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Rally Japan: Rally route

There are few changes to the route, with the rally again based in Obihiro and a central service park at Kita Aikoku, a few kilometres south. After a city centre start ceremony on Thursday evening, the main changes have been introduced to Friday's...

There are few changes to the route, with the rally again based in Obihiro and a central service park at Kita Aikoku, a few kilometres south. After a city centre start ceremony on Thursday evening, the main changes have been introduced to Friday's opening leg to the north-east of the city. The opening stage of the two anti-clockwise loops is run in the opposite direction to previous years and the next two stages comprise roads not used since the rally's WRC debut in 2004. The second leg is the longest of the rally and runs slightly further west. Both days include two passes over a short spectator test at Rikubetsu and end with two runs at a super special stage next to the service park. The final day heads north of Obihiro and ends with a fifth pass over the super special stage. Some of the most northerly stages have been dropped, to reduce the distance of liaison sections and to avoid the prospect of bad weather. Drivers face 27 stages covering 350.19km in a route of 1575.79km. <pre> RALLY JAPAN
ROUND 14 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
25 - 28 October 2007

Thursday 25 October: Ceremonial start Start Obihiro City 19.30

Friday 26 October: Leg 1 Obihiro - Obihiro Start Kita Aikoku 06.00 SS1 Pawse Kamuy Reverse 1 9.03km 07.33 SS2 Cup Kamuy 1 13.95km 08.13 SS3 Kimun Kamuy 1 26.03km 08.36 SS4 Rikubetsu 1 2.73km 09.29 Serv A Kita Aikoku (30 mins) 11.32 SS5 Pawse Kamuy Reverse 2 9.03km 13.35 SS6 Cup Kamuy 2 13.95km 14.15 SS7 Kimun Kamuy 2 26.03km 14.38 SS8 Rikubetsu 2 2.73km 15.31 SS9 Obihiro 1 1.35km 17.44 SS10 Obihiro 1 1.35km 17.54 Serv B Kita Aikoku (45 mins) 18.07 Finish Kita Aikoku 18.52 Total 106.18km

Saturday 27 October: Leg 2 Obihiro - Obihiro Serv C Kita Aikoku (10 mins) 05.05 SS11 Rikubetsu 3 2.73km 07.13 SS12 Puray 1 34.96km 07.44 SS13 Niueo 1 20.75km 08.23 SS14 Sipirkakim 22.43km 09.01 Serv D Kita Aikoku (30 mins) 11.16 SS15 Rikubetsu 4 2.73km 13.44 SS16 Puray 2 34.96km 14.15 SS17 Niueo 2 20.75km 14.54 SS18 Sipirkakim Short 4.67km 15.47 SS19 Obihiro 3 1.35km 17.57 SS20 Obihiro 4 1.35km 18.07 Serv E Kita Aikoku (45 mins) 18.20 Finish Kita Aikoku 19.05 Total 146.68km

Sunday 28 October: Leg 3 Obihiro - Obihiro Serv F Kita Aikoku (10 mins) 05.40 SS21 Rera Kamuy 1 8.76km 07.06 SS22 Panke Nikorpet 1 17.04km 07.29 SS23 Penke 1 22.19km 08.09 Serv G Kita Aikoku (30 mins) 09.49 SS24 Rera Kamuy 2 8.76km 11.35 SS25 Panke Nikorpet 2 17.04km 11.58 SS26 Penke 2 22.19km 12.38 SS27 Obihiro 5 1.35km 14.33 Finish Kita Aikoku 15.00 Total 97.33km

Rally total 350.19km

-credit: frs

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