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Charlie celebrates pole and podium at Watkins Glen

NGK Ambassador Charlie Martin has narrowly missed out on her first race win in the 2022 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship.

She took an excellent pole position in her qualifying session for the first race at the third round of the championship at Watkins Glen with teammate Jason Keats securing a fifth place starting place for race two.

They led their class in race one from start to finish but were unfortunately hit with a penalty for a pitstop that was 0.4-seconds too fast resulting in them being moved to second place after the chequered flag, their best finish of the season.

In the second race of the meeting, the duo finished where they started as they collected a fifth-place finish in class to round off a strong weekend in New York.

Charlie said: “I'm really pleased with how our weekend at Watkins Glen went. Pole position, a podium finish, and fantastic pace all around. In race one, we led our class from start to finish, only a penalty for a pitstop that was 0.4-seconds too fast saw us moved to P2 after the chequered flag, but we were both stoked to get our best finish yet in Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

“It was so hot in the car but we both pushed through to get on the podium. P5 in race two was a solid result to end the weekend, now we are fully focused on continuing the form into Road America at the start of August." 

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors, is a long-term sponsor of Charlie.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “Charlie and Jason were so unfortunate to miss out on gaining a well-deserved race win at this iconic American circuit. I am sure they will both be fighting hard to gain top spot when the championship resumes in August.”

Leaving Watkins Glen, Charlie occupies fourth place in the standings with 48 points with her next outing being over the weekend of August 5-7.

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 Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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