was up to fourth but someone cut in front of me just before the line. I had to brake and that dropped me back to seventh.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman closing in on fifth spot after Brands Hatch

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From the short 1.3 mile Scottish circuit of Knockhill, the Hel Performance British Motostar series moved to Cameron Horsman’s local track, the 2.4 mile Brands Hatch circuit, for round four.

Cameron made a great start to the weekend on the Nova / Fab Racing Honda finishing second quickest in free practice one. A large amount of rain then fell. When the riders went out for free practice two the track was still damp. Horsman waited for the circuit conditions to improve before venturing out on slick tyres. No one was going to improve their lap times but the practice in mixed conditions could have proved valuable if the rain fell again later in the weekend. We have already seen this year, in the British Talent Cup that Horsman is talented even when the circuit is not at its best and he set the quickest time.

For qualifying on Saturday the conditions were perfect. Dry track and warm weather. The lap times were the fastest they had been all weekend and Horsman improved his quickest lap time too. The session was really competitive and despite a time of 1:37.427 he would line up seventh in the standard category. He was around half a second off the rider in third.

The first race was for 12 laps. However, due to a crash on lap nine it was cut short. Horsman had made a good start and was racing in a group of five other riders. He worked himself from the back of the group to fifth in the race overall just 1.3 seconds from the race leader. However, an incident on lap nine led to the red-flag coming out and the race ended. His
progress was halted and he was declared fifth.

The second race took place on Sunday afternoon. This time it was it was a 14 lap 34-mile race and Horsman was feeling very positive. Again he got away well but his progress was made more difficult when he came across one of the slower riders on a GP category class machine. This faster machine was able to pull-away on the straight but was slowing him up through the corners. Try as he might he was unable to pass and make it stick. He went on to cross the line in a slightly frustrated 6 th place.

Having added 21 points over the weekend Horsman remains sixth overall but is now just four points behind the rider in fifth.

Cameron Horsman said,” In qualifying I was expecting to do a lot better after the Friday but I didn’t manage to get a good enough lap in. A few people were trying to get a tow and were getting in my way a bit. In race one the front three got away but I was in the second group and we managed to catch them up. Then there was a crash and that messed it up a bit.

In the second race I was third on the grid but I had a bad first lap and got stuck behind a GP class bike. I just couldn’t overtake so it was frustrating. I managed to keep the other standard class riders in our group behind me though.

I’m looking forward to Thruxton because I usually do quite well there.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Solid points at Knockhill

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The 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit in Scotland was bathed in sunshine all weekend giving ideal track conditions for the riders. On top of that the track had been resurfaced leading to some very quick lap times.

With two successful rounds of the British Talent Cup it has been two months since Cameron Horsman rode in the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class series.

Round Three took place at Knockhill in Fife where the 1.3-mile track was immersed in fabulous sunshine all weekend.

In the first free practice Horsman spent some time adjusting to the differences between the Moto3 machines he rides in the two different classes. It didn’t take long as he registered the fourth quickest time. In FP2 he was unable to improve on his lap time and slipped to ninth overall.

Qualifying took place on Saturday morning. The Forest Hill youngster managed to reduce his time to 54.868 making good use of the new asphalt surface that had been laid at the venue. His time put him 8 th in the class on the grid.

In the opening lap of the 18 lap race one Horsman lost a position but was on the back of a group of around and found himself at the back of a group of six riders. From the mid-way stage of the race he battled with Scott Ogden eventually overcoming the North Lincolnshire rider on lap 13 to take eighth place at the flag.

The second 22 lap race of the weekend took place on the Sunday. Horsman made a better start moving up a couple of places but on a tightly packed track in the opening laps he slipped back to his starting position. He then began to make inroads and was battling with Ross Turner, Charlie Atkins and Scott Swann. The four pushed each other hard as they covered the near 28 miles of undulating track and the famous sharp Taylor final hairpin over the 22 laps. Horsman managed to make a late move on Atkins at the end of the final lap to cross the line in seventh place. He also managed to set his fastest lap of the weekend a 54.601.

Horsman left the Scottish round with another 16 points. The fourth round of the championship will be at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit on the weekend of 20-22 July.

Cameron Horsman said, “I was struggling along the start and finish straight which is up hill at this circuit. I was catching the smaller riders in the first part of the circuit then losing out to them ibn the second part, all weekend. But we came away with valuable points in both races and I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch my home circuit.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman scores valuable points at Snetterton

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Cameron Horsman came away with really solid points from both British Talent Cup races in
round three of the British Talent Cup. The Forest Hill youngster finished race one in 8 th position
before going on to take sixth in the second.

Free Practice
During free practice one Horsman used the track time to try out a few different lines on the 2.7
mile Norfolk circuit, the second longest in England. Having worked out his braking markers and
other reference points he set a lap time of 2:04.914 in the second free practice session. This
put him provisional 7 th on the grid.

Qualifying
Saturday morning the 23 British Talent Cup riders lined up for the one qualifying session which
would decide the grid for both the weekend’s races.
Horsman only completed two laps before returning to the pits to make some adjustments to
the bike. It immediately paid off as he managed to increase his pace lap after lap finishing with
a 2:04.099 on his 14 th and final revolution of the track. Horsman had made it to fifth on the
grid.

Race One
In race one he didn’t get the best of starts and slipped to seventh at the end of the first lap. He
soon realized that they had opted for the wrong gearing and he was hitting the rev limiter on
the starights. The front group had got away and Horsman was riding in a lonely 7 th place for the
majority of the race. He was setting pretty consistent lap times throughout the race but came
under pressure in the closing laps. Despite managing to reduce his lap times Horsman was
pipped on the final lap and finished the race in a respectable 8 th .

Race Two
Alhtough the sky clouded over and it was cooler the weather stayed dry . Horsman lost a place
on the opening lap but then managed to hold onto sixth place. After a mistake by the race
leader he was elevated to fifth. Horsman came under a lot of pressure from Jack Nixon as the
two tussled throughout the 14 laps. As they came to complete the final lap the smaller, and
therefore lighter Nixon was able to out drag Horsman to the line. The result was Horsman
finished sixth just 0.048 secionds behind his rival.

Cameron Horsman now has 37 points and has climbed two positions to seventh overall. He will
next be riding in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship at Knockhill in July.

Cameron Horsman said,” This was a better weekend..

The London racer will be back in action on a Moto3 at round three at Snetterton on 15 to 17
June.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

British Talent Cup Rd2 Donington Park

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Horsman takes a seventh place at Donington

The second round of the British Talent Cup was a tough but ultimately positive weekend for Forest Hill racer Cameron Horsman. The 17-year-old was hit by another rider in the first race in the opening corners but went on to finish with a solid sixth place in race two. Horsman is currently ninth after two rounds.

Free Practice
The conditions for free practice were mixed. Free practice one took place on a completely wet track. In the afternoon the rain had stopped falling and a dry line had appeared. Horsman used these sessions to familiarize himself with the track again.

Qualifying
Horsman’s best lap time was a 1:41.629 which was less than three tenths of a second from a front row place. With such close lap times it meant he would start sixth on the grid for both races.

Race One
The weather had changed dramatically for the race with clear blue skies although it was blustery. Feeling comfortable with the bike Cameron Horsman was looking forward to trying to get away with the front group of riders. Unfortunately, his race was over almost before it began when an over exuberant rider lost control crashing into him in the very first corner.

Race Two
After the disappointment of race one Cameron Horsman was keen to get a good start to the second race. Unfortunately, he got bogged down and dropped to tenth in the first few corners. By the end of the second lap he had already made up two places as he started to work his way back through the field. Horsman made up another place only a lap later running seventh. He was racing in a group of riders including Stacey, Whatley, Nixon and Jack Hart and continued to improve moving up to sixth on the fourth lap. Whilst he managed to rise to fifth he was battling in a competitive and very tight group and after a small mistake went unforgiven on the final lap he crossed the line in seventh.

Cameron Horsman now has 19 points and is ninth in the championship as the riders next stop will be Snetterton.

Cameron Horsman said,” I didn’t make a good start to race two but felt comfortable with the bike. I was in a long battle with a group of other riders. Although it meant the front three managed to get away it was exciting. At the end there were six of us within a second and I am happy to have finished seventh. The low point was race one which meant we missed out on more points, but these things happen in racing. I would like to thank my mechanic and all the people that run the superbly organised British Talent Cup.

Cameron Horsman will be back in action on a Moto3 at round three at Snetterton on 15 to 17 June.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

BSB Motostar Oulton Park

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The weather and track conditions were excellent as first free practice got underway on Saturday at Oulton Park, with Cameron Horsman getting a good start. Coming up to the end of the first lap the bike suffered a mechanical failure, which turned out to be an engine problem and the end of the session for Cameron. Jeff Claridge from Nova Racing Transmissions kindly lent Cameron an engine; everybody in the team worked hard changing the engine over and had the bike ready in time for second free practice. After taking the first couple of laps steadily Cameron turned on the pressure finishing 3rd in the standard class with a best lap time of 1:50:061 being one of the fastest for the day.

Qualifying on Sunday, again with excellent weather, got underway and Cameron was up with the leaders, putting in good sector and lap times, with a final lap time of 1:49:000 saw him finish 2nd in his class and on 6th row of the grid for Sunday’s race.

The first race of 10 laps on Sunday afternoon saw Cameron late onto the grid due to a slight problem which was able to be fixed prior to exiting the pit lane. As the lights went out he got a good start and throughout the race Cameron and Fenton Seabright battled it out for second and third places over the ten laps with Victor Rodriguez leading the standard class. As the race finished Cameron took 3rd place with a best lap time of 1:48:247.

The second race of 14 laps on Monday and again Cameron was riding hard from the start and up at the front determined to try and take the race win. Unfortunately this was not to be when he crashed out in the closing laps sliding across the track and grass closely followed by his bike. The rider was unscathed the bike suffering some damage.

Following the race Cameron said I was devastated to have crashed out, but a big thank you to Jeff of Nova for lending me an engine and everyone else who helped in changing it so quickly. Without this help I would not have made it to the podium on Sunday. Racing has its ups and downs but we move on now to the next British Talent Cup rounds, the end of May at Donnington, in June at Snetterton then back to HEL Motostar in July at Knockhill, the season is still in the early stages and all to play for. Finally, thank you to my father for all the time and effort he puts in to enable me to compete.

BSB Motostar Brands Hatch Indy Circuit

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The first practice took place on a wet but drying track surface. Following the wet conditions experienced at Donington Park for British Talent Cup Cameron Horsman showed that he wasn’t afraid of the wet. From the start he consistently improved his lap times as the first free practice progressed finishing with a time of 54.071.

By the afternoon and second practice the track was dry and saw Cameron continue to lead the Honda standard class recording the fastest lap at 51.039 and finishing both practice sessions at the top of the time sheet.

The track and weather conditions for qualifying on Saturday were good and from the start Horsman was up at the front pushing hard, enjoying the Indy Circuit and eventually qualifying in second place with the fastest lap time for the Standard Class of 51.134 behind Victor Rodriguez.

The weekend having got off to a good start, as the lights went out for the start of the first race saw Cameron riding hard, enjoying the Indy Circuit, up amongst the Moto 3 riders and battling with Rodriguez and Cook in the standard class. This battle continued throughout the race and saw Cameron taking third place, his first podium of the season and recording the fastest lap at 50.605 / 85.93mph.

By virtue of Cameron having the fastest lap in race 1 on Saturday meant he started Sunday’s race on pole position in the Honda standard class. As the lights went out Cameron got a tough start and found himself further back than he would have liked. However he made his way back up and being faster than Cook and Seabright, who were in second and third place, it looked as though there could be another podium but on the last lap Horsman was held up and at the flag took fourth place.

Following the race Cameron said it had been a good weekend, he was pleased with the results and his bike had performed well. Again thank you to my family and everyone who supports and encourages me but particularly to my father for ensuring my bike is race ready.

British Talent Cup Donington Park

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First practice on Saturday was far from ideal, with a wet track and a very low temperature saw some riders struggling with the conditions and there were several fallers. Cameron Horsman took it steady, getting a feel for the conditions and finishing the practice without any problems.

The second session was still very cold and although the track had improved there was only one wet corner. Rory Skinner was in the mix again but this time Cameron Horsman had clearly gained confidence as he and Skinner swapped the fastest times throughout the session. The two riders were generally more than a second ahead of the third placed rider for the full 30 minutes. As the session came to a close Horsman again went fastest leading Skinner by 0.895 seconds with a 1:47.471 to be the fastest rider after the two practice sessions.

In qualifying Cameron Horsman was unable to match his second practice taking 5th place on the grid for the first race later in the day.

The inaugural race of British Talent Cup and drama started before the race even began when Cameron Horsman and Rory Skinner both fell on the sighting lap. Both were successful in getting their bikes back to pit lane, where mechanics worked quickly on repairs and both riders were able to re-join at the back of the grid instead of in their qualifying positions of fifth and sixth. Fenton Seabright had an issue on the grid as riders left for the warm-up lap eventually starting from the pit lane. Despite starting from the back by the end of the first lap Cameron Horsman was running 13th, Fenton Seabright 15th and Rory Skinner was up to 9th. In the final third of the race, there was a continuous battle between Storm Stacey, Rory Skinner, Scott Swann, Charlie Atkins and Cameron Horsman for fifth to ninth places. At the finish it was Thomas Strudwick in 1st place followed by Joshua Whatley and Fenton Seabright with Cameron Horsman taking 6th place.

At the end of the race Cameron said he was pleased with his result after having crashed on the sighting lap and starting from the back but was looking forward to Monday’s race. Thank you to everyone for supporting me and particularly to Dorna for giving me the opportunity to be part of the BTC team. #23

British Talent Cup class of 2018 decided at Silverstone

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The wait is now over, and the class of 2018 for the first ever British Talent Cup has been decided

Around ninety riders attended the selection event today at the famous Silverstone circuit. It was a full day for the youngsters as they vied for a spot in the British Talent Cup 2018 championship.

One of the 22 young riders selected to line up next season is Cameron Horsman, who travelled to Silverstone for the Selection Event on Wednesday 24 August.

The championship has been set up as a stepping stone to the world stage of motorcycle racing. The races are going to be held at Dorna-run events such as MotoGP and World Superbike.

The Selection Event team – including Alberto Puig, Talent Promotion Director, Shuhei Nakamoto, Special Advisor, and Jeremy McWilliams, British Talent Scout -were looking for talent as well as speed, with improvement and skill just as valued as outright pace.

On Thursday 25 August the 22 riders accepted as full time entrants to the Cup in 2018 took part in the Day of Champions at Silverstone as they prepare for their next adventure – invited onto the stage for their first taste of the Road to MotoGP™.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 9 – Silverstone

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This round of the season saw HEL Performance British Moto 3 class competing
on their own and not combined with the open class machines. There was
however some 30 competitors due to the addition of German riders competing
in the Northern European Cup. Points were awarded separately to both classes.
With the forecast for rain being correct, both free practices on Friday for the
Standard Class were in wet conditions. In first practice Cameron was 15 th
overall and 5 th out of the British riders; second practice saw him taking 7 th place
of the British riders.

After more inclement weather overnight the track on Saturday dried up before
qualifying; pushing hard from the start Cameron has some good sector times,
was leading at one stage and posting fastest lap. At the flag he was in 4 th place
out of the British riders and 10 th overall giving him a good grid position for the
first race later in the afternoon. There was further rain throughout the day but
the track once again was dry for the late afternoon race.

Race 1 was shortened to 8 laps and from the start Cameron was determined and
riding hard but was just not able to make up more ground on the first 7 riders,
and at the flag taking 4 th place in the British class and 8 th overall.
Sunday morning warm up was first of the day with Race 2 following mid-
morning. Despite grey skies and slight drizzle, things stayed dry. Cameron was
not too pleased at having to start 20th on the grid – this being the result of the
gap between him and the riders in front of him in Race 1. Once the lights went
out Cameron was determined to make up places in the field over the 10 lap race
managing to finish in 13 th place overall and 5 th place with the British riders.
Following the race Cameron said overall the weekend had been good, was
pleased with the results and his bike had performed well. Again thank you to
my Dad for all the preparation and work he does of the bike to get it race ready
and for taking me to races; also thank you to my family and everyone who
supports and encourages me.