Free practice at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia was interrupted by wet weather conditions and the qualifying session would be cut short after a heavy crash for a competitor which meant that NGK ambassador Charlie was unable to set a lap time and therefore started from the back of the grid in the opening race of the weekend.
However, she quickly rose to fourth in class before handing over the car to teammate Jason Keats who drove a brilliant stint to claim P3 and a thoroughly deserved podium for the pair.
Race two would see Jason make a solid start, before contact with a fellow competitor would force him off the track and into the gravel. Unfortunately, the car would sustain damage in the incident and the team were forced to retire the car from the race.
Charlie said: “What a day, from dead last to the podium. A huge crash early on in qualifying saw the session cancelled without posting a time and starting from last was a bitter pill to swallow after showing good pace in testing.
“Carving through traffic was very hectic on the twisty track at Valencia, I handed the car over P4 in class and Jason then drove a stint to be proud of to bring our car home on the podium.
“The second race of the weekend was one to forget as contact sent us through the gravel and we encountered damage which meant we had to retire the car. Still a weekend to remember and it shows that you should never give up, no matter the odds."
Becca Knight, Marketing Manager of Niterra UK Ltd, home of the NGK brand, said: “Charlie and Jason once again produced a fantastic performance to gain another podium place in what is proving to be an exciting competition."
The duo will return to action in Vallelunga on November 12-13 with round five of the championship.
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Notes to Editors
Worldwide: Niterra (formerly NGK SPARK PLUG) is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers. With its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, the company has sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and vehicle electronics technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. At the same time, the company is transforming its organisation and business portfolio in more sustainability-driven directions. Four business fields have been identified for this purpose: Mobility, Medical, Environment & Energy and Communications. With around 16,100 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.8 billion Euros worldwide. Niterra’s EMEA sales represent 27% of this global turnover.
Aftermarket EMEA: Niterra has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts and into the automotive sector in the 1970s. The company is renowned for its outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development. The product portfolio of its NGK Ignition Parts brand comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils, leads & caps. Its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. From its regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany, Niterra serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region, the company has six regional companies and around 840 employees.
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