Young takes revenge in Rd2 at Brands Hatch but Coates leaves with championship lead

Jack Young turned the tables on Max Coates in the Renault UK Clio Cup’s second round of 2019 at Brands Hatch to achieve his and the MRM team’s first race win in the championship.
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Team HARD driver Coates, who won Saturday’s opening round, again started from pole position but Young was able to sneak past him into the opening bend.

Thereafter these two drew clear to make it a two-way fight for the victory. Young would make an error mid-race which allowed Coates to draw alongside him across the start-finish line but managed to keep in front.

From there the 17-year-old reeled off the remaining laps to cross the line almost a second ahead of Coates who claimed the two bonus points for setting the race’s fastest lap.

He also took another point for leading the race across the line – when he drew level with Young – and this means Coates will take a five-point advantage over Young at the top of the table to the next event on the calendar at Donington Park later this month. CLICK HERE for championship points.

Young said: “I knew when I got the jump on Max at the start he would make life hard and he did just that on every lap. Luckily I kept enough momentum going when I put a wheel over the wet kerb to just stay in front. That woke me up a bit and after that I put more concentration into keeping it tidy to make sure.”

Coates added: “That really was my only chance as Jack drove a really good race – it’s clearly very tight between us so every point will count which is why I'm happy about the bonuses for leading and fastest lap. It could be those small gains that make all the difference at the end of the season.”

Behind, MRM’s Brett Lidsey took his second third place finish of the weekend – thanks in no small part to controlling a dramatic half-spin on the opening bend.

This dropped him to eighth but he then smartly took advantage of other drivers’ squabbles to move up the order.

A best ever fourth was Team HARD’s Jade Edwards. She started ninth but took advantage of the confusion caused by Lidsey’s opening lap dramas before then making the position her own with a move on Westbourne Motorsport’s Aaron Thomspon. Fifth for his best result to date and right behind Edwards at the line was R-Tech/MRM’s Ben Davis.

Westbourne pair Anton Spires and Thompson were next up in sixth and seventh – the latter’s car bearing the scars of a scuffle with another of the team’s drivers, Ben Colburn. It was an incident which caused Colburn to spin and retire from the race.

A distant eighth was Team HARD’s Ethan Hammerton. He started fourth on the grid and had been a favourite for a podium result but a spin on the green flag led to a pit lane drive-through penalty which cost him dear.

Taking a best ever ninth was Luke Warr in his Specialized Motorsport-run car.

Westbourne's Finlay Robinson was a retirement at the start when his car suffered a mechanical problem on the grid.

Result: Round 2, Brands Hatch Indy
1. Jack Young (MRM), 22 laps in 21m03.136s (avg. 75.73mph)
2. Max Coates (Team HARD), +0.868s
3. Brett Lidsey (MRM), +8.280s
4. Jade Edwards (Team HARD), +15.761s
5. Ben Davis (R-Tech Welding/MRM), +15.929s
6. Anton Spires (Westbourne Motorsport), +18.593s
7. Aaron Thompson (Westbourne Motorsport), +22.924s
8. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +40.436s
9. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +43.540s
Fastest lap: Coates, 52.481s (avg. 82.86mph)