Rudy van Buren had three races to run last weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The 28-year-old Dutchman managed to consistently finish in the top ten and made his mark in several on-track battles.
The 2.299 mile Sachsenring hosted the second Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland event to grace this special 2020 motorsport calendar. “And what a special weekend this turned out to be, too! Though limited by two of my race starts, as those are very hard to get right with this car, the performance here marks a nice baseline and showcases my fighting spirit – I fight for every inch, even after any setback”, said the CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin driver.
That included the first 17-lap race on Saturday afternoon. A mediocre start saw Rudy dropping down from eighth to tenth, but he was back up passing those cars after just a few minutes. Halfway through the race, the Dutchman lost some ground when having to avoid Toni Wolf, though this resulted in an amazing three-way battle that also featured Joey Mawson. Rudy’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup crossed the line in eighth.
Sunday morning saw him partake in another action-packed race. Another unfortunate start dropped Rudy back once more, yet again he fought back to pass several cars, including Mawson’s. A tight duel with Kay van Berlo led to Rudy’s younger countrymate ending up in the gravel trap – though the older Dutchman was penalised initially, race control later overturned that decision and classified him in P6.
As the third and final race commenced, Rudy maintained his sixth place on the starting grid. When Mawson again closed up in the second half of the race, Rudy responded by upping his pace – though this led to a scary moment coming on to the main straight during the final stages. Rudy elaborates: “I just slid over the kerbstone edge.
Realising others had punctured their tyres by hugging that edge, I put two wheels on the dirt and applied my recent buggy handling skills! However, the car lost its splitter and I ended up with a load of understeer, but I did manage to hang on to seventh place, which is where I ended up after that little excursion.”
Having bagged a healthy load of championship points, Rudy looks back at this German triple header: “P8, P7 and P6 add up to a fine performance this early on. We’d like to reach the podium and we’re close to doing that. We’ve made some good steps over the weekend, in terms of the car, the team and my driving style. We’ll keep nibbling away. In two weeks time we’ll be racing at the Red Bull Ring: if we can make another step there, we’ll be even closer to that podium. I’m determined to make that happen. But before that happens, we’re off to Hockenheim next weekend to fight for the Porsche Sports Cup Endurance championship.”