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The Chevron 6 Hours, Brisbane, Australia - November 1969
The winning factory Nissan/Datsun R380A-III of Kunimitsu Takahashi and Yoshikayo Sunago laps Bob Jemison's Datsun 1600 (510). The Datsun Racing Team's Datsun 2000 of Doug Whiteford/John Roxburgh/B Tapsall can be seen in the background. Doug is at the wheel. The Datsun 2000 came a creditable 5th overall, completing 231 laps.
The winning Nissan R380A-III, which completed 257 laps, was followed home by Moto Kitano and Motoharu Kurosawa in a second Nissan R380A-III. Lotus came 3rd and 4th, while Jemison's Datsun 1600, co-driven by Doug Booty, came 17th, completing 185 laps after losing time following a spin.
The Nissan R 380A-IIIs, which were basically R380-IIs with modified bodywork, were brought over to Australia to help increase sales. Although they were known as Nissans in Japanese racing, the name Nissan was not know in Australia - Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Pty. Ltd. marketed all of its models in the showroom as Datsuns - for example the Nissan Cedric was marketed as a 'Big Datsun Six'. The R380s were therefore renamed Datsun for Australian racing and carried Datsun decals down each side. They were also used in Australian Nissan/Datsun advertising.
In Japan, the R380-II had recently broken 7 international speed records. The cockpit was very small. One Australian journalist was offered a run in one of the R380A-IIIs but could barely get in it, and could not move the pedals or turn the wheel in the confined space.
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