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NGK-equipped M-Sport Ford WRC Fiestas star in Croatia

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s NGK-equipped Ford Fiesta WRCs excelled at the weekend’s Croatia Rally – Adrien Fourmaux delivering an impressive drive to fifth place on his inaugural event at the highest level of competition, and Gus Greensmith showcasing a vast improvement in seventh.

Considered by many as the driver of the weekend, Fourmaux produced a sensational performance on his FIA World Rally Championship debut with the top-specification EcoBoost-powered Fiesta which is fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.

Already challenging the established elite, nine top-five stage times included two second-fastest times and the young Frenchman displayed all the hallmarks of a future star.
  
Greensmith also had an extremely positive weekend – delivering his best drive of the season so far. The young Brit has taken a lot of confidence from the introduction of experienced co-driver Chris Patterson and produced a more assured drive.
 
A hydraulic issue meant he had to forgo a deserved sixth place, but the youngster is enjoying his driving again – something which has always been vital in pursuit of the top times.
 
Elsewhere in the WRC 2 category, Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula delivered a stage-winning performance to bring their Ford Fiesta Rally2 home in second place overall.
 
Adrien Fourmaux said: “I’m so happy with our weekend and the only disappointment is that the rally is now over! It’s been a big challenge on the Croatian roads, but I have enjoyed every kilometre; and taken a lot of pleasure from driving this car on these stages.
 
“We showed good speed throughout the weekend and honestly there were more positives than we had been expecting. We improved our pace a lot and I achieved all of my goals and more.”
 

Team Principal Richard Millener said: “When you actually stop and think about what Adrien has achieved this weekend, it’s mightily impressive. Four years ago, he hadn’t even driven a rally car – and now he’s challenging, and on some stages out-performing, the guys he grew up watching!”

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “There were some great performances by the M-Sport Ford WRC team in what was a very exciting rally. We are proud that our spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors are fitted to the team’s Fiestas and that their competitive performance bodes well for the rest of the season.”

 

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 16,000 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales (including its EU, UK, France and Eurasia subsidiaries) represent 26.1% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and four 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 the company has ten group companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.

 

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