NGK-sponsored four-time World Speedway Champion Greg Hancock kick-started his 2018 campaign by finishing on the podium in the WD-40 Danish Grand Prix.
The Californian claimed third place behind current championship leader Britain’s Tai Woffinden and second placed Artem Laguta, of Russia, to secure his best position so far in the championship.
Hancock paid tribute to his team after he scored 16 points and stormed into his first ever final held in Horsens, Denmark, and his first final appearance of the 2018 SGP season.
He said: “Things are working well. I owe a lot to my guys. They put a lot of time and effort into making me fast. We work hard and it’s nice when it pays off. This was a good improvement, but there is still a long way to go.”
Hancock is now in fifth position in the championship, two places behind fellow NGK-sponsored rider Russian Emil Sayfutdinov who reached the semi-final and scored 11 points. However, it was a difficult night for NGK’s other sponsored GP rider Matej Zagar who finished with five points and sits in 12th position in the championship.
NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “It was great to see Greg reach the final and another impressive performance from Emil. Let’s hope they can maintain their form in next weekend’s Swedish GP.”
NGK – a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors – is a long-standing supporter of Speedway and sponsors a number of top riders as well as the Wolverhampton Wolves Speedway team.
For more information on NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and its products and services, please visit the website www.ngkntk.co.uk
IMAGES – courtesy of Jarek Pabijan