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Charlie celebrates second place in US championship

NGK Ambassador Charlie Martin and teammate Jason Keats ended a memorable debut season together by claiming second place in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo LB Cup in the USA.

A rollercoaster meeting at Portimão looked set to go down right to the wire until a race two puncture spoiled the pair’s chances of taking home the championship win.

The event started in perfect fashion as Charlie secured her fourth pole position of the 2022 campaign with Keats returning a third place starting position for race two as the pair set their sights on overhauling an eleven-point deficit.

The duo finished second in race one which reduced the lead at the top of the championship to just three points before the final race of the season and were in second position in race two when disaster struck as a punctured tyre forced Keats to limp back into the pit before Charlie returned to take the car from last to fifth position.

The pair then went into the World Finals with Charlie claiming pole position for race one by nearly half a second and taking third place before powering #154 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2 to fifth position in the final race. These results gained the duo a fourth-place finish overall in the World Finals to sign off an excellent season.

Charlie said: “We gave it everything and took the title fight right to the wire but it wasn't to be as the puncture in race two spoiled our chances. Nonetheless, achieving P2 in the championship is a great achievement and we couldn't have done it without our amazing team. On a personal level, I was really pleased to achieve two more pole positions to sign the year off - particularly in the World Finals.”

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

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a tremendous achievement by Charlie in this prestigious American championship and I’m sure she is looking forward to next season with great confidence.”

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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.


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