2016 Autosport International racing car show – National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

There was a strong local interest making headlines at the 2016 Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Autosport International show 2016

Cobra Sport Performance Exhausts revealed  their involvement with the AmDTuning British Touring Car championship team for 2016

After 2015’s success sponsorship debut on AmDTuning’s BTCC cars, the Attercliffe-based manufacturer of performance and sports stainless steel exhausts are now upgraded to be entrant title sponsor on the AmDTuning.com/Cobra Sport Audi S3 2016 BTCC car, displayed on the Cobra Sport Exhausts stand at the show.

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Ben Barnicoat races with Hitech GP in the 2016 Formula 3 European Championship 

The Chesterfield 19 years-old multi-championship winner, and one of the UK’s hottest young single-seater prospects, will join 2015 Euro F3 race-winner George Russell in the Mercedes-powered squad.

A protégé of the Racing Steps Foundation, Barnicoat tested with the team at the Spanish Jerez circuit in December as part of a comprehensive evaluation process.

The two-times McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist said, “I can’t wait to start testing in earnest.   It’s been a bit of a wait while contractual matters have been sorted but I couldn’t be happier.

“Hitech is a top team which has everything in place to succeed.   They’re very professional, and their set-up is just amazing – you get a real ‘we are here to win’ buzz from everybody in the team.

It is especially convenient that HiTech GP are Silverstone-based, as Barnicoat spends a lot of time at the Porsche Human Performance centre at Silverstone too.

He will be partnered with George Russell a driver he knows well from their earliest karting days, “Obviously I’ll be on a steep learning curve and up against a really strong and experienced team-mate in George. We’ve been fighting each other all the way through and I’m sure it’ll be a bit strange at first, but we’ll be pushing each other constantly, which is good because it will help the team as we have similar driving styles that will help with developing the cars,” he remarked.

“My gut feeling is I’m in exactly the right place to serve my F3 apprenticeship”, said a thrilled Barnicoat, “I couldn’t be happier. Hitech is a top team which has everything in place to succeed!”.

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JHR Developments’ Steven Hunter with Jerseyman Jack Butel racing in the 2016 MSA Formula Championship 

On the MSA stand Steven Hunter announced that young Jerseyman Jack Butel will continue to race for JHR Developments’ 2016 MSA Formula Championship team after a successful 2015 debut season.

Having spent the latter half of 2015 racing in the series with Dronfield-based JHR, 19 year-old Butel is confident that remaining with the team is to his advantage. “I’m so glad that I’m racing with JHR, who are an amazing team and I’m happy to do another year with them. Because we only joined them halfway through last year, but now we can hit the ground running in 2016”.

Hunter added, “it’s great to have Jack back, he developed well last year and we look forward to better results from running in the top-10 this season”.

Autosport International show 2016

Jake Designs artwork for AIM on the Super 1 Series stand

As has become customary, Jake Designs, the karting graphics company from Rotherham, was responsible for the majority of ‘warpaint’ on the karts on display at the show.

Autosport International show 2016

An IAME Cadet kart body kit produced by Jake Designs

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