Stobart Ford's Francois Duval has retired from the Rally Japan following a crash in SS6.

Although details are currently sketchy, the accident apparently occurred around halfway through the repeat run through the 11.10 kilometre Yuparo stage.

The test was subsequently stopped to allow medical personnel to get to the scene. Duval's co-driver, Patrick Pivato has been taken to hospital, but he is conscious.

Duval had been running second overall, prior to the incident, having moved in front of fellow Ford man Jari-Matti Latvala in the previous test.

Citroen's Dani Sordo meanwhile was also forced out in the same stage, although that was due to a technical problem - possibly turbo. Sordo had been in P5.

More to follow as we get it...

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