Young beats Coates for Clio International win
British drivers finished first and second in the Clio Cup International Final at Paul Ricard last weekend with Jack Young beating Max Coates to the crown.
Northern Irishman Young, last year’s Renault UK Clio Cup Junior champion, has impressed since switching to senior car racing in the middle of this term but had struggled to translate his strong pace into results.
But that changed in France as he qualified on pole and led throughout, successfully maintaining his advantage over UK runner-up Coates after a late-race safety car, caused by the other Briton in the race, Brett Lidsey, tangling with Frenchman David Pouget.
Young has received a 280bhp Renault Megane RS as a prize for winning the race.
“It’s amazing, Max pushed me throughout the race, as he had done earlier in the weekend,” said MRM driver Young, who topped the 37 cars that started the race. “Gradually, he regained ground but I managed to pull away as soon as the safety car was cleared. Therefore, I only had to manage it to the finish. It’s great and a bit surreal, but I hope to defend my crown next year!”
Coates said he was “both delighted and disappointed with this result” having earlier shared the Central European race spoils with Young.