Two more rostrums for Cameron Horsman

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18-year-old Moto3 competitor Cameron Horsman stepped on the podium twice in round three of the British Talent Cup as he
incredible 2019 season continues.

Two hard-fought second places gave the Forest Hill motorcycle racer another 40 championship points which put him second
overall in the British Talent Cup.

After taking over at the top of the British Motostar standard Moto3 classchampionship in the British Superbike series a week
ago, Horsman went to Donington Park last weekend for the third round of the British Talent Cup. This standard Moto3
series organised by the rights holders of MotoGP, Dorna Sports, forms part of their Road to MotoGP. The best riders will
hopefully go on to race at World MotoGP or World Superbike level.

Unusually, Horsman struggled to match the pace of the fastest two riders in qualifying. He finished down in fourth some
0.631 seconds behind the pole-sitter.

However, in the first race he wasted no time with an excellent getaway from the grid.
He quickly moved into third position as the riders tipped into the first corner. It had rained about an hour before the race
started so the riders needed to be careful in the opening laps. There was only a thin dry line on the track surface early
on.

However, the three quickest riders soon broke away and it didn’t seem as if the track conditions were causing them too many
problems. With 13 of the 15 laps remaining Horsman hit the front of the race as he came out of the Schwantz Curve and headed
towards McLeans Corner.

The three at the front soon became a group of five as two other corners tagged on the back. Seabright took over at the front
and started to open a gap. But within four laps the chasing group had reeled him back in.

With 5 laps remaining Seabright crashed out of second. Despite setting one of his fastest laps on the penultimate lap
Horsman had to settle for second position at the finish line.

In the second race of the weekend it was again Ogden Seabright and Horsman who set off at the front of the race. The pace of
Seabright and Ogden seemed too much for Horsman in the early laps as he exerted all his efforts to stay in touch.

He dropped back almost a second from the leading two. At the halfway stage of the race he managed to improve his pace. He
went on to set some fast lap times and was able to claw back the gap to the leading two riders.

With six laps remaining, Horsman made a move up into second position into the Foggy Esses. He then took the race lead on the
penultimate lap overtaking race leader Scott Ogden. The lead changed several times on the final lap of the race. Ogden
returned to the front before Seabright overtook both Horseman and Ogden through the Melbourne Hairpin. Horsman missed out on
victory by a couple of bike lengths as he claimed his second podium finish of a thrilling racing weekend.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Bittersweet for Horsman despite a race victory at Donington Park

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Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season at Donington Park National circuit last weekend in round two of the British Talent Cup. It looked like he would be back on the podium in the second race until an over ambitious move by another rider, at the final chicane, saw Horsman skittled out through no fault of his own.

The 18-year old had led the championship overnight but left Donington Park a little disappointed as his main rival took the win in race two. Horsman now finds himself second in the standings some 20 points behind the leader.

Free Practice
Conditions were good for both free practice sessions on Friday. In the first thirty minute session Horsman ended the session third fastest overall. In the second he cut six-tenths off his lap time as he grew in confidence with his Moto3 machine on the circuit and ended the day on top with a time of 1:15.109.

Qualifying
Early on Saturday morning Horsman and the other 21 British Talent Cup riders were back out on the two-mile Donington National Circuit. The important qualifying session would determine where the riders started in both races this weekend. Horsman was always in the top positions of a tightly fought contest. In the end he had to settle for fourth place missing out on the front row by just 0.017 seconds.

Race One
Horsman didn’t get the holeshot but quickly moved into the race lead at the Old Hairpin on lap one. The riding was hard but fair as three or four riders battled for the lead over the next 24 laps. Charlie Farrer, Fenton Seabright and then later on Scott Ogden all posed serious questions of Horsman.

But it was the London rider that got to the front on the final lap and held on to take the race victory and put himself five points clear of main title rival Ogden.

Race Two
The riders were all prepared to start a 24 lap race on slick tyres when the rain fell at Donington. The organisers quickly declared it a wet race and all the bikes were changed to wet tyres. As you would expect with the British weather the sun then came out as the shortened 16 lap race began.

Cameron Horsman wasted no time, and was clearly confident in the mixed conditions as he took the lead into the first corner. Initially, Horsman was battling with Fenton Seabright for the lead. Horsman’s main rival Ogden came through the field to join the leading two riders to form a group of three at the front. By the end of the sixth lap Horsman had managed to open a gap of around a second over his two rivals but Ogden then managed to pass Seabright and the two chasing riders quickly closed down the lead Horsman had made.

The rain flag came out as spots began to fall again and the pace at the front of the race began to drop. The three front runners were later caught by two other riders making it a group of five on the final lap.

Unfortunately, one of those riders braked too late into the final chicane and lost control of his bike. Horsman who was tucked in behind the race leader Ogden was the innocent victim as the fallen rider’s bike slid into his sending him tumbling out of the race.

Cameron Horsman said, “The weekend started really positively and we seemed to be in control. Although we qualified fourth I knew we had the race pace. It worked perfectly in race one and was looking good in race two until I was taken out. From podium to nothing is a bit hard to take but that is racing. We have to stay positive and do our best again in the next round.”

His next race is at Brands Hatch on 14 to 16 June 2019 in the British Motostar Championship.
The British Talent Cup continues in July, again at Donington but this time on the GP circuit.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Horsman takes a victory and a third at the opening round of the British

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17-year-old Cameron Horsman took a well-deserved race victory after a 28 lap battle in the second race at Silverstone at the weekend. After his third place in race one he is the early joint leader of the championship.

Free Practice
Cameron Horsman was glad to be reacquainted with his British Talent Cup Moto3 machine after the long winter break.

In the cool temperature of the first free practice session Horsman posted a 1:03.927 which put him in 12 th position 0.837 seconds behind the fastest rider.

In the warm afternoon session Horsman managed to complete 28 laps and sliced a huge 1.6 seconds off his lap time moving up to fifth overall (1:02.306).

Qualifying
The 23 British talent Cup riders were up early again on Saturday as theirs was the first qualifying session of the day. In an extremely tight half an hour Horsman managed to cut his
time from yesterday to 1:02.127 which will see him line up 7 th on the gird. The field are so close that his time is just of a quarter of a second from pole position. The top fifteen riders are all within a second of each other.

Race One
The first 28 lap race of the weekend was a thrilling race with upwards of ten riders battling for the podium. Horsman made a superb start to the race gaining three places on the opening lap.

He was soon contesting the lead of the race with several other riders. At the halfway stage Horsman managed to open a half-a-second gap at the front of the race. However, the pack
behind him began to claw back the advantage.

Going into the final laps Horsman managed to maintain the lead. He was under intense pressure as they approach the final couple of corners and Scott Ogden and Brain Hart managed to squeeze through. As they crossed the line Horsman had to settle for third place.
The racing was so close he missed the victory by just 0.104 seconds.

Race Two
Under a cloudless sky in Northamptonshire, Horsman made a solid start running seventh in the early laps trying to avoid any problems in the opening laps. He made his way through to the
front of the race and ion lap ten pulled off an audacious overtake passing two riders through Maggots.

By lap twelve Cameron Horsman was looking to make a break at the front. However, the other nine riders in the leading group pulled back up to him quickly enough.

The lead changed regularly throughout the second half of the race but the rider from Forest Hill was always in the battle for the lead.

On the final lap Jack Hart overtook Horsman going into the first corner. Horsman hit back at Maggots to regain the race lead as they headed four abreast along the Wellington Straight.
Despite immense pressure from Jack Hart and Scott Ogden Horsman retained his composure and took his first and a well-deserved British Talent Cup victory.

Cameron Horsman said, “It started off slowly in FP1. We made some changes to the bike so FP2 was better. In qualifying I got held up but seventh was OK because it was all so close. I was happy with that. In race one I led for most of it but got slipstreamed into the second to last corner. Race two was similar, I led for a lot but this time I knew what I had to do on the last lap in the final corners and managed to get the win.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photos: Kerry Rawson