Formula 2 thrived in the early 1950s in the Soviet controlled East Germany and Rudi Krause was one of the regular contenders with his BMW 328-powered special. Never the quickest in the field, he still had his day when others retired.
He began racing in the category in 1950 and started the following season with victory at Halle after the pacesetting Paul Greifzu retired. Krause also finished second there in September in his only other finish of note that season.
German Grand Prix
He travelled to the West for the 1952 German Grand Prix and his BMW Special completed the opening lap in an encouraging 12th position but soon retired. This was perhaps his most consistent domestic season – winning a non-championship race at Bernau and scoring podium finishes at Dessau and Halle.
Greifzu – the outstanding talent of East German racing at the time – had been killed at Dresden in 1952 and his widow Dora entered Krause in 1953. The partnership began with victory on the motorway circuit near Chemnitz and included a 14th place finish in the German GP.
Second to Hans Stuck in the final East German F2 race of the year at the Sachsenring, he won that title in 1954 before fading from the sport.