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Championship status
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Rally Japan 2008 counts for:

2008 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers/Co-drivers
2008 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers
2008 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship (for drivers)

Facts
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 453rd WRC rally 
 Round of season: 14 of 15 
 Official name: Pioneer Carrozzeria Rally Japan 
 Edition: 8th 
 Date: from Friday 31-Oct-2008 to Sunday 2-Nov-2008 
 Rally HQ: Sapporo, Hokkaido; Japan 
 Clerk of the Course: Ryuji Makita 
 Surface: Gravel 
 
 Entries: 87  
 Starters: 86  
 Finishers: 57 (66.3% of starters) 
 
 Stages: 29 
 Shortest: 1.49km(SS9 Sapporo 1)
 Longest: 33.66km(SS17 Kamuycep 2)
 Slowest: 50.75km/h(SS25 Sapporo 5)
 Fastest: 106.92km/h(SS21 Koyka 1)
 Planned stage distance: 343.69km(26.8% of total distance)
 Actual stage distance: 310.61km(24.2% of total distance)
 Road section distance: 972.59km
 Total distance: 1,283.20km
Milestones
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 DRIVERS - PODIUM FINISHERS 
    Win was 7th win and 30th podium for Mikko Hirvonen.
 Second place was 6th podium for Jari-Matti Latvala. 
 Third place was 72nd podium for Sebastien Loeb. 
 MAKES - PODIUM FINISHERS 
    Win was 68th win and 1-2 win were 251st to 252nd podiums for Ford.
    Third place was 119th podium for Citroen.
Mikko Hirvonen
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As Loeb concentrated on making sure of the drivers' title by finishing third, Hirvonen's sole battle was against conditions. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Per-Gunnar Andersson
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Suzuki had an upbeat home rally, Gardemeister scoring team's first stage win and both cars finishing on points, Andersson fifth and Gardemeister sixth. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Sebastien Loeb
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Loeb needed third to clinch the drivers' title for the record fifth time and he did just that. Here he tackles super special held on shiny concrete surface. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
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