WRC 2017: How to become a co-driver

How to become a WRC co-driver

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Words: Werner Jessner

No one is closer to the action than the co-driver. Julien Ingrassia reveals 11 essential tips for a successful career

Look for a driver you trust and like. You’re going to be spending a lot of time together in a confined space.


Be fit and light! Every kilo counts.

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Have a good stomach and do without that coffee in the morning. (Everyone still throws up at some point.)


Become an early bird. Rallies begin at the crack of dawn.

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Get organised. You’re the brains in the car. The driver is just the driver. Any late-comers will be penalised. 


Together with the driver, compile and hone your pacenotes – your playbook – until you have a precise code for every type of turn.

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Learn to keep one eye on the course and the other on the pacenotes.


Have basic mechanical skills.

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Create a network for yourself: any information you can get on the courses, etc, is worth invaluable seconds.


Be fearless: you’re going to have accidents and there’s not always something you can do to avoid them.

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Be modest: the driver is always going to be the hero, not you.

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