Cameron Horsman from Lewisham stepped on the podium at Brands Hatch in the British GP2 category of the British Superbike championship last weekend.
The Go racing Developments SGR rider also took a fourth place finish in the second race of the weekend. The results put him
fourth in the overall championship standings.
The weekend started bright with two dry free practice sessions. In the first Horsman finished 5 th with a best lap time of 1:30.888 on the 18 th lap of the session. In the afternoon he remained fifth overall in the despite shaving almost four-tenths off his time to reduce it to 1:30.510.
Although the track was wet early in the morning by the time the British GP2 class was out on track the conditions had improved. Qualifying took place on slicks throughout the full thirty-minute session. The British GP2 moto2 machines compete on track alongside the British Supersport category on a combined grid.
With around 8 minutes of the session remaining Horsman was lying 19 th on the grid and 7 th in the GP2 class with a lap time of 1:32.656 on the board. This was time for his final call into the pits to put on some brand new rubber.
It had the desired effect. Returning to the track with 5 minutes left on the clock he stormed up to 15 th overall and 4 th in the British GP2 class with a 1:30.985.
The race was red-flagged on the first lap on Saturday after an accident to a rider nd there was insufficient time to complete it. It was re-scheduled for Sunday morning.
Rain had fallen during the morning so the riders lined up on the grid with wet tyres. Horsman started 15 th on the grid and 4 th in the British GP2 class.
He made a really good start moving up six places on the opening lap although he remained fourth in the GP class. He was battling with Jack Scott a fellow GP 2 rider for third position. On lap five of ten Horsman managed to overtake the number 55 of Scott and then began to open
a small gap as he tried to break away. A couple of laps later and Scott had succeeded in closing the gap to Horsman and was looking to find a way to regain third place.
Horsman defended his position on the track well as we entered the final couple of laps. He then managed to make the most of some back-markers on the final lap. This enabled him to pull-away again and take his first podium of 2021 with third positon at the flag.
The second race was also red-flagged but this time due to rainfall on lap seven. The re-started race was reduced to just 8 laps with all the riders on wet tyres.
Horsman was running fourth in the GP2 class with two laps to go and had caught the rider in third place. He then managed to pass and looked like he might open a gap. However, in the first sector of the final lap Horsman slip to fourth and although he pushed hard he was unable to regain third spot.
Cameron Horsman said, “Race one was a great result for us and my first podium of the year. In race two we missed out on the podium but finished in fourth place and I am now fourth overall in the championship on 61 points. As always a big thank you to all my sponsors and to my team Go Racing Developments SGR. Finally, I just want to send my best wishes to Brad Jones and his family and to say that we are all thinking of you.”
The next round of the season will be at Thruxton this coming weekend.
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photo: Bonnie Lane