Max Coates “Learning Quickly” After Maiden BTCC Run

Max Coates told TCF that he will “get better and better” following his maiden outing in a Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship car at Croft on Saturday.

Local driver Coates will make his debut in the championship at the North Yorkshire venue this weekend, the former Ginetta and Porsche racer taking over the second Support Our Paras Racing Infiniti Q50.

Coates took to the circuit in Saturday morning’s opening practice session for the first time since racing a Ginetta G55 in the same meeting 12 months ago, admitting afterwards that he enjoyed his maiden BTCC experience.

“It’s mega!”, Coates said to The Checkered Flag ahead of his BTCC debut.

“I’m happy I’ve got first practice out of the way. The car feels good; I loved it and for a first session it went really well. It was never going to be anything major, but I’m learning quickly so we’ll see how it goes in second practice.

No stranger to racing on the TOCA package, Coates was happy with his initial adaptation to BTCC machinery in opening practice, the test being his maiden outing in the Infiniti Q50.

“There’s a lot more tyre scrubbing taking place already in practice compared to previously, so hopefully for qualifying I’ll be ready to really play with things and give it some.”

Giving his opinions of the Q50, he added: “The car feels a bit bigger and heavier, but better maybe on the brakes, plus I’ll get to learn a lot more about the feeling of the car as the weekend goes on.

“It would have been nice to have a little test of it even just to get use to all the buttons in the car, but I’m happy with it.”

After ending first practice just over a second off the pace of team-mate Derek Palmer Jr, rookie Coates .

“Obviously I’ve got a lot of learning to do, but now I’ve driven the car I’ll only get quicker and quicker from here on in.”