Max Coates enjoys a podium finish in front of his loyal fans at the Croft in round ten of the Renault UK Clio Cup.
After initial testing in dry conditions, Coates found himself in 5th and 2nd in the two sessions, resulting in finishing 4th for the day. Saturday saw a change in weather for the 20 race drivers when they took to the circuit. Coates walked away with the second best time for the session which ensured the PLASgran sponsored Renault Clio would start the second race in 5th position.
With a great start in race one Coates was covering ground, however, two incidents with other drivers resulted in dropping position to 6th at the flag.
A change in weather saw wind and cloud in race two but despite this Coates gained the 3rd place, after a retake, Coates pulled off a switch-back overtake much to the delight of his home crowd.
Coates closed as championship leader and took the fasted lap of the race but was unable to make up the difference, with just a second behind.
Max Coates, commented: “This weekend has been great on and off the track. We had our best qualifying of the year, lead the first race and were comfortably the fastest in race two. It’s a shame to miss out on the win when we know we were the fastest but I’m pleased with the 2nd place and it gives us positive momentum going into the second half of the season. We also had nearly 100 guests on Sunday and 50 on Saturday so it’s been a great weekend for all of my sponsors too.”
Coates enters the summer break 4th in the championship with 104 points separated Max and the series leader.
As the Renault UK Clio Cup enters its annual summer break, the racing is set to resume at Snetterton in Norfolk on the 29th and 30th July. With Coates impressive history, and with his near win at Snetterton could we see him on the podium this time round?