Hirvonen leads in Japan

Leaderboard after Day 1

1.  M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen               FIN             Ford Focus RS   42min 40.8sec 2.  J-M Latvala/M Anttila               FIN             Ford Focus RS   43min 07.0sec 3.  S Loeb/D Elena                      FRA             Citroen C4              43min 11.4sec 4.  C Atkinson/S Prévot         AUS             Subaru Impreza  43min 41.1sec 5.  P Solberg/P Mills                   NOR             Subaru Impreza  43min 42.8sec 6.  M Wilson/S Martin           GBR             Ford Focus RS   43min 52.0sec 7.  P-G Andersson/J Andersson   SWE             Suzuki SX4              43min 52.4sec 8.  T Gardemeister/T Tuominen           FIN             Suzuki SX4              44min 17.6sec 9.  H Solberg/C Menkerud                NOR             Ford Focus RS   44min 27.4sec 10 J Ketomaa/M Stenberg         FIN             Subaru Impreza  45min 42.2sec

Stage Times

Stage 1: 1. Hirvonen 9min 57.9sec; 2. Latvala + 3.8; 3. Duval + 7.0; 4. Sordo + 11.1; 5. Wilson + 13.0; 6. Loeb + 13.3.

Stage 2: 1. Hirvonen 8min 24.2sec; 2. Loeb + 2.1; 3. Duval + 3.3; 4. Latvala + 4.1; 5. Sordo + 4.7; 6. Wilson + 8.0. Overall: 1. Hirvonen 18min 22.1sec; 2. Latvala + 7.9; 3. Duval + 10.3; 4. Loeb + 15.4; 5. Sordo + 15.8; 6. Wilson + 21.9.

Stage 3: Cancelled

Stage 4: 1. Loeb 3min 17.3sec; 2. Latvala + 1.3; 3. Hirvonen + 2.3; 4. Duval + 2.6; 5. Atkinson + 3.6; 6. P Solberg + 3.7.

Overall: 1. Hirvonen 21min 41.7sec; 2. Latvala + 6.9; 3. Duval + 10.6; 4. Loeb + 13.1; 5. Sordo + 17.5; 6. Wilson + 24.5.

Stage 5: 1. Hirvonen 9min 35.6sec; 2. Duval + 1.3; 3. Loeb + 7.3; 4. Latvala + 8.6; 5. Atkinson + 13.3; 6. Sordo + 16.0.

Overall: 1. Hirvonen 31min 17.3sec; 2. Duval + 11.9; 3. Latvala + 15.5; 4. Loeb + 20.4; 5. Sordo + 33.5; 6. P Solberg + 42.0.

Stage 6: 1. Hirvonen 8min 02.5sec; 2. Latvala + 6.6; 3. Loeb + 6.9; 4. Atkinson + 11.2; 5. P Solberg + 12.4; 6= H Solberg + 16.7.

Overall: 1. Hirvonen 39min 19.8sec; 2. Latvala + 22.1; 3. Loeb + 27.3; 4. P Solberg + 54.4; 5. Atkinson + 56.1; 6. Wilson + 59.6.

Stage 7: Cancelled

Stage 8: Cancelled

Stage 9: 1. Hirvonen 1min 39.4sec; 2. Loeb + 0.1; 3. Latvala + 2.0; 4. Atkinson + 2.9; 5. H Solberg + 3.3; 6. P Solberg + 3.4.

Overall: 1. Hirvonen 40min 59.2sec; 2. Latvala + 24.1; 3. Loeb + 27.4; 4. P Solberg + 57.8; 5. Atkinson + 59.0; 6. Wilson + 1:07.0.

Stage 10: 1. Hirvonen 1min 41.6sec; 2. Atkinson + 1.3; 3. Latvala + 2.1; 4. Gardemeister + 2.9; 5. Loeb + 3.2; 6= P Solberg, Wilson, Villagra + 4.2.

Overall: 1. Hirvonen 42min 40.8sec; 2. Latvala + 26.2; 3. Loeb + 30.6; 4. Atkinson + 1:00.3; 5. P Solberg + 1:02.0; 6. Wilson + 1:11.2.

Today’s Route

The second day is the longest of the rally.  After leaving Sapporo at 07.30, drivers tackle two identical loops of four stages near the town of Chitose and Tomakomai, before another two passes over the Dome super special stage.  They reach the final overnight halt at 19.17 after 156.78km of competition.