The annual charity auction held in aid of the Richard Burns Foundation at the Rally de Espana has raised a record amount, thanks to the generosity of rally fans from all over the world.

Several of the leading WRC drivers attended the event in Salou, including Sebastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Petter Solberg, Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Ken Block.

The top bids included an offer of more than 900 Euros for a pair of Sebastien Loeb's driving gloves, won by Theresa Mora from California.

Other items on sale included team memorabilia - such as Petter Solberg's sunglasses - and once in a lifetime experiences, such as the chance to join the organisers of a WRC event.

In total the auction - organised by specialist tour operator Rallytravel - raised just under 5000 Euros, which will go directly towards helping people affected by brain injury and illness.

WRC TV's Julian Porter, who hosted the event, said: "We all had great fun and we're absolutely delighted to have raised so much money for this fantastic cause. Not only did we collect more money than we ever have before in the history of this auction, which has been going since 2003, but we also attracted the highest-ever individual bid, for Sebastien's gloves."

The Richard Burns Foundation was created following the death of the 2001 World Rally Champion from an astrocytoma - a type of brain tumour - in 2005, when he was aged just 34.

The charity focuses its fundraising efforts on helping those with brain illness and injuries. As well as assisting individuals and institutions, the Richard Burns Foundation was also established to maintain and safeguard the memory of Richard Burns.



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