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Disappointment for Charlie at Zandvoort

Technical problems ruined NGK-sponsored Charlie Martin’s chances in the third round of the ADAC GT4 Germany championship at Zandvoort at the weekend.

Charlie was looking forward to her debut at the legendary track, which is the home of the Dutch Grand Prix, but was forced to pull out of the race.

She said: “A tough weekend. Despite showing strong potential, fate dealt us too many curve balls. Sadly technical problems prevented us from racing and it was the right decision from our team principal and team manager to retire the car in the interests of safety.

“I feel absolutely gutted. I was so pumped to race at Zandvoort, it’s an incredible track and the laps I drove felt amazing, but I fully support the team’s decision.”

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “It was such a shame that Charlie encountered technical problems on her first appearance at Zandvoort, but I’m sure she will be back fighting for points soon.”

 

Notes to Editors

About NGK SPARK PLUG:

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.

For more information please visit: www.ngkntk.com

For further information please contact:

Annika Lustig, Specialist PR & Communications, Aftermarket EMEA, NGK SPARK PLUG EUROPE GmbH
Harkortstr. 41, 40880 Ratingen, Germany, AG Duesseldorf HRB 43118
Tel: +49 (0)21 02 974 152 E-mail: a_lustig@ngkntk.de

 

For further information contact:

Andy Hurst

Hurst Media Services

Tel: +44 (0)1354 657253; Mobile: 0773 694 7803

Email: andyh.stonecross@binternet.com

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