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FIA PRODUCTION CAR WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
RALLY JAPAN
2 November 2008
DAY 3
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS DELIVER PERFECT RESULT ON RALLY JAPAN
All-Mitsubishi battle between Juho Hanninen and Andreas Aigner for FIA Production Car World Rally Championship on final round
PWRC CLASSIFICATION
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

JUHO HANNINEN / MIKKO MARKKULA
 

EVGENY NOVIKOV / DIMITRY CHUMAK
 

KATSUHIKO TAGUCHI / MARK STACEY
 

FUMIO NUTAHARA / HAKARU ICHINO
 
At the end of three exceptionally tricky days of rallying on the mountain roads around Sapporo, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution drivers filled eight of the top 10 Group N positions on Rally Japan. Juho Hanninen (Finland) won the event and now takes a commanding lead into the final round of the FIA Production Car World Rally Championsip in Wales next month.

Hanninen admitted he hadn’t been pushing for the win, through the final day’s nine stages east of the rally’s base at the Sapporo Dome, but when leader Evgeny Novikov (Russia) slowed in the final two tests, Hanninen moved to the front to clinch his third maximum P-WRC point score of the season.

The success of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on Rally Japan is the 15th straight victory in the Group N category of the World Rally Championship. And this latest win came before tens of thousands of cheering and adoring rally fans from the home of the Lancer Evolution, Japan.

The final day had been far from a straightforward affair for any of the world’s fastest drivers, with torrential rain making the stages incredibly slippery this morning.

Hanninen now needs to finish fifth or higher in the P-WRC on December’s Wales Rally Great Britain to clinch his first world title. It’s hardly surprising the Finn is looking forward to his next event.

“This rally started badly for me, but then got better and better,” said the winner. “Today was tough, though. The rain in SS23 - Sikot – was just incredible. The water was so deep in the roads that the car was aquaplaning a lot. It wasn’t nice to drive in these conditions, you just had to come through. Luckily, we were in a good position and we didn’t need to take the risk. We pushed harder in the final stage, when it looked like we could be in a position for taking the win. Now it’s all down to the final round. The rain has given us some good preparation for the last rally in Wales. That’s an event I really like, now I just need to get the right result. The car has been perfect here, no problem at all.”

Novikov was naturally disappointed at missing out on his first P-WRC win, but second place remains a strong result for the 18-year-old. Behind the Russian teenage sensation, Eyvind Brynildsen (Norway) collected fourth place after a trouble-free final day in his Lancer Evolution and it was a similar story for Mirco Baldacdi (San Marino) in sixth. The good news for Mitsubishi fans was the P-WRC debut of the Lancer Evolution X. Both cars entered in the P-WRC category of Rally Japan finished and collected points on their first time out – an incredible achievement for a brand new car at this level of rallying.

Home heroes Katsuhiko Taguchi (Japan) was seventh and Fumio Nutahara (Japan) eighth in their respective Lancer Evolution Xs. Nutahara, a seasoned P-WRC campaigner, said: “This is a very good car. We have had a good rally. Okay, we have the puncture which is not so good, but driving the new Lancer has been very nice. It’s a strong car.”

Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala (both Finland) finished one-two for Ford in the overall standings, but it was Citroen and Sebastien Loeb (France) who did most celebrating in Japan, with Loeb collecting his fifth consecutive drivers’ title.

The next and final round of the P-WRC and WRC is Wales Rally Great Britain (December 4-7).












 FIA PWRC  CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1 Juho HANNINEN
Mikko MARKKULA
FIN
FIN
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
1
3:43:30.4 **:**:**.*
2 Evgeny NOVIKOV
Dale MOSCATT
RUS
AUS
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
2
3:43:36.7 6.3
3 Toshi ARAI
Glenn MACNEALL
J
AUS
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi N
3
3:43:39.6 9.2
4 Eyvind BRYNILDSEN
Mathieu GIRAUDET
N
F
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
4
3:47:18.2 3:47.8
5 Takuma KAMADA
Naoki KASE
J
J
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi N
5
3:47:53.5 4:23.1
6 Mirco BALDACCI
Giovanni AGNESE
RSM
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
6
3:50:11.0 6:40.6
7 Katsuhiko TAGUCHI
Mark STACEY
J
AUS
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO X N
7
3:51:25.1 7:54.7
8 Fumio NUTAHARA
Hakaru ICHINO
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO X N
9
3:58:39.3 15:08.9
9 Armindo ARAUJO
Miguel RAMALHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
12
4:13:26.7 29:56.3
10 Stefano MARRINI
Tizania SANDRONI
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
18
4:24:59.9 41:29.5
11 Subhan AKSA
Hendrik MBOI
RI
RI
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
22
4:34:50.9 51:20.5


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
M
Mikko HIRVONEN
Jarmo LEHTINEN
FIN
FIN
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
1
3:25:03.0 **:**:**.*
2
M
Jari-matti LATVALA
Miikka ANTTILA
FIN
FIN
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
2
3:25:34.1 31.1
3
M
Sebastien LOEB
Daniel ELENA
F
MC
CITROEN C4 WRC A
3
3:27:33.6 2:30.6
4
M
Chris ATKINSON
Stephane PREVOT
AUS
B
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC 2008 A
4
3:28:45.4 3:42.4
5
M
Per-gunnar ANDERSSON
Jonas ANDERSSON
FIN
FIN
SUZUKI SX4 A
5
3:30:15.9 5:12.9
6
M
Toni GARDEMEISTER
Tomi TUOMINEN
FIN
FIN
SUZUKI SX4 A
6
3:31:12.4 6:09.4
7
M
Matthew WILSON
Scott MARTIN
GB
GB
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
7
3:32:08.3 7:05.3
8
M
Petter SOLBERG
Philip MILLS
N
GB
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC 2008 A
8
3:38:22.9 13:19.9
9
M
Federico VILLAGRA
Jorge PEREZ COMPANC
RA
RA
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
9
3:40:43.8 15:40.8
10
P
Juho HANNINEN
Mikko MARKKULA
FIN
FIN
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
1
3:43:30.4 18:27.4
11
P
Evgeny NOVIKOV
Dale MOSCATT
RUS
AUS
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
2
3:43:36.7 18:33.7
12
P
Toshi ARAI
Glenn MACNEALL
J
AUS
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi N
3
3:43:39.6 18:36.6

13
P

Eyvind BRYNILDSEN
Mathieu GIRAUDET
N
F
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
4
3:47:18.2 22:15.2
14
P
Takuma KAMADA
Naoki KASE
J
J
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi N
5
3:47:53.5 22:50.5
15
P
Mirco BALDACCI
Giovanni AGNESE
RSM
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
6
3:50:11.0 25:08.0
16
P
Katsuhiko TAGUCHI
Mark STACEY
J
AUS
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO X N
7
3:51:25.1 26:22.1
17 Eiichi IWASHITA
Akihiko TAKAHASHI
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
9
3:57:53.0 32:50.0
18
P
Fumio NUTAHARA
Hakaru ICHINO
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO X N
8
3:58:39.3 33:36.3
19 Haruo OSHIMA
Tatsuya IDEUE
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
10
4:07:13.0 42:10.0
20
P
Kazuhiro KITAMURA
Noriko TAKESHITA
J
J
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi N
11
4:10:09.5 45:06.5
../
21
P
Armindo ARAUJO
Miguel RAMALHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
12
4:13:26.7 48:23.7
22 Kyosuke KAMATA
Chieko KAMATA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
13
4:14:56.6 49:53.6
23 Tetsuro SUGIMURA
Kazuko MATSUI
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
14
4:19:29.5 54:26.5
26 Atsushi MASUMURA
Koji WATANABE
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
17
4:24:54.1 59:51.1
27
P
Stefano MARRINI
Tizania SANDRONI
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
18
4:24:59.9 59:56.9
29 Satoru ITO
Akiko NAKAGAWA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
20
4:30:10.6 1:05:07.6
31
P
Subhan AKSA
Hendrik MBOI
RI
RI
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
22
4:34:50.9 1:09:47.9
34 Nobuaki MIYANO
Atsushi ISHII
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VIII N
24
4:39:07.5 1:14:04.5
35 Hisatoshi YOSHITANI
Shinji TAKATA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VIII N
25
4:40:37.8 1:15:34.8
36 Seiichiro TAGUCHI
Yasuyuki ATSUCHI
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
26
4:40:49.2 1:15:46.2
37 Koji BABA
Mitsuhiro ONAYA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
27
4:46:42.6 1:21:39.6
40 Kuniyuki KANBE
Takahiro YONEDA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VIII N
30
4:55:07.2 1:30:04.2
41 Aji KIM
Moritoshi NAKASATO
ROK
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VIII N
31
4:58:19.6 1:33:16.6
42 Tomohide HASEGAWA
Nobuyoshi HARA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VIII N
32
4:59:10.8 1:34:07.8
44 Yozo WATANABE
Shigeru IKEDA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
34
5:09:16.7 1:44:13.7
46 Osamu FUKUNAGA
Hisatsugu OKUMURA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
35
5:18:01.9 1:52:58.9
49 Masamichi FUKUMOTO
Teruaki YASUE
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO N
37
5:28:03.5 2:03:00.5
50 Hiroshi HOSHINO
Shigeki SATO
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO X N
38
5:28:31.9 2:03:28.9
51 Kazutomo KUSAMA
Hirokazu MATSUI
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX N
39
5:43:18.7 2:18:15.7
52 Yoko FUKUZAWA
Takayuki TANAKA
J
J
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VIII MR N
40
5:58:02.4 2:32:59.4


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