27/04/2019

Coates put to back of grid as Young & Lidsey head qualifying 1-2 for MRM at Donington

Jack Young has taken pole position for both Renault UK Clio Cup rounds at Donington Park but championship leader Max Coates will start tomorrow’s two races from the back of the grid after being penalised.
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Coates and Team HARD team-mates Jade Edwards and Jamie Bond all had their qualifying times removed after their cars’ roof-mounted air boxes were found to have been taped off – only permitted when wet weather tyres are being used. Donington's qualifying session was run using slick, dry weather tyres...

It means they will have to start both races tomorrow from the back of the grid – and ten seconds after the rest of the field has been set on its way.

Coates had been second fastest to Young on both grids before his penalty. His demise meant Brett Lidsey was promoted to a pair of best-ever seconds and the MRM team had been gifted its first 1-2 results in qualifying.

It also presents 17-year-old Young with a golden opportunity tomorrow to eat into the 11-point advantage that Coates holds over him at the top of the standings after Brands Hatch’s opening rounds.

Young, from Belfast, commented: "That obviously gives us a stronger chance to bag a lot of points tomorrow but wins are never guaranteed. I've definitely got Brett to think about and he is right on the pace."

Lidsey said: "I always go out to try and win and there are no team orders between me and Jack. Hammerton and Thompson right behind us could be in there as well."

Behind Young and Lidsey, a revised order on two identical grids will now read: P3 Ethan Hammerton; P4 Aaron Thompson; P5 Ben Colburn; P6 Finlay Robinson; P7 Luke Warr and then Coates, Bond and Edwards in eighth, ninth and tenth.

Furthermore, Team HARD has work to do overnight to repair Hammerton’s car which suffered damage in a sizeable accident at the Old Hairpin after he’d set his best times.

Leading grid positions, Round 3, Donington Park:
1. Jack Young (MRM), 1m17.603s (avg. 91.80mph)
2. Brett Lidsey (MRM), +0.469s
3. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +0.767s
4. Aaron Thompson (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.937s
5. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +1.334s
6. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +2.395s
7. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +3.852s
8. Max Coates (Team HARD), will start with 10s penalty
9. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), will start with 10s penalty
10. Jade Edwards (Team HARD), will start with 10s penalty

Leading grid positions, Round 4, Donington Park:
1. Jack Young (MRM), 1m17.847s (avg. 91.52mph)
2. Brett Lidsey (MRM), +0.259s
3. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +0.569s
4. Aaron Thompson (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.733s
5. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +1.334s
6. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +2.395s
7. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +3.852s
8. Max Coates (Team HARD), will start with 10s penalty
9. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), will start with 10s penalty
10. Jade Edwards (Team HARD), will start with 10s penalty