Max Coates, a semi-professional racing driver who boasts a number of impressive race wins, has become the Head of Driver Development for Team BRIT.
26-year-old Max, who lives in North Yorkshire, has joined the crew of motorsport’s most inspirational team, coaching this year’s six drivers and helping develop his fellow instructors and coaches.
Team BRIT is a competitive racing team of disabled drivers. It aims to be the first British all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, and through its Racing Academy, it supports drivers with a range of physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport.
In 2020, the team will compete in the Britcar Championship, with two drivers racing the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 in the Endurance category and four new rookies racing in BMW 116s in the newly formed Trophy Category. Coates finished 3rd in Class 4 of the series last year which included a number of race wins and pole positions.
Max met Team BRIT founder Dave Player years ago through Dave’s charity Kartforce, which creates karting opportunities for injured troops. As an experienced Grade A ARDS instructor, Dave approached Max about supporting the team this year, and he will now lead the team of coaches, aiming to develop the drivers during coaching session and race days. Adding to Team Brit’s current roster of coaches will be Adam Hatfield, GT Cup Champion in an Aston Martin GT4, Scott McKenna, Ginetta GT5 Challenge Champion and Ben Green, ex-British GT front runner.
Max started Karting at the age of 8 and has risen through the ranks. In 2016 he became the Renault UK Clio Cup Graduate Champion finishing 3rd overall. He has completed another three seasons in the Clio Cup taking fourteen more race victories and finishing as runner up in 2019. Max supplemented his 2019 Clio Cup campaign with races in the Britcar Endurance Championship, British RX and other select events. In 2018 he also finished 2nd in the Clio Cup Internationale Finale at Paul Ricard in the South of France, beating drivers from 11 countries.
This year, Max will race with Elite Motorsport in the Mini Challenge and supporting the BTCC at 8 of their 10 events.
Max explains, “I’ve raced against Kartforce drivers and Team BRIT in the past, and have seen first-hand the opportunities the team is creating for people who may never have had these chances.
“I really want to be a part of what the team is achieving, and hope that I’ll be able to work with the drivers to make them better, faster and safer. I think we can be truly competitive and I’m looking forward to a fantastic year ahead.”
Further information on Max can be found at www.maxcoatesracing.co.uk