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Charlie Martin makes winning start in NGK-themed Praga

Racing driver Charlie Martin has made a winning start to the 2021 Britcar Endurance Championship behind the wheel of a Praga R1 car sporting the iconic NGK colours.

Charlie – who is sponsored by ignition and sensors specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd – and her teammate Jack Fabby enjoyed a stunning opening day of the season at Silverstone with a win and second place to lead the Praga category of the championship.

They qualified fourth overall and third in class ahead of the day's two races. Charlie started the first race and held firm in third place in the Praga class during her stint and her efforts meant Fabby was able to re-join the race in contention for victory.

Following their race win, the pair lined up second on the grid for the second race with Charlie once again taking the start of the race, which saw an extended safety car following a first lap incident. Despite a 15-second success penalty, the Powerhouse Performance by the duo battled to second in class.

Charlie, who designed the livery of the stunning 365bhp race car, said: “It's been a brilliant day! I'd like to say a huge thanks to all of the team, we've spent a lot of time testing and preparing to get to this moment so to come away from the weekend with a win and second place is really rewarding for everyone.

“The plan for the start of each race was to just keep it clean and avoid any trouble, which I was able to do! From there we just needed to keep pushing and make the most of any opportunities, which we did with the safety car in the first race.

“As a new class in the championship, there were a lot of firsts for everyone which made it even more special to be fighting at the sharp end of the field. We enjoyed some brilliant racing and I'm really grateful to Jack for sharing all his knowledge of the car we've got a really good base to build on as we push ahead for the rest of the season.”

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “What a fantastic start to the new season for Charlie. Her performance over the two races was amazing in the stunning Praga R1. We wish her and Jack all the best for the next round at Snetterton in two weeks time.”


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 and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres.


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 – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.

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