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Charlie Martin makes podium at sodden Snetterton

NGK-sponsored racing star Charlie Martin had mixed fortunes at round two of the Britcar Endurance Championship which was held in in torrential weather conditions at Snetterton.

After finishing second in the first race in the Praga category of the championship she was forced to retire after being collected in a pitlane collision in which all escaped injury.

However, with her team partner Jack Fabby, Charlie is in second place in the championship which heads to Oulton Park in three weeks.

She said: “Today’s certainly been an experience! Firstly, I’m really glad everyone is okay after the pitlane incident, it’s never nice to see things like that. Heading out on track in qualifying, I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced weather quite like it. With the conditions as they were, we were quite pleased with our efforts to qualify fourth and sixth in class as we knew we’d fare much better in race conditions.

“Starting behind the safety car in the first race was a sensible choice as it allowed some of the standing water to clear before we got going properly. It was still treacherous out there so it was simply a case of keeping it on the track and getting Jack in as good a position as possible for the remainder of the race, which we achieved with second place and the podium!

“We were aiming for more of the same in race two and I’d been able to get the car up to third place before the safety car came out. As was expected, everyone dived into the pits to make their stops under the safety car which meant it got very busy, very quickly.

“We were simply doing our own thing when we got collected and caught up in the incident behind us which is a real shame as we looked good for another podium. However, no one was hurt and that really is the most important thing. A huge thanks to the team for all their hard work as always, especially today. We’ll pick ourselves up and give it our all at Oulton Park!”

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “Charlie did extremely well in what were awful conditions. It was a disappointing end to her second race, but thank goodness she was unhurt in the pitlane incident and is all set to go again at Oulton Park.”  


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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