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  • Top 10 Showing and Pole Position at Knockhill in the BTCC

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured another top ten finish from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill. The team made the long trip to Scotland eager to maintain the solid form displayed this season by the ever-improving Audi S3, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales confident of adding more points to their respective totals.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Lichfield racer Ant – making his first appearance at Knockhill since 2015 – secured his best qualifying result to date to start the opening race of the weekend from 13th spot.

    Battling against a number of cars running the softer compound tyre, Ant would end the opening race in 17th place and then fought his way forwards to eleventh in race two – which had to be restarted after an early accident - with a solid drive on track for his fourth points finish of the year. A post-race penalty for Josh Price then promoted Ant into the top ten for the first time and left him on pole for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw.

    Running the soft tyre, Ant maintained the lead through the first lap but then dipped a wheel into the gravel at the Chicane on lap two when his Audi got out of shape – losing momentum and resulting in him taking a hit in the rear from the following car.

    BTCC Knockhill 2017With bodywork rubbing on the left rear tyre, Ant was forced to return to the pits for repairs before rejoining two laps down; going on to produce a series of laps quicker than anyone else on track as he eventually finished 27th.

    “After the first lap when [Tom] Ingram made a move and backed out of it, I thought that we had the pace to run at the front and I’d pulled a small advantage heading towards the Chicane.

     “As I went to turn in, the right rear just snapped out a little bit and I went into the corner sideways but I managed to catch it and just dipped a wheel into the gravel. Unfortunately, I lost momentum as a result and got a hit from behind which meant I had to pit or we’d have lost the tyre.

    “The pace we showed after rejoining was absolutely mega and I can take a lot of confidence from that into the races that are still to come.”

    BTCC Knockhill 2017Team-mate Ollie was left on the back foot after electrical issue in qualifying left him down in 30th place on the grid for the opening race.

    Having taken the finish in 28th spot in race one, Ollie’s hopes of a strong result in race two were hampered by contact in the incident that caused the race to be stopped – which the team worked hard to repair for the restart.

    Further contact when the race got back underway left him with an ill-handling car and resulted in a 19th place finish, with the Tamworth-based driver then forced out of the final race of the weekend after on-track contact and a gearbox issue saw him bring his car back into the pits.

    “We missed a chance to score points this weekend,” he said, “but the problem in qualifying meant we were right in the middle of all the trouble for race day. We went a bit stiff with the set-up in race one and didn’t make the progress we’d hoped for and then in race two, there was yet more contact that there didn’t need to be that left me with a damaged car.

    “At the start, I’d taken to the grass to avoid the incident ahead before someone simply ploughed into the side of my car and the boys did a great job to get the car fit for the race - only for the same driver to then hit me again and knock the handling out.

     Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted that it was a weekend of mixed emotions for his two drivers.

    “For Ollie it’s been tough this weekend as he should have been in the top ten on the grid for race one which could have led to a totally different outcome on race day,” he said. “Sadly he found himself in the wars and wasn’t able to get the results he was capable of. 

    “Ant has done a good job and has led a race for the first time, and I genuinely think he could have been on for a really good result in that final race before the contact that saw him forced to pit.

    “His laps when he rejoined were fantastic and I think he has learned a lot this weekend that he can take into Rockingham, where the Audi was strong last season. Ollie and Ant continue to work well together as a pairing and I feel confident that they can do a good job when we go to Rockingham for the next round.”

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

  • Double points in the BTCC at Snetterton

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC SnettertonThe AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured a brace of points finishes from what proved to be a challenging weekend as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship burst back into life at Snetterton. The team headed to Norfolk buoyed by a strong showing at Croft prior to the summer break and with confidence high of fighting for more top 15 finishes.

    Fresh from three points finish in North Yorkshire, Tamworth-based Ollie Jackson qualified 17th on the grid at the wheel of his Audi S3 and looked well set to score again as he quickly fought his way into the points in the opening race. However, Ollie would then find himself on the receiving end of contact on multiple occasions as the Audi was roughed back to the lower fringes of the top 20; with the 33-year-old left to wonder what might have been as he brought his damaged car to the finish in 18th place. Ollie picked up points in race two with a solid run to 14th spot but any hope of pushing further towards the top ten were ended on the opening lap of race three when he was taken off at Oggies by an out-of-control rival.

    Ollie Jackson - BTCC Snetterton“There is no doubt that we had a car that was capable of the top ten this weekend and it’s only because of stupid driving from other people that we’ve not been able to get some really good points,” he said. “The car was better than it was at Croft and I think that was reflected by the improved performance in qualifying, even if we should have been higher on the grid than we were.

    Team-mate Ant Whorton-Eales was also keen to push for points at the longest circuit on the calendar and qualified in a fine 15th place for the opening race of the weekend. Like Ollie, the reigning Clio Cup UK champion found himself in the heart of the action in the opening race of the weekend – with contact on more than one occasion meaning he ultimately finished the race down in 20th spot. Having finished race two in 21st, the team made a series of changes to Ant’s Audi ahead of the final race of the weekend and the Lichfield racer took full advantage with a strong drive that saw him battle his way up to eleventh place; matching his best result in the series to date.

    Ant Whorton-Eales - BTCC Snetterton“Before the final race we made a lot of changes to the car and it was a lot better. We took a real step in the right direction and the changes really improved the car so I could fight forwards into the points. The pleasing thing was discovering afterwards that we’d been racing door-to-door with guys who were on the soft tyre, which should have been quicker, and we proved to be more than a match for them.

    “Although we could have scored more than the single points finish, it’s been a good weekend and I hope we can build on the progress we’re making and continue to challenge for points.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted it had been a weekend where both drivers deserved more than the results they had picked up from the three races.

    “Both drivers have driven well this weekend, certainly better than the results on paper show, and there is nothing that they could have done to avoid being caught up in other peoples incidents,” he said. “There’s a lot of hard work that has gone into the cars and we have to just keep plugging away at it and not let what has happened here get us down.

    “We have to keep pushing to progress up the grid so we avoid getting mixed up in the trouble that keeps occurring, so that is what we’ll focus on as we look towards Knockhill.”

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography 

  • Win a BTCC passenger ride at the VAG Tuner Live show!

    THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED (14th July 2017)

    Huge congratulations go to Mike Hopkins who won the first prize of a passenger ride with Ollie Jackson in the AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 British Touring Car around the stunning Donington Park circuit. Our competition winner Mike took to the track as a passenger with Ollie as part of our charity event during our attendance at the VAG Tuner Live show last weekend.


     
    Ollie Jackson - Donington Park BTCC 2017Throughout 2017 Cobra Sport is taking part in the Mistress Cutlers’ Challenge raising money for The Sheffield Children’s Hospital and The Cavendish Centre for Cancer Care.

    We’re pleased to offer a fantastic prize for any British Touring Car racing fan, a unique chance to experience a passenger ride in a current British Touring Car around the Donington Park national circuit at the VAG Tuner Live show (Sunday 16th July).

    To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic price we are selling raffle tickets to be drawn at random in a prize draw on the morning on Thursday 13th July 2017. Sales of tickets will finish at 9am on Thursday 13th July.

    The cost of entry is £5 per ticket and you may enter multiple times for example a £20 donation will be classed as four entries.

    To enter online, please send your £5 via PayPal either directly to rachel@cobrasport.com or click the PayPal ‘Donate’ button below:




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    First Prize:

    • Passenger ride around Cobra Exhausts the Donington Park circuit in one of the 2017 AmDTuning with Audi S3s with Croft pole sitter Ollie Jackson
    • 2 x Entry tickets to the VAG Tuner LIVE show at Donington Park on Sunday 16th July 2017
    • AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts Merchandise Pack

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    All money raised from the raffle will go directly to the Mistress Cutlers’ Challenge. Once entered via PayPal, please also send an email to nick@cobrasport.com with your contact details to make sure we are able to contact you. Donations will be confirmed via email once received.

  • Fueltopia / Formula G Championship - June update

    At the midpoint of the 2017 Fueltopia Barrel Sprint and Formula G championships, the Cobra Sport sponsored Subaru Impreza driven by Jonathan Buck sits just behind the leaders in the ultra competitive championship. After turbo damage in the first round, Jonathan has been picking up big points throughout the subsequent rounds catching up with the leaders with three events remaining. The Scooby Clinic Racing Subaru Impreza is fitted with a full Cobra Sport turbo back performance exhaust system which was installed earlier this year as part of the race modifications in preparation for this season's events.

    Fueltopia Formula G Championship - Jonathan Buck

    Reflecting on an eventful championship so far, Jonathan remains positive for the of the season along with his chances of making it to the Gymkhana Grid World Finals in South Africa later this year.

    "After catastrophic turbo failure at the first round of Fueltopia barrel sprint meaning missing Round of Formula G also it seemed it 2017 was  going to be an uphill struggle to do well in both championships, however making changes to the turbo set up made the Car perform even better and results so far have been great meaning I'm currently sitting 3rd in both championships, with news of Gymkhana Grid world finals in November now confirmed to be held at Carnival city, South Africa, as well as pushing to win FBS & FG championships a lot of focus will go to making sure I qualify for Grid, but with some top competition I will have to be on my A game to secure one of the spots"

    The next events are held at the Rockingham Raceway over the weekend of the 29th and 30th July. Over the weekend, Rockingham will host round 3 of the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint and round 4 of the Formula G championship.

    The car also appeared in the display area at the Coventry Motofest earlier this month where the Formula G entrants put on a display for fans as part of the live action drift show.

  • Season's best and pole position in the British Touring Car Championship at Croft

    Ollie Jackson AmDTuning Cobra Exhausts Pole Croft BTCC 2017The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed its best weekend of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship so far with four points finishes - including two top tens and pole position at Croft.

     The West Thurrock-based team made the long trip to North Yorkshire keen to build on the impressive pace shown by its Audi S3 last time out at Oulton Park, with Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales both picking up seasons best results during the weekend.

    BTCC Ollie Jackson Croft 2017Ollie qualified 21st on the grid for race one following a qualifying session that had to be abandoned following a multi-car accident at Barcroft, with the Tamworth-based driver amongst those to have spun off on oil dropped on the track.

    A strong drive in the opening race saw Ollie work his way forward into the points, with the Audi battling into the top ten until a move from the Subaru of Jason Plato at the final corner saw him slip back to eleventh at the flag. A post-race penalty for gaining an unfair advantage demoted Ollie back to 13th spot, which is where he would then start the second race of the weekend. Undeterred, another strong drive saw him bring his car home in ninth spot for his best result of the season so far, and a first top ten for the team.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC Cobra Exhausts Pole PositionThe reverse grid draw then put Ollie on pole for race three, and he maintained his position out front through the opening lap before the Safety Car was deployed due to an incident further down the order.

    On the restart, Ollie’s hopes of maintaining his lead were ended at Sunny In when a hit in the rear from the Ford of Mat Jackson saw him run off track and drop down the order.

    The end result was a tenth place finish, although the results from the weekend still allowed Ollie to break into the top 20 in the overall points, with two third place Independents finishes moving him up to eighth in the Indy standings.

    “I’m ecstatic with the results this weekend,” he said. “Things are coming together now and we have threatened to get these kind of results for a while; luck just hasn’t always been on our side.

    “The car was great all weekend and I’m delighted for the team. We’ve been on the pace and have picked up two top ten finishes on merit because we had a quick car, and not just because others have fallen off and given us the places.

    “It’s a shame that the incident in race three hit our chances of a stronger result there, and as things panned out, I feel we genuinely could have challenged for the podium – and certainly brought home a top five finish.

    “I’m not going to let it spoil our day, but having had our first opportunity to run with the front pack this weekend, I’m sure it won’t be our last.”

    Ant Whorton-Eales - BTCC Croft 2017Team-mate Ant qualified 26th having also been caught up in the qualifying drama and was unlucky to miss out on points in the opening race after a strong drive saw him come through the grid to 16th place.

     The Lichfield racer continued his forward progress in race two however, lapping quickly and consistently in an impressive performance that saw him finish in eleventh spot and best of the rookie drivers.

    More points looked assured for the reigning Clio Cup UK champion in the final race of the weekend as he ran well inside the points in the early stages, but contact from a number of his rivals would ultimately see his battle-scarred car just miss out on the top 15 positions.

    AWE Motorsport - Croft BTCC 2017 “I was really happy with where we were after the second race as we’d made good forward progress and came close to breaking into the top ten,” he said. “We’d made some changes ahead of the second race and the car was strong on the harder tyre, and I felt confident we could continue to push forwards in race three.

    “Unfortunately, I just got smashed out of the way by other people in race three which is annoying, but that is how it is sometimes in touring cars. We’ve certainly showed this weekend that we have the pace, and there is no reason why we couldn’t have joined Ollie in bringing home a top ten finish.

     “I don’t feel I’ve really been able to show my full potential so far this season as luck really hasn’t been on my side, but the pace we’ve shown here leaves me confident about the rest of the year as we are moving in the right direction.”

    Team manager Rob Tickner - overseeing the Audis with team boss Shaun Hollamby on duty with AmDTuning.com’s GT programme at Silverstone - was pleased with the results on track and said it left the team in a good position going into the summer break.

    “We’ve shown that we have good pace with the Audi already this season, and it’s good that we’ve been able to back it up with some good results this weekend,” he said. “It’s been our strongest showing with the Audi, and both Ollie and Ant have driven well to bring home some strong points.

    “It means we’ve taken a big step forwards in the Independents’ championship and while it is a bit frustrating that we missed out on what could have been a very good result in race three, we’ve shown that we can run with the top ten and it puts us in a good position for the rest of the season.”

    Everyone involved with the AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team sends their best wishes for a full recovery to Jeff Smith, Luke Davenport and Aron Taylor-Smith following Saturday's qualifying incident.

  • Impressive pace at Oulton Park in the British Touring Car Championship

    AmDTuning Cobra Exhausts BTCC Oulton Park 2017The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team showed impressive pace as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed to Oulton Park for the fourth meeting of the year.

     Drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales both showcased the speed of the West Thurrock-based teams Audi S3, although misfortune for both drivers on race day meant the team came away from the weekend with just a single points finish to its name.

    Looking to score for the third time this season, Tamworth-based Ollie qualified little more than a second away from pole position in 22nd place but a fine opening lap in race one saw him move up seven positions into the points.

    Ollie Jackson Ant Whorton-Eales BTCC Oulton Park 2017Ollie would spend the entire race running inside the top 15, moving up a position three laps from home to secure 14th spot and two championship points.

     Hopes of a second points finish in race two were ended early on when Ollie was punted into a spin at Knickerbrook and dropped to the rear of the field. Undeterred however, Ollie would produce a series of storming laps that saw him regularly amongst the quickest drivers on track as he recovered to 26th place at the finish.

    The pace in the Audi was evident again in race three, with Ollie showing the speed to match the top six as he battled his way through to 18th spot.

    Ollie Jackson 48 BTCC Oulton Park 2017“This weekend I think the car has been the best it has ever been,” he said, “and it’s unfortunate that the results don’t reflect that. We’ve made a lot of progress and a gamble we took with the set-up of the car has really paid off.

    “I think we’ve taken a step forwards compared to some of the other Swindon-engined cars but this weekend, there are other cars that have been given a bit more boost that has perhaps masked the steps forward we’ve made.

     “It’s good that we got some more points on the board in the first race and clearly we could have had more in races two and three had it not been for the contact. However, to have been as quick as we were across the three races is extremely encouraging for the remainder of the season.”

    Ant Whorton-Eales BTCC Oulton Park 2017Team-mate Ant qualified inside the top 20 for the second meeting in succession in the sister car, but the Lichfield racer found himself in the wars on the opening lap of race one when contact from Senna Proctor’s Vauxhall saw him spin off at Island.

    Dropping to the back of the field, Ant recovered to 27th at the finish and then suffered more misfortune in race two when a puncture on lap one forced saw him drop off the lead lap having pitted for a replacement tyre.

    Restricted to 28th spot, Ant then pushed hard in race three to make up seven places to 21st; capping a weekend where the results didn’t reflect his pace on track.

    Whorton-Eales number 10 cap BTCC Oulton Park 2017“It’s been a frustrating weekend for me,” he said. “We’ve just had a lot of bad luck, and the incident in race one followed by the puncture in race two has prevented us from showing what we can do again.

    “Race three was all about making up whatever we places we could, but we deserved more than a 21st place finish this weekend. I feel I need a good result for both the team and also for myself in the Jack Sears Trophy, so hopefully our luck will turn soon.”

    Team manager Shaun Hollamby expressed delight at the pace shown by the Audi during the course of race day, even if he shared in his driver’s frustration that the speed on track hadn’t been matched in the results.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC Oulton Park 2017“There’s no doubting that this weekend we showed the pace that we have with the Audi, and in both race two and three, Ollie was right up there in the top six quickest drivers on track,” he said. “Unfortunately, Oulton Park is a circuit where track position is very much key and thanks to the driving of others, both Ollie and Ant found themselves out of position and unable to make the most of the speed we had. 

    “There are certainly positives to take away from the weekend, including a more improved performance in qualifying, and hopefully we can enjoy a more profitable weekend in terms of points next time out at Croft before the summer break.”

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