Michaël Burri and Anderson Levratti managed to keep out of trouble throughout Rallye Deutschland to finish in seventh position. Renault Clio R3T proved once again to be perfectly reliable and enabled the crew to drive with confidence on what is nonetheless a difficult course.
Winner of the finale of the Clio R3T European Trophy at the 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo and promoted to the role of Renault Sport works driver, Michaël Burri returned this weekend to a surface on which he feels at home. Having already competed three times previously at Rallye Deutschland, he started Friday morning with some bearings already established. He drove consistently and made no mistakes, unlike several of the leading WRC drivers. He was a little off the pace on the next two legs, his confidence knocked slightly by the tricky conditions, with the tarmac damp and muddy in places. On Sunday afternoon, the Renault Sport Rally Team Clio R3T driver made it to the end, finishing in seventh position in the WRC 3.
"Obviously, I was aiming for a different outcome," admitted Michaël Burri. "We had trouble finding the right set-up for this surface with the changing conditions and we didn’t always make the right calls. We worked together in the team throughout the weekend to improve the handling of the car but the times just didn’t come."
Team manager of the Renault Rally Team, Sylvain Alanore was also somewhat disappointed with the outcome of the rally. "We were pleased with Clio R3T in terms of reliability, but there is still significant room for improvement. We had expected to be helped by the fact that we had experience from competing at this rally last year and that Michaël was back on his preferred surface. We hope to do a lot better in future by finding the right chemistry between Clio R3T and Michaël, so that he can express himself fully."
The Renault Sport Rally Team now turns its attention to the next round of the WRC 3 World Rally Championship, the Tour de Corse – Rallye de France (29 September – 2 October).