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  • Cobra Sport Supports AmDTuning.com at the penultimate BTCC Event at Silverstone

    Mike Bushell on Grid at Silverstone with Cobra SportThe Cobra Sport team enjoyed a fantastic day behind the scenes at the penultimate BTCC race of the year at Silverstone. No fewer than 25 Cobra Sport staff and guests were welcomed by the AmDTuning.com team and were able to experience the highs and lows of the day in the garage, as the two drivers battled through the intense competition that the British Touring Car Championships offers. With the Silverstone BTCC event a sell out there was a real buzz around the circuit and in the AmdTuning.com garage.

    Mike Bushell in the Cobra Sport sponsored AmDTuning.com Ford Focus displayed strong pace throughout the weekend building on progress made throughout this season. The team had made a number of radical changes to the set up of the Focus in the run up to the weekend with the intention of improving the handling to become more competitive. The changes certainly had the desired effect with Mike showing excellent pace throughout free practice and qualifying on the Saturday securing an excellent 15th place on the grid for race one on Sunday and was the quickest rookie in the field. The Cobra Sport team enjoyed being out on the grid at Silverstone before the first race of the day soaking up the atmosphere as the cars lined up.

    After a good start, hopes for a strong points finish in the opening race were deflated after the Focus was knocked sideways at Brooklands and lost places, but Mike recovered well and managed to keep amongst the pack. The improved set up of the car enabled Mike to battle back up through the field setting a fastest lap time only four-tenths of a second off the pace to secure 15th place and the final points finish.

    Mike Bushell in Silverstone BTCC PitsRace two was to prove more of a challenge for Mike who was running the soft compound Dunlop tyre yet he managed to bring the car home in 17th place. The best performance of the day was however saved for the final race where Mike took top rookie honours crossing the finishing line in a very impressive 13th place.

    The AmDTuning.com team will head to the final BTCC event of the season held on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch over the weekend of the 10th & 11th October. The 2015 BTCC title is still up for grabs, with 5 drivers in contention. The Cobra Sport team are looking forward to following all of the action from Brands Hatch where Mike and the AmDTuning.com team will be looking to build upon the successes of Silverstone and end the season on a high.

    We’ll be live tweeting all the action from Brands Hatch so make sure you Follow us on Twitter to keep up with all of the action and results throughout race day!

    Cobra Sport on Grid at Silverstone BTCC

     Quotes:

    Mike Bushell - #21 Ford Focus:
    “I’m really pleased with the way the weekend has panned out and especially the final race as we were able to keep in touch with the main front-runners ahead. Race day started quite well and to come back from the contact early on to finish inside the points was encouraging, although it was harder in race two as we struggled for pace on the soft tyre. Race three was really good though and we held our own against some strong opposition to finish 13th.

    “When the car has settled down in the races, we’ve been able to show some really strong pace this weekend but we just lack that last little bit in qualifying. However, the progress we’re made has been good and I think we are in a good place heading for Brands Hatch.”

    Shaun Hollamby – team principal:
    “Overall it’s been a positive weekend for us as a team and I think both drivers have done a good job. Mike’s pace across race day has been encouraging and to pick up two points finishes, and be first rookie home in race three, is really pleasing. The changes we made to the Focus coming into the weekend have clearly worked as he felt more comfortable in the car and hopefully he can build on this weekend on Finals Day in a few weeks.”

    Mike Bushell #21 Copse Corner Silverstone BTCC

  • British Touring Car Update from Croft

    AMD Focus 4 copyThe reigning Clio Cup champion had qualified 21st on the grid at the wheel of his Ford Focus, but his hopes of making progress in the opening race were hit at the end of lap one when he turned into the hairpin and was greeted by searing pain through his right shoulder; a legacy of the high-speed accident he suffered at Thruxton earlier in the year.
    Despite trying to battle on, Mike was ultimately forced into the pits to retire before seeking medical attention in the hope of taking part in race two. With his shoulder strapped up, Mike was able to take his place on the grid and an impressive performance saw him come from the back of the field through to 19th – leaving him well placed to push for points in the final race of the weekend.
    Unfortunately, an issue with the engine on the Focus was discovered when the car returned to the paddock and with the team unable to resolve the problem at the circuit, Mike was left with no option but to watch on from the sidelines with his aim being to return to form when the season resumes at Snetterton in August.

  • BTCC Update - Mighty Mike is Back...

    mike bushell_F2R8804 copyRound three at Thruxton last month ended in disaster for the West Thurrock-based team after a huge accident in qualifying caused extensive damage to the car, with driver Mike Bushell lucky to escape with nothing more than severe ligament damage.
    Tunbridge Wells racer Mike has been cleared to return to action by medics, the reigning Clio Cup champion will now seek to reignite his campaign after two tough weekends on track even though a grid penalty - which will see him drop to the back of the field for race one - leaves him somewhat on the back foot going into the race weekend.
    Mike states "I don’t think I’ve had chance to display what I’m capable of in the BTCC yet this year, and I want show why I won the Clio title last year. I’m not going into the weekend to just make up the numbers despite my penalty, as I feel we’ll have a quick car that will allow me to set a good lap time in race one - which will then decide my starting slot for race two. If we can get into the top 15 on the grid, then we can aim for more in race three.
    "This is a big weekend for me and I have to thank the team for the hard work they’ve put in to fix the car, and of course the fans who have supported me. It’s one thing for people to say they will back you when something happens like the accident at Thruxton, but I didn’t expect so many to then actually do it.
    “It was amazing to see the support there is, and it’s no joke to say that without that backing, I wouldn’t be on track this weekend.”

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  • Live on Motors TV - Max5 Racing

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    The season got well underway for Roddison's Racing at Silverstone at the end of March with the Max5 Racing Championship being aired live on Motors TV. Cobra Sport have been a long standing sponsor of Roddison's Racing who develop race type MX5's. Peter Jarvis adds "We have worked together on on many research and development projects over the years and pushed the vehicles limitations beyond all expectations. We make a very efficient team." CobraSport will be supporting Roddison's Racing  team again during 2015 Championships.

  • 2015 BTCC Season Launch

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    The BTCC season was launched with a massive event at Donington on 24 March 2015 attended by the national press and TV media. The Cobra Sport team went along to support AMD Racing and their driver Mike Bushell. Cobra Sport is one of their main sponsors for the 2015 season.

    The first race of the season then kicked off at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend. After a somewhat troubled pre-season due to illness, Mike's performance improved considerably throughout the weekend's three races. The final race saw the reigning Clio Cup UK show his potential with an assured performance in which he fought wheel-to-wheel with the likes of former champion Jason Plato before taking the flag in eleventh place.

    Most importantly, that third race saw Mike cross the line as the best placed rookie driver and having been second rookie home in the earlier two races, he emerges from the weekend as the early leader in the Jack Sears Trophy – with an impressive trophy being the reward for his weekend’s work.

     

    AMD Ford Focus STMike Bushel

  • Time Attack Sponsorship

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    Further to Cobra Sport's recent news that they will be sponsoring AMD Tuning's car in the 2015 BTCC season, Cobra Sport are now excited to announce that they have also teamed up with Donnelly Racing in the Time Attack series.
    The 400 BHP Ford Escort won their championship last year and they hope to do the same again this coming season.
    The car is now fitted with a Cobra Sport 3" turbo back exhaust, which will surely add to it's chances!!!

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