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Freddy Loix moved to the top of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with a fourth-place finish on Rally de Curitiba last week. Although the Belgian driver was one of the pre-event favourites to claim victory in Brazil, he was satisfied that his cautious approach had given him a three-point lead in the title battle.
Driving a Peugeot 207 for Peugeot Team Belux, Loix had the dubious honour of running first on the road on Friday's stages, which proved a handicap because it meant he was effectively sweeping away the loose surface gravel for the cars behind.
"It was my objective to claim the series lead in Brazil so I was not pushing at my hardest, said Loix, who finished second on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally in January. "In fact, when I did try to push the car was sliding so much that I decided to bide my time because it was useless to do anything else. I'm happy to leave Brazil as the championship leader."
Loix, who heads team-mate and defending champion Nicolas Vouilloz by five points, hasn't nominated the next round of the series, the Safari Rally in Kenya, as one of his scoring events so will return to action on Sata Rally Azores in May.