Max Coates Blog: University, Karting And 2014 Plans


As this is my first post of 2014 it seems only right to start with a Happy New Year, it seems a long time ago now.

The first motorsport event of the year is always Autosport; I headed to the Birmingham NEC for the four day event… it was brilliant to see so many faces that I hadn’t had chance to speak to since Brands Hatch at the end of the year.  I spent the Thursday with my Dad wandering around and looking at our plans for this year.  I then spent the next couple of days looking around the show, in meetings and chatting to whoever I bumped into!

I also managed to get myself into the Dan Wheldon Kart Race, it’s always a cracking event and this year the monies raised went to a charity close to everyone’s heart – Alzheimer’s  UK!  A big thanks to Baz, Becks and Niall at Race Drivers Inc for sorting it all out!

If any of you follow me on twitter / like my page on facebook you’ll have seen that I am now at University.  Leeds is a super city to be in and I’m really enjoying the course – Sports Marketing.  My experiences in motorsport help to relate theory to real world examples.

I’ve been able to do a bit of Karting with the ‘Uni’ team at PPiK and in the BUKC – it’s the first time that Leeds Met has qualified for the national university Karting championship and I’m proud to be a part of that.

So moving onto 2014 plans, it’s still up in the air.  The economic climate is picking up and companies seem a lot more interested in becoming a partner in a motorsport programme than they have done over the past three or four years.

Unfortunately however, at this stage I am not able to confirm what I will be doing this year.  I want to race in the Ginetta GT Supercup and am trying everything I can to make that happen, however we are considering other options purely on a budget basis.  Time will tell and I’m hoping to have some news on this year in the near future.