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  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts pay the price of contact at Silverstone

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team was left battered and bruised following a contact-filled penultimate weekend of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Silverstone. 

    The team headed for the Northamptonshire circuit eager to fight back from a tough weekend at Knockhill, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt targeting points around the short National layout. 

    Tamworth-based Ollie qualified 23rd on the grid for the opening race in his Audi S3 having posted a best time that was less than half a second away from pole position in the ultra competitive field. 

    Despite running the less favourable hard tyre in the opening race, Ollie managed to battle his way forwards to 17th place to leave him well placed to push towards the points in race two.

    Although he ran in the top 15 in the early stages, an overheating engine and mid-race contact would hurt his chances of adding to his points tally and resulted in him dropping back down the order before eventually finishing in 25th spot.

    The overheating gremlins would continue in the final race but proved to be the least of Ollie’s problems when contact between two drivers ahead meant he had nowhere to go when the BMW of Stephen Jelley was suddenly sideways in front of him at Luffield. 

    Heavy contact left the Audi nursing extensive damage to the front end and put Ollie out of the race on the spot.

    Northampton racer Sam had qualified 28th in the sister Audi for his home meeting but would see his race day affected by multiple bouts of contact that limited his ability to race forwards through the pack.

    Having briefly broken into the top 20, Sam would take a 22nd place finish from the opening race of the weekend before he took the flag in 26th in race two whilst running on the slower hard tyre.

    Starting to make up places in race three, Sam would endure more contact from the same driver who had hit him in race one and had to settle for 23rd place.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “It’s hard to know what to say about the weekend and I leave Silverstone frustrated that an incident like the one in race three has left us with a car that is extensively damaged through no fault of our own. 

    “It had been a tricky race day because of the need to run the hard tyre in race one and with the overheating issue we had in race two, but we could have possibly salvaged some points from race three.

    “Sadly, Stephen was turned around right in front of me and I had nowhere to go but right into the side of him, which was a big hit for us both. It’s disappointing because it’s an incident that shouldn’t have happened.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “It’s a shame that we haven’t been able to come away from race day with some stronger results because we had some decent pace in the car on Sunday. Qualifying didn’t go to plan, but in the opening race we were making up places before contact damaged the rear and affected the handling, which saw me drop back. 

    “Race two was difficult on the hard tyre but we could have done okay in race three without more contact from the same driver. It’s disappointing because I don’t think the results reflect the pace that we had in the car and I’ll go to Brands Hatch looking to try and end the season with some decent results to my name.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal said:

    “It’s fair to say that I’m not happy heading away from Silverstone because poor driving standards have affected both of the Audi drivers this weekend.

    “Although Ollie’s race ending shunt in race three was down to bad luck, throughout the day there have been examples of push to pass and people running others off the track, which isn’t on.

    “It’s something that needs to be looked at because we are seeing completely needless incidents where the end result is damaged cars and large repair bills. There needs to be a few race bans handed out to stop the same persistent offenders. 

    “We have a lot of work to do ahead of Brands Hatch, but we’ll leave no stone unturned to make sure we come out fighting on home soil for the season finale.”

  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts endure tough weekend at Knockhill

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team endured a weekend to forget at Knockhill when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Scotland for the eighth meeting of the year. 

    The team made the long trip north hoping to push for points with its two Audi S3s, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt both optimistic about their chances on track. 

    Tamworth-based Ollie bounced back well from an off into the barriers in second practice to qualify 19th on the grid for race one with a best time just half a second away from pole, and he fought his way forwards to 16th in tricky wet conditions in the opening race of the weekend.

    Sadly, race two was over within moments of the start when he was forced wide heading through Butchers and suffered a spin into the gravel at the same place where he had gone off in practice, which left Ollie at the back of the grid for race three.

    From 29th spot, Ollie had worked his way up to the fringes of the top 20 before an issue with the alternator cable saw him forced back into the pits, putting him into retirement for the second time. 

    Team-mate Sam qualified 29th in the sister car and put in a strong performance in race one to finish 22nd – his best lap during the race being a match for the third placed Honda of Dan Cammish.

    In arguably the most tricky conditions of race day, Sam then worked his way up to the fringes of the points in race two before he hit standing water going into turn one and aquaplaned off into the barriers at speed, forcing officials to bring out the red flag and halt the race.

    Great work from the team saw the repaired Audi take to the grid for race three, but Sam was forced back into the pits to retire shortly after the start due to an issue with the lights – something drivers are required to run for safety reasons in such conditions. 

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “It’s been a weekend to forget for us sadly. We’ve shown some promise and the car is certainly a big improvement compared to last season but things didn’t go our way. After my error in practice, the team did a great job to repair the car for qualifying and we were in a good position going into race day. 

    “Sadly little things have cost us dear and slight contact ended up with me going into the wall in race two and then the alternator cable went in race three which was frustrating. If you look at how that race panned out and where people finished, then we could have scored some points which would at least have given us something to take away from the weekend, but c’est la vie.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “It’s certainly been an eventual weekend. We had some good pace in the wet and had we been a bit higher in qualifying then I’m sure we could have pushed for some points. To be honest, I think it was still possible in that second race as the car was strong but I just hit some standing water going into turn one and couldn’t do anything to stop it.

    "It was a big hit with the barriers and the team did a great job to get the car out for the final race. It’s a shame that something so stupid as the lights tripping out forced us to retire from race three but the speed in the car was strong and I’ve gained a lot of confidence in the conditions despite what happened.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhaust team principal said:

    “It’s been a tough weekend that could have been very different had things fallen in our favour on race day. Conditions on track were very tricky and those conditions have ultimately played a major role in both Ollie and Sam coming away from Knockhill having endured their most challenging weekends of the year. 

    “It’s a shame because both drivers have shown good pace at one point or another through the weekend but come away with nothing to show for it and hopefully that’s something that won’t be repeated when we get to Silverstone next time out.”

  • Coming Soon - Mk8 Ford Fiesta ST 1.5 200PS Performance Exhausts

    The stunning new Mk8 Ford Fiesta ST has arrived at Cobra Sport HQ in Sheffield for exhaust development. We've teamed up with our distributor Auto Specialists for this development and will be utilising their new demo Fiesta ST during the development which already has the soon to be released Airtec induction kit fitted.

    The Mk8 Fiesta ST is fitted with a brand new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine putting out 197bhp capable of a quick 0-62 time of 6.5 seconds.

    The new Cobra Sport exhaust systems will initially be available in GPF back format with full turbo back options being prepared ready for dyno testing once tuning software becomes available at our tuning partners in the coming weeks.

    In order to keep the use of the drive select modes, the Cobra Sport exhaust range will be available with the inclusion of the active valve to help regulate exhaust tone at low speeds and keep the tone differences between drive modes.

    As with all Cobra exhaust developments, power increases, sound improvements and manufacturing quality are top of the priority list during development. Superior TIG welding techniques during the manufacturing process set the Cobra Sport exhausts apart from the competition.

    Keep an eye on our social media channels in the coming weeks for full development updates!

  • BMW National Festival 2018 - National Motor Museum

    The Cobra Sport events team headed to the British Motor Museum for the BMW Car Club National Festival with a range of our latest BMW performance exhaust products and show cars.

    Throughout the day we had a lot of interest in all of the BMW products we had on display, in particular the M140i de-cat downpipe and BMW 335D dual exit 340i style exhaust conversion. Our diesel exhaust conversions are proving a big hit this year and we took a number of enquiries for our expanding range which now includes the 320D, 330D, 335D, 420D & 435D models.

    On the stand we had a unique BMW Z4M which turned a lot of heads with the rare paintwork finish (one of only two in the world). The Z4M was fitted with a fully custom built performance exhaust systems which thrilled the crowd during the exhaust sound demonstrations and generated a substantial amount of enquiries about our thriving custom build service.

    Cobra Sport’s Sales Executive, Nathaniel Shaw, explains “Even though it was raining the ambiance was great, everyone at the show was enjoying themselves with a great mix of classic and modern BMW vehicles. The show was well set up with designated areas for certain types of BMW’s from older M3 E30’s to the brand new unreleased BMW 8 series range which includes the M8! Our stand was placed amongst a group of leading BMW tuning specialists and was overall an amazing event”.

  • Coming Soon - Mk8 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost ST Line Performance Exhausts

    Mk8-Ford-Fiesta-EcoBoost-CobraExhaustsThe all new Mk8 Ford Fiesta ST-Line 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS is currently in at the Cobra Sport research and development facility in Sheffield. The new EcoBoost shares many similarities with the Mk7 Fiesta but has a more refined feel with a luxurious interior and a brilliant new chassis which perfectly compliments the strong EcoBoost engine.

    Fitted with the efficient but sporty 1.0 turbo engine, the Mk8 ST-Line Fiesta is sure to be a big hit with a range of buyers looking for low cost motoring with a sporty edge covering all driving situations with ease.

     

    The Cobra Sport performance exhaust systems for the Mk7 EcoBoost proved to be a big hit with customers looking to improve the sound and driving experience of the Fiesta with many of our tuning partners offering re-maps in conjunction with the Cobra Sport exhaust systems. The new Mk8 Cobra Sport exhausts have been manufactured utilising 2.5" mandrel bent stainless steel pipework and feature superior TIG welding techniques for incredibly strong clean welds. The new Cobra Exhausts will be sold in cat back configuration with the option to swap the standard catalyst to a high flow sports cat or de-cat front pipe for the full turbo back performance exhaust upgrade.

    Sign up to our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media channels in the coming weeks for further information including sound clips and dyno proven performance testing.

  • Double points score in the BTCC at Rockingham

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team was able to secure a brace of points scoring finishes from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Rockingham.

     The team headed for the Northamptonshire circuit in confident mood having enjoyed strong results at the oval circuit in the past, with both Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt optimistic about their chances.

     A solid performance in qualifying saw Tamworth-based Ollie put his Audi S3 19th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend, with a best lap just six-tenths of a second away from pole position.

    Just missing out on the points scoring positions in race one, Ollie showed the race pace of the Audi in race two with a fine drive in drying conditions after an earlier shower to cross the line in eleventh spot, just missing out on pole position through the reverse grid draw. 

    Once again showing the speed in the Audi in race three, Ollie fought his way as high as sixth despite running on the less favourable hard tyre and battled hard to keep the works Honda of Dan Cammish at bay before taking the flag in ninth spot for a second points finish of the weekend.

    Northampton based team-mate Sam showed strong pace throughout practice and qualifying to end up with a personal best of 16th on the grid but his hopes of opening his points scoring account were ended on lap one of the opening race when he was hit going through the Deene Hairpin and forced to retire. 

    At the back of the grid for race two as a result, Sam fought his way forwards to 23rd place but there would be further disappointment in race three when he was involved in contact that forced him into the pits to retire.

    Ollie Jackson, #43 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “We could have enjoyed a better Saturday but I think the race pace was strong this weekend and it’s good to come away from Rockingham with two points finishes and a top ten. If anything, it’s a little disappointing that we didn’t manage to score in all three races.

    “In the final race on the hard tyre we were particularly strong but I didn’t quite have the legs to get ahead of Adam Morgan and then had to make sure I kept Dan’s Honda behind. It shows the progress we have made however to be battling for position with cars that have won races, and that are run by the works teams.

    “If this is the final time we come to Rockingham with the BTCC, I’m glad we’ve closed this chapter with a strong performance on track.”

    Sam Smelt, #21 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “I finally managed to sort Saturday out this weekend with strong pace in practice and qualifying, which is the big positive for me to take away from Rockingham. I was quick throughout the day and even though I picked up my best result in qualifying, I felt there was more to come and was still a little bit disappointed not to be higher up the grid.

    “Unfortunately Sunday turned out to be a day to forget and the contact on the opening lap of race one really put me on the back foot. I did what I could to try and make up places in race two but then more contact in the final race forced me to retire again which was a sad way to end race day.

    “I’m going to put race day behind me and take the positives forwards to Knockhill where hopefully we can fight for some points.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal, said:

    “I think it’s a mark of the progress we have made with the Audi that Ollie is coming away from the weekend disappointed that he didn’t get three points finishes as twelve months ago, we’d have been delighted with a top ten. The grid is so competitive this season and he really held his own on track against some of the top drivers with some really strong performances, and he battled hard to earn his results. 

    “This has been a strong weekend for Sam in terms of his pace and his performance on Saturday was very impressive. To get into the top ten in practice and then take his best result in qualifying showed his progress but he was let down by his start in race one which left him right in the middle of the trouble that kicked off. It’s a shame because I feel he could have scored this weekend but we are into the circuits he knows and I don’t think a points finish will be far away.”

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