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NGK-sponsored Tai Woffinden wins in Australia

NGK-sponsored triple World Speedway champion Tai Woffinden enjoyed a successful homecoming in Australia when he clinched the Rob Woffinden Classic title with an unbeaten display in Perth.

He won the meeting staged in honour of his late father Rob, who played a key role in building the Pinjar Park circuit, before taking Tai back to the UK to launch his professional Speedway career.

The Great Britain star won the final ahead of fellow GB racer Drew Kemp who is also sponsored by NGK, Dan Winchester and B Final winner Frank Smart after being unbeaten in his four heats.

Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a long-time supporter of Speedway sponsoring a number of riders including Woffinden during the 2019 Grand Prix season when they raced using bikes fitted with the company’s spark plugs.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “It was a tremendous performance by Tai, and it must have been a very emotional feeling to win the meeting in honour of his late father. I’m sure all of our customers who are fans of the sport are looking forward to seeing him in action in the 2020 World championship.”

Great Britain hero Woffinden, who is the nation’s only triple world champion, endured a difficult season in 2019 which saw him sidelined for two months with a broken TH4 vertebra sustained in a crash in June.



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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