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JWRC: Pre-event press conference - Ireland.

Drivers: Aaron Burkart (Suzuki Swift S1600) and Kevin Abbring (Renault Clio R3).


Press conference.


Q:
Aaron, a totally different car and team for you this year; you will be with Suzuki Team Europe in a Suzuki Swift S1600. Your thoughts?

Aaron Burkart:
Yeah, it is indeed. Everything is new and it a bit difficult for us to get a good feeling again for the car and it is a very challenging rally. The stages are very tough; the roads are very narrow and there is a lot of mud so we will have to find a rhythm so that we will survive until the end. It is a good feeling, the team is very professional so we are very happy.

Q:
You competed in Galway just a couple of weeks ago with the car, what did you think?

AB:
It was quite similar at least for the first three stages but still we had a big storm with 140km winds and heavy rain and sometimes you came over a crest in sixth gear and the street was covered in water. I hope it will not be as bad even if the weather forecast isn't too good. Still, it was a good experience. The mechanics worked well. We had a problem on the first day and the mechanics had to work all night but everyone was friendly and did their jobs.

Q:
You finished second in the Championship last year, is the aim to go one better this year? Looking at the entries so far for the JWRC, who do you consider to be your main challenger?

AB:
We have a lot to lose and only a little to gain but we are here to compete. Of course, it will be difficult; maybe there aren't as many as last year but the quality is still very high.

Q:
What would you be happy walking away from Ireland with? Do you feel pressure considering that after finishing second last year you are favourite?

AB:
You always feel pressure but I don't think it is better or worse than last year. We still have to get results and we still have to get to the finish line. You still have to be as fast as possible without destroying the car.

Q:
Last year coming second you won the C2 Junior Experience which means we will see you in a WRC car. Do you know in which event that is likely to happen?

AB:
It looks like we will start in Greece.

Q:
And how difficult will that be do you think?

AB:
I have no idea because I have not sat in a WRC car yet. It is a dream come true through. I hope we will have a test before and I will have some experience in a WRC car. I have heard so much about it and it is just amazing that I have the opportunity to try such a car. What else can I say!

Q:
Kevin, you are back representing KNAF this year in a Renault Clio R3. Are you looking forward to the season ahead?

Kevin Abbring:


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Aaron Nikolai Burkart (D), Citroen C2 S1600

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