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‘Queen of the Bikers‘ Maria Costello ¬– who is sponsored by NGK – narrowly missed out on another podium finish as she produced another great effort at the Isle of Man Classic TT Festival of Motorcycling.

The Northamptonshire racer rode to an impressive fourth place in the Senior Classic TT on the Beugger Racing Paton 500 in a race that was reduced to three laps following the tragic death of Kiwi racer Chris Swallow.

Costello, who lost out on second place in the same event last year after being forced to retire and who finished third on the same Beugger Paton in 2016, managed just three practice laps ahead of the race.

However, she was delighted with her performance in a race won by racing legend John McGuinness, who claimed his third Classic TT win, and Italian International Northwest 200 winner Stefan Bonetti who came second.

Costello pushed Jamie Coward all the way for the final podium spot before being pipped by the Yorkshire rider.

Costello said: “Of course another podium would have been magical, but those three guys who finished ahead of me are among the best road racers around and considering our lack of practice I’m truly proud of where I finished. ”

Tragically, Swallow died in an incident at the Ballaugh Bridge section of the course and Costello said: “He was a brilliant racer and we’d shared some great races. My heart breaks for his family and my most sincere condolences go out to his father Bill, his wife Jen and their children.”

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “Maria produced a fantastic performance and narrowly missed making the podium. Sadly the risks taken by Maria and her fellow racers were once again highlighted by the tragic death of Chris Swallow.”

Costello also rode in the Junior Classic TT on a 350cc CSC Racing Drixton Honda for Steve Caffyn and was enjoying her first racing laps on the bike when a mechanical issue forced her to retire at the top of Barregarrow on lap three.

She will next be competing on two wheels at the Goodwood Revival for BMW Group Classic in September.

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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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