Spielberg bei Knittelfeld, 19 October – Rudy van Buren managed to improve his performance again over three Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland races at the Red Bull Ring, as the 28-year-old Dutchman scored his best result so far.
With three of out five events down for 2020, Rudy is now in sixth position (out of 21) in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland championship standings. A large portion of his 62 points were scored in Austria last weekend. “We did alright, fought well and were happy to have three fine race starts. This will allow us to continue our progress towards the front”, said the CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin driver.
A new challenge emerged ahead of the races around the Red Bull Ring, as Porsche’s one-make series had to deal with unusually low temperatures on its visit to the 2.7 mile track, which featured a backdrop of snow-capped mountain tops. Rudy: “The track temperature was as low as 3 degrees Celcius initially. Though in testing and practice we did manage to find a decent baseline, resulting in P6 and two P5’s during qualifying.”
An exciting opening lap marked the first race, as Rudy hung on to sixth until Joey Mawson managed to pass, as well as polesitter Leon Köhler, who had dropped far back at the start. The Dutchman managed to bring his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup across the line in eighth place.
“We’re still looking for a bit more pace in the opening stages”, said Rudy. “After that, we’re doing alright, but we haven’t found the sweet spot just yet. As we know, investing a bit of time to learn about that should help us to progress in this department even more. Sometimes a choice can backfire on us, but generally we’re on the right track.”
Race two saw him progress already: Rudy managed to hold on to fifth after a solid start. He was able to pursue the top four, until Finnish driver Jukka Honkavuori started his charge to fight Rudy and eventually pass. However, the Dutchman managed to overtake Köhler in the later stages and still claimed fifth – his best race result of the season so far.
Rudy commenced the third race from that spot as well. With Köhler just ahead after that start, the Dutchman found himself in a fairly large group of cars fighting all race long. The battle for P5 ended up in a photo finish, as Rudy came up just a few hundreds of a second short to take seventh. This turned into sixth as Köhler was disqualified after the race.
All in all, he’s reasonably happy: “We’re actually fairly close to the lead cars. Various drivers have lost out here and there in terms of championship points, but we’ve been quite steady. Still, we want to join the fight up front and just need a bit more time for that. The fact we’ll be going to the Lausitzring in two weeks time – instead of Circuit Zandvoort due to the coronavirus situation in the Netherlands – could be a positive for us, as we raced there for the Porsche Sports Cup Deutschland recently. So I’m looking forward to that one.”