Primex Plastics Racing Team - Max Coates Renault UK Clio Cup

25 year old Max Coates from North Yorkshire has been racing since the age of 8. In 2016 he raced in the Renault UK Clio Cup and was crowned Graduate Champion as well as finishing 3rd overall.  In his debut season he took one win, six more podiums, eleven graduate cup wins, eighteen graduate cup podiums, two poles positions, two fastest laps and was the only driver to finish in the top ten in every race of the season.  


The success continued in 2017 with another two wins, several podiums, pole positions and fastest laps leading to a 4th place championship finish.


Max lead for the majority of the 2018 season winning four races with multiple championship winning team Pyro Motorsport.  He ended 3rd in the championship. 

Max is currently leading the 2019 series racing for Team HARD with 7 race wins this year.

Away from the track Max is a first class Sports Marketing Graduate from Leeds Beckett University, a qualified race coach and instructor and a Yorkshire Patron.  He is also a BRDC Rising star and MSA Academy member.  He enjoys hanging out with his friends and keeping fit.

Meet Max Coates
Max's Racing Career
2001 - 2009
Ginetta Junior - 6th
Winter Series - 2nd
Ginetta G55 - podium
Clio Cup - 4th
Clio Cup - 7 Wins
Ginetta Junior - 11th
Winter Series - 2nd
Ginetta G50 - 5 wins
Ginetta G55
Ginetta G55
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Clio Cup - 3rd
Graduate Cup Champion
Clio Cup - 3rd
Fast Facts

Age: 25    
Lives: Scorton, North Yorkshire
Occupation: Racing driver / Marketing and Communications Executive / Motorsport Coach and Instructor / Sport Marketeer /
Education: Leeds Beckett University / Richmond Sixth Form College - 'A' levels / Loughborough College – Motosport Excellence (AASE)
Height: 5ft 10 and a half
Weight: 78kg
Favourite race car: WIX Racing Mercedes A Class BTCC
Favourite road car: Anything fast (or my old Fiat Sceicento)
Current Road Car: Renault Clio 1.5 DCi
Favourite circuit: Rockingham (or Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Donnington, Croft and Pembrey)
Likes: Watching racing, Skiing, Keeping fit, Cycling, Running
Biggest fear: Heights
Favourite People: Lewis Hamilton, Rob Coates (DAD)
Favourite music: Anything on Radio 1 
Favourite TV shows: The Inbetweeners, Top Gear, The Apprentice
Favourite movie: Eddie the Eagle

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Latest Max Coates Racing News

The Renault UK Clio Cup made it’s first trip to Knockhill in four years, where Max Coates took to the track leading the championship by 6 points. He had a successful weekend lifting trophy’s in both races.

The Primex Plastics backed driver took pole position for the wee...

Yorkshireman Max Coates took an emphatic double victory at his home circuit, Croft, at the weekend in the Renault UK Clio Cup.  Watched on by more than one hundred sponsor guests, he was the man to beat. 
The majority of these guests were made up of the Primex tea...

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Renault UK Clio Cup

The Renault UK Clio Cup is Britain’s premier single make tin top series, featuring identical Renault Sport race cars, aspiring British Touring Car and GT drivers of the future and close and exciting race action.

All 18 of the UK Clio Cup's races will again take place at the high-profile Dunlop British Touring Car Championship’s events in 2016, meaning its drivers, teams and sponsors continue to enjoy unrivalled levels of exposure with huge trackside crowds and live TV coverage on ITV4.

Indeed the UK Clio Cup’s reputation for producing the future stars of the BTCC as well as leading names in international GT and sports car competition has never been higher. Most of the BTCC’s own grid comprises drivers with Renault Sport backgrounds.

Each car on the UK Clio Cup grid – a race-spec version of the potent Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy Renault Sport’s – is identical and prepared by teams high in quality and professionalism and with very obvious links to BTCC teams. In addition the trademark bumper-to-bumper racing on track makes the UK Clio Cup the most pulsating supporting category alongside the BTCC.








Rounds: 15 & 16 Date: 28/29 September

Rounds: 17 & 18 Date:12/13 October

Renault Sport Clio Cup Car

The modern-day Renault UK Clio Cup represents the most technically-advanced race championship in history for one of the French manufacturer’s mass-produced models.  Every car is identical in performance and based on the Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy – each is built in France using Renault Sport’s legendary motor sport know-how and fully developed for racing with a 1.6 turbocharged engine producing over 220hp.

Technical partners include Sadev and PFC Brakes Europe – both names renowned for their engineering excellence. All cars also run on single-specification racing tyres developed by Michelin.  Unique on the car is Sadev’s six-speed ‘paddleshift’ gearbox while an upgraded PFC braking kit will come as standard for 2016.

Thanks to Renault Sport’s levels of excellence in developing the UK Clio Cup car means it is arguably the most reliable racing machine of any manufacturer-backed single-model championship – the engine is designed to last two seasons of racing without the need for a rebuild – and certainly among the safest with latest FIA-specification seats and rollcage.

Team HARD. Racing

Team HARD. Racing will be entering the final ever season of the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2019. Multiple Clio Cup race winner Max Coates will be partnered with 2018 BTCC racer Ethan Hammerton.

Team HARD. Racing is a British motor racing team based in Dartford, Kent and founded by Tony Gilham. As well as racing in the Renault UK Clio Cup they also have a 4 car team in the British Touring Car Championship.


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