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Charlie impresses in American debut

NGK Ambassador Charlie Martin made an impressive start to the 2022 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship by claiming a podium finish at her first meeting.

Charlie made her debut in the series at Laguna Seca alongside her co-driver Jason Keats, taking charge of the #54 Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO 2.

Qualifying third in the Lamborghini Cup class for the first race, she was unfortunately forced to retire due to an ABS issue despite showing promising pace and claiming the fastest lap of the race in class.

Undeterred and starting from fourth in class in Sunday's race, the pair were determined to push for the podium places and a strong performance saw them claim third place in class.

Charlie said: I'm delighted with our podium result this weekend. We've worked very hard through the off-season to prepare for this so it's great to have that work rewarded. Of course, we know we could've had more to celebrate if fate hadn't played its part on Saturday but that's motor racing. We knew the pace was there and we were confident it would come through in the end. Well done and a big thank you to Jason and all of the team for their efforts. Let's build on this at NOLA later this month!” 

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 transgender driver Charlie.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a fantastic start to the season by Charlie with her performance being covered by BBC Sport which shows her growing reputation in motorsport. I’m sure that even better results will follow over the course of what will be a very exciting series.”

Leaving Laguna Seca, Charlie occupies fifth place in the standings with 10 points and her next outing will be at NOLA Motorsports Park, New Orleans on the weekend of May 20-22.

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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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