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Old 1 Oct 2012, 10:45 (Ref:3144521)   #16
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Interesting discussion.

I've been looking into this and from what I've heard, the works drivers make upwards from €150.000 a year at Porsche and Ferrari. Big and long-serving names such as Kristensen might well go to 7 figures, but just.

Then other top pros, like Minassian, I'd say get paid €10-20.000 per race if he is lucky (he is looking for drives now, after all). This has nothing to do with what he is worth comparing to works guys, just how it is.

Then for the rest of the pros, some drive for free, some have sponsors from which they take their cut and some get paid a few thousands a race. For example, the Aston trio in FIA WEC - Turner and Mücke are paid by Aston Martin, Fernandez brought in a hefty bag of money to get the ride.

Tougher times in racing nowadays and since the tobacco money's gone, noone's getting paid 250k a month.
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Old 1 Oct 2012, 13:36 (Ref:3144601)   #17
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Tougher times in racing nowadays and since the tobacco money's gone, noone's getting paid 250k a month.
Like Mr. B, I still find it difficult to believe that JL was paid this kind of money. 3 mill a year??? Back in 88/89???
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Old 1 Oct 2012, 13:50 (Ref:3144608)   #18
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Bearing in mind it's a 4 car team... Damn, Silk Cut must have had a bottomless pit of money! I reckon that would EASILY top F1 money, back then?

300K a YEAR, I could believe, when you had a lot of top sponsors, and top line drivers...
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Old 1 Oct 2012, 16:11 (Ref:3144676)   #19
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I think $250K-$300K a year is more like it in regards to Lammers. That fits in with other figures I heard from similar drivers from that era.

From what I have heard about some of the "pro" drivers that get hired for Grand Am and ALMS, $5k-$10K a race is a common figure I heard. The manufacturer backed drivers get more, but also have more responsibilities as well.

I'm sure some of the top Audi drivers get more, I know in DTM, they paid one driver 1.5 mil Euro a year. A lot of drivers in Super GT get paid well too.
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Old 1 Oct 2012, 20:49 (Ref:3144781)   #20
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I hear the European drivers get paid very well in SuperGT. Lotterer must be doing well for himself with both SuperGT and Audi.
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Old 1 Oct 2012, 21:18 (Ref:3144796)   #21
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I hear the European drivers get paid very well in SuperGT. Lotterer must be doing well for himself with both SuperGT and Audi.
He's not driving in Super GT anymore.
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He's not driving in Super GT anymore.
Did not know that. He is still competing in Formula Nippon though.
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Was thinking today what salaries would've been like with the huge manufacturer involvement with Le Mans at the end of the 90s? Thats the last big era of factory involvement that I can think of that wasnt affected by the global economy.
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to b e honest i would rather not think about how much drivers are paid i just want to see top drivers driving top cars but thinking about thr amount they can be paid does not always make me support them I am afraid envy creeps in
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Put it this way, if you’re a driver in Motorsport, you would choose to want to be in F1/Napcar because of the pay. After that, it would have to be LMP/GT.
It’s a good subject actually – I still class myself as a Rallyfan first, however everytime a drive is discussed in the WRC, everybody will wonder how much a driver will be bringing - even to the VW team. Compare to Audi – how may pay drivers have they had driving the LMP cars over the last 10+ years??
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to b e honest i would rather not think about how much drivers are paid i just want to see top drivers driving top cars but thinking about thr amount they can be paid does not always make me support them I am afraid envy creeps in
It's probably not as great as people think. Many have built up debts to get up the ladder and if they do end up with a nice salary, there are plenty of expenses with travel, physical training, licences, race gear, etc. Also job security is about nil, with a driver being lucky to have a solid contract for a year, not to mention 2-3 years. In addition many of them have at most a 4-5 year period of big earnings where they might be the hot property.

It's a job like any other, except motorsport is extremely cutthroat and ruthless compared to other industries I have seen. There are some nice ethical people out there but also some that would gladly stab you in the back relentlessly to get your drive.

And eventually few drivers can get paid drives till they are 60, so at some point you've got to get a "real job".
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Opening an old thread here.

So GT's (E and 3) have been on the up the last few years.
New manufacturers returning, continuous evolution, and retalk about GT convergence.

Just curious, but what's the word on wages and salaries for factory (/semi-factory drivers?) for 2018?

Has anyone come across any details about how much one can make from driving multiple GT cars in a calendar year?
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Old 25 Jan 2018, 10:27 (Ref:3794913)   #28
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In GTD and GT3 it is really a mix of getting salary or bring in sponsorship.

If you look at the pro GT3 factory teams, then yes, the manufacturer pays everything. Though those drivers can earn some extra money with their personal sponsorships and sometimes also have their own company (for example Darren Turner with Base Performance). Their travel costs are paid and they have a big company car.

Though a lot of guys (like Jeroen Bleekemolen) choose to not race for a manufacturer, but drive in GTD for example with a gentlemen driver who hires them. I thought Jeroen Bleekemolen was sometimes travel 40 weekens a year for racing around the world. With some personal sponsors, I think he could earn around 200k a year.

Though it is really difficult to say how much everyone earns, especially how GT3, LMP2 and GTE-Am has developed. One silver driver gets paid by a manufacturer (Kelvin van der Linde), while an other silver driver needs to bring sponsorship (DHH), while a gold driver could have issues to get a drive.

Though I think the salaries for most of the drivers are between 20k and 200k, depending on brining sponsorship, having personal sponsors, need to do promotional activities, also be driving instructor, etc. Ofcourse depending on your legendary status like TK and McNish, it could go up to million(s)
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As far I know only drivers hired directly by manufacturers get a big money salary.
There's even a difference between manufacturer's driver and work driver.
A manufacturer's driver like still is Di Grassi for VW or like was Lotterer until last year get the richest salary; while other drivers like Fassler or Jarvis were work drivers hired by Audi Sport and had less benefits. Guess none in toyota has signed a contract directly with toyota motors (only nakajima maybe).

Other P/G drivers like Albuquerque, Bruno Senna etc.... sign contracts with teams and are paid race by race or get a salary for the whole program/championship.
In this scenario salaries are lower.
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