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Monthly Archives: September 2018

  • Points and pace for AmD with Cobra Exhausts in BTCC finale

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a solid end to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with another two points scoring finishes at Brands Hatch. 

    The team made the trip to the Kent circuit hoping to challenge for strong results on track, with both Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt targeting points from the final three races of the year.

    Tamworth-based Ollie impressed in qualifying to put his Audi S3 in 18th spot on the grid for the opening race and ran just outside the points-scoring positions throughout, eventually crossing the line in 17th spot.

    Despite being shuffled back to 20th in the midfield battles of race two, Ollie fought back well through the closing laps to secure a points scoring finish on the final lap, with 15th place leaving him well set for the season finale.

    Quickly making up places at the start of race two, Ollie climbed as high as eleventh with a impressive performance on track and crossed the line in twelfth as the chequered flag dropped to secure another points scoring finish.

    Northampton-based team-mate Sam qualified 28th in the sister Audi and opened up race day with a 25th place finish in race one. 

    A strong drive in race two saw Sam break into the top 20 and left him optimistic about his chances of breaking into the points for the first time in the final race of the season. 

    It looked like an elusive points finish was there for the taking when Sam made a fantastic start, but having been forced to the outside on the run through Graham Hill Bend, he was then hung out to dry at Surtees and slipped back down the order. 

    It meant he ended his rookie campaign with a 26th place finish.

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

    “We’ve had a good weekend to end the season, which was important after the bad luck we faced in recent events. We performed strongly all weekend and after a solid result in race two, it was great to be as competitive as we were in race three and we could easily have had a top ten. 

    “We’ve ended the year on a high and whilst it has been a mixed season, it has certainly had more highs than it has lows. As a team, we have worked hard to get as much as we could from the Audi and I think we have done a good job to maximise the package we have in a very competitive field. 

    “I’m proud of everything we have achieved on track.”

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

    “I didn’t get the most from the car in qualifying which meant I was on the back foot going into race day, but I think I came back well from in the races. I made a few errors in race one that cost me, but then the second race went really well and to get into the top 20 was a solid result. 

    “I really wanted to try and get some points from race three but being forced wide on the opening lap dropped me right back and that was my chance gone, which was just one of those thing that happens.

    “Overall, I feel I have learned a lot and improved in leaps and bounds from when the season started. It’s a shame that I couldn’t get the results from those weekends where we were at our strongest, but luck hasn’t always been on my side. Hopefully I can come back and have another crack at it next year.”

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

    “It’s been a good weekend for us with the Audis and a solid end to the year. Both drivers have shown good pace on track and Ollie’s performance in the final race in particular was fantastic – he really showed what he can do in a highly competitive field.

    “Sam is really unfortunate to not score points this weekend but he can hold his head up high with how he has performed during the year. People underestimate how big the step up was for him this season but he has kept out of trouble and made a lot of progress that he can now look to build on in 2019.”

  • BTCC VIP Competition Winner

    AmD with Cobra Exhausts VIP Competition Winners 2018Every year we run a popular competition to win a pair of full VIP tickets with the AmD with Cobra Exhausts BTCC team attending the the penultimate BTCC event at Silverstone. 

    This year we’re pleased to announce Rebecca as the winner of the prize!

    Rebecca & Dave enjoyed a full day of hospitality with our BTCC team enjoying a full all expenses paid day of hospitality with behind the scenes access to the pit garage, a chance to meet the drivers and grid walks before the races!

    After the event Rebecca said:  "I just wanted to say thank you for having us at Silverstone on Sunday. We had a brilliant time and really enjoyed seeing inside the garage and going on the grid before a race."

    We will be running a similar event at all of our event next year, keep an eye out for the competition posters and entrance box!

  • 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.”

  • Forge Action Day 2018 - Castle Combe

    The Cobra Sport events team made the trip down from Yorkshire to the historic Castle Combe race circuit in Wiltshire last weekend for the action packed 2018 Forge Action Day. The Forge action Day is a popular show with the unique chance to get out on the track and attracts the biggest names in the aftermarket tuning industry as well as thousands of performance club cars.

    On the stand we had a stunning Instagram famous molten orange Ford Fiesta ST (Mk7) fitted with one of our most popular ST exhaust combinations comprising of the 3" non resonated turbo back with de-cat. Also on the stand we had a gleaming white 8V Audi S3 also fitted with the non resonated turbo back with de-cat exhaust combination with both cars providing a stunning sound track to the trade area during our exhaust demonstrations.

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