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Contact Person: Sue Bowden

Contact number: 011 728 5878 or 082 770 0542

Email: sue@africainfo.co.za

Event description:

Delegates from Turkey’s leading automotive parts manufacturers for passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers and buses are embarking on a round of virtual business-to-business meetings with South African buyers, importers and retailers to showcase Turkey’s world class automotive manufacturing capabilities.

Manufacturers participating in the virtual trade meetings will include producers of some of Turkey’s top exported spare parts products, such as engine parts, tyres and tubes, accessories for bodies, rubber parts, road wheels and parts and transmission and crank shafts. Also participating in the meetings will be producers of brake parts, trailer parts, clamps, clutches, flywheels, filters, thermoplastic compounds, engine and other automotive oils, commercial vehicle spares, springs, pistons, electric and air horns, lighting bulbs, seals and rubber components, and a full range of auto spare parts for European car models.

For more information, please go to:

Turkish Automotive(turkishautomotiveb2b.com)

Organiser:

Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OIB), supported by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Trade and the Turkish Exporters Assembly

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Tsunoda was the 2018 Japanese F4 champion, racing for Honda’s “Formula Dream Project” team. Two years later, in 2020, with Honda backing, he finished third in the F2 Championship behind Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott.

Yuki Tsunoda’s early talent, being on display in his native Japan, was not fully recognised in Europe. However, Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko, on the lookout for a Japanese driver to help cement the Red Bull–Honda partnership, monitored his progress.

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In a special test in 2020 (driving a 2018-spec F1 car at Imola in Italy) Tsunoda’s feedback and speed were said to have impressed the Red Bull team, as did his command of the English language, enabling him to quickly begin to build all-important relationships with his mechanics.

What he lacked for a full-time F1 drive was the necessary Super Licence. His third-place finish in F2 last year was enough to qualify for this vital piece of paper.

Tsunoda joins a list of 20 Japanese drivers who have competed in F1 over the years, contesting 412 Grands Prix. None have won a GP, although three podium finishes have been recorded – by Aguri Suzuki. Takuma Sato and Kobayashi. Will young Yuki take that much anticipated next step up?

Photocredit: Motorsport. com

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