Lewisham teenager Cameron Horsman took his first win and a fourth place of the 2016 Hel Performance Motostar Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend, and moved to within 14 points of the Standard Moto3 Championship lead.
Following his first podium of the season last time out at Oulton Park, Cameron Horsman headed into his home round at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit looking for more of the same.
The weekend got off to a great start for the youngster after posting a 51.975 in Friday morning’s free practice, after notching up 31 laps in the 20-minute session, leaving him the second standard moto3 machine, only seven hundredths of a second behind the fastest standard class man Dan Jones.
The afternoon’s qualifying session would see Cameron improve in time by two tenths of a second, however he dropped down the standings due to others improving their times.
Q2 on Saturday would see the Lewisham man improve on his time by six tenths of a second, and leapfrog the pack ahead to line up in 20th place on the grid, with a time of 51.154, only one tenth behind Dan Jones the who set pole for the standard class.
After minor changes to his machine in the short break between qualifying and the sprint race, Cameron headed into 16 lap dash confident of achieving his first win of the season.
From the lights the teenager got a great leap and led the standard Moto3 race, and was mixing it with many Moto3 GP riders.
Cameron continued the control the race throughout the 16 laps, making a break from second place standard man TJ Toms at the end, setting the fastest standard lap on his second to last circulation, and took the flag in first place, and 18th overall.
By virtue of his lap time from Saturday’s race, Cameron would start Sunday’s feature race from 17th on the grid, and as the pole man in the standard Moto3 class.
As the lights went out Cameron got a tough start and found himself back in fourth of the standard class race. The Lewisham man was then embroiled in a battle with Mark Clayton for third and then with seven laps to go, three other riders joined the fight for the final podium spot.
He dropped back as far as sixth place in the standard race, but then made his way back up to fourth and in search of Storm Stacey who occupied third. He made his way past on the final lap, but was pipped in the drag to flag by Stacey, meaning Horsman would take fourth.
After the weekend a happy Horsman said: “What a weekend it has been. To get my first win of the season was fantastic after all the hard work the team have put in it is great. Unfortunately, I just lost it on the line to Storm in race two but I’m taking away the positives and looking forward to the next round at Knockhill. I need to thank all the team, my Dad, Roger and Rob, and everyone that support me.”
Cameron now sits in third place of the Hel Performance Standard Moto3 Championship standings on 58 points, only 14 behind leader TJ Toms.
The fourth round of the season will take place in four weeks’ time in the Scottish Highlands at the circuit of Knockhill on the weekend of the 24th/25th/26th June.