The Forest Hill British Moto3 motorcycle racer, Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season with a win in the first race at Knockhill at the weekend. He then finished second in race two to take over at the top of the Championship. In a thrilling first race there was a four-way battle for the victory with Horsman coming out on top. In the second the conditions caused difficulties for everyone as rain fell in spurts during the race whilst the riders were all
lapping on dry tyres. Horsman’s main rival, Scott Ogden, suffered a mechanical issue so
Horsman sensibly brought the bike home in second, taking into account the conditions. He secured valuable points and the championship lead. Horsman now has an 8 point advantage. Horsman was competing on his Honda NSF250R standard Moto3 machine in the British Motostar series, a support class of the British Superbike Championship. This round involved a
long trip to Fife in Scotland where the 25 GP class and standard class riders competed on the short 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit.
Friday got off to a solid start in free practice. He set the second quickest lap time of 55.302 seconds. He was around 0.4 seconds behind the fastest rider in the standard class. He finished second again in FP2 but the gap to the front was less than two-tenths of a second.
The track had been resurfaced this year and whether that was having an effect on the riders concentration or not but many were found guilty of exceeding track limits. Throughout the half an hour qualifying session eleven riders had lapped times erased for exceeding track limits. Turns 3 and 7 were proving the most difficult. Whilst Horsman slipped outside on one
occasion he recorded plenty of laps within the acceptable track limits. The best of which was a 54.059 putting him third on the grid.
As we have often seen this season so far 18-year-old Cameron Horsman has been battling at the front of the races with Doncaster’s Scott Ogden. It was these two again but this time they were joined by Harvey Claridge and Charlie Farrer.
Initially Ogden and Claridge had the advantage. Horsman was third in the standard class but was caught up behind one of the slower riders on a faster GP machine. However, he made light work of overtaking the rider and by the end of the second lap was just 0.173 seconds behind the race leader Ogden. Determined to control the race and possible make a break Horsman
took over at the front before the end of the third lap.
He wasn’t able to breakaway as the tenacious Ogden re-took first place a lap later. Ogden maintained the lead with the four riders in close formation for the next eight laps or so. On lap 12 Horsman slipped to third as Farrer came through. The rider from County Durham briefly took the race lead as couple of laps later but quickly tumbled out. Horsman took full advantage and took the race lead. Ogden pressed him all the way to the finish line but the Londoner stood firm and took his second victory of the season.
Despite his fall Charlie Farrer had set the fastest lap of race one so he was on pole. Horsman started second although he was two positions behind Farrer with a GP class rider sandwiched in between them on the combined grid.
From the start Hormsan pushed hard ending the first in second position behind rival Scott Ogden. It was the same four riders at the front of the race again. Ogden began to open a gap in the lead as Horsman, Claridge and Farrer fought for second position.
With around 6 of the 18 laps completed Claridge made his way ahead of Horsman and then into the lead as Ogden suffered a mechanical issue.
Horsman was running in a comfortable second as both he and Claridge started to drop the rest of the field. Rain then began to fall at the Scottish circuit. With all the riders on slick tyres the rain flags were being waved. Fortunately, the rain then eased off.
Horsman’s main rival in the championship was back out on track but he was so far behind there was no point in taking any risks. As the rain returned the number 72 of Horsman decided to sit in second place and collect twenty points rather than risk throwing it all away on a risky fight for the race win.
Horsman came across the line in second. Ogden was down in ninth when the race was red-flagged because of the weather conditions.
Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a great weekend. Steve Patrickson and the team gave me a great bike again. Race one was really exciting as there were four of us battling for the win. In race two I was a bit fortunate after Ogden had a problem so I was able to just be sensible and think about crossing the line rather than needing the race win.”
Cameron Horsman will be back on track at Donington Park on 5 – 7 July. This time however, it will be in the British Talent Cup, another Moto3 championship but run by the organisers of MotoGP. He is currently second in that championship.
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photos: Bonnie Lane