Subaru's Petter Solberg has won the Rally Japan, beating Sebastien Loeb, by 1min 13.3secs; Markko Martin was third to complete the podium, while Marcus Gronholm and Carlos Sainz finished fourth and fifth respectively...

Overall times after SS27 / Leg 3 - Top 20:

1. Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC 2004 3hours 43mins 50.6secs
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Xsara WRC +01mins 13.3secs
3. Markko Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 04 +01mins 43.3secs
4. Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 307 WRC +02mins 17.9secs
5. Carlos Sainz Citroen Xsara WRC +02mins 31.0secs
6. Harri Rovanpera Peugeot 307 WRC +07mins 26.2secs
7. Mikko Hirvonen Subaru Impreza WRC 2004 +09mins 06.5secs
8. Antony Warmbold Ford Focus RS WRC 02 +18mins 14.7secs

9. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX +18mins 15.4secs
10. Kamada Takuma Subaru Impreza WRX STI +21mins 51.2secs
11. Dean Herridge Subaru Impreza WRX STI +22mins 45.4secs
12. Chris Atkinson Suzuki Ignis Super 1600 +23mins 25.4secs
13. Ishida Masayuki Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII +24mins 14.4secs
14. Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza WRX STI +24mins 38.5secs
15. Yanagisawa Hiroshi Subaru Impreza WRX STI +25mins 19.6secs
16. Sumiyama Yuya Subaru Impreza WRX +29mins 06.0secs
17. Fukunaga Osamu Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII +31mins 13.4secs
18. Vesa Mikkola Suzuki Ignis Super 1600 +32mins 45.4secs
19. Watanabe Yozo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII +33mins 19.8secs
20. Yamada Daisuke Subaru Impreza WRX STI +33mins 23.5secs

53 cars completed the event in total out of 84 starters.

Notable retirements*:

SS22. Francois Duval Ford Focus RS WRC 04 Went off the road.

* Under the new 'SupeRally' system, retired cars can re-start on subsequent legs. However as the system is currently being used only as an experiment, competitors will not be eligible for points and will not be classified in the overall standings.

The Rally Japan does not count towards either the Junior or Production Car World Rally Championships.


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