Coates still aiming for BTCC drive in 2020

2019 Clio Cup Championship runner-up, Max Coates has said that he is aiming for a 2020 British Touring Car Championship drive.

Coates had an eventful season in the Clio Cup championship last year, ending up second in the driver’s championship to MRM driver, Jack Young, having spent a large portion of the season as the championship leader.

But, after four seasons racing in the Clio Cup, Coates is aiming to move back to the BTCC grid for 2020, having previously contested at the Croft rounds of the series in 2015 for Pro Motorsport, driving an Infiniti Q50, where he achied a best result of 20th.

Speaking to Last Lap, Coates said that he didn’t know where he was going to end up in 2020, but there were still possibilities in Britain’s top touring car category.

“I don’t know [where I’ll be] yet, is the simplest way to put it.” said Coates.

“There is still some possibility in British Touring cars, but by the same token they are fast running out.

“I’m on a bit of a mission to try and sort it if we can, but I’ve just got to see how the seats go and how the sponsorship hunt goes to see whether we can be there.”

Coates had hoped to win the UK Clio Cup Championship at the fourth time of asking, having previously finished third in 2016 and 2018, and he was frustrated to miss out on the title in 2019, after losing valuable points at Thruxton and Silverstone, but despite not winning, the 26-year-old was pleased that he was able to put up a good fight all the way to the end of the season.

“It was hectic on track, and busy off track really, added Coates.

“Yeah, ok, it didn’t quite go our way, but we put up a good fight and I think people enjoyed watching what we did, so that’s the main thing.”