Horsman picks up podium number six at Donington Park

The British GP2 rider from Lewisham qualified 19 th on the combined British Supersport / British GP2 grid and 5 th in the GP2 category. In the Sprint Race he rode to a third place finish on the Chassis Factory / Go racing Developments SGR Moto2 in wet conditions. In the Feature Race he had an electrical issue and started from the pit lane eventually coming home ninth. The results mean that Horsman has secured third place in the British GP2 championship with one round to go.

Free Practice
On a wet track Cameron Horsman got the first Friday free practice session underway in positive style. With the British GP2 machines riding alongside the British Supersport class he was fourth overall and 2 nd in the GP2 class.
By the afternoon the rain had stopped and the track was dry. Cameron finished fifth quickest in the GP2 class with a 1:33,842 and 12 th overall.

The Supersport and GP2 riders were out on Saturday morning for their qualifying session which took place in dry but cold conditions. The track temperature was hovering around 10 degrees.
With 11 minutes to go he was fifth in his class and with a lap time of 1:35.090. At this stage he came into the pits before returning with 7 minutes remaining on the clock. Whilst Horsman quickly reduced his lap time to 1:34.787 those around him also improved their times and he would line up 19 th on the grid and fifth in his class.

Race One
The conditions for the Sprint Race on Saturday afternoon can only be described as very challenging. The track was still cold and the rain continued to fall throughout the 12 laps.
The track was very slippery and caught one rider out on the warm up lap. With another rider starting from pit lane, one man’s misfortune is another’s gain. Horsman was able to benefit from quickly being able to move into third place in the British GP2 category.
He made up two places on the opening lap overtaking Supersport riders and remained third in his class for the first few laps. Despite riding as hard and safely as he could in the conditions another GP2 rider closed in and passed Horsman on lap three.
Horsman knew his pace and his bike in these conditions and wasn’t going to risk either. The rider that passed Horsman later went on to fall as his speed and the track conditions caught him out. This elevated Horsman to third again.
Horsman ended the race in third position in the British GP2 class to pick up his sixth podium of the season.

Race Two
An electrical issue on the warm up lap saw Horsman forced into the pits as the race got underway. He did manage to come back out but returned after one lap as issues continued. The team identified the issue and managed to send him back out. By now Horsman was over a lap down on everyone else. Horsman managed to come home ninth in the British GP2 class.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a really challenging weekend. The weather made the first race really difficult for everyone with both the rain falling and low temperatures. However, we stuck to the task and managed another podium finish. In the second race the bike did not feel right on the warm up lap so I pulled into pit lane. We had an electrical issue. We went back out to see what we could do and how many points we could score. As it happens we did enough to secure third in the Championship”

The last round of the British GP2 Championship in 2021 is at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit on 15 – 17 October.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photo: Bonnie Lane