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Charlie Martin given new Ambassadorial role

NGK brand Ambassador Charlie Martin has received a new industry honour.

Motorsport UK has named the British racing driver the latest Ambassador for its highly successful Girls on Track UK programme which creates events to inspire girls and women into seeing and believing that there is a rightful and valuable place for them in the motorsport industry.

Since coming out as transgender in 2018 and transitioning mid-way through her motorsports career, Charlie has overcome adversity to become a leading figure  within the LGBTQ+ community. She frequently appears in the media to raise transgender awareness and inclusion, not only within the sport but on a wider scale as well. 

Stonewall, the largest LGBTQ+ rights charity in Europe, named her as the first of its ‘Sports Champions’ and she also works with Mermaids, Athlete Alley, Racing Pride and is a BMW ‘Friend of the Brand.’ Additionally, Martin was featured in British Vogue’s ‘Vogue 25’ in 2021 as an inspirational woman who shaped 2021 and beyond.

Charlie, who is competing in an NGK-liveried race car in the 2023 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe championship, said: “I’m very excited to be working with Girls on Track UK and inspire future generations of young women to find careers in motorsport.

“While there are more pathways opening up to women, there are still barriers that we need to break down, and I'm proud to share my own knowledge and experience to help play a constructive role in this process."

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager of NGK brand owner Niterra UK Ltd, said: “Charlie has proved to be a role model both on and off the racetrack and this is another well-deserved accolade.”

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Notes to Editors

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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