2010 Rally Japan

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2010 Rally Japan
Round 10 of the 2010 World Rally Championship season
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Host country  Japan
Rally base Sapporo, Hokkaidō
Dates run 9 – 12 September 2010
Stages 26[1] (301.12 km; 187.11 miles)
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 1,205.07 km (748.80 miles)
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Ogier
France Citroën World Rally Team
Crews 70 at start, 54 at finish

The 2010 Rally Japan, was the 10th round of the 2010 World Rally Championship (WRC) season. The 26 stage gravel rally took place on 9 – 12 September 2010 and was based in the city of Sapporo. The rally featured eight super specials at the Sapporo Dome with the rally finishing at the Dome on the Sunday afternoon.[1]

Sébastien Ogier took the second WRC victory of his career, capitalising on a broken damper for Petter Solberg which dropped him out of the lead on the final morning of the rally.[2] Ogier also cut into teammate Sébastien Loeb's championship lead, reducing it to 43 points before their home event in France.

Introduction[edit]

Prior to the rally, depending on results, Sébastien Loeb could have clinched his seventh consecutive world title with three events to spare.[3] With a 58-point lead over teammate Sébastien Ogier pre-rally, Loeb had to outscore Ogier by 18 points in order to secure the championship, as well as beating Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala by 2 points, as the Finnish driver was 74 points behind Loeb. Petter Solberg and Dani Sordo were still in mathematical contention but would have to finish in the top two placings in Japan, with Loeb failing to score, to stay in contention.

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1. France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën C4 WRC 3:10:26.4 0.0 25
2. Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Chris Patterson Citroën C4 WRC 3:10:42.1 15.7 18
3. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:10:52.4 26.0 15
4. Spain Dani Sordo Spain Diego Vallejo Citroën C4 WRC 3:11:01.6 35.2 12
5. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:11:19.7 53.3 10
6. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:11:39.9 1:13.5 8
7. Norway Henning Solberg Austria Ilka Minor Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:13:29.5 3:03.1 6
8. Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Pérez Companc Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:20:44.3 10:17.9 4
9. Finland Jari Ketomaa Finland Mika Stenberg Ford Fiesta S2000 3:25:13.5 14:47.1 2
10. Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Ford Fiesta S2000 3:25:47.2 15:20.8 1
SWRC
1. (9.) Finland Jari Ketomaa Finland Mika Stenberg Ford Fiesta S2000 3:25:13.5 0.0 25
2. (10.) Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Ford Fiesta S2000 3:25:47.2 33.7 18
PWRC
1. (11.) Sweden Patrik Flodin Sweden Göran Bergsten Subaru Impreza WRX STI 3:31:08.3 0.0 25
2. (12.) New Zealand Hayden Paddon New Zealand John Kennard Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 3:33:54.1 2:45.8 18
3. (16.) Italy Gianluca Linari Italy Paolo Gregoriani Subaru Impreza WRX STI 3:46:15.1 15:06.8 15
4. (17.) Japan Kyosuke Kamata Japan Takumi Takahashi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:48:18.6 17:10.3 12
5. (20.) China Wang Rui China Pan Hongyu Subaru Impreza WRX STI 3:53:07.8 21:59.5 10
6. (46.) Finland Reijo Muhonen Finland Lasse Miettinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4:39:53.3 1:08:45.0 8

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(9–10 Sept)
SS1 18:40 SSS Sapporo 1 1.57 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:21.8 69.10 km/h France Sébastien Ogier
SS2 18:52 SSS Sapporo 2 1.57 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:21.4 69.43 km/h
SS3 10:23 Iwanke 1 26.92 km Norway Petter Solberg 16:21.2 98.77 km/h
SS4 11:27 Sikot 1 27.76 km Norway Petter Solberg 15:49.9 105.21 km/h Norway Petter Solberg
SS5 12:15 Koyka 1 3.55 km Norway Henning Solberg 1:55.1 111.03 km/h
SS6 15:03 Iwanke 2 26.92 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 16:08.0 100.12 km/h
SS7 16:07 Sikot 2 27.76 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 15:35.0 106.88 km/h
SS8 16:55 Koyka 2 3.55 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 1:55.9 110.27 km/h
SS9 18:34 SSS Sapporo 3 1.57 km France Sébastien Loeb 1:24.5 66.89 km/h
SS10 18:46 SSS Sapporo 4 1.57 km Norway Petter Solberg 1:24.0 67.29 km/h
Leg 2
(11 Sept)
SS11 10:28 Nikara 1 17.68 km Norway Petter Solberg 9:38.8 109.97 km/h
SS12 11:26 Kamuycep 1 33.76 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 21:02.3 96.28 km/h
SS13 12:22 Kina 1 9.55 km Spain Dani Sordo 5:34.5 102.78 km/h Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS14 15:09 Nikara 2 17.68 km Norway Petter Solberg 9:30.0 111.66 km/h
SS15 16:07 Kamuycep 2 33.76 km Spain Dani Sordo 20:31.5 98.69 km/h
SS16 17:03 Kina 2 9.55 km Norway Petter Solberg 5:32.6 103.37 km/h Norway Petter Solberg
SS17 18:33 SSS Sapporo 5 1.57 km Norway Petter Solberg 1:24.8 66.65 km/h
SS18 18:45 SSS Sapporo 6 1.57 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 1:24.1 67.21 km/h
Leg 3
(12 Sept)
SS19 7:31 Bisan 1 4.71 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:27.7 114.80 km/h
SS20 8:13 Naekawa 1 17.86 km France Sébastien Ogier 14:21.6 74.62 km/h France Sébastien Ogier
SS21 9:37 Sunagawa 1 3.70 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:39.7 83.41 km/h
SS22 10:12 Bisan 2 4.71 km France Sébastien Ogier 2:26.4 115.82 km/h
SS23 10:54 Naekawa 2 17.86 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14:05.6 76.04 km/h
SS24 11:58 Sunagawa 2 3.70 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:36.3 85.22 km/h
SS25 14:00 SSS Sapporo 7 1.57 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:24.0 67.29 km/h
SS26 14:12 SSS Sapporo 8 1.57 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 1:23.8 67.45 km/h

Standings after the rally[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Itinerary" (PDF). World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators; Rally Japan. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ace Ogier lands victory number two in Japan". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 12 September 2010. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sebastien Ogier takes early lead at Rally Japan". USA Today. Sapporo: David Hunke; Gannett Company. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 

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