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NGK to sponsor M-Sport Ford WRC team for 2021 season

NGK is to continue its sponsorship of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team for the 2021 season, which kicked off last week with the iconic Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs said, “We are delighted to continue our association with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year was very difficult for everyone involved in the sport so I’m sure everyone who loves WRC will be hoping for a fantastic new season of rallying.”

Teemu Suninen, Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux will form the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team squad in 2021 as the Cumbrian-based team continues to champion young talent. Backing three youngsters already on the books, the aim is to progress their development and see them follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, 2019 FIA World Rally Champion Ott Tänak and 2020 FIA World Rally Championship runner-up Elfyn Evans.

The EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC, is fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors. The teams striking 2020 livery will be carried forward to 2021, albeit with a few subtle changes. A new roof motif is prominent amongst these changes and extends the popular design with further flashes of blue.

Greensmith and Suninen will both sport the Castrol-branded livery at Rallye Monte-Carlo, and a number of Pirelli logos have also been added with the Italian manufacturer becoming the official tyre supplier of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Team Principal Richard Millener said the company, founded by rally legend Malcolm Wilson, was looking forward to the new season, “M-Sport has a long history of supporting young drivers, It’s something that remains very close to Malcolm’s heart, and we remain committed to Teemu, Gus and Adrien as they continue their development in 2021. All three have a lot of talent, and we’ve devised programmes to bring out the best in each driver whilst enabling further progression at the various stages of their careers.”