British Moto3 Championship lead for Cameron Hormsan

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The Forest Hill British Moto3 motorcycle racer, Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season with a win in the first race at Knockhill at the weekend. He then finished second in race two to take over at the top of the Championship. In a thrilling first race there was a four-way battle for the victory with Horsman coming out on top. In the second the conditions caused difficulties for everyone as rain fell in spurts during the race whilst the riders were all
lapping on dry tyres. Horsman’s main rival, Scott Ogden, suffered a mechanical issue so

Horsman sensibly brought the bike home in second, taking into account the conditions. He secured valuable points and the championship lead. Horsman now has an 8 point advantage. Horsman was competing on his Honda NSF250R standard Moto3 machine in the British Motostar series, a support class of the British Superbike Championship. This round involved a
long trip to Fife in Scotland where the 25 GP class and standard class riders competed on the short 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit.

Free Practice
Friday got off to a solid start in free practice. He set the second quickest lap time of 55.302 seconds. He was around 0.4 seconds behind the fastest rider in the standard class. He finished second again in FP2 but the gap to the front was less than two-tenths of a second.

Qualifying
The track had been resurfaced this year and whether that was having an effect on the riders concentration or not but many were found guilty of exceeding track limits. Throughout the half an hour qualifying session eleven riders had lapped times erased for exceeding track limits. Turns 3 and 7 were proving the most difficult. Whilst Horsman slipped outside on one
occasion he recorded plenty of laps within the acceptable track limits. The best of which was a 54.059 putting him third on the grid.

Race One
As we have often seen this season so far 18-year-old Cameron Horsman has been battling at the front of the races with Doncaster’s Scott Ogden. It was these two again but this time they were joined by Harvey Claridge and Charlie Farrer.
Initially Ogden and Claridge had the advantage. Horsman was third in the standard class but was caught up behind one of the slower riders on a faster GP machine. However, he made light work of overtaking the rider and by the end of the second lap was just 0.173 seconds behind the race leader Ogden. Determined to control the race and possible make a break Horsman
took over at the front before the end of the third lap.
He wasn’t able to breakaway as the tenacious Ogden re-took first place a lap later. Ogden maintained the lead with the four riders in close formation for the next eight laps or so. On lap 12 Horsman slipped to third as Farrer came through. The rider from County Durham briefly took the race lead as couple of laps later but quickly tumbled out. Horsman took full advantage and took the race lead. Ogden pressed him all the way to the finish line but the Londoner stood firm and took his second victory of the season.

Race Two
Despite his fall Charlie Farrer had set the fastest lap of race one so he was on pole. Horsman started second although he was two positions behind Farrer with a GP class rider sandwiched in between them on the combined grid.
From the start Hormsan pushed hard ending the first in second position behind rival Scott Ogden. It was the same four riders at the front of the race again. Ogden began to open a gap in the lead as Horsman, Claridge and Farrer fought for second position.
With around 6 of the 18 laps completed Claridge made his way ahead of Horsman and then into the lead as Ogden suffered a mechanical issue.
Horsman was running in a comfortable second as both he and Claridge started to drop the rest of the field. Rain then began to fall at the Scottish circuit. With all the riders on slick tyres the rain flags were being waved. Fortunately, the rain then eased off.
Horsman’s main rival in the championship was back out on track but he was so far behind there was no point in taking any risks. As the rain returned the number 72 of Horsman decided to sit in second place and collect twenty points rather than risk throwing it all away on a risky fight for the race win.
Horsman came across the line in second. Ogden was down in ninth when the race was red-flagged because of the weather conditions.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a great weekend. Steve Patrickson and the team gave me a great bike again. Race one was really exciting as there were four of us battling for the win. In race two I was a bit fortunate after Ogden had a problem so I was able to just be sensible and think about crossing the line rather than needing the race win.”
Cameron Horsman will be back on track at Donington Park on 5 – 7 July. This time however, it will be in the British Talent Cup, another Moto3 championship but run by the organisers of MotoGP. He is currently second in that championship.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Photos: Bonnie Lane

Two podiums for Horsman in British Moto3 championship

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18-year-old Cameron Horsman competed in two British Motostar races at Brands Hatch last weekend. The British moto3 championship sees all the riders compete on standard Honda NSF250R machines. In both races he finished second. The rider from forest Hill is second overall in the championship on 85 points.

Free Practice
Cameron Horsman had just enough time to complete four laps of the Brands Hatch GP circuit in free practice one. However, his lack of track time during the session wasn’t because of a mechanical problem but because Horsman was finishing his last A-level. He finished tenth quickest.

Free of his academic duties for the second free practice session Horsman registered a time of 1:37.665 which placed him second at the end of the first day.

Qualifying
31 riders took to the Brands Hatch GP circuit for qualifying, first thing on Saturday morning. Horsman began to wind up his speed throughout the session. He called into the pits to make some minor adjustments before setting a series of fast laps at the tail end qualifying. He broke below the 1:38 barrier in qualifying with a best lap of 1:37.972. This put him fourth in the standard Moto3 class.

Race One
There was a 12 lap race on the Saturday. Horsman made a solid start to the race and was hotly pursued by Charlie Farrer. Their main rival in the race, Scott Ogden tagged on to the back of a GP class rider. As Farrer and Horsman disputed second place Ogden was able to continue to pull away at the front of the standard class race. As it came to the final few laps and after several changes of position Horsman came through Clearways and out dragged Farrer to the line to take a hard fought second place.

Race Two
The track for race two was dry despite earlier rain and all the riders lined up on slick tyres. Horsman again got away well. This time Farrer had a technical issue and retired from the race early. However, Horsman couldn’t rest because he had three other standard class riders in close contention. Again the race leader Ogden was able to breakaway so Horsman did his best
to manage his position. Despite the close attentions of Franco Bourne, Harvey Claridge and Rhys Irwin during the race Horsman held them off to take another second place.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was good to be on the podium again as I was under pressure from Charlie in the first race then several riders in race two. This week we couldn’t keep the pace of Scott Ogden but there are plenty more races to come. I wanted to say thanks to Nova Engineering and Steve Patrickson at SP125 for a great bike.”

His next race is at the Scottish circuit of Knockhill on 28 – 30 June.

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Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photos: Bonnie Lane

Cameron Horsman celebrated his 18th birthday early with victory

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Cameron Horsman celebrated his 18 th birthday early with victory at Oulton Park in the British Motostar Moto3 category of the British Superbike series.

The Forest Hill rider, who will celebrate his 18 th birthday this week, took a race win and a second in the British Moto3 standard class at Oulton Park at the weekend.

The bank holiday weekend began with cloudy skies for the British Motostar Moto3 riders. This didn’t dampen Cameron Horsman’s spirits. The Forest Hill racer arrived here off the back of his first win in nearly two years in the British Talent Cup, where he is joint leader of the championship.

Free Practice
Late morning the Moto3 machines were started up for the first free practice session on Saturday. In FP1 he completed 8 laps setting a best time of 1:50.011. There was another free practice session during the afternoon. With the track conditions better than the morning Horsman was able to cut his lap time to 1:49.325 ending the day second fastest just 0.077 shy of the leading rider.

Qualifying
On Sunday the 16 standard class Moto3 riders, including Horsman, embarked on their 25- minute qualifying session. This is where the real business of the weekend began. It became a battle between Scott Ogden and Cameron Horsman, both winners at the recent British Talent Cup race, as to who would start on pole position. In the end Horsman took the honours with a lap time of 1:49.293.

Race One
Horsman made a good start to the 10 lap sprint race leading Scott Ogden across the line at the end of the first lap. The London rider managed to maintain the race lead for the first seven laps. Ogden then took over at the front but Horsman wasn’t done yet. He held on to the back wheel of Ogden before regaining the race lead on the very last lap. Horsman pushed on and crossed the finish line 0.155 seconds ahead of Ogden to take the opening Moto3 standard class victory of the 2019 season.

Race Two
If race one had been breathtaking from the first lap, the second was no less so but this time because Horsman had to chase down a gap of over four seconds. His main rival of the weekend, Scott Ogden, managed to make a better start. Whilst Ogden pulled away in the race lead Horsman was tangled up with Farrer in third, who traded places with the Forest Hill rider over the opening laps. Ogden was able to build a gap of 4.2 seconds over Horsman.

As the race continued Horsman managed to drop Farrer behind and began to reel in Scott Ogden out front. By the tenth lap Horsman had caught the back wheel of Ogden. The two then continued their battle, from the day before, over the final four laps.

This time Horsman had to settle for second place missing out on a double victory by 0.096 seconds. Although they have only completed the first round Horsman is joint leader of both the British Motostar and British Talent Cup championships.

Cameron Horsman said, “I am delighted to have got a win and a second this weekend. Thanks to Steve Patrickson who prepared a superb bike for me. I would like to thank my sponsors Nova Racing.”

His next race is at Donington Park in the second round of the British Talent Cup.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Photos: Bonnie Lane