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  • AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts show potential in British GT opener

    The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team showed glimpses of its potential as the new British GT Championship campaign burst into life at Oulton Park.

    The Easter Weekend event marked the start of a new era for the West Thurrock-based outfit, with the Cheshire circuit playing host to the team’s first race with its all new Mercedes-AMG GT3.

    The weekend started well in the opening practice session with Ryan Ratcliffe posting the fifth quickest time in damp conditions, although the team was prevented from running through its planned programme by an accident involving two GT4 cars that led to the session being halted just before the halfway stage.

    It meant team-mate Lee Mowle had to wait until the second session to get his turn behind the wheel, with the two drivers lapping within half a second of each other en-route to the eighth best time.

    With two one hour races during the opening meeting of the season, each driver took to the track for their own qualifying session, with Lee out first to determine the starting position for race one.

    However, Lee was unable to show his true pace when contact at the final corner after the Aston Martin of Derek Johnston turned in on him damaged both the suspension and steering on the car.

    Having not yet had time to post a timed lap before the clash, Lee was left ninth on the grid for race one, with Ryan forced to soldier on with the damaged car for his qualifying session en-route to the tenth best time for race two.

    With repairs carried out for Monday’s opening race, Lee took his place behind the wheel for the first stint and produced a strong start to immediately fight his way to sixth before getting ahead of the Ginetta of Harry Gottsacker with an impressive move on lap eight.

    Sadly his charge up the order would end on lap ten when he went off into the barriers on the run to Shell Oils. Although he was able to rejoin, the incident would drop the damaged car well down the order, with Lee starting a recovery drive that Ryan would then continue during his stint to bring the car to the flag in tenth spot.

    Repairs to the car were completed just minutes before the start of race two, with both drivers lapping quickly and consistently to reward the team with a seventh place finish in a race that was halted early after an accident at Hilltop; one that Lee was fortunate to avoid being caught up in.

    Following the fight against the clock to repair the car, AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts picked up the PMW Expo Team of the Weekend Award, whilst Lee and Ryan end the weekend eighth in the championship standings.


    Lee Mowle:

    “Oulton Park is a circuit where it isn’t easy to overtake in a GT3 car, so the incident in qualifying really put us on the back foot. It was a real shame as we hadn’t had chance to put a banker lap in, and based on practice, I think we could easily have ended up in the top four on the grid for race one, and Ryan would also have had us higher up the grid for race two.

    “In the opening race, the car felt absolutely mega and a world away from the BMW we raced last year. It was hard work making my way through the field, but we got up to P5 and then I just carried a little too much speed into Island Bend and got slightly wide onto the wet part of the circuit.

    “Once I then hit the grass, I was a passenger and it seemed an age until we hit the barriers. It was a big hit and did a lot of bodywork damage, so it was a case from there of us just bringing the car to the finish.

    “Although the results aren’t what we hoped for, there’s no doubt that we had could have come away from the weekend with a podium. The car handled superbly and provided loads of confidence behind the wheel; things just conspired against us. While it’s a case of what might have been from Oulton Park, the two hour race at Rockingham should suit us and we’re looking forward to a strong weekend there.”

    Shaun Hollamby – team boss:

    “There are a lot of positives to take away from the weekend, even considering that the end results weren’t what we hoped for. Both Lee and Ryan showed solid pace behind the wheel and I think that there was clearly the potential to run higher up the field in the races had it not been for the incident in qualifying.

    “That was always going to make it tough for race day but we showed what the Mercedes can do in the early stages of race one before Lee was caught out by the damp conditions. From there, we showed our battling qualities to not only get a finish from the race, but to get the car repaired and back out for race two.

    “The longer race at Rockingham next time out is one that should suit the Mercedes, and we’re confident that Lee and Ryan will be firmly in the mix for a strong result.”

  • More points on the board in the BTCC at Donington Park

    AmDTuning Cobra Exhausts BTCC Drivers at Donington Park, UKThe AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed another points scoring weekend with a brace of top 15 finishes as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed to Donington Park for the second meeting of the year.

    The West Thurrock based team headed for the East Midlands looking to build on the results secured at Brands Hatch, with both Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales eager to push towards the points scoring positions in their Audi S3s.

    Having opened his account at Brands Hatch, Tamworth-based Ollie started his bid for points from 25th on the grid in race one and fought his way forwards to 17th place by the time the chequered flag dropped.

    Pair of AmDTuning with Cobra Exhaust Audi S3sRace two saw Ollie run as high as tenth before he was forced to retire after being left with nowhere to go when a car spun ahead, but he recovered well with his repaired car in a wet final race to come from the back of the grid to 15th spot – earning him the final championship point.

    “There are a lot of positives to take away from this weekend,” he said. “The Audi is getting better and better, and I think we showed genuine top ten pace this weekend.

    “We just needed a little bit more luck on our side and we’d have been able to bring home a top ten in the second race, although the way we came through from the back in race three to take a points scoring finish on merit is also really pleasing.

    “Our race pace is good so we have to try and improve on our qualifying performance so we are better placed to make the most of it. If we can take that next step then we’ll be able to get ourselves towards the head of the midfield pack and really show what we can do.”

    Having shown his pace on track at Brands Hatch, albeit without being rewarded with the end results, Lichfield racer Ant went into his home event keen to open his account but like Ollie, was on the back foot after qualifying in 29th spot.

    Ollie Jackson - Donington Park BTCC 2017Radical changes overnight transformed his Audi for race day and he ended race one less than half a second away from the points having made up no fewer than 13 spots during a busy 16 lap battle.

    Those points wouldn’t be far away however, with a measured drive in race two being rewarded with a strong twelfth place finish and top rookie honours for the first time – giving Ant the team’s best result of the year to date.

    Race three started well with Ant on the fringes of the top ten, although a slow puncture would see him slip back down the order before eventually being forced to retire on the final lap.

    “Race three wasn’t how I wanted the weekend to end, but overall I’m really pleased,” he said. “After qualifying, we took a gamble with the car for race day and it really paid off. We were able to lap quickly, made up loads of places and I got into the points, which is a real achievement from where we qualified.

    “I knew early on there was a problem in race three as there was a vibration under braking that got worse as we went on, but I think we can come away from this weekend feeling confident about the races to come as we’ve taken a massive step forwards.”

    BTCC Grid - AmDTuning Cobra Exhausts GridTeam boss Shaun Hollamby was pleased to see both drivers score points, admitting it had been one of the best weekends to date for the Audi squad.

    “Both drivers have done a brilliant job this weekend,” he said. “It’s probably been the most competitive weekend we’ve had in terms of our pace, particularly in the second race where Ant got well earned points and Ollie could also have scored. Ollie also did really well in tough conditions in race three and for both to score points this weekend is promising.

    “The improvement in the car is clear to see, and hopefully when we get to Thruxton we can produce an even better performance on track.”

    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 BTCC Cars

  • AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts put points on the board in BTCC season opener

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC 2017 Brands HatchThe AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team enjoyed a points scoring start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season as the 2017 campaign kicked off at Brands Hatch.

    The West Thurrock-based team made the short trip to the Kent circuit hoping to impress with its updated Audi S3s, with returning driver Ollie Jackson being joined by series debutant Ant Whorton-Eales as part of an expanded two-car team.

    Tamworth-based Ollie would be left with work to do on race day having been caught out by difficult conditions on track in qualifying, with rain showers and traffic contributing to him being down in 29th place on the times.

    Running the softer compound Dunlop tyre in race one, Ollie worked his way forwards to 22nd place and then set about further progress when the lights went out in race two – lapping quickly and consistently to fight his way through to 14th and a first points scoring result of the season.

    Ollie Jackson - BTCC Brands Hatch 2017More points looked assured in race three as Ollie moved up to twelfth place on the opening lap, with a top ten finish looking to be a realistic goal until contact from behind knocked the rear tracking out on the Audi.

    It meant Ollie would slip back down to 16th by the time the chequered flag flew, although there was still plenty to be encouraged by at the end of the weekend.

    “I’m ecstatic with the progress we have made across the weekend with the car,” he said. “It was quite difficult to drive at the start of practice but we made a series of changes that really improved things and I head away from Brands Hatch confident that we have the Audi in a good place but with plenty more still to come.

    “The points in race two were good, and I think we can take a lot of encouragement from race three as it showed we have the pace to run at the head of the midfield pack and to challenge for the top ten.

    “That’s something we could certainly have achieved without the contact that damaged the rear of the car, but we can head for Donington Park next time out in confident mood.”

    Ant Whorton-Eales - BTCC Brands Hatch 2017For Lichfield racer Ant, qualifying would also prove to be a challenge, which left him 26th on the grid for the opening race.

    Any hope he had of a strong result were ended by the need to pit early on when a warning light appeared on the dash, with the reigning Clio Cup champion then able to rejoin the race but a lap down on the rest of the field.

    Encouragingly, Ant was able to run with the midfield pack despite being a lap behind and posted a number of quick laps before the chequered flag dropped with him in 25th spot.

    Having run inside the top 20 early in race two, Ant would unfortunately retire after being caught up by a clash between three rival drivers ahead with the team repairing his damaged Audi in time for race three.

    A 23rd place finish left him with two Independents points scores from the weekend, with the 22-year-old optimistic that better results lie ahead when the series heads to Donington Park.

    “The results on paper this weekend don’t really show what we are capable of, which is a shame,” he said. “I think I was a bit too reserved in the conditions in qualifying as I didn’t want to be the new boy who threw it off in the wet and it meant we were out of position for race one.

    “Although the need to pit meant I wasn’t able to get the result, the pace when running with the pack was really good and I think it showed we could have been in the mix if I’d qualified higher up the grid.

    “Race two was just unfortunate and one of those things that happens, which meant we were at the back for race three and had to get what we could from it. I’ve learned a lot this weekend and from working more with the team, and I’m confident that we have a good car that we can push on with at Donington.”

    Team boss Shaun Hollamby was pleased to see the Audi show its pace during the opening meeting of the year after a hectic winter, and expressed confidence that points scoring finishes can now be a regular aim.

    “I think it’s been an encouraging and positive start,” he said. “When you consider that we only got the new engine fitted to Ant’s car on Friday night and have only done limited testing, we knew this weekend wasn’t going to be easy but we’ve come away from it with a points finish and knowing we could have had more.

    “We’ve ended the weekend with a car that is both quick and reliable, and that has shown it is more than capable of scoring points. It’s now down to us to build on the potential we have seen and push our way up towards the top ten, and the performances out of the box here will spur us on to bigger and better things.”


    Images courtesy of Marc Waller Photography

  • Available Now - Cobra Sport redefine the spectacular BMW M140i

    BMW M140i Performance Exhaust System by Cobra SportFollowing on from the success of the Cobra Sport Exhaust systems for the M135i & M235i, the latest sporty hot hatch from BMW has just completed development at our HQ in Sheffield. Designed and manufactured to uncompromising standard, Cobra Sport has matched performance improvements with re-defined sound to offer an exciting exhaust upgrade offering for M140i owners.

    The M140i has quickly gained the reputation for offering an especially good driving experience thanks to stunning 3.0 litre 335bhp engine matched with the beautifully balanced BMW rear wheel drive system. The BMW M140i boasts the same torque figure as the M2 registering 369 lb-ft making the M140i sprint incredibly quickly to 60mph making up 0.3 sec on the previous model.

    The new Cobra Sport Exhaust systems have been designed to add a subtle sporty tone lower down in the rev range to enable to car to be continued to be used as a long distance cruiser. When under full load, the Cobra Sport exhaust system comes to life providing a stunning soundtrack worthy of the M-Sport badge.

    BMW M140i Cobra Sport Cat Back Exhaust SystemThe Cobra Sport research and development team quickly made the decision to base the new performance exhaust systems for the BMW M140i on 3" (76.2mm) T304 stainless steel pipework. This mandrel bent pipework allows the engine to breathe and contributes to the aim for the largest natural performance improvements. The new cat back exhausts offer a significant weight advantage with the Cobra Sport system weighing only 16.32kg giving a 21% decrease from the OEM weight of 20.75kg. The sound of the new Cobra Sport exhausts boast vastly improved tonal characteristics with the non resonated cat back exhaust offering a deeper more aggressive sound with an overall increase of +4.6dB to 86.8dB on the static 4,000rpm sound test. Within the cabin the redefined sound remains comfortable registering 81.6dB under full load.

    The new performance exhaust systems for the M140i are based around a cat back configuration with the option for either a resonated or louder non resonated centre section. These cat back systems can be matched with a choice of replacement front pipe options in the form of either a sports cat or a de-cat downpipe pipe to create the most dynamic sound track.

    Cobra Sport Sales Manager Matt Thomas commented, "Building on an existing first class reputation in the BMW tuning market, we’re excited to be adding the Cobra Sport sound and performance upgrade to the stunning M140i. Through optimised gas flow technology, the downpipes have been designed for fitment in conjunction with engine tuning requirements with our tuning partners reporting exceptional power gains, all made possible by the Cobra Sport exhaust upgrade".

    Cobra Sport have improved the subtle styling of the BMW M140i, creating a more aggressive and balanced look to the rear of the car with dual 3.5" (88.9mm) inward rolled baffled highly polished stainless steel tailpipes which have been designed to complement the M140i lower rear panel.

    Find out more information on our product page > BMW M140i Performance Exhausts

  • AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts BTCC Team - Media Day

    AmDTuning with Cobra Exhausts - Media Day 2017 SSFTToday saw the official launch of the 'AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts’ British Touring Car team at the first event of the BTCC calendar at Donington Park. Media day is traditionally the first event of the season at which the media and public get a chance to see the new 2017 drivers and cars for the first time.

    Both Audi S3s have been treated an upgraded Cobra Sport Exhaust system this season expertly TIG Welded by our skilled technicians at our HQ in Sheffield. The new exhausts has been designed to work in conjunction with the upgraded RML parts to give the drivers a competitive edge this season. Driver feedback from the newly developed cars has been very positive with Ollie Jackson commenting that the Audi has never felt better to drive and a big improvement over last years setup.

    The afternoon testing session was the first time the 2017 entrants have competed under the same test conditions giving an insight of what may be to come this season. Ollie Jackson finished the day in 10th place overall recording a lap time of just seven tenths off the quickest lap of the day by Tom Ingram. Ant Whorton-Eales went quicker and quicker throughout the afternoon spending time fine tuning the setup of the car and getting used to the driving dynamics of the Audi making sure he is fully prepared for qualifying at first race of the year.

    Our attention now turns to the first round of the championship over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

    AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts - Garage - Media Day 2017

  • Cobra Sport Launch New Brand Video - BTCC & UK VAG Shows

    We are pleased to launch our latest brand video celebrating our involvement in the UK British Touring Car Championships and attendance at all of the major UK VAG Tuning shows. Cobra Sport are at the forefront of manufacturing quality offering innovative design and unparalleled exhaust manufacturing expertise for the worldwide Performance Audi, Seat and VW market.

    Filming took place at a number of UK racing and VAG events throughout 2016. The AmD Tuning with Cobra Exhausts British Touring Car team competes in the UK BTCC Championship running a pair of Audi S3's driven by Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales. Being part of the team allows us unique behind the scenes access to BTCC race days experiencing the highs and lows of running in the fantastic British Touring Car Championship.

    Our full collection of brand videos can be seen our website here > Cobra Sport Promotional Videos

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