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Hirvonen claims Rally of Japan

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen secured his second victory of the World Rally Championship season by winning the Rally of Japan.

Hirvonen, who was driving a Ford Focus, won the third leg with a time of three hours 23 minutes and 57.6 seconds to finish 37.4secs ahead of Spain's Dani Sordo in his Citroen.

Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg finished third with a time of 3:28:31.3 for his third-ever finish on the podium.

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