Duval Not Surprised by Lead

Francois Duval said he was not particularly surprised that he was leading the Rally Deutschland, despite it being the first time he has led an event this season

Duval Not Surprised by Lead

The Belgian is 3.2 seconds ahead of Citroen teammate Sebastien Loeb after topping the times on SS3 and has been let off the leash for this weekend's event by team boss Guy Frequelin after being told to be cautious on the last two rallies.

The Belgian was rested earlier this season after a series of crashes in his first events with the French manufacturer, but was always expected to be stronger on the asphalt roads of Germany.

"I always knew that we'd be strong in Germany," Duval said. "The first couple of stages were a bit damp, but not too tricky. The only team order I've got is not to be stupid. But I'm driving comfortably. I'm not pushing too hard and I'm not making any mistakes."

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