18-year-old Cavan Corcoran, who won last year’s Formula Ford Scholarship Championship, has been given a lifeline by Ford. Following on from his 16 class victories from 18 starts in 2011, he will be loaned an EcoBoost development chassis in recognition of his efforts, and is currently talking with several teams to run the Mygale in the 2012 series.
This means that the Derbyshire-based driver is able to breathe a huge sigh of relief, as he’s able to continue his promising career: “This means the difference between me racing and sitting in the grandstand, watching,” said Cavan. “I am so grateful to Ford for this opportunity and I cannot wait to get started with testing. We are talking to all the teams and it is going to be a hard choice, because they are all so good.”
Having tested the EcoBoost at the Silverstone sampler day last December, he was impressed with the way the new car had come along since the initial announcement: “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.”
Cavan’s father, Brian, has been able to provide some insight into what may have been this year, as well showing his emotion regarding the opportunity the young racer will have this season: “This has made the impossible possible for us. Like everyone we have been struggling with budgets. We’ve been offered many drives in different championships during the winter, but Cavan has had his heart set on Formula Ford, so this is the perfect opportunity.”
This just goes to show just how difficult things are for young drivers everywhere, and something as important as this lifeline, can really make or break a driver’s future in the sport. But RacingLine’s Sam Roach really emphasises just how this helps not just the drivers, but the future of Formula Ford, which is and has been a great stepping stone for past, present and future driving talent: “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 we will be making good use of the opportunity.
“We have witnessed a good pattern of our Scholarship winners going on to great things in their second year in our Championship class. You have only to look at the remarkable motorsporting names whose careers were nurtured in Formula Ford to see the value of assisting in such a way, and it something that the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain will always try its best to achieve.”
But the Derbyshire racer will have his work cut out this year, as he now moves to the premier division, with Jamun Racing fielding three Mygale chassis, with their trio of drivers, Argentina’s Eric Lichtenstein, along with British challengers Luke Williams and Jake Cook. Nick Tandy and his JTR outfit will also field three Mygales, with Julio Moreno leading the way, and Matt Rao will be using the new Sinter EcoBoost for Fluid Motorsport, having also graduated from the Scholarship class. Race Car Consultants will also have a Mygale EcoBoost entry in the form of Formula Ford Rookie Ryan Cullen this season.
The Duratec class also looks to have an increasingly strong entry this season, with Mexican driver Fabien Welter joining the Rendez-Vous Racing outfit, run by Philippe Layac, who are putting the 16-year-old behind the wheel of their Mygale entry for 2012. It seems as if things will once again become interesting for all spectators, when the latest chapter in Formula Ford’s illustrious history will start to unfold, starting at Oulton Park on the 7th April, when the drivers compete in the first 3 of 24 races this year.