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NGK Speedway stars ready for start of 2021 World Championship

Triple World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden is among five NGK-sponsored riders looking forward to next weekend’s start to this year’s championship.

The Briton aims to go one better than last year when he was beaten to the 2020 World Speedway championship by Poland’s Bartosz Zmarzlik with fellow NGK stablemate Freddie Lindgren of Sweden taking third spot.

Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a long-time supporter of Speedway and has a star-studded group of riders competing in this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series with Tai and Freddie being joined by Britain’s Robert Lambert, the 2020 European Champion, and former European Champions Emil Sayfutdinov, of Russia, and Slovenian Matej Zagar.

The SGP riders’ bikes are all fitted with NGK spark plugs and the company will have a big presence at tracks at this year’s Grand Prix series with its logo being displayed prominently at all rounds of the championship including being featured on the riders’ boards and heat boards.

The SGP series gets underway with the 2021 Anlas Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix Rounds 1 & 2 in Prague on July 16 & 17.

John Money, who handles Speedway sponsorship on behalf of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the start of the SGP series so I’m sure all our customers who are Speedway fans cannot wait for the action to begin when they will be able to follow our exciting line-up of riders.”

In addition to sponsoring the SGP riders, NGK also supports the Parrys International Wolverhampton Wolves Speedway team as well as a number of individual riders including Wilbur Hancock, the sixteen-year-old son of retired four-time World Champion Greg Hancock with whom NGK enjoyed a long and very successful relationship.


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 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.


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