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 GronholmPeugeot 307 WRC3hr 25mins 32.0secs
2. Sebastien LoebCitroen Xsara WRC+01mins 22.1secs
3. Chris AtkinsonSubaru Impreza WRC 2005+02mins 40.0secs
4. Francois DuvalCitroen Xsara WRC+02mins 59.4secs
5. Harri RovanperaMitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC05+03mins 59.8secs
6. Toni GardemeisterFord Focus RS WRC 04+04mins 32.3secs
7. Roman KrestaFord Focus RS WRC 04+05mins 32.0secs
8. Daniel CarlssonPeugeot 307 WRC+06mins 39.1secs
9. Antony WarmboldFord Focus RS WRC 04+07mins 39.3secs
10. Armin SchwarzSkoda Fabia WRC+12mins 07.4secs

11. Gilles PanizziMitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC05+13mins 56.8secs12. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza+21mins 12.3secs
13. Cody CrockerSubaru Impreza+22mins 16.7secs14. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer+22mins 53.8secs15. Aki TeiskonenSubaru Impreza+27mins 55.5secs
16. Masayuki IshidaMitsubishi Lancer+28mins 10.3secs
17. Guy WilksSuzuki Swift+28mins 31.7secs
18. Norihiko KatsutaSubaru Impreza+31mins 44.8secs19. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza+31mins 59.3secs20. Sebastian BeltranSubaru Impreza+35mins 52.4secs

Overall PCWRC after SS26 / Leg 3:
1. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza3hr 46mins 44.3secs2. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer+01mins 41.5secs3. Aki TeiskonenSubaru Impreza+06mins 43.2secs4. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza+10mins 47.0secs5. Sebastian BeltranSubaru Impreza+14mins 40.1secs 6. Hamed Al Wahaibi Subaru Impreza+48mins 46.1secs7. Riccardo Errani Mitsubishi Lancer+55mins 49.5secs

Notable retirements*:

SS7. Mikko HirvonenSkoda Fabia WRCOff the road
After SS8. Daniel SolaFord Focus RS WRC 04Tyre issues #
SS20. Daniel SolaFord Focus RS WRC 04Accident
After SS23. Gigi GalliMitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC05Suspension
SS25. Petter SolbergSubaru Impreza WRC 2005Steering

* 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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