With highs and lows, Max Coates was immensely proud to of taken a win and securing the second place in the both Renault Clio Cup rounds on Sunday the 16th of April.
Coates achieved an early pace in the pre-event testing, however, he was pipped to the top spot by just 0.003 seconds in the last minute of the first practice session. The first race saw a dramatic crash which stopped proceedings. Max Coates was tagged by another vehicle which saw his Renault slipping into the gravel trap but he gained pace again and was able to re-join the grid to take the restart.
As Coates was in the third position when the two drivers in front tangled, he was moved into second place due to this misdemeanour which then resulted in a win after a penalty was applied to the track winner.
Due to an incident in the Formula 4 race, Bill Monger was airlifted to the hospital which added to the already emotional day of racing. Coates was declared the winner after Paul Rivett collided with his team mate. However, Rivett was declared the winner after his position was reinstated when he was able to drive out of the gravel.
JT Atkinson backed Coates said, “This weekend has been unlike any other I have experienced in my career. I’m very pleased with my results which have put us right back in the mix for the championship, but I am disappointed not to have won the second race as I feel I deserved it. Billy’s crash put everything into perspective and it’s been difficult to celebrate what has been a fantastic weekend on track for me when all I can think about is Billy.”