Motor Sports Photo Library

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7. An improved 757 finishes seventh overall; the best ever result for a Japanese car
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 5: The road to glory at Le Mans(7/22)
7. An improved 757 finishes seventh overall; the best ever result for a Japanese car

  The two 757 race cars that entered Le Mans 1987 were lighter and featured several technical improvements over the previous year's model. The vehicles' setup was also adjusted to better match the altered track, which featured an extra chicane just before the Dunlop Bridge for enhanced safety. The race started in a great spray of rainwater, and both Mazda cars flew down the track. However, shortly after six p.m., just two hours from the start, one car dropped out with engine trouble. The second car had troubles of its own. A problem with the wiper linkage and a broken left rear suspension forced pit stops, but it quickly returned to the track. As the race wore on, the top teams began to collapse in a flurry of crashes. The Mazda 757 powered through to the best ever finish for a Japanese car: seventh overall and first in the IMSA GTP class.

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