Biggest grids ever produces close racing

We invited Max Coates, a Ginetta GT Supercup driver and ITV co-commentator along to the first round of the SG Petch Sprint Sprint Championship.

Max took part in the Lightweight class and not only impressed everybody with his professionalism, but with his driving prowess as well. Max took time out to pen a short article on his experience, here’s what he had to say.

Teesside Autodrome played host to the opening rounds of the new Sprint Series which kicked off in style on Sunday 9th March. 47 drivers entered the race which was split into two classes, Lightweights and Heavyweights. The series is the North of England’s leading hire kart championship and provides highly competitive, exciting races in equally matched karts.


Max Coates (foreground) with current champion Karl Parkin

Each class received a 10 minute qualifying session followed by two 25 minute races, the latter a reversed grid starting order for the top 10 finishers from race 1. Making his first of three guest appearances Ginetta GT Supercup driver Max Coates took pole position for the first race of the series in the lightweight class, closely followed home by Giles Potter and Tom Bolland.

Coates got off to a bad start with Bolland, Potter and last season’s championship winner Karl Parkin assuming the top three positions. As the race progressed the race turned into a three way shoot out for the race win, Coates using his experience to cross the line first and followed home by Parkin and Bolland.

For race two Bolland and Parkin made the best of the starts once more and very quickly made it to the front of the pack. After fending off Potter for third, Coates set about chasing down Parkin who had dropped off the back of the fast and consistent Bolland. Parkin and Coates worked well together to catch Bolland with one lap to go, but the youngster displayed great defensive driving skills to hold onto the win. Parkin held onto 2nd with Coates 3rd, meaning all three drivers scored the same points from the two races. Coates leads the championship by virtue of his race one win.


Max Coates in action from Round 1

Racing in the SG Petch Sprint Series resumes at Teesside Autodrome on 6th April with the races starting at 5pm. Anyone interested in joining the championship should ring Teesside Karting on 01642 231117, entry to the qualifying and two races costs just £55 and with further guest drivers joining the series throughout you’ll be able to test your skills against the professionals.

Live timing and championship updates are available via the Alpha Timing website where you will find the Facebook social media feeds.

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