Monday | 06 Apr 2020

Qualifiers - vote now!

Voting is now open for the Greatest WRC Driver. First up, the fight to see who will take the four remaining spots in the main draw.

First up sees four direct head-to-head battles with the winner of each bout earning a spot in the last 16. Beginning at 10am on Monday 6 April, you have 24 hours to make your vote count! Scroll down for all four votes!

Petter Solberg
Nationality: Norwegian
Manufacturers: Ford, Subaru, Citroën, Volkswagen
WRC starts: 190
WRC titles: 1
WRC wins: 13
WRC podiums: 52

Few drivers brought more enthusiasm and showbiz to the WRC than Petter Solberg. Hollywood, as he was affectionately known, always carried the broadest of smiles during his driving career and was a huge fan favourite. Behind his easy-going nature, Solberg was  hugely competitive and sparked some of the WRC’s biggest celebrations when he clinched the 2003 world title in Wales.

Jari-Matti Latvala
Nationality: Finnish
Manufacturers: Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota
WRC starts: 209*
WRC titles: 0*
Rally wins: 18*
Podiums: 67*
Stage wins: 539*

Jari-Matti Latvala is the WRC’s most experienced driver and the only one with more than 200 starts to his name. The Finn became the sport’s youngest rally winner after triumphing in Sweden in 2008, aged just 22 years and 313 days. He possesses a remarkable knowledge of WRC history and his willingness to give his time freely to fans makes him a big favourite.

 

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OTT TÄNAK
Nationality: Estonian
Manufacturers: Ford, Toyota, Hyundai
WRC starts: 108*
WRC titles: 1*
WRC wins: 12*
WRC podiums: 28*

Ott Tänak bounced back from more knockdowns than a prize fighter to win the 2019 title after twice being dropped from factory drives. Determined and intense, he is a man of few words who lets his driving do the talking. Footage of his astonishing escape after his car plunged into a Mexican lake made ‘the raising of the Ti-Tänak’ one of the most talked about stories for years.

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MARKKU ALÉN
Nationality: Finnish
Manufacturers: Ford, Fiat, Lancia, Subaru, Toyota
WRC starts: 129
WRC titles: 0
WRC wins: 19
WRC podiums: 56

Famous for approaching his driving with ‘maximum attack’, Markku Alén is regarded by many as the greatest driver never to win the world title. Only Sébastien Loeb has accumulated more WRC stage wins than the Finn. Armed with a hot temper, Alén wore his heart on his sleeve and spent so many years with Fiat and Lancia that Italy became his ‘second’ home.

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Stig Blomqvist
Nationality: Swedish
Manufacturers: Saab, Talbot, Audi, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, Škoda
WRC starts: 122
WRC titles: 1
WRC wins: 11
WRC podiums: 33

1984 world champion Stig Blomqvist never wanted to be famous - he just wanted to drive as fast as possible. Blomqvist earned 11 WRC victories, five at his home event in Sweden. He won the rally seven times in total, a record nobody has matched. His initial successes came with Saab, but most of his victories were with Audi.

Ari Vatanen
Nationality: Finnish
Manufacturers: Ford, Opel, Peugeot, Mitsubishi, Subaru
WRC starts: 101
WRC titles: 1
WRC wins: 10
WRC podiums: 27

Ari Vatanen dazzled the WRC in the early 1980s, his aggressive on-the-edge driving making him a fan favourite. There were many crashes and a huge accident in Argentina in 1985 almost cost him his life. He became world champion in 1981 in a private team and his tally of rally wins includes the classics - Monte-Carlo, Britain, Kenya and Finland.

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Timo Salonen
Nationality: Finnish
Manufacturers: Datsun, Nissan, Peugeot, Mazda, Mitsubishi
WRC starts: 95
WRC titles: 1
WRC wins: 11
WRC podiums: 24

Timo Salonen didn’t look like a world champion. He wore big glasses, was a little overweight and smoked like a chimney…but the Finn was very fast. Famous for often driving with just one hand, he exuded calmness. When Peugeot wanted a team-mate for the more explosive Ari Vatanen in 1985, it picked Salonen. The outcome was that Timo became world champion.

 

Richard Burns
Nationality: British
Manufacturers: Subaru, Mitsubishi, Peugeot
WRC starts: 104
WRC titles: 1
WRC wins: 10
WRC podiums: 34

Richard Burns and Colin McRae flew the British flag at the top of the WRC in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In contrast to the ebullient McRae, Burns was patient and thoughtful behind the wheel. His approach paid off when he outgunned the Scot to lift the 2001 title. He won 10 WRC events before, cruelly, a brain tumour took him away from us.