Tough end to 2016 for Cameron Horsman – Rd12

It was a difficult end to the 2016 season for Lewisham teenager Cameron Horsman, taking a seventh and tenth place finishes in his class in both races throughout the weekend at Brands Hatch

Cameron ended the free practice session on Friday sixth in class after posting a 1:39.096, only six tenths of a second behind third fastest standard man TJ Toms.

The afternoon’s first qualifying saw Horsman improve vastly in time, knocking off almost a full second posting a 1:38.155, leaving him fourth in class with one qualifying session remaining.

Come Saturday morning the teenager couldn’t improve in time, and dropped to seventh in class and 27th on the grid for the first race on Saturday afternoon.

From the lights Cameron made a fantastic start and picked up two places by the end of the second lap, and then became embroiled in a battle for fifth place in class.

The group of four riders swapped and changed places all race long, while Cameron posted his fastest lap of the weekend in the process, with him nicking 24th place on the final lap, and fifth in class.

By virtue of his lap time in Saturday’s sprint race Cameron moved up two places on the grid to 25th for Sunday’s feature race.

Cameron made a tough leap off the line and dropped five places on the first lap to 30th overall, the youngster then made his way through the field back into his grid position of 25th, until the final lap where he just lost out to Storm Stacey, taking the flag in 26th place and tenth in class.

After the weekend Horsman said: “This isn’t how I wanted to end the season, but I have to take the positives, I have consistently improved on my lap times and I have enjoyed two good races, even if the results haven’t showed it. This year has been up and down, we enjoyed a great first half but then the second half has been one to forget really.

“I have to thank all my family and sponsors for all their support this year, without them I wouldn’t be able to go racing and I can’t wait for 2017 now.”

Cameron finished the 2016 Hel Performance British Motostar Standard Championship in seventh place on 206 points.