How to become a rally driver in 7 not easy steps

How to become a rally driver
Rally Racing/ photo by Social Media 

How to become a rally driver - these are not empty words with a special sense of self-taught racing drivers, mechanics for all racing fans. 
The thrill and experience of driving high-speed cars in deserts, rough terrain and grasses that lead from one country to another cannot be compared to anything else in the world. Anyone who has ever sat behind the wheel of a rally car while competing with other drivers for their destination will know for sure that this experience is worth it. 

Rally racing is total freedom. This will be the highlight of your driving experience. Becoming a rally driver is not about winning, it's about the thrill. It's a great way to tell a story that you can tell to your children and even to the next generation. 

Bill Caswell WRC
Bill Caswell's BMW/photo by Social Media 


Unlike Formula 1, the World Rally Championship is  open to everyone to a limited extent. 
You can get involved without having a multi-billion sponsor or billions of sponsors. You don't even have to have cars like Mercedes AMG to compete. You can build a car in the garage and turn up at the rally, one condition is that you get along well with your hands. What conditions and what to do to get into rally race? World Rally Championship history is reminiscent of strange facts, like it was 2010.



Bill Caswell WRC
Bill Caswell's BMW on WRC Mexico

Intro: Bill Caswell's story. 

This guy was an unemployed racing freak from Chicago. 
He had no funds and no previous experience in WRC racing. Bill is just a self-taught driver, a mechanic, but his determination to participate in rally racing enabled him to become a winner. In 2010, Bill Caswell participated in the World Rally Championship on the crap car in March 2010. His old BMW for $500 raced against $400,000 + rally car. This WRC racing event in Mexico placed Bill third in his class. It was real Internet fame: his exploits were published in ESPN Magazine Grassroots Motorsports. Now, he has a personal blog and driving in different races. 

I know when you look at these expensive race cars, you think that becoming a rally driver is something impossible for a person on your level. 
It's not like you can become a rally driver if you're passionate about car racing, but as you can see, anything is possible. Here are 7 not easy steps to become a rally driver that will help you realize your dreams more easily.   

How to become a rally driver
Tugas Penting/ photo by bequietndrive 

What to do to become a rally driver? 

1. Become a member of an Autoclub.   

The best way to become a rally driver is to join a local automobile club. 
By joining this club, you will meet professional drivers and people with the same dream as you. By working with professional drivers and working with people who also want to become a rally driver, you will learn a lot. So you can realize your dream of becoming a rally driver faster.

Peter Solberg WRC
Peter Solberg is the best Rally Racing Mentor/ photo by Motorsport


2. Finding a Mentor.

If you really want to go far as a rally driver, you have to find a mentor who will always point you in the right direction. 
It would recommend working with someone who has the experience of driving in the World Rally Championship and other professional car races.

3. Head To A Rally School


You need to prepare yourself for the rally experience. 
Driving in a rally is different from road racing. Sign up for a rally school. Depending on where you enrolled, it can be quite expensive, but you will learn a lot if you join a good rally school. 

Note that the first day behind a rally car can be quite intimidating. 
However, keep a cool head, with practice, you will become quite confident and good at driving rally cars. If you do not understand anything, always ask your instructor a question.

WRC drivers
O. Tanak and Latvala/ photo by WRC.com

 4. Take Your Test


Before you can take part in a rally, you must take a driving licence. 
However, in order to do so, you must pass a test. There are various organisations that take this test, and it depends on your country. In the UK, you must take your test at British Associations of Rally Schools BARS. The test includes several multiple choice theory tests and a driving test. You drive for about 10 minutes in a rally car with the examiner. Once you have passed the test, you are ready to apply for your rally licence.

5. Apply for your rally license

Now we are approaching the funny part. 
Once you have passed your rally exam, the next step is to apply for your rally license. A rally license opens doors for you. This means that you can now participate in rallies both locally and internationally as a rally driver.


6. Get Your Rally Car

The only thing that remains to be done is a rally car. 
Note that your car must have rally standard. You may need to make some changes to your car to make it acceptable for a rally. For example, you will need to add roll cages, fire extinguishers, special rally seats with multi-point belts and other safety features.

Bill Caswell racing
Bill Caswell with co-driver /photo by Social Media

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7. Getting a Co-Driver

The last thing you need to do is have a co-driver. 
Every great rally driver has one. Your job is to give you details about all the hills, curves and descents of the track so you know exactly what's coming next. As soon as you get a co-driver, you are ready to have your first rally experience.


Becoming a rally driver is tough and exciting
You have the opportunity to experience nature in a way you have never done before. Moreover, you enjoy the thrill of competing with other drivers. It's a great way to get closer to your dream of becoming a professional driver and competing in top competitions like WRC races


***Updated October 2020

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