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NGK-sponsored M-Sport in the points in Monte-Carlo

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm claimed fourth place at this weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo – securing their best Monte result on their FIA World Rally Championship debut with the NGK-equipped Ford Fiesta WRC.

Recovering from a difficult start, the Finns bounced back – learning with every kilometre and gaining confidence to head into the final day of competition in a battle for fourth place with nine-time World champion Sébastien Loeb.
Putting the seven-time Monte winner under pressure, Lappi came out on top – securing the position as well as an additional point for the fifth fastest time through the Power Stage in the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC which is fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.

In the sister M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC, Teemu Suninen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished in eighth place overall.
Focused on showing his pace through the Power Stage, Suninen split the top-three and was the fastest man through the second half of the stage – securing an additional three championship points for the third fastest time.

Esapekka Lappi said: “This is my best result from Monte and I think the best we could have done this weekend, so I am really happy with that. I managed to concentrate only on myself and what we were doing, and that seemed to work pretty well. It was a very challenging event and not always so easy, but we improved stage by stage and learnt a lot over the course of the weekend – so I’d say it’s been a positive start to the season.”

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a very positive start to the 2020 season with both Esapekka and Teemu putting in impressive performances. It is testament to the efforts of everyone involved at M-Sport over the years for helping the team to score points in 250 consecutive rallies which is a fantastic achievement.”

M-Sport Ford secured a record-breaking result at the Rallye Monte-Carlo – won by Thierry Neuville – with Lappi and Suninen securing the team’s 250th consecutive FIA World Rally Championship points finish.
The record started 18 years ago when Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae piloted their Ford Focus RS WRCs to third and fourth places at the 2002 Monegasque event, and since then the team has secured manufacturer points on every event contested.
A total of 22 drivers and 28 co-drivers have contributed to the achievement which includes seven FIA World Rally Championship titles – three for manufacturers, two for drivers and two for co-drivers – as well as an impressive 50 victories and 185 podiums. 

Esapekka Lappi said: “This is my best result from Monte and I think the best we could have done this weekend,


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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