Corcoran ends season in style

Cavan Corcoran
Cavan Corcoran

race ace Cavan Corcoran has rounded off his triumphant Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Scholarship Class season with two more victories at Donington Park.

The 18-year-old, the Great Britain champion in his class, who comes from Two Dales, was crowned champion earlier in the season but was still determined to take part in the penultimate meeting.

His Donington weekend didn’t get off to the best start when brake failure during the first lap of the first race resulted in him coming off the track. Only some nifty driving enabled him to do this unscathed and without hitting any other drivers, including teammate Neil Alberico.

But the other two races saw Cavan return to winning ways. In the first of those, he had to overcome some confusion when it appeared his team wanted him to pull into the pits. On the verge of doing so, he realised they were gesturing to one of his teammates so he then had to drive like a demon to reel his opponents in, passing his main rivals and turning in some highly impressive lap times in the process.

The final race saw him make a bad start in wet conditions, with tyres that seemed to have no traction, making it at times almost impossible to drive.

But the renowned Corcorcan guts and determination was shown as he managed to hang in there until the last lap, pass his main rival on the final corner and win.

This leaves his final record for the season as 18 races, 18 pole positions, 16 wins, 16 fastest laps and only two mechanically-related DNFs (did not finish).

Proud dad Brian Corcoran said: “Qualifying went well and he finished 11th, ninth and ninth. The first race had hardly started when his brakes suddenly went coming up to McLeans at 100 mph and he had to make a split-second decision which meant he avoided hitting the others and ended up safely on the gravel.

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Luckily, thanks to some good driving from him and others, he managed to get there without a scratch on him or the car.

“In the other two races, normal service was resumed and he won both in his class, which wew were delighted by, but now that’s it. He’s not going to be competing in the final round at Silverstone. He’s won it already but a long way, but unless someone pops up with £5,000 for him, which is doubtful, he’ll not be able to compete due to financial reasons.

“But he’s won it comfortably so it’s been a fantastic season. Also, he’s come through the season unscathed and after that spin at Donington, it seems like tempting fate to go to Silverstone. But we’re all absolutely chuffed with the way it’s going.”

He added: “It’s been a great season. In only his second meeting with his new team, he recorded the same times as his American teammate Neil Alberico, who had recently won the All-American Scholarship Shootout to become the best driver in the USA, beating nine other chosen rivals.

“For Cavan to be doing the same times as Neil is quite remarkable, coming so soon in a completely different car. It was an honour to have Neil as Cavan’s teammate and he sets the benchmark.”