Practice Makes Perfect for Cobra Seats
BTCC – SILVERSTONE
Talk about competitive racing – less than a second separated the top TWENTY TWO cars in qualifying at Silverstone but in a sport where every thousandth of a second counts, we’d like to think that the Cobra 129 played a small part in helping to secure a second career pole for Ashley Sutton in his Triple Eight MG6 – with Tom Ingram’s Speedworks Toyota (with his Cobra 129 seat) just three thousandth of a second behind, and Ashley’s teammate Josh Cook grabbing third on the grid.
However, euphoria for the Triple Eight team turned to despair at the end of race one, when, after some breathtaking racing which saw Sutton and Cook ‘relegated’ to second and fourth respectively in the early stages of the race and then fighting back to achieve and consolidate an impressive 1-2, the pair were disqualified after taking the chequered flag for a technical infringement involving the rear wings on their MG’s.
Frustration for two ‘Cobra’ drivers meant joy for another with the Speedworks Toyota of Tom Ingram being promoted into first place. The revised podium also saw the Handy Motorsport Toyota of Rob Austin taking third while Jake Hill won a lively contest for fifth. More frustration for drivers using Cobra Seats came with both Yuasa Honda drivers, Shedden and Neal suffering punctures relatively late on.
The misfortunes of race one invariably impacted on the grid for race 2 as far as “Cobras drivers” were concerned, but Tom Ingram drove a brilliant race to protect his soft tyres and manage the extra weight he was carrying as a result of his victory earlier in the day, to finish in third place.
Gordon Shedden had a storming race, too – cutting through the pack from the back of the grid to finish eighth! It wasn’t just the points that were a bonus for Shedden – his eighth put him in the hat for the ‘reverse grid’ draw and lo and behold he was rewarded with Pole for race three.
In race three, Shedden was beaten off the line by Rob Collard in his WSR BMW, but ‘Flash’ showed his determination (and nerve) by reclaiming the lead with an audacious move on the outside at Maggots.
As the race ‘settled down’ (if that’s the correct terminology) ‘Cobra’s championship contenders consolidated their positions with Rob Collard finishing third, Matt Neal fifth, Sam Tordoff sixth and Josh Cook seventh.
So, as we head to the season decider at Brands Hatch no fewer than eight drivers are in with a mathematical chance of winning the 2016 BTCC Drivers Championship – with the top four contenders all putting their faith in Cobra Seats.
Sam Tordoff leads the table, eleven points clear of Gordon Shedden, with Matt Neal a further two points behind and Rob Collard in fourth – just seventeen points off top spot!