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  • AmD with Cobra Exhausts battles to Oulton Park top ten

    Race 3 Podium - BTCC Oulton ParkThe AmD with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a strong weekend on track at Oulton Park to secure a top ten finish from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team made the long trip to Cheshire hoping to challenge for points at a circuit where the Audi S3 had been strong twelve months ago.

    Tamworth based Ollie Jackson led the team’s challenge in qualifying to put his car 18th on the grid, with his best lap just eighth tenths of a second off pole in the ultra-competitive field.

    A battling drive in the opening race saw Ollie rewarded with a points finish in 14th after a heated fight in the midfield, with the 34-year-old managing to beat title hopeful Tom Ingram in a drag race to the line. 

    Running the soft compound tyre in race two, Ollie produced one of the best drives of his BTCC career to date as he battled his way forwards into the top ten before going wheel-to-wheel with title hopefuls Ingram and Jack Goff. The end result was a strong ninth place finish, leaving Ollie well placed to add to his tally in race three.

    A good start saw him immediately jump up to seventh spot but the race would then be halted because an accident, with the grid reformed in its original positions. This time around, Ollie would fall victim to contact from the Honda of Dan Cammish on the opening lap, which resulted in a puncture and an unscheduled visit to the pits. 

    Despite ending up down in 21st place as a result, Ollie ended the weekend as top scorer in the Jack Sears Trophy with a trip to the podium to end proceedings.

    Rookie team-mate Sam Smelt was left on the back foot going into race day after a difficult qualifying session saw him starting down in 31st place, with the Nottingham-based driver ending the opening race of the weekend in the same position.

    Making up six places on the opening lap of race two, Sam looked set to make progress through the field until contact forced him to retire with damage to the front of his car, which was fully repaired in time to take the start of race three.

    Avoiding the carnage ahead at the start of race, Sam produced his strongest race so far in the final race of the weekend as he broke into the top 20 for the first time, with a finish of 17th being his best to date.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “The big thing this weekend is that we had a better qualifying and it left us in a position to challenge on race day. We’ve showed strong pace throughout race day on both types of tyre and have secured two good results on merit and not simply because others have gifted us places. 

    “In the second race in particular, we were a match for anyone in the closing stages on the soft tyre and the team has done a brilliant job with the car – it was spot on.

    “Okay so it’s a bit disappointing that contact in the final race has robbed us of a potential top ten finish but I feel there is a lot we can take away from this weekend and we have something to build on next time out at Croft. 

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “I really need to work on my qualifying as that is what has held me back this weekend. Starting from the back of the grid it was always going to be difficult but we made some changes to the car ahead of race day that improved things and I was able to find more speed.

    “Although the first two races weren’t the best, it was good in race three to be in the mix and I’m pleased to have got my first top 20 finish under my belt. I think where we have finished this weekend gives us a good place to start when we go to Croft.” 

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

    “Even though we got on the podium at Brands Hatch, I’d say this was the best weekend we’ve had this season with the Audi. Ollie’s performance in the second race was particularly impressive as he held his own against some of the best drivers on the grid. I’m sure he could have had a top ten in race three without the contact.

    “It’s also good to see Sam get his best result so far in the sister car. It wasn’t an easy weekend and we know he still has a long way to go but he continues to make progress and is working his way forwards like we knew he would as the season goes on.

    “The results here leave me optimistic about what we can do at Croft next time out as it is somewhere where the Audi was strong last season so fingers crossed for another strong performance.”

  • Challenging weekend for AmD with Cobra Exhausts at Thruxton

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team was unlucky to come away from Thruxton without any points on the board after a challenging third weekend of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

    The team headed for the fastest circuit on the calendar hoping to challenge for top 15 places but it would prove to be a tough weekend for drivers Ollie Jackson and Sam Smelt.

    Ollie had been eager to add to the points he scored during the opening meeting of the year at Brands Hatch but was on the back foot after qualifying having had to settle for 29th on the grid.

     The close nature of the pack meant overtaking would be tough in the opening race, with the Tamworth-based driver only able to work his way up to 25th despite being quicker than a number of his rivals ahead. 

    A solid drive in race two saw Ollie fight his way to 17th and left him well placed to try and push for points in race three only for contact on the opening lap to force him across the kerbs at the chicane.

    Although he was able to run in 16th for the opening laps, the kerb strike had damaged the front right tyre which then let go on lap eight; forcing him into the pits to retire.

    Northampton-based team-mate Sam was racing at the fearsome Hampshire venue for the first time in his career and lined up in 32nd spot on the grid for the opening race.

    A 28th place finish in the opening race was followed by 24th in race two and 26th in race three as the rookie was able to gain further valuable experience of racing in the highly competitive series. 

    Having struggled to maintain the progress made in the opening two rounds of the year, Sam will now hope to return to form next time out at Oulton Park.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “I think we were on the back foot in practice a bit after missing the test and then we mis-read the conditions in qualifying which left us out of position on the grid. We changed the car for the races and just got our heads down to try and work our way forwards. 

    “With the field as it is, it was hard to make progress but we got into a position where we could try and push for some points in race three. Unfortunately I got hit on the opening lap, which forced me across the kerbs and damaged the front right. 

    “It’s unfortunate as we could have scored but we have shown decent race pace again and should be going home with something to show for it.”

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “This weekend has been a tough one for me as Thruxton is such a unique circuit. Qualifying was difficult and even though the first race went quite well, I struggled in races two and three. 

    “This is a circuit where I think experience plays a big part and the fact I hadn’t been here before and didn’t have much mileage under my belt didn’t help. I’m hoping that when we go to Oulton Park, I’ll be closer to the pace and can put this weekend behind me and try and build on the results from Brands Hatch and Donington Park.”

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

    “As at Donington Park, this is a weekend when we could have scored points with the Audis and it is unfortunate that we come away from Thruxton without adding to our tally. We were on the back foot after qualifying and it wasn’t easy to make up places in the races, which you could see across the whole field.

    “Despite that, Ollie had got himself into a good position for the final race and it was only down to bad luck that he picked up tyre damage as without that, I’m sure he would have brought home some points.

    “It was a tough weekend for Sam but this is a challenging circuit for a rookie visiting for the first time and it would have been easy for him to make a mistake and put the car off track. As it was, he picked up three finishes and the extra track time will only help him moving forwards.”

  • Japfest 2018 at Silverstone

    Japfest 2016 LogoCobra Sport attended their third show of the 2018 season over a very sunny bank holiday weekend at Silverstone for europe’s largest Japanese tuning show. Japfest takes over the whole of the Northamptonshire venue and again proved to be the perfect venue for the show with space to host the many car clubs and tuning companies in attendance. The show features a display of over 3500 Japanese cars from the many car clubs from across the UK and Europe along with competitive drifting and high speed track action.

    Providing a pitch perfect soundtrack to the trade area of the show were four display vehicles all fitted with Cobra Sport exhausts offering visitors to the show a chance to hear the systems in real life.

    The stunning sound of the Cobra Exhaust for the Nissan 370Z continues to please, drawing the crowds to the stand during the exhaust sound demonstrations, the car on the stand was fitted with a full Cat Back exhaust which consists of the Y-Section, Centre & Rear Sections.

    Also receiving a great deal of attention on the stand was the Toyota GT86 fitted with the full Cobra Sport exhaust system which when fitted produces an unrivalled exhaust sound and performance upgrade. The full system includes de-cat manifold, sports cat, over pipe & non resonated cat back exhaust.

    Having previously displayed the 2.0 litre MX-5 ND at the 2017 Japfest show with dual exit exhaust, this year the 1.5 Litre MX-5 ND took a spot on the stand fitted with the popular MZ15 Resonated Cat Back Exhaust.

    To complete the collection of show cars we had the Mk3 MX-5 on display fitted with our ever popular race type rear box exhaust finished with a set of 'Blackout' ceramic coated Black Tailpipes.

  • Strong pace unrewarded in the BTCC at Donington Park

    The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team was left to wonder what might have been after missing out on more strong points as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Donington Park for the second round of the year.

    The team was looking to build on a fine season opener at Brands Hatch, where Ollie Jackson had picked up a podium in his Audi S3 and rookie Sam Smelt had secured three solid finishes on his series debut.

    The Cobra Sport team attended the event with the events trailer, providing quotes for direct fit & custom build performance exhausts along with stocking the expanding range of AmD with Cobra Exhausts official team wear.

    Ollie qualified in 27th place having been stripped of his best time in the session for exceeding track limits; a lap that would have put him 18th on the grid for his 150th race in the series.

    Showing the pace in his Audi, Ollie made up six places on the opening laps and was making good progress until he came up behind the Honda of James Nash, with ultra-defensive driving from his rival leaving him to finish the race in 19th place.

    Going into race two, Ollie was keen to continue his forward progress and moved up five places on the first lap into the points scoring positions. Having climbed to twelfth, a top ten finish looked like being on the cards before contact from Rob Collard’s BMW at the start of the fourth lap saw him go off track at Hollywood.

    Forced to pit as a result, he would end the race down in 29th place, which is where he then started the final race of the weekend. A storming first lap saw him rocket up to 18th place despite being on the less favourable hard tyre and although he would get up into the points, Ollie would be shuffled back to 16th at the finish – just missing out on adding to his championship tally.

    Team-mate Sam enjoyed an impressive performance in qualifying at the wheel of the sister Audi to qualify in 18th place, with his focus for race day being to try and gain valuable experience of running in the pack.

    Maintaining a place inside the top 20 in the early laps, Sam lost places when an error on lap four saw him run off track and from there, he focused on bringing his car to the finish which he did in 28th spot.

    Race two would end in disappointing fashion when driveshaft failure forced him to retire after eight laps whilst there was further misfortune in race three when, having made up five places, he was tipped into a spin at the Old Hairpin that dropped him off the back of the field; a 24th place finish being the end result.

    Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “This is a weekend that could have been so different, and we could easily have come away from it with three good points finishes. As it is, we come away from it with nothing on the board despite having good pace in the car once again. 

    “If anything, the performance of the Audi was actually stronger than it was at Brands Hatch but where we were in qualifying hurt our chances. Race one was going well until we came up behind the Honda and there is no doubt we’d have had a top ten in race two without being punted off. 

    “On the hard tyre, it was a case of doing what we could in race three and we nearly got some points so I’m not disheartened. Clearly we have good speed in the car and hopefully we can be back in the points at Thruxton.” 

    Sam Smelt, #23 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, said:

    “I took a big step forwards in qualifying and to be 18th on the grid was fantastic as it put me right in the mix. I have to hold my hands up that I made a mistake in race one which was a shame, and then in race two, there was nothing I could do about a mechanical problem that forced us out. 

    “In race three, I got hit off track which dropped me way behind the rest of the field and it just sums up the luck I had on race day if I’m being honest. Despite that, I’m not disappointed because I’ve been able to learn a huge amount again – more than I did at Brands Hatch. The aim now is to keep making progress at Thruxton in a few weeks time.”

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

    “Both Ollie and Sam have done a good job on race day and it’s unfortunate that the end results don’t reflect it. Ollie was on the back foot after qualifying but the pace he showed in the three races was very encouraging and he could well have come away from the weekend with some good points on his board.

    “Sam has also taken a big step forwards in terms of his performance this weekend and it is unfortunate that luck wasn’t on his side on race day, but he I hope that when we get to Thruxton he can continue to move his way forwards towards the points scoring positions.”

  • Get up to Speed with STEM - Engineering Careers - Magna 2018

    Get up to Speed @ MagnaGet up to Speed with Engineering and Manufacturing (GUTS), is the premier event in northern England 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 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing.

     

     

    Cobra Sport MD Rachel Abbott joined the discussion panel to debate the state of manufacturing and future skills at the Get up to Speed event alongside Julie Kenny CBE, DL and David Richards CBE.

    It was great to meet the future generation of engineers at the event along with representatives from many of our local suppliers and business contacts.

    On the Cobra Sport stand we had a number of performance exhausts on display showcasing the craftsmanship & attention to detail which go into making a Cobra Exhaust. Alongside the finished exhaust products were a series of videos providing an insight into our advanced manufacturing to prospective engineers and apprentices.

    We were also proud to have Sam Smelt's current AmD with Cobra Exhausts BTCC car on display at Magna which proved to be the main attraction of the automotive display. The car was fresh from the open rounds of the 2018 British Touring Car season at Brands Hatch the previous weekend where Ollie Jackson picked up a best over podium finish in race 2 in the sister Audi S3.

  • PERFORMANCE BMW – PRODUCT FOCUS (APRIL 2018)

    The April edition of Performance BMW magazine includes a three page spread focusing on the Cobra Sport dual exit exhaust conversions which are available for many 3 series and 4 series diesel models.

    This article highlights the impressive specifications found on our dual exit performance exhaust upgrade for the diesel BMW range and the different tailpipe opinions to make your pride and joy unique. Throughout the three page magazine spread, the editor looks at the quality manufacturing techniques and processes to offer an insight into the BMW dual exit exhaust layout and features. All Cobra Sport Exhausts feature mandrel bent T304 stainless steel pipework and superior TIG welding. The BMW diesel exhaust range has been designed to aesthetically improve the visuals of the car replicating the sporty look of the petrol models offing a much improved presence on the road.

    The full range of dual exit BMW performance exhausts have been through our rigorous research and development process. All Cobra Sport Exhausts are handcrafted by our highly skilled exhaust technicians in the heart of Sheffield, the home of stainless steel. The magazine is available now from all major retail outlets, find out more about our diesel BMW range in the images below.

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