DATE OF BIRTH : 16th December 2002, Whitehaven, Cumbria.
Corban has been interested in speedway form an early age after going to watch his local team the Workington 'Comets'. At the age of 12 he swapped watching from the stands to trying it out for the first time at a local training track and since then has never looked back.
2015 saw him start riding at Northside, a small amateur training track which was to give him his first taste of glory, winning the Northern Junior League title with the team whilst taking part in various individual meetings during the season. This gave Corban the desire to push on and take part in the 2016 British Youth Championship 125cc class. Competing up and down the country on different tracks really helped his development and was a great experience for Corban and the team. Towards the end of the season, he finished 2nd in the British Youth Pairs and 3rd in the Northern Junior League Fours events, and winning the Northside Amateur 125cc title was his personal best achievement of the year.
2017 started with a trip to the GB Young Lions Training Camp on the Isle of Wight. Under the guidance of former GB international Paul Hurry and current GB rider Steve Worrall, Corban's season got off to a great start. Learning all aspects of speedway both on and off the track really helped Corban focus on his racing commitments for the season ahead. Highlight of the year came in round 3 of the British Youth Championships held at Rye House. After winning all of his qualifying races and gaining first pick of the gates in the final, Corban chose gate 4 and was confident of a good run to the first bend. Making a great start, he burst around the outside and led from the front to take the win, his first Youth Championship victory.
With a 3rd place in round 4 back at Rye House, the team headed up to Glasgow for round 8, which turned out to be an eventful night. After another flawless display in qualifying heats he gaining first pick of the gate position, a fantastic 4 lap tussle ensued with Corban just missing out on the win finishing 2nd on the night. The season finished with 3rd places in both the Northern Junior League Riders Championship and Four Team Tournament held at Redcar before his last meeting, the British Youth Championship Final at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester. The weather made for an interesting meeting with tricky track conditions, but after navigating his way through to the final, he managed to secure 3rd place gaining him a Bronze medal in the overall Championship.
It was now time for Corban to move on from the 125cc class and make the step up to the 500cc machines, with many laps practice put in during the winter at the Duns and Northside tracks. Once again he took the opportunity to attend the GB Young Lions Training Camp on the Isle of Wight which really helped his development. His intentions for the year were to ride in the British Youth Championship and get as much practice as possible. This all changed on the eve of the season when the Buxton 'Hitmen' offered him the biggest opportunity of his career so far, to become a fully fledged member of the team and ride in the National League. A chance not to be turned down, he signed up for the season knowing he had a tough task ahead. Not fazed by the prospect of riding against seasoned adult riders and the cream of upcoming British Youth riders, he started his league career in the difficult No.2 position. It was a tough start, but Corban used this to his advantage with the mentality of 'if your not winning your learning' approach, and managed to grab a couple of points in his first meeting at the trickiest of tracks, Eastbourne. Mid season he picked up an injury keeping him out of the team for a period, but returned to the track in fine style with 6+1 at reserve, a pivotal point in his season as he then started gathering heat wins both home and away, the highlight being his heat 14 win against Coventry. The end of the season finished well with Corban being amongst the points, finding consistently in his gating and good pace during the races.
Corban was also invited to be part of the 'No Limits Performance Development' team ran by Rory Schlein and backed by ATPI, attending a number of practice days across the country learning from the best riders in the sport including 3 x World Champion Tai Woffinden. This opportunity was fantastic for rider development, nutrition and fitness advice as well as bike maintenance, all part of being a complete speedway rider.
So what’s next? Well, firstly we would like to thank everyone for there support so far on our journey. Without your help racing isn’t possible so everything you have done for Corban and the team is really appreciated.
2019 saw Corban sign to represent the Stoke 'Potters' in the National League however due to personal issues, Corban had to step away from the sport mid season but fully intends to return to the shale in 2020.
Northern Junior League : Winner with Northside
Northside Amateur Championship : 1st
British Youth Pairs Championship : 2nd
Northern Junior League Four Team Tournament : 3rd
First season riding in the British Youth Championship
Norther Junior League Rider : Northside
Northern Junior League Four Team Tournament : 2nd
Northern Junior League Riders Final : 3rd
GB Young Lions Training Camp Member : Isle of Wight
GB Young Lions Ben Fund Bonanza Rider : Glasgow
Northern Junior League Rider : Northside/Ashfield
British Youth Championship
Round 3 : Rye House : 1st
Round 4 : Rye House : 3rd
Round 8 : Glasgow : 2nd
British Youth Championship Final : NSS : 3rd
British Youth Championship Season : 3rd
GB Young Lions Training Camp : Isle of Wight
British Youth Championship Rider
Starts of Tomorrow Meeting : Berwick
Signing for the Buxton 'Hitmen'
No Limits Performance Development Rider
Greg Mackie Memorial Meeting : Berwick
Guest for Belle Vue 'Colts' : MDL
Guest for Reading Racers : SDL
Ashfield Giants Rider : NJL