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  • TRAX Show 2017 - Silverstone

    TRAX Logo 2016The TRAX show at Silverstone brings to a close a very busy 2017 show season for our events team who will now begin planning for an even bigger 2018. The TRAX event filled the British Grand Prix venue with turnout at record levels for the Fast Car entertainment event.

    The Cobra Sport stand occupied a large prominent space in the packed retail area where we had 4 display vehicles fitted with Cobra Sport exhaust systems. The Cobra Sport events trailer was the busiest it had been at all of the shows we have attended this summer and the amount of enthusiasm from the public was infectious. It's always great to get the chance to speak to our customers face to face to discuss our current range of direct fit exhaust systems along with the exciting developments we have planned for 2018.

    On the stand this year we had a stunning black Toyota GT86 fitted with the full Cobra Sport exhaust system including the recently released GT86 4-1 de-cat manifold. Alongside the GT86 we had an equally stunning Honda Civic Type R (FK2) with sports cat and non resonated cat back creating a stunning sound track to the trade area of the show. Completing the stand we had a pair of Ford Fiesta ST 180's fitted with turbo back exhaust systems with differing configurations providing a comparison between our popular Fiesta ST exhaust systems.

    Our clothing range again proved popular with our luxury hoodies becoming the sought after item in preparation for the imminent cooler autumn weather conditions.

  • AmdTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Finale - Brands Hatch GP

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team brought the curtain down on the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with two more points finishes at Brands Hatch.

    The team went into the weekend eager to challenge inside the top 15, and more points ensured that the Audi squad came away from the season finale with its highest ever points tally in both the BTCC Teams Championship and the Independents Team Trophy. 

    Tamworth racer Ollie Jackson would be the man to score on Finals Day having battled back well from a tough qualifying session that saw him line up 26th on the grid for the opening race.

    Making up places from the start when the lights went out, Ollie battled his way forwards towards and crossed the line in 14th spot to pick up two championship points.

    A 15th place in race two gave Ollie his 13th points finish of the campaign and although he just missed out on making it a hat-trick in race three, he concluded the season in a solid ninth place in the Independents’ Championship standings – only missing out on a top eight finish on podium countback.

    “Race day was a great turnaround from qualifying,” he said. “We got the car working and took a big step forwards that allowed us to push into the points. It’s a shame we couldn’t get higher into the top ten but then race three was a bit of a lottery with the conditions. We could have scored again there but there was a bit of contact that cost us the opportunity to get more points.

    “It’s been an up and down season but from where we started, I think we’ve made loads of progress and picked up some good results. I’ll look back on the season in a positive manner and I think we’ve done a good job as a team. The boys have been fantastic and the prep work they have done has been second to none. 

    “I’d love to return again next season and I feel that if we get a decent testing programme under our belt, we could really be in the mix for some good results from the very start in 2018.”

    Lichfield-based team-mate Ant Whorton-Eales was also eager to challenge for points and qualified 22nd on the grid for the opening race of the weekend.

    Having just missed out on the points scoring positions in race one, Ant was hopeful of pushing forwards in race two only to struggle to get heat into his soft compound Dunlop tyre in the early stages. 

    Once the tyre was performing at its best, Ant was one of the quickest drivers on track but had to settle for 18th place at the finish.

    Ant’s season would then draw to a close with a 25th place finish in race three after mid-race contact that damaged the rear of his car and a trip into the Paddock Hill gravel trap conspired to cost him valuable time.

    The rookie ends the year twelfth in the Independents’ Championship.

    “We had a good run in the opening race but then struggled a bit with the soft tyre in the opening laps of race two,” he said. “I thought we were screwed to be honest, but then the tyre came good and we had some really good pace – we got stronger as the race went on when I expected our speed to drop away.

    “I felt the pace we showed in the wet final race was good but then I took the wrong line into Paddock Hill and the back stepped out and I went into the gravel which is a real shame as we could have pushed towards the points; although the damage I picked up to the rear of the car might have stopped me from achieving it.

    “Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this season in the BTCC and I feel I have learned an awful lot. The hard work starts now to try and get back on the grid again next season and I’d love the chance to return with the team and the Audi to give it another go.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby declared himself pleased with the way the season had gone, and predicted that good things lie ahead as a result of the progress made during the season.

    “It’s good to end the year with more points on the board and both drivers have done a good job again,” he said. “The BTCC is so tight that is hard to make up places but that is what they both did and they showed that we have good pace in the Audi once again.

    “I’d like to thank both Ollie and Ant as well as everyone in the team and all of our sponsors, particularly Cobra Exhausts, for what they have done this season as we wouldn’t be racing without the combined effort of everyone involved.

    “Given the progress we have made this season, I think that we can look forward to going into 2018 with a car that is regularly capable of challenging for the top ten and can hope to secure some top results.”

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Team - 2017 Season

  • Seasons best for AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts at Silverstone

    AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured it’s best result of the season to date as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Silverstone for the penultimate meeting of the year.

    The team travelled to the Northamptonshire circuit seeking to maintain the solid form shown at Rockingham in the previous meeting, with both Ant Whorton-Eales and Ollie Jackson keen to challenge for points. 

    Lichfield racer Ant would prove to be one of the stars of qualifying as he put his Audi S3 in seventh place on the grid; the best qualifying performance for the car to date.

    Despite dropping a place on the opening lap, Ant would fight his way up as high as fourth as the race wore on and was sitting in sixth when an accident elsewhere forced officials to bring the race to a halt. 

    RaAmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017ce two would prove to be a more challenging affair as Ant struggled to match his pace in race one, and contact from the VW of Jake Hill on the Wellington Straight saw him suffer a high-speed spin that dropped him down the field. 

    Crossing the line in 23rd, Ant would then fight back through the pack well in race three to finish 13th and pick up a second points finish of the weekend.

    “It’s been a good weekend and I’m pleased to come away with my best qualifying performance and my best race result so far,” he said. “We showed really good pace in race one and it was great to run at the sharp end of the field.

    “I’d hoped to try and match it in race two, but we didn’t have the same speed in the car for some reason, perhaps because of the extra success ballast we had to carry. Being turned round on a straight wasn’t a nice experience either and I was lucky that the guys behind didn’t collect me when I was sent spinning off at Brooklands. It’s a high-speed part of the circuit and to get taken off like that is just dangerous.

     AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017“I’m a bit shocked that we managed to come through to 13th on the hard tyre in race three but I stayed out of trouble and once we got the performance in the tyres, I had the legs on the guys ahead and could battle my way into the points. It’s a shame we just missed out on the Jack Sears Trophy win and I’ll be pushing for it when we get to Brands Hatch.” 

    Despite being under half a second away from pole, Ollie found himself starting race one from 20th place in the sister car but also showcased the speed of the Audi with an impressive drive to the fringes of the top ten.

    Having got as high as twelfth before the race was stopped, the Tamworth racer was well placed to push into the top ten in the second race but instead saw himself unclassified after heavy contact to the rear forced him to pit for repairs.

    AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017Luck then went against Ollie in race three when an incident ahead left him with nowhere to go when he came across cars blocking his path on the exit of Luffield, and despite taking to the grass in avoidance, a heavy hit to his Audi put him out on the spot.

    “The positive to take away from the weekend is that we showed again that we have a fast race car,” he said. “We took a step forwards from qualifying in the first race and it went really well. The slippery conditions on track really suited me and we made the most of it to push towards the top ten – which I think we could have achieved if the race hadn’t been stopped. 

    “From that point though, we’ve been robbed of the chance to fight for some top ten finishes by the same idiots who get involved in things over and over again. The levels of contact aren’t acceptable and instead of a good haul of points, we’re going away from Silverstone with a badly damaged car and a big repair bill ahead of Brands Hatch.

    “Something needs to be done because it keeps happening – and it’s always down to the same people.”

    AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted that the race weekend had left him with mixed emotions having displayed the highs and lows of the sport.

    “On one hand, we’ve picked up our best starting position and best result so far with the Audi, but on the other hand we’re also taking a damaged car back to base through no fault of our own,” he said. “Both Ant and Ollie have done a good job this weekend and have shown really good pace, particularly in the opening race. 

    “We should have been able to build on that in races two and three but stupid incidents that could – and should – have been avoided mean we’ve only picked up one more points finish and have got one badly damaged car.

    “When people are given penalties and then go back out on track and do exactly the same thing again, it’s clear that something needs to change so they are made accountable for their actions.”

    Photo's by Marc Waller & Car Scene UK Media

    Ollie Jackson - AmD BTCC 2017 - Silverstone

  • All about the Style - BMW 335D / 435D Dual Exit Exhausts

    BMW 335D (F30) - Cobra Sport Dual Exit ExhaustCobra Sport has added the BMW 335D and 435D to their ever popular range of dual exit exhaust conversions with the launch of BMW 340i / 440i style dual exit exhaust system.

    For those seeking to achieve the more aggressive and sporty look to the rear end of their diesel BMW, Cobra Sport now offer a dual exit cosmetic exhaust upgrade which makes a bold statement.

    The new exhaust systems have been designed to fit neatly with the M-Sport rear bumper and the M-Sport dual exit lower rear panel (available separately). Once fitted, the new Cobra Sport exhaust systems and replacement body panels look entirely at home on the car and gives the diesel model a much sportier edge.

    Matt Thomas, Cobra Sport’s Sales Manager says “We’ve seen a growing trend of people wanting to achieve the look of the more recognisable 340i & 440i’s dual exit exhaust on the more economical diesel model, our dual exit exhaust conversion allows them to achieve the look with this fantastic cosmetic upgrade”.

    The new dual exit exhausts are finished with a choice of round 3.5” (88.9mm) highly polished T304 stainless steel tailpipes which further enhance the appearance the car and perfectly match the styling of the popular BMW M-Sport models.

    Find out more on our product pages - BMW 335D Exhausts // BMW 435D Exhausts

  • Triple Points Score in the BTCC at Rockingham

    The AmDTuning AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham with Cobra Exhausts team once again showed solid pace with a hat-trick of points scoring finishes as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Rockingham for round eight. 

    The team headed for Northamptonshire eager to challenge towards the top ten at a circuit where it had impressed twelve months ago, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales confident of pushing for top 15 finishes.

    Tamworth-based Ollie enjoyed a fine qualifying session to put his Audi S3 on the seventh row of the grid, setting a best time less than a half a second away from pole position.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC RockinghamRunning inside the points throughout, Ollie would take the chequered flag in 14th spot despite struggling with tyre degradation in the closing stages of the race.

    It would be a similar story in race two, although the 33-year-old was able to fight his way forwards to twelfth spot; spending the entire race dicing for position just outside the top ten.

    Running on the harder compound Dunlop tyre in race three, Ollie would enjoy his best result of the weekend with eleventh spot and he now sits eighth in the Independents’ Trophy with two rounds of the season still to run.

    “It’s been a good, solid day and to be honest, I don’t think we could have got much more from it,” he said. “We’ve been able to learn a lot this weekend that I think will benefit us when we go to Silverstone for the next round, and have brought home three points finishes – whilst also making up a place in the Independents’ standings.

    “We suffered a bit throughout the races with tyre degradation which held us back as they went on, but in the early stages of every race, the car felt mega; it’s just difficult to overtake round here.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham“I don’t think that the tyres will be an issue going forwards as Rockingham is a very abrasive circuit and we weren’t the only people to have that problem, so more points are certainly the aim when we get to Silverstone.”

    For team-mate Ant, the weekend would prove to be one where his impressive pace went unrewarded, with unfortunate incidents in races two and three preventing him from scoring points. 

    The Lichfield driver showed his speed in free practice where he put his car inside the top ten, and he then qualified 19th on the grid for race one – less than a tenth of a second behind Ollie.

    Having taken 18th place in race one on the hard tyre, Ant was working his way up towards the points at the start of race two before being forced off track – collecting a trackside hoarding in the process.

    Pitting behind the Safety Car to have the debris removed, Ant rejoined at the back of the field in 30th position but then showed his pace by consistently lapping as quickly as the leaders as he battled his way back to 18th again by the finish.

    Ollie Jackson Rockingham - BTCC Grid 2017 AWE Rockingham - BTCC Grid 2017It meant Ant was well placed to push for points in the final race of the weekend, but he was unfortunately forced to retire having been caught up in contact between two of his rivals on the opening lap, with the damage sustained to the Audi being enough to put him out of action.

     “It’s another weekend where the end results don’t reflect the performance in the car,” he said. “We showed how quick we could be in practice but qualifying we so tight that we ended up in 19th place despite only being half a second off the quickest time.

     “Race one was solid enough on the hard tyre and we definitely had a points scoring car in race two before I got forced off onto the grass and I had no choice but to pit or the car would have overheated. When I rejoined I just got my head down and pushed hard to catch the cars ahead and could pick my way through to get close to the points.

    “I’m confident we would have been able to convert that into points in race three, but coming out of Tarzan, the two cars next to me touched and it turned one of them into the side of me which damaged the front end and that was it; game over. It’s a shame for me and also for the team and I hope my luck will change at Silverstone.”

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham

  • Top 10 Showing and Pole Position at Knockhill in the BTCC

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured another top ten finish from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill. The team made the long trip to Scotland eager to maintain the solid form displayed this season by the ever-improving Audi S3, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales confident of adding more points to their respective totals.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Lichfield racer Ant – making his first appearance at Knockhill since 2015 – secured his best qualifying result to date to start the opening race of the weekend from 13th spot.

    Battling against a number of cars running the softer compound tyre, Ant would end the opening race in 17th place and then fought his way forwards to eleventh in race two – which had to be restarted after an early accident - with a solid drive on track for his fourth points finish of the year. A post-race penalty for Josh Price then promoted Ant into the top ten for the first time and left him on pole for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw.

    Running the soft tyre, Ant maintained the lead through the first lap but then dipped a wheel into the gravel at the Chicane on lap two when his Audi got out of shape – losing momentum and resulting in him taking a hit in the rear from the following car.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017With bodywork rubbing on the left rear tyre, Ant was forced to return to the pits for repairs before rejoining two laps down; going on to produce a series of laps quicker than anyone else on track as he eventually finished 27th.

    “After the first lap when [Tom] Ingram made a move and backed out of it, I thought that we had the pace to run at the front and I’d pulled a small advantage heading towards the Chicane.

     “As I went to turn in, the right rear just snapped out a little bit and I went into the corner sideways but I managed to catch it and just dipped a wheel into the gravel. Unfortunately, I lost momentum as a result and got a hit from behind which meant I had to pit or we’d have lost the tyre.

    “The pace we showed after rejoining was absolutely mega and I can take a lot of confidence from that into the races that are still to come.”

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Team-mate Ollie was left on the back foot after electrical issue in qualifying left him down in 30th place on the grid for the opening race.

    Having taken the finish in 28th spot in race one, Ollie’s hopes of a strong result in race two were hampered by contact in the incident that caused the race to be stopped – which the team worked hard to repair for the restart.

    Further contact when the race got back underway left him with an ill-handling car and resulted in a 19th place finish, with the Tamworth-based driver then forced out of the final race of the weekend after on-track contact and a gearbox issue saw him bring his car back into the pits.

    “We missed a chance to score points this weekend,” he said, “but the problem in qualifying meant we were right in the middle of all the trouble for race day. We went a bit stiff with the set-up in race one and didn’t make the progress we’d hoped for and then in race two, there was yet more contact that there didn’t need to be that left me with a damaged car.

    “At the start, I’d taken to the grass to avoid the incident ahead before someone simply ploughed into the side of my car and the boys did a great job to get the car fit for the race - only for the same driver to then hit me again and knock the handling out.

     Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted that it was a weekend of mixed emotions for his two drivers.

    “For Ollie it’s been tough this weekend as he should have been in the top ten on the grid for race one which could have led to a totally different outcome on race day,” he said. “Sadly he found himself in the wars and wasn’t able to get the results he was capable of. 

    “Ant has done a good job and has led a race for the first time, and I genuinely think he could have been on for a really good result in that final race before the contact that saw him forced to pit.

    “His laps when he rejoined were fantastic and I think he has learned a lot this weekend that he can take into Rockingham, where the Audi was strong last season. Ollie and Ant continue to work well together as a pairing and I feel confident that they can do a good job when we go to Rockingham for the next round.”

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

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