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The Need For Speed

The ten remaining gamers race trucks through the mud, battle G-forces 10,000 feet in the air, test their night driving skills and strap into a GT-R for a high-speed challenge.

>> PREVIOUSLY ON GT ACADEMY...

16 GAMERS HIT SILVERSTONE TO

BATTLE EACH OTHER IN A TEST OF

REAL DRIVING SKILLS.

>> LOOK, THEY GET REALLY ONE LAP

TO GO HOME OR TO STAY.

[tires squealing]

>> ONLY TEN REMAIN, FIGHTING FOR

A SHOT IN THE WINNER-TAKE-ALL

RACE WHERE ONLY ONE WILL GO PRO.

CAN THE SKILLS LEARNED IN A

VIDEO GAME TRANSFER TO A REAL

RACETRACK?

TO FIND OUT, THE 16 FASTEST WILL

FIGHT FOR THE ULTIMATE PRIZE...

[beep]

THE PRESTIGIOUS RED HELMET, AND

A SHOT AT BECOMING A

PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVER FOR

NISSAN.

[hard rock music]

AS THE GAMERS CLASH IN

MOTORSPORT CHALLENGES ON AND OFF

THE TRACK...

SOME OF AUTO RACING'S TOP NAMES

JUDGE THE ACTION TO DECIDE WHO

STAYS AND WHO GOES HOME.

VICTORY IS ANYONE'S.

>> WHOO!

>> [grunting]

>> HE'S SIDEWAYS. HE'S SIDEWAYS.

>> ♪ GO FOR THE KILL

>> THREE, TWO, ONE.

>> BEING ABLE TO DRIVE ALL THESE

CARS ALONG THIS TRACK, IT'S

PROBABLY SECOND TO GETTING

MARRIED.

>> I KNOW THERE'S NO WAY I WOULD

HAVE EVER MADE IT HERE ANY OTHER

WAY, OTHER THAN THE NISSAN GT

ACADEMY.

>> EVERY SINGLE DAY I'M HERE,

THE GOAL IS CLOSER TO MY GRASP.

I GOTTA TAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY

AND RUN WITH IT.

>> IT GETS SERIOUS ENOUGH TO THE

POINT WHERE I WOULD SAY I'D EVEN

CUT MY FINGER OFF JUST TO BE

ABLE TO WEAR THAT RED HELMET.

I MEAN, IT'S THAT SERIOUS.

>> AND THEN THERE WERE TEN.

WE'RE ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE RED

HELMET, AND ONE STEP CLOSER TO

BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR

DRIVER FOR NISSAN.

EVERYBODY KNOWS GREAT RACE CAR

DRIVERS KNOW HOW TO DRIVE

DIFFERENT VEHICLES, DIFFERENT

TERRAIN, AND ALSO DIFFERENT

CONDITIONS.

TODAY WE'RE GONNA PUT YOU BEHIND

THE WHEEL OF A NISSAN FRONTIER

PRO-4X TRUCK, WHICH YOU'LL USE

TO COMPETE IN THIS CHALLENGING

OFF-ROAD COURSE WITH GRASS,

GRAVEL, AND MUD.

YOUR JUDGES--BORIS SAID, DANNY

SULLIVAN, MARYEVE DUFAULT--ARE

GONNA EVALUATE YOUR EVERY MOVE.

AND WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST

JUDGE, EIGHT-TIME NATIONAL

OFF-ROAD CHAMPION, CARL

RENEZEDER.

CARL RENEZEDER'S THE FIRST

DRIVER IN OFF-ROAD RACING

HISTORY TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN

BOTH TWO-WHEEL AND FOUR-WHEEL

DRIVE TROPHY TRUCKS.

ALL RIGHT, READY TO GO?

>> all: YEAH!

>> THIS IS DEFINITELY A

CHALLENGE FOR ME AND IT'S

SOMETHING THAT I REALLY NEED TO

EXCEL AT AND BE ONE OF THE TOP

PERFORMERS.

>> I THOUGHT, "I DON'T KNOW IF

ANYONE IN PARTICULAR HAS AN

ADVANTAGE HERE, SO I'LL JUST

DRIVE MY HARDEST AND SEE WHAT WE

DO."

BUT IT STARTED TO RAIN.

>> I THINK NOW THAT THE

CONDITION'S GETTING A LOT

SLICKER, THROTTLE CONTROL IS

GONNA BE CRITICAL.

THIS WILL REALLY DIFFERENTIATE

THE DRIVERS, ONE FROM THE OTHER.

>> WE'RE LOOKING FOR ONE KEY

FACTOR, ADAPTABILITY TO THE

CHANGING CONDITIONS.

>> READY?

>> YUP.

>> THREE, TWO, ONE, GO.

>> OH, YEAH, IT'S SLICK.

WHOO! HELLO.

>> IT'S THROWING SOMETHING OUT

OF EVERYBODY'S ELEMENT AT THE

DRIVERS TO SEE HOW THEY ADAPT.

LIKE RIGHT NOW.

>> DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE POST.

GO, JUST KEEP GOING, KEEP GOING.

DOESN'T MATTER, DOESN'T MATTER.

>> I WANNA SEE HOW CONNECTED HE

IS WITH THE FEELING IN HIS BUTT

THAT GOES TO HIS BRAIN, THAT

GOES TO HIS HANDS, THAT GOES TO

HIS FEET.

>> IT TURNS OUT EVERYTHING WE DO

IN THE GAME DOES ACTUALLY

TRANSLATE IN REAL LIFE.

>> GOOD INSTINCTS.

>> THAT WAS A GOOD EFFORT.

>> YEAH.

>> WELL DONE.

>> I'M JUST HOPING NONE OF THOSE

SIDEWAYS MOMENTS COST ME TOO

MUCH TIME.

>> I DON'T THINK THE LAP TIME

RIGHT NOW IS RELEVANT AT ALL.

IT'S RAINING MORE AND MORE.

CONDITIONS ARE CHANGING, AS IS

THE COURSE.

>> THE GUY THAT WINS THE

OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE ISN'T GONNA

BE THE GUY THAT'S DRIFTING AND

SLIDING AND LOOKING ALL OUT OF

SHAPE.

AND THE OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE IS

REALLY GONNA SHOW THE GUY THAT

CAN FIGURE THAT OUT.

>> OKAY, SO JUST STAY PRECISE.

STAY ON THE INSIDE.

>> YEAH.

>> OKAY.

>> AND THEN IF THE CAR

UNDERSTEERS...

>> MM-HM.

>> YOU NEED TO GET THE WHEEL

STRAIGHT AND EASE OFF OF THE

THROTTLE TO GET A GRIP.

>> GOTCHA.

>> IN THE DIRT AND THE GRASS,

YOU KNOW, TRACTION IS KEY.

>> IT'S GETTING WETTER BY THE

SECOND.

IT'S GONNA BE REALLY SLIPPERY.

>> MORE ENTERTAINING FOR US.

>> THREE, TWO, ONE, GO.

>> WHOA.

>> STEVE IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY

FAVORITE GUYS TO WATCH OUT HERE.

>> HE WAS FAST IN THE RAIN.

NO MISTAKES.

>> WE WERE ALL SLIDING AROUND IN

THE MUD, IT WAS ALMOST LIKE ICE.

>> YEAH, LOOK AT THAT.

>> OH-HO!

>> KEEP GOING! KEEP GOING!

>> NOW THAT HE PICKED UP FROM

THE DRIFTING YESTERDAY.

>> REMINDS ME OF WHEN I FIRST

LEARNED TO DRIVE OUT IN MY

COUSIN'S COW FIELD.

>> THE FRONTIER WAS AWESOME.

IT'S EVEN MORE FUN TO DRIVE WHEN

YOU'RE IN THE MUD.

>> NEXT UP IS KYLE PRESTON.

SEE HOW SIDEWAYS HE GOT THERE?

AND HE WAS BARELY ON THE

THROTTLE.

>> NO GRIP OUT THERE AT ALL.

I GOT THROUGH STRAIGHT, THAT'S

ALL THAT MATTERS.

>> IMPRESSIVE.

LOOKS LIKE HE'S DOING A PRETTY

GOOD--AAH, TOO SLOW THERE.

>> HONESTLY NONE OF US HAVE ANY

IDEA IF GETTING CRAZY WITH IT OR

BEING REALLY CONSERVATIVE IS

FASTER.

>> I DON'T WANT TO SEE HIM DRIVE

SMOOTH AND STEADY, 'CAUSE MY

WIFE CAN DRIVE LIKE THAT.

THAT'S NOT IMPRESSING ME.

>> YOU WANT TO SEE SOMEBODY THAT

HAS CAR CONTROL, THAT CAN BACK

THAT THING INTO THE CORNER.

>> YEAH. WE'RE GONNA SEE, 'CAUSE

BRIAN RICE IS OUT THERE RIGHT

NOW AND HE IS DRIVING SIDEWAYS.

>> THIS CHALLENGE IS MY

CHALLENGE.

I DRIVE A TRUCK EVERY DAY.

I KNEW THAT I HAD WHAT IT TAKES

TO DRIVE A TRUCK AND GET IT

SIDEWAYS AND SLIDE IT.

>> HE'S GOT A GOOD BALANCE RIGHT

THERE, ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

HE'S CARRYING GOOD SPEED.

>> IT'S DEFINITELY MY TIME TO

SHINE.

>> STEPHEN DIEM COMING ON THE

TRACK.

>> WHOA!

>> VERY TIMID.

HE DOESN'T HAVE THE RIGHT

BALANCE HERE.

>> I KNEW I HAD TO STEP UP MY

GAME AND PROVE TO THE JUDGES

THAT I DESERVE TO BE THERE.

>> NUMBER 30, STEPHEN DIEM.

>> I'VE LIVED IN KAILUA FOR THE

LAST 12 YEARS.

THE WEATHER'S NICE AND WE'VE GOT

BEACHES HERE, BUT THERE'S NO

RACETRACKS HERE.

SO YOU CAN'T REALLY RACE.

I KIND OF FEEL LIKE I'M TRAPPED

IN PARADISE.

I GOT INTO RACING AT ABOUT EIGHT

YEARS OLD.

MY MOM SENT ME TO A GO-KART

RACING SCHOOL.

I GOT INTO IT FROM THERE.

>> EVER SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE

KID HE LIKED TO GO FAST.

BUT I NEVER DREAMED THAT HE

WOULD GO HEAD-ON STRONG AND THEN

DO IT PROFESSIONALLY.

>> IN PREPARATION FOR

SILVERSTONE, I'VE BEEN DOING

MEDITATION, A LITTLE BIT OF YOGA

HERE AND THERE TO SORT OF JUST

CALM MY MIND DOWN, DEAL WITH THE

PRESSURE.

RACING IS MY ULTIMATE PASSION,

DEFINITELY.

THERE'S NOTHING THAT REALLY

COMES CLOSE TO IT, SO I'M JUST

GOING ALL-OUT FOR IT.

I HOPE I WIN.

>> NICE CAR CONTROL. EXCELLENT.

>> THERE YOU GO, THERE YOU GO.

BETTER, BETTER, BETTER, GO, GO!

>> OH, NICE CORNER.

>> GO, GO, GO!

>> THAT'S A BIG IMPROVEMENT.

>> WELL DONE.

>> HIS FIRST LAP, HE SEEMED LIKE

A DUCK OUT OF WATER AND THEN HE

JUST GOT BETTER AND BETTER AND

BETTER.

QUICK STUDY.

>> SNEAKY BOY.

>> NOT BAD FOR DIEM.

>> RICE AND DOHERTY REALLY STOOD

OUT IN THIS CHALLENGE.

>> [laughs]

>> I FELT SO AT HOME IN THAT

TRUCK.

>> [laughs]

>> I JUST CHANNELED MY INNER

REDNECK AND GOT AFTER IT.

[laughter]

I WONDER WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO.

>> THAT'S THE WORST PART IS THAT

WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE WE'RE

GOING.

WE'RE GONNA BE LIKE, "OH, WHY

DIDN'T WE SEE THAT COMING?"

>> I JUST SAW A SIGN ON THE SIDE

OF THE ROAD THERE.

>> AERO DOME?

>> OH, YOU'RE JOKING.

YOU ARE FREAKING JOKING.

>> NO. NO. NO.

YOU KNOW I'M AFRAID OF HEIGHTS,

RIGHT?

>> HELLO. GREETINGS.

>> OH, [bleep].

>> WELCOME TO TURWESTON.

HAS ANYONE EVER DONE ANY

AEROBATIC FLYING BEFORE?

NO?

THE AIRCRAFT'S GONNA BE FLYING

AS A BULLDOG, 200 MILES-AN-HOUR,

200 HORSEPOWER.

IT'S GONNA BE AN INTRODUCTION TO

G-FORCE.

>> THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE TO SEE

HOW YOUR BODY DEALS WITH

G-FORCES.

THIS CHALLENGE WILL NOT BE

JUDGED.

>> WELL, "G" IS REALLY, YOU

KNOW, TIMES YOUR BODY WEIGHT.

UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS, YOU'RE

GETTING UP TO 4G IS BREAKING--

SO IF YOU WEIGH 200 POUNDS, YOU

HAVE 800 POUNDS PRESSING YOU

FORWARD IN THE SEAT.

>> YOU ARE GONNA START OFF WITH

THE LOOP, DIVE DOWN TO PICK UP

SPEED.

YOU'RE GONNA COME ALL THE WAY UP

OVER THE TOP, FULLY INVERTED,

AROUND THE OTHER SIDE, AND BACK

DOWN.

LASTLY, THE ONE THAT MOST PEOPLE

DON'T LIKE, SLAUGHTER.

YOU DIVE DOWN, YOU PULL UP, AND

THEN YOU JUST TURN IT ON IT'S

NOSE, YOU'RE LEFT POINTING

STRAIGHT TO THE FLOOR.

YOU'LL SEE THE FLOOR RIGHT DOWN

THERE.

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF

EMERGENCIES THAT COULD HAPPEN.

POSSIBLY MOST IMPORTANTLY IS IF

YOU HAVE TO BAIL OUT.

STAND ON THE SEAT AND YOU'RE

JUST GONNA LITERALLY DIVE

HEADFIRST, AIMING FOR THE BACK

EDGE OF THE WING.

>> I HOPE THAT THEY HAVE A BUNCH

OF BARF BAGS ON THE PLANE FOR

HIM, 'CAUSE I GOT A FEELING IF

HE HAD A BIG MEAL--AND ERIC

LOOKS LIKE HE HASN'T MISSED MANY

MEALS--THAT HE'S GONNA PROBABLY

HAVE AN ISSUE AFTER A COUPLE OF

ROLLS.

>> JUST BREATHE, MAN.

HOW WAS YOUR FLIGHT OVER HERE?

>> UH, KIND OF TERRIFYING.

>> THEN YOU'RE GONNA BE GOING,

LIKE, TWICE AS FAST AND DOING

FLIPS AND LOOPS AND THINGS LIKE

THAT.

>> YEAH.

>> ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO DO THIS.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> OH, BOY.

>> ERIC RIVERA. NUMBER 38.

>> I LIVE IN DEER PARK,

NEW YORK.

THE ONLY TWO THINGS DEER PARK IS

KNOWN FOR IS ITS PROBLEMS WITH

STREET RACING AND FAST FOOD.

I GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE FAST FOOD

'CAUSE I COULDN'T AFFORD A CAR.

I WAS EMPLOYED BEFORE THIS.

I INCONVENIENTLY LOST MY JOB.

I WAS PRETTY MUCH HOMELESS.

AND LUCKILY, MY GIRLFRIEND

NAISHA, SHE TOOK ME IN AND WE'VE

BEEN LIVING TOGETHER EVER SINCE.

THE FACT THAT I'M GONNA BE ABLE

TO GO TO SILVERSTONE AND DRIVE

THESE CARS, IT'S

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME.

I'M READY TO CHANGE MY LIFE.

I'VE BEEN TRYING TO EAT A LOT

HEALTHIER.

I JUST COME HOME, EAT SOME

BANANAS.

PROBABLY TWO OR THREE OF THEM A

DAY.

IT'S THE MOST--IN TERMS OF

VEGETABLES--I'VE EVER EATEN.

OR WAIT. FRUIT.

>> BANANAS ARE A FRUIT.

>> JUST ABOUT TO GO FOR A

WORKOUT AND JUST--THIS IS WHAT I

WEAR, 'CAUSE I DON'T HAVE

WORKOUT CLOTHES.

I JUST DO IT IN WHATEVER I HAVE

ON.

I'M IN SUCH BAD SHAPE, BUT I'M

GONNA RUN 'TILL I PASS OUT.

I'M JUST LOOKING AT THIS

ULTIMATE GOAL OF BECOMING A RACE

CAR DRIVER.

I THINK THIS COULD BE MY SHOT.

I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO

SILVERSTONE.

I'VE NEVER BEEN OUTSIDE OF THE

COUNTRY.

I'M TERRIFIED OF FLYING.

THAT'S ONE THING THAT'S GONNA BE

REALLY BAD.

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WILL ALL BE

WORTH IT WHEN I GET THERE.

FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYONE'S

ENTERTAINMENT, I'LL GO FIRST.

>> OKAY, LET'S GO HAVE SOME FUN.

[engine humming]

>> I WOULD IMAGINE ERIC'S VERY

NERVOUS WITH HIS FEAR OF FLYING.

>> OH, BOY.

YEAH.

>> THE BODY TAKES A PHYSICAL

BEATING.

>> [groans]

>> ALL THE BLOOD IS TRYING TO

RUSH OUT OF YOUR BRAIN.

I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT MAKES YOU

PASS OUT.

>> WHOO!

>> LIKE THAT?

>> OH, [bleep]!

[laughs]

>> THESE THINGS CAN DO SIX

POSITIVE G, SO THAT'S GONNA BE

INTENSE.

>> WHOA, MAN!

[laughs]

>> I WANNA SEE THE GUY THAT

WANTS IT THE MOST.

>> WHOO!

>> WHILE YOU'RE RACING, NOTHING

CAN AFFECT YOU.

>> I DID MY BEST TO NOT PUKE AND

DID ALL THE MANEUVERS THEY

WANTED US TO DO AND IT WAS A

BLAST.

>> IT'S THE END OF THE DAY AND

I'M ALL LOOPY.

>> I'M SITTING ON THE COUCH AND

I TURN AROUND AND SEE THAT THE

TIME FOR BENCHMARK NUMBER ONE

HAS BEEN PUT UP ON THE SCREEN.

>> WE ACTUALLY GET TO SEE OUR

POSITIONS?

>> THAT'S THE FIRST BENCHMARK.

>> WE GOT STUART, 1030.

COBB, 1031. BARBATO, 1031.

>> I INSTANTLY SAW MY NAME IN

10th PLACE.

AND I KNEW I HAD NOT DONE WELL

ON THE FIRST BENCHMARK.

AND I LOOKED BELOW MY NAME, 11th

THROUGH 16th, AND THOSE WERE ALL

THE GUYS THAT WERE GONE.

MY HEART DEFINITELY SKIPPED A

FEW BEATS WHEN I SAW THAT I WAS

NEXT.

>> WE'RE IN FAIRLY EARLY STAGES

OF THE OVERALL COMPETITION.

WE WANT TO FORCE THEM TO SHOW US

WHAT THEY CAN DO.

>> WHAT'S UP, GUYS?

>> DHANI WALKS IN AND MY HEART

IMMEDIATELY SINKS.

>> EVERY TIME IT WAS US FACING

DHANI, IT'S EITHER GONNA BE

ANOTHER CHALLENGE OR IT'S GONNA

BE AN EVICTION.

>> NICK? WHERE ARE YOU?

>> AT THAT POINT, I WAS ABLE TO

RELAX.

I KNEW I WAS SAFE...FOR NOW.

>> LET'S GO.

>> I THOUGHT, "YOU KNOW, I'M

GOING HOME."

I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO

EXPECT.

>> NICK IS JUST CLIMBING ABOARD.

[beep]

>> BUT THIS IS NOT AN

ELIMINATION.

IT'S A CHALLENGE.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE

GAMERS ARE DRIVING THE NISSAN

GT-R 500 HORSEPOWER SUPERCAR,

WHICH HE'LL BE DRIVING ON THE

STOWE CIRCUIT.

WE HAVE FOUR CARS ON THE TRACK:

THREE INSTRUCTORS, AND ONE

GAMER.

THE GAMER STARTS IN THE BACK OF

THE PACK.

THE GOAL IS SIMPLE...

GET TO THE FRONT AS FAST AS YOU

CAN.

>> IT'S YOUR JOB TO OVERTAKE THE

THREE CARS AHEAD OF US.

>> OKAY.

HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE?

>> THREE LAPS.

>> THREE--THREE LAPS TO OVERTAKE

THEM.

>> YES.

OKAY, COMPETITOR READY.

>> BUT YOU'RE, LIKE, "OH, MY

GOODNESS, I'M ABOUT TO BATTLE

THREE PRO INSTRUCTORS.

WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?"

[engine revving]

[upbeat music]

AT THE START, I WAS RIGHT BEHIND

THE TRAILING CAR.

>> HE'S RIGHT ON HIS TAIL.

>> RIGHT ON HIS BUMPER.

>> HE'S WORKING ON IT.

>> HE'S GETTING AGGRESSIVE RIGHT

AWAY.

THERE HE GOES. GOOD.

COME ON, NICK.

CAN GET RIGHT BEHIND HIM AT

THE HAIRPIN.

STAY WITH HIM. STAY WITH HIM.

>> I DIVE IN UNDER-BRAKING INTO

THE CHICANE.

>> PASS RIGHT HERE.

>> THERE HE IS--HE'S GOT HIM.

[overlapping conversation]

>> IT WAS PROBABLY, LIKE, THE

BEST MOMENT OF THE ACADEMY FOR

ME.

>> SLOPPY, 'CAUSE HE RAN THE

OTHER GUY OFF.

HE'S GOTTA GET THE GUY NOW IF

HE'S GONNA GET ALL THREE, 'CAUSE

THIS IS ABOUT HIS LAST PASSING

SPOT.

>> COME ON.

>> GOT RIGHT ON THE BUMPER OF

THE GUY--THE FINAL GUY TO

OVERTAKE.

>> LET'S GO.

>> PUSH IT. PUSH IT.

>> OH, HE'S PUSHING.

WHOA, CAREFUL.

>> DIDN'T--DIDN'T PASS HIM AT

THE FINISH.

>> NO!

OH, IT WAS CLOSE.

IT WAS CLOSE, BUT IT WAS TOO

LATE.

I THINK HE HAD ALREADY TAKEN THE

CHECKERED FLAG.

[beeps]

>> THIS IS JETT CHANDLER GOING

NOW.

>> I THINK THE FIRST LAP, I WAS

HESITANT.

>> BUT LOOK AT THIS GAP.

NOW HE'S GONNA HAVE TO PASS TWO

GUYS IN ONE LAP.

>> THE SECOND LAP, I HAD TO TRY

AND START PUSHING IT.

>> HE'S GOTTA GET A RUN RIGHT

NOW OR HE HAS NO OPPORTUNITY.

>> HE'S GOT HIM.

>> CAN HE GET TWO?

>> GO IN! GO IN!

ATTACK HIM! OH, THAT WAS GOOD!

>> TO THE LAST LAP--THE LAST

TURN, I DECIDED JUST TO SEND IT

IN.

>> GO! GO! GO!

>> HE'S GOT HIM!

>> GO IN!

[beeps]

>> THIS IS GOING ON THEIR SECOND

LAP AND AUSTIN HASN'T PASSED

ANYBODY YET.

>> OH!

>> WHOA.

>> AUSTIN ONLY PASSED ONE

INSTRUCTOR.

IF I WAS OUT THERE, I'D BE RIGHT

ON THEIR BUMPER.

>> STEPHEN HAS BEEN MY, KIND OF

BUBBLE GUY TODAY.

>> LOOK AT THAT, HE SLID OFF THE

GAP.

>> THAT'S GONNA BE A TOUGH ONE.

WRONG CHOICE THERE.

>> IN THE RAIN, THOUGH, THERE'S

GRIP OUT THERE, SO I LIKE THAT

HE TRIED SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

>> GONE! GONE! GONE!

>> GOT THE INSIDE?

>> COME ON. ON THE RIGHT.

ON THE RIGHT.

>> LET'S SEE IF HE CAN KEEP IT

ON THE ROAD.

WAKE UP, STEPHEN.

GET TO THE BUMPER.

>> HE'S NOT GOING.

>> THE INSTRUCTOR IS GIVING HIM

A GIFT.

HE DIDN'T SHOW ME A LOT.

SO NEXT OUT IS KYLE PRESTON.

>> KYLE'S A LITTLE NERVOUS.

LET'S SEE WHAT HE DOES.

>> [over radio] GRINDING THEM

GEARS!

>> OH, TERRIBLE LINE.

>> OKAY, COME ON, GUYS.

>> ALL RIGHT, STAY WITH HIM.

>> GET IN THE GAP.

>> STAY WITH HIM.

>> GO!

>> COME ON, ALL THE WAY DOWN.

>> YOU GOT IT. BETTER.

>> BUT NOT GREAT.

[beeps]

>> BRIAN RICE.

>> GO, LET'S HIT THE GOAL.

>> OH, HE'S COMING TO GET HIM.

BRIAN IS BEING REALLY AGGRESSIVE

RIGHT NOW TOO.

>> HIT THE GAS.

>> STAY WITH HIM, BRIAN.

>> WHOA!

[tires squealing]

>> OH! WHO'S THAT IN THE GRASS?

[tires squealing]

>> OH!

>> ONE OF THE INSTRUCTORS LOCKED

UP AND WENT OFF?

>> WE WERE BOTH SLIDING INTO

THAT CORNER AND I GUESS HE

OVERCORRECTED AND I JUST KIND

OF SLID THROUGH IT AND GOT

AROUND HIM.

DOING THE LITTLE PASSING

CHALLENGES THEY HAVE ON

GRAN TURISMO 5 DEFINITELY

HELPED OUT.

>> MAYBE BRIAN IS THE NEW

INTIMIDATOR.

>> YEAH?

>> BRIAN GOT ALL THREE

INSTRUCTORS.

[beeps]

GOTTA STAY WARM ANY WAY I CAN.

>> ERIC RIVERA, THE ULTIMATE

UNDERDOG.

>> NICE AND COOL. GO! GO! GO!

>> I WAS JUST LIKE, "I'M COMING

FOR ALL OF YOU.

I DON'T CARE HOW FAST YOU ARE,

HOW MANY RACES YOU'VE WON OR

WHATEVER, I'M GOING FOR YOU."

>> HE'S NOT AFRAID TO DRIVE.

>> OH, BOUNCING RIGHT OVER THE

CURB.

>> GOOD JOB.

>> THAT WAS AGGRESSIVE.

[beeps]

>> ERIC PASSED ALL OF THE

INSTRUCTORS.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?

YEAH! REALLY?

>> JEFF STUART'S UP.

>> I PASSED TWO OF THE CARS

CLEANLY.

I PASSED ONE OF THE CARS BY

BASICALLY COMPLETELY

DIVE-BOMBING INTO THE FIRST

TURN.

>> WHOO!

> WOO-HOO!

>> THAT WAS CRAZY RIGHT THERE.

>> WE DIDN'T CRASH, BUT IT WAS

DEFINITELY DANGEROUS.

>> IF THERE WAS A WALL THERE,

HE WOULD HAVE BEEN HURT RIGHT

NOW.

>> THE NUMBER OF PASSES DON'T

SHOW THE WHOLE STORY.

JEFF PASSED THREE INSTRUCTORS,

BUT HIS RECKLESSNESS PUT HIM AT

THE BOTTOM OF THE PACK.

>> WHO DID YOU THINK WAS THE

BEST OVER IN THE TRUCKS?

>> IT WAS REALLY STEVE DOHERTY

WHO SHOWED REALLY GOOD CONTROL

OF THE CAR.

AND BRIAN RICE DID QUITE A GOOD

JOB AS WELL.

>> I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO

LOOK AT THE GT-R, 'CAUSE I THINK

THAT'S MORE RELEVANT.

>> JETT CHANDLER WAS THE FIRST

ONE WHO TRIED A DIFFERENT LINE

IN THE WET.

>> HE PICKED UP TWO SECONDS OVER

THE RUN AND HE GOT BETTER AND

BETTER AND BETTER EACH LAP.

>> AND I ACTUALLY PUT DOWN, "ACR

GUY," AND I PUT, "NOT SURE."

>> I WASN'T TOO IMPRESSED WITH

AUSTIN.

>> AUSTIN COLE AND NICK BARBATO

WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT DIDN'T

GO UNDER 65.

>> ERIC RIVERA--YOU MAY NOT LOVE

EVERYTHING HE'S DOING, BUT LIKE

YOU SAID, HE'S GOT GREAT CAR

CONTROL, HE SHOWED IT IN THE

SPEED.

STEPHEN DIEM.

>> HE MADE REASONABLE PASSES,

BUT WAS CONSERVATIVE IN TRAFFIC

AND WE FINISHED SECOND.

>> I MEAN, HIS LINE WAS OKAY,

BUT HE JUST PUT HIS--

HIS POSITION WAS BAD.

>> YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS WATCHING

JEFF STUART--YOU KNOW, WHEN HE

MADE THAT PASS INTO TURN ONE--

>> YEAH.

>> AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE

WAS ON THE INSIDE.

HE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT ADJUSTING

HIS LINE.

IT'S GONNA BE A LOT TIGHTER

RADIUS--THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN A

LITTLE BIT MORE.

HE BLEW RIGHT THROUGH THE CONES

AND EVERYTHING.

>> KYLE PRESTON, FOR ME, HE

REALLY STRUGGLES WITH HIS CAR

CONTROL.

MY BOTTOM WOULD BE STUART,

DIEM, AND PRESTON.

>> WE'LL OBSERVE THESE THREE

VERY CLOSELY AND MAKE OUR

DECISION AFTER THAT.

>> GOOD EVENING, GENTLEMEN,

HOW'S EVERYBODY FEELING?

>> all: GOOD!

>> ALL RIGHT, WE'VE DRIVEN

THROUGH THE MUD, WE FOUND OUR

WAY THROUGH TRAFFIC, AND NOW

IT'S TIME TO NEGOTIATE THE

SETTING SUN.

WE'RE TRYING TO PREPARE YOU FOR

ENDURANCE RACING, WHERE

NIGHTTIME DRIVING IS ESSENTIAL.

NOW IN THE EVENINGS HERE AT

SILVERSTONE, THERE ARE NOISE

RESTRICTIONS.

SO TONIGHT, YOU'RE GONNA BE

DRIVING THE 100% ELECTRIC NISSAN

LEAF.

THE GAMERS WILL RACE THE LEAF

AROUND THE STOWE CIRCUIT.

THEY WILL BE SURPRISED BY AN

AGGRESSIVE PURSUIT DRIVER,

BLINDING LIGHTS, AND EXCESSIVE

SMOKE.

>> WHAT'S REALLY REALISTIC ABOUT

THIS CHALLENGE, IF YOU'RE RACING

THE 24 HOURS DAYTONA IN JANUARY,

USUALLY YOU'VE GOTTA GET IN THE

CAR AT 3:00 OR 4:00 IN THE

MORNING.

A LOT OF CRASHES, A LOT OF

FATIGUE SETS IN.

IT REALLY SEPARATES THE MEN FROM

THE BOYS.

>> EVERYTHING'S QUIET.

NISSAN LEAF, IT'S 100% ELECTRIC.

>> IT WAS VERY COOL.

I'VE NEVER BEEN IN AN ELECTRIC

CAR BEFORE.

>> ALL YOU HEAR IS TIRES

SQUEALING.

[mimicking tires squealing]

>> THE FIRST LAP, NOTHING

HAPPENS.

THE SECOND ONE--WELL, HE'S GOTTA

WATCH OUT.

[tires squealing]

>> THE LIGHTS ARE BEHIND YOU.

YOU'RE TRYING TO FOCUS ON WHERE

TO GO.

IT'S VERY DISTRACTING.

>> NIGHT DRIVERS REALLY ARE GOOD

AT BLOCKING EVERYTHING OUT AND

GETTING IN THE ZONE.

>> THE CAR CAME OUT OF NOWHERE

AND FLASHED IT'S LIGHTS ON ME.

>> OKAY, SO--RIGHT, RIGHT,

RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> IT JUST CAUGHT ME SO

OFF-GUARD.

IT SCARED THE BEJEEZUS OUT OF

ME, TO BE HONEST.

>> YOU WEREN'T DISTRACTED BY THE

LIGHTS?

>> THAT DIDN'T BOTHER ME.

>> SMOKE?

>> SMOKE?

>> WE NEED MORE SMOKE!

[tires squealing]

>> SO WE GOT THE LAST THREE.

THE ONES THAT ARE ON THE BUBBLE.

SO IT'S REALLY TIME FOR THEM TO

STEP UP.

>> OKAY.

>> I THINK WE PROBABLY OUGHT TO

GIVE THEM A WARNING THAT WE NEED

TO SEE SOMETHING AT THIS TIME.

>> JEFF, YOU'RE ON THE BUBBLE,

RIGHT NOW.

>> THE BUBBLE?

>> YEAH.

IT'S YOUR LAST CHANCE.

DO YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR HEART?

>> OH, YEAH.

>> GO DO SOMETHING.

>> ALL RIGHT, I WILL.

>> I THINK WHAT HAPPENS TO JEFF,

IT'S ALL IN HIS MIND, BECAUSE

RACING, IT'S A REALLY TOUGH MIND

GAME.

>> HE NEEDS TO TURN IT AROUND

NOW.

>> SO I KNEW I HAD TO PUT DOWN A

QUICK ONE.

>> SEEING HOW A GUY WILL DRIVE

AT NIGHT WILL REALLY TELL A LOT

ABOUT THE SKILL SET HE HAS FOR

THE FUTURE.

>> I MADE A SMALL ERROR IN THE

FIRST HAIRPIN.

[tires squealing]

I THINK, YOU KNOW, MY TIME

OVERALL WAS FAST ENOUGH TO KEEP

ME ON.

>> DANNY WALKS UP TO ME AND

SAYS, "ALL RIGHT, KYLE, YOU'RE

ON THE BUBBLE."

>> SO YOU NEED TO REALLY STEP IT

UP RIGHT NOW AND SHOW US

SOMETHING.

>> I WILL.

>> OKAY.

HE JUST KIND OF NODDED AND

SAID, "YEAH."

>> THAT'S KYLE. HE'S GOT A POKER

FACE.

>> YEAH.

AND HE'S THAT MIDDLE OF THE

ROAD.

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AIN'T GONNA

CUT IT WITH THIS GROUP.

>> I THINK THE GUY THAT'S GONNA

DO THE BEST IS THE GUY THAT

STAYS CALM UNDER PRESSURE AND

JUST FIGURES IT OUT.

>> IT'S A VERY GOOD RUN.

>> AND IS IT A NEW TRACK RECORD?

>> I GAVE IT MY BEST EFFORT AND

IF IT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH, THEN

SO BE IT.

>> STEPHEN.

>> ONE TIME WHEN I WAS

QUALIFYING FOR A TOUGH RACE,

THE OWNER CAME UP TO ME AND HE

GOES, "THIS IS A DEFINING MOMENT

IN YOUR CAREER.

YOU NEED TO SHOW US SOMETHING."

ALL RIGHT?

>> OKAY.

>> GOOD LUCK.

>> I NEEDED TO BASICALLY PULL

SOMETHING OUT OF THE BAG OR ELSE

I WAS GOING HOME.

THE BACK STRAIGHT, THERE'S NO

LIGHTS.

YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE ANYTHING,

THERE'S NO REFERENCE POINTS ON

THE WALL, SO I MISSED MY

BRAKING POINT COMPLETELY.

[tires squealing]

>> IT SEEMS LIKE HE'S FLUSTERED.

>> RABBIT JUMPED OUT IN FRONT OF

ME, I TURNED AND THEN...

[tires squealing]

>> IT'S KIND OF HARD.

I KNOW HOW BAD HE WANTS IT.

I'D LIKE HIM TO MAKE IT, BUT

THEY ALL CAN'T MAKE IT.

ONLY ONE.

OH!

I MEAN, IT'S JUST--

UH, IT JUST WASN'T THERE.

I MEAN, YOU MADE SOME MISTAKES.

YOU WERE A LITTLE SLOW.

I MEAN, UH, WE CAN ONLY HAVE ONE

WINNER.

SO WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO CUT YOU.

IT'S THE END OF THE ROAD FOR

YOU, MY FRIEND.

PLEASE PACK YOUR BAG, TURN IN

YOUR HELMET.

YOUR RACE FROM VIRTUAL TO

REALITY ENDS HERE.

I MEAN, IT'S THE FIRST GUY I HAD

TO CUT, SO NOW THERE'S ONLY NINE

OF YOU.

SO IT'S HAPPENED TO ME IN MY

RACING CAREER.

ONE GUY'S MISFORTUNE IS ANOTHER

GUY'S GAIN.

SO NOW YOUR CHANCES ARE BETTER.

>> AND YOU GUYS HIT THE SHOWERS

AND WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

>> all: AWESOME.

>> ALL RIGHT?

>> GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP.

>> ALL RIGHT, GUYS.

>> I'M KIND OF REALLY SURPRISED,

BECAUSE I NEVER THOUGHT I WAS

ANYWHERE NEAR THE BUBBLE.

I THOUGHT I WAS TOWARDS THE

MIDDLE--UPPER MIDDLE.

SO THIS WAS A SHOCK TO ME.

I'M TRYING TO BE POSITIVE,

BECAUSE RIGHT NOW I'M SO SAD.

I'VE NEVER WANTED ANYTHING MORE

THAN I WANTED THIS.

TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL RACE

CAR DRIVER HAS BEEN MY DREAM

SINCE ABOUT--WELL, SIX, SEVEN.

WHEN I STARTED WATCHING RACING

ON TV.

>> GOOD JOB, MAN.

>> TAKE IT EASY.

>> I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON MY

DREAM OF RACING.

AS LONG AS I LIVE, I'LL KEEP

DOING IT.

IT'S THE THING I LOVE THE MOST.

THIS ISN'T THE END.

IT'S JUST A SPEED-BUMP, I GUESS.

>> NEXT TIME ON GT ACADEMY...

>> THIS IS GONNA SUCK.

>> YOU SHOULD CUT YOUR HAIR

TODAY.

[buzzing]

>> WAY TOO FAST AGAIN!

[tires squealing]

>> GO TO SPIKE.COM FOR FULL

EPISODES AND A CHANCE TO WIN

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