2008 Rally Japan

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2008 Rally Japan
5th Pioneer Carrozzeria Rally Japan
Round 14 of the 2008 World Rally Championship
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Petter Solberg - 2008 Rally Japan 2.jpg
Rally base Sapporo
Dates run October 31 – November 2, 2008
Stages 29 (343.69 km; 213.56 mi)[1]
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 1,316.28 km (817.90 mi)[1]
Results
Overall winner Finland Mikko Hirvonen
United Kingdom BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Crews 88 at start, 59 at finish
Commons-logo.svg Picture gallery on Wikimedia Commons

The 2008 Rally Japan was the fourteenth and penultimate round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. The event saw Sébastien Loeb clinch his fifth consecutive world drivers title with his drive to a third place finish. The event was won by Mikko Hirvonen in a Ford Focus, who led the event from start to finish to claim his third win of the season. Second place went to Hirvonen's team mate Jari-Matti Latvala, his fifth podium of the year and his first since the Rally of Turkey back in June.

Stobart M-Sport Ford's François Duval crashed out from second place during the sixth stage. Duval was not injured in the crash, but his co-driver Patrick Pivato sustained a fractured pelvis and tibia. He was rushed to the hospital, and internal bleeding was discovered during surgery. On day two of the rally, after a second operation, his condition was described as critical but stable.[2]

On the 19th stage, Toni Gardemeister took the Suzuki World Rally Team's first-ever stage win. Suzuki also had their most successful rally to date with Gardemeister finishing sixth and team mate Per-Gunnar Andersson recording his best ever finish of fifth position.

The event was originally planned to run on October 24−26, but as to make full use of venues (possibly involved with Sapporo Dome(SS 9-10,19-20,25) as there was possibilies for its tenant using the Dome for preparation of postseason baseball game, even it was not happened finally), the event was approved by FIA to delay for a week.[3]

The Sapporo Dome Super Special Stage become the second Super Special Stage held in indoor venues in WRC history.

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:25:03.0 0.0 10
2. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Antilla Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:25:34.1 31.1 8
3. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:27:33.6 2:30.6 6
4. Australia Chris Atkinson Belgium Stéphane Prévot Subaru Impreza WRC2008 3:28:45.4 3:42.4 5
5. Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson Sweden Jonas Andersson Suzuki SX4 WRC 3:30:15.9 5:12.9 4
6. Finland Toni Gardemeister Finland Tomi Tuominen Suzuki SX4 WRC 3:31:12.4 6:09.4 3
7. United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:32:08.3 7:05.3 2
8. Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC2008 3:38:22.9 13:19.9 1
PCWRC
1. Finland Juho Hänninen Finland Mikko Markkula Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:43:30.4 0.0 10
2. Russia Evgeny Novikov Australia Dale Moscatt Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:43:36.7 6.3 8
3. Japan Toshihiro Arai Australia Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza WRX STI 3:43:39.6 9.2 6

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(31 OCT)
SS1 09:11 Heper 1 13.24 km Finland M. Hirvonen 9:57.9 79.7 km/h Finland M. Hirvonen
SS2 09:39 Yuparo 1 11.10 km Finland M. Hirvonen 8:24.2 79.3 km/h
SS3 10:42 Isepo 1 13.67 km Cancelled
SS4 11:28 Pipaoi 1 5.74 km France S. Loeb 3:17.3 104.7 km/h
SS5 14:28 Heper 2 13.24 km Finland M. Hirvonen 9:35.6 82.8 km/h
SS6 14:56 Yuparo 2 11.10 km Finland M. Hirvonen 8:02.5 82.8 km/h
SS7 15:59 Isepo 2 13.67 km Cancelled
SS8 16:45 Pipaoi 2 5.74 km Cancelled
SS9 18:14 Sapporo 1 1.49 km Finland M. Hirvonen 1:39.4 54.0 km/h
SS10 18:24 Sapporo 2 1.49 km Finland M. Hirvonen 1:41.6 52.8 km/h
2
(1 NOV)
SS11 08:28 Imeru 1 2.30 km Spain D. Sordo 1:42.5 80.8 km/h
SS12 09:21 Nikara 1 31.12 km Norway P. Solberg 18:37.0 100.3 km/h
SS13 10:37 Kamuycep 1 33.66 km Finland J. Latvala 21:58.1 91.9 km/h
SS14 11:32 Kina 1 9.55 km Norway H. Solberg 5:54.6 97.0 km/h
SS15 13:50 Imeru 2 2.30 km France S. Loeb 1:42.5 80.8 km/h
SS16 14:43 Nikara 2 31.12 km Finland J. Latvala 18:22.8 101.6 km/h
SS17 15:59 Kamuycep 2 33.66 km Finland M. Hirvonen 21:22.7 94.5 km/h
SS18 16:54 Kina 2 9.55 km Finland M. Hirvonen 5:54.3 97.0 km/h
SS19 18:09 Sapporo 3 1.49 km Finland T. Gardemeister
Spain D. Sordo
1:25.4 62.8 km/h
SS20 18:09 Sapporo 4 1.49 km Spain D. Sordo 1:23.2 64.5 km/h
3
(2 NOV)
SS21 07:07 Koyka 1 3.57 km Norway P. Solberg 2:00.2 106.9 km/h
SS22 07:56 Iwanke 1 13.57 km Finland M. Hirvonen 8:13.0 99.1 km/h
SS23 08:21 Sikot 1 27.76 km Finland J. Latvala 17:49.5 93.4 km/h
SS24 08:53 Imeru 3 2.30 km Finland J. Latvala 1:57.3 70.6 km/h
SS25 10:06 Sapporo 5 1.49 km South Korea A. Kim 1:45.7 50.7 km/h
SS26 11:58 Koyka 2 3.57 km Finland M. Hirvonen 2:08.6 99.9 km/h
SS27 12:47 Iwanke 2 13.57 km Finland M. Hirvonen 8:39.9 94.0 km/h
SS28 13:12 Sikot 2 27.76 km Norway P. Solberg 18:00.2 92.5 km/h
SS29 13:44 Imeru 4 2.30 km Norway P. Solberg 2:03.8 66.9 km/h

Championship standings after the event[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ARG
Argentina
JOR
Jordan
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
TUR
Turkey
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
NZL
New Zealand
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
JPN
Japan
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1 Ret 1 1 10 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 3 112
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 2 2 4 5 1 2 3 1 2 4 3 3 2 1 102
3 Spain Dani Sordo 11 6 17 3 2 5 5 4 4 2 2 2 Ret DSQ 59
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12 1 3 15 7 3 7 2 39 9 Ret 6 4 2 50
5 Australia Chris Atkinson 3 21 2 2 3 6 Ret 13 3 6 Ret 7 6 4
6 Norway Petter Solberg 5 4 12 Ret Ret 10 2 6 6 5 4 5 5 8 41
7 Belgium François Duval 4 3 Ret 4 3 Ret 22
8 Norway Henning Solberg 9 13 5 Ret 4 7 8 5 5 7 9 11 15 Ret
9 Italy Gigi Galli 6 3 Ret 7 8 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Inj Inj Inj Inj 17
10 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 10 Ret 6 Ret 5 12 6 7 9 12 17 9 8 7 15
11 Estonia Urmo Aava 18 Ret 8 4 Ret 16 8 5 35 7 13
12 Argentina Federico Villagra 7 6 6 14 13 9 Ret 8 12 9 9
13 Finland Toni Gardemeister Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 8 10 7 13 13 6 8
14 Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson 8 Ret Ret 24 Ret 9 11 Ret Ret 15 6 32 17 5
15 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach Ret 16 16 4 26 13 10 8 10 10 Ret Ret 14 Ret 6
16 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 5 Ret 19 12 11 8 11 5
17 France Jean-Marie Cuoq 7 2
Finland Matti Rantanen 7
19 Finland Juho Hänninen 8 21 13 14 29 24 10 1
France Sébastien Ogier 8 11 22 36 19 Ret 20
Austria Andreas Aigner 31 8 14 11 Ret Ret
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ARG
Argentina
JOR
Jordan
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
TUR
Turkey
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
NZL
New Zealand
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
JPN
Japan
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Rank Team Event Total
points
MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ARG
Argentina
JOR
Jordan
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
TUR
Turkey
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
NZL
New Zealand
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
JPN
Japan
GBR
United Kingdom
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team 11 4 10 16 9 14 15 11 15 18 18 18 10 6 - 175
2 United Kingdom BP Ford World Rally Team 8 18 11 7 13 14 10 18 9 7 6 11 14 18 - 164
3 Japan Subaru World Rally Team 10 6 9 8 6 3 8 3 9 7 5 6 7 6 - 93
4 United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 3 3 7 5 3 4 4 6 0 4 7 2 - 64
5 Japan Suzuki World Rally Team 2 3 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 1 7 0 1 7 - 28
6 Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 6 4 4 2 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rallies - Rally Japan 2008". Jonkka's World Rally Archive. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Pivato in a critical but stable condition". Autosport. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Rally Japan 2008 in central Hokkaido". Rally Japan. Retrieved 2008-11-01. [dead link]

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