Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman took a top five finish in the British GP2 class at Knockhill last weekend. The GP2 Moto2 machines compete in the same race
as the British Supersport machines although the score their own points in a separate championship.
The short 1.3-mile circuit was missed off the calendar last year in the abridged pandemic affected season.
Saturday was busy for the British GP2 riders. They completed two free practice session, a qualifying session and the 20 lap Sprint Race.
Cameron Horsman started the weekend brightly finishing third in FP1 with a lap time of 50.727 on the Chassis factory Moto2. In the second free
practice session Horsman reduced the lap time to 50.080.
Early afternoon and Horsman was back out on the Go Racing Developments SGR machine for qualifying. He was unable to replicate his FP2 lap time and
had to settle for 6 th . However, his time was only 0.27 seconds from the 3 rd fastest rider in the GP2 class.
Horsman lined up 18 th on the combined grid, the 6 th quickest GP2 machine. He made a solid start holding position for the first few laps. By the
fifth lap he was running in 17 th position overall but still 7 th in the class. Three laps later and he was just 4 tenths behind the next GP2
rider ahead. Just as it looked like Horsman might be able to close the gap he lost the front end on the ninth lap at Clark’s corner sliding off into
the gravel. Uninjured Horsman made his way to the safety barriers.
Despite the disappointing end to race one Horsman had recorded an impressive lap time which meant he lined up 13 th on the combined grid and fourth
in the GP2 class. Horsman started well but he lost touch with the riders in front as another competitor fell in front of him. Avoiding
the crash, he fell around 1.6 seconds behind the nearest GP2 rider ahead. During the remainder of the 26 lap encounter he was never able to close
back up but secured a solid 5 th place finish.
Cameron Horsman said, “We showed good pace on Saturday in free practice and we weren’t far off in qualifying but a few tenths on this short circuit
makes a big difference. Despite not qualifying as high as I wanted I felt good for race one because I knew we were competitive.
However, it wasn’t to be. I got a good start in race two and was not far behind Perrin and Scott. Then one of the Supersport riders fell and I had to
avoid him which opened up a gap. I just couldn’t chase them back down. You always want more but a top five finish is not a bad
way to finish the weekend. Thank you to all my sponsors and to my team Go Racing Developments SGR.”
The next round of the season will be at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 25 to 27 July 2021.
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photo: Kerry Rawson