Max Coates will make a guest appearance at his home circuit this weekend in the Quaife MINI CHALLENGE Trophy, after signing up to join the competitive grid at Croft.
The Carbon Positive Motorsport Ambassador will compete in the third meeting of the season as a guest entry with the same Graves Motorsport team that runs his car in the JCW class, where he has scored two podium finishes this season to sit fifth in the standings.
With the JCW field not making the trip to Croft this season, the Trophy meeting will provide Coates – who is based little more than ten minutes away from the circuit – with the opportunity to compete on home soil in 2022.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success at the circuit in the past, with multiple wins in the Renault Clio Cup and a popular podium finish in the JCWs last season. Croft was also the scene of Coates’ sole outing in the British Touring Car Championship back in 2015.
His appearance next weekend comes with the backing of local firm Primex Plastics, which is one of the primary sponsors on his JCW machine.
“When the JCW calendar was announced and it didn’t include a trip to Croft, I’ve been looking around for an opportunity to do a race because I love competing at my home circuit,” he said. "Racing at Croft is always a real buzz for me, I enjoy the circuit but the atmosphere that having friends, family and all my local sponsors in attendance makes is something really special.
"To do this and be safe in the knowledge that my participation leaves a positive carbon offset gives me a great feeling before we even arrive and I couldn’t do so without the help of Carbon Positive Motorsport.
"I’m also acutely aware of the team's travel commitments in the next month, Croft and then our next round of the JCW Championship at Knockhill are significant journeys amounting to 1400 miles for the two HGV trucks which Carbon Positive Motorsport are also off-setting. As a driver and a team, we are doing good for the environment and our planet.”
Photo Jakob Ebrey
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