Burkart, the last driver to win the Junior World Rally Championship before the series was disbanded in favour of the new-for-2011 FIA WRC Academy, was challenging for the top 10 on day one when a stone damaged his car’s rear brakes on the final stage of the day. After spending more than nine minutes trying to make repairs Burkart and co-driver Andre Kachel elected to retire from the day.
He restarted on day two under SupeRally regulations and, despite a minor driveshaft glitch on Saturday, his windscreen wipers failing in the heavy rain on Sunday morning and a puncture on the event-closing Power Stage, Burkart was able to cross the finishing ramp in Trier.
“I don’t know how to say this in English but I feel like one part of me is smiling and the other part of me is crying,” said the 28-year-old, who was driving a Fiesta RS WRC in competition for the first time. “I am quite happy with how everything has gone this weekend but we have also had some small troubles which has affected our final result. But I have really enjoyed driving the car and the M-Sport team were very good. In general the feedback we received was positive and I was pleased with the times we were setting. Overall it’s been a good weekend and of course I am also very happy to reach the end of a difficult rally on my home event.”
Burkart is currently unsure about his plans for the future, adding: “For sure I would like to do some more but I am a long way from that.”