Talented new addition.
Bastian Buus is the new Porsche Junior 2023. The 19-year-old was part of the talent pool of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany – and proved his mettle during the viewing with a 911 GT3 Cup on the Circuito de Jerez. The Dane was nominated by the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany for the Junior shoot-out event, while at the same time participating in the Carrera Cup France and the Supercup. In the latter, Bastian Buus scored two victories in 2022, along with the rookie title for best newcomer. The Porsche Motorsport Hub spoke with the talented newcomer.
Question: Bastian, you are the new Porsche Junior of 2023. Your first race as Porsche Junior was with the Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team during the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans. How did you feel about your first official deployment for Porsche, and how did it go for you on the digital Circuit des 24 Heures?
Bastian Buus: That was something special all right: My first race as Porsche Junior, my first race with a manufacturer team and at the same time, the first race of the season. Doubtlessly, it was a great experience to be part of the Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team and to see, how much preparation goes into an event such as the Le Mans Virtual. Unlimited chances for tests also mean that a lot of training and test hours are necessary offer a good performance. I have the greatest respect for the guys for their commitment during the preparations – and of course also during the race.
We definitely had the speed to get on to the podium, but technical issues due to server disconnections cost us twice, forcing us to contend with the sixth position. That was less than satisfying than what we were expecting. Sadly, the result was influenced by something beyond our power. We fought our way back into the race multiple times, but could not make up for the lost time.
Question: Do you usually prepare for races virtually?
Bastian Buus: I use my simulator at home to learn new tracks, and to train my reflexes and driving skills in my downtime, for example during the winter break. Yes, I think it is a good tool to keep fit and of course, be better prepared for a race weekend.