The appetizer of this Rally Princess of Asturias-Ciudad de Oviedo has been a shakedown of 3.50 kilometers, in Ribera de Arriba, with a layout recovered from two editions ago, which had left a good impression. The teams have made contact with the asphalt and have tested their sensations. As a novelty, in the same route of the shakedown has been held the so-called qualification section, which allowed, depending on the times, to choose the starting position for the first special stage, the TC1 Candamo. The Asturian driver José Antonio Suárez Rocket has been the fastest. He has stopped the clock in 2: 07.670 and wanted to start this 55th edition in second place. Iván Ares, who has made the second fastest time, will take the start in third place. On the other hand, Surhayen Pernía, third in times, will be the one who inaugurates the rally.
The ceremony of election of position has taken place in the Hotel Castillo Bosque de La Zoreda, at midday. The event was held outside, in the garden. This timed section is a novelty also within the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship (CERA) and allows pilots to put different strategies into practice.
Large crowd of people has followed the evolution of the teams since 8.30 am, just when this 55th edition began. After two months without tests of the Spanish Rally Championship of Asphalt (CERA) the fans were anxious to enjoy a good race.