WRC Japan: Organisers red flag stage nine
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville encountered a stranded zero car during the Nukata Forest test, which was pulled over to the side of the road. He passed the car and continued in road mode for the rest of the stage. Takamoto Katsuta, driving for Toyota, also encountered the stranded car before red flags were shown by the organizers. Ott Tanak and Esapekka Lappi had already started the stage before the red flags were shown. The reason for the zero car being stopped within the stage is unclear. Elfyn Evans leads the rally, followed by Sebastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanpera.