Max Coates will make his return to the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup on home soil at Croft next weekend, competing in the theplayer.co.uk-backed Century Motorsport G55.
It will mark the Yorkshireman’s first appearance in the series for eight months, having last raced in the final rounds of 2012 at Brands Hatch. That weekend he made his G55 debut with Century, taking a best finish of fifth.
Coates had started last season in the G50 class, taking five wins in twelve races, including one at Croft, before budgets constraints forced him to pull out.
“We raced the car last year and it went well,” Coates told TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk. “It’s probably the best opportunity I’m going to have this season, so I’m taking it with both hands. I’ve got one weekend at the moment to show what I can do, and I’ve got a point to prove.”
With team boss Nathan Freke winning in the car at Oulton Park last weekend, Coates has high hopes for the Croft meeting, targeting podium finishes and race wins.
“In all honesty, I want to go out there and win,” he added. “We had the pace last time to be right at the front, in the top three, so I’ve got no reason to think that we can’t run at the front this weekend.”
Coates will be the third driver to compete in the car this season after Freke and James Birch, the latter having started the season in the car, taking a best finish of fifth over the first three weekends, before joining the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
*To celebrate his return to the grid, Max has unveiled a new official ‘Max Coates Racing’ t-shirt, for sale at £10. All owners of the t-shirt will receive an exclusive garage tour at Croft. For more details, and to see the design, message him on Twitter @MaxCoates71