The battle between Keisuke Takahashi and Takeshi Nakazato is the twelfth battle of Initial D.
Prior to the Battle
The battle between the NightKids and Red Suns has begun. Keisuke agrees to face Nakazato. Both the teams know that they will be inferior if they lose, as both Keisuke and Nakazato had lost to Takumi before.
During the Battle
Keisuke manages to keep up with the fast R32. He notes that Nakazato's steering has got aggressive, which would have been fatal if they were battling downhill. Nakazato is surprised at Keisuke being able to keep up with him and increases his pace. At that time, it starts to rain. Keisuke states that the rain is frightening as one wrong move can cause a crash. Even so as the final corner approached, Keisuke gets side-by-side by Nakazato and takes the outside at a dangerously high speed. Keisuke manages to not crash at the corner by 'hooking' his wheel to the outer drain of the corner and ends up being just a couple inches ahead of Nakazato. The GT-R's speed is not enough to cover up the distance as the FD crosses the finish line just ahead of Nakazato.
After the Battle
Nakazato is angered and states that Keisuke won by pure luck, however Keisuke disagrees and argues that he won with his skill due to tyre management, to which Nakazato realizes the fact and agrees quietly.
- Come On Baby - Fastway
Arcade Stage 8 RivalSide info
Story arc: Myogi NightKids
Driver: Takeshi Nakazato
Car: Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (BNR32)
Opponent: Keisuke Takahashi
Team: Akagi RedSuns
Car: Mazda RX-7 Type R (FD3S)
Mission: Outrun the Rival
1-ryu Condition: Win with a lead of 40 m
Cho 1-ryu Condition: Win with a lead of 100 m
Time of day: Night