Horsman consolidates third place in GP2 championship

Two fourth place finishes on the Silverstone National circuit last weekend has helped Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman strengthen his grip on third position in the British GP2 championship. He now sits on 203 points 39 ahead of the rider in fourth with six races to go.

Free Practice
A wet start to the weekend meant a significant number of riders did not venture out in FP1. With brighter weather expected later in the day Cameron Horsman was one of those who decided to stay in the pits.

Making up for lost time Horsman completed 19 laps in the afternoon session on what was now a dry track. He ended with the 11th best combined Supersport/GP2 time and fourth in the GP2 class just 8-hundredths of a second behind Jamie Perrin in third.

Late on Saturday morning the Moto2 machines joined the British Supersport bikes on the 1.64 mile Silverstone National circuit, for the 30-minute qualifying session.

After a ten-lap stint on circuit Horsman returned to the pits for fresh tyres. He was sitting around 20th overall and ninth in the GP2 class. On his return to the track he made an immediate impression vaulting up nine places and was the 4th quickest GP2 bike.

With 8 minutes on the clock the number 72 had registered a fastest lap time of 56.403 which put him at the head of the GP2 machines. He then made a further trip to the pits, this time to try and find some clear track. On his return he had slipped to fourth on the timesheet and any further progress was halted as two red flag incidents in quick succession brought proceedings to an early end.

Race One
On a dry track Horsman made a solid start to the 18-lap Sprint Race on Saturday afternoon. By the end of three laps Horsman was just a tenth behind the British GP2 rider in third place. Horsman was matching his rival as the two began to look for a way to overtake a British Supersport competitor just ahead of them. His fellow GP2 racer made a move on lap six but Horsman was held up until an opportunity on lap nine saw the Chassis Factory – Go Racing Developments SGR rider also overtake.

Unfortunately, his adversary was able to take full advantage of the clear track ahead and had made a gap of over a second and a half back to Horsman. As the race wore on Horsman was unable to make any inroads and had to settle for a safe fourth place at the flag.

Race Two
Horsman struggled to keep the front wheel down as the lights went out and the 25-lap feature Race commenced. The result was a drop of five places on the opening lap. Although he remained fourth in the GP2 class he now had eight British Supersport riders between him and the British BP2 rider in third.

At least in the early laps, the front 13 riders, of which Horsman was number 13, were tightly packed. However, on the short Silverstone National circuit passing opportunities are difficult with the strengths of the Moto2 machines different to the Supersport bikes. It took until lap ten before Horsman was able to make some progress.

Once he got his momentum Horsman began to pick off the Supersport riders ahead in his quest to close down on the GP2 rider in third position. Pushing on he set his fastest lap of the race on lap twelve and the number of riders between him and third place in the GP2 category was down to four.

With six laps remaining Horsman was just over a second behind his target. Unfortunately for Horsman his rival was able to respond and with similar lap times to the end of the race the number 72 of Horsman came across the line in fourth position once more.

Cameron Horsman said, “ I am really pleased with the weekend. The team have given me a great bike again. I endeavoured to find a good place to overtake the Supersport riders to try and close down my GP2 rivals but it proved difficult on this short circuit. Later in race two I made some real progress but it was too late to effect the result. Having said that two fourth places finishes is not a bad thing and we have improved our hold on third place in the championship, so there are plenty of positives.”

The next British GP2 race is at Oulton Park from 24-26 September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Second place success at Snetterton for Horsman

Moto2 racer, Cameron Horsman from Lewisham finished second in race two in the British GP2 championship at Snetterton at the weekend. The Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR rider held off the current GP2 champion, Mason law, to take 20 championship points. Horsman also took a fifth-place finish in race one. Cameron Horsman is now third in the championship on 177 points.

Free Practice
Friday was a successful day for the British GP2 rider from Lewisham. Cameron completed 14 laps during the first free practice session ending in 7 th in the GP2 class. He then went on to finish fourth in FP2 with a lap of 1:53.930.

The Supersport/GP2 qualifying took place on Saturday morning. He made a good start to the session before a red flag was shown as three riders fell at turn two. After the restart and with 6 laps completed Horsman came into the pits to change to fresh tyres for the final 10 minutes of qualifying.
After his out-lap, he was quickly up to speed. He was up in sector one. He continued being faster through sector two and reduced his lap time to 1:54.618 which put him 15 th overall and fifth in the British GP2 class. He looked to be on to improve his lap time further. On the next lap, he was up again in sectors one and two but in sector three the lap time slipped away as he came across a slower rider.
Horsman had to settle for 15 th on the grid and the fifth-fastest Moto2 machine in the British GP2 category.

Race One
The ten-lap Sprint Race was the penultimate event on Saturday afternoon. Horsman lined up 14 th after another rider received a penalty for causing an accident in qualifying but still fifth in the GP2 category.
Horsman lost a position to GP2 rival Dan Jones in the opening laps. The two then battled for a couple more before Horsman managed to get the better of Jones and started to break away. Having returned to fifth in the GP2 category he then caught and passed a Supersport rider.
Horsman was unable to close the gap to the next GP2 rider but had done enough to secure a top-five finish. The team would make some adjustments overnight ahead of the Feature Race on Sunday.

Race Two
Sunday’s Feature race was a fifteen lap concern and Cameron Horsman lined up 13 th on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid.
The number 72 made a flying start moving up four places to ninth and settled in behind fellow British GP2 riders Charlie Nesbitt and Mason law in the GP2 category. They were running 2 nd , 3 rd and fourth in their category. The leading GP2 rider then crashed out promoting all three to the podium positions.
Initially, none of the riders could break away from the others as they almost matched each other for lap times. During the final part of the race, Nesbitt did make a break leaving Mason Law and Cameron Horsman to dispute second position.
The order of the podium positions was not resolved until the last lap. Cameron Horsman managed to get the better of Mason Law to snatch second place at the finish line. It was his fifth podium of the season and best result this year.

Cameron Horsman said,” I am very pleased to have got on the podium again this weekend. We did well in race one but I was bogged down at the beginning so I lost the leading GP2 riders. In race two I got a much better start and we had the pace to match the fastest GP2 riders which makes this podium extra special.”

The next round is on the Silverstone National circuit on the weekend of 10 th to 12 th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Double podium success for Horsman

British GP2 rider, Cameron Horsman from Lewisham, got the best from his Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR Moto2 machine to finish on the podium twice at Cadwell Park.
In the Sprint race on Saturday, he crossed the line 3 rd to collect 16 championship points before repeating the success in the Feature Race on Sunday missing out on second position by just 0.119 seconds. He has moved up to third overall in the championship standings on 146 points, two ahead of Jack Scott in fourth.

Free Practice
It was Horsman’s first time at Cadwell Park on a 600 machine and he got off to a positive start. Horsman finished fourth overall in both free practice sessions, with a best time of 1:31.770 in session two.

He was able to make more progress in qualifying. Horsman reduced his lap time to 1:31.341 which ensured he lined up 15 th on the combined grid with the British Supersport bikes and 4 th in the British GP2 class.

Race One
Horsman had a frustrating start to the 12 lap Sprint race. He got caught up in a group of riders that he had more pace than but was struggling to pass them on the narrow circuit. When he eventually got to the front of the group the gap to riders ahead was already significant.

Unable to close down the riders ahead Horsman concentrated on his race going on to cross the line 9 th overall and third in the British GP2 category.

Race Two
Horsman’s best lap time of 1:31.507 in race one saw him move up the grid for race two. He started 12 th overall and fourth again in the GP2 class.

He managed to hold 12 th position through the early corners and was tucked in on the back wheel of fellow British GP2 rider Dan Jones.

As the race went on the gap between the two riders would stretch a little before Horsman would reel it back in. The distance between them was never greater than nine-tenths of a second with Horsman always quickly closing back up if Jones looked like he might escape.

On the final lap, Horsman had latched on to the back wheel of Jones but was just unable to find enough speed and a clean place to make a pass. In the end, he had to settle again for third spot but just 0.119 seconds behind Jones in second position.

Cameron Horsman said,” It was my first time on the Moto2 at Cadwell Park, because the track wasn’t on the calendar last year. It’s a tight circuit so to come away with two podium finishes, in the end, was a good result. Thank you to everyone in the team and my sponsors for keeping me racing.”

Horsman has now stood on the third step of the podium four times this season and will be looking for more success next time out at Snetterton from 3 rd to 5 th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photos: Bonnie Lane

Podium finish for Cameron Horsman

The Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR Moto2 rider from Lewisham took his second podium of the season in the British GP2 race at Donington

National circuit last weekend. He is now fourth in the championship standings with 114 points just five behind the rider in third.

Free Practice
The weekend started well for Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman finishing free practice 1 in fourth position. He then went on to knock 7 tenths of a second off his lap time as he improved to finish third quickest of the British GP2 machines with a time of 1:09.549.

After a great Friday of free practice, Saturday began with frustration for Cameron Horsman.
The number 72 was following his usual routine of starting on used tyres in qualifying before pulling in with around seven or eight minutes remaining to put on brand new rubber. Having completed his out lap Horsman was set to push on and improve on his 18 th place on the grid and fifth in the British GP2 class. However, another bike deposited oil on the track at turn two and the marshals brought out the red flags. The session was over and Horsman was unable to make use of the fresh tyres or improve on his grid position.

Race One
Horsman was elevated to 17 th on the grid after another rider withdrew from the race before it began. There had been some drizzle during the day but it was dry by the time the 20 lap race got underway.

The Londoner didn’t get away from the grid as well as he would have hoped and dropped behind two of his GP2 rivals, Jones and Archer.

The three raced lap after lap within a few tenths of a second of each other. Riding nose to tail no one seemed to be able to break away. It was on lap nine that Horsman made his way ahead of Jones to take 4 th in the GP 2 category. He then quickly followed Overtook Archer to take third.

Despite making his way to the front Horsman was unable to make a gap with both Archer and Jones close on his back wheel. Nonetheless, he held on to take third place and a second podium of the season at the chequered flag.

Race Two
Starting 15 th on the grid in race two and fourth in the GP2 category Horsman gained three positions off the grid and was into third place in the GP2 category by the end of lap two. Fellow GP2 riders Jones and Law were in close attendance.

On lap seven Horsman was unable to hold off Law who had overtaken Jones and now passed the number 72 Chassis factory machine of Horsman.

On lap 15 a safety car was deployed meaning the riders bunched up until it returned to the pits on lap 18. Over the final few laps Horsman was unable to match the pace of Law and had to settle for a respectable fourth-place finish to add to his podium from Saturday.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was great to return to the podium on Saturday so I must give my team a big thank you for providing me with a competitive bike. Although we didn’t make the podium in Sunday’s race we were the fastest we had been all weekend and we finished 8 th in the combined result of Supersport and GP2. So there were plenty of positives to take with us to Cadwell Park.”

Next Up
The next round of the British GP2 season will be at Cadwell Park from 20 to 22nd August.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Solid results for Horsman in mixed conditions at Thruxton

Cameron Horsman took a fourth and fifth place finish in the British GP2 Championship at Thruxton in tricky weather conditions. He now stands 5 th overall on 85 points and just 12 points behind the rider in third position.

Free Practice
The two free practice sessions on Friday took place on a damp and windy track and as it would turn out for race one were of limited use in preparing the Moto2 machine. Horsman finished fifth quickest out of the British GP2 machinery in both sessions.

The 25-minute qualifying session got underway at 12.25 on Saturday morning. Although the sky was cloudy the track was dry. In his first stint on the circuit he made steady progress. Then the rain flags came out in sector two and then sector three as spots of rain began to fall. His
best lap time at this stage was a 1:20.190. Horsman came into the pits to make a change of tyres. The precipitation petered out to the relief of most riders. Horsman made significant progress with his lap times finishing with a 1:18.998 to put him 6 th just a fraction of a second behind his teammate number 60 Cameron Fraser.

Race One
Despite the weather forecasts the 12 lap Sprint race took place in good conditions after the inclement weather that featured on Friday. Horsman started 15 th on the combined grid and 6 th in the British GP2 class. A steady start saw him sitting on the back wheel of his teammate
Cameron Fraser. On lap five Horsman managed to get the better of Fraser as he advanced into what was now fourth place in the GP2 class after another had fallen.
His next target was around a second up the road but there were a number of Supersport riders in between and this time Horsman was unable to close the gap to his rival in the GP2 category. He crossed the line in fourth position.

Race Two
Horsman’s best lap time of 1:18.702 elevated him to 12 th on the grid and the fourth fastest British GP2 machine for race two.
The rain had threatened throughout the day and finally fell heavily just before the Supersport / British GP2 race was set to get underway. As a result, the race was reduced to 15 laps with the marshals needing time to clear some of the standing water from the track.
Once the race started the rain stopped but the track was wet and the riders had to contend with a considerable amount of spray in the first couple of laps.
Horsman made a steady start in the tricky conditions. By the fifth lap he was running 6 th in the GP2 class on the back wheel of fellow GP2 rider Rowlings. The following lap he managed to pass. He was over three seconds behind his next target who was Jamie Perrin, fourth in the
British GP2 category.
Horsman made good progress lapping half a second quicker than his rival. By lap 11 he was less than a second behind and still closing. However, Horsman ran out of laps and crossed the line 5 th just 0.087 seconds behind Perrin in fourth.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a challenging weekend for all the riders with the changing weather so I am pleased we came home with two solid results. Thank you once again to Go racing Developments SGR for giving me a competitive bike to race as always and also thanks to my sponsors without who I could not race.”

Next Up
The next round of the season will be at Donington Park on 13 to 15 th August.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Podium delight for Horsman

Cameron Horsman from Lewisham stepped on the podium at Brands Hatch in the British GP2 category of the British Superbike championship last weekend.

The Go racing Developments SGR rider also took a fourth place finish in the second race of the weekend. The results put him
fourth in the overall championship standings.

Free practice
The weekend started bright with two dry free practice sessions. In the first Horsman finished 5 th with a best lap time of 1:30.888 on the 18 th lap of the session. In the afternoon he remained fifth overall in the despite shaving almost four-tenths off his time to reduce it to 1:30.510.

Although the track was wet early in the morning by the time the British GP2 class was out on track the conditions had improved. Qualifying took place on slicks throughout the full thirty-minute session. The British GP2 moto2 machines compete on track alongside the British Supersport category on a combined grid.
With around 8 minutes of the session remaining Horsman was lying 19 th on the grid and 7 th in the GP2 class with a lap time of 1:32.656 on the board. This was time for his final call into the pits to put on some brand new rubber.
It had the desired effect. Returning to the track with 5 minutes left on the clock he stormed up to 15 th overall and 4 th in the British GP2 class with a 1:30.985.

Race One
The race was red-flagged on the first lap on Saturday after an accident to a rider nd there was insufficient time to complete it. It was re-scheduled for Sunday morning.
Rain had fallen during the morning so the riders lined up on the grid with wet tyres. Horsman started 15 th on the grid and 4 th in the British GP2 class.
He made a really good start moving up six places on the opening lap although he remained fourth in the GP class. He was battling with Jack Scott a fellow GP 2 rider for third position. On lap five of ten Horsman managed to overtake the number 55 of Scott and then began to open
a small gap as he tried to break away. A couple of laps later and Scott had succeeded in closing the gap to Horsman and was looking to find a way to regain third place.
Horsman defended his position on the track well as we entered the final couple of laps. He then managed to make the most of some back-markers on the final lap. This enabled him to pull-away again and take his first podium of 2021 with third positon at the flag.

Race Two
The second race was also red-flagged but this time due to rainfall on lap seven. The re-started race was reduced to just 8 laps with all the riders on wet tyres.
Horsman was running fourth in the GP2 class with two laps to go and had caught the rider in third place. He then managed to pass and looked like he might open a gap. However, in the first sector of the final lap Horsman slip to fourth and although he pushed hard he was unable to regain third spot.
Cameron Horsman said, “Race one was a great result for us and my first podium of the year. In race two we missed out on the podium but finished in fourth place and I am now fourth overall in the championship on 61 points. As always a big thank you to all my sponsors and to my team Go Racing Developments SGR. Finally, I just want to send my best wishes to Brad Jones and his family and to say that we are all thinking of you.”

Next Up
The next round of the season will be at Thruxton this coming weekend.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane

Top five at Knockhill for Cameron Horsman

Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman took a top five finish in the British GP2 class at Knockhill last weekend. The GP2 Moto2 machines compete in the same race

as the British Supersport machines although the score their own points in a separate championship.

The short 1.3-mile circuit was missed off the calendar last year in the abridged pandemic affected season.

Free practice
Saturday was busy for the British GP2 riders. They completed two free practice session, a qualifying session and the 20 lap Sprint Race.
Cameron Horsman started the weekend brightly finishing third in FP1 with a lap time of 50.727 on the Chassis factory Moto2. In the second free

practice session Horsman reduced the lap time to 50.080.

Early afternoon and Horsman was back out on the Go Racing Developments SGR machine for qualifying. He was unable to replicate his FP2 lap time and

had to settle for 6 th . However, his time was only 0.27 seconds from the 3 rd fastest rider in the GP2 class.

Race One
Horsman lined up 18 th on the combined grid, the 6 th quickest GP2 machine. He made a solid start holding position for the first few laps. By the

fifth lap he was running in 17 th position overall but still 7 th in the class. Three laps later and he was just 4 tenths behind the next GP2
rider ahead. Just as it looked like Horsman might be able to close the gap he lost the front end on the ninth lap at Clark’s corner sliding off into

the gravel. Uninjured Horsman made his way to the safety barriers.

Race Two
Despite the disappointing end to race one Horsman had recorded an impressive lap time which meant he lined up 13 th on the combined grid and fourth

in the GP2 class. Horsman started well but he lost touch with the riders in front as another competitor fell in front of him. Avoiding
the crash, he fell around 1.6 seconds behind the nearest GP2 rider ahead. During the remainder of the 26 lap encounter he was never able to close

back up but secured a solid 5 th place finish.

Cameron Horsman said, “We showed good pace on Saturday in free practice and we weren’t far off in qualifying but a few tenths on this short circuit

makes a big difference. Despite not qualifying as high as I wanted I felt good for race one because I knew we were competitive.
However, it wasn’t to be. I got a good start in race two and was not far behind Perrin and Scott. Then one of the Supersport riders fell and I had to

avoid him which opened up a gap. I just couldn’t chase them back down. You always want more but a top five finish is not a bad
way to finish the weekend. Thank you to all my sponsors and to my team Go Racing Developments SGR.”

Next Up
The next round of the season will be at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 25 to 27 July 2021.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Kerry Rawson

Solid start for Horsman at Oulton Park

Go Racing Developments SGR rider Cameron Horsman from Lewisham finished 8 th and 4 th in the first round of the British GP2 championship event at

Oulton Park last weekend.

Free practice
The weekend got off to a tricky start as the weather interfered with both free practice sessions for the Moto2 machines. The first session saw the

riders taking to a damp but drying track.
Horsman was the 6 th quickest. In the second session was a wet session and with little to be gained Horsman and the team decided to stay in the pits.

Saturday proved a much better day with the sun shining brightly throughout. Despite little track time Horsman started well. Running in and around

fifth place during the session he pulled into the pits to make a few final changes before the end of the session. Having crossed
the start finish line with barely 20 seconds remaining on the clock Horsman made one more flying lap. It proved successful as he qualified his

Chassis Factory Moto2 machine third with a lap time of 1:40.467.

Race One 12 laps
The first race of the season did not go to plan. After getting a bit of air under the front wheel from the start Horsman dropped a few places on the

opening corner. Now running fifth in the British GP2 class and keen to regain lost positions Horsman out-braked the Go Racing
Developments SGR Moto2 going towards the Hizzy chicane on lap two. He was forced to take the to the escape road and lost around three seconds.

Horsman pushed hard to try and make up the lost time and ending the 12 lap race in 8 th position in the GP2 class.

Race Two 12 laps
Grid positions for race two were based on riders’ fastest lap times from race one. Horsman lined up 21 st on the grid and 8 th in the British GP2

Class. He made a clean get-away this time and quickly moved into 7 th position in the British GP2 class.
About a third of the way in to the race Horsman caught up with two more GP2 riders. The three were in amongst some British Supersport machines which

added another challenge to their own racing progress. On lap eight Horsman overtook one of his competitors and quickly
closed the gap on the next.
By two-thirds distance he was ahead of both the rival GP2 riders and into 5 th in the class. He managed temporarily to put a British Supersport

machine between himself and his GP2 rivals and began to make a gap. With another ride in the class being forced into the pits Horsman
was able to cross the finish line for a fourth place finish.
Horsman leaves round one of the British GP2 championship in fourth position with 21 points.

Cameron Horseman said, “Clearly I was disappointed with the first race. I braked a little too late at the chicane which meant I had to take the long

lap penalty route to stay on the bike and avoid a crash. This lost me a lot of time. The second race was better with a fourth place finish.
We have actually not done too bad and scored points in both races. Thanks to my team and my sponsors for all their help this weekend.”

Photos by Bonnie Lane