The pair will arrive at the demanding and popular parkland circuit separated by just 12 points at the top of the table and the weekend’s second race at 13:20 on Sunday will be broadcast live by ITV4 and also livestreamed to mobile devices.
Young’s advantage over Coates had been 23 points but was reduced significantly when the latter won both his home rounds at Croft in North Yorkshire earlier this month.
However, for the second time in three events, MRM driver Young crossed the line first in one of the two races (race two) only to be demoted in the final result by a time penalty.
Coates’s victory over Young in race one, though, could not be contested – his winning margin of more than 21 seconds after Young spun in wet conditions a new record. He had also set a new qualifying lap record on his way to pole position.
Croft’s two rounds saw a new face on the Clio Cup podium as well, that of Coates’ team-mate Jamie Bond who took a pair of third place results. The first was at the expense of MRM’s Nathan Edwards who, on his return to the championship, still achieved a strong fourth place result.
Bond is up to fifth in the standings but still needs to overhaul MRM’s Brett Lidsey in third and another Team HARD driver Jade Edwards in fourth if he wants to keep up the pressure at the top heading into a five-week summer break which follows Oulton’s races.
After Oulton this weekend, the 2019 Renault UK Clio Cup remaining race dates are:
3-4 August Rounds 9&10 Snetterton, Norfolk
17-18 August Rounds 11&12 Thruxton, Hampshire
14-15 September Rounds 13&14 Knockhill, Fife
28-29 September Rounds 15&16 Silverstone, Northants
12-13 October Rounds 17&18 Brands Hatch GP, Kent