JAPAN’S DONE THE CANDIDATE EVENT, DONE THE CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOW IT’S DONE WITH WAITING. IN 54 WEEKS, THE WRC WILL ARRIVE IN NAGOYA, BUT BEFORE THAT IT’S ALL EYES ON THIS WEEKEND’S CENTRAL RALLY AICHI AND A RALLY JAPAN DRESS REHEARSAL.
1. The first and best
The prospect of victory on Japan’s first WRC round in 2004 was laughable for Petter Solberg a fortnight before the start. Except nobody was laughing. The Norwegian had just emerged from the biggest crash of his career and co-driver Phil Mills was still recovering in hospital. The next rally was Japan and the biggest weekend in Subaru’s history in the sport. Solberg delivered a stunning and unforgettable win with the Impreza WRC (pictured above).