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The Elite team driver qualified seventh for the opening race of the weekend in Scotland, and started well, climbing a position and joining in the fourth-place battle showing his intentions to make a podium finish in races two and three.
In race two Coates again battled at the front but exiting Clark Curve, a rival car made a move to the left to pass another driver but was pitched into a spin as his opponent swerved left into his path. The high speed 100mph+ spin ended with Coates nudging the inside tyre wall. He re-joined in last position with a small amount of damage and set about fighting his way back through the field, passing six cars to cross the line twenty-first, but with lap times good enough for a podium finish.
In the final race, shown live on ITV2, Coates raced through the pack to eleventh when an early safety car was brought out on lap four. With every intention of a solid top ten result he was fifth entering the final lap when he tangled with series leader Ant Whorton-Eales, and although maintaining his place was later penalised for the contact.
Coates said: “The weekend promised much more, but after being taken out in race two I was on the back foot. I had great fun driving through the field in race three on ITV2 and ended up fifth. A great result from twentieth on the grid. Unfortunately, the penalty handed to me after ruined that, and the points deficit to the championship leaders is now quite large as a result. I’ll be back at Silverstone and aiming to pick up as many race wins as possible!”
NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “After Max’s heroics at Donington, he put up a gutsy performance at Knockhill and showed a lot of speed which bodes well for the third round of the season at Silverstone on September 26 and 27.”
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About NGK SPARK PLUG:
Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,000 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales (including its EU, UK, France and Eurasia subsidiaries) represent 26.1% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and four Technical Centres.
Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has ten group companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.
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