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Result – Rally Japan.

Marcus Gronholm takes victory on Rally Japan when leader Petter Solberg is forced to retire on the penultimate stage of the event, Sebastien Loeb takes second place and the podium finish he needs to retain the WRC drivers' title with Chris Atkinson securing his maiden podium in third. Duval, Gardemeister, Kresta and Carlsson all score points. Toshi Arai secures victory in the PCWRC on his home event.

Overall times after SS26 / Leg 3:

1. Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 307 WRC 3hr 25mins 32.0secs
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Xsara WRC +01mins 22.1secs
3. Chris Atkinson Subaru Impreza WRC 2005 +02mins 40.0secs
4. Francois Duval Citroen Xsara WRC +02mins 59.4secs
5. Harri Rovanpera Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC05 +03mins 59.8secs
6. Toni Gardemeister Ford Focus RS WRC 04 +04mins 32.3secs
7. Roman Kresta Ford Focus RS WRC 04 +05mins 32.0secs
8. Daniel Carlsson Peugeot 307 WRC +06mins 39.1secs
9. Antony Warmbold Ford Focus RS WRC 04 +07mins 39.3secs
10. Armin Schwarz Skoda Fabia WRC +12mins 07.4secs

11. Gilles Panizzi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC05 +13mins 56.8secs
12. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza +21mins 12.3secs
13. Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza +22mins 16.7secs
14. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer +22mins 53.8secs
15. Aki Teiskonen Subaru Impreza +27mins 55.5secs
16. Masayuki Ishida Mitsubishi Lancer +28mins 10.3secs
17. Guy Wilks Suzuki Swift +28mins 31.7secs
18. Norihiko Katsuta Subaru Impreza +31mins 44.8secs
19. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza +31mins 59.3secs
20. Sebastian Beltran Subaru Impreza +35mins 52.4secs

Overall PCWRC after SS26 / Leg 3:

1. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza 3hr 46mins 44.3secs
2. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer +01mins 41.5secs
3. Aki Teiskonen Subaru Impreza +06mins 43.2secs
4. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza +10mins 47.0secs
5. Sebastian Beltran Subaru Impreza +14mins 40.1secs
6. Hamed Al Wahaibi Subaru Impreza +48mins 46.1secs
7. Riccardo Errani Mitsubishi Lancer +55mins 49.5secs


Notable retirements*:

SS7. Mikko Hirvonen Skoda Fabia WRC Off the road
After SS8. Daniel Sola Ford Focus RS WRC 04 Tyre issues #
SS20. Daniel Sola Ford Focus RS WRC 04 Accident
After SS23. Gigi Galli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC05 Suspension
SS25. Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC 2005 Steering


* Under the 'SupeRally' system, retired cars can re-start on subsequent legs with time penalties imposed for however many stages they miss.

# denotes elected to re-start.

Italics denotes Production Car World Rally Championship entries.


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