gets to grips as a WRC co-driver
WRC Special feature gets to grips as a WRC co-driver

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The majority of headlines may focus on the exploits of drivers in the World Rally Championship, but the challenges facing their co-drivers is no less demanding. We got in the passenger seat with Toyota Gazoo Racing to find out just what it takes to succeed

"It's not something you can just jump in and do, which I think you will find out shortly." Those are the words relayed by Toyota World Rally Championship co-driver Aaron Johnston as dons a racesuit, grabs a pace note book and prepares to jump into his seat to attempt one of motorsport's toughest jobs: being a WRC co-driver.

This is made abundantly clear six minutes and several dubious pace note calls later as a stunned journalist clambers out of Takamoto Katsuta's Toyota GR Yaris Rally1, following an eye-opening blast through one of Finland's famously fast forest gravel roads. Calling pace notes in a top-level WRC car is without question a skill that few in this world possess, and an art form that takes years of dedication to perfect.


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