Until next year...
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Primex's sponsored racing driver Max Coates was back in action at Brands Hatch in Kent for the final rounds of the 2020 MINI CHALLENGE UK. The weekend started off well, by taking a maiden pole position amongst strong top five race results.
The drivers were met with mixed conditions in Friday testing with Coates in the top 6 in both practice sessions. The rain came for Qualifying and Max in his Primex Plastics sponsored car put in the fastest lap of the session with five minutes remaining to take his maiden pole position in the series. With teammate Max Bird in second and also pole positions in the Ginetta Junior and Supercup series for the Elite Motorsport team the atmosphere was very positive heading into the weekends first set of races.
Surprisingly it was to be the first wet race of the season, and Max didn’t make the best start. Coates dropped behind his teammate into turn one and then had a huge slide which nearly put him into the gravel. He fell back to 6th place on the opening lap but battled back through to 4th after a third tour of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. He then began to apply pressure on the podium positions but couldn’t find a way through. His pace fell as the race progressed and he became under pressure from behind, eventually losing a position back to 5th where he remained to the chequered flag.
Race two was shown LIVE on ITV4 as part of the BTCC programme and its title showdown. Coates started 6th and immediately set about gaining positions from the start. Over the first two laps he battled with other drivers and sat in 5th place as the race entered a lengthy safety car period. With just a lap to go after the safety car, Max battled for the final podium spot but came out in 4th position.
After he commented, “It was great to take our first pole position of the season at Brands Hatch and it felt like we were going to end on a real high. Unfortunately, it didn’t go that way in race one and that was all my own doing. I’m pleased with our solid results this weekend and we round out the championship 6th overall. It’s been a pleasure to be part of the Elite Motorsport team this year and I look forward to developing my relationship with them.
This season has been an odd one, the events have lacked the atmosphere I am familiar with at the BTCC and I am hopeful that we can welcome my partners and the fans of the sport back trackside in 2021. " A disappointing result for Max after all his hard work this year, but we look forward to whatever decision he plans to take for the next season! We also hope, pandemic depending, to welcome our customers back to race meetings next year! It's been a long year without these meet-ups, so we hope that gets back to the norm soon too!