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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.