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Charlie heads for Zandvoort

Charlie Martin, who is sponsored by NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, is looking forward to the third round of the ADAC GT4 Germany championship at Zandvoort this weekend, as she makes her first appearance at the legendary track.

Fresh from her podium-scoring weekend in the Britcar Endurance championship, she heads to the Netherlands full of confidence and aims to continue the strong start she enjoyed to the season at Oschersleben in May.

Making their debut in the series that weekend, Charlie and Team Driverse claimed an emphatic maiden class podium. Since then, the team have also claimed further fourth and fifth place finishes at the most recent round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Stepping back into the team’s BMW M4 GT4 this weekend, Charlie will race at the 2.646-mile Zandvoort circuit for the first time. Located just north of the coastal town of Zandvoort, the 14-turn track boasts a history that rivals the likes of Silverstone and Monza. 

Home of the Dutch Grand Prix, the circuit is a rollercoaster of fast, sweeping and undulating corners coupled with an 18º banking and an elevation change of almost eight metres.

Charlie said: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Zandvoort is a track I’ve always wanted to race at - I feel I know it quite well from some good results in sim racing so I’m excited to have the chance to get on track for real! The team did a great job in Austria and we’re all looking ahead to some exciting racing this weekend!”

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “Zandvoort is an iconic and difficult circuit but Charlie has proven in the past that she thrives on new challenges and I’m sure will take it in her stride.”

A busy weekend with two races will begin on Friday with the first track action in the form of two Free Practice sessions at 08:20 local time (07:20 BST) and 14:15 (13:15) respectively. Saturday then sees Qualifying take place at 09:35 (08:35) followed by the first race of the weekend at 13:40 (12:40). Returning on Sunday, the second Qualifying session begins at 11:00 (10:00) with the second and final race closing the weekend at 14:40 (13:40).

Viewers will be able to catch all of the action live on the ADAC Motorsport website


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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