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Make Or Break

Video gamers fight to stay in the academy by competing in an insane mud obstacle course and test their high-speed braking skills while trying not to run over their pit crew.

>> PREVIOUSLYON GT ACADEMY...

>> YOU WANT TO SEE SOMEBODY THAT

HAS CAR CONTROL?

[crowd ohs]

>> G-FORCE.

GONNA COME ALL THE WAY UP OVER

THE TOP, FULLY INVERTED,

200 MILES AN HOUR.

200 HORSEPOWER.

>> I PASSED ONE OF THE CARS BY

SUDDENLY DIVE-BOMBING INTO THE

FIRST TURN.

IT WAS DEFINITELY DANGEROUS.

>> IF THERE WAS A WALL THERE, HE

WOULD HAVE BEEN HURT RIGHT NOW.

>> CAN'T REALLY SEE ANYTHING.

SO I MISSED MY BRAKING POINT.

>> ALL YOU HEAR IS TIRES

SQUEALING.

>> THAT'S THE END OF THE ROAD

FOR YOU, MY FRIEND.

>> CAN THE SKILLS LEARNED IN A

VIDEO GAME TRANSFER TO A REAL

RACETRACK?

TO FIND OUT, 16 OF THE FASTEST

GRAN TURISMO GAMERS FIGHT FOR

THE ULTIMATE PRIZE...

[timer beeps]

THE PRESTIGIOUS RED HELMET

AND A SHOT AT BECOMING A

PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVER

FOR NISSAN.

[Dead Sara's Weatherman]

>> ♪ SO GO FOR THE KILL

[tires screeching]

♪ 'CAUSE NO ONE ELSE CARES...

>> THE GAMERS CLASH IN MOTOR

SPORT CHALLENGES ON AND OFF

THE TRACK.

SOME OF AUTO RACING'S TOP NAMES

JUDGE THE ACTION: DECIDE WHO

STAYS, WHO GOES HOME.

VICTORY IS ANYONE'S.

>> WHOO!

>> ♪ SO GO FOR THE KILL

>> [grunts]

>> ♪ 'CAUSE NO ONE ELSE CARES

>> HE'S SIDEWAYS! HE'S SIDEWAYS!

>> ♪ GO FOR THE KILL

>> THIS IS THE GREATEST

CHALLENGE I'VE EVER FACED.

>> YOU HAVE TO TAKE THIS MORE

SERIOUSLY THAN ANYTHING YOU EVER

HAVE IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

>> I CAME HERE FOR A REASON,

AND IT'S TO GET THAT RED HELMET.

>> AFTERNOON.

>> all: AFTERNOON.

>> IT'S TIME TO SEE IF YOU GUYS

ARE PROGRESSING AS DRIVERS.

THIS IS THE SECOND BENCHMARK

CHALLENGE.

JUST LIKE BEFORE, YOU'LL HOP

INTO A NISSAN 370Z, AND TAKE IT

FOR ONE FLYING TIMED LAP AROUND

THE TRACK.

>> WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THE

COMPETITORS ONCE.

AND THIS TIME I WANT TO SEE HOW

MUCH THEY IMPROVE, OR IF THEY

GO BACKWARDS.

>> HERE TO SET THE TONE IS LAST

YEAR'S GT ACADEMY CHAMPION

BRYAN HEITKOTTER.

>> HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING?

>> [overlapping answers]

>> WHEN I SEE THE ORIGINAL

GT ACADEMY CHAMPION, I'M JUST

LIKE, "THAT'S ME.

I WANT TO DO THAT."

I'M HERE TO WIN.

>> I'LL SEE YOU IN A LAP.

>> SEE IF YOU GUYS CAN KEEP UP.

>> BRYAN HEITKOTTER IS A GUY

THAT I LOOK UP TO WITH THE

HIGHEST LEVEL OF RESPECT.

[dubstep music]

HE GIVES ME CONFIDENCE TO KNOW

THAT, YOU KNOW, I COULD WIN

THIS.

[engine revving]

>> OH!

>> WITH HEITKOTTER'S LAP-TIME

SET, LET'S SEE HOW THE GAMERS

STACK UP.

>> I WONDER WHAT MY BENCHMARK

WOULD BE.

[engine revving]

>> WE WANT TO SEE NOW, ARE THEY

MAKING GAINS?

NOBODY'S GONNA GO THERE THE

FIRST DAY AND BE A

DANNY SULLIVAN.

>> RIDE, RIDE, RIDE, RIDE.

>> BUT WHAT YOU SEE IS HOW WELL

THEY TAKE INSTRUCTION AND HOW

FAST THEY'RE GONNA GET.

[tires screech]

>> NOW THAT'S A NICE, TIGHT

RIGHT COMING ON THE GREEN.

>> YEAH, I WAS JUST HOPING THAT

I STILL STAYED AT THE TOP.

[tires screeching]

>> KYLE PRESTON.

>> WELL, I THOUGHT I HAD A

PRETTY GOOD LAP GOING, AND THEN,

UH...JUST GOING INTO THE LAST

TURN, I...OVERSHOT IT.

>> TOO MUCH OF AN EARLY BRAKE

OVER THERE.

>> COST ME A LOT OF TIME.

>> HE'S THE FIRST GUY TO GO A

HALF A SECOND SLOWER THAN HE DID

IN BENCHMARK ONE.

>> NUMBER 36, KYLE PRESTON.

>> MY NAME'S KYLE PRESTON.

I'M 24 YEARS OLD, FROM

REDDING, CALIFORNIA.

AND MY SCREEN NAME IS

A7XMAVERICK.

I SAW THE COMPETITION ONLINE

LAST YEAR, AND, YOU KNOW, I SAW

THE TV SHOW AND HOW REAL AND HOW

BIG OF A DEAL IT WAS, SO IT

MADE ME WANT TO DO IT THIS YEAR.

MY STEPDAD RACES MODIFIED, DOWN

AT OUR LOCAL SHORT TRACK.

>> WE HAVE A FAMILY AUTO REPAIR

BUSINESS AND WE WERE ABLE TO,

YOU KNOW, SHARE SOME TIPS WITH

KYLE FROM MY RACING, AND TRY AND

GET HIM PREPARED FOR THIS

COMPETITION.

>> I DON'T HAVE ANY REAL CAR

EXPERIENCE, AND I KNOW A LOT OF

THESE GUYS THAT ARE GOING OVER

THERE DO.

>> YOU FEELING ANY PRESSURE?

>> OH, YEAH.

I'VE BEEN FEELING PRESSURE SINCE

DAY ONE HERE, SO, YOU KNOW, I'LL

SEE WHAT I CAN DO.

>> ALL RIGHT, SEE YOU INSIDE.

>> THANKS.

>> STEVE DOHERTY.

>> NOW HERE'S A GUY WITH A LOT

OF TALENT.

BUT HE DIDN'T DO VERY WELL ON

BENCHMARK ONE, THOUGH.

>> I HAD TO MAKE UP FOR THE BAD

RESULTS FROM THE LAST FEW

CHALLENGES, SO TODAY I REALLY

TRIED TO APPLY MYSELF.

>> WELL DONE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MY PERFORMANCE WASN'T UP TO

EXPECTATION WITH ALL THE

PHYSICAL STUFF I'VE DONE.

SO I KNEW, GETTING INTO THAT

CAR, I REALLY HAD TO DRIVE FOR

MY LIFE.

>> USED ALL THE ROAD, THAT WAS

GOOD.

>> YEAH, THAT WAS A BETTER LAP.

>> BRIAN RICE, NOW HE WAS

STRUGGLING.

>> GOING INTO THE SECOND

BENCHMARK CHALLENGE, I KNEW THAT

I HAD TO IMPROVE MY TIME.

>> THERE HE USED SOME SPEED.

>> A LITTLE BIT OF USING THE

CURVE THERE, I LIKE IT.

[engine revving]

[timer beeps]

>> [whistles]

THAT'S A BIG IMPROVEMENT.

[airplane engine roaring]

>> THIS IS JETT CHANDLER ON THE

TRACK RIGHT NOW.

>> COME ON.

>> GO, GO, GO, GO.

STAY ON THE GAS.

>> [chortles]

>> SMOOTH IS FAST.

A NEW TRACK RECORD.

>> IN THE SECOND BENCHMARK

CHALLENGE, I COME IN TO FIND OUT

THAT I ACTUALLY HAVE THE FASTEST

TIME.

THAT WAS SOME GOOD NEWS I NEEDED

TO HEAR.

>> I WAS A LITTLE BIT IRRITATED

JETT GOT THE FASTEST TIME.

IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO BE THE

FASTEST.

[engine revving]

>> I'M GONNA LAY IT ALL OUT ON

THE LINE.

AND I'M GONNA GO FOR THAT

BALLS-TO-THE-WALL LAP.

>> NICK BARBATO, OUR LAST

COMPETITOR.

THE TOUGH GUY FROM CONNECTICUT.

>> SEEMED A BIT SLOW OUT ON THE

STRAIGHTAWAY THERE.

[tires screech]

OH, HE SLOWED IT TOO MUCH, I

THOUGHT.

>> YEAH, LOOKS LIKE HE USED TOO

MUCH BRAKE RIGHT THERE.

>> I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO NAIL

IT AND I DIDN'T.

I COULD GO HOME.

>> ON THE SECOND BENCHMARK

CHALLENGE, JETT CHANDLER LAID

DOWN THE FASTEST LAP.

COMING IN RIGHT BEHIND HIM WAS

JEFF STUART AND BRIAN RICE.

ALL THE GAMERS IMPROVED THEIR

TIMES FROM THE FIRST BENCHMARK,

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF

NICK BARBATO AND KYLE PRESTON.

IN A CHALLENGE MEANT TO TEST

PROGRESS, THOSE TWO MISSED THE

MARK.

[country harmonica music]

[birds chirping]

>> WELCOME...TO THE WILDERNESS.

AS YOU KNOW, IN RACE CAR

DRIVING, IT'S ABOUT TEAMWORK,

AND IT'S ABOUT PHYSICAL FITNESS,

SO OUR CHALLENGE COMBINES THE

TWO.

WE LIKE TO CALL IT "MUD MAYHEM."

EACH TEAM WILL TACKLE A SERIES

OF OBSTACLES THROUGH THE

MUD MAYHEM COURSE.

YOU'LL FACE A TENT CRAWL, FIRE,

AN ELECTRIC SPIDERWEB, TWO

6-FOOT WALLS AND MORE.

THIS COURSE WAS DESIGNED BY

BRITISH COMANDOS, IT'S TOUGH.

SO GAMERS, GOOD LUCK.

WE'VE RANDOMLY SELECTED THREE

TEAMS OF THREE.

TEAM "A" WILL BE WILL BE AUSTIN,

KYLE, AND BRIAN.

TEAM "B" WILL BE JETT, ERIC, AND

JEFF.

AND TEAM "C" WILL BE MATT, NICK,

AND STEVE.

ALL RIGHT, NOW THAT YOU GOT YOUR

TEAMS...I'M GONNA HAND YOU GUYS

OFF TO THESE NICE GUYS HERE.

>> ALL RIGHT, FELLAS!

IT STARTS NOW!

ONE, TWO, THREE.

GO!

AS FAST AS GOD WILL LET YOU!

THIS ISN'T MOTOR RACING.

THIS IS DOWN WITH IT, DIRTY,

HORRIBLE, DRUDGE MUCK,

THROWING UP.

>> THIS IS GONNA SUCK.

[gunshot]

>> GO, GO!

GET THE [bleep] OUT!

MOVE! MOVE!

>> WHEN YOU'RE AN ENDURANCE

RACER OR A LONG-DISTANCE RACER,

YOU DO NOT DRIVE A 24-HOUR RACE

BY YOURSELF.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO BE A TEAM

PLAYER.

>> HAVE YOU GOT JEFFREY?

>> I'M RUNNING THROUGH THE MUD,

THROUGH THE TRAIL, JUST

TRUDGING, THERE'S MUD FLYING

EVERYWHERE.

>> OH, [bleep]!

>> I WAS PRETTY MUCH SCREWED

FROM THE GET-GO.

IT WAS VERY, VERY TOUGH.

>> WORK TOGETHER! AS A TEAM!

>> KEEP GOING! JUST GET IT DONE!

>> UNDER THE NET!

GET THROUGH IT!

>> IT'S LOOKING GREAT.

IT'S LOOKING GREAT.

[overlapping shouting]

>> I'M JUST TRYING TO CRAWL

THROUGH THERE.

MY KNEES ARE ALL BUSTED UP.

I GET OUT OF THE THING, I NOTICE

I DON'T HAVE MY WEDDING RING.

I JUST HAD TO CONTINUE.

CAN ALWAYS BUY ANOTHER RING.

>> NUMBER 37, BRIAN RICE.

>> MY NAME IS BRIAN RICE.

I'M FROM THE COLONY, TEXAS.

I'M 27 YEARS OLD.

AND MY SCREEN NAME IS

TXóDRIVEN3.

I FIRST GOT INTO RACING RIGHT

WHEN GRAN TURISMO CAME OUT.

AND AFTER THAT, I GOT MY LEGENDS

CAR AND STARTED RACING.

HOLLY IS MY LOVELY WIFE.

SHE BELIEVES IN ME AND REALLY

WANTS ME TO DO MY BEST.

AND I'M THANKFUL TO HAVE HER,

AND THANKFUL FOR THAT SUPPORT.

>> PRESSURE JUST DOESN'T GET TO

HIM.

THERE'S LITERALLY NOTHING THAT

CAN STRESS HIM OUT.

HE'S IN IT TO WIN IT.

[overlapping shouting]

>> both: CRAWL UNDER YOUR TANK!

>> CRAWL, UNDER YOU GO.

[water splashing]

>> GET OUT OF MY RANGE WATER,

YOU [bleep]!

>> I THINK THE MUD CHALLENGE

REALLY IS MORE ABOUT WHO'S THE

MOST DETERMINED, YOU KNOW, WHO

WANTS TO SHOW INTIMIDATION, THAT

I'M THE TOUGHEST GUY HERE, I'M

THE GUY TO BEAT.

>> I KNEW THAT A CHALLENGE LIKE

THIS IS MORE MENTAL THAN

PHYSICAL.

YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO PUSH

YOURSELF.

>> YOU GUYS CANNOT AFFORD TO

LOSE!

>> WE HAD TO CRAWL THROUGH A

LITTLE SPIDER TRAP SET UP WITH

SOME ROPES.

I GUESS SOME OF THEM HAD SOME

ELECTRIC CHARGE TO THEM.

AND I TOOK ABOUT ONE STEP AND

REALIZED THAT I MUST HAVE GOT

SHOCKED ON THE HEAD AND BLACKED

OUT.

JUST WANTED TO GET IT OVER WITH.

>> [indistinct shouting]

JUST THINK ABOUT THAT HOT SHOWER

WAITING FOR YOU WHEN YOU...

NOT FINISHED YET.

>> THE OTHER TEAM'S GONNA CATCH

YOU ON THE WALL.

>> [indistinct shouting]

>> I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO CROSS

THE LINE.

I THINK I DID BETTER THAN A LOT

PEOPLE EXPECTED.

>> OH, YEAH!

>> WE WERE JUST SO FULL OF

ADRENALINE AND PUMPED, WE'RE

YELLING AND SCREAMING.

>> WHOO!

>> ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

PUSH IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

THERE YOU GO. NICE, NICE.

>> HEY!

GET UP, GET UP!

OUT! OUT OF THE WATER!

>> RUNNING THROUGH THE COURSE,

ERIC--HE'S ABOUT TO THROW UP,

ABOUT TO STOP.

>> I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED

IF ERIC ACTUALLY MADE IT THROUGH

THIS.

>> [panting]

>> AT THIS POINT IN THE

MUD MAYHEM CHALLENGE, TEAM "A"

AND TEAM "C" HAVE MADE IT

THROUGH.

BUT TEAM "B" ISN'T OUT OF THE

WOODS JUST YET.

>> YOU GOT MAYBE TWO OF THE

LEANEST, FITTEST GUYS OUT THERE.

BUT ERIC'S OVERWEIGHT, OUT OF

SHAPE.

ERIC, AT THE BEGINNING, HE HAD A

VERY DIFFICULT TIME.

>> I WAS OUT OF BREATH.

I COULDN'T FORM WORDS.

THEY'RE YELLING AT ME.

THEY'RE TRYING TO PROVIDE

ENCOURAGEMENT.

>> THERE YOU GO, ERIC!

>> STAY WITH IT, MAN!

>> LIFT THAT FOOT!

>> I JUST COULDN'T EVEN THINK.

I WAS ABOUT TO QUIT.

[overlapping shouting]

>> THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE

CHALLENGE WAS TO WORK AS A TEAM.

I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH ERIC,

TELL HIM, LIKE, "I KNOW YOU'RE

FEELING REALLY SICK RIGHT NOW.

BUT IF YOU KEEP PUSHING IT JUST

A LITTLE BIT MORE, IT WILL GET

EASIER."

>> FASTER, ERIC!

FASTER, ERIC!

>> JETT'S PROBABLY THE MOST

PHYSICALLY FIT GUY, HERE.

>> HE WAS ABLE TO SHOW US HE'S A

GOOD TEAMMATE.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> THANK GOD.

I'VE BEEN OUT RUNNING, AND THEN,

EVENTUALLY, SOUGHT HOME STRETCH.

>> YOU STILL GOT THE OPPORTUNITY

TO SHOW TO THIS TRAINING TEAM

HOW MUCH YOU WANT THIS.

>> EVEN A FRIENDSHIP HAS BEEN

KIND OF WEIRD HERE, 'CAUSE,

DURING THIS CHALLENGE, LIKE,

THAT'S SORT OF MORE WHERE IT

HIT ME.

THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT JOKES, IT'S

NOT ABOUT HAVING FUN ANYMORE.

THIS IS SERIOUS.

YOU'VE GOT TO GET THROUGH THIS

TOGETHER.

[grunting]

>> IT WAS CHALLENGING TO GET

ERIC OVER THE WALL.

>> COME ON! COME ON!

>> [grunts]

>> IN THE END, IT TOOK ONE OF

THE OTHER INSTRUCTOR GUYS AND ME

AT THE BOTTOM, AND THEN JETT

AND ONE OF THE DRILL SERGEANT

GUYS AT THE TOP OF THE WALL

PUSHING TO GET HIM OVER.

>> [shouting indistinctly]

>> BUT WE FINALLY DID.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS SATISFYING

TO GET HIM OVER.

[overlapping shouting]

>> PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOUGHEST

CHALLENGES YOU GUYS WILL EVER

HAVE.

THIS IS WHEN YOU GUYS REALLY

COME TOGETHER AS A TEAM.

>> I TELL YOU, I SAW A LOT OF

DETERMINATION.

I SAW A LOT OF TEAMWORK.

ERIC, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE

QUIT IF I WERE YOU, SO THAT WAS

A LOT OF HEART YOU SHOWED.

GOOD JOB.

>> TO ACTUALLY GET THROUGH IT

AND HAVE OUR TEAM WIN WAS--WAS

AWESOME.

>> PROBABLY THE MANLIEST I'VE

EVER FELT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE,

THAT'S FOR SURE.

>> I MADE THAT FINAL PUSH AND IT

FELT LIKE THE BEST THING THAT

I'VE EVER DONE.

I WAS VERY PROUD OF MYSELF.

[thunder rumbling]

>> WE ARE OUT HERE ON THE BACK

STRAIGHTAWAY FOR...

>> all: THE BRAKING CHALLENGE.

>> YOU GUYS READY FOR THE LAST

CHALLENGE OF THE DAY?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> ALL RIGHT, I KNOW YOU GUYS

HAVE GONE REALLY, REALLY FAST,

WHILE THE CHALLENGES HAVE

INVOLVED SPEED.

BUT EVERYTHING COMES TO A STOP.

ALL RIGHT, SO THIS CHALLENGE IS

BASED ON THE LICENSE TEST IN

GRAN TURISMO.

WE CALL IT THE

"BRAKING CHALLENGE."

YOU'LL HOP INTO A NISSAN 370Z

AND GET UP TO 100 MILES PER HOUR

ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY BEFORE YOU

PULL INTO THE PIT BOX AND BRAKE.

BUT REMEMBER, YOU DO NOT WANT TO

HIT YOUR PIT CREW.

[engine revving]

>> BRAKING IS EVERYTHING.

THE PRECISION, ESPECIALLY IN THE

PIT, YOU'VE GOT TO STOP IN THE

BOX EVERY TIME.

>> THE FIRST DRIVER DOWN WILL

BE...

>> NICK BARBATO.

LET'S SEE.

>> IS IT "BAR-BAY-TO" OR

"BAR-BAH-TO"?

>> NICK "BAR-BAH-TO." [laughs]

>> FOR ME, HE'S ON THE BUBBLE

TODAY.

I NEED TO SEE HIM STEP UP AND

REALLY GET A GOOD RUN HERE.

NICK NEEDS TO PUT A NUMBER ON

THE BOARD.

>> NEED A NUMBER ON THE BOARD

HERE, NICK.

>> I GO INTO THIS BRAKING

CHALLENGE KNOWING I DIDN'T DO

TOO HOT IN THE BENCHMARK.

I'M THINKING TO MYSELF, "I GOT

TO GO IN THERE.

I GOT TO--I GOT TO TRY AND STICK

IT."

[tires screeching]

>> OOH. OH, MY GOD.

[tires screeching]

>> all: OH!

>> both: OH.

>> BARBATO JUST WENT SIDEWAYS

AND TOOK OUT HIS CREW.

NO RECKLESS DRIVING.

>> MM.

>> BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT.

IT WASN'T BAD.

AND, BY THE WAY, IF YOU LOOK AT

THE TIME, AT 12.74...

PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.

SECOND OUT, I BELIEVE WAS GONNA

BE STEVE DOHERTY.

>> AND THIS IS ALL ABOUT

ULTIMATE BRAVERY.

>> ON THE EDGE OF BRAVERY AND

STUPIDITY?

>> WELL, IT'S A VERY FINE LINE

REALLY, ISN'T IT?

>> [laughs]

>> YOU KNOW.

>> NUMBER 31, STEVEN DOHERTY.

>> RACING IS DEFINITELY IN MY

BLOOD.

IT'S ALL I'VE EVER DONE AND ALL

I EVER WANT TO DO.

I'VE ALWAYS PLAYED GRAN TURISMO

SINCE THE VERY FIRST ONE CAME

OUT.

I HAVE EVERY VERSION OF THE

GAME.

AS SOON AS I COULD, WHEN I

WAS 18, I WENT AND GOT THE

CHEAPEST CAR I COULD FIND.

I FIXED IT UP, AND THAT WAS MY

FIRST RACE CAR.

>> BROUGHT STEVEN TO THE TRACK

WHEN HE WAS TWO YEARS OLD.

HE'S ALWAYS JUST BEEN ENTHRALLED

WITH CARS.

>> HOPEFULLY, MY DOOR-TO-DOOR

EXPERIENCE AND ACTUAL CAR RACING

EXPERIENCE WILL PAY OFF IN THE

END.

>> HERE HE COMES DOWN THE

STRAIGHTAWAY.

HERE WE GO.

>> HERE WE GO!

[tires screeching]

>> I'LL TELL YOU WHAT.

>> THAT WAS GOOD.

>> QUICK, FAST.

YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU KNOW WHAT?

VERY GOOD ADJUSTMENT.

>> THAT WAS ACTUALLY MORE FUN

THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.

[laughter]

>> NEXT UP WILL BE MATT.

>> HERE HE COMES.

>> BRAKING, IN RACING, IS ONE OF

THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS.

[tires screeching]

WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING IN A RACE,

YOU'RE TRYING TO GAIN AS MUCH

TIME AS POSSIBLE.

I DIDN'T THINK HE HAD A CHANCE

TO MAKE THAT.

>> NO.

YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE ANY

TIME IN THE PIT, BECAUSE THAT

CAN COST YOU A LOT OF POSITION

ON THE RACETRACK WHEN YOU'RE IN

A RACE.

MM.

>> SLOW, HE'S GONNA BE SLOW.

>> 13.96.

>> 13.96.

>> THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT WUSSY.

>> IT WAS. I THOUGHT SO TOO.

>> YOU NEED TO COME IN AT THE

ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM SPEED YOU CAN

GO, AND YOU NEED TO STOP ON A

DIME.

>> HE'S GOT IT, HE'S GOT IT,

HE'S GOT IT!

[tires slightly screech]

>> THAT ACTUALLY PLAYED A SLOW

TIME.

WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO SHOW THEM

IS HOW DIFFICULT IT IS.

YOU'VE BEEN OUT DRIVING FAST.

YOU GOT TO COME IN, MAKE A GOOD,

SAFE STOP.

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK?

CONSERVATIVE OR AGGRESSIVE?

>> I THINK FAIRLY AGGRESSIVE.

>> I'M GUESSING AGGRESSIVE.

>> I THINK AGGRESSIVE.

THINGS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME IN

THE PIT LANE.

THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE TO BE

CAUTIOUS AT THE SAME TIME.

[tires screeching]

>> BETTER STOP.

>> GOING.

>> OH, [bleep].

>> OOH, OOH, OOH.

[tires screeching]

>> GET IT RIGHT, GET IT--OH, NO.

>> [bleep].

[laughter]

>> OH! Y'ALL SAW THAT, RIGHT?

>> YEAH.

>> DON'T DO THAT.

IT'S NOT A VIDEO GAME.

>> [laughs]

>> IT'S REAL LIFE.

>> I'VE HAD THE BEST TIME.

I JUST, YOU KNOW...TOOK OUT A

FEW PEOPLE.

>> KYLE PRESTON, FOR ME, IS

ANOTHER GUY THAT'S KIND OF ON

THE BUBBLE.

HE NEEDS TO SHOW ME SOMETHING

AND STEP UP AND REALLY GET A

GOOD RUN HERE.

>> KYLE'S NOT REALLY SHOWING US

WHAT WE NEED TO SEE.

HE'S MESSING UP IN SO MANY

DISCIPLINES THAT HE'S JUST

GETTING KIND OF MORE NEGATIVE

AND NEGATIVE MARKS.

AND SO ANY OTHER CHALLENGE WE

DO, HE'S GONNA REALLY, REALLY

HAVE TO DO SOMETHING

SPECTACULAR.

ALL RIGHT, GUYS, HE'S ON THE

STRAIGHTAWAY.

HERE COMES KYLE PRESTON.

HE'S ON THE GAS.

[engine revving]

>> WAY TOO FAST, AGAIN.

>> STOP, STOP!

>> JUST IN THE MIDDLE.

>> BRAKE.

>> BRAKE, BRAKE, BRAKE, BRAKE.

>> OH, [bleep].

[tires screeching]

>> NO!

>> COME ON, GUYS!

COME ON, GUYS!

[tires screech]

>> OH! OH!

>> HOLY [bleep].

[heartbeat]

>> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY, I'M BUMMED.

I MEAN, UH, I KNOW THE JUDGES

ARE ALWAYS WATCHING AND JUDGING

YOU, SO, UH, I'M SURE THAT

LOOKED PRETTY BAD.

>> WELL, KYLE PRESTON HAD A

VERY, VERY IMPRESSIVE TIME.

THERE WAS ONLY ONE MINOR DETAIL.

HE MOWED DOWN ALL THE PIT CREW,

EXCEPT FOR THREE.

BUT LOOK AT THE SKID MARKS!

>> LOOK AT THAT.

>> MAN! HERE'S THE THING.

IF THERE HAD BEEN TEN CREWS DOWN

HERE, HE WOULD HAVE HAD THEM

ALL.

>> YEAH, THE BRAKING CHALLENGE

WAS--WAS DIFFICULT.

I'M GOING DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAY,

AND I, YOU KNOW, SLAM ON THE

BRAKES.

CAR, YOU KNOW, TURNS SIDEWAYS,

AND, YOU KNOW, I CAN SEE THAT

I'M PROBABLY GONNA HIT A FEW OF

THESE GUYS THEY GOT SET UP, AND,

YOU KNOW, IT DIDN'T WORK OUT.

PRETTY MUCH KILLED THE WHOLE PIT

CREW.

>> GOT 'EM ALL.

>> both: ALL RIGHT.

>> GOOD LUCK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> WATCH YOUR ELBOW.

>> BRIAN RICE SHOWED A LOT

TODAY.

I MEAN, HE DID A LOT IN THE MUD

RACE, AND HE ALSO PICKED UP A

HALF A SECOND IN THE BENCHMARK

TWO.

>> OH, HE'S FAST.

>> OH.

[tires screeching]

>> HE'S SIDEWAYS.

>> STAY WITH IT!

>> HE'S SIDEWAYS.

>> STAY WITH IT.

>> COULDN'T BELIEVE I DID THAT.

I WAS JUST DEVASTATED.

IT WAS THE DUMBEST THING I'VE

EVER DONE.

>> EEE.

>> WELL, HE TOOK DOWN FOUR OF

THE CREW.

IT WASN'T AS SPECTACULAR AS

KYLE'S.

>> SO AT LEAST I WASN'T THE ONLY

ONE.

[crashing in distance]

>> OOH, JESUS.

I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.

THE BRAKING CHALLENGE WAS

KIND OF RIDICULOUS.

THE TWO GUYS WHO WENT BEFORE ME

BOTH SPUN, AND HAD AN OUTRAGEOUS

COLLISION, AND TOOK OUT ALL OF

THOSE POOR CARDBOARD PEOPLE.

SO I PRETTY MUCH KNEW WHAT MY

OBJECTIVE WAS.

>> YOU GET IT RIGHT.

YOU READY?

>> YEP.

[thud]

>> GET IT?

>> THERE YOU GO.

>> MY MAN, ERIC RIVERA.

>> ERIC, YOUR MAN, HE'S STRONG

AND BAD.

>> THE MAN WITH THE HAIR.

[ignition turns over]

>> LET'S SEE WHAT HE'S GONNA DO

OUT THERE.

[tires screech]

>> THAT GUY SCORED NO TIME.

NO TIME.

>> IF YOU'RE TAKING YOUR WIFE

TO CHURCH, THAT'S NOT BAD.

BUT THAT'S NOT RACING.

>> [sighs]

>> YOU'RE NOT VERY CONSISTENT SO

FAR.

>> THAT CHALLENGE WAS PRETTY

MUCH THE LOWEST OF THE LOWS,

IN TERMS OF MY PERFORMANCE HERE

AT GT ACADEMY.

>> TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, WE

NEED MUCH MORE FROM YOU.

THAT HAIR THING THAT WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT FOR SO LONG, IT'S

EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT, IT'S

COMMITMENT.

IF I TOLD YOU, YOU SHOULD CUT

YOUR HAIR TODAY, WOULD YOU DO

IT?

>> YEAH.

I WOULD.

>> YEAH?

>> LET'S DO IT.

RIGHT NOW.

[razor buzzes, stops]

>> IF YOU DON'T RUN LIKE A

RACING DRIVER, AT LEAST YOU'LL--

I'LL MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE ONE.

>> THERE'S A LIFESTYLE I LEAD

BACK HOME THAT IT'S GONNA BE

COMPLETELY UPSIDE DOWN, AS SOON

AS I GET BACK.

I CAN'T JUST SIT AROUND PLAYING

VIDEO GAMES, WAKING UP LATE.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

I DON'T MIND.

WHETHER I WIN OR NOT, I'M GONNA

BE GOING BACK HOME TO A CHANGED

LIFE.

IF YOUR CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL

RACING DRIVER EVER GOES TO

[bleep], YOU ALWAYS HAVE

HAIRCUTTING.

>> DO WE HAVE A HAIRDRESSER

ON-SITE?

>> I WASN'T EXPECTING IT TO COME

OUT THE BEST, BUT, YOU KNOW,

AFTER GETTING THE HAIRCUT, I

FELT LIKE A MILLION BUCKS.

BUT THE HAIRCUT WAS ONLY WORTH

ABOUT A BUCK 50.

THERE'S A WHOLE 'NOTHER PERSON

DOWN THERE.

>> WE STARTED OFF WITH EVERYBODY

PRETTY CONSERVATIVE.

BUT THEN WE GOT SOME GUYS THAT

WERE REALLY KNOCKING DOWN THE

CREW MEMBERS.

>> THERE IT IS.

>> YEAH.

>> QUITE THE BARBER.

>> YEAH.

>> YOU LOOK LIKE A STUD MUFFIN.

>> SINCE WE HAVE TO CUT SOMEBODY

SOON, UM, I THINK WE REALLY

OUGHT TO TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW,

THE WORST CASES OUT HERE.

SO YOU GUYS WANT TO START?

>> I THINK, ACTUALLY, ERIC

RIVERA DIDN'T GIVE ANY

CONVICTION.

AND THEN HE BRAKED REALLY EARLY,

NO HARD BRAKE, NOT RELENTING,

AND GOING REALLY SLOWLY INTO

THE BOX.

>> CAN YOU DO ME NEXT?

>> GET IN LINE.

[laughter]

>> WHAT I SAW WITH KYLE IS HE

HAD REALLY BAD MODULATION.

BUT THEN, WHEN HE CAME DOWN FOR

THE RUN, HE JUST LOCKED IT DOWN.

IT LOOKED LIKE HE JUST ABORTED

THE MISSION.

>> HE DOES LOOK LIKE A RACING

DRIVER NOW.

>> WELL, I SURE AS HELL DIDN'T

RUN LIKE ONE, I TELL YOU WHAT.

>> I WOULD ACTUALLY ADD

BRIAN RICE, WHO DID SOMETHING

SIMILAR TO KYLE, BY BRAKING

REALLY, REALLY TOO LATE AND

SPINNING AND CRASHING.

>> YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.

>> I MEAN, I HAD BRIAN DOWN

AS BEING TERRIBLE, BUT I ALSO

HAD HIM DOWN AS BEING, YOU KNOW,

BLOODY QUICK WITHIN THE, YOU

KNOW...

>> IN THAT BENCHMARK.

>> FROM TOMORROW MORNING, YOU'LL

HAVE A BRAND-NEW COMPETITOR WITH

YOU GUYS.

[laughter]

>> I THINK YOU'VE GOT TWO

EXTREMES, REALLY.

YOU'VE GOT KYLE PRESTON AND

ERIC.

ONE WAS REALLY CAUTIOUS,

OVER-CAUTIOUS.

AND THEN YOU GOT KYLE, WHO JUST

BARRELED IN MAYBE 50, 60 MILES

PER HOUR, TOO QUICK, AND JUST

ABOUT KILLED EVERYBODY,

INCLUDING THE CAR.

>> I THINK WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS

THANK OUR DRIVING INSTRUCTORS,

WHO DO A GREAT JOB, AND--AND FOR

SURVIVING THAT.

>> YOU EARNED YOUR MONEY TODAY.

>> IT'S GETTING MORE DIFFICULT.

>> LET US DELIBERATE A LITTLE

BIT HERE, AND WE'LL MAKE A

DECISION.

THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN.

>> THANKS, GUYS.

[tense music]

>> ALL RIGHT, GUYS, GATHER

AROUND.

ERIC, WHAT'S UP WITH YOUR HAIR?

>> LOST IT.

>> [laughs]

ALL RIGHT, THE CHALLENGES THAT

WE'VE PUT YOU THROUGH HAVE TOLD

US A LOT.

AND, UNFORTUNATELY...

ONE OF YOU HAS TO GO HOME.

ERIC, YOU'RE WAY TOO

CONSERVATIVE IN THE BRAKING.

AND YOUR PERFORMANCE OVERALL

HAS BEEN INCONSISTENT.

KYLE, THE JUDGES THOUGHT YOUR

PERFORMANCE IN THE BRAKING

CHALLENGE WAS UNACCEPTABLE.

YOU ALSO DIDN'T IMPROVE IN THE

SECOND BENCHMARK CHALLENGE.

SO, KYLE, PLEASE PACK YOUR BAGS,

TURN IN YOUR HELMET.

YOUR RACE FROM VIRTUAL TO

REALITY ENDS HERE.

>> YOU KNOW, I'M DEFINITELY

DISAPPOINTED.

NOT TOO SURPRISED, REALLY.

I MEAN, I KIND OF STRUGGLED WITH

A COUPLE OF THE THINGS.

THE JUDGES HAVE TO FIND THE

FASTEST GUY, SO GOT TO LIVE WITH

IT.

>> THERE YOU HAVE IT.

HALF THE FIELD IS GONE.

YOU GUYS SHOULD BE PROUD OF

YOURSELF.

ONLY ONE'S GONNA FINISH.

AND IT'S YOUR CHANCE.

SO GET UPSTAIRS, GET SOME REST.

ANOTHER BIG DAY IS TO COME.

NEXT TIME, ON GTACADEMY...

BORIS AND I WILL BE CHASING YOU

IN THIS NISSAN JUKE CAR, AND

WE'LL BE FIRING PAINTBALLS AT

YOU.

>> OUR SHENANIGANS IN THE PIT

JUST REALLY KILLED US.

>> LOOKS LIKE HE'S STRUGGLING.

>> I THINK HIS RACE HAS RUN

OUT.

>> GO TO SPIKE.COM FOR FULL

EPISODES AND A CHANCE TO WIN

GT ACADEMY PRIZES.

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