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  • 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

  • Japfest 2016 at Silverstone

    Japfest 2016 LogoCobra Sport kicked off the summer show season with our attendance at the 2016 Japfest Show held for the first time at the new show venue of Silverstone Race Circuit. The Japfest show made the move to Silverstone having previously been held at the Castle Combe Circuit and the new location enabled the show to spread out and become the biggest Japanese Performance show in the Europe.

    Japfest has secured its place as the Europe's largest Japanese car show. The event boast a display of over 3500 Japanese cars from the many car clubs along with competitive drifting and high speed track action.  We were at the show with the Cobra Sport events trailer which will be in attendance at many car shows over the summer months. The attendance at Japfest was incredible and the retail arena was packed for most of the day despite the chilly early spring weather.

    On our stand we were proud to have on display the new Honda Civic Type R (FK2) fitted with our new 3" cat back performance exhaust system alongside the stunning Nissan 370Z fitted with a full cat back exhaust and centre 'y' section.  The two cars along with our range of exhaust display stands and clothing range created a buzz on the stand attracting large crowds throughout the day.

  • Cobra Sport attend 'Get up to Speed' Careers Event at Magna

    Get up to Speed @ MagnaGet up to Speed with Engineering and Manufacturing (GUTS), is the premier event in the region aimed at inspiring the upcoming generation of young engineers and manufacturers who will go on to be vital in the future of innovation and commercial success.

    The Sheffield region in which we are a keen contributor and supporter is recognised internationally for its expertise in high-precision engineering and the manufacturing of metal based products. The promotion of manufacturing organisations and careers is currently high up on the national agenda, and we are keen to celebrate and promote the manufacturing industry locally, nationally and internationally and hope to help ensure we have the talented and skilled people that we need for future manufacturing success.

    Cobra Sport at GUTS Magna 2016Ollie Jackson Cobra Sport at GUTS Magna 2016We were extremely grateful for the support from the AmDTuning BTCC team who gave their time to support the day. The team attended the careers event with the current 2016 Audi S3 British Touring Car which had been re-built after an eventful weekend of racing at Donington. Along with the car we are also thankful to current driver Ollie Jackson for giving his time by attending the event for the whole day talking to the attendees promoting careers in the manufacturing and motorsport sector.

    The Get up to Speed careers event is a chance to see some of the UK's most exciting engineering inventions. Next years event will again be held at the Magna Science and Adventure Centre and will be held on Wednesday 26th April 2017.

  • Cobra Sport welcome Company of Cutlers on factory visit

    Cobra Sport Master Cutlers Visit - April 2016Cobra Sport showed off its investment in research and development when it hosted a factory visit by Freemen of The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

    The firm, based on Surbiton Street, Attercliffe, has invested £50,000, including £20,000 in its R&D department, on machinery and upgrades over the last year.

    Managing director Rachel Jarvis became a Freeman last year and is one of a growing band of businesswomen in the organisation, which aims to support and promote manufacturing in the Sheffield City Region.

    The Company has 350 Freemen who must be senior executives or directors in a ‘relevant’ organisation.

    In the past 4 years Cobra Sport have seen accelerated growth and the business is a leading manufacturer of stainless steel exhausts for sports and performance vehicles. The investment allows the firm to create performance exhausts for many of the new breed of high performance cars entering the market, including the latest Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R.

    Rachel said: “We were delighted to welcome the Freemen and have the opportunity to show them some of our latest innovations which are vital to keeping us at the forefront of our industry.”

    She added: “I am very proud to be a Freeman and want to contribute to safeguarding the city’s reputation for being a centre of excellence for manufacturing and in particular do all I can to attract more females into the industry.

  • 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

  • Instagram Cobra Sport Exhausts Photography Competition

    Cobra Sport Instagram Photo Competition WinnerUpdate - May 2016

    We're pleased to announce the winner of our recent Instagram photography competition - congratulations @joe_vxr13 !!

    First prize was a Cobra Sport Hoodie from our new merchandise range. Thank you to everybody who entered the competition. We are due to run a video competition next month, details of which will be released through our Instagram & Facebook channels shortly.

     


     

    During April we are offering the chance to win a Cobra Sport Hoodie from our new clothing range along with a t-shirt, cap and a collection of other Cobra Sport merchandise.

    The competition is based over on our quickly growing Instagram channel where we are looking for you to submit photographs of your Cobra Sport Exhausts fitted to your vehicle.

    To enter all you need to do is upload photos of your car with Cobra Sport Exhaust fitted to Instagram and tag us in your post using #CobraSportPhotoComp

    Entries close Saturday 30th April 2016. The winner will be chosen by Cobra Sport staff who will vote for their favourite image from all of the submitted entries. Please note, only images with a Cobra Sport exhaust fitted will be eligible for the prize - creativity encouraged!

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