While there were no challengers from Honda, Skoda or Volkswagen in the Rally Principe de Asturias, the battle for honours in the 2WD Cup proved tense and extremely competitive between the two men at the top of the points table.
Ultimately Frenchman Denis Millet prevailed at
the helm of his unique turbocharged Peugeot 207 RC, increasing his lead over Abarth-mounted Italian Manuel Villa.
Villa, with two victories to his credit this season, pushed hard to regain ground lost to Millet in recent rounds. In the opening stages the lead passed between the pair like a pendulum but Millet built a 30-second cushion to end the opening day.
At the start of Day Two, Villa pressed hard to eat into that advantage, but then lost time due to an incident with two stages left to run, allowing Millet to take his second win of the season.
IRC 2WD Cup drivers' standings after round 9 of 11:
1. Millet 41 points
2. Villa 36
= Piepers 10
= Koitla 10
IRC 2WD Cup manufacturers' standings after round 9 of 11:
1. Peugeot 79 points
2. Abarth 54
3. Honda 40
4. Volkswagen 16