Target achieved, now back to school for ERC Junior Bux

Target achieved, now back to school for ERC Junior Bux

22/04/2014 18:23

FIA ERC Junior Championship rookie Gino Bux achieved his target of finishing the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally last weekend – then revealed that it’s back to architecture school.

Bux, a 23-year-old from Belgium, is contesting five ERC Junior rounds in 2014 as his prize for winning a driver shootout organised by his country’s motorsport federation, the RACB.

Competing in a Peugeot 208 R2 alongside co-driver Eric Borguet, Bux reached the finish at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter sixth in class having battled back from a roll on day two.

“Finishing the rally was the target but we had some big problems in the last leg,” said Bux,” who is halfway through a degree in architecture. “We lost the brakes and we had some big moments so I am quite happy to finish here. It was a great experience with some wonderful stages. The goal was to finish and we’re happy with that.”

Of his off on Saturday, RACB National Team member Bux said: “The accident we had was quite dramatic. I talked directly with Eric and said we can’t finish here so we did everything to put the car on its wheels. But the front [left] was badly damaged so we changed the wheel. It was hard to get off this place, in six or seven minutes, but we did it because to finish on a crash was not good for us so we did everything to get off. It was a shame about this moment but we were a little too fast when the grip was not so big. But the mistake is in the past now and we are happy to be here. I am very tired because it was a very long and very different, the recce and two days of rallying. I will sleep for a long time then it’s back to architecture school.”


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