4e Rally Japan (26-28 octobre 2007)
Au terme d'une longue et difficile première étape, Sébastien Loeb et Daniel Elena placent leur Citroën C4 WRC en deuxième position du classement général provisoire avec 10,3 s de retard sur le leader. Sur la deuxième voiture de l'équipe Citroën Total, Dani Sordo et Marc weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 26 October 2007 Leg 1
Round 14 of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Japan, has offered the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team its best opening leg with both nominated points scoring drivers inside the top-five. Leading the event after five s weiter >>
Retirements Gronholm (Ford); Solberg (Subaru); Atkinson (Subaru)
85 crews left the Kita Aikoku service park this morning for leg one.
Leg one took the competitors through ten gravel stages totalling 106.18 kilometres, and a massive 465.40km of liaison sections. The first eight were run to the north of the Obihiro servic weiter >>
SYMS Racing from Japan, using their motorsport operation, SYMS EUROPE, based close to Antwerp in Belgium, has become the first team to run the new-shape Group N Subaru Impreza STi, in collaboration with STi.
The new Group N Subaru Impreza STi was launched y weiter >>
SS1 / SS5 Pawse Kamuy Reverse (9.03km)
A relatively short nine kilometre stage that’s quite similar to character to the stages in New Zealand, and really different to the rest we experience here. The road flows through farmland and is quite open – a wide stage compared to the rest in Japan. It’s fast between slow, long corners.
The road surface is weiter >>
Vorschau: Rallye Japan 2007 Das erwarten die Partnerteams von BFGoodrichSo verlief die Rallye Japan 2006 Statistisches
Grönholm gegen Loeb - Titelentscheidung in Rallye-WM biegt auf Zielgerade ein
Sushi, Sake und Skif weiter >>
• Amtierender Team-Weltmeister kann Vorentscheidung herbeiführen
• Tabellenführer Marcus Grönholm will Vorsprung mit Sieg ausbauen
Der hochbrisante Titelkampf in der Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft 2007 biegt auf die Zielgerade ein. Nach 13 von 16 Saisonläufen weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 26-28 October 2007
The Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team will be back on a familiar surface next week as they tackle the penultimate round of their 2007 ten-event campaign at Rally Japan. This 1th round of the FIA World Rally Championship is an event which both Munchi’s drivers will be competing on for the secon weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship Rally Japan, 26-28 October 2007
After two successful tarmac outings this month the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team are back on a loose surface, in the land of the rising sun, as they tackle the fourth running of Rally Japan next week. This is the 14th round of the FIA weiter >>
BFGoodrich-Partner Sébastien Loeb krönt sich zum erfolgreichsten Rallye-Fahrer aller Zeiten Faszinierendes Finale sah furioses Duell zwischen Loeb und Grönholm Ford-Junior Hirvonen komplettierte das tolleErgebnis für BFGoodrich mit Rang drei Statistisches WM-Zwischenstand weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship, round 11/16
Rally Japan, 1-3 September Sunday September 3, final report
The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team have completed their first event using the latest generation Ford Focus RS WRC06 with both Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc setting times well inside the top ten over the three days of Rally Japan, the eleven weiter >>
SS1 Pawse Kamuy 1 M. GRÖNHOLM / T. RAUTIAINENSS2 Rikubetsu 1 M. GRÖNHOLM / T. RAUTIAINENSS3 Kanna 1 S. LOEB / D. ELENASS4 Puray 1 M. GRÖNHOLM / T. RAUTIAINENSS5 Pawse Kamuy 2 M. GRÖNHOLM / T. RAUTIAINENSS6 Rikubetsu 2 M. GRÖNHOLM / T. RAUTIAINENSS7 Kanna 2 S. LOEB / D. ELENASS8 Puray 2 M. GRÖNHOLM / T. RAUTIAINENSS9 Obihiro 1 S. LOEB / D. ELENA weiter >>
Kronos Total Citroen World Rally Team ace Sebastien Loeb won Rally Japan today, made official by completing the final running of the Obihiro Superspecial. Loeb, who already held the FIA World Rally Championship records for most consecutive victories and most victories in a single season, added most-ever weiter >>
Subaru have had a rough time of it in Japan, with the main problem being Petter Solberg's brakes. Petter is the first to admit that the team, and in particular his team of mechanics, have been working tirelessly to give him a car with which he can challenge Loeb and Gronholm, giving him a chance to figh weiter >>
Dani Sordo began the day in sixth overall, but after the day's opening stage, Sordo fell into seventh. But the battle for sixth was over on the following two stages where Petter Solberg suffered brake problems that essentially gave the position over to Sordo. Solberg began the day in seventh, and after moving into sixth, he now finds himself in eighth overall as the field returne weiter >>
BP-Ford World Rally Team ace Marcus Gronholm wants to win Rally Japan, but Sebastien Loeb might have a thing or two to say about that. Gronholm completed the stage with a blindingly quick time, but was still 0.1sec slower than Loeb. Loeb is driving for his record-setting 27th FIA World Rally Championship victory, and with each passing stage, it seems more and more likely he will weiter >>
The third and final leg of Rally Japan started this morning under overcast and threatening skies from Obihiro on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Almost immediately the action began with Argentinean driver Luis Perez Companc having an incident within minutes of starting the first stage of the day, Rera Kamuy 8.76-kilometres.
The Stobart driver went off th weiter >>
The third leg began with a bang as several drivers reported problems upon completion of the day's opening test. Matthew Wilson reported an off, and his Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team team-mate Luis Perez Companc spent a large amount of time after an off trying to get back onto the stage. "I came too fast," Companc said, "and I just went off the road." Companc was able to fini weiter >>
FIA World Rally Championship, round 11/16Rally Japan, 1-3 September Friday September 1, leg one
The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team has completed its first day of rallying with its new Ford Focus RS WRC06 rally cars with drivers Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc ending the day strongly in the top ten of Rally Japan, the eleve weiter >>
Sebastien Loeb ended a fantastic day of rallying with the top times on both runnings of Rally Japan's superspecial. Loeb completed the stage 0.3sec ahead of Marcus Gronholm on both runs. Gronholm will begin the start of leg three 25.6sec down on the leader.
The top eight drivers were separated by weiter >>
Stage 16: For the last time
The first stage of the day's afternoon loop had been run three times prior as the second, sixth and twelfth stages which caused rutting to occur. Combined with water and mud, the relatively short stage proved to be difficult for several drivers. Even Sebastien Loeb commented on the difficulty of the stage saying that there were rocks sca weiter >>
The fourth contest of the second leg saw Kronos Total Citroen World Rally Team's Sebastien Loeb capture the rally lead from BP-Ford World Rally Team's Marcus Gronholm. Gronholm completed the stage noticeably off the pace, dropping a large amount of time due to a spin during the stage.
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team's Matthew Wilson suffered problems again. Wilson went weiter >>
In theory brakes should not be a problem on Rally Japan, temperatures are not too high and whilst the stages are a combination of fast sections broken up by tight and twisty stretches, there should be sufficient time for the brakes to cool down. Therefore it comes as a surprise to hear a number of the top drivers complaining or showing concern about their brakes.
Rallies weiter >>
Subaru World Rally Team's Petter Solberg continued to suffer mechanical problems with his Impreza during Rally Japan. After a disastrous first leg for the Norwegian, the second day showed promise, but a problem developed on the third stage of the day. "No brakes, no brakes," Solberg said at the end of the contest.
Toshi Arai, in a Subaru Impreza WRC for his home rally, al weiter >>
The second stage of the second leg, Rikubetsu 3, saw OMV-Peugeot Norway World Rally Team driver Manfred Stohl reply to Subaru World Rally Team's Chris Atkinson's charge on the previous stage. Stohl completed the short stage a mere 0.4sec ahead of Atkinson as the battle for fourth overall continued into the day.
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson cont weiter >>
On the second Leg's opening contest, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Matthew Wilson suffered a mechanical problem before the young Brit even reached the start line. "We've got no boost," Wilson said at the end of the stage, "we just crawled through." Wilson finished one minute 22.7sec behind his team-mate - Luis Perez Companc - on the stage.
Also suffering a pro weiter >>
The first day of Rally Japan had a familiar feel to it. It started wet and Marcus Gronholm and Sebastien Loeb made the early running, with Mikko Hirvonen right behind them and Petter Solberg looking strong until he suffered mechanical problems. Just like in Finland, two weeks ago.
Gronholm and Loeb shared all the stage wins between them, with the Finn taking six and the F weiter >>
Marcus Gronholm rounded off the first day's 'proper' stages with another win, his sixth of eight stages so far. He was just over 4sec ahead of Sebastien Loeb to retain the lead as the field heads back towards Obihiro for two runs around the specially-constructed superspecial stage.
Gronholm looked like he earned the stage win though, not stopping at the end of the stage t weiter >>
Easing Subaru's woes is local driver Toshi Arai, who despite not having driven a WRC car since 2001 when he was a regular member of the driver line-up, is putting in a strong performance for the team.
Before the start of the event Arai was clear about his objective on this years Rally Japan "The goal for me will be to get a good finish. Realistically we'll be aiming for a weiter >>
The first stage of this weekend's Rally Japan saw a cautious start for the drivers. The morning dawned overcast, but more importantly, dry as the rain had stopped.
Marcus Gronholm, running second on the road, set the pace, following Sebastien Loeb's line in the loose gravel on top of the road. Second fastest was Gronholm's team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, the young Finn just 0.2 weiter >>
This weekend's Rally Japan sees the return of the Production car World Rally Championship. With the series leader, Nasser Al-Attiyah absent, choosing Japan as one of the two events he passes on, Monte Carlo winner and local expert Fumio Nutahara is hoping to repeat his success on home soil.
"I'm very happy to be here," he said at the event's press conference. "I would lik weiter >>
Vorschau Rallye Japan 2006: Die Rallye Japan im Überblick Die Rallye Japan aus Sicht von BFGoodrich Das erwarten die Partnerteams von BFGoodrich So verlief die Rallye Japan 2005 Statistisches WM-Zwischenstand
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FIA World Rally Championship, round 11/16
Rally Japan, the eleventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship, will be a momentous occasion for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally as it debuts its brand-new Ford Focus RS WRC06 cars, driven by Matthew Wilson and Luis Perez Companc.
After ten WRC events this year using the familiar older-style Ford Foc weiter >>