WRC »

Solberg takes first WRC home win for Subaru.


2003 World Rally champion Petter Solberg has won the first WRC Rally Japan today [Sunday], giving Subaru victory on home soil.

The Norwegian cruised through the final day, and although he didn't set any fastest stages times, he was always 'there or there abouts', pacing himself and maintaining his lead over Sebastien Loeb.

Solberg, who had led from start to finish, eventually took the honours by 1 minute 13.3 seconds. It was his third win of the season.

"It's an incredible feeling let me tell you! I'm so happy to have won here; It's such a special event for Subaru that to come here and win in Japan on the first attempt is almost like a dream come true," he reflected.

Loeb was second, to further strengthen his position at the top of the 2004 drivers' championship. The Frenchman now has 84 points, 30 up on Solberg, who lies second. Loeb can now seal the title at the next rally.

"Of course, I'm very happy," commented Loeb. "It's the third time we finished second this season and I think it's looking rather good for the coming rounds."

Ford's Markko Martin took the final spot on the podium, after a better final day - the Estonian was a lot more happier with his pace notes through the concluding seven tests.

"At last our pace notes were perfect and today felt like a new rally for me," said Martin. "We made a few corrections, but that's normal on a new rally. Ironically, I had my notes right but on the long stage this morning I couldn't hear them because of an intercom problem. We were still fastest though, so it wasn't too bad!"

Marcus Gronholm and Carlos Sainz were involved in the only real battle for position, the Finn moving ahead on the third stage of the day, and eventually taking fourth by 13.1 seconds.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rally Japan winners, Petter Solberg and Phil Mills [Subaru]
Petter Solberg / Phil Mills - Subaru Impreza WRC04
Rally Japan winners, Petter Solberg and Phil Mills [Subaru]
Marco Tempestini (ITA) Nicola Arena (ITA), Subaru Impreza
Marco Tempestini (ITA) Nicola Arena (ITA), Subaru Impreza
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.