Renault UK Clio Cup

Graduate Coates Aiming For ‘First Class’ Results At Snetterton

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Max Coates is hoping to make this a week to remember as he looks to follow up his university graduation with more Renault UK Clio Cup success at Snetterton this weekend.

The Yorkshireman heads into the second half of the campaign as one of the in-form drivers in the series, having secured a superb maiden series victory last time out at his home circuit Croft

That isn’t the only cause for celebration for the 22 year old at the moment though, as he has signed off from Leeds Beckett University with a first class honours degree in BA (Hons) Sports Marketing.

“I’m thrilled to be graduating from my course at Leeds Beckett with a first class honours degree!  It’s been three years of hard work, but now it’s paid off,” said Coates.

“The Sport Marketing course has been invaluable in terms of my racing career, as I’ve been able to put the degree into practice.

“Combining my studies with the racing has been tough at times, however I’m passionate about racing cars and my academic studies and this has helped me focus on achieving success in both fields.”

Now the Ciceley Motorsport ace – who is aptly the current leader in the Clio Cup ‘Graduate’ class standings – is aiming for some more podium finishes at Snetterton, despite having not raced at the circuit since 2011.

“Six weeks is too long a break, I’m chomping at the bit to get back in the car. It’s been a while since I was last at Snetterton but I did win, I like the track and I’ve gone well there in the past,” he added.

”I’m coming in on the back of some good form, three out of four podiums and the win at Croft so I’m confident about the weekend.  Hopefully we can pick up some more podiums and stay with the front three in the championship.”

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