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Nic Hamilton ready for BTCC points battle

NGK-sponsored British racing driver Nic Hamilton endured a challenging first round of the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season but is hopeful of improved performances over the coming races.

Driving Team HARD. Racing’s Cupra Leon, he improved over the three races to take a highly encouraging seventeenth position to finish just outside the points in the final race at Thruxton, the fastest and arguably most difficult circuit on the calendar.

He said: “Overall, a very challenging weekend, with every condition possible thrown at us, as we continue to develop the new Cupra Leon. Great racecraft from me proved that progress will be made in a straight fight when opportunities present themselves.

“I personally feel that overall race pace needs to be improved slightly to keep me in the 'hunt' for points and continue making progress throughout the race, however, this will come as we get more knowledge, confidence and strength with the new car as the year goes on.

“It is a long year, full of opportunities exciting times and memorable moments. Thank you to absolutely everyone for their continued support in my journey, it is greatly, greatly appreciated. Onwards and upwards to Round 2 at Snetterton on June 12/13.“

Hamilton, the brother of seven-time World Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, has a long-standing relationship with ignition and sensor specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “Nic showed great promise at Thruxton and ended the day with a battling performance in the final race. There were certainly encouraging signs that he and the team will climb the leader board over the course of the season and provide some spectacular action for all NGK customers who are BTCC fans.”


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 and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five 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 – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.

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