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Victory Is Anyone's

The 16 fastest Gran Turismo 5 gamers in America tackle an automotive Triathlon, battle for speed in a Benchmark time trial and try to master the art of Drifting in the battle to become a pro driver.

>> BEING A RACE CAR DRIVER HAS

BEEN MY DREAM SINCE I WAS

A YOUNG BOY.

>> IT WOULD MEAN EVERYTHING TO

BE A PART OF THE NISSAN RACING

TEAM.

>> MY PASSION IS TO DRIVE CARS

AND THIS IS MY OPPORTUNITY.

>> TO GET THAT SHOT TO DRIVE

IN FRONT OF PEOPLE WHO MATTER.

>> I'M DHANI JONES,

HOST OF GT ACADEMY.

400,000 GT5 GAMERS ENTERED A

CONTEST, HOPING THEIR SKILLS IN

THE GAME WILL TRANSFER TO THE

TRACK.

ONLY THE 16 FASTEST WILL FIGHT

FOR THE ULTIMATE PRIZE.

THE PRESTIGIOUS RED HELMET,

AND A SHOT AT BECOMING A

PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVER

FOR NISSAN.

>> SO, YOU THINK YOU GOT

WHAT IT TAKES?

>> OH, YEAH.

[rock music]

>> WORLD FAMOUS

SILVERSTONE RACEWAY IS THE

BATTLEGROUND, AS THE GAMERS

CLASH IN MOTORSPORT CHALLENGES

ON AND OFF THE TRACK.

SOME OF AUTO RACING'S TOP NAMES

JUDGE THE ACTION AND DECIDE WHO

STAYS...

>> FOR ME, THAT WAS SO POOR

I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT.

>> AND WHO GOES HOME.

IN THE END, A WINNER-TAKES-ALL

RACE DECIDES WHO GOES PRO.

ONLY ONE WILL MAKE THE JUMP FROM

VIRTUAL TO REALITY.

VICTORY IS ANYONE'S.

>> WHOO!

>> HE'S SIDEWAYS.

HE'S SIDEWAYS.

>> Y'ALL SAW THAT, RIGHT?

>> both: YEAH.

>> DON'T DO THAT.

IT'S NOT A VIDEO GAME.

THIS IS REAL LIFE.

>> 400,000 GRAN TURISMO 5

GAMERS ENTERED A CONTEST ON THE

PLAYSTATION NETWORK.

TOP 32 VIRTUAL GAMERS GOT

INVITED HERE TO COMIC-CON

SAN DIEGO.

I'M ONLY TAKING THE 16 FASTEST

WITH ME TO SILVERSTONE.

>> THE TOP 16 FROM HERE WILL

MOVE ON TO SILVERSTONE

FOR A CHANCE TO BECOME

A PRO RACING DRIVER WITH NISSAN.

>> LAST YEAR,

BRYAN HEITKOTTER WENT FROM BEING

AN UNEMPLOYED GAMER TO A

PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVER,

THE ULTIMATE DREAM COME TRUE.

NOW THESE GAMERS ARE HOPING TO

FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.

THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THESE GUYS

HAVE IS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A

LIFETIME.

>> CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU

16 HEADED TO GT ACADEMY

AT SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT IN THE

U.K.!

>> A LOT OF WHAT THESE GUYS ARE

LEARNING HERE AT THE TOURNAMENT,

YOU KNOW, PLAYING GRAN TURISMO

AND BECOMING REALLY GOOD AT IT,

WILL GIVE THEM A LEG UP WHEN

THEY GET IN THE REAL CAR.

SO I EXPECT IT TO BE A SIMILAR

KIND OF DEAL WHERE THEY JUMP

INTO THE CAR AND THEY'RE QUICK

RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX.

>> THE TOP 16 GAMERS FROM ACROSS

THE U.S. PACKED THEIR BAGS AND

CAME TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF

FORMULA ONE RACING: THE

SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT IN THE U.K.

>> EVERYBODY KNOWS SILVERSTONE.

IT'S A VERY HISTORIC TRACK AND

IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TO BE

HERE.

>> THIS IS INCREDIBLE.

I KNOW THERE'S NO WAY I WOULD

HAVE EVER MADE IT HERE ANY

OTHER WAY OTHER THAN THE NISSAN

GT ACADEMY.

>> BEING 1 OF 16 OUT OF

400,000...

THAT'S, LIKE, THE 99TH

PERCENTILE OF THE 99TH

PERCENTILE.

YOU JUST FEEL LIKE YOU'RE A GOD.

>> LET'S GO.

EVERYBODY OUT, EVERYBODY OUT,

EVERYBODY OUT, EVERYBODY OUT.

LET'S GO, LET'S GO.

ALL RIGHT, GATHER ROUND,

GATHER ROUND, LET'S GO.

HOW YOU GUYS FEELING? GOOD?

>> all: YEAH!

>> ALL RIGHT.

MY NAME'S DHANI JONES, I'LL BE

YOUR HOST OF GT ACADEMY 2012.

YOU GUYS ALL COMPETED IN

GRAN TURISMO 5 TO BE RIGHT HERE

TODAY, AND ONLY ONE OF YOU WILL

REMAIN.

ALL RIGHT, HEAD TO THE BARRACKS.

UNPACK YOUR STUFF.

GET SUITED AND BOOTED BECAUSE

THE JOURNEY'S ABOUT TO BEGIN.

YOU READY FOR THAT?

>> all: YEAH!

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> THAT DOESN'T LOOK TOO BAD.

LOOKING PRETTY GOOD.

>> I THINK IF WE GO BIGGER, IT

MIGHT BE TOO BIG.

>> OKAY, THAT'S GOOD WITH ME,

MY FRIEND.

>> I LIKE IT.

I CAN GET USED TO IT.

>> YEAH.

>> THE GAMERS HIT THE KARTING

TRACK, WHERE MANY TOP PRO

DRIVERS HONE THEIR RACING

FUNDAMENTALS.

>> I MEAN, AT GT ACADEMY, WHAT

WE BELIEVE IN, AND IS TRUE, IS

KARTING IS PROBABLY THE CLOSEST

THING TO ACTUALLY BEING IN A

RACE CAR.

SO IT TEACHES YOU A LOT OF THE

BASICS THAT YOU NEED IN CAR

RACING.

THIS IS THEIR FIRST CHANCE TO

SHOW THE JUDGES THEY HAVE WHAT

IT TAKES IN A RACE ENVIRONMENT.

MARYEVE DUFAULT, KART CHAMPION

AND THE FIRST CANADIAN-BORN

WOMAN IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE

SERIES.

BORIS SAID, A TWO-TIME 24-HOUR

DAYTONA CHAMPION AND THE ONLY

AMERICAN TO WIN THE 24-HOUR

NURBURGRING.

DANNY SULLIVAN, HALL OF FAME

DRIVER AND 1985 INDIANAPOLIS 500

CHAMPION.

HELPING TO INFORM THE JUDGES ARE

THE GT ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS.

THEY'LL HELP OUR GAMERS DEVELOP

THE SKILLS TO GO PRO.

>> ALVES LOOKING GOOD.

>> THROUGHOUT THIS COMPETITION,

THERE'LL BE A VARIETY OF

CHALLENGES TO SEE IF YOU GUYS

HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE

NEXT GT ACADEMY CHAMPIONS AND

TO WIN THIS PRESTIGIOUS RED

HELMET.

ARE Y'ALL READY?

>> all: YEAH!

>> ALL RIGHT, YOUR FIRST

BENCHMARK CHALLENGE.

YOU'LL HOP INTO A NISSAN 370Z

AND TAKE IT FOR ONE FLYING

TIMED LAP AROUND THE TRACK.

NOW THERE'S 16 OF YOU HERE,

AND AT THE END, THERE WILL ONLY

BE 14.

THE TWO WITH THE SLOWEST TIMES

WILL BE LEAVING US TODAY.

YOU WANT TO BECOME A

PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVER?

IT STARTS RIGHT NOW.

VICTORY IS ANYONE'S.

>> THESE GUYS ARE GOING FROM

VIDEO GAMES TO GO-KARTS TO THEIR

FIRST TIME IN A CAR.

SO RIGHT NOW, THEY EITHER GOT TO

PUT A NUMBER ON THE BOARD

OR THEY'RE GOING HOME.

>> I DON'T HAVE TO WEAR GLOVES,

RIGHT?

>> NO.

>> THIS IS NEW TO ME BECAUSE

I USUALLY DRIVE ONE-HANDED.

I MEAN, IS THAT--

>> NO, WELL, I'M GOING TO KILL

YOU FOR DOING THAT.

>> OH, OKAY.

>> I'M GOING TO [bleep] MURDER

YOU IF I SEE THAT HAPPENING.

DON'T EVER DO THAT WITH ME.

>> I'M STILL LEARNING THE

COURSE AND THE INSTRUCTORS ARE

NOT ALLOWED TO SAY ANYTHING,

SO I WAS JUST--I WAS TRYING TO

FIGURE OUT THINGS ON OUR OWN.

>> NICE.

>> NOT BAD.

>> IT'S A LOT FASTER THAN

WHAT I'M USED TO.

I'M USED TO DRIVING THE SPEED

LIMIT BACK HOME...

>> COOL.

NICE WORK, WELL DONE.

>> AND THIS TIME HAD NO LIMITS.

>> NUMBER 24, DARWIN ALBANO.

>> MY NAME IS DARWIN TEODORO

ALBANO.

I AM 25 YEARS OLD.

I'M FROM TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA,

AND MY SCREEN NAME IS DARWEEZEE.

INITIALLY, I NEVER TOLD MY

PARENTS THAT I WAS DOING

GT ACADEMY.

THEY JUST SAW ME PLAYING VIDEO

GAMES FOR TWO HOURS A DAY.

I'VE BEEN IN NEED OF A CHANGE OF

PACE IN LIFE.

INSTEAD OF GOING BACK TO SCHOOL,

HAVING THE TRACK AS MY OFFICE,

IT SOUNDS A LOT BETTER TO ME.

MY FRIENDS ALWAYS TELL ME TO

DRIVE FASTER, YOU KNOW.

I DRIVE LIKE A SENIOR CITIZEN.

>> HE'S REALLY SLOW.

ALWAYS STOPS AT STOP SIGNS FOR,

LIKE, THE LONGEST AMOUNT.

GO NOW, GO NOW.

>> THE OUTPOURING SUPPORT THAT

MY FAMILY AND MY GIRLFRIEND HAVE

GIVEN ME.

I KNOW THAT THEY'LL SUPPORT ME,

AND EVEN IF I, YOU KNOW,

END UP COMING HOME DEPRESSED.

THEY STILL HAVE MY BACK.

>> YOU GUYS ARE, LIKE, BREATHING

REALLY HARD.

[laughs]

>> DO YOUR THING, OKAY?

>> GREAT.

>> REMEMBER, THEY GET REALLY

ONE LAP TO GO HOME OR TO STAY.

>> YEAH.

>> JUST LIKE NASCAR.

YOU GET ONE LAP TO QUALIFY.

>> THIS IS DEALING UNDER

PRESSURE.

>> TECHNICALLY, THAT WAS VERY

GOOD.

>> DARREN, BACK OFF.

>> COMING OUT OF THE LAST

CORNER, I GOT INTO THE GRASS ON

THE LEFT HAND SIDE AND I

ACTUALLY DID DAMAGE TO THE CAR.

SO, THE JUDGES WERE NOT HAPPY

ABOUT THAT.

>> GIVEN THAT THAT'S THE FIRST

TIME I'VE EVER DRIVEN A CAR ON

TRACK, I THINK I'M HAPPY WITH

THAT.

I DON'T PLAN ON GOING HOME

TODAY.

>> UH, MY HAIR ACTUALLY DOES

MANAGE TO FIT IN THIS THING

SOMEHOW.

I MEAN, GRANTED IT'S AN EXTRA

LARGE HELMET BUT, IT DOES INDEED

FIT.

>> I BACKED IT OFF WHERE I

NEEDED TO JUST TO MAKE SURE I

GOT A CLEAN ONE.

I THINK MY PACE IS ALREADY

PRETTY GOOD.

UM, AND UH, I COULD DEFINITELY

GO QUICKER.

>> ON GRAN TURISMO 5, I USE THE

370Z.

I FELT REALLY COMFORTABLE WITH

THAT CAR, AND THEN COMING OUT

HERE WAS JUST A BLAST.

IT'S VIBRATING THROUGH YOU, YOU

FEEL IT IN YOU HANDS, YOU FEEL

EVERYTHING.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

>> ERIC IS PRETTY GOOD.

HE'S PICKING UP.

>> I FEEL FOR A GUY WITH HAIR

LIKE THAT.

>> HE'S ROOTING FOR THE HAIR!

>> YOU'RE BIASED.

>> I'M UNBIASED.

>> I KNOW, WHEN IT COMES TO THE

CAR, I THINK I GOT ALL MY

BRAKING POINTS DOWN AND MY SHIFT

POINTS, SO HOPEFULLY THAT'LL

HELP GIVE ME AN EDGE.

>> I MEAN, TODAY BEING THE FIRST

BENCHMARK CHALLENGE.

TWO GUYS ARE GOING TO GO HOME

THAT BASICALLY JUST DIDN'T HAVE

THE INSTINCT FOR IT.

BUT ALL THE REST OF THE GUYS,

NOW, THEY'RE GOING TO GET THEIR

INSTRUCTION AND WE'LL SEE WHERE

THEY TAKE IT FROM HERE.

>> I LIKE IT.

I HIGHLY APPROVE.

>> TIME FOR THE FIRST CUT.

NOW, THERE'S A TIE FOR SECOND TO

LAST SO JUDGES, YOU WILL

DETERMINE WHO WILL JOIN OUR

LAST-PLACE FINISHER ON THE LONG

FLIGHT HOME.

>> THE MAIN THING WITH HIM WAS

HE WASN'T THAT BAD, TECHNICALLY,

AS A DRIVER.

HIS LINES AND EVERYTHING WERE

GOOD.

HE KNEW THE RACING LINES.

HE JUST MASSIVELY OVER-SLOWED

THE CAR.

>> HE WAS TOO SLOW INTO THE

QUICK CORNERS AND TOO FAST INTO

THE SLOW CORNERS.

>> OKAY.

>> WE'VE MADE OUR CHOICES AND WE

BETTER TAKE CARE OF IT AND MOVE

ON.

>> ALL RIGHT, GATHER ROUND.

ONLY 14 CAN CONTINUE.

TWO OF YOU WILL BE GOING HOME.

THERE'S ACTUALLY A TIE FOR THE

SECOND-SLOWEST LAP.

JUDGES, HOW'D YOU MAKE YOUR

DECISION?

DARREN AND REES,

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU DID IT,

BUT YOU BOTH TIED FOR SECOND TO

LAST.

DARREN, YOU WENT OFF ON THE

FIRST LAP AND THEN DAMAGED THE

CAR, SO UNFORTUNATELY YOU'RE

GOING HOME.

REES, YOU REALLY NEED TO STEP UP

YOUR GAME FROM THIS POINT

FORWARD.

>> DARREN.

YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE GOING

HOME.

DARWIN, YOU ACTUALLY HAD THE

SLOWEST LAP.

GENTLEMEN, PLEASE PACK YOUR BAGS

AND TURN IN YOUR HELMETS.

YOUR RACE FROM VIRTUAL TO

REALITY ENDS HERE.

>> I'VE NEVER FAILED AT

ANYTHING.

I JUST CAME IN HERE WITH NO

EXPERIENCE AND I JUST WAS

OUTCLASSED BY THE OTHER

COMPETITORS.

I MEAN, I LEARN THINGS PRETTY

QUICKLY.

I WOULD HAVE PERFORMED A LOT

BETTER IF I HAD THE EXPERIENCE

UNDER MY BELT.

>> WELL, IT'S QUITE HARD TO SEE

MYSELF PURSUING THIS DREAM

BECAUSE I GOT KNOCKED OUT SO

EARLY, AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT

GRAD SCHOOL.

I DIDN'T STUDY FOR THREE MONTHS

BECAUSE I FOCUSED ON THIS.

YEAH, IT'S TOUGH.

>> THAT'S A WRAP ON BENCHMARK

ONE.

COMING IN WITH THE FASTEST LAP

WAS JEFF STUART FOLLOWED BY

AUSTIN COBB AND NICK BARBATO.

ROUNDING OUT THE BOTTOM WAS

EDWARD GOMEZ, REES GOULD, AND

THE FIRST TWO EVICTEES OF

GT ACADEMY, DARREN GUIAO

AND DARWIN ALBANO.

14 COMPETITORS ARE LEFT TO FIGHT

FOR THE COVETED RED HELMET.

>> WE'VE MADE IT THROUGH

BENCHMARK ONE AND TWO GUYS HAVE

ALREADY BEEN ELIMINATED.

THE 14 REMAINING GAMERS NEED TO

PROVE THEY CAN HANDLE THE

EXTREME PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF

RACING.

>> WELL DONE.

>> WE PUT THEM THROUGH A BANK OF

TESTS WHICH ALLOW US TO ASSESS A

RANGE OF PHYSICAL SKILLS WHICH

ARE RELEVANT IN MOTOR SPORTS.

>> ERIC IS GENUINELY SHOCKING.

>> IT WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT

TO SAY I'M THE LEAST PHYSICALLY

FIT OF ALL OF THE COMPETITORS.

>> ALL RIGHT, Y'ALL READY FOR

THE NEXT COMPETITION?

>> YEAH.

>> IT'S CALLED THE QUADRATHLON.

FIRST, 14 GAMERS WILL SPRINT

THROUGH THE TIRES, PICK UP ONE,

AND HUSTLE TO THE SINGLE

SEATERS.

THE TWO OF YOU WHO DON'T GET

CARS ARE OUT OF THIS RACE.

THE FIRST 12 OF YOU TO REACH THE

CARS WILL SUIT UP AND TAKE TWO

LAPS AROUND STOWE CIRCUIT.

THEN YOU'LL RACE TO EIGHT BIKES.

THE FOUR WHO DON'T GET BIKES ARE

OUT OF THIS RACE.

THE REMAINING EIGHT GAMERS RACE

TO ONLY FOUR 370Z'S, HOP IN THE

CARS, TAKE TWO LAPS AROUND THE

NATIONAL CIRCUIT AND RACE TO THE

FINISH LINE.

THIS COMPETITION WILL TEST YOUR

MIND, YOUR BODY AND YOUR DRIVING

SKILLS.

GOOD LUCK.

>> I CAN'T WAIT TO GO THROUGH

THIS BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE A

WHOLE LOT OF FUN.

>> READY?

GO!

>> HERE WE GO.

>> HERE WE GO.

>> START RUNNING AND EVERYONE IS

GOING MACH 3.

I PASS A LOT OF GUYS, APART FROM

JETT, WHO IS ABSOLUTELY

RIDICULOUS.

>> I'VE NEVER RAN BEFORE IN MY

LIFE, BUT I GUESS I CAN RUN

PRETTY GOOD APPARENTLY.

>> THE FIRST ONE, 27.

>> THAT'S JETT.

>> YEAH, JETT IS IN PRETTY GOOD

SHAPE, I CAN TELL YOU THAT.

>> EVERYONE KNEW JETT CHANDLER

WAS NUMBER ONE.

WE KNEW HE WAS QUICK IN THE CARS

AND WE KNEW HE COULD RUN.

HE WAS BASICALLY A PROFESSIONAL

BICYCLIST, SO WE JUST CHECKED

HIM OFF TO WIN.

>> YOU'RE REALLY KIND OF

THROWING SOME STUFF AT THEM

TO SEE HOW WELL THEY ADAPT.

BUT THERE WAS ONLY 12 CARS,

SO IF YOU AREN'T PHYSICALLY FIT,

YOU ARE NOT MAKING IT TO THE

NEXT STAGE OF THE COMPETITION.

>> START THE ENGINES, THE

ADRENALINE STARTS TO GET

GOING AND THE PAIN DISAPPEARS.

>> MY LEGS WERE JUST BEAT.

I COULD BARELY DRIVE THE CAR.

I KNEW THAT THIS WAS A CHANCE

FOR ME TO MAKE UP TIME.

>> MY PACE IS TERRIBLE WHEN IT

COMES TO RUNNING SO I KNEW I WAS

DOOMED FROM THE START.

>> THE TWO SLOWEST GAMERS WHO

DIDN'T REACH THE SINGLE SEATERS

IN TIME ARE GOMEZ AND RIVERA.

THEY'RE OUT OF THIS RACE.

>> I DON'T THINK ANYBODY SHOULD

BE ABLE TO TOUCH JETT ON A

MOUNTAIN BIKE.

>> NO, HE'S ON HIS GAME.

>> ALL I DO IS RIDE BICYCLES

EVERY DAY, AND I FEEL I HAD A

VERY GOOD EDGE ON THAT ONE.

>> THE CHIN STRAP ON MY HELMET

WAS STUCK.

I HAD SOMEONE HELP ME OUT.

I WAS ABOUT SECOND OR THIRD

PLACE AT THAT POINT.

>> I GET OUT OF THE OPEN WHEEL

CAR AND I RUN AND I DROP MY

HELMET AND I LOOK AT THOSE

BIKES.

THERE WERE THREE GUYS RUNNING

FOR THEM AND I SPRINTED FASTER

THAN I'VE EVER SPRINTED IN MY

LIFE.

>> IT WAS LIKE MUSICAL CHAIRS.

EVERYONE GOT THERE FIRST AND I

WAS JUST STANDING THERE

IN DEFEAT.

>> THE GAMERS WHO FAILED TO GET

BIKES ARE DIEM, GOULD, RICE,

AND LUND.

THEY'RE OUT OF THIS RACE.

RIGHT AS I GET TO THE BIKES,

THE LAST ONE LEAVES.

I'M REALLY AFRAID THAT THIS

MIGHT BE LEADING TO ME BEING

CUT.

>> I JUST HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE

PHYSICAL ASPECTS.

RUNNING IS JUST NOT MY STRONG

SUIT.

>> I ENDED UP GETTING ONTO THE

BIKES IN ABOUT THIRD PLACE.

HOWEVER, AT THAT POINT, MY LEGS,

MY MIND, MY LUNGS WERE JUST

COMPLETELY DONE.

>> I STILL HAD A LOT OF CATCHING

UP TO DO.

I WAS AROUND SIXTH OR SEVENTH

PULLING OUT OF THE BIKE AREA,

BUT WITHIN 100 METERS, I PASSED

A FEW GUYS.

>> I-I JUST LOOKED BACK A

COUPLE TIMES TO MAKE SURE IF

I HAD A GOOD GAP.

THE WHOLE IDEA OF THAT

COMPETITION WAS TO GET YOUR

HEART RATE UP AND TO SEE IF YOU

CAN DRIVE UNDER CERTAIN

CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THAT.

>> HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

YOU ALL RIGHT?

>> YEAH.

>> DURING THAT PART OF THE

COMPETITION, I WAS FEELING

REALLY GOOD, YOU KNOW?

GOT TO THE Z.

I'M ABSOLUTELY STOKED TO GET

OUT THERE.

>> I HAD A LITTLE BIT OF AN

ADVANTAGE OVER NICK, WHO WAS

ALSO CHASING ME DOWN.

>> I BLEW BY FOUR GUYS.

I FEEL LIKE MY LUNGS ARE GOING

TO EXPLODE.

I GOT INTO THE BIT BOX AND SAW A

Z WAITING THERE AND SAID,

"HOLY CRAP, IS THAT FOR ME?"

GOT IN THE CAR AND AWAY I WENT.

>> WHOO!

>> ONE LAP AHEAD.

>> I RODE INTO THE GARAGE,

THREW THE BIKE DOWN, AND I

BOUNDED MY WAY INTO THE PIT

ROAD.

THERE WAS NO CAR TO BE FOUND.

ALL FOUR WERE ON THE TRACK AND

I WAS DONE.

NUMBER FIVE, I GUESS.

>> THE GAMERS WHO FAILED TO

REACH THE 370Zs IN TIME ARE

ALVES, STUART, PRESTON, AND

DOHERTY.

THEY'RE OUT OF THIS RACE.

>> I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO CROSS

THE LINE.

>> VERY, VERY WELL DONE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH THAT.

>> FITNESS IN RACING IS

PARAMOUNT, PARTICULARLY IN LONG-

DISTANCE RACING, 24-HOUR RACING.

YOU'RE IN THE CAR FOR GREAT

LENGTHS OF TIME.

IT'S PHYSICALLY DEMANDING.

YOU HAVE TO BE FIT, YOU HAVE TO

HAVE MUSCLE STRENGTH AND

STAMINA.

>> WAY TO DO IT, NICK, NICE ONE.

>> SO I PULLED IN, AND I SEE

BORIS AND DANNY SULLIVAN, AND

I START TALKING TO THEM AND THEN

THE NEWS WAS DROPPED.

>> YOU FINISHED FOURTH, BUT

BECAUSE YOU NEVER STRAPPED UP

YOUR HELMET, THEY DISQUALIFIED

YOU.

THAT'S A SAFETY THING.

YOU DON'T WANT TO WRECK WITHOUT

A HELMET AND END UP LIKE ME.

>> AWESOME AT DRIVING?

[laughter]

>> OR ME.

>> WELL, IF YOU ASK MY WIFE, NOT

QUITE RIGHT IN THE HEAD.

>> BARBATO CROSSED THE FINISH

LINE IN FOURTH PLACE, BUT

BECAUSE HE DIDN'T FASTEN HIS

HELMET STRAP, HE'S BEEN

DISQUALIFIED.

THAT'S A WRAP ON THE

QUADRATHLON.

>> THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS

2009 FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPION

CHRIS FORSBERG.

HE'S A NISSAN DRIVER.

NISSAN DRIVER CHRIS FORSBERG IS

THE THIRD-WINNINGEST DRIVER IN

FORMULA DRIFT HISTORY.

IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED,

THIS IS THE DRIFT CHALLENGE.

LET'S GET SIDEWAYS.

THE 14 REMAINING GAMERS WILL

DRIFT IN THE NISSAN 370Zs IN

A FIGURE EIGHT PATTERN.

USING THE POLE ATTACHED TO THE

DRIFT CAR, COMPETITORS MUST

KNOCK OFF EIGHT TARGETS.

THE JUDGES WILL CONSIDER NUMBER

OF HITS, CAR CONTROL, AND STYLE.

>> STEVE DOHERTY, YOU'RE UP.

>> THIS REALLY TEACHES CAR

CONTROL, BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO YOU

HAVE TO HANG THE CAR OUT IN A

POWER SLIDE, YOU NEED TO BE ABLE

TO CHANGE DIRECTION AND THAT'S

REALLY WHERE THE TROUBLE COMES

IN FOR MOST OF THE COMPETITORS.

>> THAT WAS KIND OF BAD.

>> WE GOT JOE ALVES COMING OUT

NOW.

HE'S TOO HARD ON THE WHEEL.

>> SEE, HE'S NOT LETTING THE CAR

ROTATE.

THAT'S WHY IT'S SPINNING LIKE

THAT.

>> I WAS BASICALLY A WILDCAT

OUT THERE.

>> HERE'S EDWARD GOMEZ.

HE WAS A DISASTER.

TERRIBLE.

>> GOOD AT DECIMATING EVERYTHING

BUT I DON'T THINK HE HAS MUCH

THROTTLE CONTROL.

>> AUSTIN COBB, YOU'RE UP.

>> [bleep].

[faint shouting]

>> STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP!

>> [laughs]

WHOOPS.

>> BACK UP, BACK UP.

[indistinct chatter]

>> [laughs]

NO GOOD.

>> THERE YOU GO, GET IT, GET IT,

GET IT, GET IT, GET IT.

>> THAT WAS CLOSE.

SLIPPING, GOOD TRANSITION.

>> GO, GO, GO, MAN.

GOT IT, GOT IT--OH.

>> THAT'S CALLED "BAILING OUT".

CAN'T GET IT STARTED.

>> AH, HE STALLED IT.

>> STALLED IT.

>> LOSING TIME.

>> 29, MATT CRESCI.

>> MY NAME'S MATT CRESCI.

I'M 19 YEARS OLD AND I LIVE IN

LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA.

MY PSN SCREENNAME IS

TOPGEAR3793.

EVER SINCE I UNDERSTOOD WHAT A

CAR WAS, I'VE BEEN HOOKED.

PEOPLE MAY THINK THAT SINCE I'M

YOUNG I MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT

IGNORANT OR SOMETHING, BUT I

KNOW THAT GOING INTO THIS

COMPETITION, I HAVE TO BE

WILLING TO LEARN.

THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR

IMPROVEMENT.

>> MATT HAS A TALENT THAT I SEE

AS COMMON WITH A LOT OF SUPER

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE.

HE WILL COMMIT TO SOMETHING,

HE'LL TRY IT, HE'LL LEARN, HE'LL

ADAPT, AND HE'LL DO IT AGAIN.

AND HE'LL DO IT AGAIN, AND HE'LL

DO IT AGAIN, AND HE'LL DO IT

AGAIN.

THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO TAKE HIM

TO THE NEXT PHASE.

>> I SEE THE CHECKERED FLAG,

SLAM THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL,

SPUN OUT IN FRONT OF THE JUDGES.

AS I STOPPED, THREW A PEACE SIGN

OUT THE WINDOW.

>> [laughs]

>> IT LOOKED AWESOME, EVEN FOR

ME.

I DON'T LIKE TO SOUND COCKY BUT

IT WAS PRETTY FRICKIN' COOL.

IT WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE

COOLEST THINGS I'VE DONE IN MY

LIFE.

>> LOOK HOW HE USES THE BRAKE TO

STOP THE CAR FROM SPINNING.

>> YEAH, AND THE TRANSITION'S

DEFINITELY THE MOST DIFFICULT

PART.

>> I JUST HOPE THAT I DON'T MAKE

A COMPLETE FOOL OUT OF MYSELF.

>> YOUR INSTINCT IS TO NOT

DRIFT.

IT'S JUST A SKILL SET THAT YOU

NEED TO LEARN, YOU KNOW?

I'VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE.

>> WHILE THE GAMERS SIT DOWN FOR

A WELL-EARNED DINNER, THE JUDGES

AND INSTRUCTORS GET DOWN TO

BUSINESS.

>> DID ANYBODY HAVE SOMEBODY

THAT YOU DIDN'T REALLY LIKE?

>> JOE ALVES.

>> IN THE GO-KART HE WAS GREAT.

>> HE WAS REALLY GOOD.

>> AND TODAY ON THE TRACK,

I DIDN'T SEE ANY--I SAW A

COMPLETE DISCONNECT HERE WHERE

HE JUST COULDN'T FEEL THE CAR.

>> HE DID IMPROVE A LITTLE.

>> I THINK THAT GUY'S ATTITUDE'S

SO GOOD, IF HE HAD A CHANCE TO

WORK WITH YOU GUYS, HE MIGHT BE

ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT.

>> WHAT ABOUT THIS GUY?

>> READY TO GO, I WOULD SAY.

HE'S DEFINITELY JUST OUT OF

HIS DEPTH A BIT NOW.

>> I WANT TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT

SOME OF THOSE GUYS THAT DIDN'T

GET A CHANCE TO DRIVE BECAUSE

THEY COULDN'T RUN.

>> I'D LIKE TO BRING THE ISSUE

WITH NICK BARBATO.

UH, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE TRACK?

ABOUT THE HELMET AND THE SAFETY?

>> THE FACT THAT STEPHEN DIEM

LOST OUT AT TRANSITION BY TRYING

TO DO EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK TO

SOMEBODY WHO DIDN'T, IS UNFAIR.

HENCE, THE DISQUALIFICATION.

>> SO HE'S ON THE BUBBLE FOR

THAT.

GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR

YOUR EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

AND INPUT.

>> WHAT'S UP, GUYS?

I NEED YOU TO PUT YOUR FORK

DOWN PLEASE.

IT'S BEEN A TOUGH COMPETITION.

THE JUDGES HAVE DECIDED THAT

FOUR OF YOU ARE NOT STACKING UP

AND ARE GOING TO GO HOME.

>> EDWARD GOMEZ.

REES GOULD.

JEFF LUND.

JOE ALVES.

PLEASE PACK YOUR BAGS, TURN IN

YOUR HELMETS.

YOUR RACE FROM VIRTUAL TO

REALITY ENDS HERE.

>> SIX PEOPLE IN ONE DAY.

THAT'S ROUGH.

MAYBE RACE CAR DRIVING ISN'T

THE, UH, OPTIMAL CAREER MOVE FOR

ME.

ONE AND ONLY SHOT.

TOOK IT AS FAR AS I COULD.

>> I'M KIND OF SURPRISED I GOT

KNOCKED OUT THIS EARLY.

I FIGURED I'D LAST AT LEAST A

FEW MORE DAYS.

IF THEY GAVE ME A LITTLE BIT

MORE OF A CHANCE, I THINK THEY

WOULD HAVE BEEN SURPRISED.

I'M TRYING MY BEST TO HOLD BACK

THE TEARS.

>> YOU KNOW, THINGS AREN'T

TERRIBLE.

I'VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL WIFE AT

HOME, I'VE GOT A CHILD ON THE

WAY, SO...

IT'S BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE.

I REALLY ENJOYED MY TIME HERE.

ALL THESE GUYS REALLY DESERVE

TO BE HERE.

>> LIKE, THE LAST NAME WAS

CALLED, AND I WAS LIKE, "ARE

YOU SERIOUS?

I'M NOT GOING HOME?

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?"

>> TODAY WAS DEFINITELY A DAY

FULL OF MANY SURPRISES.

>> NEXT TIME, ON GT ACADEMY...

>> ALL THE BLOOD IS TRYING TO

RUSH OUT OF YOUR BRAIN, AND

THAT'S WHAT MAKES YOU PASS OUT.

>> [shouts]

>> OH, MY GOODNESS, I'M ABOUT TO

BATTLE THREE PRO INSTRUCTORS.

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?

>> HE'S RIGHT ON HIS TAIL.

>> RIGHT ON HIS BUMPER.

>> HE'S WORKING ON IT.

>> VERY NICE, HE'S TRYING TO GO

AROUND THE OUTSIDE.

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

GO TO SPIKE.COM FOR FULL

EPISODES AND A CHANCE TO WIN

GT ACADEMY PRIZES.

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