Moto2 racer, Cameron Horsman from Lewisham finished second in race two in the British GP2 championship at Snetterton at the weekend. The Chassis Factory / Go Racing Developments SGR rider held off the current GP2 champion, Mason law, to take 20 championship points. Horsman also took a fifth-place finish in race one. Cameron Horsman is now third in the championship on 177 points.
Friday was a successful day for the British GP2 rider from Lewisham. Cameron completed 14 laps during the first free practice session ending in 7 th in the GP2 class. He then went on to finish fourth in FP2 with a lap of 1:53.930.
The Supersport/GP2 qualifying took place on Saturday morning. He made a good start to the session before a red flag was shown as three riders fell at turn two. After the restart and with 6 laps completed Horsman came into the pits to change to fresh tyres for the final 10 minutes of qualifying.
After his out-lap, he was quickly up to speed. He was up in sector one. He continued being faster through sector two and reduced his lap time to 1:54.618 which put him 15 th overall and fifth in the British GP2 class. He looked to be on to improve his lap time further. On the next lap, he was up again in sectors one and two but in sector three the lap time slipped away as he came across a slower rider.
Horsman had to settle for 15 th on the grid and the fifth-fastest Moto2 machine in the British GP2 category.
The ten-lap Sprint Race was the penultimate event on Saturday afternoon. Horsman lined up 14 th after another rider received a penalty for causing an accident in qualifying but still fifth in the GP2 category.
Horsman lost a position to GP2 rival Dan Jones in the opening laps. The two then battled for a couple more before Horsman managed to get the better of Jones and started to break away. Having returned to fifth in the GP2 category he then caught and passed a Supersport rider.
Horsman was unable to close the gap to the next GP2 rider but had done enough to secure a top-five finish. The team would make some adjustments overnight ahead of the Feature Race on Sunday.
Sunday’s Feature race was a fifteen lap concern and Cameron Horsman lined up 13 th on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid.
The number 72 made a flying start moving up four places to ninth and settled in behind fellow British GP2 riders Charlie Nesbitt and Mason law in the GP2 category. They were running 2 nd , 3 rd and fourth in their category. The leading GP2 rider then crashed out promoting all three to the podium positions.
Initially, none of the riders could break away from the others as they almost matched each other for lap times. During the final part of the race, Nesbitt did make a break leaving Mason Law and Cameron Horsman to dispute second position.
The order of the podium positions was not resolved until the last lap. Cameron Horsman managed to get the better of Mason Law to snatch second place at the finish line. It was his fifth podium of the season and best result this year.
Cameron Horsman said,” I am very pleased to have got on the podium again this weekend. We did well in race one but I was bogged down at the beginning so I lost the leading GP2 riders. In race two I got a much better start and we had the pace to match the fastest GP2 riders which makes this podium extra special.”
The next round is on the Silverstone National circuit on the weekend of 10 th to 12 th September.
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photo: Bonnie Lane