Max Coates won Round 1 of the Clio Cup from pole position at Brands Hatch on Saturday ahead of Jack Young.
Young had challenged Coates early on in the race but Coates managed to defend the position going in to Paddock Hill Bend and went on to pull clear.
In the closing stages of the race Young managed to reign Coates back in but the Team HARD driver managed to hold on to win the race by 0.351s.
Coates commented: “The move around the outside of Jack at Paddock decided it. The outside line there works in the wet and he showed great respect by leaving me just enough room.”
“After that, maybe he didn’t work his tyres quite as hard as me which is why he came back towards me but I felt in control – although he was pretty close on that final lap!”
17-year-old Young was disappointed to lose out in his battle with Coates but he was happy to get his first podium in the series.
“That was a really good battle with Max at Paddock – we showed each other respect which is how I like to go racing.” said Young.
“I’m quite happy with second place – it’s points in the bag – but of course I wanted the win. I didn’t know it was the last lap – otherwise I’d have had more of a go!”
Young’s MRM teammate Brett Lidsey rounded out the top three, finsihing some 10 seconds behind and Team HARD driver Ethan Hammerton was just behind in fourth.
Jade Edwards finished fifth in what is her best ever finish in the series.
Aaron Thompson and Finlay Robinson finished sixth and seventh after a strong battle with each other and Ben Davis was two tenths behind in eighth.
Ben Colbourn finished ninth while Luke War finished last, some 20 seconds behind.
Anton Spires had a difficult day after he was unable to start the race with his car having mechanical problems on the grid.
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