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Charlie Martin to race NGK-themed race car

Racing driver Charlie Martin is set to compete in the 2021 Britcar Endurance Championship behind the wheel of a fantastic Praga R1 car sporting the iconic NGK colours.

Charlie – who is sponsored by ignition and sensors specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd – designed the livery of the stunning 365bhp race car which will compete in the Praga category of the championship which gets underway on April 24 at the Silverstone International circuit.

She said: “I was really grateful to be asked to design the car wrap and chose a red, black and white design.

I love the way the design has turned out, it’s been so exciting seeing the car out on track.”

Charlie has been testing the Praga R1 on Anglesey and is looking forward to the first round of the championship.

She said: “Testing has gone pretty well. My teammate Jack Fabby narrowly missed out on the championship last year and I’m running just a second behind his times. However, the Silverstone circuit is a lot different than the one I’ve been testing on.  The Praga R1 generates a lot of downforce and it will be a case of edging up the speeds when we get to test there.”

The Leicestershire-born driver last year achieved a fourth place finish in her first-ever 24-hour race at the World-famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany when she became the first transgender competitor in the history of the race.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “The car looks absolutely stunning and will look fantastic on the track. As well as being a fine driver, Charlie is a great ambassador for motorsport and NGK is proud to be supporting her for the 2021 season.”


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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