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slashesBritish racing driver Charlie Martin makes a fantastic start to the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup season.

Charlie, who was making her prototype racing debut with the Racing Experience team, guided her 5-litre 420bhp Norma M30 LMP3 car to fourth plce in the first round of the championship at Le Castellet, France.

She said: “There was a lot to learn in the preparation for this first race and I’m pleased with how the whole team worked together to give us this good start to the season. My focus was on getting this first race under my belt and get to grips with this championship in race conditions, but I’m also pleased I could qualify the car in a good position for our team. I’m looking forward to hitting the track in Monza and putting what I learned into practice.“

She added: “The team ran like clockwork all week; we did one of the quickest pit stops and didn't put a foot wrong (easier said than done when you look at all the regs first time round). I also ran fourth quickest in heavy rain (0.02 off P3) which was good as it's the first time I've driven the car in the wet. So, a very successful first race against seasoned opposition.”

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, the leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, has been a long-time supporter of Charlie.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was an amazing performance by Charlie and the team. I’m sure all our customers who follow Charlie and the championship cannot wait to see her compete in the next round at Monza on May 16.”

The Michelin Le Mans Cup is an important step on Charlie‘s mission to become the first transgender competitor in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


About NGK SPARK PLUG: 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. NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, plus ignition coils, to the independent UK automotive aftermarket.

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