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  • AmDTuning.com in the wars at Snetterton in the BTCC

    BTCC Ollie Jackson Cobra Sport Audi S3 at SnettertonThe Cobra Sport sponsored AmDTuning.com BTCC team were left licking its wounds after a dramatic weekend at Snetterton which saw the battle for the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship resume after the summer break.

    Ollie Jackson entered the weekend of racing on a high after a successful Dunlop tyre test session at the circuit only a couple of weeks earlier. During the testing weekend, the AmDTuning.com Audi S3 was within the top 10 laptimes for the session with Ollie setting fantasic laptimes after alterations for the team paid off.

    Qualifying also proved to be a success with the pace carried into the qualifying session. With a lap time of only one second off the leaders over the long Snetterton circuit, the Audi was to begin the first race of the day in a confident mood and managed to secure a 19th place finish in race one.

    A quick start in race two saw Ollie making places up off the line and found himself running in 12th halfway through the first lap. The charge towards the points would however end in dramatic fashion half way through the opening lap after he was forced wide onto the grass heading onto the Bentley Straight.

    Cobra Sport / AmDTuning British Touring CarsContact to the rear of the Audi sent Ollie spinning into the barriers on the inside of the circuit where he was collected by the Chevrolet of Hunter Abbott, who was trying to take avoiding action.

    Despite severe damage to the front of the car, hard work from the team allowed Ollie to take his place on the grid for race three, but contact ahead at the start saw him forced to take to the grass to try and avoid a collision.

    Unfortunately, Abbott’s Chevrolet was tipped into a roll in front of the Audi and with nowhere to go, contact between the pair again put Ollie into retirement.

    “I can’t put into words how disappointed I feel with how this weekend has panned out, and there is no way that the team has deserved what has happened to us on track,” Ollie reflected. “We came to Snetterton in confident mood following the test at the end of June, and there was clearly potential in the car that we haven’t been able to realise through no fault of our own.

    IMG_5265“Having stayed out of trouble in race one, I got a really good start in race two and was making up places, but going onto the back straight, Dan Welch forced me wide onto the grass when he had room on the inside and we touched. The next thing I know is that I’ve been hit in the rear and the car suddenly turns right. Hunter had nowhere to go but into me, and it did a lot of damage.

    “The boys did an outstanding job to get the car fixed for race three so for it to end before we’d even got to the start line was just devastating, although the important thing is that no-one was injured.

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby shared in Ollie’s disappointment and vowed that the team would work hard to recover from the toughest weekend of the year to date.

    “It’s a cliché to say that motorsport is full of highs and lows, but this weekend was certainly a low,” he said. “We’ve seen more glimpses of the potential in the car, which show we are moving in the right direction, but we have paid a heavy price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    AmDTuning BTCC Grid at Snetterton“After race one, we looked in a good position to challenge for points in race two, especially when Ollie got away so well at the start. What happened next is something I felt was a racing incident that simply had an unfortunate outcome, and it was disappointing that Ollie was deemed to have been at fault, as we don’t feel that to be the case. Having appealed the initial decision, the fine he had been given was halved and a grid penalty was removed, which is some justice.

    “In race three, there was nothing Ollie could have done to avoid the incident ahead and it was a real kick in the teeth after the work that had gone in to getting the car repaired – not just for us but for others on the grid as well. These things historically happen on the start-finish straight at Snetterton, but drivers need have better awareness of cars around them to prevent these accidents from taking place. Maybe this type of driving will only be dealt with severely when someone gets hurt, but I very much hope I’m wrong.

    “We will put this one behind us and make sure we come out fighting at Knockhill.”

    Photo credit: Marc Waller Photography

  • Pace and Points for AmDTuning in the BTCC at Croft

    Cobra Sport AmD Tuning BTCC Car Croft 2016The Cobra Sport team and guests enjoyed a fantastic day of racing at Croft on Sunday witnessing a great day of touring car racing at the half-way stage of the BTCC season. Ollie Jackson and the Cobra Sport sponsored AmdTuning team went into the weekend hoping to add to their points tally for the season on a track which would suit the set up of the Audi S3 Saloon. It was great to see so many Cobra Sport hoodies, caps and polo shirts in the crowd at Croft on Sunday. Official Cobra Sport / AmDTuning team wear and merchandise will be available at all of the BTCC races this year from the Motorsports Photography Stall along with our own website >. The stall will also have body panels from the Audi S3 car signed by Ollie Jackson available for sale for those looking for a unique gift or souvenir!

    The West Thurrock based team made the long trip to North Yorkshire keen to build on the pace displayed by its Audi S3 at Oulton Park two weeks earlier, where an unfortunate clash on-track in race three was all that prevented driver Ollie Jackson from a well deserved points finish.

    AmDTuning BTCC Garage - Croft 2016Throughout practice the Audi showed good pace with Ollie lapping just a second away from the leaders. Putting together an excellent qualifying lap in difficult on track conditions Ollie was able to secure 22nd place on the grid for race one after a tightly-fought qualifying session that saw nearly the full field covered by just two seconds.

    Electing to run Dunlop’s hard compound tyre at the first opportunity, the first race proved to be a great spectacle with plenty of on track action and no fewer than 3 safety car periods. By the end of the race Ollie had fought his way up the field but slipped back to 19th position by the finish of the race.

    Switching back to soft tyres for race two allowed Ollie Jackson in the AmDTuning car to battle his way up through the field from 19th on the grid to take the finish in 15th place and secure a well-earned point. It was great to see the Audi S3 showing that it was able to compete much further up the field fending off many of the big names in the process and setting lap times comparable to the leaders.

    The arrival of rain in the run-up to race three left teams in a quandary over which way to go with their tyres, with the team electing to stay on slicks in the hope that the shower would pass. Unfortunately, worsening conditions left Ollie with little option but to pit to change tyres, dropping him off the lead lap and resulting in a 26th place finish.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC Croft 2016 AmDTuningDespite the end however, Ollie declared himself pleased with the weekend as a whole.

    “Overall, I think that was the best race day we have had so far this season,” he said. “We made a transformational change to the car overnight which I’m delighted about as it transformed how it performed on track and I think that will benefit us for the remainder of the season.

    “To score a points finish this weekend having raced our way into the top 15 was really pleasing and I think it was certainly worth us taking the gamble in race three as the end result would have been spectacular if it had gone our way. I’ve never been frightened of racing a car in damp conditions on slick tyres and we are only racing for individual results rather than a championship, so we took the decision to go for it.

    “Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse but at least we gave it a go. Despite that, it was a good way to go into the summer break and I can’t wait for Snetterton.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased with Ollie’s performance on-track, which provided a boost for the Audi squad going into the summer break.

    “We wanted to pick up a points finish this weekend going into the break, so it’s great that we managed to achieve our aim,” he said. “This is a circuit where the racing is always close and we knew it wouldn’t be easy, but Ollie produced his best drive of the season in race two and he was rewarded for it.

    “To score points in this championship is one thing, but to score them on merit in that way is particularly pleasing and its unfortunate that we made the wrong call on tyres for the final race. Had the rain eased off as we thought it was going to, there is no doubt we’d have been on for a fantastic result but sadly it didn’t go our way.

    “However, this weekend has seen us make more progress and I think we’re in good shape for the second half of the year.”

     

  • Pace unrewarded for AmDTuning at Oulton Park BTCC Event

    AmDTuning Ollie Jackson Oulton Park BTCCThe Cobra Sport team enjoyed attending another exciting weekend of racing when the British Touring Car Championship headed to Oulton Park in Cheshire this weekend. The AmDTuning.com BTCC team were left with a feeling of what could have been after missing the opportunity to continue their points scoring form from the previous round at Thruxton.

    Oulton Park is a notoriously difficult track to overtake making qualifying well highly important. Despite producing one of his most competitive qualifying laps of the season at just 1.2 seconds away from pole, the highly competitive nature of the British Touring Car Championships meant that Ollie Jackson started in 26th place on the grid in the Audi S3 Saloon for the first race of the day. Ollie would end the opening race in the same position he started, with damage to the front of his car from contact on track not helping his chances of progressing up the order towards the end.

    Race two however would see Ollie able to work his way forwards through the field as he stayed out of trouble; lapping quickly and consistently to take the chequered flag in 20th place and leave him well placed to push for a points scoring finish in race three.

    AmD Tuning Grip Oulton ParkRunning on the softer compound Dunlop tyre, Ollie was able to make up three places on the opening lap but his chances of adding to his Thruxton score would end on lap three when the bonnet on the Audi suddenly flew up across the windscreen – a legacy of contact earlier on that had broken the pins holding the bonnet in place.

    Forced into the pits to allow the team to tape the bonnet down, Ollie returned to action at the back of the field just ahead of the leaders but – having allowed the factory Hondas of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden through – he was then able to produce some of his quickest laps of the weekend as followed the leaders to the finish, with his pace being a match for a number of drivers inside the top ten.

    “Race three was a case of what might have been with the pace we had showed, and it’s a shame we weren’t in that position earlier in the weekend,” Ollie said. “Qualifying where we did, it was always going to be difficult on race day given how tough it is to overtake around Oulton Park but by the end of race two, we were in a position where it looked like points were possible.

    AmD Oulton Park Ollie Jackson Damage“The strides forwards we have taken this weekend aren’t reflected in the end results and we still have work to do, but there are positives to take out of the weekend as we head for Croft and the last meeting before the summer break.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby shared in Ollie’s disappointment at the missed opportunity to score points but vowed that the team would come back stronger.

    “The final race showed the kind of pace that we have in the car and that is something we have to look to build on through the remainder of the season,” he said. “Even though it is hard to pass at Oulton Park when you qualify in the pack, there were definitely points to be had this weekend so it’s a little frustrating that we come away from the weekend without any to our name.

    Throughout the weekend we once again had a full range of Cobra Sport Hoodies and Official AmDTuning team wear available for sale from the Motorsport Photography stall. Our merchandise range will be available at all of the BTCC races this year and look forward to seeing the caps, t-shirts and hoodies in the crowd at Croft in 2 weeks time.

    Photo credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography & Marc Waller

  • First points of the year for AmDTuning at Thruxton

    Donington_AmDtuning_OllieJackson_BTCCOllie Jackson in the Cobra Sport sponsored AmDTuning.com Audi S3 secured his first points finish of the year in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and emerged unscathed from a wild weekend of racing at Thruxton.

    A top 20 showing in the opening practice session showed the potential of the Audi package but a fuel supply problem in qualifying would leave Tamworth-based Ollie in 25th place on the grid for the opening race.

    Taking the decision to manage tyres on a very hot day at Thruxton, Ollie stayed out of trouble and was progressing well to be in a position to make a push up the field for the final laps of the race.  However, the race was red flagged prematurely with 5 laps to go after a number of high speed tyre failures along with an incident at the final chicane caused by a puncture. The AmDTuning.com Audi with plenty of wear left to get to the end of the race took the chequered flag in 17th place.

    DoningtonGrid_AmDtuning_BTCCThe decision to shorten races two and three to twelve laps due to high track temperatures forced the team to make set-up changes to the Audi, with Ollie taking the chequered flag in 21st in the second race of the weekend. Race three however saw Ollie produce his best result of the year to date with a solid run through to 14th place, giving him his first points finish of the campaign and allowing AmDTuning.com to score with the Audi for the first time.

    “The final race was a good way to end the weekend and I’m pleased to bring home a first points finish of the season,” he said. “If I’m being honest, I don’t think I got the best out of the car in the opening two races, so to come back and get a result for the team and some points on the board in race three is really good.

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased with the fact that the team was able to pick up a first points finish of the year, even if the shortening of the final two races race and the earlier red flag prevented Ollie from adding more to his tally.

    “It was good to end the day with some points on the board, although it’s a shame that we weren’t able to benefit from the set-up work we’d put in on Saturday,” he said. “We had worked on having a car that was good for 16 laps in hot conditions but other, very experienced, teams chose not to take the advice of Dunlop and the weather forecaster, hence the race length was adjusted to their level of preparedness. When the races were shortened, we then had to look at making changes to go more aggressive on the set-up to make the tyres last for twelve rather than 16 laps.

    AmD Team Wear ThruxtonFor the second event this season we had official AmDTuning / Cobra Sport team wear available for sale on the Motorsport Photography Ltd stall. The team wear as worn by the team, along with Cobra Sport hoodies and t-shirts proved popular over the weekend with lots of our new merchandise spotted in the crowd around the event. The team wear and hoodies will be available for sale at all of the BTCC events this season.

    Our full range can be viewed on our website > Cobra Sport Merchandise

  • AmDTuning.com show potential in challenging BTCC opener

    AmDTuning BTCC Car 2016 Audi S3 Ollie Jackson - Cobra Sport SponsoredCobra Sport will again be a main sponsor of the AmDTuning.com BTCC team and we will be following the team throughout the upcoming season, experiencing the highs and lows of running in the BTCC for a second year.

    The Cobra Sport sponsored AmDTuning.com BTCC team showed a glimpse of its potential on what proved to be a challenging start to the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend.

    The West Thurrock-based team went into the season opener hoping to challenge for points finishes, with driver Ollie Jackson making his first appearance at the wheel of the team’s striking Audi S3. Showing strong pace throughout Saturday’s testing and qualifying runs, Tamworth-based Ollie managed to record time quick enough for an encouraging 20th place on grid, with his fastest lap being just four tenths of a second away from the top ten.

    In the first race Ollie made a strong start from 20th on the grid and battled his way up to as high as 14th before his race was cut short by a stub axle failure through Clearways whilst running inside the points which forced to head for the pits. The retirement meant a tough race two grid position down in 29th place from which Ollie managed to make his way up through the field to complete the race in a solid 23rd place even with an issue with one of his soft compound Dunlop tyres which prevented him from climbing any higher up the pack.

    Race three also proved to be a difficult race having found himself stuck in traffic for the duration of the final race of the weekend, Ollie crossed the line in 22nd, but remained upbeat about the potential of the Audi.

    Ollie Jackson @ Brands Hatch"Bad luck seemed to follow us today, which was unfortunate as I think we showed glimpses of the potential that we have in the car,” he said. “We were putting in a really competitive performance in the opening race of the day and there is no doubt that we were on to start the season with some points before the problem with the car. It was just unfortunate that as I went to enter the pits, someone else tried to make a move up the inside.

    “Although points would have been nice, there is plenty we can take away from the weekend.”

    For team boss Shaun Hollamby, the season opener proved to be a case of 'what might have been', although he too insisted there were plenty of positives to take away from the first round of the year.

    AmDTuning Audi S3 “Race one was looking really good and Ollie was doing a great job on track before damage from the earlier contact caused a front suspension failure,” he said. “Had we managed to end that race where we should have done, then it would have been a totally different story as the car had the pace – we just weren’t able to show it in the second and third races.

    We now turn our attention to the next round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park in 2 weeks time.

    Images © Cobra Sport, Jakob Ebrey Photography

  • AmDTuning.com / Cobra Sport confirm Ollie Jackson for 2016 BTCC campaign

    AmDTuning.com have today confirmed that Ollie Jackson will pilot the Cobra Sport sponsored Audi S3 in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

    Ollie Jackson BTCC DriverCobra Sport will again be a main sponsor of the AmDTuning.com BTCC team and we will be following the team throughout the upcoming season, experiencing the highs and lows of running in the BTCC for a second year. The Audi S3 livery for the 2016 season features the AmDTuning.com and Cobra Sport red and black branding combined with Audi’s famous racing stripes from the ’80s IMSA Audi 90 GTO. Paying homage to Audi racing history. The livery for this season was launched on our stand at the Autosport Show back in January. The BTCC Media Day held on the 22nd March at Donington Park was a huge success with a huge interest in the new Audi S3. Feedback on the newly designed livery has been incredibly positive with some suggesting it to be the best looking car on the 2016 BTCC grid.

    31-year-old Ollie Jackson raced with the West Thurrock-based team in his first full BTCC campaign in 2012, taking three top ten finishes at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf en route to 18th in the standings. Jackson then spent two further seasons in the series before moving into the Ginetta GT4 Supercup last year.

    Cobra Sport AmDTuning at Autosport Show 2016“I’m absolutely delighted to be back on the touring car grid, especially with the guys at AmDTuning.com as my best season in the BTCC came with them back in 2012 in the Golf. There is no doubt that the Audi has a lot of potential, but we also have to be realistic in what is going to be a very strong field. I see no reason why we can’t challenge for points on a regular basis during the season and if we can also break into the top ten as we go along then I think we can be happy.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby spoke of his pleasure in welcoming Jackson back to the AmDTuning.com as the team embarks on a first full season running the striking red Audi S3.

    “We had a lot of interest in the car for this season, particularly after people had chance to see it in the flesh in the new livery at the Autosport International show,” he said. “We’re pleased to have agreed a deal with Ollie to return the fold and are looking forward to resuming the relationship we enjoyed with him when he raced with our Golf. Ollie is a driver who comes back into the series with a point to prove after a tough year in 2014 and we are confident that we have a package that will allow him to show his true potential.”

    “We showed the pace of the Audi in the second half of 2015 and with Ollie back in the team, we are confident of being able to regularly challenge for points during the year ahead.”

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