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Japan entry list released.

The organisers of the Rally Japan published the official entry list for their event last week, the penultimate round in the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship, which runs from October 30 to November 2.

In total 87 crews are due to start with all the manufacturer teams in action - and Jari-Matti Latvala reverting back to Ford's 'A' after running under the Stobart Ford banner in Spain and Corsica.

In addition to the usual 'works' entries there will be just one privately entered World Rally Car, namely for Conrad Rautenbach.

Of the rest, 15 regulars in the Production Car World Rally Championship have nominated this event and with current points' leader Andreas Aigner absent - along with the likes of Nasser Al-Attiyah, Martin Prokop, Patrik Sandell and Bernardo Sousa - Juha Hanninen has a great chance to cut the four-point gap to the Austrian.

There will also be two 'wild cards' up for points in the P-WRC with Katsuhiko Taguchi driving a Lancer and Takuma Kamada in an Impreza.

Of the remaining 57 runners, another 42 will compete in Group N cars, including Jari Ketomaa - a regular in the PWRC, but who did not nominate this event to score points on - while seven have entered under the N1 class, one in N3, three in A7, three in A5 and one in A6.

The notable entries are as follows:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 M
6. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 M
7. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
9. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
10. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
11. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC M
12. Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC M

14. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC A8

31. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
32. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
34. Gianluca Linari Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
35. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
36. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
37. Spyros Pavlides Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
40. Stefano Marrini Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
43. Evgeniy Vertunov Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
50. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
51. Subhan Aksa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
52. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
54. Ken Block Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
56. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 P
57. Martin Rauam Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
58. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
59. Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
60. Takuma Kamada Subaru Impreza WRX STi P

61. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
62. Norihiko Katsuta Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
63. Kazuhiro Kitamura Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
64. Atsushi Masumura Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
65. Eiichi Iwashita Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
66. Osamu Fukunaga Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
67. Haruo Oshima Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4
68. Hiroshi Hoshino Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X N4
69. Yozo Watanabe Mitsubishi Lancer Evio IX N4
70. Seiichiro Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
P - denotes Production WRC entry.


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