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Bonato wins Canarias, Cachón pulls off Spanish miracle – DirtFish

A sensational showdown for first place in the Spanish Superchampionship classification – and by extension, the battle for the final ERC podium place – was a three-way fight between Toyota Spain driver Cachón, Škoda runner José Suárez and Citroën Spain’s Diego Ruiloba.

Cachon had plummeted from the lead down to 18th place on Friday afternoon after a puncture had cost him nearly 40s. But rather than settle for scraps he pushed on, clocking the fastest time of the Spaniards on all but one Saturday stage.

The final moments at the powerstage finish featured plenty of refreshing stage times on the drivers’ phones – Ruiloba was checking split times as soon as he’d finished the stage to monitor Cachon and Suarez’s splits behind him.

Cachon was next through and finished the job he’d started a day earlier, recovering one last position to snatch S-CER victory on the final stage and with it third place in ERC.

The big loser on the powerstage was Suarez: he’d gone 5.8s slower than Cachon on the powerstage and lost places to both the Toytoa Spain driver and also Ruiloba, falling from third to fifth.

Battling for victory had spurred all three Spaniards beyond the reach of Hayden Paddon, who fell from the podium places on Saturday morning down to sixth place. He moves up to second place in the ERC standings, 21 points adrift of Franceschi.

“We haven’t had a bad weekend but when you look at the result, it makes it look bad,” said Paddon at the finish.