Soon after the Rally Principe de Asturias came to its conclusion with Jan Kopecky's victory, it was announced that second-placed Nicolas Vouilloz had received a post-race 40-second penalty. Vouilloz steps down to the third step of the podium, while formerly third-placed Kris Meeke
gains a position and moves into second.
The direct effect for Meeke is that his new points score allows him to retain the lead of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge drivers' championship by a single point.
Rally winner Kopecky's tenure as IRC series leader was short-lived, as he now finds himself one point behind Meeke with two rounds to go this season.
The reasons regarding Vouilloz's penalty are clear: the Frenchman voluntarily delayed his departure from service - thereby incurring a time penalty - in order to allow Meeke to benefit from the extra points coming with second position. Both drive Kronos Racing-prepared Peugeots.
"He's a friend," explained reigning champion Vouilloz.
"He is the best-placed Peugeot driver to succeed me in the IRC drivers' standings. I did not want to see him lose two points which could be decisive at year's end.
"We all want to win. But when that reveals itself to be impossible, we do not forget that Peugeot is a big family," he added.
The final Rally Principe de Asturias podium positions have been adjusted accordingly: the factory Skoda team's Jan Kopecky remains the victor, with Peugeot UK's Kris Meeke and Peugeot Belgium-Luxemburg's Nicolas Vouilloz now in second and third positions.