Timeline of the 151 wins of Japanese cars in WRC

2001
121st Win

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5Round 8 Safari Rally
T.Mäkinen / R.Mannisenmäki

Makinen rose up to the top in SS2 and finished the race with a win. This became the last win for Group A Lancer Evolution.
2001
122nd Win

Subaru Impreza WRC01Round 10 Rally New Zealand
R.Burns – R.Reid

New Zealand was his only win of the season for Burns. However, he constantly claimed points throughout the season and was crowned the drivers’ champion of the 2001 season.
2002
123rd Win

>Subaru Impreza WRC01Round 1 Rally Monte Carlo
T.Mäkinen / K.Lindström

Makinen, who changed his team from Mitsubishi to Subaru, rose up to the top at SS11 surpassing Sébastien Loeb. This became Makinen’s last WRC win.
2002
124th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC01Round 14 Rally of Great Britain
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Only two wins were claimed by Japanese manufacturers in the 2002 season as the European manufacturers got stronger with their WR cars. In the last race of the season, Petter Solberg won.
2003
125th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC03Round 7 Cyprus Rally
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Solberg won the Cyprus Rally with an updated version of the 2002 car. Changing the damper into a SACHS helped with this win.
2003
126th Win

>Subaru Impreza WRC03Round 10 Rally Australia
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Solberg placed second in the previous round, Rally Finland. In Australia, he overtook Loeb and won.
2003
127th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC03Round 12 Tour de Corse
P.Solberg / P.Mills

With the integrated ECU developed in cooperation with TAG electronics, Solberg was able to have precise control of his machine. He came out in first place at SS12 and won the race.
2003
128th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC03Round 14 Rally of Great Britain
P.Solberg / P.Mills

The last race of the season kicked off with Loeb in lead of the championship. Solberg passed Loeb at SS4 and won the drivers’ championship of the 2003 season with a one-point lead.
2004
129th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC04Round 4 Rally New Zealand
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Marcus Grönholm took a spin after competing with Solberg in SS22. Solberg won with a four second lead.
2004
130th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC04Round 6 Acropolis Rally
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Solberg had a thirty second penalty for mechanical problems. However, he got his second win of the season.
2004
131st Win

Subaru Impreza WRC04Round 11 Rally Japan
P.Solberg / P.Mills

It was the first rally round held in Japan, and the 400th race for the WRC. Solberg was top in 11 stages out of the 27 stages and won the event.
2004
132nd Win

Subaru Impreza WRC04Round 12 Rally of Great Britain
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Solberg pushed hard at the Super SS towards the end of the race, passed Loeb and won his third Rally GB.
2004
133rd Win

Subaru Impreza WRC04Round 13 Rally Sardinia
P.Solberg / P.Mills

The WRC held in Italy changed from Sanremo to Sardegna. Solberg claimed the win again, which resulted in three consecutive wins from Rally Japan.
2005
134th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC04Round 2 Swedish Rally
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Solberg challenged Sweden with a 04 model of the Impreza. He won with a 2-minute lead from Martin in Peugeot.
2005
135th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC05Round 3 Rally Mexico
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Subaru introduced a 05 model of the Impreza. Solberg took the lead from the beginning of the race and finished with a win.
2005
136th Win

Subaru Impreza WRC05Round 12 Rally of Great Britain
P.Solberg / P.Mills

Solberg won by coming out on top at the last SS. After this, Subaru withdrew from the WRC. This was the last win by a Japanese manufacturer until Toyota came back to the WRC and won in 2017.
2017
137th Win

Toyota Yaris WRCRound 2 Rally Sweden
J-M.Latvala / M.Anttila

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT entered in the WRC. Jari-Matti Latvala racing in a Yaris WRC won. This was the first win in 18 years for Toyota in the WRC.
2017
138th Win

Toyota Yaris WRCRound 9 Rally Finland
E.Lappi / J.Ferm

The second win of the season for Toyota was in Finland. It was at the team manager’s (Makinen) home country. Lappi finished with a 36 second lead from the second place. Hänninen finished third with only a 0.3 second gap.
2018
139th Win

Toyota Yaris WRCRound 5 Rally Argentina
O.Tänak / M.Järveoja

Ott Tanak (who changed his team to Toyota in 2018) claimed his first victory of the season in Argentina.
2018
140th Win

Toyota Yaris WRCRound 8 Rally Finland
O.Tänak / M.Järveoja

Although Tanak retired in Portugal, he gained couple points in Sardegna. He finished second in Finland with a 32 second lead.
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