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  • Cobra Sport AmD Racing battles hard for Croft points

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team battled back from a tough qualifying session to score more solid points from the latest rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team headed for North Yorkshire in confident mood after Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff both took to the podium at Thruxton in the previous round, with hopes high of more success on track.

    Despite showing well in practice with additional ballast on his car, Rory was left with work to do on race day after a heavy accident in qualifying before he’d been able to set a timed lap.

    Fine work from the team to repair his damaged Honda Civic Type R allowed the Fife racer to start the opening race from 29th place, and he fought hard on track despite being on the less favourable hard tyre to work his way up to 18th place.

    Battling towards the top ten in race two, Rory was well placed to get into a position to potentially benefit from the reverse grid draw before contact from the Subaru of Senna Proctor forced him wide at the hairpin.

    The end result was a 14th place finish, but a storming drive in a wet final race saw Rory fight hard with the rapid BMWs of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan to eventually cross the line in seventh.

    It leaves the Scot sixth in the championship standings at the end of the weekend and second in the Independents’ Trophy.

    Team-mate Sam was also left with work to do on race day after a number of red flags and traffic prevented him from setting a representative time.

    From 26th on the grid, Sam showed the pace in the Honda to race forwards into the points before contact from Proctor at the hairpin dropped him back down the pack; with a further trip across the grass leading to a pit stop that saw him cross the line 23rd.

    Fighting back to 15th place in race two, Sam would end the weekend with 13th in race three to secure two points finishes, although the Leeds racer was left to wonder what might have been.

    Sam ends the weekend 17th in the overall standings and seventh in the Independents’ Trophy.

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:

    “Croft was always going to be a case of damage limitation and that definitely proved to be the case!

    “Qualifying was hampered by multiple red flags and the rain and it didn’t go our way, with the accident for Rory and Sam being delayed in getting out for his final chance to set a lap-time.

    “The real highlight for me from the weekend was the way in which the whole team worked hard in challenging conditions, and also the way that Rory took on the BMWs of Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington in race three.

    “To see both drivers score points rewarded the team for their hard work and we’re looking forward to Oulton Park where we’re confident that the Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Hondas will shine!”

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “I have to say a huge thank you to the team for getting the car fixed for race day after what happened in qualifying as it was a big hit.

    “To be honest, I hoped we could have taken more from race day but the tyre selections worked against us and when we got rid of the weight after race one, there wasn’t really anyone on the hard tyre in race two. Getting punted off the road also didn’t help….

    “Had the final race been dry then I think we could have really pushed up the order because most of the grid would have been on the hard tyre, but we still did well on the wets and to make up seven spots and fight with Turkington and Jordan shows how competitive we are.

    “It’s nice to pushing guys like that as a circuit where the BMW is so strong and hopefully at Oulton Park we’ll have a bit more luck.”

    Sam Tordoff, #600 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “When you don’t qualify well, it can be hard to come back from it and sadly that proved to be the case for us this weekend.

    “Despite that, I think we were on for a decent result in race one before I got forced off, which undid all of the good work that we had done to that point.

    “It meant race two was another recovery drive and then we missed out on the one bit of luck we could have had in race three when everyone else was going to run the hard tyre and it rained.

    “It’s been difficult again for me this weekend and hopefully my luck will turn at Oulton Park.”

  • Victory for Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher at Croft

    Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher enjoyed its most successful weekend of the season so far during rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, securing a commanding race 3 win, double podium and top ten result at Croft (June 15/16).  

    The fourth meeting of the year gave the Motorbase-run squad much cause for celebration. After a season-best qualifying result for Tom Chilton and Ollie Jackson, Chilton went on to claim his third podium of the year, second overall win and third independent win on the North Yorkshire circuit.

    Saturday’s disjointed qualifying session saw no less than five red flags deployed during the 30 minute period. With numerous on-track incidents halting proceedings, Chilton pushed his #3 Focus RS to the limit to secure a second-row start with P3 on his first flying lap in the dying minutes. Just a lap later, stablemate Ollie Jackson took the P8 spot – recording the squad’s highest-placed position of the season, and his personal best-ever qualifying result.

    Sunday’s opening race called for a defensive masterclass from Chilton as he held off a full-race length challenge from the domineering BMW’s. A strong start from the Reigate-racer saw him hold onto third from the fast-starting WSR machines. Shielding his podium position for the entire 18-lap challenge, the 34-year-old remained steadfast under unrelenting pressure to bring the Focus home in P3, claiming his 3rd rostrum visit of the year and 55th BTCC-career podium.

    Jackson’s strong start to the weekend looked set to deliver a top 5 finish for the #48 Focus. An outstanding start saw the Motorbase-man running as high as 6th in the opening laps. Running wide as the pack raced through the complex on lap 5, however, Jackson clipped the curb sending his Ford into the marker, sustaining damage to the front-left wing. A daring effort saw him hold on for another 3 laps as the bodywork rubbed on the tyre before it finally gave way as the field was running under the safety car, pitching him into the barriers and ending his race.

    Carrying 42kg of ballast into race 2, Chilton battled hard to stay in the points-scoring zone as he came under increasing pressure from the lighter, charging pack. Dropping down the order in the opening laps, he eventually took the flag in 9th collecting another much-welcome haul of points for the championship challenge.

    Lining up at the back of the grid, Jackson made steady progress through the field. Seeking to make amends for his earlier error, the 35-year-old showed true grit to push forward an impressive 8 grid spots on the narrow circuit and crossed the line in P20.

    Starting from pole by virtue of the reversed-grid draw, Chilton led a commanding lights-to-flag charge off the line in race 3. Choosing to stick with the Dunlop Blu-Response on the greasy, drying track, he expertly piloted the #3 Focus to the overall and Independent race win and rarely looked challenged for the race lead.

    Jackson’s fight-back from a tricky start to his race day also continued. Making a strong start off the line, the Midlands-based driver had charged into the points by the end of the first tour. Scything his way to 11th by the mid-way point, he looked set to challenge for a top ten finish. Despite lapping faster than Cammish’s 10th-placed Honda, the gap was just out of reach with the remaining laps available, eventually claiming P11 as the flag dropped, securing his highest-placed finish of the season.

    The weekend’s results have helped to move the squad up to third in the Independent Teams standings, with Tom Chilton sitting third in the Indy Drivers’ points. Both driver and team also remain 7th in the overall standings ahead of the next meeting at Oulton Park.

    Team Manager Oly Collins;
    “That was a brilliant end to a pretty tough weekend. A fantastic team effort from all involved, the crew have worked flat-out all day. Tom was mega all weekend and drove a very clever race 3 on the drying circuit.

    “Unfortunately Ollie’s weekend was hampered by a small mistake in race one which had a disastrous result for him. Up to that point, he was on fire and proving his pace with his best qualifying to date and was looking on for a great race one finish. Sadly, it didn’t quite go to plan. Tom’s results keep him in the mix for the championship which is the aim at the end of the day.”

    #3 Tom Chilton;
    “It was a perfect weekend for and the team. We’ve managed not just a double podium, but we got the win as well. And we get to keep this one! We took three top ten’s for my car, and Ollie nearly got a top ten which was great starting from 20th. I’m very happy for him.

    “I’m really pleased with our qualifying results this weekend. I feel like we’ve finally found our ideal set-up for the wet and dry. We had a bad weekend at Thruxton. Because we did it made us re-analyse where we were and it’s moved us forward.

    “We’re in it to win it. Everyone in the team is working hard to put all of our knowledge together and make this old girl go faster this year and we’ve done a great job. I’m really looking forward to going to Oulton Park next. I’ll be looking for more of the same.”

    #48 Ollie Jackson;

    “Salvaged I think is the word I’d use to describe this weekend! Qualifying was a high-point. P8 is my best-ever BTCC result and I think we’ve cracked it with the car now. The pace is definitely there.

    “I think we’ve got our heads around what we need and what our set-up tweaks are. The changes that we’ve made paid off in qualifying, and to be fair it was looking good in race 1 until I made a mistake. That kind of spoilt the weekend really. We certainly had top 5 pace, and it was a real shame that we didn’t get to capitalise on that.

    “Thankfully we made our way through the pack in race 3 and picked up some nice points for the championship.”

  • TIG vs MIG - What is the difference?

    When it comes to choosing a performance exhaust system for your vehicle, there’s a wide range of systems available. From a simple bolt-on rear section to improve the sound, through to a full turbo-back setup with the associated performance benefits – there’s something for everyone out there. However, when it comes to the manufacturing process, all performance exhaust systems are not the same.

    Aside from the differences in design and the type of materials used, one of the biggest factors that affects the quality of a performance exhaust is the welding. This is one area in which Cobra Sport is ahead of the game. Whereas many of their competitors use MIG-welding for their exhaust systems, Cobra Sport’s highly-skilled technicians utilise superior TIG-welding techniques.

    But what exactly is the difference?

    MIG or Metal Inert Gas welding is primarily used where longer welds are required and where speed is a key factor in the production process. It requires less finesse and relies on more filler, which in turn creates more splatter, leads to messier welds and adds weight.

    TIG or Tungsten Inert Gas welding on the other hand requires specialist machinery and a highly-skilled technician. It’s a labour intensive system that takes two to three times longer, than MIG-welding.

    The material surfaces have to be spotlessly prepared, clean and cut to much smaller tolerances to ensure a strong better looking weld, with no splatter. TIG-welding produces less brittle, precision welds, which are lighter, stronger, more accurate and durable. With an intricate product such as an exhaust system, TIG-welding is by far the best solution in terms of quality and aesthetics.

    Cobra Sport has invested heavily in the additional equipment, training and time required for all of their exhaust systems to be TIG-welded. This craftsmanship approach, ensures quality that will last and is one of the reasons why Cobra Sport are confident to offer a lifetime warranty.

  • Cobra Sport launch Carbon Fibre tailpipe options

    Having perfected the art of creating beautifully finished TIG-welded stainless steel exhaust systems that deliver a thrilling sound and performance improvements, Sheffield-based exhaust experts Cobra Sport have developed a range of brand new carbon fibre tailpipes.

    These high-quality tailpipes are manufactured from finest quality carbon fibre and come with a durable matt finish. As with all Cobra Sport products, these carbon fibre items have been fully tested to ensure exemplary fit and finish. The carbon fibre tips feature a stainless steel inner sleeve as a thermal barrier.

    The Cobra Sport carbon fibre tailpipes are ideal for discerning owners, looking for that sporty finishing touch to the rear of their car. They may be specified as an optional extra when the performance exhaust system is ordered, or purchased separately and retrofitted to an existing Cobra Sport system.

    Please view website product listings for the full application list, further models will be added over the next 12 months.

    Highlights include fitment to the Audi S3 (8V), Audi TT, BMW M2, Ford Fiesta Mk7 EcoBoost, Ford Focus ST225 & ST250, Ford Focus RS Mk3, Mazda MX-5 NC, Nissan 350Z, Subaru WRX 2014>, Vauxhall Corsa VXR, VW Golf GTI Mk6 and VW Golf GTI Mk7.

  • More silverware & joint championship lead in the BTCC at Thruxton

    BTCC Thruxton - Cobra Sport The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team enjoyed another strong weekend on track with a maiden pole position and two podium finishes from the latest rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton.

    The team headed for the fastest circuit on the calendar in confident mood on the back of a solid test at the venue last month, with drivers Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff both confident of challenging towards the sharp end of the field.

    Having qualified on pole with a record-breaking lap, Leeds racer Sam made the ideal start to race one to lead the way into Allard for the first time and controlled the race from the front through the early stages.

    Maintaining a lead of just over half a second over the chasing pack, Sam’s victory charge was ended by a battery problem that affected the power steering on his car, slowing him through the high-speed Church corner on lap 13 and allowing Andrew Jordan to get ahead on the run up Woodham Hill.

    Fighting around the problem, Sam was able to fend off the newer FK8 Honda of Dan Cammish through the closing laps to secure second spot and his first podium finish of the year.

    From the front row of the grid for race two, Sam lost a place to a quick-starting Colin Turkington but held third in the opening laps before a clash with Cammish at the chicane saw him slip out of the podium places.

    Dropping behind Jason Plato and Mat Neal as the additional ballast on his car took its toll, Sam would take the flag in sixth to add more points to his championship tally.

    Heading into the final race of the weekend, Sam looked well set to fight for another podium finish as he ran fourth in the early stages but a further, unrelated, issue with the power steering instead forced him into the pits to retire.

    Fife racer Rory qualified fifth on the grid despite carrying additional weight on his car, and came through the opening race unscathed to add more solid points to his tally – maintaining his position from start to finish.

    Race two would once again prove to be a relatively quiet affair for Rory, who would post the fastest lap of the race before taking the flag in seventh to maintain his points scoring run.

    With the team having resolved a damper issue on his car, Rory lined up fifth on the grid for race three, and a strong start saw to jump up into third place on the opening lap.

    Battling ahead of Ash Sutton at Goodwood after an early safety car period, Rory would run in second place all the way to the finish and heads away from Thruxton in a share of the overall points lead, whilst also heading both the Independents’ and Jack Sears Trophy standings.

    Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing sit third in the Teams’ Championship and second in the Independents Team Championship.

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    "It's been a fantastic weekend after a tough Saturday where we lost a lap that would have given us pole. We didn't quite have the pace to run at the front in race one or two but then found an issue with a damper ahead of race three. With that sorted, the car really came alive and it gave me the confidence I needed in the high-speed stuff.

    "I was able to get ahead of Ash [Sutton] with a solid move out of Goodwood and hoped to push Josh [Cook] but he kept it nice and tidy and didn't put a foot wrong. When Ash got a second wind, I focused on bringing the car home and we have ended up with some cracking points and a share of the points lead.

    "It isn't where I expected to be at this stage although I did think we could compete. I've kept the same mentality I had in the MG of racing hard, keeping it clean and bringing it home. When I have a fast car like we did in race three, we've got to push for those big points and some silverware."

    Sam Tordoff, #600 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “It’s been a bit of a frustrating weekend for me but at least I’ve been able to put some points on the board after the troubles we faced in the opening rounds. To qualify on pole in the way that we did was amazing and I was controlling the opening race before we had the issue with the battery.

    “That robbed us of a certain victory and had the race been a few laps longer, I doubt we’d have finished – so to salvage second was still a good start to race day. With the weight onboard in race two, we picked up more solid points and I was happy with how things were going at that stage.

    “With the pace in the car, I think we could have pushed for another podium in race three and the fact we were unable to finish that one has spoiled the weekend a bit. Whilst I’m pleased to have got two solid finishes, I’m disappointed with how things ended.”

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:

    “To come away from Thruxton with pole and two podium finishes is great for us as a team and it’s just a shame that a mechanical issue robbed us of what would have been a first win on the road. Both Rory and Sam have driven well this weekend, and we have once again shown that we are capable of taking the fight to the big boys at the front of the grid.

    “With three rounds done, we’re in a great position in the championship standings but it’s important that we continue to work hard on our weak areas as a team because – despite enjoying another fantastic weekend – we can always improve.

    “We need to keep our collective heads down and remember that it is a long season, and there are plenty more twists and turns still to come.”

  • Cars & Coffee - JP Exhausts Grand Opening

    The grand re-opening of JP Exhausts took place last weekend at our premises in Congleton, Cheshire. We hosted the first of our new biannual cars and coffee events with a great turnout and a really wide range of vehicles on display. These included a FIA Formula 3 Car, British Rallycross Car, ONYX GTX Bentley Concept and a pair of Aston Martins to name a few. With a constant stream of show cars and visitors arriving throughout the morning, the outside areas around out manufacturing facility were quickly filled. A number of car clubs were in attendance adding to the displays from our trade clients and distributors.

    JP Exhausts are now part of the Cobra Sport Group and have been manufacturing stainless steel exhausts and manifolds in Cheshire for over 45 years.

    The next Cobra Sport Group Cars & Coffee event will be held at JP Exhausts in Congleton on Saturday 7th September 2019.

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