Hockenheim, 12 October – Rudy van Buren and gentleman driver Hugo Nuss took second place in the Endurance championship final standings of the Porsche Sports Cup Deutschland. A challenging final weekend saw the duo finish both races in the same position.
This endeavor started as a nice way to rack up extra mileage, but soon turned into a championship assault for Rudy: “I entered the Sports Cup to race on tracks scheduled for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland later this year. Despite a rough first race, the first two events went rather well and led to a full campaign”, said the 28-year-old Dutchman.
Having mostly scored wins and second places at the Red Bull Ring, Oschersleben and the Lausitzring, the CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin duo started the last two Endurance races on the 2.8-mile Hockenheimring. Technical issues saw them starting from fifth on the grid, as Rudy explains: “Just when qualifying really mattered for us, the drive shaft broke. We ended up half a second behind pole position, while I was on a lap half a second down on our best time – on a drying track – when that shaft snapped. That’s called bad luck.”
On Sunday afternoon, Hugo drove the opening race stint on both occasions. He made a few mistakes in the first 50-minute race, meaning Rudy took over the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup trailing the leader by eight seconds. Traffic minimised his chances of closing the gap as he guided the car home in P2. The second race played out in a similar way: Rudy and Hugo ended up in second place, for both the last race as well as the final championship standings, just behind Laurin Heinrich and Joachim Thyssen.
Though Rudy was aiming for more, he’s still pleased: “Heinrich and I are so close on pace, it’s a similar story in the Carrera Cup. That makes it very difficult to close such a gap in these races. Still: we enjoyed ourselves, Hugo is very happy, we tasted the champagne again and collected some more trophies, so things could be a lot worse. I’m spending some days in Munich to prepare for the next Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland event, which is next weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Naturally, I will give it my best.”