Cavan Corcoran will race an EcoBoost this season courtesy of Ford. Photo:

The reigning Formula Ford Scholarship Champion, Cavan Corcoran, has been handed a lifeline by Ford to continue his promising career. The 18-year-old, who in 2011 won his class 16 times from 18 starts, is to be loaned one of the Ford EcoBoost development chassis as a reward for his efforts in the junior division.

Derbyshire-based Corcoran is free to choose a team to run the Mygale in the forthcoming Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, and is in talks with several of them. “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.”

Corcoran tried the EcoBoost at Silverstone in December at the Formula Ford sampler day, and was impressed: “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 is studying motor vehicle engineering and plans to take up a university motorsport degree course in September.

His father, Brian Corcoran, added: “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.”

Sam Roach of championship promoter RacingLine said: “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.”

Corcoran is facing some stiff opposition in the Formula Ford premier division in 2012. Champion team Jamun Racing is to field at least three Mygale chassis, for Argentinian hotshot Eric Lichtenstein and British hopefuls Luke Williams and Jake Cook. Nick Tandy’s JTR Mygale squad will be headed by Ecuadorian teenager Julio Moreno, while Fluid Motorsport’s new Sinter EcoBoost chassis is to be raced by Scholarship graduate Matt Rao. Another declared EcoBoost runner is rookie Ryan Cullen, who will drive a Race Car Consultants-prepared Mygale.

There’s a strong entry building in the championship’s Duratec class also, with a new signing last week for Philippe Layac’s Rendez-Vous Racing team, which will field a Mygale for Mexican 16-year-old Fabian Welter.

Rounds one, two and three of the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain will take place at Oulton Park in Cheshire between 7 and 9 April.

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