SS9 COLUNGA-PILOÑA 1/LEOMOTOR ASTURIAS

Miguel Fuster has stamped his authority in the National class by taking the fastest time and extended the difference over his main rival Iván Ares to 12.3 seconds. This happened on the longest section of the programme on this 52nd edition of the Rally Princesa de Asturias-Ciudad de Oviedo (Colunga-Piloña) and it means that the Alicante driver holds fast in the General Classification increasing his lead to 25:7 seconds ahead of Ares. On this stage Sergio Vallejo has secured the second best time and third in The General Classification almost two minutes behind Fuster and 1:27 from Ares.

Jonathan Pérez has ignored the long length of the stage and has maintained his dominance without any problems. He has set the best time of the European class and continues being the unquestioned leader. Esteban Vallín seems to have benefitted the most on this stage, it is his home and he knows the 29.980 kilometres route and guessed correctly with the tires. As a result Vallín has taken the second best time, 45:20 away from Jonathan Pérez, and is now almost 41 seconds ahead of Senra. On the other hand, Fran Cima has set the third best time. After these results, Pérez continues to lead with Cima maintaining second and Vallín is up to the third position to the detriment of Senra.

The leadership in the Regional class is currently in the hands of Jonathan Alvarez, with a BMW m3 E30. Second place in the classification is Sergio Alonso, with a Peugeot 309 GTi 16v. Third, is Ignacio Braña, at the wheel of Critroen Sax VTS. Jonathan Alvarez leads Alonso by 1:14:80 minutes and Braña by 2:18:20 minutes.

In the “Cups”, three of the leaders remain unchanged. Cesar Palace leads the Suzuki Swifts; Cristian Garcia heads the Mitsubishi Evo Cup; and Fran Cima has the best time of the Clios. In the Dacia Sandero Rubén Gomez regains the lead after the Asturian Pelayo Fernandez left the road on the Villaviciosa stage which has left him out of the competition.

The Security Caravan has again reported on the large number of spectators watching the three stages that have been run so far today and their behaviour has been exemplary. In spite of the threat of rain, the weather is respecting the event.

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