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.