SS9 - Sapporo 1 (1.49km): Hirvonen fastest through SS9; Loeb second; Latvala third; Atkinson fourth; Henning Solberg fifth; Petter Solberg sixth; Novikov heads the PWRC category; Hirvonen leads overall by 24.1 seconds.

Top ten stage times for SS9:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 1min 39.4secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 00.1secs M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 02.0secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 02.9secs M
5. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 03.3secs MT
6. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 03.4secs M
7. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 05.5secs MT
8. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 05.5secs M
9. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 05.6secs M
10. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +00mins 07.2secs P

Overall times after SS9:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 40mins 59.2secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 24.1secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 27.4secs M
4. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 57.8secs M
5. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 59.0secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 07.0secs MT
7. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 07.3secs M
8. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 33.9secs M
9. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 42.1secs MT
10. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi +02mins 55.4secs N4
11. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 03.9secs P
12. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +03mins 08.4secs P
13. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 17.7secs P
14. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 25.3secs P
15. Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +03mins 28.0secs P
16. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X +03mins 28.3secs P
17. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 29.1secs MT
18. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi +03mins 37.8secs P
19. Kazuhiro Kitamura Subaru Impreza WRX STi +03mins 38.6secs N4
20. Takuma Kamada Subaru Impreza WRX STi +03mins 40.3secs P

Overall PWRC after SS9:

1. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 44mins 03.1secs P
2. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 04.5secs P
3. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 13.8secs P

Notable retirements:

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

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

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

all times unofficial