François Duval

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François Duval
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François Duval at the 2006 Rally of Turkey.
Personal information
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Born (1980-11-18) 18 November 1980 (age 34)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2000–2008, 2010
Teams Ford, Citroën, Škoda, Stobart
Rallies 83
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Podiums 14
Stage wins 55
Total points 172
First rally 2001 Rally Portugal
First win 2005 Rally Australia
Last win 2005 Rally Australia
Last rally 2010 Rallye Deutschland

François Duval (born 18 November 1980) is a Belgian rally driver.

Career[edit]

1999–2004[edit]

Duval in a Ford Puma at the 2001 Rally Finland

With victories in four events Duval won the Belgian Citroën Saxo Challenge title in 1999. He began his career as a rally driver at the international level; first, as a driver in the inaugural season of the lower-rung Super 1600 category of the World Rally Championship and later competed in the Junior World Rally Championship aboard a Ford Puma in 2001, the same year in which Saxo driver and future Citroën team-mate Sébastien Loeb won the title. Beginning with the 2002 season, he progressed to become a regular driver of a Ford Focus RS WRC with the factory M-Sport-ran Ford World Rally Team. Concurrent with his World Rally Car exploits, he added a second campaign with the Puma in the junior series, taking a category win on the Monte Carlo Rally.

Duval-Prevot 2004 Monte-Carlo

For the 2003 season, Duval found himself promoted to the role of regular Ford points-scorer in the manufacturers' championship, alongside Estonian youngster Markko Märtin after the double departure from the team of both Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz. He made a points-scoring debut on that year's Monte Carlo Rally, and as predicted by team boss Malcolm Wilson, collected his first world rally podium in Turkey later in the year. He retained his role alongside Märtin heading into the 2004 season, backing up the Estonian de facto team leader in a 1–2 early season surprise win on the first world series running of the Rally Mexico. However, amidst increasing uncertainty as to Ford's participation in future championship seasons, both he and Martin were released from their contracts at the end of the season.

2005–2008[edit]

Duval at the 2005 Cyprus Rally.

Duval moved to reigning world champion manufacturers Citroën for the 2005 and a chance to partner recently crowned World Champion Sébastien Loeb and to drive the Xsara WRC. Unfortunately for Duval, this new partnership arrangement got off to an inauspicious start. A series of costly shunts, including on his Citroën debut from second place in Monte Carlo, led to an enforced two-rally leave from the cockpit for the Turkey and Acropolis rallies. Ironically Duval was replaced by the Belgian's idol, double world champion and immediate Citroën predecessor, Carlos Sainz.[1] By late 2005, however, the Belgian appeared to be recovering his verve. After an initially tentative return, he was to storm to second place on the Rally Deutschland barred from victory only by the all-conquering Loeb. He added a fine second place finish on the Wales Rally GB, somewhat ill-starred by the fatal accident that befell erstwhile Ford team-mate Markko Martin's navigator, Michael Park. Then, at the 2005 Telstra Rally Australia, on the backdrop of the exits of podium challengers Loeb, Petter Solberg, Marcus Grönholm and one-off Škoda entrant Colin McRae over the course of the three legs of the event, Duval won his first World Rally Championship event, ahead of Harri Rovanperä and Manfred Stohl.

The immediate forecast for the Belgian's future remained clouded, however, with Citroën taking a one-year formal sabbatical from the series.[2] Although 2005 team-mate and now two-time champion Sébastien Loeb could revel in the luxury of a contract with the privateer Kronos outfit for all of the 2006 season's world rallies, as well as a testing package within the rejuvenated factory-backed Citroen C4 WRC,[3] Duval proved unable to maintain a link to either organisation. Sporadic stints in a privately run Škoda Fabia WRC formed the platform of his eventual world championship campaign, with a best finish of sixth on the Rally Catalunya in Spain. Only two other top ten finishes were achieved all year, namely on the Italian and Turkish rounds, notwithstanding a late-season triumph in the same apparatus on his native non-world championship Condroz Rally in November.

Despite outstanding funding woes forcing him to abort a proposed campaign with the Fabia for the 2007 season, Duval's continued presence in the world series was ensured with a deal to drive a Kronos run Citroën Xsara WRC later in the season. He subsequently finished a close second to the Citroën C4-mounted defending title-holder, Loeb on the 2007 Rallye Deutschland that August. The result marked his first podium since his one and, thus far only, World Rally victory.

In the 2008 season opener, 2008 Monte Carlo Rally, Duval competed in a Ford Focus RS WRC 07 for Stobart VK M-Sport Ford. After a tight battle for third place with Subaru's Chris Atkinson, Duval finished fourth only 1.1 seconds behind Atkinson. He returned to Stobart Ford for the next tarmac rally, the 2008 Rallye Deutschland, and beat Ford factory team driver Mikko Hirvonen in the battle for the third place. After Stobart's Gigi Galli was injured in a crash at the event, Duval was signed by Ford as Galli's replacement also for the gravel events. For tarmac events, Ford promoted Duval to the factory team. In New Zealand, he crashed out from fifth place during the penultimate stage, but went on to continue his strong performances on tarmac, finishing fourth at the Rally Catalunya and third at the Tour de Corse.

During the 2008 season, Duval was performing on the Japanese circuit. On stage 6 of the first day, he went off the road and crashed into a concrete barrier, seriously injuring his co-pilot, Patrick Pivato. Pivato suffered both a fractured pelvis and a fractured leg as a result of the accident.[4][5][6][7]

Duval announced his retirement from contemporary rallying, in March 2010.[8] However, he changed his mind to compete in Rally Deutschland the same year in a Stobart Ford. He crashed during SS14 Arena Panzerplatte 2 and retired from 5th position.[9]

WRC victories[edit]

Number Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Australia 18th Telstra Rally Australia 2005 Sven Smeets Citroën Xsara WRC

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2001 François Duval Mitsubishi Carisma GT MON SWE POR
Ret
CYP
Ret
AUS
19
0
Ford Puma S1600 ESP
Ret
ARG GRE
DSQ
KEN FIN
Ret
NZL ITA
18
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
2002 François Duval Ford Puma S1600 MON
17
ESP
25
GRE
Ret
KEN GER
Ret
ITA
20
NZL GBR
Ret
0
Ford Focus RS WRC 01 SWE
10
FRA
Ret
Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 02 CYP
Ret
ARG FIN
Ret
AUS
Ret
2003 Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 02 MON
7
SWE
Ret
TUR
3
9th 30
Ford Focus RS WRC 03 NZL
9
ARG
8
GRE
Ret
CYP
Ret
GER
7
FIN
Ret
AUS
10
ITA
5
FRA
3
ESP
4
GBR
5
2004 Ford Motor Co Ford Focus RS WRC 03 MON
3
SWE
Ret
MEX
2
6th 53
Ford Focus RS WRC 04 NZL
18
CYP
Ret
GRE
4
TUR
5
ARG
3
FIN
7
GER
2
JPN
Ret
GBR
5
ITA
5
FRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUS
3
2005 Citroën Total Citroën Xsara WRC MON
Ret
SWE
12
MEX
Ret
NZL
4
ITA
11
CYP
Ret
TUR GRE ARG
7
FIN
8
GER
2
GBR
2
JPN
4
FRA
Ret
ESP
2
AUS
1
6th 47
2006 First Motorsport Škoda Fabia WRC MON
Ret
SWE MEX ESP
6
FRA
Ret
ARG ITA
8
GRE
13
GER
Ret
FIN JPN CYP TUR
9
AUS NZL GBR
8
19th 5
2007 First Motorsport Škoda Fabia WRC MON SWE NOR MEX POR ARG ITA GRE
Ret
FIN 10th 12
OMV Kronos Citroën WRT Citroën Xsara WRC GER
2
NZL ESP
5
FRA
Ret
JPN IRE GBR
2008 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 07 MON
4
SWE MEX ARG JOR ITA GRE TUR FIN GER
3
NZL
Ret
JPN
Ret
GBR
6
7th 25
BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 ESP
4
FRA
3
2010 Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 SWE MEX JOR TUR NZL POR BUL FIN GER
Ret
JPN FRA ESP GBR NC 0

JWRC Results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 JWRC Points
2001 François Duval Ford Puma S1600 ESP
Ret
GRE
Ret
FIN
Ret
ITA
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
7th 6
2002 François Duval Ford Puma S1600 MON
1
ESP
6
GRE
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
6
GBR
Ret
6th 12

European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ERX Points
2009 Belgium François Duval Ford Focus GBR POR FRA HUN AUT SWE BEL
7
GER POL CZE 24th 10
2010 Belgium François Duval Ford Focus POR FRA GBR
4
HUN SWE FIN BEL
1
GER POL CZE 12th 33
2011 Belgium François Duval Peugeot 207 GBR POR FRA NOR SWE BEL
15
NED AUT POL CZE 36th 2
2012 Belgium François Duval Peugeot 207 GBR FRA AUT HUN NOR SWE BEL
12
NED FIN GER 42nd 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC News: Duval temporarily deposed by Sainz
  2. ^ BBC News: Citroen set for 2007 rally return
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Rally Japan 2008 Duval Crash". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  5. ^ "F1 2012 | Live Formula 1 Grand Prix news | ESPN F1". Rally-live.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Patrick Pivato injury update". automobilsport.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  7. ^ "World Rally Championship - News - Patrick Pivato update". Wrc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  8. ^ Evans, David (ed.) (2010-04-01). "Pit & Paddock: Duval calls time on his rally career". Autosport 200 (1): p. 33. 
  9. ^ "results ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2010". eWRC-results.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

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