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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Words: Jeremy Ryan