Senna's gloves sold for R295k
HONOURING AN F1 LEGEND: Lotus F1 team owner Gerard Lopez purchased racing gloves worn by the late racing legend Aryton Senna who was killed during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
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LONDON, England - A pair of racing gloves worn by the late Ayrton Senna during the 1991 season when he won his third Formula 1 title was sold for sold for R295 000 at a charity auction for grand prix mechanics.
The framed gloves, donated by former McLaren team co-ordinator Jo Ramirez, were bought by Gerard Lopez - owner of the current Lotus team.
The team traces its lineage back to the Toleman outfit that Senna made his F1 debut with in 1984. He also raced for Lotus, related only by name to the present team, from 1985-87.
RACING LEGENDS HONOURED
The 11 lots in the auction at London's Royal Opera House raised more than R1.2-million for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust, chaired by triple champion Jackie Stewart.
Former F1 champions Niki Lauda, Damon Hill and his late father Graham, represented by his racing grandson Josh, were inducted into the Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame.
Damon Hill said: "The entire Hill family is delighted to have not one but two family members inducted at once."
Also inducted was the late Team Lotus founder Colin Chapman, represented by son Clive, and Denmark's eight times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen.