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NGK-sponsored M-Sport battle hard in Argentina

Date: 21-May-2019

The NGK-sponsored M-Sport-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin were thwarted in their bid for victory at the World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally Argentina. 

Locked in a battle for second place, the pairing had their sights firmly fixed on a third podium in as many events for the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC car which is fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.

But unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. Oversteering into a slide, their Fiesta impacted with a boulder that brought their rally to an abrupt end. The damage proved too severe to continue and the team will now focus on preparing the Fiesta ahead the next event in Chile.
However, teammates Teemu Suninen and Marko Salminen brought their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC home in seventh place.
Elfyn Evans said: “I’ve used these notes for quite a few years and not had a problem before, but when I arrived at the corner, I felt I was carrying just a little bit too much speed. I threw it in, and we made the corner to be fair, but I couldn’t recover the oversteer. I planted the throttle but couldn’t get the car straight and we hit a fairly massive boulder that was lining the road.”
Teemu Suninen added: “This has been a difficult rally for me and I’m sorry for the team that we didn’t perform as well as we wanted. We know that we have a good car and we want to be pushing for better results. But at least we finished the rally and got some good experience for the future. Now, I’m looking forward to Chile and to seeing what we can do there.”
Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a frustrating rally for the team in gruelling conditions but I’m sure M-Sport will be working hard to be competitive again in Chile where hopefully they will once again compete for a podium position.”

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