NGK-backed M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have secured the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC’s second victory of the year at the Rally Mexico.
The victory, which comes 14 years after Ford’s last Mexican triumph, reinstates Ogier and Ingrassia at the head of the FIA World Rally Championship standings for Drivers and Co-Drivers, and propels the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team from fourth to second in the manufacturers’ standings.
Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a partner of the team whose EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC cars are fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.
Sébastien Ogier said: “I’m super happy today and this win is a fantastic way for me and Julien to celebrate our 10th-year anniversary in the FIA World Rally Championship. It started in 2008 with a win in the Junior category and so many great things have happened here since then – this win, I think, being one of the best.
NGK-backed 2017 WRC champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia: now leading the 2018 championship
“This weekend we really gave it everything. Julien was perfect, and the team were so strong as well. The victory is great of course, but it’s the performance that was really good. We’ve made such a big improvement from last year and that is a big positive for the rest of the season.”
Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team has really come back strong in Mexico and it is great to see Sébastien and Julien back at the top of the leaders’ board.”
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