My name is Neil Cogan. I have been interested, passionate and involved in motor racing from an early age. My lifelong ambition has always to be a professional racing driver. I currently hold a racing license and have tested in many different varieties of racing which I feel has given me more experience and knowledge of the sport and what is required to be successful. I have been go-karting since I was six years old in various karts and at various venues. At my local go-karting venue I have consistently finished no lower than third position, producing equal lap times every lap and I was therefore invited to compete for a NKA karting championship. My recent racing history includes testing in an MG ZR and competing in a Renault Clio scholarship where there were two timed sessions and my quickest lap time improved by 2.5 seconds from the first session to the second. I have also competed in successful MINI Cooper Challenges at Oulton Park and Donington Park. I recently competed in a karting race at my local venue where I claimed pole position and won with lapping everyone in the process (lap times below). I am eager to take the next step in my racing career and compete in a professional championship.
On the 3rd August I competed in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship at Oulton Park. I was competing against drivers who have been in the championship for a number of years. As I have never driven a Mazda MX-5 race car before, or even a RWD car, I decided to jump in at the deep end by going straight into qualifying, I had to alter my driving style to suit the car, which I was unfamiliar with, so I set myself realistic targets to improve each session. I achieved my targets by improving my lap time each session with a total improvement of 10 seconds (times below). This shows that I am a quick learner, can adapt and improve.
BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship:
As I have had a reasonable amount of experience in FWD cars on race track, which will suit my driving style, I am currently seeking funding to compete in the final two meetings of the BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship at Silverstone (5th/6th October) and Donington Park (19th/20th October) with the target to compete in a full season in 2020. I feel if I can improve as much as I did in a type of car I’m unfamiliar with (Mazda’s), I could improve further in a type of car I’m familiar with, on circuits I’m familiar with.
The total cost to compete in the final two meetings is £10,000 (£5,000 per meeting).
About the BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship:
In 2019 the BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship will be running for the 38th consecutive year. We place great value on our distinguished racing heritage but we are also a forward looking Championship, constantly moving with the times to ensure we provide close, exciting and high quality racing for drivers and spectators alike. We also thrive on variety in contrast to most one-make Championships – 10 different models of Alfa Romeo raced with us in 2018 and we are expecting at least 4 additional models to join us in 2019. We race at all the major UK circuits over 8 double header race weekends through the season, so 16 races in total. As well as Alfa Romeos we welcome Fiat, Abarth and Lancia models in 2 of our classes.
We are a friendly and supportive Championship, welcoming new and experienced drivers alike. We welcome women drivers and have had 2 women champions in recent years. We look upon ourselves as a racing community, helping and respecting other competitors and promoting clean, close exciting racing, so if you are looking to race an iconic marque in this kind of environment you need look no further! Racing an Alfa is also one of the most affordable ways to go racing, with build costs being relatively modest as are the prices of competitive models available for sale.
All the relevant information can be found via http://www.alfaracer.com.
The £10,000 (£5,000 per meeting) covers the following items:
- Car Hire
- 2 Races
- Full Team Trackside Support
- Driver registration and entrance fees
Everyone who donates will:
- Receive a signed thank you photo/poster from the event
- A thank you message via my Twitter and Facebook pages.
- Will have their name on my race car.
- Will have their name listed on my website as a sponsor.
- Be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to each event (3 pairs per meetings)
If you are a company who would consider donating, more benefits would be available, please contact for information