Oschersleben, 9 November – Though the last round of 2020 did not yield the best result, Rudy van Buren reflects on his positive first full season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland as he aims to carry this progress into 2021.
The belated, compressed 2020 championship saw the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland competitors race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben for the final round. The last two races around the 2.3-mile track proved unfavourable for Rudy, who said: “Sadly, this was a pesky weekend. We didn’t get it all right initially on Thursday, but the pace was definitely there on Friday. Had yellow flags not hindered my best laps in qualifying, we could have doubled down on our potential nicely.”
Sixth place on the grid was Rudy’s for the first race, which got off to an unfortunate start for him: “I made an error myself. The grid is on a sloped part of tarmac, so I may have wanted to use the brake. My car started rolling too soon and I got handed a drive-through penalty for that.” In addition, leaked coolant from another car resulted in a little off. Thirteenth place was the best thing that could be salvaged.
Race two started off a lot better for Rudy. The Dutchman held sixth place on the grid once again and gained two places in his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. For several laps he was able to chase Leon Köhler for a podium spot, until the safety car came out following a spin elsewhere. Just when the field was unleashed again, disaster struck: “We were on the pace nicely when something in the drivetrain broke. I tried to continue, but lost engine braking and decided to enter the pits. That marked the end of this season.”
However, this last 2020 weekend paints a skewed image of Rudy’s first full season in actual motorsports as a Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland competitor. The 28-year-old collected 89 points and ends the season in P7 in the final standings, following points finishes in every round bar the last one.
Rudy: “I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped to get here for their invaluable support. We have shown continued progress and potential during every weekend, to fight for any position, to keep going forwards and approach the leaders. They know what I’m capable of, as do all the teams. Next year, we will only step up. We are hard at work to secure the right spot on the grid for 2021. Before you know it, it’s already next year.”