Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman achieved his first podium of the season at Oulton Park this bank holiday weekend, battling the elements and technical problems, but he overcame them on Bank Holiday Monday standing on the second step of the podium.
Determined to make a mends after a pointless start to the season at Silverstone, the Lewisham based teenager started his weekend off well.
Cameron on a very wet circuit flew out of the blocks in the first free practice, posting a 2:07.1, meaning he would be the quickest out of the standard moto3’s by seven hundredths of a second from Thomas Strudwick, and only eight seconds behind the fastest man on circuit, that of Mike Brouwers on factory machinery.
In Saturday afternoon’s second free practice session the track was drying but damp in certain places, meaning Cameron had to be careful not to crash.
However, the maturity of the teenager shone as he rode round well working hard on his setup as he went, posting a 1:54.9, leaving him the fifth fastest standard moto3 ahead of qualifying on Sunday.
After overcoming technical issues with the ECU, Cameron headed out for the second qualifying session on Sunday high in confidence, and that showed as he eventually qualified in 15th place, and the third standard moto3 posting a time of 1:54.3, only 1.9 second slower than the top standard class machine.
Come Monday’s race, and after overnight changes to the machine Cameron got a great leap from the line battling straight away for the lead of the standard class with Asher Durham. Horsman swapped places every lap with Durham, even coming close to banging elbows showing true grit to get the win.
Cameron didn’t give in, and was just beaten to the line by one tenth of a second by Durham, meaning Horsman would take second place, and a valuable 20 points to his title challenge.
Following the race a delighted Horsman said: “That was brilliant, I really enjoyed that. The battle with Asher was good and if I’m honest I’m a little bit annoyed that I didn’t beat him to the line, but second place is good after no points Silverstone. I’m excited to head to my home race of Brands Hatch now, and hopefully get a win. Also big thanks to my Dad, Roger, 100% suspension and everyone that supports me.”
Horsman now sits in seventh place of the championship standings on 20 points, only 16 behind leader Storm Stacey.
Cameron will now head to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on the weekend of the 20th/21st/22nd May for round three of the championship.