I'm not sure if this is the reason but it is my guess. In most of these series there is a limit to what engine size you can have like 2.5 in WRC. The Wankel engines in RX7's and 8's are only something like 1.3 litres where as something like a supra is a 3.0 and they produce the same amount of power. Therefore you could have a same size wankel engine with loads more power.
Just my guess
basically all the big engine people cried that they were going to get owned by a 1.3L
its an amazing engine imo (13B) but I am a big rx7 guy too :)