With two rounds of the 2009 campaign remaining, the results of last weekend's Rally Principe de Asturias have already handed Peugeot the Manufacturers' crown in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
For the past three years, the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 has stood out as the machine
to beat in the IRC, and the close-formation finish achieved by Peugeot's representatives in Spain – behind rally winner Jan Kopecky's Skoda – resulted in a third consecutive Manufacturers' title for the French carmaker.
This achievement is a fitting reward for the everyday work that goes on at Peugeot Sport's base in Velizy, near Paris, where team members endeavour to develop the most competitive evolutions aimed at challenging for outright victory.
To date, this year, Peugeot drivers have scored a resounding one-two-three finish on January's Rallye Monte Carlo, in addition to a three-win streak for Great Britain's Kris Meeke.
But while the fight for the Manufacturers' crown has been settled ahead of the championship's remaining visits to Sanremo and Scotland, there is still everything to play for in the Drivers' title chase: Kris Meeke continues to top the standings, but his advantage over Skoda's Jan Kopecky has been reduced to just one point.
Meeke was forced to push hard in Spain to come back after an off and a puncture on SS4. He completed the opening day in the seventh spot, but succeeded in passing fellow Peugeot driver and reigning IRC champion Nicolas Vouilloz – who also lost time with a puncture on Day One – to bag second place just before the finish.
Behind Meeke and Vouilloz, Freddy Loix finished just shy of the podium and ahead of a fourth Peugeot 207 Super 2000 in the hands of Corrado Fontana.