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Rally Japan: SS23.

SS23 - Sikot 1 (27.76km): Latvala fastest through a very wet and slippery SS23; Andersson second – despite overshooting a junction; Hirvonen third; Petter Solberg fourth; Gardemeister fifth - even though he had an off and went into a ditch; Wilson sixth; Henning Solberg retired; Rautenbach retired; Group N leader Ketomaa retired; Novikov heads the PWRC category; Hirvonen leads overall by 6.4 seconds.


Top ten stage times for SS23:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 17mins 49.5secs M
2. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 12.3secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 13.8secs M
4. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 26.5secs M
5. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 33.7secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 42.7secs MT
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 44.9secs M
8. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 47.2secs M
9. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +01mins 00.2secs M
10. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 39.7secs P


Overall times after SS23:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 2hours 49mins 48.7secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 06.4secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +01mins 42.8secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 17.3secs M
5. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +05mins 12.8secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 17.5secs MT
7. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +05mins 18.6secs M
8. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +13mins 02.0secs MT
9. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +13mins 21.2secs M
10. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +15mins 07.5secs P
11. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +16mins 07.1secs P
12. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +16mins 16.3secs P
13. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +17mins 00.0secs M
14. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +17mins 59.6secs P
15. Takuma Kamada Subaru Impreza WRX STi +18mins 48.6secs P
16. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +19mins 56.4secs P
17. Eiichi Iwashita Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +26mins 18.2secs N4
18. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X +26mins 20.6secs P
19. Evgeniy Vertunov Subaru Impreza WRX STi +28mins 12.6secs P
20. Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +28mins 41.3secs P


Overall PWRC after SS23:

1. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3hours 04mins 56.2secs P
2. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +00mins 59.6secs P
3. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +01mins 08.8secs P


Notable retirements:

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

SS17. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 Suspension. MT*
SS18/SS19. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 Went off the road. M*

SS23. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 Suspension. MT*
SS23. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC Went off the road. A8*
SS23. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi Retired P
SS23. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi Retired N4

* 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


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