Fast cars and excellent driving skills might be the easy answers when asking how to succeed in rally racing, but after watching this video, a good teammate is obviously an important aspect of this sport, too. During the 2013 Rally of Coimbatore in India, driver Samir Thapar and his co-driver, Vivek Ponnusamy, didn't seem to be on the same page as the two attempted to navigate the course in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

We'd probably hear drastically different stories if we talked to Thapar and Ponnusamy about this particular event, but you know things are bad when "stay on road" and "turn the wheel" are commands given by the co-driver (and yes, that's a man running for his life in the screen shot shown above). As it turned out, though, it seems like the Ponnusamy was justified in his concerns to take care of the racecar. Race results show that despite winning three of the seven stages, this team ultimately ended the race with a DNF.

Scroll down to watch the video, and even though it's been edited down from almost 40 minutes to less than four, we get the idea that it wasn't a pleasant experience for driver or co-driver.


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      kipswork
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, that was laugh out loud funny. "Sammy I'm begging you - turn the wheel, you are breaking the car". Sammy just shoots back a barely audible "shut up" for much of it. Sounds like me driving with my old lady.
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like my wife!
      A_Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Shut up. Don't tell me how to drive." lol
      Schobz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This team placed first in 3/7 stages. Wow. Tough competition.
      sodamninsane
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd imagine this is what most rookie rally drivers look like... God I couldn't stand to be a co-driver, and have my life totally in someone else's unexperienced hands.
      ramairjer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was that a race or an Indian comedy routine?
      Yaboir
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Don't tell me how to drive" lol..
      Caarz
      • 1 Year Ago
      SAMMY SAMMY SAMMY....... SAMMY!!!
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol best thing ever posted on Autoblog!!!
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somewhere Peter Solberg and Sebastian Loeb are on the floor dying from laughter. If Kimi were still in WRC, think he would've belted him one.
      gadgetboyatl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why on earth is the navigator even risking his life driving with this idiot? It's only a matter of time. He probably hears Sammie please please please in his dreams. lol
      proxim2020
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it's all just a voice over, then it's a pretty good one. At 3:30 they hit a rock off the road on the left side. You can hear the co-driver's voice change as they hit it.
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