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RIP Craig Breen

Tributes have been paid to Irish World Rally Championship driver Craig Breen who has died in an accident at a pre-event test before the Croatia Rally.

The 33-year-old – who last season raced for the NGK-sponsored M-Sport Ford World Rally Team died in the accident yesterday (Thursday, April 13) while driving for the Hyundai Motorsport team. His co-driver James Fulton was unharmed in the incident.

Breen had re-joined Hyundai on a part-time basis for the new WRC season and had finished second to M-Sport’s Ott Tänak at Rally Sweden in February in his first WRC start of the season, in what was his sixth runner-up position in a WRC rally.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager for NGK-brand owner Niterra UK Ltd, said: “We would like to send our sincere condolences to Craig’s family. He was an extremely talented driver who had a great future in the sport.”

The WRC said on Twitter: "The WRC family is shocked and saddened to learn of Craig Breen's passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Craig at this incredibly sad time."


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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