Timeline of the 151 wins of Japanese cars in WRC

1997
81st Win

Subaru Impreza WRC97Round 3 Safari Rally
C.McRae / N.Grist

In the WR car era, Subaru won consecutively with three wins since the beginning of the season. For McRae, this was his first win of the season.
1997
82nd Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IVRound 4 Rallye de Portugal
T.Mäkinen / S.Harjanne

Mitsubishi switched machines to an Evolution IV from 1997. Makinen finally claimed his first victory of the season.
1997
83rd Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IVRound 5 Rally Catalunya
T.Mäkinen / S.Harjanne

Makinen driving a Lancer won Catalunya after winning Portugal. This was their first win in a tarmac rally.
1997
84th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC97Round 6 Tour de Corse
C.McRae / N.Grist

Makinen crashed into a cow during his first Corsica race. McRae claimed the victory, which was the first since his last win at the 1993 Tour de Corse.
1997
85th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IVRound 7 Rally Argentina
T.Mäkinen / S.Harjanne

Makinen won Argentina with two points lead from McRae in the championships. This was the tenth win for the Lancer Evolution since their first victory in 1995.
1997
86th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC97Round 9 Rally New Zealand
K.Eriksson / S.Parmander

Eriksson claimed his second win in New Zealand. They used narrow tires for gravel rallies.
1997
87th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IVRound 10 Rally Finland
T.Mäkinen / S.Harjanne

Makinen marked his fourth win. He only had a seven second gap from Kankkunen in a Ford.
1997
88th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC97Round 12 Rallye Sanremo
C.McRae / N.Grist

McRae had retired from the past four races until Sanremo. He claimed the win, and Makinen placed third.
1997
89th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC97Round 13 Rally Australia
C.McRae / N.Grist

McRae won Australia with only a six second gap from Makinen. McRae chased Makinen in the championships with a ten point difference.
1997
90th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC97Round 14 RAC Rally
C.McRae / N.Grist

McRae battled against Makinen (who had the flu) and won this round. However, Makinen placed sixth, which was enough for him to win the championship. McRae was only one point away to win the title.
1998
91st Win

Toyota CorollaWRCRound 1 Rally Monte Carlo
C.Sainz / L.Moya

Toyota introduced the Corolla to the WRC. Sainz, who was back with the team claimed the victory.
1998
92nd Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IVRound 2 Rally Sweden
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Although Makinen retired from Monte Carlo, he raced stably in snowing conditions and won.
1998
93rd Win

Mitsubishi Carisma GTRound 3 Safari Rally
R.Burns – R.Reid

Richard Burns claimed the victory after moving to Mitsubishi from Subaru.
1998
94th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC98Round 4 Rallye de Portugal
C.McRae / N.Grist

Along with some improvements on the engine, a triple active differential system was introduced to the drive system of the Impreza. McRae marked his first win of the season with this change.
1998
95th Win

Toyota CorollaWRCRound 5 Rally Catalunya
D.Auriol / D.Giraudet

The joystick shift used in the Corolla WRC worked out for the team and they ended up with a successful win in Catalunya. However, the joystick shift was removed after the round because it was too heavy.
1998
96th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC98Round 6 Tour de Corse
C.McRae / N.Grist

McRae won the Tour de Corse after his previous win in Portugal. He was worried about the grip of the tires in the last race. However, McRae managed to finish first after coming out on top at SS5.
1998
97th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VRound 7 Rally Argentina
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

The Lancer Evolution V (which debuted in Catalunya) finally claimed its first win of the year.
1998
98th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC98Round 8 Acropolis Rally
C.McRae / N.Grist

Makinen had to retire from the race due to mechanical problems. McRae overtook Auriol at SS16 and claimed the victory.
1998
99th Win

Toyota CorollaWRCRound 9 Rally New Zealand
C.Sainz / L.Moya

Sainz and Auriol earned a one-two finish with the Corolla WRC. Makinen finished third following the two drivers.
1998
100th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VRound 10 Rally Finland
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

The 100th win for a Japanese car was in Finland, achieved by Makinen in a Mitsubishi.
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