OMV Junior World Rally Team on the podium
A dream has come true for the OMV Junior World Rally Team. In his first complete season in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship Aaron Burkart achieved the best result of his career with third place at the "Wales Rally GB", the last run of the year. The German OMV driver in the Citroen C2 GT completed a nearly faultless run at the most difficult rally of the year and showed brilliant tactical finesse. In the final WRC standings Burkart finishes the year in twelfth overall place with 15 points after having scored four times.
Taking risk payed off
Aaron Burkart had dreamt of crossing the finish line at his premiere at the Wales Rally GB. But reality even surpassed the dream: the first podium place in the career of the 24-year-old OMV driver. And this in the face of the five currently best teams that all competed in the last J-WRC run of the season. But the tough conditions took their toll. While WRC favourites dropped out like flies Burkart remembered his virtues. His tactical finesse brought him up to third overall place. Burkart: "I still can't believe it. It would have been a success just to finish. But this is incredible. I am overjoyed, naturally, but also somewhat spellbound. It shows how unpredictable rallying can be. We would have expected this result at the OMV ADAC Rally in Germany - but never in Wales." The way Burkart continuously improved during this run was equally impressive. After day one he had lain in seventh place. During leg two he moved up to fifth place before finally jumping onto the podium on the last day.
A giant step forward
Aaron Burkart's first season in the FIA J-WRC had been scheduled for gaining experience. But the OMV driver already reached seventh place at his second assignment in Corsica, thereby scoring points. This was followed by fifth place in Sardinia and sixth place in Germany. In the final J-WRC standings it added up to 15 points and 12th place out of initially 22 teams that had competed since the beginning of the year. "Aaron has proven that continuous work pays off. He has advanced enormously and optimally used this year to gain experience. And such a result at the end of the year obviously motivates incredibly for the coming year. I am convinced that Aaron will be able to assert himself in the J-WRC in the future ", says OMV Junior WRT Team Manager Jürgen Bertl of his charge.