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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

Horsman scores valuable points at Snetterton

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Cameron Horsman came away with really solid points from both British Talent Cup races in
round three of the British Talent Cup. The Forest Hill youngster finished race one in 8 th position
before going on to take sixth in the second.

Free Practice
During free practice one Horsman used the track time to try out a few different lines on the 2.7
mile Norfolk circuit, the second longest in England. Having worked out his braking markers and
other reference points he set a lap time of 2:04.914 in the second free practice session. This
put him provisional 7 th on the grid.

Qualifying
Saturday morning the 23 British Talent Cup riders lined up for the one qualifying session which
would decide the grid for both the weekend’s races.
Horsman only completed two laps before returning to the pits to make some adjustments to
the bike. It immediately paid off as he managed to increase his pace lap after lap finishing with
a 2:04.099 on his 14 th and final revolution of the track. Horsman had made it to fifth on the
grid.

Race One
In race one he didn’t get the best of starts and slipped to seventh at the end of the first lap. He
soon realized that they had opted for the wrong gearing and he was hitting the rev limiter on
the starights. The front group had got away and Horsman was riding in a lonely 7 th place for the
majority of the race. He was setting pretty consistent lap times throughout the race but came
under pressure in the closing laps. Despite managing to reduce his lap times Horsman was
pipped on the final lap and finished the race in a respectable 8 th .

Race Two
Alhtough the sky clouded over and it was cooler the weather stayed dry . Horsman lost a place
on the opening lap but then managed to hold onto sixth place. After a mistake by the race
leader he was elevated to fifth. Horsman came under a lot of pressure from Jack Nixon as the
two tussled throughout the 14 laps. As they came to complete the final lap the smaller, and
therefore lighter Nixon was able to out drag Horsman to the line. The result was Horsman
finished sixth just 0.048 secionds behind his rival.

Cameron Horsman now has 37 points and has climbed two positions to seventh overall. He will
next be riding in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship at Knockhill in July.

Cameron Horsman said,” This was a better weekend..

The London racer will be back in action on a Moto3 at round three at Snetterton on 15 to 17
June.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

BSB Motostar Oulton Park

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The weather and track conditions were excellent as first free practice got underway on Saturday at Oulton Park, with Cameron Horsman getting a good start. Coming up to the end of the first lap the bike suffered a mechanical failure, which turned out to be an engine problem and the end of the session for Cameron. Jeff Claridge from Nova Racing Transmissions kindly lent Cameron an engine; everybody in the team worked hard changing the engine over and had the bike ready in time for second free practice. After taking the first couple of laps steadily Cameron turned on the pressure finishing 3rd in the standard class with a best lap time of 1:50:061 being one of the fastest for the day.

Qualifying on Sunday, again with excellent weather, got underway and Cameron was up with the leaders, putting in good sector and lap times, with a final lap time of 1:49:000 saw him finish 2nd in his class and on 6th row of the grid for Sunday’s race.

The first race of 10 laps on Sunday afternoon saw Cameron late onto the grid due to a slight problem which was able to be fixed prior to exiting the pit lane. As the lights went out he got a good start and throughout the race Cameron and Fenton Seabright battled it out for second and third places over the ten laps with Victor Rodriguez leading the standard class. As the race finished Cameron took 3rd place with a best lap time of 1:48:247.

The second race of 14 laps on Monday and again Cameron was riding hard from the start and up at the front determined to try and take the race win. Unfortunately this was not to be when he crashed out in the closing laps sliding across the track and grass closely followed by his bike. The rider was unscathed the bike suffering some damage.

Following the race Cameron said I was devastated to have crashed out, but a big thank you to Jeff of Nova for lending me an engine and everyone else who helped in changing it so quickly. Without this help I would not have made it to the podium on Sunday. Racing has its ups and downs but we move on now to the next British Talent Cup rounds, the end of May at Donnington, in June at Snetterton then back to HEL Motostar in July at Knockhill, the season is still in the early stages and all to play for. Finally, thank you to my father for all the time and effort he puts in to enable me to compete.

BSB Motostar Brands Hatch Indy Circuit

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The first practice took place on a wet but drying track surface. Following the wet conditions experienced at Donington Park for British Talent Cup Cameron Horsman showed that he wasn’t afraid of the wet. From the start he consistently improved his lap times as the first free practice progressed finishing with a time of 54.071.

By the afternoon and second practice the track was dry and saw Cameron continue to lead the Honda standard class recording the fastest lap at 51.039 and finishing both practice sessions at the top of the time sheet.

The track and weather conditions for qualifying on Saturday were good and from the start Horsman was up at the front pushing hard, enjoying the Indy Circuit and eventually qualifying in second place with the fastest lap time for the Standard Class of 51.134 behind Victor Rodriguez.

The weekend having got off to a good start, as the lights went out for the start of the first race saw Cameron riding hard, enjoying the Indy Circuit, up amongst the Moto 3 riders and battling with Rodriguez and Cook in the standard class. This battle continued throughout the race and saw Cameron taking third place, his first podium of the season and recording the fastest lap at 50.605 / 85.93mph.

By virtue of Cameron having the fastest lap in race 1 on Saturday meant he started Sunday’s race on pole position in the Honda standard class. As the lights went out Cameron got a tough start and found himself further back than he would have liked. However he made his way back up and being faster than Cook and Seabright, who were in second and third place, it looked as though there could be another podium but on the last lap Horsman was held up and at the flag took fourth place.

Following the race Cameron said it had been a good weekend, he was pleased with the results and his bike had performed well. Again thank you to my family and everyone who supports and encourages me but particularly to my father for ensuring my bike is race ready.