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Coys to sell Kimi Raikkonen’s Championship winning Formula Renault

The car driven to victory by Kimi Raikkonen in the 2000 Formula Renault UK Championship is just one of a selection of race and rally cars being offered by Coys at its NEC sale on 10 January.

The Tatuus single-seater was bought by Manor Motorsport in 2000 and driven for them by Kimi, who won seven of the 10 races in the series. He went on to become the Formula 1 World Champion in 2007.

The Renault was campaigned in 2001 by Leighton Walker and then retired. In 2005, it was rebuilt by Manor Motorsport, retaining its original engine, gearbox and monocoque.

Other cars with period race history being offered at the auction include a 1991 BMW E30 M3 Group N car and a 1989 Reynard F300 F89D 28 Judd raced by the First Racing team from 1987 to 1991.

Not all the racers on offer started life on the track, one of the best-looking conversions at the sale is a Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk 1 rally car that’s been rebuilt to Group 2 spec. The work was carried out by Ant Anstead and his team at Evanta Motors for series 2 of Channel 4's For the Love of Cars. Fitted with bucket seats, harnesses and polycarbonate glazing, it’s finished in the yellow and blue livery of the famous Pierburg Golf driven in period by Per Eklund.

Another five For the Love of Cars restorations will go under the hammer on Saturday, they are a 1971 Fiat 500L, 1974 Saab 96 V4, 1939 VW Beetle, 1970 Mk1 Ford Transit and a 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage.

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By Claire Evans

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