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  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts adds more points at Croft

    BTCC Croft 2018 Audi S3 AmD Cobra SportThe AmD with Cobra Exhausts picked up more points as the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season reached the half way stage at Croft.

    The team made the trip to North Yorkshire seeking to build on a strong weekend at Oulton Park, with the Audi S3 having been right on the pace in the corresponding meeting twelve months ago.

    Having shown good pace through free practice, Tamworth-racer Ollie Jackson led the team’s challenge in qualifying with the 16th best time, which left him well placed to push for points in the opening race of the weekend.

    Moving up to 14th spot on the opening lap and avoiding a clash ahead at turn one, Ollie ran inside the top 15 throughout to add two points to his championship tally.

    More points looked possible after a strong start to race two saw Ollie running just outside the top ten, but he was then forced to pit when debris thrown up by a car ahead blocked the air intake on the front of the car.

    Whilst he was able to rejoin, he was well down the order and could only finish 25th, with the final race of the weekend seeing him restricted to 22nd on the slower hard compound tyre.

    Team-mate Sam Smelt was racing at Croft for the first time, with the Northampton-based driver qualifying in 32nd spot – his preparations for the session being hampered by a fuel pump issue that cost him valuable time in practice. 

    The rookie would pick up a 25th place finish in the opening race of the weekend and then went one better in race two as he battled with the rear of the midfield pack.

     His weekend would draw to a close with a 26th place finish in race three as he achieved his aim of three finishes to gain further vital knowledge to carry into the second half of the year.

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

    “We showed some really good pace this weekend and I certainly think we deserved better. The car was mega in qualifying and if it hadn’t been for a fuel surge costing us a few tenths or a second, we might have actually broken into the top ten.

    “We were able to learn a few lessons with the set-up on Sunday, but really the day was spoiled with the bad luck of flying debris landing over the air intake, which forced me to pit and cost us a good finish in race two.

    “Without that, we could easily have been walking away from Croft and going into the summer break with a couple of top tens instead of a couple of points. Still, we’re now establishing ourselves as a team that is capable of consistently threatening the top ten, so I think we can look forward to a strong second half of the year.” 

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

    “We had a couple of issues in practice which cost me vital time on track to learn the circuit considering I have never been to Croft before. It made it tough going into qualifying and it was all about trying to make progress from there in the races. 

    “It was difficult to try and come through the field but in race three, the car was the best it has been and we made a good step forwards; I was just out of position to make the most of the pace we had. But considering the amount of laps I’ve done around Croft, it was a positive weekend.

    “I’m really looking forward now to going to Snetterton after the summer break as it is the circuit where I have done the most lasts in the car and I’m hoping to push towards the points.” 

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

    “It’s been a good weekend for both Ollie and Sam. We knew coming here that the car should be strong and Ollie showed that with the way in which he drove in the qualifying and the opening race. It was just unfortunate with what happened in race two as it robbed him of the chance to more points. 

    “Sam also did a good job considering it was his first time at the circuit and he improved his performance throughout the weekend to be in a position where he was showing genuine pace in the final race.

    “So far this season we have made good progress with the Audi and I think we can be confident about the second half of the year.”

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    The Cobra Sport exhausts for the Mustang GT have been developed in a variety of configurations for those looking for the ultimate exhaust upgrade. All of the new Mustang GT exhausts have been developed utilising 2.5" (63.5mm) mandrel bent T304 stainless steel pipework, advanced manufacturing techniques and superior TIG welding procedures produce a superlative finish. As the catalysts are left in place, all exhaust configurations will allow the vehicle to pass the MOT emissions test. Through innovative exhaust design, the Cobra exhaust produce an aggressive sound when under load without being raspy, the interior cabin sound levels have been carefully managed to eliminate cabin drone.

    Unique to the Cobra Sport range is the Venom Cat Back exhaust which consisting of a H-Pipe, link pipes and pipework to the rear with the silencers removed for the purest V8 exhaust sound. Recording a ferocious 108.5dB on the static 4,000rpm sound test, this exhaust is one of the loudest on the market whilst skilfully retaining a pitch perfect tone. This cat back exhaust configuration offers an impressive 38% weight saving reducing the exhaust weight by 12.35kg over standard system.

    Cobra Mustang GT Cat Back Performance ExhaustAll of the exhaust systems are available with a choice of tailpipe designs in a 4” (101.6mm) style to fit perfectly within the Mustang rear diffuser. The inward rolled and inverted slash cut designs are available in a highly polished stainless steel or with a ‘Blackout’ ceramic coated black finish.

    Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented "The Mustang GT has been our radar for some time and we’re delighted to now offer a range of exhaust for this model with an upgrade configuration to suit all needs within the Mustang tuning community. While carrying out the road tests on this vehicle the cat back with H-Pipe and rear boxes stood out adding a beautifully deep V8 muscle car tone to the car whilst still remaining comfortable in the cabin. The sound level of this configuration peaked at a sporty 92dB adding 12dB over the standard exhaust”.

    Find our more on our product listings > Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 Cobra Exhausts

  • Charity Raffle - BTCC VIP & Passenger Ride - Master Cutlers Challenge 2018

    We have a range of incredible BTCC related prizes on offer as part of our 2018 Charity Raffle. Every year we take part in the Master Cutlers Challenge to raise money for local charities. This year we are raising money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

    Entry is by £5 donation to Bluebell Wood via the link below:

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    Our incredible money can’t buy top prize is a once in a lifetime passenger ride in the 2018 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 around the historic Donington Park circuit at the VAG Tuner Live show on Sunday the 8th July!

    The full list of prizes are as follows:

    ► Passenger ride with Ollie Jackson in the AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 BTCC Car at the VAG Tuner LIVE show on Sunday 8th July (includes 2 x tickets to the show). 

    ► 2 x VIP Tickets to the Knockhill round of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship

    ► BTCC Merchandise prizes - AmD with Cobra Exhausts official team wear jacket and 5 x caps. 


    Entry to the competition is by a donation of £5 via our JustGiving fundraising page. 

    Please make sure you tick the ‘I’m happy to share my contact details with Cobra Sport’ on the final page of the donation process. 

    It is also very important that you also send an email to nick@cobrasport.com with your full name and telephone number so we can make sure that we are able to contact all competition winners. 

    Your personal information will only be used for contact relating to the competition, only stored until the completion of the competition and will not be used for any other purpose. 

    The winner of our passenger ride will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday 5th July 2018. 

  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts battles to Oulton Park top ten

    Race 3 Podium - BTCC Oulton ParkThe AmD with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a strong weekend on track at Oulton Park to secure a top ten finish from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team made the long trip to Cheshire hoping to challenge for points at a circuit where the Audi S3 had been strong twelve months ago.

    Tamworth based Ollie Jackson led the team’s challenge in qualifying to put his car 18th on the grid, with his best lap just eighth tenths of a second off pole in the ultra-competitive field.

    A battling drive in the opening race saw Ollie rewarded with a points finish in 14th after a heated fight in the midfield, with the 34-year-old managing to beat title hopeful Tom Ingram in a drag race to the line. 

    Running the soft compound tyre in race two, Ollie produced one of the best drives of his BTCC career to date as he battled his way forwards into the top ten before going wheel-to-wheel with title hopefuls Ingram and Jack Goff. The end result was a strong ninth place finish, leaving Ollie well placed to add to his tally in race three.

    A good start saw him immediately jump up to seventh spot but the race would then be halted because an accident, with the grid reformed in its original positions. This time around, Ollie would fall victim to contact from the Honda of Dan Cammish on the opening lap, which resulted in a puncture and an unscheduled visit to the pits. 

    Despite ending up down in 21st place as a result, Ollie ended the weekend as top scorer in the Jack Sears Trophy with a trip to the podium to end proceedings.

    Rookie team-mate Sam Smelt was left on the back foot going into race day after a difficult qualifying session saw him starting down in 31st place, with the Nottingham-based driver ending the opening race of the weekend in the same position.

    Making up six places on the opening lap of race two, Sam looked set to make progress through the field until contact forced him to retire with damage to the front of his car, which was fully repaired in time to take the start of race three.

    Avoiding the carnage ahead at the start of race, Sam produced his strongest race so far in the final race of the weekend as he broke into the top 20 for the first time, with a finish of 17th being his best to date.

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

    “The big thing this weekend is that we had a better qualifying and it left us in a position to challenge on race day. We’ve showed strong pace throughout race day on both types of tyre and have secured two good results on merit and not simply because others have gifted us places. 

    “In the second race in particular, we were a match for anyone in the closing stages on the soft tyre and the team has done a brilliant job with the car – it was spot on.

    “Okay so it’s a bit disappointing that contact in the final race has robbed us of a potential top ten finish but I feel there is a lot we can take away from this weekend and we have something to build on next time out at Croft. 

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

    “I really need to work on my qualifying as that is what has held me back this weekend. Starting from the back of the grid it was always going to be difficult but we made some changes to the car ahead of race day that improved things and I was able to find more speed.

    “Although the first two races weren’t the best, it was good in race three to be in the mix and I’m pleased to have got my first top 20 finish under my belt. I think where we have finished this weekend gives us a good place to start when we go to Croft.” 

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

    “Even though we got on the podium at Brands Hatch, I’d say this was the best weekend we’ve had this season with the Audi. Ollie’s performance in the second race was particularly impressive as he held his own against some of the best drivers on the grid. I’m sure he could have had a top ten in race three without the contact.

    “It’s also good to see Sam get his best result so far in the sister car. It wasn’t an easy weekend and we know he still has a long way to go but he continues to make progress and is working his way forwards like we knew he would as the season goes on.

    “The results here leave me optimistic about what we can do at Croft next time out as it is somewhere where the Audi was strong last season so fingers crossed for another strong performance.”

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