The competition is hotting up, ensuring that the San Remo and Scotland stages of the IRC series will be nail-biting stuff.

With Kris coming second in Asturias at the weekend and title rival Jan Kopecky first, Kris is now only one point ahead of Jan.

The weekend didn’t start too well for the Peugeot UK team as on SS4, due to running wide on a right hand corner they broke the spokes of the rim. They thought it was suspension damage at first as there was only a slight impact but when Kris stopped mid-stage (by which time Kopecky had already caught him up) they discovered it was a broken wheel and they changed it within a minute but unfortunately by then had dropped about three minutes. This put Kris into 10th place with the feeling amongst the team that any points from this rally were unlikely putting even more pressure for a podium win in San Remo and Scotland.

At the end of Day 1, Basso was in first with Havia (a local driver in a Skoda) in second and Kopecky in third. However, as luck would have it, Basso who was leading at the end of day 1 and at SS11 on the second day was battling with Kopecky for first place, came off on the third last stage of the day, putting Kopecky in the lead with Hevia behind him, Vouilloz and then Kris.  Kris said that he couldn’t believe this and whilst not being superstitious on SS11 a black cat ran across the road infront of them (it survived!) and he just felt that they would be in with a bit of luck and indeed he was right!