2010 Rally Japan
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.
|2010 Rally Japan|
|Round 10 of the 2010 World Rally Championship season|
|Rally base||Sapporo, Hokkaidō|
|Dates run||9 – 12 September 2010|
|Stages||26 (301.12 km; 187.11 miles)|
|Overall distance||1,205.07 km (748.80 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Sébastien Ogier|
Citroën World Rally Team
|Crews||70 at start, 54 at finish|
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. Ogier also cut into teammate Sébastien Loeb's championship lead, reducing it to 43 points before their home event in France.
Prior to the rally, depending on results, Sébastien Loeb could have clinched his seventh consecutive world title with three events to spare. 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.
|Day||Stage||Time||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||18:40||SSS Sapporo 1||1.57 km||Sébastien Ogier||1:21.8||69.10 km/h||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS2||18:52||SSS Sapporo 2||1.57 km||Sébastien Ogier||1:21.4||69.43 km/h|
|SS3||10:23||Iwanke 1||26.92 km||Petter Solberg||16:21.2||98.77 km/h|
|SS4||11:27||Sikot 1||27.76 km||Petter Solberg||15:49.9||105.21 km/h||Petter Solberg|
|SS5||12:15||Koyka 1||3.55 km||Henning Solberg||1:55.1||111.03 km/h|
|SS6||15:03||Iwanke 2||26.92 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||16:08.0||100.12 km/h|
|SS7||16:07||Sikot 2||27.76 km||Mikko Hirvonen||15:35.0||106.88 km/h|
|SS8||16:55||Koyka 2||3.55 km||Mikko Hirvonen||1:55.9||110.27 km/h|
|SS9||18:34||SSS Sapporo 3||1.57 km||Sébastien Loeb||1:24.5||66.89 km/h|
|SS10||18:46||SSS Sapporo 4||1.57 km||Petter Solberg||1:24.0||67.29 km/h|
|SS11||10:28||Nikara 1||17.68 km||Petter Solberg||9:38.8||109.97 km/h|
|SS12||11:26||Kamuycep 1||33.76 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||21:02.3||96.28 km/h|
|SS13||12:22||Kina 1||9.55 km||Dani Sordo||5:34.5||102.78 km/h||Jari-Matti Latvala|
|SS14||15:09||Nikara 2||17.68 km||Petter Solberg||9:30.0||111.66 km/h|
|SS15||16:07||Kamuycep 2||33.76 km||Dani Sordo||20:31.5||98.69 km/h|
|SS16||17:03||Kina 2||9.55 km||Petter Solberg||5:32.6||103.37 km/h||Petter Solberg|
|SS17||18:33||SSS Sapporo 5||1.57 km||Petter Solberg||1:24.8||66.65 km/h|
|SS18||18:45||SSS Sapporo 6||1.57 km||Mikko Hirvonen||1:24.1||67.21 km/h|
|SS19||7:31||Bisan 1||4.71 km||Sébastien Loeb||2:27.7||114.80 km/h|
|SS20||8:13||Naekawa 1||17.86 km||Sébastien Ogier||14:21.6||74.62 km/h||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS21||9:37||Sunagawa 1||3.70 km||Sébastien Loeb||2:39.7||83.41 km/h|
|SS22||10:12||Bisan 2||4.71 km||Sébastien Ogier||2:26.4||115.82 km/h|
|SS23||10:54||Naekawa 2||17.86 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||14:05.6||76.04 km/h|
|SS24||11:58||Sunagawa 2||3.70 km||Sébastien Loeb||2:36.3||85.22 km/h|
|SS25||14:00||SSS Sapporo 7||1.57 km||Sébastien Ogier||1:24.0||67.29 km/h|
|SS26||14:12||SSS Sapporo 8||1.57 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||1:23.8||67.45 km/h|
Standings after the rallyEdit
- "Itinerary" (PDF). World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators; Rally Japan. 8 June 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- "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.
- "Sebastien Ogier takes early lead at Rally Japan". USA Today. Sapporo: David Hunke; Gannett Company. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.