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  • Lomax Secures British Rallycross Championship at Season Finale

    Craig Lomax and his Cobra Sport sponsored XtremeRX team headed to their home event at Croft for the British rallycross Championship season finale knowing that to secure his second Super 1600 title he would have to be consistent and push as hard as possible.

    The Saturday of the double header started in dreadful conditions, which played to the Cobra backed drivers strengths as the treacherous track conditions allowed him to take advantage of his lighter and nimbler Super 1600 Citroen.

    He put in strong qualifying races and secured fourth place on the grid for the final just behind the pole sitter. He managed to hold off tough challenges to take the flag in third position and in doing so securing the Super 1600 championship by a margin of over 10 points in the process.

    The second day couldn’t have been more different as the torrential weather was replaced by bright and dry conditions. For the second successive day Lomax put in another consistent performance against some of the higher powered Supernational cars and lined up for the final in forth place, a position he would retain for the whole race. This strong finish meant that he also managed to secure third place in the Supernational class which includes many higher powered vehicles.

    Craig Lomax, #24:

    "What an incredible way to round out a challenging season! A first in the Super 1600 was our goal for this year, but to nab third spot in the supernational class at the same time is a real bonus.

    "I cannot express my thanks to all my sponsors for supporting us all year. I especially can't thank the team enough, without them the car wouldn’t have made it to the grid half the time. I think I owe them all a beer or two!"

  • Sheffield Business Awards - Cobra Sport Exhausts UK’s Rachel Abbott shortlisted for prestigious business award

    Cobra Sport Exhausts UK’s managing director, Rachel Abbott, has been shortlisted for the prestigious, Sheffield Business Person of the Year Award. Hosted by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, this coveted award focuses on outstanding achievements from local business leaders.

    Since forming Cobra Sport Exhausts with brother Pete in 2004 to continue a long family history in the trade, Rachel has been instrumental in driving the business forward to become one of the UK’s leading stainless steel performance exhaust manufacturers. With a global network of dealers, high-profile motorsport sponsorship, joint team ownership in the British Touring Car Championship, and a focus on new product development, the Cobra Sport brand has gone from strength to strength.

    As well as heading up the management team at Cobra Sport, Rachel is a leading figure in the Sheffield business community and in 2017 became Chairman of the Freemen’s Committee, of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

    We’d like to congratulate Rachel on reaching the shortlist for Sheffield Business Person of the Year 2019, and wish her the best of luck when the winners are announced at the prestigious Awards Ceremony on 5th December.

  • Triple BTCC title success for Cobra Sport AmD Racing!

    The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team enjoyed a stunning end to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season as it successfully wrapped up no fewer than three titles during the final rounds of the year.

    The team went into the weekend chasing both Independent class titles and also in the lead of the Jack Sears Trophy, with drivers Rory Butcher and Mike Bushell keen to make most of the pace of the FK2 Honda Civic Type R around the full Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

    Fife racer Rory qualified in a solid fifth place in tricky conditions in qualifying as the best placed front wheel drive car in the session, and a strong start to the opening race saw him move up into third spot by the end of lap two ahead of title hopeful Andrew Jordan.

    After an early safety car period, and with rain starting to fall, Rory fought his way ahead of Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington to hit the front and would lead until the 16th lap when a charging Dan Cammish found a way through.

    Running in a comfortable second, Rory only missed out on a podium on the final lap when Matt Neal and Tom Chilton managed to get ahead, having gambled on a switch to wet tyres behind the safety car.

    With Josh Cook retiring from the race, second amongst the Independent class racers saw Rory close right in on his rival in the race for the title.

    A tough opening lap in race two saw Rory forced to take avoiding action when two cars clashed ahead, which dropped him down the order to run outside the top ten. However, he fought back well to take the flag in ninth spot, bringing the gap to Cook down to a single point going into race three.

    It was a result that also wrapped up the Jack Sears Trophy title after his only rival Tom Oliphant retired.

    Aware that the final race of the weekend was a case of ‘winner takes all’ in terms of the Independent title, Rory found himself running in fourth at the end of the opening lap and then battled up into the podium places with Cook on his tail.

    Knowing that he had to keep the newer FK8 Civic at bay, Rory produced one of his best drives of the season to secure the position and wrap up his second title of the weekend.

    On his third outing in the car, Mike put the sister Honda ninth on the grid for the opening race with a solid performance in qualifying, although he would slip back to eleventh in the opening laps.

    The former Clio Cup UK champion then started to make his way forwards however, and had climbed into the top ten before the safety car period to allow the similar Honda of Matt Simpson to be recovered from the gravel at Paddock Hill.

    Continuing to make good progress, Mike climbed up to fourth going into the final lap although, like Rory, he would lose out to Neal and Chilton on the final lap to end up in P6.

    A strong start to race two saw Mike jump up into fifth spot on the opening lap, but his hopes of trying to push towards the podium were ended by a drive through penalty for being slightly out of position at the start.

    Dropping to the back of the field, he raced well to come through to 18th at the finish, and then came close to a points finish in race three with 16th in the season finale.

    The combined efforts of the two drivers ensured that Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid RCIB Insurance Racing successfully wrapped up the Independent Teams’ Championship.

    Shaun Hollamby, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:

    “We had three trophies we were aiming for at the start of the season and to have won them all is absolutely fantastic. I’m delighted for the whole team because we have worked so hard and it has a been a massive team effort.

    “We made some big improvements over the winter and the support of Cobra, AutoAid, RCIB and GardX has been key as their investment in us allowed us to strengthen and move forwards. We were able to get the right calibre of driver in as success like this doesn’t happen if you don’t have the right drivers. Huge thanks have to go to Rory, Sam [Tordoff] and Mike for their efforts.

    “Rory was fantastic all year and the final race was his best of the season to hold off Josh like he did. Mike also did well again stepping in for Sam, who played a massive part in what we have achieved this year and who I know is happy at our success.

    “Now it’s time for a few beers!”

    Rory Butcher, #6 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said:

    “I think being the chaser for the Independent title was the best thing for me coming into the weekend, as every race I just pushed hard to get as much as I could from it. I knew in race three that Josh would drive his socks off in the early laps to get to me and I had to drive at 100 per cent from the start. That was the hardest I’ve driven the car all year – it was to the maximum.

    “To come away from the weekend with the Independent title and the Jack Sears Trophy for me personally, and to finish in the top five overall, is absolutely fantastic and I think it will take some time to sink in. It’s hard to believe what we have achieved.

    “For the team to also win the Independent Teams’ title and finish third overall is brilliant, and you can see in the eyes of the guys in the team just how much it means to them. I’m so pleased to be part of this team and to have had this opportunity, and I’m also happy for all of my sponsors and for the team sponsors who have made it possible.”

    Mike Bushell, #21 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R, said

    “I put in so much effort alongside Rory this season and I’m not ashamed to say I cried when he was getting his trophies. For us to have led the overall championship at one stage, and to win the Independent title has been a phenomenal effort.

    “Personally, I’m a bit annoyed with myself for being an inch over the line ahead of race two as I was comfortable in fifth place before the drive through penalty, and that really ended the weekend for me as race three was a case of just bringing the car home in one piece.

    “I’ve enjoyed doing these final three rounds and it was nice to hear David Addison comment on TV that it was a case of what might have been if I’d been in the car for a full season. It shows that people have taken notice of how I’ve performed, and it’s been nice to have a chance to get out on track in a top level car and race with the big names towards the front.”

  • TIG vs MIG - What is the difference?

    When it comes to choosing a performance exhaust system for your vehicle, there’s a wide range of systems available. From a simple bolt-on rear section to improve the sound, through to a full turbo-back setup with the associated performance benefits – there’s something for everyone out there. However, when it comes to the manufacturing process, all performance exhaust systems are not the same.

    Aside from the differences in design and the type of materials used, one of the biggest factors that affects the quality of a performance exhaust is the welding. This is one area in which Cobra Sport is ahead of the game. Whereas many of their competitors use MIG-welding for their exhaust systems, Cobra Sport’s highly-skilled technicians utilise superior TIG-welding techniques.

    But what exactly is the difference?

    MIG or Metal Inert Gas welding is primarily used where longer welds are required and where speed is a key factor in the production process. It requires less finesse and relies on more filler, which in turn creates more splatter, leads to messier welds and adds weight.

    TIG or Tungsten Inert Gas welding on the other hand requires specialist machinery and a highly-skilled technician. It’s a labour intensive system that takes two to three times longer, than MIG-welding.

    The material surfaces have to be spotlessly prepared, clean and cut to much smaller tolerances to ensure a strong better looking weld, with no splatter. TIG-welding produces less brittle, precision welds, which are lighter, stronger, more accurate and durable. With an intricate product such as an exhaust system, TIG-welding is by far the best solution in terms of quality and aesthetics.

    Cobra Sport has invested heavily in the additional equipment, training and time required for all of their exhaust systems to be TIG-welded. This craftsmanship approach, ensures quality that will last and is one of the reasons why Cobra Sport are confident to offer a lifetime warranty.

  • Cobra Sport launch Carbon Fibre tailpipe options

    Having perfected the art of creating beautifully finished TIG-welded stainless steel exhaust systems that deliver a thrilling sound and performance improvements, Sheffield-based exhaust experts Cobra Sport have developed a range of brand new carbon fibre tailpipes.

    These high-quality tailpipes are manufactured from finest quality carbon fibre and come with a durable matt finish. As with all Cobra Sport products, these carbon fibre items have been fully tested to ensure exemplary fit and finish. The carbon fibre tips feature a stainless steel inner sleeve as a thermal barrier.

    The Cobra Sport carbon fibre tailpipes are ideal for discerning owners, looking for that sporty finishing touch to the rear of their car. They may be specified as an optional extra when the performance exhaust system is ordered, or purchased separately and retrofitted to an existing Cobra Sport system.

    Please view website product listings for the full application list, further models will be added over the next 12 months.

    Highlights include fitment to the Audi S3 (8V), Audi TT, BMW M2, Ford Fiesta Mk7 EcoBoost, Ford Focus ST225 & ST250, Ford Focus RS Mk3, Mazda MX-5 NC, Nissan 350Z, Subaru WRX 2014>, Vauxhall Corsa VXR, VW Golf GTI Mk6 and VW Golf GTI Mk7.

  • Cobra Sport and Motorbase Performance racing ahead in the BTCC

    Leading performance exhaust specialists, Cobra Sport, join forces with another front-running BTCC team for 2019.

    Cobra Sport is proud to announce an exciting new technical partnership with Motorbase Performance for their 2019 BTCC campaign.

    Two Shredded Wheat-liveried Ford Focus RS’ driven by Ollie Jackson and Tom Chilton along with a ROKiT sponsored Focus RS driven by Nicolas Hamilton will compete in ten rounds of this hotly contested Championship – with all cars now running specially developed Cobra Sport race exhaust systems.

    With a proven track record at the highest levels of motorsport, Cobra Sport’s Motorsport Projects division was approached by Motorbase Performance to develop a bespoke exhaust system to meet the strict racing criteria.

    Developed at their Sheffield-based technical facility, with the assistance of sister company JP Exhausts, the brief was to produce a full system that would maximise performance of the Focus RS, while withstanding the rigours of a season of intense BTCC competition. The end result is a triumph of automotive engineering.

     

    Manufactured from ultra-resilient T304 stainless steel, the 3-inch mandrel-bent system has been precision TIG-welded to optimise gas flow and maximise strength. The profile of the exhaust’s side exit has been formed with additional strengthening to maintain ground clearance and withstand the rigours of the BTCC.

    With free-flowing silencers tuned to meet strict 115dB race-day limits, this bespoke competition system showcases Cobra Sport’s expert craftsmanship and industry-leading TIG-welding solutions. It incorporates the same high levels of quality and attention to detail that you’ll find on every single TIG-welded road-car application.

     

    Oly Collins Motorbase Performance Team Manager said: "We’re really pleased to announce our new technical partnership with Cobra Sport Exhausts. At Motorbase we’re very keen on loyal relationships with great technical partners. We have seen what Cobra Sport have been up to elsewhere in Motorsport and it’s a great time to join forces with them and start working together.”

    Cobra Sport have already tasted success at the top levels of British motorsport and also currently jointly run two Honda Civic Type Rs competing in the championship under the ‘Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing banner. Cobra Sport Exhausts look forward to building on this with Motorbase Performance in the 2019 BTCC.

    The first round of the 2019 Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on 06-07th April, with nine more races to follow.

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