The Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR Moto2 rider from Lewisham took his second podium of the season in the British GP2 race at Donington
National circuit last weekend. He is now fourth in the championship standings with 114 points just five behind the rider in third.
The weekend started well for Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman finishing free practice 1 in fourth position. He then went on to knock 7 tenths of a second off his lap time as he improved to finish third quickest of the British GP2 machines with a time of 1:09.549.
After a great Friday of free practice, Saturday began with frustration for Cameron Horsman.
The number 72 was following his usual routine of starting on used tyres in qualifying before pulling in with around seven or eight minutes remaining to put on brand new rubber. Having completed his out lap Horsman was set to push on and improve on his 18 th place on the grid and fifth in the British GP2 class. However, another bike deposited oil on the track at turn two and the marshals brought out the red flags. The session was over and Horsman was unable to make use of the fresh tyres or improve on his grid position.
Horsman was elevated to 17 th on the grid after another rider withdrew from the race before it began. There had been some drizzle during the day but it was dry by the time the 20 lap race got underway.
The Londoner didn’t get away from the grid as well as he would have hoped and dropped behind two of his GP2 rivals, Jones and Archer.
The three raced lap after lap within a few tenths of a second of each other. Riding nose to tail no one seemed to be able to break away. It was on lap nine that Horsman made his way ahead of Jones to take 4 th in the GP 2 category. He then quickly followed Overtook Archer to take third.
Despite making his way to the front Horsman was unable to make a gap with both Archer and Jones close on his back wheel. Nonetheless, he held on to take third place and a second podium of the season at the chequered flag.
Starting 15 th on the grid in race two and fourth in the GP2 category Horsman gained three positions off the grid and was into third place in the GP2 category by the end of lap two. Fellow GP2 riders Jones and Law were in close attendance.
On lap seven Horsman was unable to hold off Law who had overtaken Jones and now passed the number 72 Chassis factory machine of Horsman.
On lap 15 a safety car was deployed meaning the riders bunched up until it returned to the pits on lap 18. Over the final few laps Horsman was unable to match the pace of Law and had to settle for a respectable fourth-place finish to add to his podium from Saturday.
Cameron Horsman said, “It was great to return to the podium on Saturday so I must give my team a big thank you for providing me with a competitive bike. Although we didn’t make the podium in Sunday’s race we were the fastest we had been all weekend and we finished 8 th in the combined result of Supersport and GP2. So there were plenty of positives to take with us to Cadwell Park.”
The next round of the British GP2 season will be at Cadwell Park from 20 to 22nd August.
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photo: Bonnie Lane