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  • AET Motorsport Clinch the 2019 Time Attack Championship

    Cobra Sport tuning partner and distributor AET Motorsport have secured the Time Attack Championship in explosive style at the East Anglian Snetterton circuit in a final round decider.

    Fielding a MK7 Ford Fiesta ST with the superb EcoBoost engine and a full tuning suite of performance hardware and in house software, the Yorkshire firm certainly proved the worth of their VUDU products and Cobra Sport Exhausts, clinching the title in the first year of attempting.

    The Time Attack Championship has been the staple diet for Tuning companies worldwide to prove their platform for a number of years. With relaxed regulations allowing the development of cars to showcase companies’ products and services.

    AET Motorsport have a rich history in motorsport dating back to the early era of turbocharged Formula 1. This craft has now been applied to the UK’s thriving tuning market offering a wide range of performance hardware products from leading manufacturers and in-house remapping utilising a purpose-built controlled dyno cell.

    All three of the AET Motorsport Time Attack cars which have competed this season have been to Cobra Sport Exhausts in Sheffield for fitment of both direct fit and bespoke performance exhaust setups, giving the team a competitive edge.

    Company sales director, Nick Cook and sponsored driver, Ben Copson had the following to say.

    “Time Attack has been a tremendous achievement for the whole team at AET Motorsport and the championship organisers have made an outstanding platform to showcase our skill set. The support for the team over the championship period shows our audience shares a keen interest in what we have achieved. Finally, I would like to thank our loyal suppliers and sponsors this would not be possible without them.”

     

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  • Lomax Secures British Rallycross Championship at Season Finale

    Craig Lomax and his Cobra Sport sponsored XtremeRX team headed to their home event at Croft for the British rallycross Championship season finale knowing that to secure his second Super 1600 title he would have to be consistent and push as hard as possible.

    The Saturday of the double header started in dreadful conditions, which played to the Cobra backed drivers strengths as the treacherous track conditions allowed him to take advantage of his lighter and nimbler Super 1600 Citroen.

    He put in strong qualifying races and secured fourth place on the grid for the final just behind the pole sitter. He managed to hold off tough challenges to take the flag in third position and in doing so securing the Super 1600 championship by a margin of over 10 points in the process.

    The second day couldn’t have been more different as the torrential weather was replaced by bright and dry conditions. For the second successive day Lomax put in another consistent performance against some of the higher powered Supernational cars and lined up for the final in forth place, a position he would retain for the whole race. This strong finish meant that he also managed to secure third place in the Supernational class which includes many higher powered vehicles.

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    "What an incredible way to round out a challenging season! A first in the Super 1600 was our goal for this year, but to nab third spot in the supernational class at the same time is a real bonus.

    "I cannot express my thanks to all my sponsors for supporting us all year. I especially can't thank the team enough, without them the car wouldn’t have made it to the grid half the time. I think I owe them all a beer or two!"

  • Triple BTCC title success for Cobra Sport AmD Racing!

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team enjoyed a stunning end to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season as it successfully wrapped up no fewer than three titles during the final rounds of the year.

    The team went into the weekend chasing both Independent class titles and also in the lead of the Jack Sears Trophy, with drivers Rory Butcher and Mike Bushell keen to make most of the pace of the FK2 Honda Civic Type R around the full Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

    Fife racer Rory qualified in a solid fifth place in tricky conditions in qualifying as the best placed front wheel drive car in the session, and a strong start to the opening race saw him move up into third spot by the end of lap two ahead of title hopeful Andrew Jordan.

    After an early safety car period, and with rain starting to fall, Rory fought his way ahead of Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington to hit the front and would lead until the 16th lap when a charging Dan Cammish found a way through.

    Running in a comfortable second, Rory only missed out on a podium on the final lap when Matt Neal and Tom Chilton managed to get ahead, having gambled on a switch to wet tyres behind the safety car.

    With Josh Cook retiring from the race, second amongst the Independent class racers saw Rory close right in on his rival in the race for the title.

    A tough opening lap in race two saw Rory forced to take avoiding action when two cars clashed ahead, which dropped him down the order to run outside the top ten. However, he fought back well to take the flag in ninth spot, bringing the gap to Cook down to a single point going into race three.

    It was a result that also wrapped up the Jack Sears Trophy title after his only rival Tom Oliphant retired.

    Aware that the final race of the weekend was a case of ‘winner takes all’ in terms of the Independent title, Rory found himself running in fourth at the end of the opening lap and then battled up into the podium places with Cook on his tail.

    Knowing that he had to keep the newer FK8 Civic at bay, Rory produced one of his best drives of the season to secure the position and wrap up his second title of the weekend.

    On his third outing in the car, Mike put the sister Honda ninth on the grid for the opening race with a solid performance in qualifying, although he would slip back to eleventh in the opening laps.

    The former Clio Cup UK champion then started to make his way forwards however, and had climbed into the top ten before the safety car period to allow the similar Honda of Matt Simpson to be recovered from the gravel at Paddock Hill.

    Continuing to make good progress, Mike climbed up to fourth going into the final lap although, like Rory, he would lose out to Neal and Chilton on the final lap to end up in P6.

    A strong start to race two saw Mike jump up into fifth spot on the opening lap, but his hopes of trying to push towards the podium were ended by a drive through penalty for being slightly out of position at the start.

    Dropping to the back of the field, he raced well to come through to 18th at the finish, and then came close to a points finish in race three with 16th in the season finale.

    The combined efforts of the two drivers ensured that Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid RCIB Insurance Racing successfully wrapped up the Independent Teams’ Championship.

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

    “We had three trophies we were aiming for at the start of the season and to have won them all is absolutely fantastic. I’m delighted for the whole team because we have worked so hard and it has a been a massive team effort.

    “We made some big improvements over the winter and the support of Cobra, AutoAid, RCIB and GardX has been key as their investment in us allowed us to strengthen and move forwards. We were able to get the right calibre of driver in as success like this doesn’t happen if you don’t have the right drivers. Huge thanks have to go to Rory, Sam [Tordoff] and Mike for their efforts.

    “Rory was fantastic all year and the final race was his best of the season to hold off Josh like he did. Mike also did well again stepping in for Sam, who played a massive part in what we have achieved this year and who I know is happy at our success.

    “Now it’s time for a few beers!”

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

    “I think being the chaser for the Independent title was the best thing for me coming into the weekend, as every race I just pushed hard to get as much as I could from it. I knew in race three that Josh would drive his socks off in the early laps to get to me and I had to drive at 100 per cent from the start. That was the hardest I’ve driven the car all year – it was to the maximum.

    “To come away from the weekend with the Independent title and the Jack Sears Trophy for me personally, and to finish in the top five overall, is absolutely fantastic and I think it will take some time to sink in. It’s hard to believe what we have achieved.

    “For the team to also win the Independent Teams’ title and finish third overall is brilliant, and you can see in the eyes of the guys in the team just how much it means to them. I’m so pleased to be part of this team and to have had this opportunity, and I’m also happy for all of my sponsors and for the team sponsors who have made it possible.”

    Mike Bushell, #21 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said

    “I put in so much effort alongside Rory this season and I’m not ashamed to say I cried when he was getting his trophies. For us to have led the overall championship at one stage, and to win the Independent title has been a phenomenal effort.

    “Personally, I’m a bit annoyed with myself for being an inch over the line ahead of race two as I was comfortable in fifth place before the drive through penalty, and that really ended the weekend for me as race three was a case of just bringing the car home in one piece.

    “I’ve enjoyed doing these final three rounds and it was nice to hear David Addison comment on TV that it was a case of what might have been if I’d been in the car for a full season. It shows that people have taken notice of how I’ve performed, and it’s been nice to have a chance to get out on track in a top level car and race with the big names towards the front.”

  • Cobra Sport AmD Racing targets title success in BTCC finale

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team will hope to end a fine season on a high when the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship returns to Brands Hatch for the final rounds of the year.

    The West Thurrock-based team has enjoyed a stunning campaign after switching to a pair of Honda Civic Type Rs over the winter, with three pole positions, four wins and a total of nine podium finishes leaving it in contention for no fewer than three titles on Finals Day.

    Fife racer Rory Butcher endured his toughest weekend of the season last time out at Silverstone but finds himself still firmly in the running for both the Independents’ Trophy and the Jack Sears Trophy with three races remaining.

    The Scot, who will also be seeking to cement a top six overall finish, currently sits 22 points behind rival Josh Cook in the Independents’ standings with a maximum of 60 still available, and leads BMW driver Tom Oliphant in the Jack Sears Trophy by eleven having topped the points from the third race of the year.

    Rory’s season started in fine style with a victory on the shorter Indy circuit during the opening weekend of the year, and he heads into finale confident of another front-running display at a circuit where the Type R should be strong – having taken pole position for the past two seasons.

    Team-mate Mike Bushell impressed at the wheel of the sister Honda last time out at Silverstone, securing a pair of top ten finishes in what was only his second meeting back behind the wheel.

    Mike has enjoyed plenty of success at his home circuit in the past during his time in the Renault Clio Cup, including a double win back in 2017 en-route to his second championship title.

    As well as working to aid Rory across the weekend in his own championship bid, Mike will be looking to score strong points in all three races as the team seeks to secure the Independent Teams’ Championship, which it leads by just four points going into the weekend.
    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:

    “When we headed to Brands Hatch for the opening round of the year, we were confident that we could have a strong 2019 and to be returning in contention for three championships is fantastic. The whole team has done a fantastic job this season, and hopefully we can bring it to an end on a high.

    “Rory has shown this season that he is more than capable of mixing it with the best, and I know that he will be giving his all to bounce back from Silverstone and try to wrap up the Independents’ and Jack Sears Trophy titles.

    “Mike can also feel confident about a strong weekend after his results last time out and as a pairing, I’m confident that they can get the job done in terms of the Independent Teams’ championship.

    “It promises to be an action-packed weekend, and I can’t wait!”
    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “It took a few days to get over the disappointment of Silverstone, but I’ve put it behind me now and I’m feeling good about the weekend ahead. The Brands Hatch GP circuit is one that I absolutely love, and is probably up there with Knockhill as my favourite on the calendar.

    “Having taken pole for the past two seasons, I’m sure that the Honda is going to be strong this weekend and I have to try and make the most of that to fight for some strong results. Josh managed to pull out a bit of a gap in the Independents’ championship last time out and it won’t be easy to pull that back in, so my focus is just on doing the best job I can and see what happens.

    “Regardless of whether I’m able to take the Independents’ title, this has been a fantastic year for me and the team, and whilst there have been some lows along the way, there have been a lot more highs. Hopefully there is another still to come…”
    Mike Bushell, #21 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “I’m heading to Brands Hatch feeling really positive after Silverstone. I had a really good feeling in the car there and I think that I could have come away from it with a podium had the rain in race three not fallen as heavy as it did.

    “However, I gained a huge amount of confidence from racing people like Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan and Ash Sutton at Silverstone as I’ve never been in that position before. It’s given me a real boost, and it showed again what a good package with have with the Honda.

    “Brands Hatch is a circuit that I know very well and one where I have enjoyed a lot of success in the past. The main focus has to be to qualify well to get out of the danger zone, and we know that the car is capable of that from the past few seasons. If we can qualify well, it puts us in the best place possible for race day and then we can look to pick up some strong results to end the year.”

  • Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing battles hard on tough Silverstone weekend

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team remains firmly in contention for championship honours in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship despite a challenging weekend on track at Silverstone.

    The team headed to the Northamptonshire circuit with confidence high after a strong weekend at Knockhill saw home hero Rory Butcher pick up his third win of the campaign, and the returning Mike Bushell secure a new lap record.

    The pair worked together in qualifying around the short National circuit, with Rory securing twelfth on the grid for race one and Mike lining up behind in 13th.

    Running on the medium compound tyre in race one, and with additional success ballast on his car, Fife ace Rory faced a difficult opening race, not helped by him slipping back to 19th during a hectic opening lap.

    From there, the Scot fought back to cross the line in 15th spot to secure a points finish and went into race two keen to try and make forward progress on the soft tyre.

    Unfortunately for Rory, the race would come to an early end when contact with Ollie Jackson’s Ford Focus put him into retirement and left him at the back of the grid for race three.

    With rain falling as the final race got underway, Rory was one of those drivers to gamble on staying on slicks as others elected to dive into the pits for wet tyres during an early safety car period. Although he would climb as high as tenth, Rory would ultimately just miss out on the points in 16th at the finish, dropping him out of the race for the overall title.

    The Scot remains in a two-way fight for the Independents’ title and also heads the Jack Sears Trophy with just the season finale at Brands Hatch still to come.

    In his second weekend at the wheel of the sister Honda Civic Type R, Mike produced a strong drive in the opening race – jumping up into the top eight on the opening lap thanks to a storming start and eventually crossing the line in seventh place.

    Although he would slip back down to eleventh early on in race two, Mike fought his way back up to ninth place before the race was red-flagged due to worsening track conditions, which left him third on the grid for the final race thanks to the reverse grid draw.

    Whilst Mike would run second through the first half of the 25 lap encounter, the decision to remain on slick tyres would ultimately work against him and he slipped back down the order to finish up just behind Rory in 17th.

    With one round still to run, the team remains in a hard fight for third in the overall Teams’ Championship, and retains a slender lead in the Independent Teams’ Championship.

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

    “After the high of Knockhill, this proved to be a much more difficult weekend. The conditions on race day clearly haven’t helped as it made things difficult on track, and we didn’t quite manage to get the kind of front-running results we were hoping for.

    “Mike has been able to show his pace with two solid results in the first two races and he did well to hold on for as long as he did on the dry tyres in race three, and has scored some good points for the Independent championship across the weekend.

    “It’s a shame for Rory that he is now out of the overall title fight but there are still three championships to fight for when we go to Brands Hatch and we remain confident of pushing for them.

    "We know now that we only have to consider the BTC Racing Hondas when it comes to the two Independent titles and that it's Rory against Tom Oliphant for the Jack Sears Trophy, so those are the people who we need to focus on when we get to the season finale.

    "We will be working together with the Trade Price Cars Audi to get as many points as possible over them. It's elbows out time!"

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

    “It’s been the toughest weekend of the year for sure. Being in the midfield was difficult and whilst we had pace in the car, it was hard to pass people and there was a lot of contact in the pack. Mike did a good job, but I just didn’t quite as much from the car as we hoped to.

    “What happened in race two wasn’t ideal and we tried to get the most that we could from race three. In hindsight we should have changed to wet tyres but then it got to the stage where we had to stick with slicks and we salvaged some Independents points from it, which was crucial ahead of Brands Hatch.”

    Mike Bushell, #21 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “I’m over the moon with the weekend. I think I kept calm and got the most I could from the car even though we struggled a little with the handling. Silverstone is a circuit that we need to revisit to try and sort that out, as something wasn’t quite working on the new surface.

    “Despite that, I’ve had some good battles on track, kept my nose clean and enjoyed some hard racing with some of the top guys on the grid, which is something I’ve never had chance to do before.

    “Two top ten finishes was great and then in race three, it was tough on the slicks but we needed to cover off what our rivals were doing for the Independent Teams' Championship.

    “Whilst it was a shame that we dropped back as the conditions got wetter, we moved back into the points lead so in that respect it was mission accomplished, and I’m already looking forwards to Brands Hatch.”

  • Lomax still on-track for Rallycross title despite final disappointment

    Craig Lomax and his XtremeRX team headed to Wales and the Welsh home of Motorsport Pembrey Circuit.

    Round 6 was the first time that a British round was run in a similar style to a World Rallycross event where qualifying sessions and finals are held over two days. For the first two qualifying sessions the weather was hot and sunny and as a result extremely dusty, however this didn’t deter the Cobra Exhaust backed driver as he guided his distinctive C2 Super 1600 to top of class and second in Supernational

    Day two saw the weather turn in Lomax’s favour. After heavy overnight rain and the forecast of continuing showers Lomax knew that the advantage the more powerful Supernational cars usually enjoy would count for little. A second and fourth in Q3 and Q4 respectively ensured second place overall and a front row start for the final. However just two laps in and sitting in third place, disaster struck forcing him to pull over with gearbox failure.

    Despite the disappointment he secured valuable championship points. In the Super1600 Championship he leads by 30 points once dropped scores have been considered. As the championship heads into its climax there is 60 points on offer. The championship is likely to go down to the wire a challenge that Lomax relishes. Lomax also finds himself in second place in the Supernational championship as well.

    The championship will conclude over the weekend of 26th and 27th October for a double header at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire. Track action gets underway at 09:30

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    ‘It was challenging to race a slightly different format, mainly because of the range of different weather. We had tweaked the car settings and were showing some real consistent speed over both days, to be denied in the final is very frustrating, but we are more than in with a shout still. So we will go to Croft looking to seal the championship.”

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