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NGK’s M-Sport drivers look forward to new WRC season

Young rally stars Esapekka Lappi and Gus Greensmith are targeting a successful season in M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s NGK-equipped Ford Fiesta WRCs.

They have joined forces with Teemu Suninen for the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship campaign in the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs which are fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.

The team unveiled the cars’ striking new livery this year on the first day of the Autosport International show at Birmingham’s NEC on Thursday, January 9.

Graphic Designer Phil Dixon has delivered another eye-catching creation, drawing inspiration from print designs of the early-to-mid 90s, with the Fiestas carrying a modern-retro theme as the team look to the future with a young and ambitious new line-up.

Lappi, who will lead the team alongside co-driver Janne Ferm, said he was looking forward to joining up with fellow Finn Suninen who continues his partnership with Jarmo Lehtinen.

Joining the Finns in the third Ford Fiesta WRC on nine events are British talents Gus Greensmith and Elliott Edmondson. They will get their season underway in Monte-Carlo on January 23-26 before events in Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Sardinia, Finland, Turkey, Germany and Wales.

Mark Hallam, marketing manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was great to welcome Esapekka, Gus and Teemu on to our stand at the Autosport show where they had the opportunity to meet fans and sign souvenirs. I’m sure all NGK customers who are WRC fans can’t wait to see them in action in what should prove to be a very exciting 2020 WRC season.”