JAPAN RALLY : SS5: Galli springs a surprise
Mitsubishi's Gigi Galli ended Subaru's dominant spell on this weekend's Rally Japan, topping the timesheets in the fifth stage with a time 0.2 seconds faster than Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm. Rally leader Petter Solberg finished a further 0.2s behind in his Subaru, increasing his overall lead over team-mate Chris Atkinson.
The Australian ace, who briefly held the lead at two points this morning, could only manage the sixth-fastest time on this test, three seconds slower than Solberg. He's now 14.6s off his team-mate in the battle for the rally lead. Galli remains seventh in the overall standings, but closes the gap on Citroen's Francois Duval to just 3.8s. Galli's Mitsubishi stable-mate Harri Rovanpera ended the stage in seventh to retain his overall fifth position, but is now 54.7s off Solberg's leading time.
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb, who needs a podium finish this weekend to secure his second drivers' title, finished a disappointing eighth on-stage to remain in fourth overall, now 9.5s behind Gronholm. Ford's Tony Gardemeister made a marked improvement over his morning performances, ending the stage fifth fastest, but is still in twelfth overall behind team-mate Roman Kresta.
Ford's Tony Gardemeister has blamed his disappointing performance in the opening stages of Rally Japan on misjudged pace notes. The Finn ended the morning session of the opening leg of the far-east gravel event 12th overall, and is already a minute and a half off the pace of overall leade weiter >>
Subaru's Petter Solberg edged back ahead of team-mate Chris Atkinson for the lead of Rally Japan by topping the final stage of the opening morning. The Norwegian was a full 16.4 seconds quicker than Atkinson on the fourth test of the rally to stretch his lead to a full 12 seconds - the biggest margin he's had over the young Australian.
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Subaru's Chris Atkinson topped the times on the third stage of this weekend's Rally Japan to re-take the lead from team-mate Petter Solberg. The Australian's second fastest time of the day enabled him to move back ahead of his Norwegian rival after briefly losing the top spot on the standings to him on SS2.
Atkinson was a full 4.6 seconds quicker than Solberg over the mam weiter >>
Reigning champion Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg shared the honours on the second stage of Rally Japan, allowing the Norwegian to move to the top of the overall rankings, 0.2 seconds ahead of Subaru team-mate Chris Atkinson, who led after the first stage. The Australian could only m weiter >>
Subaru's Chris Atkinson fulfilled his shakedown promise on this morning's first stage of Rally Japan, topping the times by 1.3 seconds from team-mate Petter Solberg. The Australian - who bettered Solberg by four seconds on yesterday's test run - has been ordered by team boss David Lapworth to target a strong result this weekend.
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Subaru's Chris Atkinson shocked the World Rally Championship fraternity by comfortably topping the times in this morning's final shakedown for Rally Japan. The Australian - making his debut at the sport's top level this year - was a full four seconds quicker than world champion team-mate Petter weiter >>
Vorschau: Rallye Japan, 13. Lauf zur Rallye-WM, 30. Sept. bis 2. Oktober 2005
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