Ott Tänak and Martin Jarveoja have claimed their first victory with the NGK-sponsored M-Sport Ford World Rally Team and the Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 in 2023 after an exemplary drive in Sweden recently.
In only his second FIA World Rally Championship outing in the Puma, Tänak won his second Rally Sweden victory and his first win with M-Sport since 2017. The Estonian pair now lead both the drivers’ and co-drivers’ championships after their historic win.
The dream win for the M-Sport team comes after a phenomenal performance from Tänak, who stayed locked in a tight battle for the top-spot throughout the rally, not once dropping lower than second overall in the standings.
Tänak’s teammate, Pierre-Louis Loubet, took sixth place and scored some deserved points to get his championship attack on track.
Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs, said: “It was a fantastic performance by Ott on his return to the M-Sport team. I’m sure we are in for a thrilling WRC season and that the NGK customers who are M-Sport fans can’t wait for Rally Mexico to start on March 16.”