Bietigheim-Bissingen, 7 September – Rudy van Buren bagged two more trophies during the third Porsche Sports Cup weekend of 2020. The 28-year-old Dutchman showed his pace on the Lausitzring as the main series on his racing calendar comes into focus.
The Lausitzring proved happy hunting grounds for Rudy, as he and gentleman driver Hugo Nuss won both Endurance races – following their first podium finish on the Red Bull Ring and maiden win on Oschersleben over the summer. Their CarTech Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup outpaced all class rivals on the 2.8-mile German track just north of Dresden.
“Two wins, double the joy!”, said a happy Rudy after the weekend. “After the initial laps of learning a new track, the car felt great. I managed to qualify a solid second, although that was in large part due to saving a set of tyres for the race, similar to last time. That way we were able to benefit from new rubber in the second race.”
Hugo enjoyed a good start to the first race and managed to pull out a small gap, so his Dutch teammate got to take over the wheel halfway through the fifty minute race with a lead worth around five seconds.
Rudy explains: “I did hit some challenging traffic a couple of times. That cost us three to four seconds as I was chased by Laurin Heinrich, a young talented driver who’ll be participating in the Carrera Cup Deutschland as well and is a reasonable match on pace. Thankfully, the win never really got in danger, as our pace around here was generally a few tenths quicker. In free air I found the confidence to pull out another gap and even set the quickest lap time.”
The second Endurance race, later that Sunday afternoon, ended up in a similar division of podium places, to Rudy’s delight: “Our competitors made some errors, which allowed us to really dictate the pace. So all in all we were able to maximise the score on the Lausitzring, in all its concrete glory.”
The Porsche Sports Cup allowed Rudy to score successes and rack up extra mileage while preparing for his main focus for 2020: the highly competitive Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, which will commence 16 – 19 September on the world-famous Le Mans semi-street circuit.