Ciceley Motorsport have announced Max Coates as the driver of their third car in their debut Clio Cup championship.
Coates, though already having a BTCC outing under his belt, will be a new comer in the Clio Cup, driving alongside Ollie Pidgley and Dan Zelos in Ciceley’s line up.
“I’ve known the people at Ciceley for some time and when they told me they wanted to expand on their BTCC team with an entry into the UK Clio Cup, I had my heart set on it,” explained Coates. “So it is a bit of a dream come true, particularly with their links to touring cars, which is where I want to be full time in the future.”
Even with his racing experience, it will still be a steep learning curve for Coates, who has never raced a front wheel car before, but that’s not stopping him having high aims for his debut season.
“I want to be up there and challenging for podiums and maybe even pushing for the Graduates title for young drivers in their first full season,” said Coates. “I think they are realistic goals.”
Ciceley are just as optimistic about their debut Clio Cup season.
“I really believe we’ve got a cracking driver line-up in Dan, Ollie, and now Max for our first attempt at the UK Clio Cup,” said Ciceley’s BTCC driver Adam Morgan. “They might all be new to the championship, but each brings something to the table in terms of experience and ability. We were convinced the UK Clio Cup was the right way to go with our expansion and the amount of interest from drivers – and how we’ve found the championship to deal with – has justified that decision.”