Cameron Horsman took a fourth and fifth place finish in the British GP2 Championship at Thruxton in tricky weather conditions. He now stands 5 th overall on 85 points and just 12 points behind the rider in third position.
The two free practice sessions on Friday took place on a damp and windy track and as it would turn out for race one were of limited use in preparing the Moto2 machine. Horsman finished fifth quickest out of the British GP2 machinery in both sessions.
The 25-minute qualifying session got underway at 12.25 on Saturday morning. Although the sky was cloudy the track was dry. In his first stint on the circuit he made steady progress. Then the rain flags came out in sector two and then sector three as spots of rain began to fall. His
best lap time at this stage was a 1:20.190. Horsman came into the pits to make a change of tyres. The precipitation petered out to the relief of most riders. Horsman made significant progress with his lap times finishing with a 1:18.998 to put him 6 th just a fraction of a second behind his teammate number 60 Cameron Fraser.
Despite the weather forecasts the 12 lap Sprint race took place in good conditions after the inclement weather that featured on Friday. Horsman started 15 th on the combined grid and 6 th in the British GP2 class. A steady start saw him sitting on the back wheel of his teammate
Cameron Fraser. On lap five Horsman managed to get the better of Fraser as he advanced into what was now fourth place in the GP2 class after another had fallen.
His next target was around a second up the road but there were a number of Supersport riders in between and this time Horsman was unable to close the gap to his rival in the GP2 category. He crossed the line in fourth position.
Horsman’s best lap time of 1:18.702 elevated him to 12 th on the grid and the fourth fastest British GP2 machine for race two.
The rain had threatened throughout the day and finally fell heavily just before the Supersport / British GP2 race was set to get underway. As a result, the race was reduced to 15 laps with the marshals needing time to clear some of the standing water from the track.
Once the race started the rain stopped but the track was wet and the riders had to contend with a considerable amount of spray in the first couple of laps.
Horsman made a steady start in the tricky conditions. By the fifth lap he was running 6 th in the GP2 class on the back wheel of fellow GP2 rider Rowlings. The following lap he managed to pass. He was over three seconds behind his next target who was Jamie Perrin, fourth in the
British GP2 category.
Horsman made good progress lapping half a second quicker than his rival. By lap 11 he was less than a second behind and still closing. However, Horsman ran out of laps and crossed the line 5 th just 0.087 seconds behind Perrin in fourth.
Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a challenging weekend for all the riders with the changing weather so I am pleased we came home with two solid results. Thank you once again to Go racing Developments SGR for giving me a competitive bike to race as always and also thanks to my sponsors without who I could not race.”
The next round of the season will be at Donington Park on 13 to 15 th August.
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photo: Bonnie Lane