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  • Seasons best for AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts at Silverstone

    AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team secured it’s best result of the season to date as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Silverstone for the penultimate meeting of the year.

    The team travelled to the Northamptonshire circuit seeking to maintain the solid form shown at Rockingham in the previous meeting, with both Ant Whorton-Eales and Ollie Jackson keen to challenge for points. 

    Lichfield racer Ant would prove to be one of the stars of qualifying as he put his Audi S3 in seventh place on the grid; the best qualifying performance for the car to date.

    Despite dropping a place on the opening lap, Ant would fight his way up as high as fourth as the race wore on and was sitting in sixth when an accident elsewhere forced officials to bring the race to a halt. 

    RaAmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017ce two would prove to be a more challenging affair as Ant struggled to match his pace in race one, and contact from the VW of Jake Hill on the Wellington Straight saw him suffer a high-speed spin that dropped him down the field. 

    Crossing the line in 23rd, Ant would then fight back through the pack well in race three to finish 13th and pick up a second points finish of the weekend.

    “It’s been a good weekend and I’m pleased to come away with my best qualifying performance and my best race result so far,” he said. “We showed really good pace in race one and it was great to run at the sharp end of the field.

    “I’d hoped to try and match it in race two, but we didn’t have the same speed in the car for some reason, perhaps because of the extra success ballast we had to carry. Being turned round on a straight wasn’t a nice experience either and I was lucky that the guys behind didn’t collect me when I was sent spinning off at Brooklands. It’s a high-speed part of the circuit and to get taken off like that is just dangerous.

     AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017“I’m a bit shocked that we managed to come through to 13th on the hard tyre in race three but I stayed out of trouble and once we got the performance in the tyres, I had the legs on the guys ahead and could battle my way into the points. It’s a shame we just missed out on the Jack Sears Trophy win and I’ll be pushing for it when we get to Brands Hatch.” 

    Despite being under half a second away from pole, Ollie found himself starting race one from 20th place in the sister car but also showcased the speed of the Audi with an impressive drive to the fringes of the top ten.

    Having got as high as twelfth before the race was stopped, the Tamworth racer was well placed to push into the top ten in the second race but instead saw himself unclassified after heavy contact to the rear forced him to pit for repairs.

    AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017Luck then went against Ollie in race three when an incident ahead left him with nowhere to go when he came across cars blocking his path on the exit of Luffield, and despite taking to the grass in avoidance, a heavy hit to his Audi put him out on the spot.

    “The positive to take away from the weekend is that we showed again that we have a fast race car,” he said. “We took a step forwards from qualifying in the first race and it went really well. The slippery conditions on track really suited me and we made the most of it to push towards the top ten – which I think we could have achieved if the race hadn’t been stopped. 

    “From that point though, we’ve been robbed of the chance to fight for some top ten finishes by the same idiots who get involved in things over and over again. The levels of contact aren’t acceptable and instead of a good haul of points, we’re going away from Silverstone with a badly damaged car and a big repair bill ahead of Brands Hatch.

    “Something needs to be done because it keeps happening – and it’s always down to the same people.”

    AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Silverstone 2017Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted that the race weekend had left him with mixed emotions having displayed the highs and lows of the sport.

    “On one hand, we’ve picked up our best starting position and best result so far with the Audi, but on the other hand we’re also taking a damaged car back to base through no fault of our own,” he said. “Both Ant and Ollie have done a good job this weekend and have shown really good pace, particularly in the opening race. 

    “We should have been able to build on that in races two and three but stupid incidents that could – and should – have been avoided mean we’ve only picked up one more points finish and have got one badly damaged car.

    “When people are given penalties and then go back out on track and do exactly the same thing again, it’s clear that something needs to change so they are made accountable for their actions.”

    Photo's by Marc Waller & Car Scene UK Media

    Ollie Jackson - AmD BTCC 2017 - Silverstone

  • Triple Points Score in the BTCC at Rockingham

    The AmDTuning AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham with Cobra Exhausts team once again showed solid pace with a hat-trick of points scoring finishes as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Rockingham for round eight. 

    The team headed for Northamptonshire eager to challenge towards the top ten at a circuit where it had impressed twelve months ago, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales confident of pushing for top 15 finishes.

    Tamworth-based Ollie enjoyed a fine qualifying session to put his Audi S3 on the seventh row of the grid, setting a best time less than a half a second away from pole position.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC RockinghamRunning inside the points throughout, Ollie would take the chequered flag in 14th spot despite struggling with tyre degradation in the closing stages of the race.

    It would be a similar story in race two, although the 33-year-old was able to fight his way forwards to twelfth spot; spending the entire race dicing for position just outside the top ten.

    Running on the harder compound Dunlop tyre in race three, Ollie would enjoy his best result of the weekend with eleventh spot and he now sits eighth in the Independents’ Trophy with two rounds of the season still to run.

    “It’s been a good, solid day and to be honest, I don’t think we could have got much more from it,” he said. “We’ve been able to learn a lot this weekend that I think will benefit us when we go to Silverstone for the next round, and have brought home three points finishes – whilst also making up a place in the Independents’ standings.

    “We suffered a bit throughout the races with tyre degradation which held us back as they went on, but in the early stages of every race, the car felt mega; it’s just difficult to overtake round here.

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham“I don’t think that the tyres will be an issue going forwards as Rockingham is a very abrasive circuit and we weren’t the only people to have that problem, so more points are certainly the aim when we get to Silverstone.”

    For team-mate Ant, the weekend would prove to be one where his impressive pace went unrewarded, with unfortunate incidents in races two and three preventing him from scoring points. 

    The Lichfield driver showed his speed in free practice where he put his car inside the top ten, and he then qualified 19th on the grid for race one – less than a tenth of a second behind Ollie.

    Having taken 18th place in race one on the hard tyre, Ant was working his way up towards the points at the start of race two before being forced off track – collecting a trackside hoarding in the process.

    Pitting behind the Safety Car to have the debris removed, Ant rejoined at the back of the field in 30th position but then showed his pace by consistently lapping as quickly as the leaders as he battled his way back to 18th again by the finish.

    Ollie Jackson Rockingham - BTCC Grid 2017 AWE Rockingham - BTCC Grid 2017It meant Ant was well placed to push for points in the final race of the weekend, but he was unfortunately forced to retire having been caught up in contact between two of his rivals on the opening lap, with the damage sustained to the Audi being enough to put him out of action.

     “It’s another weekend where the end results don’t reflect the performance in the car,” he said. “We showed how quick we could be in practice but qualifying we so tight that we ended up in 19th place despite only being half a second off the quickest time.

     “Race one was solid enough on the hard tyre and we definitely had a points scoring car in race two before I got forced off onto the grass and I had no choice but to pit or the car would have overheated. When I rejoined I just got my head down and pushed hard to catch the cars ahead and could pick my way through to get close to the points.

    “I’m confident we would have been able to convert that into points in race three, but coming out of Tarzan, the two cars next to me touched and it turned one of them into the side of me which damaged the front end and that was it; game over. It’s a shame for me and also for the team and I hope my luck will change at Silverstone.”

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - BTCC Rockingham

  • 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.


    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

    2 x Runners Up:

     


    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.

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