Timeline of the 151 wins of Japanese cars in WRC

1998
101st Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VRound 11 Rallye Sanremo
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Makinen’s improved rear suspension worked well for him in the round, and he won the race even though it was one of his least favorite tracks with many corners.
1998
102nd Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VRound 12 Rally Australia
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Makinen despite coursing out two times during the race, recovered and took the win.
1998
103rd Win

Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo VRound 13 Rally of Great Britain
R.Burns – R.Reid

Richard Burns won in a Mitsubishi Carisma GT. Even though Makinen retired from the round, Sainz’ retirement gave Makinen the championship title.
1999
104th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIRound 1 Rally Monte Carlo
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

As rival manufacturers prepared their new WR cars, Mitsubishi introduced the Evolution VI. Makinen got a win with the new machine at its debut race.
1999
105th Win

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

At SS10, Makinen lead Sainz by 12 seconds, and crossed the finish line to claim his second win of the season.
1999
106th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC99Round 7 Rally Argentina
J.Kankkunen / J.Repo

Ford and Citroen were performing well during the season. Kankkunen in a Subaru won the Argentina round. For Kankkunen, this was his first win since his win in 1994 Portugal.
1999
107th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC99Round 8 Acropolis Rally
R.Burns – R.Reid

McRae left Subaru, and Burns took his seat. Burns won the round with a one-minute lead from Sainz.
1999
108th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIRound 9 Rally New Zealand
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Makinen, who started off the season with a win, was not performing well in the previous rounds. He finally got back on track to finish with a win in New Zealand.
1999
109th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC99Round 10 Rally Finland
J.Kankkunen / J.Repo

Kankkunen placed himself in first position at SS8 and finished the race with the win. Burns with Subaru finished second, while Makinen retired at SS14.
1999
110th Win

Toyota CorollaWRCRound 11 China Rally
D.Auriol / D.Giraudet

This was the first rally round held in China. Auriol and Sainz in a Toyota placed first and third. Burns was second in a Subaru.
1999
111st Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIRound 12 Rallye Sanremo
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Makinen claimed his fourth win of the season. The new engine introduced in Catalunya performed well. Gilles Panizzi was second in a Peugeot WR car.
1999
112nd Win

Subaru Impreza WRC99Round 13 Rally Australia
R.Burns – R.Reid

Burns won in a Subaru. Makinen placed third which crowned him the drivers’ championship title of the year.
1999
113rd Win

Subaru Impreza WRC99Round 14 Rally of Great Britain
R.Burns – R.Reid

Burns won race after race in the latter half of the season. Toyota won the manufacturers’ title, and they withdrew from WRC to compete in Formula One.
2000
114th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIRound 1 Rally Monte Carlo
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Makinen claimed the victory in a production-based Lancer, while other teams competed in WR cars. It was the only win for Makinen during the 2000 season.
2000
115th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC99Round 3 Safari Rally
R.Burns – R.Reid

Subaru competed in their 1999 model. Burns and Kankkunen made a one-two finish. Toshihiro Arai debuted in an Impreza WR car and finished sixth.
2000
116th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC2000Round 4 Rallye de Portugal
R.Burns – R.Reid

Subaru debuted a 2000 version of their WR car. 80% of the car was renewed compared to their previous model. Burns claimed the victory with this new machine.
2000
117th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC2000Round 6 Rally Argentina
R.Burns – R.Reid

Although Burns lost the win to McRae in the previous Catalunya round, he claimed the first place back in Argentina.
2000
118th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC2000Round 14 Rally of Great Britain
R.Burns – R.Reid

Burns finished his season with a win. Although Burns had 69 stage wins in the season, he could not reach the championship title.
2001
119th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5Round 1 Rally Monte Carlo
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Mitsubishi introduced the renewed Evolution 6.5. Makinen successfully controlled the car and finished with a win.
2001
120th Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5Round 3 Rallye de Portugal
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Makinen and Sainz had a battle for the win at the end of the race. Makinen took the win by marking the top time at the very last SS.
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Title Partner

  • Forum 8

Gold Partner

  • TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

Silver Partner

  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance

Bronze Partners

  • ACT HOLDINGS
  • Cheerio Corporation Co., LTD
  • DENSO CORPORATION.
  • eplus inc.
  • NISHIO RENT ALL Co.,Ltd.
  • PUMA Japan K.K.

Official Supporters

  • JTB Corp.
  • TAMADIC

Media Partners

  • The Chunichi Shimbun
  • TOKAI TELEVISION BROADCASTING CO., LTD.
  • CBC TELEVISION Co., LTD.
  • CHUKYO TV. BROADCASTING CO., LTD.
  • Nagoya Broadcasting Network Co., Ltd.
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  • COMMUNITY NETWORK CENTER INCORPORATED
  • AMIXCOM
  • STARCAT CABLE NETWORK
  • Toyohashi Cable Network
  • Himawari Network
  • MICS NETWORK
  • CBC RADIO Co., Ltd.
  • TOKAI RADIO Co., Ltd.
  • FM AICHI BROADCASTING CO., LTD.
  • ZIP-FM Inc.

WRC Partners

  • PIRELLI
  • TW STEEL
  • AsahiKASEI
  • Wolf