TWO Dales racing ace Cavan Corcoran recorded his first podium finish of the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain season after an eventful weekend at Brands Hatch.
Rounds one, two and three of the competition proved something of a write-off at Oulton Park due to engine trouble but, this time out, the 18-year-old JTR driver finished fourth in round four, seventh in round five and third in round six.
Cavan’s dad, Brian Corcoran, explained: “We had a brand new engine supplied by Ford, which was spot-on, and in race one Cavan broke the wet lap record at Brands Hatch.
“In round four, we were caught out because we didn’t realise there was a curfew for racing and so we started fairly late.
“Cav was up to fourth and doing really well when we reached the 6.30pm cut-off point.
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“So he came fourth but we reckon he could have gone higher.
“The second race was in the dry and Cav was again in fourth when the engine started overheated. He came off to let it cool a bit and then went back on and finished seventh but again we think he would have finished fourth or higher if it wasn’t for that.
“In round six, the overheating issue had been addressed but this time there was a patch of oil that had been spilt on the track at Graham Hill Bend which he didn’t quite manage to avoid and this meant he ran into Jake Cook.
“So for the rest of the 21 laps, he had a bent track rod and the steering was all over the place, but no-one realised it. But despite that, he still managed to finish third, which was his first podium finish of the season.”
Brian continued: “It was a fantastic weekend and it actually could have been better than fourth, seventh and fifth. But he got the lap record, got his first podium finish and it banishes the memory of Oulton Park.
“We just want to say how really grateful we are to Ford for supplying us with such a great new engine and the bonus was that David Coulthard, an ex-Formula Ford champion met Cavan and some of the other drivers and went out and did three laps in Cavan’s car, which was great too.”
Thoughts now turn to rounds seven, eight and nine, taking place at the Rockingham circuit.
Brian Corcoran concluded: “We’re really looking forward to that. It’s a circuit Cavan really loves. He’s won there before so if we can get these little problems sorted out, we feel he’s got the beating of the other drivers, on his day.”