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

Bittersweet for Horsman despite a race victory at Donington Park

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Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season at Donington Park National circuit last weekend in round two of the British Talent Cup. It looked like he would be back on the podium in the second race until an over ambitious move by another rider, at the final chicane, saw Horsman skittled out through no fault of his own.

The 18-year old had led the championship overnight but left Donington Park a little disappointed as his main rival took the win in race two. Horsman now finds himself second in the standings some 20 points behind the leader.

Free Practice
Conditions were good for both free practice sessions on Friday. In the first thirty minute session Horsman ended the session third fastest overall. In the second he cut six-tenths off his lap time as he grew in confidence with his Moto3 machine on the circuit and ended the day on top with a time of 1:15.109.

Qualifying
Early on Saturday morning Horsman and the other 21 British Talent Cup riders were back out on the two-mile Donington National Circuit. The important qualifying session would determine where the riders started in both races this weekend. Horsman was always in the top positions of a tightly fought contest. In the end he had to settle for fourth place missing out on the front row by just 0.017 seconds.

Race One
Horsman didn’t get the holeshot but quickly moved into the race lead at the Old Hairpin on lap one. The riding was hard but fair as three or four riders battled for the lead over the next 24 laps. Charlie Farrer, Fenton Seabright and then later on Scott Ogden all posed serious questions of Horsman.

But it was the London rider that got to the front on the final lap and held on to take the race victory and put himself five points clear of main title rival Ogden.

Race Two
The riders were all prepared to start a 24 lap race on slick tyres when the rain fell at Donington. The organisers quickly declared it a wet race and all the bikes were changed to wet tyres. As you would expect with the British weather the sun then came out as the shortened 16 lap race began.

Cameron Horsman wasted no time, and was clearly confident in the mixed conditions as he took the lead into the first corner. Initially, Horsman was battling with Fenton Seabright for the lead. Horsman’s main rival Ogden came through the field to join the leading two riders to form a group of three at the front. By the end of the sixth lap Horsman had managed to open a gap of around a second over his two rivals but Ogden then managed to pass Seabright and the two chasing riders quickly closed down the lead Horsman had made.

The rain flag came out as spots began to fall again and the pace at the front of the race began to drop. The three front runners were later caught by two other riders making it a group of five on the final lap.

Unfortunately, one of those riders braked too late into the final chicane and lost control of his bike. Horsman who was tucked in behind the race leader Ogden was the innocent victim as the fallen rider’s bike slid into his sending him tumbling out of the race.

Cameron Horsman said, “The weekend started really positively and we seemed to be in control. Although we qualified fourth I knew we had the race pace. It worked perfectly in race one and was looking good in race two until I was taken out. From podium to nothing is a bit hard to take but that is racing. We have to stay positive and do our best again in the next round.”

His next race is at Brands Hatch on 14 to 16 June 2019 in the British Motostar Championship.
The British Talent Cup continues in July, again at Donington but this time on the GP circuit.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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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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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