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3. Thwarting Nissan's 50th Straight Victory-the 6th Fuji Tourist Trophy race
Motor sport challenges in Europe
Racing rivalries in Japan
Motor sports in the U.S.A
Rallying and other challenges
The Road to Le Mans
Racing rotaries of today
Chapter 2: Racing rivalries in Japan(3/10)
3. Thwarting Nissan's 50th Straight Victory-the 6th Fuji Tourist Trophy race

  Mazda prepared three Capellas and one RX-3 Savanna for the 6th Fuji Tourist Trophy Race in December 1971. It was to be the first race for the lighter RX-3, which had gone on sale in September that year. The RX-3 was powered by Mazda's racing 10A engine and included a Watts Linkage for the rear suspension.
  As the race wore on, many of the Nissan and Mazda works machines retired one after another, leaving only one Skyline GT-R (driven by Kubota and Sugisaki) and the RX-3 going head-to-head. At the very last moment, the Skyline GT-R was forced to pit for repairs, which left the track clear for the RX-3 to take the checkered flag and foil the GT-R's bid for a 50th straight victory.

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