Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman was presented with his trophy for finishing third overall in the British GP2 Championship at last weekend’s final round at Brands Hatch.
The Go Racing Developments SGR team rider had actually secured third at the previous round, before finishing the season with a sixth and fifth place finish at the Kent circuit.
There was drizzle in the air for free practice one so most riders decided to stay in the pits. Some made a short excursion onto the Kent circuit before returning to the dryness of the pit boxes but Horsman did not register a lap time. Conditions were better for FP2 and Horsman completed 14 laps during the session. He ended 15 th overall and 5 th in the GP2 class.
Conditions were tricky for the Supersport and British GP2 riders at Brands Hatch for the qualifying session. Spots of rain were reported in all sectors. Despite the uncertainty of the track conditions Horsman was running inside the top fifteen and 5 th with around quarter of an hour of the session remaining.
He entered the pits with a time of 1:33,265 with around ten minutes remaining. After returning to the track Horsman eventually slipped to 21 st and 8 th in class after not being able to improve on his lap time.
There was a damp track for the 12-lap Sprint race on Saturday. Horsman lined up 21 st on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid and 8 th in the GP2 class.
With a few riders forced to start from pit lane and a good start Horsman quickly moved into 15 th overall after the first lap.
Six laps into the race and Horsman was beginning to lap faster and faster as he was sitting 6 th in the GP2 category. He was involved in an exciting four rider battle, two supersport, another GP2 rider and himself over the ensuing laps.
By the tenth lap he was in 14 th position and fifth in the GP2 class and still posting faster lap times. He went on to record his best lap of the race on the final and 12 th lap and crossed the finish line for another 11 championship points.
The first attempt to run the Feature Race was red-flagged on lap 8 after one rider’s machine deposited water onto the track. The result was that rider crashed out followed by six more who encountered the spillage shortly afterwards. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt in the incident.
This left us with a five lap sprint with Cameron Horsman starting from 12 th on the grid and fifth GP2 rider. In the restart Horsman quickly overtook another of his GP2 rivals on the opening lap to move into fifth spot in his category. Over the following laps his rival kept him honest as he tried regaining the position from Horsman. However, the number 72 held on to take fifth in the final race of the season.
Cameron Horsman ended the season third in the British GP2 Championship on 273 points with six podium finishes.
Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a really positive season and a big thanks to my team Go racing Developments SGR and all my personal sponsors for keeping me racing. To finish third overall is a great achievement for me and the team. It has been hard at times with a full season packed into a short calendar but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. “
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photo: Bonnie Lane