TWO Dales’ racing ace Cavan Corcoran sets out to defend his Formula Ford Scholarship title when the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain gets under way this weekend.
The 18-year-old, who won his class in 2011 with 16 victories from 18 starts, will be in action from April 7-9 when rounds one, two and three are held at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
He goes on into the season in good spirits as his fine display last campaign has prompted an act of generosity that has secured his participation in 2012 when issues of finance might have prevented him taking part.
Cavan is to be loaned one of the Ford EcoBoost development chassis as a reward for his efforts in the junior division.
He was also free to choose a team to run the Mygale in the forthcoming championship and, following talks with several of them, has chosen JTR, run by Nick Tandy, who has developed into something of a mentor for Cavan in recent times.
Delighted dad Brian Corcoran said: “We were ecstatic when we heard the news. Cavan was over the moon because it’s a real financial boost and has secured his participation in the championship for the season.
“If we’d not had this sponsorship, we’d have been looking at taking it round by round with the hope of getting some sponsorship further down the line. But of course there would have been no guarantee of him finishing the season and that would have hard to take when defending his title, so this has been great news.
“This sponsorship deal came about purely because Cav had done so well last year and his talent was recognised in this way. We’re also pleased he’s chosen Nick Tandy’s team because Nick has kept an eye out for Cavan and given him good advice and JTR are one of the top teams around.”
Talking about the car, Cavan added: “You can feel that it’s a bigger car but it’s a lot quicker. Hopefully I can get a decent amount of testing in and, if everything goes according to plan, I can be a frontrunner this season.”
Looking ahead to the weekend’s action at Oulton Park, Brian Corcoran, added: “In our opinion, Oulton Park is the most difficult circuit in Britain, without a doubt. It’s a really technical course and we’re not expecting great things first off because the car only arrived from France last week and we’ve not had a great deal of time with it.
“But once we get these first rounds under Cav’s belt, we’re hopeful he can pick up the pace and be up there challenging.
“It’s a long season of 24 races so we hope that he can make his mark again this season, as he did in 2011, and continue his progress.”
Sam Roach of championship promoter RacingLine concluded: “We are giving Cavan the use of one of the two EcoBoost development chassis in recognition of his undoubted talent and impressive performances in 2011, and we’re quite sure that he will be making good use of the opportunity.”