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Starting well, Evans continued to showcase the pace of his car on gravel and was never more than 10-15 seconds adrift of the lead before a misfire cost him 30 seconds through Friday’s closing stage.
Keen to regroup and demonstrate his skills on asphalt, the Welshman had another good start but struggled to maintain the same feeling. Then on the Power Stage he and co-driver Scott Martin found the sweet spot – reminding everyone what they and the Fiesta are capable of with the second fastest time and securing sixth position.
Losing time through the gravel stages, Suninen, from Finland, came into his own on the tarmac eventually finishing in seventh place.
Elfyn Evans said: “Sixth place isn’t the result we wanted this weekend. At times we were able to show the speed we were capable of, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that all the time and I was struggling with the general feeling.”
Teemu Suninen said: “I was really pleased with my pace and consistency on tarmac this weekend, and now we can focus on the next step which is to be even faster with that same consistency.”
Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was another fine performance by Elfyn and Teemu and I’m sure they will now both be looking forward to ending the season on a high note at the final rally of the 2019 season in Australia next month”
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.
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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