Valencia race report – British Talent Cup

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Cameron Horsman ended the British Talent Cup season narrowly missing out on a podium with a fourth and sixth place. With 23 more points from the final round Horsman finished a fantastic sixth overall.

The final round took place at the famous Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. There were difficulties from the start with poor weather. After a wet free practice one the second session was eventually cancelled due to track conditions.

Qualifying took place the next day but Horsman struggled in the tricky conditions finishing with only the 14 th best lap time.

Race One
Come the start of the first 17 lap race on the Friday, he made a couple of positions on the opening lap. Despite the rain and spray he continued to push on moving into the top ten by the end of the second lap at Valencia. He was more than one and a half seconds behind the next rider in front.

With a rainbow coming out during the race Horsman got himself in a group of eight riders battling for third place. With six to go he had worked himself in to sixth position but he wasn’t done yet.

With three laps of the 17 remaining Horsman overtook Joshua Whatley to take the final podium spot. He was unable to shake off the youngster though and on the final lap Whatley overtook Horsman and managed to make a small gap between the two of them. At the flag Horsman had to settle for fourth, but it was a superb result when you take into account where he started.

Race Two
Another 17 lap encountered occurred on the Saturday but this time the track was dry. The riders had had very little dry track time so it was going to be interesting to see how they did. Horsman made a superb start to climb to sixth position at the start of the race gaining 8 places on the opening lap. He was firmly embedded in a group of riders that went on to chase Max Cook down in third position. The battle then became a six-way fight for the final podium place with positions changing lap after lap and corner after corner.

At one stage Horsman had worked his way to third place, overtaking Brian Hart and Max Cook on the way.

In such close quarters Horsman was unable to break away and eventually crossed the line in sixth place to end a very successful weekend and season in the British Talent Cup.

Horsman said, “That was a great weekend even if I did just miss the podium. The season has been fantastic and I would like to thank everyone at the British Talent Cup for putting on such a superb championship and giving me this opportunity.”

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Words: Jeremy Ryan

Best finish of year for Horsman in Assen

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Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman finished a superb fourth in race two after battling in a group of eight riders in the latest round of the British Talent Cup in Assen, Holland.

In the first race he crashed out on lap tenth whilst also running well.

Free Practice
The weekend had a positive start with Horsman clocking the third fastest time in free practice one on the 2.8-mile TT Circuit in Assen. It then got better in the afternoon as he finished top of the timesheet with a lap time of 1:49.196.

Qualifying
After a very positive Friday Cameron Horsman was looking forward to the thirty-minute qualifying session. He further reduced his lap time to a 1:49.033. However, the field was very competitive and whilst his lap time was only two tenths from the fourth position Horsman would have to start tenth on the grid.

Race 1
Cameron Horsman made a fantastic start to the first race of the weekend. He gained six places on lap one and was just a second behind the race leader and they started the second lap. He then continued in fourth position and began to reduce the gap to Thomas Strudwick in third place. Behind him he was coming under pressure from Storm Stacey and they swapped position on lap eight.

Horsman wasn’t finished though and he went back into fourth positon by the end of lap nine.
Unfortunately, Horsman’s race finished early on lap eleven. Pushing just a little too hard he crashed out at turn five, De Strubben.

Although no points he had continued to improve his lap times with a best of 1:47.574.

Race 2
The second race was action packed from start to finish. Whilst the front three riders managed to get away at the beginning of the race Horsman was involved in an eight rider battle for the full 16 laps. Although positions changed regularly Horsman featured at or near the front of the group for the duration. Nixon, Stacey, Davis and Seabright all battled with the number 23 of Horsman but the Londoner never gave up.

As they started the final lap he was seventh but managed to claw his way through the group to finish a deserved fourth, where he had been for much of the race.

Cameron said,” This is definitely one of the best weekends I have had in the British Talent Cup.
I had good pace all weekend. Unfortunately, in race one I made a mistake. Race two was even harder but I came through it and picked up my best result of the season. Thank you to everyone who helps organise the British Talent Cup, especially to Lewis Patrickson for all his
help, support and commitment to my results. I’m now looking forward to the final round in Valencia.”

At that last round, in mid-November, the 23 riders currently in the British Talent Cup will find out whether they will stay on for the next season. Before then Horsman will race at Brands Hatch between 12 and 14 October in the final round of the British Motostar standard class championship.

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Words: Jeremy Ryan

Silverstone deluge didn’t dampen Horsman

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Forest Hill Moto3 rider Cameron Horsman got to share the Silverstone circuit with the MotoGP stars as he competed in round four of the British Talent Cup. In the first race, Horsman completed a fantastic fight back to finish sixth at the flag. Unfortunately, due to the heavy rainfall the second race was cancelled.

Free Practice
There were two free practice sessions on Friday. Horsman managed 12 laps durig FP1 and recorded a best lap time of 2:25.949. This put him ninth overall. Unfortunately, the rain fell between FP1 and FP2 which meant the track was damp for the second session. It was useful practice because there was the threat of rain for the race but the riders were not going to improve their lap times.

Qualifying
Qualifying was a competitive affair as always. With all the bikes the same the times were quite close. Horsman ended qualifying in 11 th position with a lap time of 2:24.247 which was about 0.07 seconds from a top ten start on the grid. Horsman commented, ”I just didn’t get a fast lap time in.”

Race One
Horsman made a bad start but quickly recovered and gained a position in the opening laps. By the fifth lap Horsman had powered his way into seventh position. He then caught the riders ahead who were battling for fourth position. He managed a superb
slipstream maneuver on the Wellington Straight which put him up to fourth place. As the eleventh lap was completed and the chequered flag waved Horsman finished sixth in a very close battle less than three-tenths behind the rider in fourth.

Race Two
The second race was canclled after the inclement weather left standing water on the Silverstone circuit. It was too dangerous for the riders to compete safely so all races, including the MotoGP were cancelled. Cameron Horsman said, ”Silverstone is a bumpy track but that’s the same for everyone. I didn’t qualify as high as I would have liked but made a great start in the
race. It was more close racing that really gets the heart pumping. It was a shame that we couldn’t do race two as I was feeling confident but it ws an amazing experience to be in an event with the MotoGP riders at Silverstone.”

Cameron Horsman is seventh in the British Talent Cup with four races to go. He is back out at Silverstone next weekend in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

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Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman scores valuable points at Snetterton

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Cameron Horsman came away with really solid points from both British Talent Cup races in
round three of the British Talent Cup. The Forest Hill youngster finished race one in 8 th position
before going on to take sixth in the second.

Free Practice
During free practice one Horsman used the track time to try out a few different lines on the 2.7
mile Norfolk circuit, the second longest in England. Having worked out his braking markers and
other reference points he set a lap time of 2:04.914 in the second free practice session. This
put him provisional 7 th on the grid.

Qualifying
Saturday morning the 23 British Talent Cup riders lined up for the one qualifying session which
would decide the grid for both the weekend’s races.
Horsman only completed two laps before returning to the pits to make some adjustments to
the bike. It immediately paid off as he managed to increase his pace lap after lap finishing with
a 2:04.099 on his 14 th and final revolution of the track. Horsman had made it to fifth on the
grid.

Race One
In race one he didn’t get the best of starts and slipped to seventh at the end of the first lap. He
soon realized that they had opted for the wrong gearing and he was hitting the rev limiter on
the starights. The front group had got away and Horsman was riding in a lonely 7 th place for the
majority of the race. He was setting pretty consistent lap times throughout the race but came
under pressure in the closing laps. Despite managing to reduce his lap times Horsman was
pipped on the final lap and finished the race in a respectable 8 th .

Race Two
Alhtough the sky clouded over and it was cooler the weather stayed dry . Horsman lost a place
on the opening lap but then managed to hold onto sixth place. After a mistake by the race
leader he was elevated to fifth. Horsman came under a lot of pressure from Jack Nixon as the
two tussled throughout the 14 laps. As they came to complete the final lap the smaller, and
therefore lighter Nixon was able to out drag Horsman to the line. The result was Horsman
finished sixth just 0.048 secionds behind his rival.

Cameron Horsman now has 37 points and has climbed two positions to seventh overall. He will
next be riding in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship at Knockhill in July.

Cameron Horsman said,” This was a better weekend..

The London racer will be back in action on a Moto3 at round three at Snetterton on 15 to 17
June.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

British Talent Cup Rd2 Donington Park

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Horsman takes a seventh place at Donington

The second round of the British Talent Cup was a tough but ultimately positive weekend for Forest Hill racer Cameron Horsman. The 17-year-old was hit by another rider in the first race in the opening corners but went on to finish with a solid sixth place in race two. Horsman is currently ninth after two rounds.

Free Practice
The conditions for free practice were mixed. Free practice one took place on a completely wet track. In the afternoon the rain had stopped falling and a dry line had appeared. Horsman used these sessions to familiarize himself with the track again.

Qualifying
Horsman’s best lap time was a 1:41.629 which was less than three tenths of a second from a front row place. With such close lap times it meant he would start sixth on the grid for both races.

Race One
The weather had changed dramatically for the race with clear blue skies although it was blustery. Feeling comfortable with the bike Cameron Horsman was looking forward to trying to get away with the front group of riders. Unfortunately, his race was over almost before it began when an over exuberant rider lost control crashing into him in the very first corner.

Race Two
After the disappointment of race one Cameron Horsman was keen to get a good start to the second race. Unfortunately, he got bogged down and dropped to tenth in the first few corners. By the end of the second lap he had already made up two places as he started to work his way back through the field. Horsman made up another place only a lap later running seventh. He was racing in a group of riders including Stacey, Whatley, Nixon and Jack Hart and continued to improve moving up to sixth on the fourth lap. Whilst he managed to rise to fifth he was battling in a competitive and very tight group and after a small mistake went unforgiven on the final lap he crossed the line in seventh.

Cameron Horsman now has 19 points and is ninth in the championship as the riders next stop will be Snetterton.

Cameron Horsman said,” I didn’t make a good start to race two but felt comfortable with the bike. I was in a long battle with a group of other riders. Although it meant the front three managed to get away it was exciting. At the end there were six of us within a second and I am happy to have finished seventh. The low point was race one which meant we missed out on more points, but these things happen in racing. I would like to thank my mechanic and all the people that run the superbly organised British Talent Cup.

Cameron Horsman will be back in action on a Moto3 at round three at Snetterton on 15 to 17 June.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

British Talent Cup Donington Park

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First practice on Saturday was far from ideal, with a wet track and a very low temperature saw some riders struggling with the conditions and there were several fallers. Cameron Horsman took it steady, getting a feel for the conditions and finishing the practice without any problems.

The second session was still very cold and although the track had improved there was only one wet corner. Rory Skinner was in the mix again but this time Cameron Horsman had clearly gained confidence as he and Skinner swapped the fastest times throughout the session. The two riders were generally more than a second ahead of the third placed rider for the full 30 minutes. As the session came to a close Horsman again went fastest leading Skinner by 0.895 seconds with a 1:47.471 to be the fastest rider after the two practice sessions.

In qualifying Cameron Horsman was unable to match his second practice taking 5th place on the grid for the first race later in the day.

The inaugural race of British Talent Cup and drama started before the race even began when Cameron Horsman and Rory Skinner both fell on the sighting lap. Both were successful in getting their bikes back to pit lane, where mechanics worked quickly on repairs and both riders were able to re-join at the back of the grid instead of in their qualifying positions of fifth and sixth. Fenton Seabright had an issue on the grid as riders left for the warm-up lap eventually starting from the pit lane. Despite starting from the back by the end of the first lap Cameron Horsman was running 13th, Fenton Seabright 15th and Rory Skinner was up to 9th. In the final third of the race, there was a continuous battle between Storm Stacey, Rory Skinner, Scott Swann, Charlie Atkins and Cameron Horsman for fifth to ninth places. At the finish it was Thomas Strudwick in 1st place followed by Joshua Whatley and Fenton Seabright with Cameron Horsman taking 6th place.

At the end of the race Cameron said he was pleased with his result after having crashed on the sighting lap and starting from the back but was looking forward to Monday’s race. Thank you to everyone for supporting me and particularly to Dorna for giving me the opportunity to be part of the BTC team. #23