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    Cool WRC Japan Oct31-Nov2 talk/results spoiler**

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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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    If they (Subaru) don't make the podium here...
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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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    Snow?!
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    Current local time in Japan Fri 31st 10:00am Day 1

    WRC.com Japan SS1

    SS1 Overall
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    Japan local time 10:27am

    Overall SS2
    WRC.com Japan SS2

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    Current local time Japan 12:05pm

    SS3 was cancelled see earlier post :ref snow

    Overall SS4:
    WRC.com Japan SS4
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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

    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    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
    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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    Duvals car !





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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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    Day 2:

    SS11


    & SS13
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    Overall SS15:
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