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.[1]

2010 Rally Japan
Round 10 of the 2010 World Rally Championship season
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Host country Japan
Rally baseSapporo, Hokkaidō
Dates run9 – 12 September 2010
Stages26[1] (301.12 km; 187.11 miles)
Stage surfaceGravel
Overall distance1,205.07 km (748.80 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Ogier
France Citroën World Rally Team
Crews70 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.[2] Ogier also cut into teammate Sébastien Loeb's championship lead, reducing it to 43 points before their home event in France.

IntroductionEdit

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.

ResultsEdit

Event standingsEdit

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

Special stagesEdit

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   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
Leg 2
(11 Sept)
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
Leg 3
(12 Sept)
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "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.
  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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