First class degree for race car driver

Race car driver Max Coates has graduated.
Race car driver Max Coates has graduated.

A race-driving student is swapping his race suit and helmet for a cap and gown after graduating with a first class honours degree from Leeds Beckett University.

Max Coates, 22, from North Yorkshire, has spent the last three years studying BA (Hons) Sport Marketing at Leeds Beckett as well as competing in the Renault UK Clio Cup series.

Max said: “I’m thrilled to be graduating from my course at Leeds Beckett and all the more happy because I’ve come out with a first class honours degree.

“It’s been three years of hard work, but now it’s paid off and I’m looking forward to the next challenge in my career.

“The Sport Marketing course has been invaluable in terms of my racing career, as I’ve been able to put the degree into practice.

“Combining my studies with the racing has been tough at times, however I’m passionate about racing cars and my academic studies and this has helped me focus on achieving success in both fields.”

Kacy Mackreth, Senior Lecturer in Sport Marketing at Leeds Beckett, added: “I knew Max was going to be a stand-out student even before he came to study at Leeds Beckett.

“He is the only student who requested to sit in on a lecture prior to accepting his place to make sure our course was right for him.

“He did not disappoint and it has been a pleasure to see his successes on and off the track.”

Max is graduating with a first class honours in Sport Marketing and has been awarded the Carnegie School of Sport prize for course contribution.

He recently enjoyed success on the race track as he claimed his maiden win in the Renault UK Clio Cup with victory in front of a home crowd at the Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire to cap a “fairytale”weekend.

Max enjoyed a first and second placed finish for his Ciceley Motorsport team.