The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series guided by Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA). At the present time, the series consists of 13 three-day events driven on surfaces that range from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. It is said that the WRC was formed from well-known and popular international rallies which were first contested in 1973. During 1977 and 1978, the driver’s championship was first awarded as an FIA Cup between Sandro Munari and Markku Alen. Let’s have a look ten highest paid Drivers in world Relly.
Highest Paid WRC Rally Drivers Salaries 2019
In 1979, the first official world champion in rallying was Bjorn Waldegard. There are many drivers who have won the World Rally Championship. Here, we are going to pick up top 10 highest paid drivers in World Rally Championship of today.
1. Sebastien Ogier ($3.7 Million)
Sebastien Ogier is a France rally driver who was born on 17 December 1983 in France. He is teamed with co-driver Julien Ingrassia and competing for Citroen in the World Rally Championship (WRC). When he won the French Federation's Rallye Jeunes and was rewarded with a place in the Peugeot 206 Cup for the following season, he began his rally career in 2005. Ogier won the Peugeot 206 Cup with four victories (Diois, Langres, Causses, Touquet) and two-second places (Alsace-Vosges, Limousin) in 2007.
He has won the World Rally Drivers Championship for six times such as in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He is the 2nd most successful WRC driver with 46 victories in the World Rally Championship and 6 consecutive WRC titles, after former Citroën WRC teammate Sébastien Loeb (9 titles).
As a result, he received the Espoir Echappement de l’annee award. Ogier announced he would be driving the new Ford Fiesta WRC for M-Sport during the 2017 season on December 2016. Although 2018 started very well but turned out to be a grueling year for Ogier. It was announced that Ogier and Ingrassia will rejoin the Citroen World Rally Team for the 2019 season on September 28, 2018. Annual charging of Sebastien Ogier is around $3.7 million.
2. Thierry Neuville ($3.3 Million)
Thierry Neuville is a Belgian rally driver who was born on 16 June 1988. At the present time, he is competing in the World Rally Championship. In 2007, when he was 19 years of age, he drove his first rally. He was entered in a Ford Fiesta ST and would have made his WRC debut for the 2008 Rally Finland, but he did not start the event.
Neuville and Gilsoul have driven a factory-backed Hyundai i20 WRC for Hyundai Motorsport in 2014. Day by day he tries to improve himself. As a result, he made his WRC debut at the 2009 Rally Catalunya with a Citroën C2 R2 as runner-up in the World Rally Championship four times, such as in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In Monte Carlo Rally, Neuville battled with Ogier throughout the season opener and finished second, with Ogier taking the victory by a few seconds over the Belgian. In 2019, he has achieved his first victory at the Tour de Corse. Annual charging of Thierry Neuville is around $3.3 million.
3. Ott Tanak ($2.75 Million)
Ott Tanak is Estonian rally driver who was born on 15 October 1987. Currently, he is teamed with Martin Jarveoja and is competing for Toyota in the World Rally Championship. During 2008 and 2009, he won the Estonian Rally Championship, driving for the team run by former world rally winner Markko Martin.
When he finished the 20th rally, Tanak made his World Rally Championship debut on the 2009 Rally de Portugal. Tanak won the European Pirelli Star Driver shootout held in Austria in September 2009. He also won the PWRC category on the 2010 Rally Finland and 2010 Rally GB. Tanak signed a two-year deal with Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, run by 4-time world champion Tommi Makinen before the 2018 season.
Ott Tänak finished third in Monte Carlo behind rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier continuing the overall trend from the previous two seasons. Tanak and Jarveoja finished 3rd in the overall driver’s standings, behind rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Ott Tänak is the most successful Estonian rally driver, surpassing previous best Markko Martin at 7 WRC event wins, who retired with 5 event wins. Annual charging of Ott Tanak is around $2.75 million.
4. Andreas Mikkelsen ($2.5 Million)
Andreas Mikkelsen is a Norwegian rally driver who was born on 22 June 1989. He competed in motocross, also representing the national juniors team in 2003 and 2004. When he turned 17 and getting a British driver’s license, Mikkelsen started competing in rallies in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
When he completed a strong campaign in 2010, Mikkelsen signed with the Skoda UK Motorsport team for the 2011 IRC season. During 2013 to 2016, he drove a factory Volkswagen Polo R WRC in the World Rally Championship. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, he finished third in the drivers’ standings and collecting three wins and 20 podiums.
Mikkelsen entered three rounds of the WRC-2 with a factory Skoda Fabia R5, winning the Monte Carlo Rally and Tour de Corse in early 2017. When he finished the second rally in Germany, Mikkelsen signed a deal for 2018 with Hyundai Motorsport, joining close friend Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon. Annual charging of Andreas Mikkelsen is around $2.5 million.
5. Jari-Matti Latvala ($2.25 Million)
Jari-Matti Latvala is a Finnish rally driver who was born on 3 April 1985. He also competes in the World Rally Championship (WRC). He is the most successful driver with 18 event victories in the WRC.
When he was eight years old, he began driving who also 1994 national champion in the group N class. Latvala started practicing with an Opel Ascona on a frozen lake at the age of ten.
When he followed Volkswagen’s withdrawal from the WRC, he and co-driver Miikka Anttila joined the Toyota Gazoo factory team for the 2017 season. In 2019, Latvala is also the driver with the most World Rally starts in the sport. Annual charging of Jari- Matti Latvala is around $2.25 million.
6. Elfyn Evans ($2.25 Million)
Elfyn Evans is a British rally driver who was born on 28 December 1988 in the United Kingdom. He competes in the World Rally Championship. Evans has driven a Group N production-car-class Ford Fiesta in the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy since 2007.
He competed in Rally GB in Wales in 2007. When he has attended British Junior Rally championship in 2010, Evans won the British Junior Rally Championship and was the winner of the UK Ford Fiesta Trophy series, also he won the Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-out after two days of tests and assessments at the Sweet Lamb rally complex in his native Wales.
He began with the first round of the Australian Rally Championship, the National Rally in Canberra in 2013 season. After 2014, Elfyn rejoined the M-Sport World Rally Team to drive the DMACK car in 2017. Annual charging of Elfyn Evans is around $2.25 million.
7. Dani Sordo ($1.12 Million)
Dani Sordo is a Spanish rally driver who was born on 2 May 1983. When he was 12 years old, he began in motocross, but he also experienced success in hill climbing, karting, and touring cars.
In 2003, He first drove in a World Rally Championship event at the Rally Catalunya, the Spanish round of the series in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, finishing 18th overall.
Sordo scored a 4th place in the opening round Rally Sweden, while he scored no points in the following round in Rally Mexico in the 2010 WRC season. In 2013, he achieved his first WRC victory at the 2013 Rallye Deutschland. Annual charging of Dani Sordo is around $1.12 million.
8. Craig Breen ($1 Million)
Craig Breen is an Irish rally driver who was born on 2 February 1990. He competes for Citroën World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship (WRC). Breen competed in the WRC Academy driving a Ford Fiesta R2 in 2011.
With the better performance, he won his first WRC event at the Rallye Deutschland and his win at Wales Rally GB made him the inaugural WRC Academy Cup champion in 2011. Breen has progressed to the S-WRC championship driving a Ford Fiesta S2000 in 2012. Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle were signed by Peugeot to lead their ERC campaign called “Peugeot Rally Academy” in 2013.
During 2014, Breen won his first ERC rally at Acropolis Rally in Greece, driving a Peugeot 208 T16. During 2016, he did a part-time campaign with the Citroen Total World Rally Team, who achieved an emotional first podium finish with third place in Finland. As a result, he improved the result in 2018 by finishing second in Sweden. Annual charging of Craig Breen is around $1 million.
9. Kris Meeke ($850000)
Kris Meeke is a Northern Irish professional rally driver who was born on 2 July 1979. He is best known for competing in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Meeke’s career was boosted when he was taken under the wing of the late Colin McRae and contested the British Junior Championship in a Ford Puma in 2002.
Kris who plays the role as a co-driver Paul Nagle contested the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) in a Peugeot, UK backed 207 S2000 in 2009. Meeke debuted in the World Rally Championship driving a MINI for Prodrive in 2011.
It was announced that Meeke would have a 3-year contract with Citroen on 16th December 2015 which will end in 2018. Annual charging of Kris Meeke is around $850,000.
10. Sebastien Loeb ($800000)
Loeb is a professional France rally racer who was born on 26 February 1974. He is the most successful driver in WRC history, who has won the world championship a record nine times in a row. With several other WRC records, including most event wins, most podium finishes and most stage wins.
In 1995, Loeb switched to rallying and won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001. He went on to take a record ninth consecutive world title in 2012 continuing with Citroen. He won the rally cross final in his first appearance at X Games XVIII in 2012.
Loeb won the Spanish round of that year’s World Rally Championship, in a rare entry six years after his retirement as a full-time rally driver since 2018. Annual charging of Sebastien Loeb is around $800,000.