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.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 8 – Cadwell Park

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Cadwell Park circuit long with the famous ‘Mountain’ well known to all riders
is 2.25 miles with corners, twists and narrow sections.

Friday free practice sessions remained dry although there was a shower about
40 minutes before the start of the second session. First practice saw Cameron
finish 5 th and in the second practice 2 nd overall in the standard class with the gap
between riders in both practices being very tight.

Qualifying again was dry and saw Cameron pushing hard getting in some good
sector times, making up places on the corners but just unable to hold the place
on the longer straights and finishing in 5 th place.

First race on Saturday, with good weather all riders for determined to get into
good positions. Despite the excellent track conditions there were 7 riders who
came off, fortunately with no injury. Cameron was riding hard, putting in some
good lap times trying hard to take fourth place from Charlie Atkins but took the
flag in 5 th place.

Sunday and despite some heavy showers earlier in the day the weather was fine
and the track dry for the Moto 3 riders. Wanting to improve on his Saturday’s
finish, Cameron was pushing hard from the start and riding well but got held in
traffic by slower Moto 3 riders on a couple of occasions and wasn’t able to push
forward. Taking 6 th place at the flag, picking up some valuable points to remain
in 6 th place overall in the championship .

After the race Cameron said he had enjoyed Cadwell and was pleased with the
weekend overall. Once again thank you to my Dad for all the work he does on
the bike to get it race ready and for taking me to races; also my family and
everyone who supports and encourages me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 7 – Thruxton

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From 1950 Thruxton has been used for motorsport and is one of the fastest
circuits in the BSB championship. This is a demanding circuit with long fast
straights, flowing corners and tight demanding and complex chicane sections.
Free practice started well then technical problems saw Cameron in the pits with
necessary work required prior to second free practice in the afternoon.
Qualifying on Saturday, putting in some good sector times and Cameron was in
7 th place in the standard class.

Saturday’s race and from the start Cameron was riding hard, determined to
make up some places and get a good result. Taking the flag in 5 th place.
Sunday’s race and again saw Cameron pushing hard and moving up the field,
however towards the latter stages of the race he began dropping back as a result
of his exhaust coming lose and finishing 9 th in the standard class but taking
some more championship points and retaining his 6 th place overall.

After the race Cameron said it was somewhat hot when the exhaust came lose
but I just kept going. Again thank you to my Dad for all the work he does on
the bike and taking me to race meetings, my family and everyone who supports
me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 6 – Brand Hatch

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From the start of the weekend with free practice on Friday Cameron was
pushing hard for some good results putting in some good sector and lap times.

Qualifying on Saturday Cameron was reasonably happy with 6 th place in the
standard class and was hopeful of bettering this in first race during the
afternoon. However, due to bad weather conditions prior to the start of the race
was delayed with riders having to take shelter in the garages. With no let up to
the weather and dangerous track conditions the race was cancelled and
rescheduled as the last race on Sunday.

After the appalling weather on Saturday, Sunday was dry and track conditions
good. Sunday’s first race Cameron was determined and chasing hard, making
up places on the corners but struggling slightly on the straight. After a well
ridden race Cameron took the chequered flag in 6 th place in the standard class.
Saturday’s rescheduled race again saw Cameron take the chequered flag in 6 th
place to gain valuable championship points and retain his 6 th place in the
championship.

After the race Cameron said he would have liked to have had better results
despite riding hard and whilst gaining on the bends had lost ground on the
straights. However, points had been gained and I am looking forward to the
next round at Thruxton. Again, thank you to my Dad for his work on the bike,
my family and everyone who continues to support me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 5 – Snetterton

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After a two month break from racing and concentrating on GCSE exams,
Cameron was raring to get back out on the track on Friday for the two free
practice sessions on Friday. Weather and track conditions were good at the
3mile long Snetterton circuit, a former RAF airfield noted for its long fast
straights and variety of corners. In both sessions Cameron’s fastest laps came
towards the end of each.

Qualifying on Saturday morning with excellent track conditions saw Cameron
pushing hard but was only able to qualify 9 th in his class. However, in
Saturday’s race Cameron was able to make up some places finishing 6 th in the
Standard Class and gaining valuable championship points; the long straights
proving difficult for him against the smaller, lighter riders.
Sunday and from the start Cameron was pushing hard but again struggling on
the long straights, catching up on the corners he managed to make up two places
but was unable to hold off the smaller, lighter riders finishing the race in 10 th
place but gaining further valuable points and 5 th place in the Championship
Standard Class.

After the race Cameron said he was frustrated not to have had better results
despite riding hard, but Snetterton is a tough circuit for him at the moment with
the long straights. After not competing at Knockhill at least it’s good to come
away from this round with some points and I’m looking forward to Brands in
three weeks. Again thank you to my Dad for his work on the bike, my family
and everyone who supports me

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 3 – Oulton Park

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The three day weekend was off to a good start with good track and weather conditions. Due to a local requirement of no racing before 12noon on Sunday, sees Oulton having more practice sessions, less action on the track with only one race. Saturday’s free practice sessions saw Cameron pushing hard, putting in some good sector and lap times to finish 2 nd in the Honda Standard class in both sessions.

Free practice on Sunday and Cameron was determined to keep up the pressure but this was cut short by a crash. Both bike and rider suffered damage, the bike more so than the rider. With qualifying coming up later in day emergency repairs were undertaken allowing Cameron to get out onto the track to qualify in 5 th place after only six minutes of qualifying time.

A decision was taken not to go out for warm up on Sunday morning as due to the crash there was no spare wheel in reserve. After a wet early morning, weather and track conditions started to improve during late morning and by afternoon the track was dry. Sunday’s race and riders were on the grid; as the lights went out and bikes raced down the track there was an incident causing several riders to crash practically on the start line. The race was immediately red flagged to allow the emergency services attend to the injured riders. On restart the number of laps was reduced to 11; Cameron was in 7 th place but on laps 9/10 managed to pass two riders to finish 5 th overall in his class.

After the race Cameron said he had enjoyed the weekend and despite the problems was 3 rd in the championship after 3 rounds but would now have a two month break from racing, missing Knockhill, to concentrate on the forthcoming GCSE exams. A special thanks to my Dad for getting the bike repaired and ready for the race, also thank you to my family and all who support me.