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BTCC: CROFT.

Every ticket to a motor racing event reminds you that “motor racing is dangerous” – but that statement comes in to sharp focus when incidents like the one in qualifying at Croft happens.

At Cobra we live and breathe our products – we know that drivers lives depend on us supplying seats that offer the maximum protection when the very worst happens – and the accident at Croft, when a combination of fluids on the track and rain made drivers mere passengers, is our worst nightmare. That’s why we spend thousands of pounds refining and improving our seats and that’s why we work so closely with our drivers to ensure that they are using seats that offer the perfect fit.

All drivers using Cobra seats walked safely away from Croft – many with some very good results under their belts – but that doesn’t mean our thoughts aren’t with drivers who were not so lucky and we hope and pray that Jeff Smith and Luke Davenport have a rapid recovery and are soon back on track.

It was inevitably a subdued pitlane on Sunday, but the nature of BTCC means that competition was still intense and Cobra drivers continued to enjoy the lions share of success.

In the first race of the day Colin Turkington took a valiant second, while teammate Rob Collard raced his WSR 125i M Sport from 11th on the grid to fourth place at the end, despite 66kg of success ballast in his car. Collard produced a final-corner pass on reigning champion Gordon Shedden in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R to get fourth place.

Fifth for “Flash” was enough for the Scotsman to maintain his position at the top of the points standings as the grid lined up for race 2.

In the second race of the day Turkington went one better – taking no less than his 12th career win at Croft. Colin’s WSR BMW 125i M Sport made a great getaway from second on the grid to beat the pole sitter to the first corner. At the chequered flag Rob Collard also went one better than he did in race 1 – finishing third – as did “Flash” who had a comfortable drive to fourth.

In the third race, the “drive of the day” probably went to Matt Neal who rose from 18th on the grid to finish fifth – not bad on a circuit that is notorious for being difficult to overtake on!

So the meeting ends, and BTCC enters its summer break, with Cobra drivers still 1-2-3 in the BTCC Championship with Gordon Shedden in first place, Rob Collard in second and Colin Turkington in third.

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