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

Horsman finishes season on the podium

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After 18 races the Hel Performance British Motostar season drew to a close at Brands Hatch last weekend. Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman secured a podium in the final race despite awful racing conditions with standing water on the track.

The second place result was his third podium of the season and he finished sixth, tied on points with the rider in fifth. That rider had a race victory which gave them the advantage over Horsman.

Free Practice
Conditions were good if somewhat windy for Friday’s two free practice sessions. In the morning session Cameron Horsman clocked the third best time a 1:38.610. In the afternoon his times were almost identical and he ended the day fifth overall.

Qualifying
Horsman reduced his lap time during the 30-minute qualifying session. After completing 13 laps the Londoner saved the best until last posting a 1:37.684 which put him fourth fastest in the standard category and only half a second behind the pole- sitter.

Race 1
The number 72 of Horsman was involved in a ten lap battle which involved Thomas Strudwick, Scott Ogden and T-Fox Moreton. On lap four he managed to move into second place behind race leader Max Cook but the group of riders was very closely matched. Strudwick managed to overtake in the middle of the race before Ross Turner came through three laps from the end. Horsman crossed the line in fifth.

Race 2
Horsman has proved previously that he is competitive in the wet and he needed to be at his best in treacherous conditions on Sunday. The 12 lap race had standing water on certain parts of the circuit and almost half of the standard class field failed to make the finish line. Horsman kept a steady head and was quickly into fourth place in the early laps of the race. He then moved into third place on lap four. Continuing to negotiate the tricky, slippery surface whilst many around him tumbled out Horsman eventually crossed the line in a fantastic second place to end the season with his best result of the season.

Cameron said,” After the British Talent Cup weekend I came him full of confidence. I
was a bit disappointed in race one that I missed out on the podium after a good start so was even more determined on Sunday. I seem to do alright in the wet weather so I was relatively calm about racing and perhaps that was a good thing as many people crashed out. It has been a while since I have stood on the Motostar podium and to end the year with a second place is a great feeling. Thank you to all my sponsors and supporters. As soon as I can I will let you know about my plans for 2019.”

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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

Horsman headline

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Forest Hill motorcycle racer Cameron Horsman completed another successful round in the Hel Performance British Motostar championship.

On Saturday he crossed the finish line in 6 th place whilst on Sunday he went one better finishing fifth.

Free Practice
Both free practice sessions took place in the rain. In free practice one it was so heavy few riders spent much time on track. In free practice two Horsman braved the weather and no one completed more laps. He finished seventh overall.

Qualifying
Thankfully the weather improved for qualifying. The track was damp initially but dried as the session went on. Cameron Horsman improved almost every lap and set his best time, a 1:51.709 on his final lap. It was good enough to put him fourth on the grid in the standard class.

Race 1
As the riders set off on their warm up lap for the 12 lap race it began to spit with rain.
They formed up on the grid waiting for the lights to go out on their slick tyres. As the
race started the rain began to fall harder and it was red-flagged before a lap was completed. After a short delay to allow the riders to switch to wet tyres a shortened 10 lap race was underway.
The three leading riders managed to make a break at the front but Horsman was right in the middle of the chasing group. Horsman was able to keep pace with the soon to be crowned Moto3 Champion throughout the ten laps They were in a three-way battle for fourth position. In a tight finish he crossed the line in sixth place.

Race 2
Horsman started ninth for race two but lost a couple of paces on the opening lap. He quickly gained his composure and made up three positions on lap two.
Horsman then continued to pick off riders and his worked his way back through the field. Having been 11 th at the end of the first lap he started the final lap in sixth place.
He still had time to pick up one more place as he went on to cross the line in a fantastic fifth position.

Horsman said,” The weather made things a bit difficult but that was the same for everybody. In the first race I kept with the second group of riders and it was a good race. In the second the start was not so good but I really enjoyed battling through the riders to get myself into fifth position.”

Cameron Horsman is in sixth position in the overall standings on 172 points.

The next race in the Hel Performance British Motostar series is not until 12 -14 October. In the meantime, Cameron Horsman will make the short trip across the sea to Holland for the next round of the British Talent Cup at Assen on 28-30 September.

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Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman in the Moto3 fight for third overall

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17-yer-old motorcycle racer, Cameron Horsman had another successful weekend in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

The rider from Forest Hill was competing in round seven of the standard class championship on his Honda NSF250R. Horsman missed out on a podium in both races by just four-tenths of a second. In race one he finished fourth but because race two was even closer between the riders he finished seventh.

Horsman is now sixth in the championship standings with two races to go and only nine points behind the rider in third, so competitive is the series this year.

Free Practice
The organisers had decided to run the races on the short national circuit at Silverstone rather than the GP circuit. This was in an effort to avoid the problems experienced with the MotoGP event earlier in the month.

The FAB Racing rider spent the first free practice session learning the 1.6-mile national circuit finishing ninth at the end. In free practice two the team made some adjustments to the bike and Horsman finished seventh quickest.

Qualifying
There was drizzle during the 30-minute qualifying period on Saturday morning. Usually good in tricky conditions Horsman was unable to take advantage this time finishing the session ninth. However, qualifying was very competitive with little to choose between the riders. He was certainly on a similar pace to the others in the standard class.

Race 1
Saturday afternoon and the 34 combined GP and standard class riders lined up on the grid at Silverstone for the first of the two races this weekend. Horsman had a fantastic first lap making up four places to move into the top five and the leading group. He battled for the full 18 laps making it to third position at one stage before finally crossing the line in fourth.

Race 2
In the second race of the weekend he was in the leading group once again. Places changed quickly making it hard to keep up with. In the closing stages of the race the riders were up behind a slower GP class bike. This caused some problems as down the
straight they could pull a gap over the standard riders but through the corners Horsman and the other would be backed up behind the bike.

It perhaps also held the group so closely together because as Horsman crossed the finish line he was again 0.4 seconds from third place but so tightly packed were the riders he was classified seventh.

Horsman said,” I had two really exciting races, there were elbows out and lots of hard but fair passing. The championship is so tight now I can’t wait to go to Oulton Park next weekend.”

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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

Cameron Horsman cuts the gap at Cadwell Park

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Forest Hill Moto3 rider Cameron Horsman ended round six of the Hel Performance standard class championship in fifth place overall having closed the gap on the rider ahead to just seven points.

Free Practice
Cameron Horsman used free practice one to familiarise himself with the Cadwell Park circuit once again. In free practice two he then began to increase his pace, finishing third overall with a lap time of 1:37.863. This put him third quickest on the day.

Qualifying
After making some small overnight adjustments to the bike set up the Moto3 riders were back out early on Saturday morning for Qualifying. Although Horsman managed to continue to reduce his lap time he finished the session in sixth place.

Race One
Horsman dropped a couple of places off the start line but quickly recovered to end lap one in sixth position. He was in the leading group of riders. The Moto3 standard class riders treated the spectators to a fantastic show as they constantly changed places, lap after lap. On lap ten of the 12 there was a big accident just after the mountain section of the track which resulted in a red flag. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.
As the rules dictate the result is counted back to the last full lap completed minus those riders involved in the accident. This appeared to mean that Horsman had finished third and on the podium but somewhat controversially he was placed fourth
after the rider, who suffered a mechanical fault and whose bike started the incident was reinstated in his place and on the podium.

Race Two
After setting a fast lap time in race one he started second on the grid for race two. He made a good start to the race but about halfway through Horsman made a small mistake going into the hairpin. This dropped him down to fifth and he lost a bit of
ground on the lead riders. Digging deep he made up the gap but unfortunately, the race was cut short by four laps after the second red flag incident of the weekend.
Cameron Horsman said,” To be honest I don’t really understand the decision in race one. We contested it but they didn’t change anything. The rider had suffered a mechanical and was out the race and two riders crashed as a result of that so it was a
bit odd.
The second race was fantastic. Lots of close racing but I having caught back up with the lead riders I was unable to make a move because the race was stopped. All in all, it was a good weekend.”

Cameron Horsman is fifth overall just seven points behind the rider in fourth with three rounds remaining this season.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman involved in thrilling races at Thruxton

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Round five of the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class championship took place at Thruxton last weekend. The 2.4-mile circuit is one of the quickest on the British Superbike calendar despite not having any obvious straight. It is a combination of fast flowing corners and very popular with the riders. Horsman finished race one in fourth and seventh in race two.

Free Practice
Free practice took place on a scorching Friday. As temperatures increased the majority of the riders improved their lap times during the afternoon session. Cameron Horsman finished both free practice session in fourth place. Having gearing issues Horsman couldn’t make the best of the warmer conditions and set his fastest lap, a 1:24.119, in the morning.

Qualifying
The 34 riders took to the Hampshire circuit at 9:30am on Saturday morning to complete their half an hour qualifying session. Horsman spent the entire session inside the top four or five riders having decided to alter the gearing on the bike overnight. Determined to get a good place on the starting grid he completed 21 laps, more than any other rider. The effort was
worth it as his lap time of 1:23.226 on the final lap put him second for the start of race one.

Race One
On a very warm track Horsman made a good start to race one. Over the 12 laps the rider from Forest Hill was in an intense battle with Fenton Seabright. The two provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd as they constantly switched places, sometimes several times in one lap.
On the final lap the two riders were neck and neck as they approached a slower GP class rider. Seabright managed to move up the inside whilst Horsman was forced to overtake around the outside losing valuable time. Whilst both Seabright and Horsman were overtaken by the more powerful GP class machine on the run to the line Horsman had to settle for fourth in his class just 0.115 seconds from the podium.

Race Two
The 14 lap second race of the weekend was an amazing spectacle for the large crowd assembled at the circuit in Hampshire. It didn’t start well for Horsman who dropped from fifth at the start. With the leader of the race long gone Horsman clawed his way back to the six rider fight for second place. The positions of all these riders changed with exhausting frequency. The riders showed great maturity in their race craft as it would so easily for an over exuberant racer to crash out taking three or four with him. Horsman finished the race in seventh which seems disappointing, but with the gap between the second place to seventh at just 0.8 seconds it was an extremely tight race.

Cameron Horsman said, “I had a great battle with Fenton in race one. We were passing each other all over the track. Although I just missed the podium I felt very positive after that race. Race two was probably one of the most exciting races I have had in this class. One of the closest races and most fun. I got a bad start but got back to the group. The whole race we were just changing positions. On the last lap I was up to fourth but someone cut in front of me just before the line. I had to brake and that dropped me back to seventh.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman closing in on fifth spot after Brands Hatch

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From the short 1.3 mile Scottish circuit of Knockhill, the Hel Performance British Motostar series moved to Cameron Horsman’s local track, the 2.4 mile Brands Hatch circuit, for round four.

Cameron made a great start to the weekend on the Nova / Fab Racing Honda finishing second quickest in free practice one. A large amount of rain then fell. When the riders went out for free practice two the track was still damp. Horsman waited for the circuit conditions to improve before venturing out on slick tyres. No one was going to improve their lap times but the practice in mixed conditions could have proved valuable if the rain fell again later in the weekend. We have already seen this year, in the British Talent Cup that Horsman is talented even when the circuit is not at its best and he set the quickest time.

For qualifying on Saturday the conditions were perfect. Dry track and warm weather. The lap times were the fastest they had been all weekend and Horsman improved his quickest lap time too. The session was really competitive and despite a time of 1:37.427 he would line up seventh in the standard category. He was around half a second off the rider in third.

The first race was for 12 laps. However, due to a crash on lap nine it was cut short. Horsman had made a good start and was racing in a group of five other riders. He worked himself from the back of the group to fifth in the race overall just 1.3 seconds from the race leader. However, an incident on lap nine led to the red-flag coming out and the race ended. His
progress was halted and he was declared fifth.

The second race took place on Sunday afternoon. This time it was it was a 14 lap 34-mile race and Horsman was feeling very positive. Again he got away well but his progress was made more difficult when he came across one of the slower riders on a GP category class machine. This faster machine was able to pull-away on the straight but was slowing him up through the corners. Try as he might he was unable to pass and make it stick. He went on to cross the line in a slightly frustrated 6 th place.

Having added 21 points over the weekend Horsman remains sixth overall but is now just four points behind the rider in fifth.

Cameron Horsman said,” In qualifying I was expecting to do a lot better after the Friday but I didn’t manage to get a good enough lap in. A few people were trying to get a tow and were getting in my way a bit. In race one the front three got away but I was in the second group and we managed to catch them up. Then there was a crash and that messed it up a bit.

In the second race I was third on the grid but I had a bad first lap and got stuck behind a GP class bike. I just couldn’t overtake so it was frustrating. I managed to keep the other standard class riders in our group behind me though.

I’m looking forward to Thruxton because I usually do quite well there.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Solid points at Knockhill

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The 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit in Scotland was bathed in sunshine all weekend giving ideal track conditions for the riders. On top of that the track had been resurfaced leading to some very quick lap times.

With two successful rounds of the British Talent Cup it has been two months since Cameron Horsman rode in the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class series.

Round Three took place at Knockhill in Fife where the 1.3-mile track was immersed in fabulous sunshine all weekend.

In the first free practice Horsman spent some time adjusting to the differences between the Moto3 machines he rides in the two different classes. It didn’t take long as he registered the fourth quickest time. In FP2 he was unable to improve on his lap time and slipped to ninth overall.

Qualifying took place on Saturday morning. The Forest Hill youngster managed to reduce his time to 54.868 making good use of the new asphalt surface that had been laid at the venue. His time put him 8 th in the class on the grid.

In the opening lap of the 18 lap race one Horsman lost a position but was on the back of a group of around and found himself at the back of a group of six riders. From the mid-way stage of the race he battled with Scott Ogden eventually overcoming the North Lincolnshire rider on lap 13 to take eighth place at the flag.

The second 22 lap race of the weekend took place on the Sunday. Horsman made a better start moving up a couple of places but on a tightly packed track in the opening laps he slipped back to his starting position. He then began to make inroads and was battling with Ross Turner, Charlie Atkins and Scott Swann. The four pushed each other hard as they covered the near 28 miles of undulating track and the famous sharp Taylor final hairpin over the 22 laps. Horsman managed to make a late move on Atkins at the end of the final lap to cross the line in seventh place. He also managed to set his fastest lap of the weekend a 54.601.

Horsman left the Scottish round with another 16 points. The fourth round of the championship will be at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit on the weekend of 20-22 July.

Cameron Horsman said, “I was struggling along the start and finish straight which is up hill at this circuit. I was catching the smaller riders in the first part of the circuit then losing out to them ibn the second part, all weekend. But we came away with valuable points in both races and I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch my home circuit.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan