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The co-driver is seated lower in the car to improve weight distribution.

A co-driver is the navigator of a rally car in the sport of rallying, who sits in the front passenger seat. The co-driver's job is to navigate, by reading off a set of pacenotes to the driver, often over a radio headset, due to the high level of noise in the car.[1] The co-driver tells the driver what lies ahead, where to turn, the severity of the turn, and what obstacles to look out for.[2][3] This role is particularly critical in high-end rally competitions such as WRC. Co-drivers are also often called on to perform maintenance on the car during road sections and special stages, such as changing a wheel.

Famous co-drivers[edit]

Manfred Stohl and co-driver Ilka Minor changing a tire on a road section of Rally Argentina.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tony Chamberlain, "This rally gets down and dirty", The Boston Globe, 21 July 2006
  2. ^ Laurie Wang, "The Race of Your Life" on Power to Change
  3. ^ "Rallying : What about the co-driver?",, no date