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Sun September 5, 2004

Magical Petter responds to call WRC Magical Petter responds to call Norway's Petter Solberg got his year back on track in wonderful style with a victory in the Rally of Japan, delivering the result which his paymasters at Subaru so craved, a victory in front of the home fans and media. It's been a startling turn-around for the world champi...

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WRC Petter Wins in Japan @ 02:15 AM - Unofficial final standings: 1. Petter SOLBERG 3:43:50.6 2. Sébastien LOEB +1:13.3 3. Markko MARTIN +1:43.3 4. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +2:17.9 5. Carlos SAINZ +2:31.0 6. Harri ROVANPERÄ +7:26.2 7. Mikko HIRVONEN +9:06.5 8. Antony WARMBOLD +18:14.7

Sat September 4, 2004

Petter leads subdued Japan event WRC Petter leads subdued Japan event After a string of three no finishes, Petter Solberg looks well set to bring his bad run to an end as he leads the Rally of Japan at the end of the second leg by a comfortable margin of 69 seconds from Citroen's Sebastien Loeb. The title leader seems to be more keen on fending...

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WRC Petter holds onto strong lead @ 10:28 AM - Overall positions at the end of SS20 ... 1. SOLBERG 2:38:31.6 ... 2. LOEB +1:09.2 ... 3. MÄRTIN +1:40.3 ... 4. SAINZ +2:06.2 ... 5. GRÖNHOLM +2:17.8 ... 6. DUVAL +2:26.4 ... 7. HIRVONEN +4:07.3 ... 8. ROVANPERÄ +5:20.4 ... 9. WARMBOLD +13:16.6 ... 10. ARAI +13:37.9

WRC Solberg looks comfortable @ 04:23 AM - Overall positions after SS19 (Cup Kumay 2) ... 1. SOLBERG 2:36:56.4 ... 2. LOEB +1:08.9 ... 3. MÄRTIN +1:41.3 ... 4. SAINZ +2:07.3 ... 5. GRÖNHOLM +2:15.9 ... 6. DUVAL +2:26.3 ... 7. HIRVONEN +4:04.8 ... 8. ROVANPERÄ +5:18.9 ... 9. WARMBOLD +13:12.4 ... 10. ARAI +13:33.8

Fri September 3, 2004

Leg1: Petter Stars in Japan WRC Leg1: Petter Stars in Japan Petter “Hollywood” Solberg leads the first leg of the inaugural Rally Japan after 150.58 competitive kilometers of challenging special stages. Solberg started the day with a charge; his time on the first stage was 10.7 seconds quicker than closest rival Sebastien Loeb over only 2...

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WRC JAP SS14: Petter Running Away @ 11:50 PM - So far today Petter Solberg has managed to take wins on every stage. Marcus Gronholm has dropped three postions and Markko Martin now holds third. Unofficial standings: 1. Petter SOLBERG 2:04:05.0 2. Sébastien LOEB +46.4 3. Markko MARTIN +1:33.7 4. Carlos SAINZ +1:49.0 5. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +1:52.2 6. Francois DUVAL +2:06.1 7. Mikko HIRVONEN +3:32.8 8. Harri ROVANPERÄ 4:36.5

WRC JAP SS9: Overall after Leg 1 @ 07:10 AM - Leg 1 Unofficial standings: 1. Petter SOLBERG 1:30:35.1 2. Sébastien LOEB +12.7 3. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +17.8 4. Carlos SAINZ +1:06.8 5. Francois DUVAL +1:25.7 6. Mikko HIRVONEN +1:54.0 7. Harri ROVANPERÄ +3:19.2 8. Antony WARMBOLD +6:47.6

WRC JAP SS8: Japan Standing Update @ 04:43 AM - After SS8, Leg 1. Unofficial standings: 1. Petter SOLBERG 1:28:59.9 2. Sébastien LOEB +12.3 3. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +18.0 4. Markko MÄRTIN +1:02.3 5. Carlos SAINZ +1:07.8 6. Francois DUVAL +1:26.0 7. Mikko HIRVONEN +1:52.3 8. Harri ROVANPERÄ +3:18.3

WRC JAP SS7: Loeb Closing In @ 03:58 AM - Positions in the top-8 remain static, but Loeb and Gronholm are closer to Petter after he was third fastest on this stage. Unofficial standings: 1. Petter SOLBERG 1:26:45.7 2. Sébastien LOEB +11.0 3. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +17.1 4. Markko MÄRTIN +1:01.5 5. Carlos SAINZ +1:06.2 6. Francois DUVAL +1:25.7 7. Mikko HIRVONEN +1:47.8 8. Harri ROVANPERÄ +3:16.6

WRC JAP SS6: Petter, Seb, Marcus @ 03:27 AM - Unofficial standings: 1. Petter SOLBERG 1:11:42.0 2. Sébastien LOEB +17.7 3. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +20.6 4. Markko MÄRTIN +52.9 5. Carlos SAINZ +53.1 6. Francois DUVAL +1:04.2 7. Mikko HIRVONEN +1:30.9 8. Harri ROVANPERÄ +2:41.1

Thu September 2, 2004

Drivers Take to the Gravel in Japan WRC Drivers Take to the Gravel in Japan The world’s best rally drivers took to the fast flowing gravel of Rally Japan for the first time today (2 September) when drove their world rally cars for a “shakedown”. The shakedown stage is a short section of road providing teams with the chance to test their cars at compet...

Xsara in the land of rising sun Citroen Xsara in the land of rising sun Six months after Mexico, it's the turn of Japan to join the family of FIA World Ral Championship organising countries. Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Carlos Sainz/Ma Marti will be in the land of the rising sun with their respective Xsara WRCs to discover th event which is ...

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WRC JAP SS4: Marcus up to Second @ 09:39 PM - The only movement ahead of service, Marcus takes second off Sébastien. 1. Petter SOLBERG 44:57.7 2. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +19.9 3. Sébastien LOEB +21.4 4. Markko MÄRTIN +38.4 5. Carlos SAINZ +39.6 6. Francois DUVAL +47.3 7. Mikko HIRVONEN +1:09.8 8. Harri ROVANPERÄ +2:00.2

WRC JAP SS3: Petter Leads after 3 @ 09:05 PM - Petter Solberg has taken stage wins 1 and 2 in Japan, Sebastien Loeb stage 3. Harri Rovanpera suffered gearbox problems on SS3. Toshihiro Arai is the first Group N contenders in ninth. Unofficial standings: 1. Petter SOLBERG 42:44.7 2. Sébastien LOEB +18.9 3. Marcus GRÖNHOLM +19.3 4. Markko MÄRTIN +35.8 5. Carlos SAINZ +37.9 6. Francois DUVAL +44.7 7. Mikko HIRVONEN +1:06.1 8. Harri ROVANPERÄ +1:57.5

WRC Crisis at Ford as Duval released @ 03:48 AM - Ominous soundings from Ford, with the statement this morning that Francois Duval will be released by the Blue Oval outfit at the end of 2004. The Belgian cannot be certain of a full WRC campaign nest year and has been given the opportunity to seek full-time employment with another WRC team. Ford's top brass is in the UK at present to decide upon the immediate future for the team in rallying.

Wed September 1, 2004

Japan Preview - home crowd advantage Subaru Japan Preview - home crowd advantage The Subaru World Rally Team will enter two cars in Japan. They will be driven by Petter Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills) and Mikko Hirvonen (co-driven by Jarmo Lehtinen). In common with the majority of WRC drivers, Petter and Mikko will be drawing on their knowledge of other loo...

Tue August 31, 2004

WRC Prévot withdraws from Rally Japan

Fri August 27, 2004

WRC Japan starting order

WRC Japan itinerary

Grönholm tries to last more than 1 curve Peugeot Grönholm tries to last more than 1 curve The Rally Japan is a completely new event in the WRC. Therefore there is no event history to report and no driver really knows what to expect. Only Sébastien Loeb was here last year for the recce. The stages are reported to be narrow and soft. It also is a shame that the entry is...

Peugeot Grönholm: “Finn win felt fantastic”

Trier to blame for early exit in Trier Peugeot Trier to blame for early exit in Trier Ouch, sorry, but it was just too tempting to spoil this Peugeot press release and blame Marcus Grönholm's early Rallye Deutschland exit near Trier on his physio, who by coincidence is called Trier! It is a complete meaningless pun and the blame is not to be taken serious. In f...

Ford to shine in country of rising sun Ford Ford to shine in country of rising sun BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Markko Märtin and Michael Park and team-mates François Duval and Stéphane Prévot will hope that history repeats itself when the Rally Japan (2 - 5 September) makes its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship next week. Their Ford Focus RS World...

Mon August 23, 2004

Tommi Makinen goes for Rally Japan Zero WRC Tommi Makinen goes for Rally Japan Zero Four times world rally champion and living legend of the sport, Tommi Makinen is to drive a course safety car during the inaugural World Rally Championship round in Japan. The idea to invite the famous driver to drive the 'Zero' car was there from the beginning of the year....

Tue April 27, 2004

Rally Japan keen to get the word out WRC Rally Japan keen to get the word out Organisers of Rally Japan, having just returned from their event’s official launch at Rally New Zealand on 15 April, conducted a second presentation on 20 April for the Japanese media. Held at a major Tokyo hotel, the presentation was a great success, with over 300 people attendi...

Mon February 2, 2004

Wide Support for Rally Japan WRC Wide Support for Rally Japan Recent media interviews given in Tokyo and Monte-Carlo last month illustrate the wide support that Japan's first WRC rally is attracting. Also revealed at the announcement was that Rally Japan has applied to run their event this year under the alternative 2+3' itinerary for...

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