It was a topsy-turvy weekend for Lewisham racer Cameron Horsman at Oulton Park last weekend. Having recently finished runner-up in the British Talent Cup 2019 Horsman was looking to keep himself in the championship race in another British Moto3 Championship.
Competing in the British Motostar, a standard Moto3 support series of the British Superbikes Championship Horsman started the weekend second. However, a crash at Hislops with three laps remaining saw he slip a huge 26 points behind championship leader Scott Ogden. The damage was reduced in race two when Horsman took a superb hard fought win in the second race. He sits third overall, three points behind the rider in second and twenty-two behind the
The weekend started with rain and a wet free practice one. Although Horsman did go out there was little to be gained in the conditions. In free practice two the conditions had improved but the track was not dry enough for slicks. Horsman’s 1:48.270 put him second on Friday night.
The riders returned to the 2.7 mile (3.6 km) circuit early on Saturday morning for the thirty- minute qualifying session. Horsman left it ten minutes for track conditions to improve before venturing out. After his first few laps he was a second behind the fastest rider in third position.
With six minutes remaining he again came back on track and cut the gap significantly ending qualifying in second overall with a 1:54.573, just 0.6 behind the quickest rider.
In the first race Horsman made a good start and quickly took the race lead. As has been the case all season Scott Ogden and Cameron Horsman have battled at the front of the race. Here it was no different as the two quickly pulled a gap over the remainder of the standard Moto3 field.
Ogden and Horsman were crossing the start finish line just thousandths of a second apart lap after lap. Unfortunately, for Horsman an error going into Hislops on lap nine saw him lose the front end and he crashed out whilst battling with Ogden for the race lead. The allowed his rival to ease off and take a comfortable 25 points and open a 27-point gap over the Londoner.
Once more Horsman got off the line well taking the lead from Ogden on the opening lap. It quickly became a two-horse race as Horsman and Ogden again dropped the field behind them.
Ogden and Horsman rode with skill and respect as they both battled for the race win. On the final lap the two were neck and neck at the start of the lap. Horsman then managed to edge in front but his rival was not giving up. As they approached the final corner Ogden tried to make a move on Horsman but the number 72 held on to pick up win number three of the season and claw back five of the points lost from race one.
Cameron Horsman said,” I had good pace in both races but the fall in race one was costly. The win in race two was important mentally as well as for the points. Although I am twenty-two points behind I will be doing my best to try and win the championship. I’d like to thank all my sponsors including Nova Racing.”
Horsman now sits on 195 points, twenty-two behind Scott Ogden. There are still three rounds and six races left of the championship with the next stop being the TT circuit in Assen on 20th to 22 nd September.
Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photos: Bonnie Lane