Western Australian Rally Championship

THORNLIE co-driver Steve Vass sat alongside the winning 2015 Western Australian Rally Championship winning driver Garry Whittle.

But, Vass did not win the co-driver championships after he had to miss one race for work reasons during the season, handing that championship to Byford co-driver Toni Feaver.

He finished with 126 points in third position with Feaver scoring 137 and Glenn MacNeall in second on 136.

Vass has always raced cars, from open wheelers through to the Bathurst 12-hour, and is heavily involved in the car world, working as a new vehicle consultant at Titan Ford in Melville.

Whittle and Vass won the championship in the Subaru WRX – a favoured car among many of the top rally drivers.

“We had a good year,” he said.

“I missed the first race because of work and if I was there I would have won the championship.”

Vass also has a car of his own, a Datsun 1600, which he competes in as well.

Although he loves co-driving, he said he would rather be in the driver’s seat.

“Driving is more enjoyable because you are involved with the car,” he said.

“Co-driving, you have to be good with paper work and be very accurate.”

“Accidents happen so fast, you don’t even realise they have happened until they are over.”

One of the reasons why he continues racing alongside Whittle is because the WRX has the ability to win the championship where as the Datsun may win its class, but be well down in the championship.

“The Datsun has a top speed of 180 while the WRX has a top speed of 220,” he said.

Vass said he had been involved in three serious accidents in his time. “In our level professional relationship, you and the driver have to trust each other at 200km in the air,” he said.