TEENAGE star Cavan Corcoran has continued his impressive rise in the world of motorsport by becoming the 2011 MSA Formula Ford Scholarship Class champion of Great Britain.
Now the 18-year-old from Two Dales is looking to compete in the final two rounds of the championship and crown his memorable season with more victories – but he urgently needs the help of sponsorship to allow him to do so.
In 15 races this season, Cavan has achieved 14 wins, 15 pole positions, 15 fastest laps and one DNF (did not finish) when a throttle cable snapped in the final race at the Brands Hatch DTM meeting last weekend.
However, due to a technicality involved in the result of that race, he is still officially unbeaten and is also the youngest ever winner, having taken the crown at the age of 17 years and ten months.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Cavan, who has recovered well from a bad crash at Brands Hatch in 2007, has also produced six top ten finishes in the main Formula Ford championships in what has proved a memorable season for the former Highfields School pupil, now studying at Buxton College on a two-year motor vehicle course that will eventually convert into a three-year course in motor technology at the University of Derby.
Proud dad Brian Corcoran explained: “Cavan has had the oldest car on the grid, an ‘06 Mygale, and has now changed to a 2010 Ray. The car has to be at least one year old to qualify and this meets the criterion for scholarship class so it should do the job.
“He is not used to it yet so to win two races out of the three at Brands Hatch was great and when he’s more used to the car, who knows how well he’ll be able to drive?
“As it turns out, he’d already won the title by the time he raced at Brands Hatch, although we didn’t know that, so he was the youngest ever winner of the class.
“In the last of the three races, he was just overtaking when his throttle cable snapped. It’s just something that costs a couple of quid but it put him out of the race. However, he was already champion and we are all over the moon about it, as you can guess.”
Brian explained that Cavan had had to win the title the hard way.
“He’s done all of this using just seven pairs of tyres.
“The majority of the 30-strong drivers have had at least 30 sets of tyres, at £528 per set, so you see it can be an expensive sport.
“I want to thank CM Supplies Ltd of Pinxton and Midland Glass Company Limited of Derby because without them we couldn’t have managed to do the championship.
“The remaining two rounds are at Donington on September 24-25 and then at Silverstone on October 8-9. Cavan doesn’t have to race them but he really does want to, to cap such a great season.
“The problem is that is without sponsorship there’s only a slim chance financially that he can do it, which would be a real shame. So if anyone can help us, please get in touch.”
Companies or individuals who can help out Cavan with sponsorship are asked to contact Brian Corcoran on 01629 734454/07974 648307.