Freddy Loix

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Freddy Loix
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Personal information
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Born (1970-11-10) 10 November 1970 (age 43)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1993–2004
Teams Toyota, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Peugeot
Rallies 86
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 3
Stage wins 34
Total points 88

Freddy Loix (born 10 November 1970 in Tongeren, Belgium) is a Belgian rally driver.

Career[edit]

Loix driving a Peugeot 307 WRC.

Loix's career in motor sport began in karting at the age of 15. In 1990, he bought his first rally car, a Lancia Delta group N, though he soon progressed to a Mitsubishi Galant Group N.

1993 saw a big step forward in Loix's career as he became part of the Marlboro World Championship Team driving an Opel Astra and he became the Belgian F2-champion.

Nicknamed Fast Freddy by his fans, he made the switch to four wheel drive in 1996 with a Toyota Celica GT-Four and completed 3 WRC events and a further 6 in 1997. This period saw continuing sponsorship with Marlboro and a switch to the new Toyota Corolla WRC. He took the lead in the 1997 Sanremo Rally but mechanical problems brought an end to his charge for victory.

Loix and his co-driver, Sven Smeets, moved to Mitsubishi in 1999 and campaigned a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI (which was badged as a Carisma GT). His first year with Mitsubishi proved to be a difficult one with Loix being injured in a horrific accident during the Safari Rally. Despite the setback, Loix fought back and achieved 4 fourth places (in Spain, Greece, Sanremo and Australia).

In 2001, and after several successful seasons, the Mitsubishi Lancer, being a Group A car, found itself outdated and incapable of competing on the same level as the new WRC cars that the other teams were running.

Loix signed a two-year contract with Hyundai at the start of 2002. This was a difficult season in the Hyundai Accent WRC and his best result was 6th place on the Rally Australia. Due to funding cutbacks in 2003, the team couldn't develop the car further and Hyundai retired from the WRC following 2003's Rally Australia.

A drive for Peugeot in the last rally of the 2003 calendar, the RAC Rally in Great Britain,not only saw him replace the by then ailing 2001 World Rally Champion Richard Burns, it also saw him finish in 6th place overall in that year's rally. In the 2004 season, Loix completed only 5 WRC events, all for the factory Peugeot team again, in a Peugeot 307 WRC before retiring from the World rally Championship later that season after the 2004 Rally Catalunya.[1] Since 2007 Loix has been competing in the FIA Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) with Peugeot Sport Belgium, driving a Peugeot 207 S2000. Loix is currently the most successful driver in IRC with a total of seven wins, including a hat trick in 2010.[2][3]

Results[edit]

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1993 Opel Team Belgium Opel Astra MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC ARG NZL FIN AUS ITA
9
ESP GBR 55th 2
1994 Opel Team Belgium Opel Astra MON POR KEN FRA GRC ARG NZL FIN
21
ITA
24
GBR 0
1995 Opel Team Belgium Opel Astra MON SWE POR
Ret
FRA
14
NZL AUS ESP GBR 0
1996 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 SWE KEN IDN GRE
7
ARG FIN AUS ITA
4
ESP
4
8th 24
1997 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 MON
16
SWE KEN POR
2
ESP FRA ARG GRE
Ret
NZL FIN
37
IDN AUS
7
GBR 9th 8
Toyota Corolla WRC ITA
5
1998 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE KEN POR
3
ESP
2
FRA ARG GRC
5
NZL FIN ITA AUS
6
GBR 8th 13
1999 Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON
Ret
SWE
9
KEN
Ret
POR ESP
4
FRA
8
ARG
Ret
GRE
4
NZL
8
FIN
10
CHN
Ret
ITA
4
AUS
4
GBR
5
8th 14
2000 Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON
6
SWE
8
KEN
Ret
POR
6
ESP
8
ARG
5
GRE
Ret
NZL
Ret
FIN
Ret
CYP
8
FRA
Ret
ITA
8
AUS
Ret
GBR
Ret
15th 4
2001 Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5 MON
6
SWE
13
POR
Ret
ESP
4
ARG
6
CYP
5
GRC
9
KEN
5
FIN
10
NZL
11
ITA
12
FRA
12
AUS
11
GBR
Ret
13th 9
2002 Hyundai Castrol WRT Hyundai Accent WRC MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
FRA
9
ESP
10
CYP
Ret
ARG
Ret
GRC
Ret
KEN
Ret
FIN
9
GER
Ret
ITA
28
NZL
6
AUS
Ret
GBR
8
19th 1
2003 Hyundai Castrol WRT Hyundai Accent WRC MON
Ret
SWE
10
TUR
10
NZL
Ret
ARG
Ret
GRE
Ret
CYP
Ret
GER
11
FIN
10
AUS
8
ITA FRA ESP 14th 4
Marlboro Peugeot Total Peugeot 206 WRC GBR
6
2004 Marlboro Peugeot Total Peugeot 307 WRC MON
5
SWE
Ret
MEX NZL CYP GRC TUR ARG FIN GER
6
JPN GBR ITA FRA
7
ESP
Ret
AUS 10th 9

IRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
2006 Belgium Duindisteel Citroen C2 S1600 RSA YPR
4
MAD ITA 13th 5
2007 Belgium Belgian VW club VW Polo S2000 SAF TUR YPR
Ret
16th 5
Belgium Freddy Loix Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 RUS MAD
Ret
ZLI
Ret
SAN
11
VAL
4
CHN
2008 Belgium Peugeot Team Benelux Peugeot 207 S2000 IST
8
POR
Ret
YPR
1
RUS
4
MAD
6
ZLI
1
AST
3
SAN
5
VAL
1
CHN 2nd 48
2009 Belgium Peugeot Team Benelux Peugeot 207 S2000 MON
2
CUR
4
SAF AZO
4
YPR
3
RUS MAD
6
ZLI
Ret
AST
6
ITA
4
SCO 3rd 37
2010 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON CUR ARG CAN SAR YPR
1
AZO MAD
1
ZLI
1
SAN
3
SCO CYP 4th 36
2011 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
2
CAN
4
COR
3
YAL YPR
1
AZO ZLI
2
MEC
3
SAN
Ret
SCO CYP
5
4th 123
2012 Belgium Duindisteel Peugeot 207 S2000 AZO CAN IRL COR ITA YPR
2
SMR ROM ZLI YAL SLI SAN CYP 20th 18

ERC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
2013 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 JÄN LIE CAN AZO COR YPR
1
ROM CZE POL CRO SAN VAL 11th 37

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