Most of the World’s top riders are sponsored by NGK or use the company’s spark plugs and this year a host of stars have enjoyed a fantastic season, picking up an array of prestigious titles.
Polish World Speedway Champion Bartosz Zmarzlik uses NGK spark plugs while the company sponsors 2020 World runner-up and three-time World Champion, Britain’s Tai Woffinden, as well as third-placed Fredrik Lindgren of Sweden.
In addition, fellow Brit Robert Lambert is the 2020 European Champion while the current World Ice Speedway Champion Daniil Ivanov of Russia is sponsored by NGK.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Russia retained the World team championship led by sponsored star Emil Sayfutdinov and teammate Artem Laguta, who also uses NGK spark plugs.
In Britain, a host of riders have also enjoyed memorable seasons with NGK-sponsored Rory Schlein winning the British Championship while NGK spark plugs helped Dan Bewley take the British Under 21 speedway title. Sponsored rider Drew Kemp took the British Under 19 Speedway Championship title and Dan Thompson won the 2020 British 500cc Youth Speedway Championship.
Dan and his twin Joe also made history by becoming the first ever riders to appear in all four British Championship finals: Youth, U19, U21 and Senior, all in the same season.
NGK Spark Plug (UK) Ltd’s John Money, who handles Speedway sponsorship on behalf of the company, said: “It has been a fantastic achievement by the riders in what has been a severely ravaged year for the sport. Their performances go to show the quality and consistency of our products across the whole spectrum of the sport.
“They continue to be the spark plug that the riders trust and choose to use and have once again proved their pedigree on the track in what are incredibly demanding racing conditions.
“It was a particularly impressive performance by Dan and Joe Thompson to have accomplished such a unique achievement in making the four British finals. Let’s all hope that the sport will return in better shape than ever next year when NGK will once again be supplying many of the country’s and World’s top riders.”
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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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