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

2019 - Talent Cup - Silverstone

Talent Cup.
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