An unparalleled Hungarian victory from a boy of only 15 years

A few years ago, it became widespread in motorsport circles that there is a Hungarian driver with a very special ability. Attila Bucsi already dominated last year Swift Cup Europe, in which he finished in the top three in ten of the 15 races and won five. This year he also surpassed that, as he was awarded first place in all eleven races of 2022 (one weekend was missed, so there were fewer races).

Regardless of the championship, it is a very rare feat in motorsport for someone to finish a season with 100 percent performance, and it is especially so in a touring car, since in this system, in more than half of the eleven races, he had to start from eighth place six times due to the reversed starting grid, and in the end he beat the field.

“I haven’t really grasped it yet, I’m very happy that I’ve reached this big goal,” Attila Bucsi told our newspaper after the season finale in Poznań last weekend. – I usually don’t think too much about success or failure, but now it’s only the beginning of October, the season ended relatively early, so now there will be time to think about it and, of course, about the future.

Attila Bucsi can bring a lot of joy to Hungarians Photo: HUMDA/ Gabor Szatlo

In the final round organized in Poland, Attila Bucsi, who was supported by the HUMDA Magyar Autó-Motorsport és Zöld Mobilitás-fällzeszti Ügynökség Zrt., had to win three races in order to finish the year with a perfect series of results, and as he said, there was a point when he thought it was not possible:

– In the second race, due to the reversed starting grid, I started from eighth place, at the beginning I overtook a few others, I was already in fourth or fifth place when the two competitors in front of me collided. One of them broke the right front landing gear, which made it unable to turn, and I was next to it, and it pushed it down into the grass. Because of this, several people overtook me and I could start all over again. By the time I got to second place, the leader already had a big advantage, and my biggest opponent was the one who had been running good times in qualifying all year. I didn’t think it would be possible to catch up and overtake, but it did.

Niki looks up to Lauda

Niki Lauda’s sticker can also be found on Bucsi’s car. The legendary Formula 1 world champion passed away in 2019 at the age of 70. The young Hungarian could only see him compete on tapes, and he mostly learned about his story from the film The Chase for Victory, which showed his competition with James Hunt.

Attila Bucsi may have outgrown Suzuki Photo: Swift Cup Europe

“After I saw the film for the first time, I watched it several times a day,” said Bucsi. – I was very impressed that after his accident, in which he was burned and almost died, he did not give up the fight and continued to fight. After that, I also watched documentaries and original recordings about what happened, because I was very interested. I look up to Lauda because of perseverance and fighting to the end, that’s why I have his sticker on my car.

According to Michelisz, it will be better than him

Bucsi has been driving for the Hungarian M1RA team since 2019, which previously also started the now WTCR race winner, Honda factory driver Attila Tassi on the road. Bucsi’s current biggest opponent is his age, because he is still only 15 years old, so he is too young to start with TCR category cars, which represent the pinnacle of touring car racing, as the minimum age limit for this is 16 years. Nevertheless, the only world champion of Hungarian motorsport, Michelisz, who won the WTCR title in 2019, sees the great champion of the future in Norbert Bucsi.

“The fact that he improved so much and was able to be so fast this year proves that he is in very good hands in the M1RA,” said Michelisz when asked by our newspaper. – I sincerely believe that Attila can one day surpass what I have achieved during my career.

Despite his young age, Bucsi sees the world in an extremely mature way, and apparently success has not gone to his head either, so there is hope for a continuation of his steeply rising career path.

“My parents tell me how excited they are for me,” Attila shared with us. – I’m not a parent yet, so I can’t fully understand what they feel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if their heart rate was three times as high as mine before a race. I feel that they experience all the joys and sorrows with me, without them I wouldn’t be here.

What can we say, we are waiting for the continuation.

Cover photo: Attila Bucsi (Photo: Gábor Szatló / HUMDA)


Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.

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