Valencia race report – British Talent Cup

Cameron Horsman ended the British Talent Cup season narrowly missing out on a podium with a fourth and sixth place. With 23 more points from the final round Horsman finished a fantastic sixth overall.

The final round took place at the famous Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. There were difficulties from the start with poor weather. After a wet free practice one the second session was eventually cancelled due to track conditions.

Qualifying took place the next day but Horsman struggled in the tricky conditions finishing with only the 14 th best lap time.

Race One
Come the start of the first 17 lap race on the Friday, he made a couple of positions on the opening lap. Despite the rain and spray he continued to push on moving into the top ten by the end of the second lap at Valencia. He was more than one and a half seconds behind the next rider in front.

With a rainbow coming out during the race Horsman got himself in a group of eight riders battling for third place. With six to go he had worked himself in to sixth position but he wasn’t done yet.

With three laps of the 17 remaining Horsman overtook Joshua Whatley to take the final podium spot. He was unable to shake off the youngster though and on the final lap Whatley overtook Horsman and managed to make a small gap between the two of them. At the flag Horsman had to settle for fourth, but it was a superb result when you take into account where he started.

Race Two
Another 17 lap encountered occurred on the Saturday but this time the track was dry. The riders had had very little dry track time so it was going to be interesting to see how they did. Horsman made a superb start to climb to sixth position at the start of the race gaining 8 places on the opening lap. He was firmly embedded in a group of riders that went on to chase Max Cook down in third position. The battle then became a six-way fight for the final podium place with positions changing lap after lap and corner after corner.

At one stage Horsman had worked his way to third place, overtaking Brian Hart and Max Cook on the way.

In such close quarters Horsman was unable to break away and eventually crossed the line in sixth place to end a very successful weekend and season in the British Talent Cup.

Horsman said, “That was a great weekend even if I did just miss the podium. The season has been fantastic and I would like to thank everyone at the British Talent Cup for putting on such a superb championship and giving me this opportunity.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan