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  • AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts put points on the board in BTCC season opener

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC 2017 Brands HatchThe AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a points scoring start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season as the 2017 campaign kicked off at Brands Hatch.

    The West Thurrock-based team made the short trip to the Kent circuit hoping to impress with its updated Audi S3s, with returning driver Ollie Jackson being joined by series debutant Ant Whorton-Eales as part of an expanded two-car team.

    Tamworth-based Ollie would be left with work to do on race day having been caught out by difficult conditions on track in qualifying, with rain showers and traffic contributing to him being down in 29th place on the times.

    Running the softer compound Dunlop tyre in race one, Ollie worked his way forwards to 22nd place and then set about further progress when the lights went out in race two – lapping quickly and consistently to fight his way through to 14th and a first points scoring result of the season.

    Ollie Jackson - BTCC Brands Hatch 2017More points looked assured in race three as Ollie moved up to twelfth place on the opening lap, with a top ten finish looking to be a realistic goal until contact from behind knocked the rear tracking out on the Audi.

    It meant Ollie would slip back down to 16th by the time the chequered flag flew, although there was still plenty to be encouraged by at the end of the weekend.

    “I’m ecstatic with the progress we have made across the weekend with the car,” he said. “It was quite difficult to drive at the start of practice but we made a series of changes that really improved things and I head away from Brands Hatch confident that we have the Audi in a good place but with plenty more still to come.

    “The points in race two were good, and I think we can take a lot of encouragement from race three as it showed we have the pace to run at the head of the midfield pack and to challenge for the top ten.

    “That’s something we could certainly have achieved without the contact that damaged the rear of the car, but we can head for Donington Park next time out in confident mood.”

    Ant Whorton-Eales - BTCC Brands Hatch 2017For Lichfield racer Ant, qualifying would also prove to be a challenge, which left him 26th on the grid for the opening race.

    Any hope he had of a strong result were ended by the need to pit early on when a warning light appeared on the dash, with the reigning Clio Cup champion then able to rejoin the race but a lap down on the rest of the field.

    Encouragingly, Ant was able to run with the midfield pack despite being a lap behind and posted a number of quick laps before the chequered flag dropped with him in 25th spot.

    Having run inside the top 20 early in race two, Ant would unfortunately retire after being caught up by a clash between three rival drivers ahead with the team repairing his damaged Audi in time for race three.

    A 23rd place finish left him with two Independents points scores from the weekend, with the 22-year-old optimistic that better results lie ahead when the series heads to Donington Park.

    “The results on paper this weekend don’t really show what we are capable of, which is a shame,” he said. “I think I was a bit too reserved in the conditions in qualifying as I didn’t want to be the new boy who threw it off in the wet and it meant we were out of position for race one.

    “Although the need to pit meant I wasn’t able to get the result, the pace when running with the pack was really good and I think it showed we could have been in the mix if I’d qualified higher up the grid.

    “Race two was just unfortunate and one of those things that happens, which meant we were at the back for race three and had to get what we could from it. I’ve learned a lot this weekend and from working more with the team, and I’m confident that we have a good car that we can push on with at Donington.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was pleased to see the Audi show its pace during the opening meeting of the year after a hectic winter, and expressed confidence that points scoring finishes can now be a regular aim.

    “I think it’s been an encouraging and positive start,” he said. “When you consider that we only got the new engine fitted to Ant’s car on Friday night and have only done limited testing, we knew this weekend wasn’t going to be easy but we’ve come away from it with a points finish and knowing we could have had more.

    “We’ve ended the weekend with a car that is both quick and reliable, and that has shown it is more than capable of scoring points. It’s now down to us to build on the potential we have seen and push our way up towards the top ten, and the performances out of the box here will spur us on to bigger and better things.”

     

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

  • AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Team - Media Day

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - Media Day 2017 SSFTToday saw the official launch of the 'AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts’ British Touring Car team at the first event of the BTCC calendar at Donington Park. Media day is traditionally the first event of the season at which the media and public get a chance to see the new 2017 drivers and cars for the first time.

    Both Audi S3s have been treated an upgraded Cobra Sport Exhaust system this season expertly TIG Welded by our skilled technicians at our HQ in Sheffield. The new exhausts has been designed to work in conjunction with the upgraded RML parts to give the drivers a competitive edge this season. Driver feedback from the newly developed cars has been very positive with Ollie Jackson commenting that the Audi has never felt better to drive and a big improvement over last years setup.

    The afternoon testing session was the first time the 2017 entrants have competed under the same test conditions giving an insight of what may be to come this season. Ollie Jackson finished the day in 10th place overall recording a lap time of just seven tenths off the quickest lap of the day by Tom Ingram. Ant Whorton-Eales went quicker and quicker throughout the afternoon spending time fine tuning the setup of the car and getting used to the driving dynamics of the Audi making sure he is fully prepared for qualifying at first race of the year.

    Our attention now turns to the first round of the championship over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

    AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts - Garage - Media Day 2017

  • Cobra Sport Launch New Brand Video - BTCC & UK VAG Shows

    We are pleased to launch our latest brand video celebrating our involvement in the UK British Touring Car Championships and attendance at all of the major UK VAG Tuning shows. Cobra Sport are at the forefront of manufacturing quality offering innovative design and unparalleled exhaust manufacturing expertise for the worldwide Performance Audi, Seat and VW market.

    Filming took place at a number of UK racing and VAG events throughout 2016. The AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts British Touring Car team competes in the UK BTCC Championship running a pair of Audi S3's driven by Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales. Being part of the team allows us unique behind the scenes access to BTCC race days experiencing the highs and lows of running in the fantastic British Touring Car Championship.

    Our full collection of brand videos can be seen our website here > Cobra Sport Promotional Videos

  • Dual Car Lineup for the 2017 BTCC Season

    AutoSport - Racing Cat Show 2017The AmDTuning / Cobra Sport team will expand to run two cars in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season having been granted an additional TOCA BTCC Licence (TBL). The team moves into the 2017 season with a pair of Audi S3's, upgraded to run the latest RML control parts to improve performance and meet stringent championship regulations.

    With Ollie Jackson having been previously confirmed for a second year in the S3, the team are pleased to announce the signing of reigning Renault UK Clio Cup champion Ant Whorton-Eales to complete the line up and become the latest winner of the popular Clio Cup to make the move onto the highly competitive BTCC grid.

    Ant Whorton-Eales BTCC AmDTuningThe 2017 driver lineup was announced on the opening day of the 2017 Autosport International Racing Car Show held at the NEC Birmingham where the team featured prominently on the Official Dunlop BTCC stand. Representatives from Cobra Sport were in attendance along with the 2 drivers and team members from AmDTuning.

    Ant is a member of the BRDC’s Rising Star programme and since being crowned Clio Champion has displayed his talents earning tests with a number of BTCC teams last autumn. Ant will sample the Audi S3 for the first time when pre-season testing gets underway next month. Ant will compete for the Jack Sears Trophy as it will be his first year in the championship and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the previous Clio Cup champion Ash Sutton, who secured the trophy last year in his debut season.

    “It’s no secret that I wanted to move into the BTCC this season and we’ve spent a lot of time looking at the various options that were available,” Ant said. “Once we spoke to Shaun about his plans with the second Audi, the deal was a very easy one to do and it was all wrapped up within a day.

    AmDTuning Audi S3 at Autosport International 2017“I’m delighted to be able to confirm my place on the touring car grid, and I think that I’ve made a good choice in AmDTuning.com for my first season. The team has plenty of experience and there is a lot of potential in the Audi that I aim to benefit from.

    “As a rookie driver, the main target has to be the Jack Sears Trophy and it would be nice if we could be pushing towards the top ten in the championship by the end of the year.

    AmD Tuning team boss Shaun Hollamby revealed his delight at bringing the reigning Clio champion onboard, and said he felt confident that his driver line-up would impress during the year ahead.

    “From the moment we confirmed that we would have a second car on the grid, we’ve spoken to a number of drivers who were keen to join us for 2017, and we’re delighted to have been able to do a deal with Ant to fill the seat,” he said. “Even before winning the Clio title last year, he had shown his potential on track and we’re confident that he will be a strong addition to the grid this year.

    “Alongside Ollie Jackson, he gives us a strong partnership for our first full season as a two-car BTCC team and we go into 2017 with our focus firmly on fighting for regular points and on pushing towards the top ten."

    Ollie Jackson AmDTuning - Croft 2016 by Marc Waller

  • AmDTuning.com re-signs Ollie Jackson for 2017 BTCC programme

    AmDTuning / Cobra Sport BTCC KnockhillThe AmDTuning.com team today confirmed thatit had re-signed driver Ollie Jackson to compete in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

    Ollie rejoined the Cobra Sport sponsored West Thurrock based team this year - having earlier raced for the team back in 2012. Ollie enjoyed a solid campaign at the wheel of the Audi S3 Saloon this season and finished this season in great form picking up points finishes and running on the back of the top 10 in the final rounds of the championship along with picking up the prestigious Audi Driver International 'Motorsport Personality of the Year' awards.

    The new deal with Ollie marks the first time in its history that AmDTuning.com has entered into a second successive season with a driver, providing vital continuity ahead of a busy off-season that will see the Audi S3 undergo extensive work back at base. Having been one of a handful of cars to run older-specification control parts this year, the Audi will be fully updated to run new RML spec parts, with delivery of those parts expected in the coming weeks. The team will then embark on a pre-season testing programme to ensure it is ready to hit the ground running when the new season begins at Brands Hatch in early April.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC - Rockingham BTCC 2016“I really enjoyed this season with the team so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to get the deal done early to allow us to start working on 2017,” Ollie said. "I’m really excited about what next year could hold for us, and I have no doubt that this deal gives me the best chance I’ve ever had in the BTCC.

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased to be able to confirm the new agreement with Ollie for 2017, with the team hopeful of one of its strongest seasons since joining the series back in 2010.

    “The continuity of sticking with Ollie is something we felt was key after a strong second half of the year, and it’s great to have the deal done,” he said. "Given the way this season ended at Brands Hatch, we are keen to make sure we hit the ground running when the 2017 campaign comes around and try to build on what we achieved together this year.

    "Making the move to the RML kit is something we knew we had to do for next season and those upgrades will soon be carried out before we start testing and the real work begins. Of course it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors, and we’re thankful that that ongoing support has allowed us to commit the resources required to upgrade the Audi and give us the best chance of success on track.

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  • Ollie Jackson wins Audi Driver 'Motorsport Personality of the Year'

    Ollie Jackson Audi Motorsport Personality of the Year 2016Popular British Touring Car Driver Ollie Jackson picked up the prestigious Audi Driver 'Motorsport Personality of the Year' award at the annual Audi Driver International award ceremony.

    We enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Audi Driver awards dinner held in Swindon as guests of the AmD Tuning team in part to celebrate another successful year of our BTCC partnership.

    The awards were voted for by readers of the popular Audi Driver magazine and included a selection of drivers from many aspects of european motorsport. The awards ceremony followed a busy day for the AmD team at the Castle Combe circuit as part of the Audi Driver International show where Ollie gave guests and journalists passenger rides in the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 BTCC car. The appearance of the Audi S3 in amongst the other high performance Audi and VW vehicles proved to be one of the highlights of the show drawing interest from many of the motorsport fans in attendance.

    AmDTuning.com chief Shaun Hollamby was delighted to see the team rewarded for its performances on track, which also reflected the continued popularity of the BTCC with race fans.

    "It’s fantastic to see Ollie end the year with this award, particularly when it is one that has been chosen by Audi enthusiasts," he said. "When you consider the calibre of some of the drivers he was up against in Audi’s World Endurance Championship and DTM programmes, it’s brilliant that his performances in our S3 have gone down so well.

    "Not only is it hugely rewarding for both Ollie and the whole AmDTuning.com team, it is also a reflection of the power than the BTCC has and it’s ongoing popularity with fans."

    Main image courtesy of Autometrix Publications

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