Target achieved, now back to school for ERC Junior Bux
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.”