04/08/2019

Coates awarded Snetterton Race 2 victory after penalties for Bond & Young

Max Coates has been announced the winner of Snetterton’s second Renault UK Clio Cup race after penalties for Jamie Bond and Jack Young who finished ahead of him were applied by officials.
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Team HARD's Bond led every lap from pole position, setting a string of fastest laps to impressively stretch out a seven-second advantage over Young by the finish.

However a ten-second time penalty for ‘jumping the start’ meant he fell to fourth in the classification.

Young, second on the road, should therefore have inherited the win but he, too, later found himself in trouble – for more contact with Coates for which he had also been penalised earlier in the day.

The championship’s clerk of the course found that Young had passed Coates for second in an unfair move at the Wilson hairpin so effectively reversed their finishing positions by handing a time penalty of 0.3 seconds to the MRM driver’s race time.

Thus Team HARD's Coates, who had finished third on the road, was promoted to first position for his sixth win of 2019.

Young was classified second with his MRM team-mate Brett Lidsey a close third, although Bond’s pace had brought him to within a second of a place on the podium by the end.

The revised result means that Coates leaves Snetterton leading the championship standings by six points from Young as the title race now heads to the fastest circuit on the calendar, Thruxton in Hampshire, in a fortnight's time (17/18 Aug).

CLICK HERE for the points table.

Fifth went to fellow Team HARD driver Ethan Hammerton. Westbourne Motorsport’s Ben Colburn took sixth but was made to work hard for the position by Team HARD’s Jade Edwards in seventh.

As in race one, eighth and ninth went to Westbourne’s Finlay Robinson and Specialized Motorsport’s Luke Warr. MRM’s Nathan Edwards was again forced to retire from the race.

Result, Race 2 (Round 10), Snetterton:
1. Jack Young (MRM), 10 laps in 21m34.956s (82.53mph)
2. Max Coates (Team HARD), +0.050s
3. Brett Lidsey (MRM), +0.201s
4. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), +1.198s (inc 10-sec penalty for false start)
5. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +3.287s
6. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +9.537s
7. Jade Edwards (Team HARD), +10.179s
8. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +18.057s
9. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +33.941s
DNF. Nathan Edwards (MRM), +5 laps
Fastest lap: Bond, 2m07.272s (83.97mph)