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  • Charity Raffle - BTCC VIP & Passenger Ride - Master Cutlers Challenge 2018

    We have a range of incredible BTCC related prizes on offer as part of our 2018 Charity Raffle. Every year we take part in the Master Cutlers Challenge to raise money for local charities. This year we are raising money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

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    Our incredible money can’t buy top prize is a once in a lifetime passenger ride in the 2018 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 around the historic Donington Park circuit at the VAG Tuner Live show on Sunday the 8th July!

    The full list of prizes are as follows:

    ► Passenger ride with Ollie Jackson in the AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 BTCC Car at the VAG Tuner LIVE show on Sunday 8th July (includes 2 x tickets to the show). 

    ► 2 x VIP Tickets to the Knockhill round of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship

    ► BTCC Merchandise prizes - AmD with Cobra Exhausts official team wear jacket and 5 x caps. 

    ENTRY GUIDELINES:

    Entry to the competition is by a donation of £5 via our JustGiving fundraising page. 

    Please make sure you tick the ‘I’m happy to share my contact details with Cobra Sport’ on the final page of the donation process. 

    It is also very important that you also send an email to nick@cobrasport.com with your full name and telephone number so we can make sure that we are able to contact all competition winners. 

    Your personal information will only be used for contact relating to the competition, only stored until the completion of the competition and will not be used for any other purpose. 

    The winner of our passenger ride will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday 5th July 2018. 

  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts Stun with Podium at Brands Hatch!

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a stunning start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with a fine podium finish at Brands Hatch.

    The team went into the opening meeting of the campaign eager to impress, with returning driver Ollie Jackson keen to push for points and series debutant Sam Smelt targeting valuable mileage to build his experience. 

    Tamworth-based Ollie showed solid pace throughout practice but the tight nature of the times meant he had to settle for 23rd on the grid in qualifying despite being just six-tenths of a second away from pole position. Northampton-based Sam meanwhile lined up 32nd on the grid for race one with a best time less than 1.2secs off pole. 

    Rain greeted the team for the opening race of the weekend but Ollie reveled in the wet conditions when the lights went out, fighting his way up to 16th place on the opening lap and into the points by the time the Safety Car was deployed on lap two. 

    Racing hard in the midfield throughout, he brought his Audi S3 home to the finish in twelfth spot to pick up some early championship points whilst Sam achieved his aim of a solid finish in 24th. 

    Changeable conditions going into race two left teams with a decision to take over which tyres to run, with Ollie and the team gambling on going with slick rubber on the drying track. 

    Early on, that meant he slipped back down the order but as the circuit conditions improved, so he started to rapidly climb his way up the order. From 21st at the end of lap twelve, Ollie had raced his way into the top eight by lap 20 and continued to pick off the drivers ahead to run in a four-car train battling for the lead with three laps to go. 

    When one of those cars ahead then ran off track, Ollie moved into third place to secure his maiden BTCC podium, a first for the Audi S3 and the team’s first since Knockhill in 2014.

    Sam elected to run with wet tyres and that allowed him to climb up into the top 20 in the early stages of the race but he would ultimately finish 25th when the performance of his tyres dropped away.

    Fourth on the grid for race three thanks to the reverse grid draw, Ollie made a strong start despite being forced to carry success ballast on his car and climbed up to second when the lights went out. 

    Although he would slip back to seventh place, Ollie looked well placed to pick up another strong finish only for contact on the final lap to cost him valuable places as he crossed the line in 14th.

    Sam’s strongest drive of the weekend was rewarded with another 25th place finish as he got involved with racing with the pack; gaining valuable experience to take forwards into the races to come.

     Ollie Jackson, #48 Audi S3, said:

    “It’s been an emotional weekend. We’ve worked so hard as a team to improve the Audi and have been getting quicker and quicker, and today we’ve been able to fight for strong results across all three races. 

    “Race one was perhaps the race of the day to be honest and to come from where we where on the grid to finish twelfth was really good and helped to set up the result in race two.

    “We knew it was a gamble to go with slicks but also knew that the circuit was only going to get drier and it proved to be the right call. The car was absolutely fantastic and to bring home a podium was beyond our expectations coming into the weekend.

    “Even with the success ballast onboard for race three, we could well have had a top five finish had we not been hit off track a few times, which also cost us the Jack Sears Trophy this weekend.

    “However, I can’t go away from a weekend where I’ve taken my first podium feeling disappointed and I think we have shown this weekend that we deserve to be taken seriously in this series and aren’t just here to make up the numbers. We have to now try to build on this and fight for regular points as the season goes on." 

    Sam Smelt, #23 Audi S3, said:

    “It’s been a good weekend for me. Coming into the weekend my aim was to have three clean races and pick up three finishes and that is what I’ve managed to do. I think I improved in terms of my performance on track every time I went on track, and the feedback I was able to give the team has also improved.

    “It’s been good for me to sample all kinds of weather and the experience will only aid me going forwards through the rest of the year. This weekend has been a case of mission accomplished and my focus now is on trying to take another step forwards when we get to Donington Park.”

    Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal, said:

    “It’s been a fantastic weekend to start the season and to come away with a podium is way more than we could have imagined.  The team has worked hard all weekend to improve the car and both Ollie and Sam have done a good job on track.

    “Ollie has driven better than he has ever done before across race day and he made the most of the tyre call in race two with a fantastic performance. To secure his first podium in that way was brilliant but it was just as impressive to see how he drove with extra weight in the car in race three. If anything, that showed the steps forward we have taken with the Audi and he certainly deserved more than he got.

    “The conditions this weekend have made it difficult for Sam given his experience, but he has done exactly what we wanted him to do. He stayed out of trouble, has got quicker as the weekend has gone on and put in a solid drive in race three.

     “I have to give huge thanks to everyone involved with the team for their efforts on a weekend like this, particularly the likes of Cobra and Carbon Clean as we wouldn’t be racing without their support and hopefully we can build on these results as the season goes on.”

  • Cobra Sport Star in Car S.O.S Episode on National Geographic

    Cobra Sport featured extensively in episode 2 of series 6 of the popular TV show Car S.O.S aired on National Geographic.

    The Sheffield based performance exhaust manufacturer featured on an episode covering the restoration of a Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 which was completely restored to its former glory by the Car S.O.S team and supporting suppliers.

    Tim Shaw - Car SOS film at Cobra Sport ExhaustsThe episode featured a behind the scenes look at many of the manufacturing processes which go into creating a Cobra Sport exhaust. Filming took place over a full day capturing many scenes and a choice of story narrative much of which didn't make the final cut.

    The new performance exhaust for the Lancia was custom built directly to the donor vehicle at our Sheffield based workshop. This final exhaust design was based around 2.5" stainless steel pipework and included a rear box and central resonated section.

    The car reveal in the episode took place at a special event held at Whitmore hall in Staffordshire where a request had been put out to the Lancia Delta owners clubs for as many cars as possible to attend the event.

  • Tim Shaw (Car S.O.S) Custom Built Audi S2 Quattro Cobra Sport Exhaust

    Tim Shaw from Car S.O.S was back at Cobra Sport HQ this week having recently visited to film for an episode of the popular National Geographic & Channel 4 TV show.

    Tim brought his 1992 Audi S2 Quattro in for a full custom built Stainless Steel Cobra Sport Performance Exhaust. The new exhaust system was built directly to the car using 2.5” pipework directly from the turbo back creating the pitch perfect exhaust sound for which Cobra Sport Exhausts are famous for. The new exhaust system was finished with a set of twin 3” staggered highly polished tailpipes to maintain the standard manufacture look of the classic S2.

     

  • Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt confirmed for 2018 BTCC season

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts BTCC team can today confirm that Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt will race the teams Audi S3s in the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team heads into the new campaign seeking to build on the impressive progress made throughout last year, when it picked up it’s best points haul in the series to date. Tamworth-based Ollie returns for a third successive season with the team on the back of a strong 2017 that saw him start a race from pole, lead a race for the first time and finish inside the top ten in the Independents’ championship standings.

    He will seek to build on those results to regularly push towards the top ten, with the 33-year-old aiming to make the most of improvements being made to the Audi over the winter to try and push for a maiden podium finish. Ollie will also look to challenge for honours in the revised Jack Sears Trophy, which is now open to drivers who go into 2018 having yet to take to the overall podium.

    New team-mate Sam meanwhile will be making his debut in the series this season as he makes a return to tin-top competition for 2018. The 21-year-old from Northampton ended last year racing in the BTCC-supporting British F4 series, having earlier competed in the Volkswagen Racing Cup. Having graduated from karting twelve months ago, this season will be Sam’s second year in car racing, with the youngster looking to gain as much experience as possible to make progress up the highly-competitive grid.

    Work is currently ongoing to prepare the two Audis for pre-season testing, which is scheduled to get underway in February ahead of the opening meeting of the season.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 Audi S3, said:

     

    “I’m delighted to be returning with the team for a third season with the Audi and am really excited about what 2018 holds. We made a lot of progress last year but I don’t feel the job is finished yet, and I’d like to think that we can continue to build on everything we learned in 2017.

    “The testing programme we have in place means we can do some proper pre-season running, and will allow us to be fully prepared for the start of the season at Brands. We’ll be able to hit the ground running and can then focus on maximising our performance on track.

    “Having regularly challenged for points last year, the aim for me is to push for top ten finishes from the outset and I certainly feel that a podium could be possible if things fall our way. Independents’ class wins and the Jack Sears Trophy are certainly realistic, and I feel we have a good chance of coming away from 2018 with some silverware.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 Audi S3, said:

     

    “I really enjoyed the chance to sample the Audi when I tested back in November and came away from the day having ticked all the boxes I felt I needed to tick. Given how well it went with the team, I saw a good chance to make the move up the BTCC and am delighted that we’ve been able to agree a deal.

    “I’m really excited about the fact that I’m going to be competing in the series this season, but I’m also aware that the step up is a big one in my second year of car racing. I think this will be a learning year for me, particularly in the first half of the season, and I’ll have to take it race-by-race and see how I get on. I’m expecting it to be tough at the start, but I’d like to think that as the year goes on, I’ll be able to start pushing for points finishes and fighting my way further up the field.”

    Shaun Hollamby, team principal, said:

     

    “We’re pleased to confirm Ollie and Sam as our drivers for 2018, and are confident that both can enjoy a successful year on track. “In Ollie’s case, he has taken huge strides forwards since he rejoined us back in 2016, particularly last year which was arguably his strongest season in the BTCC. Our hope for 2018 is to see him regularly challenge towards the top ten and push for the Jack Sears Trophy title

    “Sam faces a steep learning curve as a rookie driver, but he did a solid job when he tested the car in tricky conditions back in November. He is a youngster with a lot of potential, and there is no reason why he can’t look to challenge for points as the season goes on.

  • 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.

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