if you watch much scca or grand prim are racing like petit lemans you will notice that the RX-8 prototypes always seem to lead their.add. They also compete in noise with the Corvette and typically throw some Ames as they down shift through turns.
the reason for the leading? I think it\’s the nice power band and ability to rev high without worrying about blowing out your engine. Maybe it\’s the reduced maintenance as well