Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning,1982 Finnkart  85cc SF A1  Chassis no. 466
Lot 101
1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1
Chassis no. 466
Sold for €8,800 (US$ 10,327) inc. premium

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Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning,1982 Finnkart  85cc SF A1  Chassis no. 466 Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning,1982 Finnkart  85cc SF A1  Chassis no. 466 Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning,1982 Finnkart  85cc SF A1  Chassis no. 466 Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning,1982 Finnkart  85cc SF A1  Chassis no. 466 Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning,1982 Finnkart  85cc SF A1  Chassis no. 466 Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning,1982 Finnkart  85cc SF A1  Chassis no. 466
Ex-Mika Häkkinen, Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship-winning
1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1
Chassis no. 466
Karting has long been recognised as a gateway to success at the highest levels of international motor sport; many past Formula 1 World Champions started their careers in karts, as did the current title holder, Lewis Hamilton. This Finnkart was driven during 1982 by Finland's twice Formula 1 World Champion, Mika Häkkinen. Born in 1968, Häkkinen first raced karts when he was only five years old and won his first race in 1975. In 1981 he claimed his first major title: the Finnish Karting Championship (85cc Formula Mini Series) and moved on to the Formula Nordic 100cc class for 1983. He won that championship in his debut season and dominated the class for the next few years before moving on to Formula Ford in 1987, Formula 3 in 1989 and Formula 1 in 1991.

In 1982 Mika contested the Ronnie Peterson Memorial Championship and Finnish Karting Championship (Formula Mini Series) with this Finnkart, winning the former and finishing 2nd in the latter. It has not been driven since 1983. The Kart is offered for sale by Finnkart's proprietor, Petri Pirkola, who supplied it new to Mika back in the early 1980s. Offered with Mika's signed certificate of authenticity, it represents a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire a significant piece of this great Formula 1 Champion's personal history.

Le karting est depuis longtemps considéré comme la porte d'accès au plus haut niveau du sport mécanique. De nombreux anciens champions de Formule 1 ont débuté leur carrière au volant d'un kart, comme l'actuel tenant du titre, Lewis Hamilton. Ce Finnkart a été piloté en 1982 par le double champion du monde de Formule 1 finlandais Mika Häkkinen. Né en 1968, Häkkinen a piloté des karts dès l'âge de cinq ans et a gagné sa première course en 1975. En 1981, il a remporté son premier titre majeur, le championnat de Finlande de kart (Formule Mini 85 cm3), avant de passer à la Formule nordique 100 cm3 en 1983. Il a remporté ce championnat dès sa première saison et a dominé la classe pendant les quelques années suivantes, avant de passer à la Formule Ford en 1987, à la Formule 3 en 1989 et à la Formule 1 en 1991.

En 1982, Mika a participé au championnat du Mémorial Ronnie Peterson et au championnat de karting de Finlande (Formule Mini) avec ce Finnkart, gagnant le premier et terminant deuxième dans le second. Il n'a pas été conduit depuis 1983. Le kart est proposé à la vente par le propriétaire de Finnkart, Petri Pirkola, qui l'a vendu neuf à Mika au début des années 1980. Vendu avec le certificat d'authenticité signé par Mika, c'est une occasion unique d'acquérir une pièce d'importance intimement liée à l'histoire personnelle de ce grand champion de Formule 1.
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