For over 40 years Cobra Seats has been manufacturing exclusively in the United Kingdom, earning a reputation that unites innovative technology, quality of design and functional elegance.
It’s a reputation built on passion. In the 1960’s Len Dunsford was acknowledged as one of the country’s best vehicle trimmers – his work graced racing cockpits used by names like Moss, McQueen and Clark.
Nowadays modern heroes place their trust in Cobra’s ability to combine the very highest safety standards with weight saving technology… and Cobra is still a family run company – grandson Mark, who is Managing Director, shares his father’s and grandfather’s “hands on” passion for the art of building the finest seats and car interiors.
As another stunning British Touring Car Championship season drew to a breath-taking close at Brands Hatch it was drivers and teams using Cobra seats who lifted all the trophies.
So, congratulations to all the winners … and commiserations to other drivers and teams using Cobra seats who packed out the top of the listings.
The sun finally made an appearance for Race 3 and it certainly shone on Colin Turkington – eventually!
While Jason Plato was cruising at the front of the field to take a comfortable win ahead of Rory Butcher (whose 2nd place in his Cobra Sport AMD Honda Civic secured him the Independent Drivers Championship), all eyes were on the overall Drivers Championship battle that was evolving behind them.
As the start of Race 2 approached the weather was still posing questions. The first 22 on the grid opted for wet tyres – in the hope that the track wouldn’t dry out too much.
Colin Turkington had a fantastic start – moving from 5th to 2nd by Paddock Hill Bend only to be collected by Matt Neal half a lap later – a controversial incident that moved the Championship leader from 2nd to last.
The most important qualification of the BTCC season went the way of Colin Turkington as the BMW driver made a massive statement of intent. Mastering the wet conditions, in a session interrupted by two red flags, Turkington posted ‘purple after purple’ as he set a succession of fastest times to claim pole by over 3 tenths of a second. Colin’s 20th BTCC pole of his career also gave him an invaluable bonus point in the Drivers’ Championship.
Just 24 hours after qualifying and the conditions for the first BTCC race of the day conspired to put doubts into the mind of even the most experienced drivers.
Sitting on the front of the grid, Colin Turkington acknowledged that the fast drying track was far from ideal for him – his rear wheel drive BMW may be great in the wet and very, very good in the dry, but really struggles when the circuit is somewhere in between the two.