If you want to compete but don’t want to sit in the driver’s seat, how about the passenger seat instead? And if you want to keep out of the car altogether, why not grab a spanner and muck in with a team?
Rallying and Cross Country require two people in the car: one to drive and the other to co-drive, or navigate. This mainly involves reading notes to the driver to let them know which way to go and what’s coming up in terms of corner severity, crests, jumps and such like.
There is more to it than that, though; the co-driver has to look after event paperwork and make sure that the driver checks in and out of time controls and service halts on time so as to avoid any penalties.
The Trials disciplines are all about driving as far along/up a slippery off-road course as possible by searching for grip. To make life easier, drivers use passengers, whose job is to move their weight about the car in order to help find that grip.
Most motor sport teams would be delighted at the offer of an extra pair of hands, whether they clutching a spanner, a wheel gun or even a tea tray!
Not only is volunteering for a team a great way of joining the competitive world of motor sport, it also presents a chance to pick up new skills and knowledge and may even lead to a full-time role further down the line.