Double podium success for Cameron Horsman

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On Saturday, Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman, took his first podium in the British GP2 Cup, when he finished third. Then on Sunday the Chassis Factory / Nova Go Racing rider went one step further finishing second in this Moto2 support series of the British Superbikes Championship.

Qualifying
After two free practice session on the Friday the 19-year-old had ended the day seventh fastest in the GP2 category. During qualifying Horsman managed to reduce his best lap time from Friday by three-tenths. His fastest time, a 56.686 came on lap 15 of 18 he completed during qualifying. This put him 4th in the GP2 category and 17th overall in the combined British GP2 Cup / Supersport start grid.

Race One
The first race of the weekend was an 18-lap Sprint Race of the 1.6 mile Silverstone National circuit. Horsman made a satisfactory start holding his position on the opening lap. He then managed to make up two places on lap four. The number 72 continued running in fourth spot in the GP2 class up to the middle of the race.

Horsman then caught and overtook fellow GP2 rider Dan Jones. Although in third place he didn’t sit back. He had found a good rhythm and began to close in on the number 86 of Charlie Nesbitt.

With two laps to go he overtook Nesbitt to move into second spot. Nesbitt hit back the following lap and although Horsman pushed hard he could not find a way back and crossed the line 0.061 seconds behind for what was a superb third place.

Race Two
Race one had already proved a fantastic result for the rider from Lewisham but Horsman achieved an even better result in race two.

The feature race was 26 laps long with Horsman starting 16th on the grid and 5th in the GP2 class. Caught up in the frantic opening corners he slid to 6th in the GP2 category on the opening lap.

It didn’t take long for him to find his stride though. On lap three he was running 16th overall and was the 4th GP2 machine in the race after passing team mate Tom Oliver.
Shortly after the safety car was deployed after a three rider crash. Horsman found himself riding in third position just behind Charlie Nesbitt in second and Alastair Seeley who led the GP2 class.

After several laps the safety car pulled into pit lane and the now bunched up field were racing again. Nesbitt overtook his team mate Seeley and led the GP2 category. On lap 14, just after the halfway point of the race, Horsman also overtook Seeley to move into second spot.

By the end of lap 14 Horsman was right on the back wheel of Nesbitt and fighting for the lead. Unfortunately for Nesbitt, he suffered a mechanical issue and had to retire. Horsman was now out front but right behind him were the experienced Seeley and Chassis Factory Nova Racing team mate Tom Oliver.

Horsman briefly overtook the Westmoreland putting the supersport rider between him and the other two GP2 riders but Westmoreland quickly regained the position. The next time Horsman overtook Westmoreland the other two GP2 riders were able to follow.

Horsman was able to manage the pressure of the two rivals behind well. He looked set for a possible first British GP2 Cup victory. Unfortunately, on the penultimate lap a Supersport rider suffered an issue with his bike and Horsman had to ease off. This enabled his team mate Oliver to ride round the outside of them and take the race lead.

Horsman had to settle for second place at the flag but it had been a superbly successful weekend for the youngster from Lewisham.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was great to achieve my first podium. Even better to make it two in the same weekend! I’m not too disappointed to miss out on the win as it went to my team mate. The bike was superb so I must thank Chassis Factory and Nova Go Racing. We just got faster and faster all weekend. I set my best lap time of the weekend in the final race.”

Cameron Horsman is fifth in the championship standings on 67 points.

The fourth round of the series takes place at Oulton Park from the 18th to 20th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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High five for Horsman

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British Moto2 racer, Cameron Horsman, was back in action last weekend in the British GP2 Cup, a support series of the British Superbike Championship. Competing at the Snetterton 300 track in Norfolk he managed a fifth place finish in the first race before a technical issue halted further progress in race two.
The 19-year-old from Lewisham is in his first season of Moto2 and had already shown early promise finishing fourth and ninth in his first two races in the class at Donington park two weeks ago.
Along with the other riders, Horsman had to face another challenge on Friday with strong winds gusting across the circuit during the free practice sessions on Friday. He finished the first session in 8th as he familiarised himself with the circuit before making significant progress on the afternoon to end the day in 7th overall.

Qualifying
On Saturday the bright blue sky spotted with sunlit white clouds may have looked impressive but the wind had calmed little from the day before. Late morning the 33 riders of the Supersport and GP2 classes went out on to the blustery Norfolk circuit for their qualifying session. Horsman made good progress running 6th in his class with around five minutes to go. Despite improving his lap time with a 1:55.591 by the end of the session he slipped to 25th on the grid and 9th in the GP2 class.

Race One
Saturday afternoon the riders competed in the 12 lap Sprint Race. Horsman maintained position in the opening laps. The Chassis Factory / Nova Go Racing rider then sought about hunting down Jake Archer ahead. They were part of a train of ten riders with positions changing on a regular basis, As the race went on Horsman became involved in a five GP2 rider battle for fourth spot. He continued to battle with Archer and also Mason law among others. At the chequered flag Horsman crossed the line and was rewarded with a fifth place finish.

Race Two
The riders returned to the 15 lap Feature Race on Sunday afternoon and thankfully, the wind had dropped significantly. With the grid set up based on the lap times of yesterday’s race Horsman was 3rd in the GP2 class and 13th on the combined Supersport / GP2 grid. Unfortunately, Horsman was unable to make the most of this opportunity as on the second lap he had a technical problem and was forced to retire from the race.

Cameron Horsman said, “I really enjoyed racing this weekend. On Saturday we managed to get a top five finish. We got faster all weekend and in race one I had a better lap time than I did in qualifying. Obviously race two was not in the script but these things happen in racing.”

The third round of the series takes place on the Silverstone National Circuit on the 4th to 6th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Horsman narrowly misses podium on Moto2 debut

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Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman made a remarkable start to his Moto2 career at Donington Park last weekend. Racing for a new team on a new bike he narrowly missed out on a podium in his first Moto2 race. He ended the weekend with 20 championship points and plenty of confidence for round two.

Cameron Horsman moved up to the Moto2 class in British Superbikes Championship in 2020.
In 2019, the Lewisham rider finished a superb year as runner-up in both the British Talent Cup and British Motostar Moto3 series.

Now racing on a Chassis Factory Moto2 for Nova Go Racing team Horsman qualified 8 th in the Moto2 category. With the Moto2 bikes racing alongside the Supersport class he started 23 rd onthe combined grid.

Race One
Horsman made a blistering start to the 20 lap race making up four places of the start line and moving into 8 th place in the GP2 class. He managed to open a gap back to Jake Archer, one of his GP2 rivals and concentrated on closing the gap to Joey Thompson on the Spirit Moto Corsa ahead.

At the halfway stage of the race, Horsman had caught and overtaken Thompson to move into 6 th overall. He then went on to pass Dan Jones moving up to 5 th in the category.

As he continued to push on he got into a battle with team mate Tom Oliver. The two eventually found themselves competing for the final podium position with Horsman missing out by just 0.094 seconds at the line.

Race Two
The grid for race two was based on the fastest lap times from race one. Horsman lined up 17 th on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid. Although Horsman made a good start he was unable to make the same kind of progress as he did in race one. He struggled with the bike settings and gearing.

He spent a long time battling with Jake Archer and eventually crossed the finish line in 9 th position.

Horsman took 20 points away from round one and looks forward to the next round of British GP2 Cup is at Snetterton on the weekend of 21 st to 23 rd August.

Cameron Horsman said,” I want to thank Nova Go Racing for the opportunity and continued support. This is a completely new category and you have to ride the Moto2 very differently to the Moto3 I was used to. The year has been difficult for everyone with the COVID 19 virus so I am just glad to be riding again. To come so close to a podium in my first race was fantastic. I
am already looking forward to the Snetterton round.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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