Primex out in full support for Max
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 team, who took full advantage of visiting the local circuit to support Max.
After a challenging test day on Friday, he broke the circuit lap record on Saturday morning during qualifying, putting his Primex Plastics backed car in pole position for both of the weekend’s races.
Race one was held in wet conditions, but despite this he made a good start and put a small gap over his nearest rival gradually pulling away in the early laps. His opponent then spun leaving Max over twenty seconds in front at the chequered flag.
For race two, this time on a dry circuit ,Coates again started from pole position in-front of a capacity crowd on Sunday, challenged at turn one he managed to hold on to the lead. As the race developed his nearest rival lunged past on the entry to the fast ‘Sunny In’ corner, however his fellow competitor had just received a ten second jump start penalty which promoted Max back into the lead. He then knew sitting in second place would be enough to take the win with a huge crowd of local motor racing fans watching on Coates crossed the line to take the second win of the weekend and extend his lead in the championship, when the championships dropped score rule is applied.
Coates said, “What a weekend, two poles, two wins, the fastest ever lap in a Renault Clio. I’ve loved every second of it and I’m so grateful for the support I’ve had from my team, sponsors, family, friends and supporters. Saturday’s result was particularly pleasing to have such a big lead at the flag but the cheer on the podium on Sunday was probably the highlight for me. Thank you to everyone who made it a weekend to remember.”
The championship now heads to Oulton Park in Cheshire, where Max won last year. He will be hopeful of more race wins in his quest to become the 2019 champion.