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  • Cobra Sport seeks to maintain BTCC title challenge at Thruxton

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team will seek to maintain its early challenge for silverware when the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads for Thruxton for the third round of the year.

    The team has enjoyed a strong start to its first season running a pair of Honda Civic Type Rs, with a race win at Brands Hatch and top ten finishes in five of the six races run to date.

    Rory Butcher sits fifth in the early season standings but it just six points away from the championship lead, whilst he also sits just a point away from the Independents’ points lead and is top of the Jack Sears Trophy for those drivers who started 2019 without a podium finish to their name.

    Team-mate Sam Tordoff has a solid record at Thruxton in the past and has finished inside the top ten an impressive 13 times in 15 starts – including a podium finish back in 2015.

    Like Rory, Sam enjoyed a solid test at the circuit last month and goes into the weekend with his focus firmly on getting his own championship challenge back on track – with a big haul of points being the target.

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

    “I’m certainly feeling in a good place heading to Thruxton with the way the season has gone so far. We’ve been quick at both Brands Hatch and Donington, and showed strong pace when we tested at Thruxton last month, which leaves me feeling optimistic about our chances.

    “Whilst it’s great to be where we are in the standings, there is still a long way to go in the season and we’ve seen that the new BMW in particular is going to be a tough car to beat with the pace it has shown so far. What we have to do is to focus on doing the best job that we can, and keep the same mindset that has served us well in the opening rounds.

    “The key is to try and make sure we are around the top six in all three races to keep the points ticking over and it would be good if we could keep our record of scoring at least 30 points from the weekend. I’m confident we have a package that will allow us to achieve that goal.”

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

    “There is no doubt that it’s been a frustrating start to the season for me as we have a quick car but I just haven’t been able to secure the kind of results we should be getting. I said ahead of Donington that that was where my season would start and unfortunately it didn’t, so it’s vital that this weekend I get some strong results and put some big points on the board.

    “As far as I’m concerned, Thruxton is make or break when it comes to fighting for the title as we can’t afford to lose more ground. We know that the Honda will be a strong package and I’ll also benefit from the fact that I’m not carrying any ballast – unlike a number of the other quick cars.

    “We had a good test last month and we’re all putting in the hard work. Hopefully the results this weekend will reflect that.”

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

    “We head for Thruxton this weekend confident of another strong showing given the pace we have seen in the first two rounds, and in the test last month.

    “Rory’s results so far have been hugely impressive and hopefully he can produce a similar performance to maintain his position in the championship. It’s no surprise to us to see him right at the sharp end of field, and long may it continue.

    “For Sam, a strong weekend is vital this weekend after what has been a tough start to the year but that has been down to bad luck more than anything. There is no doubt he is one of the quickest drivers on the grid and hopefully he can pick up the results to show that.”

  • 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.

  • Japfest 2019 at Silverstone

    Japfest 2016 LogoCobra Sport opened their busy 2019 show season by attending the ever popular Japfest show at the historic Silverstone race circuit. Japfest is europe's biggest Japanese tuning show and attracts all of the major Japanese car clubs and tuning companies. The show features a display of over 3500 Japanese cars from the many car clubs across the UK and Europe along with competitive drifting and high speed track action.

    Taking pride of place on the stand we had one of our 2019 Cobra Sport AmD Racing Honda Civic Type R (Fk2) British Touring Cars freshly repaired from the previous weekends rounds at Donington Park. The Civic Type R generated huge interest at the show and gave motorsport fans a chance to take a look at the title challenger up close and personal. The British Touring Car Championship is the pinnacle of British Motorsport

    To provide a pitch perfect soundtrack to the trade area of the show we proudly displayed one of only 150 Final Edition Subaru WRX / STI's in the UK which was fitted with a full Cobra Sport turbo back exhaust. The gleaming final edition Subaru offered visitors to the show a chance to hear the glorious Cobra Sport exhaust system in real life.

    Coming up next in the show calendar we have the Cobra Sport Group Cars and Coffee event on Saturday 11th May and then over to Donington Park on 13th/14th July for the Japfest and TRAX events.

  • Available Now - Mini Cooper S F56 (Pre-Facelift) Performance Exhausts

    The Mk3 MINI Cooper S F56 has really hit the spot with enthusiast drivers the world over. A lively chassis, matched to a punchy, turbocharged engine and squat good looks have made it a big seller. But there’s always room for a little improvement.

    Performance exhaust specialist Cobra Sport has developed a new cat-back system for the popular F56 (2014-18) models. Manufactured from high-quality T304 stainless steel and featuring mandrel-bent pipework for optimum gas flow, these expertly TIG-welded systems are the perfect addition to any cherished Cooper S.

    Many months of testing was carried out to ensure the system not only delivered the performance gains required (which can be unleashed with further tuning), but also to create a thrilling soundtrack – sporty and aggressive when you want it to be, with the crackle, pops and bangs amplified.

    The end result is an exhaust that truly complements the playful and sporty character of the Cooper S. With the non resonated cat back exhaust option fitted and the vehicle in sport mode, sound levels on the 4,000 rpm track test increased by 7% to register 86.4dB.

    Whereas competitor systems are mainly 2.75in bore, the Cobra Sport system is available as a 3in (76.2mm) cat-back set up, in either resonated or louder non-resonated format, the system features 3.5in (89.9mm) tailpipes, with ceramic coated black and carbon fibre tips available as an option.

    With over 25 years in the performance exhaust industry, each Cobra Sport exhaust system is designed, manufactured and tested in Sheffield, the heart of the UK steel industry. Cobra Sport utilise TIG-welding techniques to ensure a flawless finish and quality that you can rely on.

    At a glance...

    • TIG-welded from T304 stainless steel
    • 3in (76.2mm) diameter mandrel-bent pipework for optimum gas flow
    • Available with resonated and louder non-resonated centre section
    • Available with range of tailpipes including 3.5in (89.9mm) ceramic coated black (+£90) or carbon fibre tips (+£140)
    • Opens door to ECU remap and further tuning

     

    Fitments: MINI Cooper S (F56) 2014-18 (non-GPF)
    Price: (European Fitment) £745 non-resonated cat back, £845 resonated cat back

     

    View full further information & sound clips on our product page > Mini Cooper S F56 Performance Exhausts

     

  • Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing maintains strong start

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team maintained its strong start to the new Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season after showing front-running pace across the weekend at Donington Park.

    The team headed to the East Midlands circuit on a high after a breakthrough victory at Brands Hatch earlier in the month, with drivers Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher confident about fighting at the sharp end of the field.

    Leeds racer Sam had endured a weekend to forget at Brands Hatch on his first outing in the team’s Honda Civic Type R, but looked well set to get his championship challenge underway after qualifying in a solid fifth place.

    Running fourth in the early stages of the race, Sam battled his way up into the podium places after an early safety car period, but damage sustained in a clash with Josh Cook would then lead to him suffering a spin going into the final chicane.

    Dropping down outside the points, Sam nursed the car to the finish to take 13th place and then went into race two focused on pushing back into the top ten.

    Up into ninth within three laps of the start, Sam’s race was going to plan early on but a hit from behind going into the Craner Curves on lap seven resulted in a high speed spin across the grass that dropped him down towards the rear of the field. From there, Sam drove well to recover to 14th, although it was very much a case of what might have been.

    Running the hard compound tyre in race three, Sam’s weekend ended with a 15th place finish.

    Fife ace Rory was keen to build on his Brands Hatch victory but was left on the back foot in qualifying when he was unable to get a clear lap in the changeable conditions and was left down in 19th place on the grid.

    The Scot fought his way forwards to eleventh in the opening race of the weekend and then set what would prove the be the fastest race lap of the weekend in race two with a storming run through to fifth.

    Sixth on the grid for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw, Rory produced a battling drive on the less favourable hard tyre to secure fourth place and heads away from the weekend sitting just six points off the championship lead.

    As at Brands Hatch, Rory also secured Jack Sears Trophy honours for the weekend.

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:
    “Qualifying was so disappointing as we didn’t get a decent lap in the conditions and it made race day tough. But I tried to make progress in each race and it worked. We got the fastest lap on the medium tyre and had the quickest car on the hard tyre in race three, which is really good.

    “Before race three I thought it would be nice to try and get my tally for the day up to 30 points and that’s what we did. That is the goal for each race meeting and I’m always looking at the bigger picture and the season as a whole.

    “The car was strong in the Thruxton test we did recently and whilst a little bit of ballast will hit us going there, we’ll be in the mix. It isn’t about fighting for pole, it’s about challenging for the points on race day that will be key later in the year.”

    Sam Tordoff, #600 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:
    “Unfortunately this weekend has been yet another disaster for me. We had another strong qualifying performance to take P5 on Saturday, and I thought our luck had finally turned. However, the contact in race one eventually broke the car and spat me off, and it set the tone for race two. We were coming through nicely and then got turfed off again, which ruined my race.

    “Being on the hard tyre in race three, we tried a few radical things thinking ahead to Thruxton. It seemed like a good time to experiment given that the rest of the day hadn’t gone to plan but sadly it didn’t work out, although we did set the fastest lap on the hard tyre.

    “We just have to keep trying and keep plugging away because our time will come.”

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
    “It’s been a bit of a mixed bag again this weekend. Rory has done a great job and has driven really well and it means he is right up there in the points after two rounds – and there on merit because he’s picked up some strong results and been right on the pace.

    “Sam has been unfortunate with contact in two of the races and it means that he hasn’t picked up the results that he deserves once again this weekend.

    “Clearly we have a fast race car and we can go to Thruxton feeling positive that both drivers will be able to push for the podium.”

    Photos by LAP - Laborne Action Photography

  • Lomax shows speed and is rewarded with Silverware in British Rallycross!

    Craig Lomax and his XtremeRX team headed to spiritual home of Rallycross, Lydden Hill in Kent for the annual Easter Monday meeting.

    Looking to build on his strong start at round 1. The plucky Yorkshireman drove his Cobra Sport backed C2 to a solid forth position at the intermediate stage still looking like he had more to give. But a second-row grid start gave him an opportunity for a clean and quick start. However, he was deemed to have jumped the start and was presented with the task of having to complete two joker laps. The first of which he took on the first lap and was jostled while doing so losing him valuable seconds on the race leaders. He opted to take his second joker on his third lap. It was only the first and second placed drivers that produced quicker joker times!

    Despite the penalty he finished 5th on track and collected third spot for the super 1600 class.

    The championship now has a short break and then heads to Pembrey in South Wales on 22nd and 23rd June for rounds 3 and 4. Track action gets underway at 09:00

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    ‘We are still getting used to the upgrades but we still have so much more to give. But 2 podium finishes in class for 2 rounds is such a great start. Thanks to all my sponsors and special thanks to the team who without them there’s no way I couldn’t get the car to the grid!’

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