How to become a rally driver

Ideal profile: How to become a rally driver

Photo: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
Words: Werner Jessner

Even the greats had to start somewhere. 27-year-old ANDREAS MIKKELSEN, the youngest driver ever to score WRC points, reveals the route you need to take to get in the cockpit of a works car

UNTIL YOU’RE 16…

Be sporty! Do a range of different sports. A bit of karting won’t hurt either.

Cost: €18 for 10 minutes.


WHEN YOU’RE 17…

Play around with normal cars on closed roads. Your neighbour’s field will do at a push.

Cost: Could be zero, depending on the car.

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WHEN YOU’RE 18…

Do your driving test and get a racing licence, for which you’ll need a doctor’s certificate. An international C-licence is €284. Buy a cheap but reliable rally car and get together with a couple of friends. Participate in every rally you can afford to. When you’re not competing, spend time getting the car back in good condition.

Car cost: Starting from €5,000.
Cost per rally: Starting from €2,500.

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WHEN YOU’RE 19…

Cobble together the money to take part in international events. It’s the only way you’re going to improve. 

Cost per rally: €5,000 (hopefully your car’s still going strong).
 

WHEN YOU’RE 20…

You should now be quick enough to attract the attention of your first sponsors. Enter a one-make cup or a WRC support category.

Cost per season: €30,000 for national and €200,000 for international series.

Andreas Mikkelsen, 27

Andreas Mikkelsen, 27

At 19, this talented Norwegian skier and motocross rider became the youngest driver to score world championship points

© Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

WHEN YOU’RE 21…
 
Win the one-make cup and make an international name for yourself.


WHEN YOU’RE 22…
 
Do whatever you can to get a couple of run-outs in a WRC car, whatever the cost. Some financial outlay is inevitable.

Cost: Between €100,000 and €150,000 per run-out.

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WHEN YOU’RE 23…
 
With any luck you’ve now got hold of a regular drive in a WRC car. Show how quick you are. You can allow yourself to roll the car a couple of times, no problem.


WHEN YOU’RE 24…

Show what you can do and set your first personal best times.

WHEN YOU’RE 25…

You’re now ready for your first WRC victory.


ANNUAL EARNINGS…

Depending on how good a negotiator you are and how successful you are, anywhere up to €7 million.

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