FINAL RALLY REPORT
ARES WINS THE PRINCESA DE ASTURIAS CIUDAD DE OVIEDO
Iván Ares and his co-driver, Jose Pintor, have won the 53rd Rally Princesa de Asturias Ciudad de Oviedo in their Skoda Fabia R5. This event counted to the FIA European Rally Trophy of Rallies, the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship, the Asturian Championship of Asturias as well as the Group A Rally Legend.
The Rally, which held time stages during Friday and Saturday attracted a large number of fans that enjoyed an exciting competition, with a close fight between the winners and the pair who were first leaders of the Rally, the Vallejo brothers, who were forced to on the penultimate stage by mechanical problems.
The retirement of the Citroen of the Vallejo brothers left second place in the classification of Spanish Championship in the hands of the Madrilenians Alberto Monarri and Rodrigo Sanjuán, who finished strongly with their Mitsubishi EVO X R4+ by taking the fastest time on the final stages. The podium for the National Championship saw Luis Monzón and Jose Carlos Deniz finish third in the overall classification and second in the FIA European Trophy in their first rally in the Ford R5 Fiesta. The third step of the podium in the European standings went to the Asturian the Manuel Mora and Adrián Perez, also in a Ford Fiesta, who were making their debut in the R5 category of the Princesa Rally.
The leader of the Spanish Championship, Cristian Garcia, finished in fourth place with his co-driver Rebeca Lisó, a result that allows the driver of the Mitsubishi team to stay at the front of the general classification of the national contest. Another Mitsubishi, driven by Oscar Palacio and René Rúa, finished in fifth position and prevailed in the classification of the Asturian Rally Championship.
Oviedo, the headquarters of the Rally and which lends its name as well held the start and prize giving ceremonies and Service Park in the area of Manjoya, attracted numerous spectators who could see their idols close up and enjoy an authentic “motor city” during the four days.
Ribera de Arriba was the headquarters for the regroupings of Friday, with another very good fan presence, like the passage control installed in the park of Posada de Llanera, which pleasingly surprised the local neighbours.
The regroupings on Saturday were in Gruas Róxu, classic of the Princesa Rally, where the invited participants could enjoy some refreshment, and in Infiesto, the capital of Piloña which also welcomed a passage control.
The intervention on several occasions by the emergency and health services for several accidents was necessary but fortunately without any and serious consequences for the participants which forced the partial neutralisation of some of the sections. In some cases, they could be relaunched thanks to the plans anticipated by the organisation, like the designated zero sections, a measure beginning with the 2015 Rally, totally consolidated and very useful.
With regard to the classifications and trophies for the Spanish Championship victory in the Trophy Iberia Clio RT3 went to the Cantabrians Surhayén Pernía and Carlos Del Barrio, while in the Suzuki Swift Trophy the winners were Efren Llarena and Sara Fernandez, and in the Dacia Sandero Rally Cup saw the triumph of the Gallegos team, Javier and Iván Bouza.
The Asturian regional rally was another incentive who have enjoyed the duel for first place between the BMW of the winners, Jonathan Alvarez and Adrián Churches, and the second placed Roberto Ferrero and Faustino Fernandez. In third was David Garcia and Borja Teja with its Citroen AX. Another Citroen, the Saxa of Miguel Sanchez and Iván Garcia, prevailed in the classification for the Quintana Cup.
The 53rd running of the Princesa de Asturias Ciudad de Oviedo Rally has been outstanding especially for the extraordinary behaviour of the numerous fans who went to the timed stages during the two days. In order to keep them fully informed the Automóvil Club Principado de Asturias has made a special effort this year by providing comprehensive and precise information on its official webpage, its new App that has offered notifications on the development of the rally in real time, and the broadcast by Radio Marca, which has provided minute by minute uninterrupted coverage.