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Tänak takes second place for M-Sport Ford in Croatia

Ott Tänak and Martin Jarveoja have claimed second place for the Niterra-sponsored M-Sport Ford World Rally Team at the Croatia Rally 2023.

The pair finished behind former M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans in their Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 car which featured the name of ex-M-Sport driver Craig Breen who was tragically killed in an accident earlier this month.


Following the race, Tanak said: “Result-wise, it's a lot for sure. For sure we are missing a lot of consistency and also performance as well. We got some good points and hopefully the speed will follow."


Tänak is now in fourth position in the drivers’ championship with the M-Sport Ford team in third.


Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager for NGK-brand owner Niterra UK Ltd, said: “It was an emotional rally following the tragic news about Craig but the M-Sport team fought hard to claim a place on the podium.”


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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