Horsman finishes impressive rookie Moto2 season 6th overall

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Summary Horsman ended his rookie British GP2 (Moto2) Cup season with a seventh and fifth place finish at Brands Hatch. This took his points total to 138 and 6th in the overall championship in a year that saw him take a first race victory in the class.

Qualifying
Overnight rain had left the Kent circuit damp throughout most of the morning. Although there was no further rain the track was drying slowly in the cold October temperature. However, a dry line was definitely appearing on the racing line. Like several of his competitors Horsman decided to sit in the garage at the beginning of the session venturing out when the improved conditions would enable him to use slick tyres. He managed 12 laps during the remainder of the session setting the seventh fastest time in the GP2 category, a 1:31.101. He had qualified 7th in the Moto2 category and 19th overall.

Race One
It was still cold when the riders lined up for the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. Horsman made up a couple of positions on the opening lap but remained 7th in the Moto2 class. On lap three he was overtaken by a Supersport class rider and for several laps could not re-pass. This resulted in his closest GP2 rivals managing to make a break. Although he re-took the position later and posted his fastest lap time of the weekend so far (1:30.419) he was unable to close down his GP2 rivals. He went on to finish 15th overall and 7th in his category.

Race Two
Horsman was placed 20th on the combined Supersport / GP2 grid for the final race of the season, seventh in his class. He dropped a position in the GP2 class on the opening lap. Jake Archer was the nearest but between Archer and Horsman were two Supersport riders. By the fourth lap Horsman had caught Archer and passed the number 47.

His next objective was the GP2 of Dan Jones who was some 1.5 seconds ahead. Having got himself some clear track he was able to chip away at Jones’ advantage. However, behind him Archer had got through the Supersport riders and was not far behind Horsman.

Jones and Horsman then traded places for a couple of laps with Horsman eventually managing to pull away with around 4 laps to go. Archer had also got through and for the final two laps put Horsman under a lot of pressure.

The Lewisham rider held off the challenge to take a hard fought fifth place finish.

Following another successful weekend Cameron Horsman finished his rookie year in 6th position overall on 138 points. On the way he took a third place, a second and of course a fabulous maiden win at Donington Park early in October.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was a great first year in Moto2. I wasn’t expecting to get a podium this year so to finish with three and a race win was amazing. It has been unusual not to have any crowds this year but I appreciate all the support I have had from the local press and social media. I must thank the Chassis Factory and Nova Go Racing for the bike I have had this year and all my other sponsors and supporters.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Heroic Horsman takes maiden Moto2 win

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Rookie Moto2 rider Cameron Horsman secured a dramatic first British GP2 Cup win at Donington Park at the weekend. The Lewisham rider started 20th (6th in class) on the combined GP2/Supersport grid at a rain soaked Donington Park. Despite the conditions, the Chassis Factory Nova Go Racing rider continually posted faster lap times than his GP2 rivals hauling them in one by one to take victory in race one in the Moto2 category.

Qualifying
Because of the weather conditions the organisers scrapped the qualifying sessions and set the grid positions for the 12-lap race one from the best free practice times from Friday. This put Horsman 20th overall and 8th in the Moto2 class.

Race One
He made a steady get away from the line as a thick mist of spray enveloped the riders further down the field.

Horsman was quickly onto the back wheel of two fellow GP2 rider before passing them on lap four to move into third as another Moto2 rider slid off in the conditions.

The number 72 was able to maintain his rapid pace during the difficult track conditions as rain continued to fall. He soon found himself closing in on another rival. Horsman was lapping almost a second quicker than his opponents.

On the penultimate lap he set his fastest lap of the race to move into second position. He was then rapidly homing in on the back wheel of the race leader and his teammate Tom Oliver. In the final part of the lap Horsman was able to ease passed Oliver and take his first British GP2 Cup race win.

Race Two
Cameron started race two from sixth on the grid. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the start he wanted dropping to 12th in the initial tussle off the grid and finishing the first lap in 15th place overall.

Horsman recovered and regained his flow moving back into fourth position in the British GP2 class on the fifth lap of 14. He then battled with Mason law and his teammate Tom Oliver for several laps.

Later on in the race he the arm pump issues he suffered at Oulton Park returned and he struggled to match the pace of his fellow GP2 riders.

At the flag he had to settle for a 6th place in the Moto2 category but it has been a very successful weekend.

Cameron Horsman said, “To get my first win was unbelievable. The track conditions were really bad on Saturday but I just kept a good rhythm and late on in the race could see I was catching the race leaders. To take a win in my rookie year in Moto2 was fantastic. Thanks to all my sponsors and especially to Chassis Factory and Nova Go Racing for a superb bike.”

Cameron Horsman is sixth in the championship standings on 118 points just 30 behind the championship leader in the closely fought Moto2 category.

The last round of the series takes place at Brands Hatch from the 16th to 18th October.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Arm pump impedes Horsman at Oulton Park

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The undulating, twisty, narrow Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park proved a real challenge for rookie Moto2 racer Cameron Horsman from Lewisham. The 19-year-old still came away with a 7th and 9th place finish in the British GP2 Cup despite suffering arm pump.

Qualifying
It was late Saturday morning when the thirty plus Supersport and GP2 (Moto2) riders started their 25-minute qualifying session on the 2.7 mile Oulton park circuit. The number 72 of Horsman was out promptly as he looked to build on the progress he made in Friday’s free practice sessions. He found the undulating and twisty track layout of Oulton Park made the Moto2 machine much more challenging to master than at the previous circuits of Silverstone, Snetterton and Donington Park. He registered a 1:41.029 lap time that put him 20th on the combined Supersport / GP2 grid and 7th in his class.

Race One
The shorter 12-lap Sprint Race took place on Saturday afternoon. Horsman did not make the best of starts slipping down to 9th in the GP2 class on the opening lap, behind Joey Thompson and Dan Jones.

On the second lap, Horsman regained one position as he advanced passed Thompson. By the end of lap four he was back into 7th position. His nearest GP2 rival was more than two seconds down the road and to make progress Horsman also had to negotiate his way around a Supersport rider in the process. He was suffering arm pump problems in the race and although he continued to push and reduced the gap to the riders ahead he was unable to make a pass.

The Londoner crossed the line in 7th place in the British GP2 Cup category.

Race Two
The Chassis Factory Nova Go Racing rider lined up 16th on the grid, 7th in the GP2 class, for the second race of the weekend. The Moto2 machine is a much heavy bike than the Moto3 of last season and Horsman’s struggles with arm pump this weekend continued. He made a tentative start dropping five places on the first lap and to tenth overall in his category.

In spite of his arm issues. he managed to improve as the race went on and regained a position on the final lap as he went on to take ninth place at the flag after 15 laps.

Cameron Horsman said, “This was the hardest weekend I have had on the Moto2 machine. The team did everything they could to help me but this is a tough track with lots of changes of direction and changes in elevation. I guess it just put a lot more stress on my arms than usual as I suffered arm pump for most of the weekend. Still we came away with two points scoring finishes and I am looking forward to the next round at Donington Park on the GP circuit. That track should hopefully suit me better.”

Cameron Horsman is sixth in the championship standings on 83 points.

The penultimate round of the series takes place at Donington Park from the 2nd to 4th October.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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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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