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Following Britain’s Robert Lambert’s achievement in being crowned the 2020 European champion, fellow NGK-sponsored rider Wilbur Hancock has won a prestigious national USA title.
Fifteen-year-old Wilbur – the son of four-time World champion Greg Hancock – has just won the 250cc AMA Youth National Speedway Championship in Auburn, California.
He said: “Job done. National champ 2020. So stoked. Went 3,3,3,3,2,3 and ended up with a great start in the final. Can’t thank everyone enough. I’m speechless. Love to you all. “
Wilbur’s legendary father Greg has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with NGK, being sponsored by the company for many years before his retirement earlier this year.
His success came hard-on-the-heels of King’s Lynn rider Lambert becoming the first Briton to win the European championship.
Lambert said after winning the title in Poland: “I’m honoured to be European champion. I’m just so happy about it, I can’t believe what’s happened. In the situation we’ve been in with the virus there’s not been so much racing, but to be able to come and pull off something like this, I’m very happy.
“Thanks to everyone who’s been helping me and supporting me throughout, and I hope I’m making the British fans very happy because they’ve got no Speedway to go and watch at the moment as the league is cancelled.”
Mark Hallam, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It has been a great achievement by both Robert and Wilbur to win such prestigious championships in what has been a season that has been so severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”
Many of the World’s top riders are sponsored by NGK, with their 500cc bikes fitted with the company’s racing spark plugs. These include Britain’s three-time World champion Tai Woffinden who currently sits in third place in the 2020 championship.
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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 customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,000 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales (including its EU, UK, France and Eurasia subsidiaries) represent 26.1% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and four 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 the company has ten group companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.
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