Brandenburg, 2 November – During the penultimate Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland event for 2020, Rudy van Buren demonstrated another increase in pace as he racked up his best qualifying and race positions.
Bad weather forecasts for this event, which was relocated from Circuit Zandvoort due to the current Covid-19 situation in the Netherlands, made for an interesting situation. “It was extremely soggy with rain every day. I only used slick tyres on Thursday. Still, we turned this into a very positive weekend”, said the 28-year-old CarTech Motorsport by Nigrin driver.
Following a strong qualifying performance, Rudy started the first race on Saturday afternoon from the second row on the grid. He rocketstarted his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to the lead and managed to keep countrymate and championship favourite Larry ten Voorde behind for several laps. Shortly after Ten Voorde passed him, Rudy had an unfortunate off: “A mid-corner bump put me off on the wet track surface, which made this mistake look a bit silly. It was a driver error, really. The car lost its splitter and after that P6 was the best possible result for us.”
On Sunday, the Dutchman started the second race around the 2.7-mile track from third on the grid yet again: “I suddenly encountered a new phenomenon: radiator smoke. That turned out to be just raindrops pouring in, but it made me lose my focus as the starting lights went out. Wheelspin cost me two places, though I did recover one before the end of the first lap.” Wet conditions turned the race into a spin fest for many other drivers and the final laps were completed behind the safety car. Rudy finished the race in fourth, just behind the podium finishers – his best result in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland so far.
“All in all this was a strong weekend: two starts from P3, being the first into the first corner and leading the first race for some laps”, said Rudy. “I can see a lot of positives as we keep progressing, which has always been and still is the target. As said before: this year we’re climbing a mountain in terms of gaining experience when compared to others. Tet on the way we are still securing better positions.”
Rudy currently holds seventh in the championship, his tally of 85 points providing an outlook to end up in the top five. With two more races to go during the final round in Oschersleben, there are still opportunities to succeed: “We have finished in pretty much every top ten position except from the podium, so to reach that is the goal for next weekend.”