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The Subaru World Rally Team will head to the northerly Japanese island of Hokkaido for the last long-haul rally and the penultimate round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. It is the first time that the new Impreza WRC2008 will be seen in its homeland. Whilst still in Hokkaido, this year sees the rally base moved from Obihiro to Sapporo, meaning new gravel stages and a whole new challenge.

“We come to Rally Japan this year with a new car and big expectations on what is effectively our ‘home event’” said David Richards, Subaru World Rally Team Principal. “The change of location for the rally may well prove to be a leveller between the front runners but it’s always been an event that throws up surprises and there’s every chance that both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles could be settled on this rally.”

Rally Japan is Subaru’s home event, and will be where the fans are most feverish about the team and the new Impreza WRC2008. Even before Subaru gained global recognition with their early world rallying triumphs, the brand has held a special place in the hearts of Japanese fans. Like previous editions of the rally though, this year will be no easy ride.

Rally Japan has traditionally been a punishing event; a rally of attrition. Since the inaugural event in 2004, the event has been won by four different manufacturers and four different drivers, including Solberg’s victory in that opening year. This year marks the first time the rally has been run outside of Obihiro, and whilst the stages are totally new to all but Japanese National Championship competitors, the stern challenge remains.

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Leading shakedown times:

1. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 34.2secs M
2. Francois Duval Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 07 2mins 34.5secs MT
3 Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 2mins 34.6secs M
4. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 35.0secs MT
5. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 35.1secs M
= Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 2mins 35.1secs M
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 2mins 35.3secs M
8. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 2mins 35.6secs M
9. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 36.1secs MT
10. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC 2mins 37.4secs M

crash.net/shakedown japan

Day 1 tomorrow SS3/SS7 Cancelled:
"The organisers of the Rally Japan have had to alter the itinerary for Friday's opening day due to snow.

As a result the 13.67 kilometre Isepo test, which was to have run as SS3 and SS7, has been axed.
A statement from the clerk of the course read: "Due to abnormal weather and resulting deterioration of the road, SS3/7 is cancelled for safety reasons."

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Overall times after SS5:
1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 31mins 17.3secs M
2. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 11.9secs MT
3. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 15.5secs M
4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 20.4secs M
5. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 33.5secs M
6. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 42.0secs M :)
7. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 42.9secs MT
8. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 44.9secs M :)
9. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 45.0secs M
10. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 11.7secs M
11. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 22.1secs MT
12. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi +02mins 27.7secs N4

Overall PWRC after SS5:
1. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 33mins 55.1secs P
2. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 00.4secs P
3. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 03.1secs P

Crash.net SS5

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SS6: Duval -retired -crashes !

Note: Stage was stopped after Francois Duval's crash. Only six competitors completed it at speed. The rest were given notional times.


Overall times after SS6:
1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 39mins 19.8secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 22.1secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 27.3secs M
4. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 54.4secs M :D
5. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 56.1secs M :)
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 59.6secs MT
7. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 01.7secs M
8. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 28.4secs M
9. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 38.8secs MT
10. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi +02mins 44.4secs N4
11. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +02mins 54.5secs P
12. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +02mins 54.9secs P
13. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +02mins 57.6secs P :)

Overall PWRC after SS6:
1. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 42mins 14.3secs P
2. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 00.4secs P
3. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 03.1secs P

Notable retirements:
SS1. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC Went off the road. A8
SS6. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC Turbo. M
SS6. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 Crashed. MT
 

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SS7: Cancelled -due to snow earlier

The organisers of the Rally Japan have had to cancel SS8, the repeat run through the 5.74 kilometre Pipaoi test.
The decision was taken by the clerk of the course as a result of the delays caused after Francois Duval's accident.

SS9 and SS10 were the Super Special Stage

End of Day 1 Overall:

 

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Francois Duval's co-driver Patrick Pivato will be operated on tonight after he suffered a fractured pelvis and fractured tibia in the accident in SS6 of the Rally Japan on Friday afternoon.

The incident occurred 4.8 kilometres into Yuparo 2 on a fast muddy section of road when Duval slid wide into a crash barrier in his Ford Focus RS WRC heavily impacting a steel support pole on the co-driver's side door.

First on the scene were Stobart Ford team-mates Matthew Wilson and Scott Martin who aided Duval in alerting safety officials.

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^ your welcome :)

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pics posted orig on nasioc by OBShahn


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Safety seat upgrade:
The majority of drivers and co-drivers competing for the manufacturer teams in Japan this weekend will benefit from a new high performance racing seat, which is designed to help prevent serious injury in the event of a high speed side impact.

It follows the introduction of the Advanced Side Impact System - developed by the FIA Institute's Closed Car Research Group - which was integrated into the rally cars at the start of the year.

"The new specification seat is an integral part of the Advanced Side Impact System and has improved strength and support during rear impacts, and maximises pelvis, shoulder and head protection during side impacts by spreading the load evenly through the occupant's body," explained a statement to the press.


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Overall times after SS16:
1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 1hour 51mins 17.7secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 16.7secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 33.0secs M
4. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +01mins 11.5secs M
5. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +01mins 36.7secs M
6. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 37.8secs MT
7. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 29.2secs MT
8. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +03mins 42.3secs M
9. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +04mins 45.6secs M
10. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +07mins 31.0secs MT
11. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 52.2secs P

Overall PWRC after SS16:
1. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2hours 00mins 09.9secs P
2. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +00mins 53.3secs P
3. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 00.4secs P
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Overall times after SS18:
1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 2hours 18mins 34.7secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 21.0secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 56.8secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 29.0secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 11.2secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 34.8secs MT
7. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +04mins 46.6secs M
8. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +05mins 15.4secs M
9. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +10mins 03.6secs MT
10. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +12mins 28.8secs P
11. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +12mins 46.3secs P

Overall PWRC after SS18:
1. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2hours 31mins 03.5secs P
2. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 17.5secs P
3. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +00mins 20.0secs P
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End of Day2:
Overall times after SS20:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 2hours 21mins 31.8secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 15.5secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 53.5secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 26.0secs M
5. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 31.6secs MT
6. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +04mins 38.5secs M
7. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +05mins 11.8secs M
8. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +09mins 59.6secs MT
9. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi +11mins 46.4secs N4
10. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +12mins 29.5secs P
11. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +12mins 48.6secs P
12. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +12mins 50.3secs P :)

Overall PWRC after SS20:
1. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2hours 34mins 01.3secs P
2. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +00mins 19.1secs P
3. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 20.8secs P :)

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Notable retirements:
SS1. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC Went off the road. A8*
SS2. Hiroshi Yanagisawa Subaru Impreza WRX STi Engine. P
SS6. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC Turbo. M*
SS6. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 Crashed. MT

SS13. Martin Rauam Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Went off the road. P
SS13. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi Turbo. P
SS16. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Transmission. P
SS16. Subhan Aksa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Damper P
SS17. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 Suspension. MT
SS18/SS19. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 Went off the road. M :(
 

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SS18/SS19. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 Went off the road. M :(


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Petter Solberg has apologised to Subaru's fans after he crashed out in the final 'proper' test on day two of the Rally Japan, the squad's home round in the World Rally Championship.

'Hollywood', who said prior to the event that he was hoping to be able to challenge for the victory, was pushing to try and close the 20-odd second deficit to Sebastien Loeb in third place, when he slid wide in a left hander in SS18 - the 9.55 kilometre Kina 2 test - and spun his Impreza WRC 2008. The car suffered heavy right rear damage in the incident and he was thus forced to call it a day.

It is thought that he will be able to re-join the fold on Sunday under the SupeRally, although he now lies down in 13th place and stands little chance of scoring points.

"Of course it is disappointing and I must say sorry to the Subaru fans, but we have had some very good things from today," Petter reflected, trying to put a positive spin on the situation.

"We came round a left hander on stage 18 and hit a large hole and the car just spun around. I went to start again but the rear geometry was all broken. We were pushing hard and sometimes things like this happen.

"It's disappointing, but honestly it has been a very good day. It was really good fun to drive and I really enjoyed it, and to win a stage [SS12] is very good.

"We are definitely going in the right direction. We must look at the positives as there has been a lot good about today."


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Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"Today was ok; we started ahead of Petter but he was a little quicker and got in front. But then he had his accident which is unlucky for the team and the Subaru fans as we were both in good positions and you never know what could happen on this rally. In stage 18, when Petter went off it left a big hole in the ground and we hit it as well and spun round. We damaged our suspension a little bit, but ok we could drive still, but not flat out. I think we are too far behind to push for third tomorrow so the main aim is to keep our position."
 

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Francois Duval's co-driver Patrick Pivato is in a 'stable' but 'critical condition' following surgery on Friday night, the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team has confirmed.

Pivato suffered a fractured pelvis and fractured tibia on day one of the Rally Japan when he and Duval crashed out 4.8 kilometres into SS6 - the 11.10 kilometre-run through Yuparo 2.

Once he was freed from the wreckage, Pivato was airlifted to Higashi Tokushukai hospital in Sapporo, however, during surgery, some internal bleeding was discovered and the Frenchman was placed into intensive care. Since then he has made 'steady improvement', although he remains 'critical'.

The full statement from the Stobart squad read:

"Last night Patrick Pivato, co-driver to Fran?ßois Duval, underwent surgery to repair a fractured right pelvis and tibia after a high speed accident on stage 6 of Rally Japan yesterday.

"During the operation some internal bleeding was discovered and the Frenchman was swiftly re-operated on by surgeons at Higashi Tokushukai hospital and placed in intensive care.

"The operation to halt the internal bleeding concluded at 01:00 this morning and since then Pivato has made steady improvements over the course of the morning however still remains in a stable but critical condition. Progress reports on Pivato will be issued when available.

"No further comment will be made by the team at this time."


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