01 Nov 08
The second day of Rally Japan began from 0730hrs this morning when cars left the Sapporo Dome service park to complete the 41km liaison section to the first stage.
After a loop of four consecutive speed tests in the morning, crews return to the Dome for a 30-minute lunchtime service before repeating the loop in the afternoon. The day concludes with two more passes around the 1.49km Super Special Stage inside the stadium.
Saturday is the longest of the three day event and comprises 156 stage kilometres.
The weather in Sapporo was sunny but chilly at 0700hrs today and the temperature on the first stage (Imeru) was 3 degrees Celsius. Saturday’s stages escaped most of the rain which fell in Sapporo city on Friday evening but the roads remain damp and wet in some shaded areas. No rain is expected in today and in the winter sunshine the temperature is expected to peak at 13 degrees Celsius.
Crews tackle Saturday’s stages in rally leading order, which puts Mikko Hirvonen through first, followed by Jari-Matti Latvala and Sebastien Loeb. Here’s the rest of today’s WRC start order:
4. P. Solberg
9. H. Solberg
You can track the progress of the cars through each stage with the split times.