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NGK stars in dramatic Speedway GP

It was a meeting full of high drama for the NGK-sponsored riders competing in the FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff.

Sweden’s Freddie Lindgren was the top performer, making the final at the Principality Stadium and finishing fourth behind winner Slovakia’s Martin Vaculik, Australia’s Jack Holder and Poland’s World champion and championship leader Bartosz Zmarzlik.

NGK pit-mate Robert Lambert made the semi-final stage and finished in fifth place but there was heartbreak for three-time former World champion Tai Woffinden, who crashed out of the event when leading heat 16 after scoring six points from his opening three rides, and there was also disappointment for 2022 Cardiff winner Dan Bewley who hit the tapes and was disqualified from his final ride, finishing ninth overall.

Woffinden said on his Facebook page that he had ‘loved’ the meeting until his accident, adding: “So much love for all the support around the world and in the stadium. Until next time. Will update you all in a few days.”

Fans in the Welsh capital were treated to an epic night of racing in Britain’s biggest indoor motorsport event which saw fellow NGK-sponsored rider Steve Worrall, who was a wild card entrant, earn a creditable point.

Becca Knight, Marketing Manager of Niterra UK Ltd, home of the NGK brand, said: “It was an amazing night’s racing with the NGK-sponsored riders providing some exciting performances which thrilled their fans. Tai was especially unlucky after being forced to retire from the meeting following his accident and we all hope to see him back on the track in the near future.”

Lindgren sits in second position in the 2023 championship on 114 points, 24 behind leader Zmarzlik, while Bewley and Lambert are in sixth and seventh positions respectively and Woffinden tenth as the series heads to Vojens in Denmark on September 16.

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About Niterra: 

Worldwide: Niterra (formerly NGK SPARK PLUG) is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers. With its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, the company has sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and vehicle electronics technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. At the same time, the company is transforming its organisation and business portfolio in more sustainability-driven directions. Four business fields have been identified for this purpose: Mobility, Medical, Environment & Energy and Communications. With around 16,100 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.8 billion Euros worldwide. Niterra’s EMEA sales represent 27% of this global turnover.

Aftermarket EMEA: Niterra has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts and into the automotive sector in the 1970s. The company is renowned for its outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development. The product portfolio of its NGK Ignition Parts brand comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils, leads & caps. Its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. From its regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany, Niterra serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region, the company has six regional companies and around 840 employees.  

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