In only his second attempt in the Ginetta GT Supercup, Max Coates took a magnificent victory in the G50 class at Brands Hatch.
After driving for two years in the Ginetta Junior Championship, Coates graduated to the G50 class of the Ginetta Supercup with Redbrick Racing.
The weekend started well with Coates ending up second fastest in Friday practice despite no testing prior to the race weekend. Qualifying on Saturday morning went well with the Welcome to Yorkshire car third on the G50 grid for the first race on Saturday afternoon.
A slow start dropped Coates back to fourth position, which he remained in for the majority of the race suffering from a lack of front end grip. The Yorkshireman was overtaken for fifth place in the final stages of the race and was given a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits dropping him to sixth in class. On return to the pits the team found that the rear anti-roll bar had snapped, this being the cause of the grip issues encountered during the race.
For race two Coates had to start from the back of the grid as a result of technical issues in race one. A good start allowed Coates to move up the field into third in class. In the latter stages of the race, the class leader made a mistake and went off the track allowing Coates into second place. On the next lap the Yorkshireman clinched the lead and started to pull away. In the closing stages the cars bunched up again and Coates defended brilliantly to hold the lead to the flag.
With his first victory in the bag, was looking to win again in race three. On leaving the pits the gearbox broke, resulting in him having to be pushed back to the pits by the marshals. Unfortunately the damage was unfixable and Max failed to start the final race.
Commenting on the weekend Max said:
“Out of the three races this weekend I have had mechanical issues in two that prevented me from getting the best out of the car and myself. In the other race the car felt great and I won from the back. I can take a lot of positives from this weekend and know I have the pace to challenge for race wins and the championship. I have an uphill battle now to find the backing to get to the next round and finish the season but hopefully people can see the potential from my results this weekend.”
Team manager Richard Bulmer said:
“It has been a pleasure and revelation working with Max this weekend, his professionalism and feel for the car is fantastic. The fact that he is very quick is a real bonus. Considering he has had no testing in the car before this weekend taking a hard earned win at his first senior race is a credit to him. I would urge any potential sponsors to back this lad to give him the opportunity to fulfil his dreams which are totally realistic.”
The next rounds of the Ginetta GT Supercup will be at Donington Park Race Circuit in Derby on the 14th and 15th April.
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