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Charlie still fighting for US championship

Date: Monday 05 September 2022

NGK Ambassador Charlie Martin sits in third position in the 2022 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship after claiming two fourth places in the latest round.

The Briton secured her third pole position of the campaign in race one of the fifth round of the championship at VIRginia International Raceway and got off to a strong start, however after battling the intense Virginia heat in the cockpit, she made a small error which resulted in a spin and her hitting the barrier sideways on.

Fortunately avoiding any serious damage, Charlie and teammate Jason Keats then drove brilliantly to make their way back through the field and took the chequered flag for a fourth-place finish.

In the second race of the weekend, Jason started the race from seventh and made fantastic progress and handed the car over to Charlie with them firmly locked in a battle for the podium places.

Charlie was battling hard with the leading drivers before a car in a separate class hit her from behind and put her off the track. She managed to catch up the leading cars and was running in third when she pulled off a strong move for second place.

However, the move was deemed unfair and Charlie was forced to serve a drive-through for the move, demoting her and the team back to fourth from which they took the chequered flag.

Charlie said:

“This weekend was really tough, some of the toughest conditions I've ever had inside of a race car. I was really pleased to get my third pole position of the season but unfortunately my mistake in race one cost us a victory on Saturday.
“Jason drove a brilliant race on Sunday to get us in the podium places and I thought I had got us in a position to collect another podium. Unfortunately, we were hit with a drive through for my move, which is a bit disappointing but I'm still pleased with two fourth place finishes.
“We head to Portimao with a chance of winning the championship so that's the goal! Big thanks as always to Jason and all of the team for their amazing efforts this weekend."

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors, is a long-term supporter of Charlie.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said:

“Charlie continues to show incredible determination on the racetrack and I’m sure will be fighting hard right to the end to win the championship.”

Charlie and Jason, who trail the leaders by just eleven points can still become champions going into the World Final meeting held at Portimao on November 2-4.

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