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Race to the Red Helmet

Tonight on GT Academy a champion is crowned as one gamer will become a professional Nismo athlete for Nissan. See who has the Speed, Strength and Soul to cross the final finish line.

>> WITH EACH PASSING DAY, EACH

CHALLENGE, EACH PERFORMANCE,

WE'RE GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER.

ONE OF YOU IS GONNA TAKE HOME

THE RED HELMET.

>> THIS IS MY CHANCE.

IT'S NOW OR NEVER.

>> IT'S STARTING TO FEEL LIKE A

DREAM COMING TRUE.

THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN

PREPARING FOR SINCE I WAS 15

YEARS OLD.

>> WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW BAD

I WANNA WIN.

THIS MIGHT BE A LIFE-CHANGING

REALITY.

>> THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE

OPPORTUNITY THAT COMES WITH

GREAT COST IF YOU FAIL.

I HAVE THE RAW TALENT.

I THINK I HAVE A REAL SHOT AT

WINNING THIS.

>> DIG DOWN DEEP AND FIND THAT

KILLER INSTINCT AND JUST WIN AT

ALL COSTS.

IT'S YOUR ONE CHANCE IN A

LIFETIME TO BE A PROFESSIONAL

RACE CAR DRIVER.

>> TO SAY IT'S LIFE-CHANGING,

TO SAY IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE,

YOU CAN SAY--YOU CAN SAY A

MILLION THINGS.

YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT.

BUT IT'S--IT'S TRULY A MIRACLE.

IT'S HEAVEN.

FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IT'S

DEFINITELY WHERE THEY WANNA BE,

AND I'M THAT FAR FROM IT.

>> 400,000 OF AMERICA'S FASTEST

GRAN TURISMO GAMERS BATTLED

HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR THE CHANCE OF A

LIFETIME: TO BECOME A

PROFESSIONAL RACE CAR DRIVER FOR

NISSAN.

A NEW CHAMPION WILL CAPTURE THE

RED HELMET AND BEGIN THEIR

CAREER AS A NISMO ATHLETE.

THE TOP 12 GAMERS FOUGHT THROUGH

CHALLENGES BOTH ON AND OFF THE

TRACK, THAT TESTED THEIR SPEED,

STRENGTH, AND SOUL.

WE'VE REACHED THE FINALS OF

GT ACADEMY.

JUDGES BORIS SAID, DANNY

SULLIVAN, AND ROB BARFF HAVE

NARROWED THE FIELD TO THE FIVE

ELITE GAMERS WHO HAVE WHAT IT

TAKES.

[tires screech]

all: OH!

>> ♪ GO FOR THE KILL

>> GO, GO, GO, GO!

>> COME ON, COME ON!

>> THAT'S RACING, BABY.

>> ♪ GO FOR THE KILL

>> THE RACE FROM VIRTUAL TO

REALITY ENDS HERE.

>> SO WE GET TO THE TRACK AND

THERE'S TWO GT-R's SITTING ON

THE STOWE CIRCUIT.

>> YOU KNOW, YOU'RE KIND OF

NERVOUS.

YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT'S--WHAT'S

GOING ON.

WE WERE KINDA WONDERING, "ARE WE

SAFE?

ARE WE NOT SAFE?"

BUT YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW.

>> GENTLEMEN, WE'VE REACHED OUR

CONCLUSION.

YOU ARE THE FINAL FIVE.

CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THREE OF YOU HAVE BEEN DOING

REALLY WELL.

BUT TWO OF YOU ARE ON THE

BUBBLE.

>> DAN, YOU'RE A LITTLE GUY WITH

A BIG HEART.

YOU KNOW WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.

SPEED, STRENGTH, AND SOUL.

STRENGTH AND SOUL, WE'VE GOT NO

PROBLEM AT ALL.

BUT WE'RE WORRIED YOU'RE JUST

NOT FAST ENOUGH.

>> CHRIS, YOU WERE VERY

IMPRESSIVE IN A LOT OF THE

DISCIPLINES.

UNFORTUNATELY, YOUR PHYSICAL

SIDE IS YOUR WEAKEST LINK, AND

THAT'S WHAT'S KEEPING YOU ON THE

BUBBLE.

>> CHRIS, DAN, OUT OF 400,000

PEOPLE YOU REACHED THE FINAL

FIVE.

YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF

YOURSELVES.

BUT AS YOU KNOW, ONLY FOUR CAN

MAKE THE FINAL, SO WE'RE GONNA

SETTLE IT THE ONLY WAY WE KNOW.

>> TWO OF YOU ARE GONNA FIGHT IT

OUT FOR THE FINAL SPOT IN THESE

NISSAN GT-Rs.

IT'S GONNA BE A CLASSIC

VELODROM-STYLE DOGFIGHT.

DAN AND CHRIS, WHEN YOU SEE THE

GREEN FLAG, GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT.

STARTING AT OPPOSITE ENDS,

YOU'LL TAKE THREE LAPS AROUND

THE TRACK.

WHOEVER WINS...WILL JOIN THE

OTHER THREE IN THE FINAL

WHEEL-TO-WHEEL RACE.

WHOEVER LOSES IS GOING HOME.

GENTLEMEN, LET'S RACE.

>> LAST YEAR, WE SAW OUR

EVENTUAL WINNER COME OUT OF THE

DOGFIGHT.

SO IT REALLY PUTS A LOT OF

PRESSURE ON THOSE TWO GUYS.

IF YOU LOSE, YOU'RE GOING HOME.

IF YOU MAKE IT, YOU GO ON.

>> I WAS JUST EXCITED NOT TO BE

PART OF THE DOGFIGHT.

I WAS HONESTLY ROOTING FOR DAN.

>> I PERSONALLY THINK DAN

I--HE'LL BE MORE COMFORTABLE

UNDER THIS TYPE OF SITUATION.

I THINK HE CAN BE QUICKER THAN

CHRIS.

>> I FEEL--FEEL PRETTY DECENT

GOING INTO THIS.

I MEAN, I'M PRETTY CONSISTENT

SO I FEEL LIKE IF I CAN JUST

FIND A RHYTHM WITH THE CAR,

THEN I SHOULD GO--I SHOULD BE

OKAY.

>> YEAH.

>> YOU KNOW.

I MEAN, DAN'S DEFINITELY PICKED

UP THE PACE, BUT WHATEVER.

I'M NOT GONNA WORRY ABOUT HIM.

IT'S JUST MY LAPS.

>> [chuckles]

>> THREE, TWO, ONE, GO!

>> GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO!

>> OH, YEAH.

>> BROKE THAT LINE FAST!

>> COME ON, DAN.

>> AS SOON AS THE GREEN FLAG

WENT, IT WAS JUST FOOT TO THE

FLOOR.

THAT THING ACCELERATES LIKE A

BAT OUT OF HELL.

>> YO, THIS IS CHRIS COMING

RIGHT HERE.

>> OKAY.

>> CHRIS IS DRIVING RIGHT NOW.

[tires screech]

>> OH, YOU'VE GOT IT SLIDING A

BIT.

>> YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS THE HEART

AND SOUL, I DEFINITELY HAD IT.

AND I WAS JUST TRYING TO FOCUS

ON HITTING THE CORNERS AND DOING

THE BEST I COULD.

[tires screech]

>> OH, CHRIS HIT A CONE.

>> HE'S GOTTA MAKE UP FOR IT.

[engine revs]

>> HE NEEDS TO GET ON IT RIGHT

NOW.

FULL TILT.

>> DAN CAME HERE TO RACE.

>> GONNA BE CLOSE.

>> THEY'RE NECK AND NECK.

>> TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

>> CHRIS TOOK IT.

>> THAT'S IT.

>> CHRIS IS IN THE FINAL FOUR.

IT'S A WRAP.

>> CHRIS HILL GOT THE WIN.

CHRIS HILL.

>> COPY THAT.

>> VERY GOOD, BROTHER.

>> [laughs]

COMING INTO THE PITS, I

ALMOST--

>> ALIVE ANOTHER DAY.

>> I ALMOST BROKE DOWN IN TEARS

BECAUSE IT'S JUST--YOU KNOW,

IT'S ONE OF THESE THINGS LIKE I

HAD A FEELING THAT I HAD IT IN

ME TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT FINAL

FOUR.

BUT, YOU KNOW, TO ACTUALLY

ACHIEVE THAT, IT'S--IT'S

PRETTY--A PRETTY BIG THING TO

BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY ACHIEVE A

DREAM.

>> CHRIS REALLY STEPPED UP TO

THE PLATE.

I MEAN, HE LOOKED AGGRESSIVE, HE

LOOKED FAST.

AND DAN, PROBABLY ONE OF THE

NICEST GUYS YOU EVER WANNA MEET,

HE JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE SPEED TO

COMPETE WITH CHRIS IN THE

HEAD-TO-HEAD RACE.

>> THERE WASN'T A LOT I COULD DO

ABOUT IT.

I WAS THINKING, "WELL, YOU KNOW,

THIS IS IT."

AND I DROVE THE WHEELS OFF THE

CAR AND DID THE BEST I COULD.

IT WAS A LOT OF FUN AND IT JUST

DIDN'T HAPPEN TO WORK OUT FOR

ME THIS TIME.

ALL RIGHT, GUYS.

>> I WANTED DAN TO WIN IN THE

DOGFIGHT, ABSOLUTELY.

>> GOOD.

>> YOU KNOW, WE REALLY GOT TO

KNOW EACH OTHER.

>> PAT, GOOD TO MEET YOU AGAIN.

>> TO SEE HIM HAVE TO FIGHT IT

OUT AT THE END WAS TOUGH.

NOTHING AGAINST CHRIS.

I DON'T REALLY KNOW CHRIS.

YOU KNOW, HIS PERSONALITY AND

MY PERSONALITY--YOU KNOW, WE'RE

JUST A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

>> IT FEELS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

TO BE THIS CLOSE TO MY DREAM.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT JUST

CAME DOWN TO SPEED AND WHO WAS

FASTEST AND TODAY I WAS, SO.

>> WE LOST A FRIEND, BUT, YOU

KNOW, FACT OF THE MATTER IS ONLY

ONE MAN'S GONNA BE STANDING AT

THE END.

>> AND THEN THERE WAS FOUR.

IT'S NOT GONNA GO DOWN EASY,

I'LL TELL YOU THAT.

>> all: NO.

>> NOPE.

>> FIGHT IT OUT TO THE END.

>> YEAH.

>> I KNOW WE'RE ALL GONNA FIGHT

FOR IT.

I KNOW WE ALL WANT IT.

>> WHOEVER TAKES IT'S GONNA

DESERVE IT.

>> YEAH.

>> RACING DRIVERS HAVE TO BE

STRONG, THEY HAVE TO BE LEAN,

AND THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO

PERFORM IN ENDURANCE RACING.

THE CONDITIONS IN THESE CARS IS

HARD.

TEMPERATURES IN THE CAR ARE

HIGH.

YOU IMAGINE DRESSING IN A

THREE-LAYER NOMEX RACING SUIT,

FULL FACE CRASH HELMET, AND THEN

GETTING ON A ROWING MACHINE IN A

SAUNA FOR TWO HOURS.

THAT'S THE LEVEL OF PHYSICAL

EXERTION THAT THEY'RE GONNA BE

UNDER SHOULD THEY WIN

GT ACADEMY.

THE PHYSICAL SIDE OF DRIVING A

GT CAR, IT'S HARD.

>> MORNING GUYS.

>> all: MORNING.

>> THIS MORNING WE'RE GONNA DO

MULTI-STAGE BLEEP TEST,

WHICH WILL BASICALLY GIVE ME A

GOOD IDEA OF YOUR OVERALL

FITNESS.

IN THIS TEST, YOU'RE BETWEEN TWO

SETS OF LINES 20 METERS APART.

AS THE LEVELS INCREASE, THE

BLEEPS GET FASTER.

THE BLEEP TEST CHALLENGES YOU IN

A WAY SIMILAR TO ENDURANCE

RACING.

WHEN YOU GET TIRED AND YOU DON'T

THINK YOU CAN GO FURTHER,

YOUR BODY CAN ALWAYS GO FURTHER

THAN YOU THINK IT CAN.

>> SOME OF THE GUYS COME FROM

QUITE A PHYSICALLY FIT, ACTIVE

BACKGROUND.

SOME OF THE GUYS, WE'VE GOT OUR

WORK CUT OUT.

>> I KNEW THAT GOING INTO IT

THAT YOU KNOW, MY FITNESS

IS--IS--DEFINITELY, OF THE TOP

FOUR THERE, WAS THE WORST.

>> THE MULTI-STAGE FITNESS TEST

WILL START IN FIVE SECONDS.

>> AND I JUST DECIDED, YOU KNOW

WHAT, I'M GONNA PUSH AS HARD AS

I CAN.

I'M NOT GONNA LEAVE ANYTHING ON

THE TABLE.

[beep]

>> START LEVEL ONE.

>> THOSE BEEPS START OUT FARTHER

APART, SO IT'S A NICE, EASY JOG.

>> WAIT FOR THE NEXT BEEP.

[beep]

>> LEVEL ONE TWO.

>> AND THEN THEY GET CLOSER AND

CLOSER AND CLOSER TOGETHER.

>> BOTH FEET ACROSS THE LINE.

[beep]

>> A PROGRESSIVE...

[beep]

SET...

[beep]

OF AUDITORY BEEPS.

[beep]

JUST MONOTONOUS TORTURE.

>> WE'RE LOOKING VERY MUCH NOT

ONLY AT THEIR STRENGTH, BUT ALSO

AT THEIR SOUL.

HOW HARD THEY'RE WILLING TO PUSH

THEMSELVES.

[rapid beeps]

OUT, OUT, OUT, CHRIS.

>> I'M NOT 20 ANYMORE.

I GAVE IT EVERYTHING I HAD

AND IT JUST, UH--YEAH, THERE WAS

NOTHING LEFT IN MY TANK, YOU

KNOW?

>> THERE'S A DISTINCT DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN A NISMO ATHLETE AND JUST

A GUY WHO DRIVES RACE CARS.

>> HAVE A GOOD STRETCH, CHRIS.

[beep]

>> LEVEL SEVEN.

>> REALLY IMPORTANT TO SEE HOW

THEY DIG DOWN AND WHERE THEIR

SOUL IS.

[beep]

>> START LEVEL EIGHT ONE.

>> ...LET'S KEEP GOING AND MY

LEGS WERE LIKE, "NO, I THINK

I'M DONE."

[beep]

>> OKAY, NICK.

>> LEVEL EIGHT SIX.

>> I GAVE IT EVERYTHING I HAD.

[beep]

>> LEVEL EIGHT NINE.

>> OUT THE WAY, DUDE, OUT THE

WAY.

>> BUT I'M NOT IN THE BEST SHAPE

OF MY LIFE.

>> PROBABLY ABOUT 90% MENTAL...

>> COME ON!

>> 10% PHYSICAL, JUST BECAUSE

YOU REALLY HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF

SO HARD TO CONTINUE TO GO.

AS THE BEEPS KEEP COUNTING OFF.

>> MAKE THE LINE, MAKE THE LINE.

>> LEVEL NINE THREE.

>> NO, GAME OVER.

BRIAN IS THE PHYSICALLY MOST

CAPABLE OF OUR FINAL QUARTET

OF DRIVERS.

>> OUR MORNING STARTED WITH

PRETTY MUCH THE MOST BRUTAL

EXERCISE THAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY

DO.

SO SIMPLE AND SO HORRIBLE.

[chuckles]

>> [breathes heavily]

[beep]

>> SO I GUESS FIRST OF ALL,

GENTS, AN ELEMENT OF

CONGRATULATIONS IS IN ORDER.

YOU'VE BEATEN ALMOST 400,000

PEOPLE.

399,996 DOWN, 4 TO GO.

THE FINAL DAY OF GT ACADEMY IS

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO WIN A

LIFE-CHANGING DRIVE WITH NISSAN.

EARLIER IN THE WEEK, YOU SAT

BOTH THE WRITTEN TEST AND THE

PRACTICAL TEST TO OBTAIN YOUR

RACE DRIVER'S LICENSE.

UNBEKNOWN TO YOU, WE'VE

PROCESSED THAT INFORMATION AND

YOU ALL HOLD A NATIONAL MOTOR

SPORT RACE LICENSE.

AND TODAY YOU'RE GONNA USE THEM

FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THIS IS REALLY A PROCEDURAL

BRIEFING TO REMIND YOU ABOUT HOW

EVERYTHING WILL RUN.

AND THERE'S AN ELEMENT OF MENTAL

PREPARATION AND THAT'S THE

REASON SIMON'S WITH ME THIS

MORNING.

>> ONE OF YOU GUYS IS GONNA WIN

THIS COMPETITION--FACT.

THREE OF YOU ARE NOT GONNA

WIN IT--FACT.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS

NOW IS HOW YOU GUYS APPLY

YOURSELF MENTALLY.

VISUALIZING.

THAT IS SUCH A POWERFUL TOOL

WHEN YOU DO IT ON A REGULAR

BASIS.

YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS DOESN'T MAKE

MISTAKES.

THE PRESSURE IS THERE TODAY.

YOU'RE PROBABLY FEELING IT

ALREADY.

THE ADRENALINE'S GONNA BE THERE

AND IT'S HOW YOU GUYS COPE WITH

THAT THAT IS GONNA ENABLE YOU

TO--TO PRODUCE YOUR BEST

PERFORMANCE.

AND IF ALL FOUR OF YOU PRODUCE

YOUR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE TODAY,

MY GOD, IT'S GONNA BE A HELL OF

A RACE.

>> WITH QUALIFYING WE'LL GET YOU

IN THE CAR, WE WILL SEND YOU OUT

AS AND WHEN THE PIT LANE OPENS,

AND YOU WILL HAVE 15 MINUTES

FROM THE TIME THE END OF THE PIT

LANE GOES GREEN.

MAKE EACH OF THE LAPS COUNT.

YOU NEED TO REALLY HAVE OPEN

VISION.

HAVE AN AWARENESS OF WHAT YOU'RE

DOING, HAVE AN AWARENESS OF WHAT

OTHERS ARE DOING, AND THEN HAVE

AN AWARENESS OF WHERE THE FLAG

MARSHALS ARE.

FLASHING LIGHTS, BOARDS HELD OUT

FROM THE GANTRY.

THESE ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT IN

TERMS OF SAFETY.

WE'LL GRID YOU UP AS YOUR

QUALIFYING ORDER DETERMINES

AND YOU WILL THEN RACE

HEAD-TO-HEAD.

WHEN THE FINAL CAR IS PULLED UP

AND STOPPED, THE RED LIGHTS ARE

GONNA COME ON.

[breathes deeply]

DEEP BREATH.

CONCENTRATE.

RED LIGHT OFF.

GO.

WE KNOW YOU ARE OUR FINEST FOUR

REMAINING DRIVERS AND WE WANT

YOU TODAY TO PERFORM TO THE BEST

OF YOUR CAPABILITIES.

THIS IS REAL.

>> THIS HAS BEEN SORT OF AN

EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER.

FROM BEING ON THE BUBBLE TWICE,

IT MADE ME REALIZE THIS WAS NOT

GONNA BE EASY.

AND I'M GONNA RELEARN HOW TO

DRIVE HERE.

>> I DEFINITELY HAD QUITE A FEW

TIMES WHERE I FELT LIKE I NAILED

IT.

TO BE HERE AND KNOW THAT I

ACTUALLY HAVE A LEGITIMATE SHOT

AT IT, I'M ECSTATIC.

HOPEFULLY I CAN FINISH THAT OFF

WITH THE WIN.

>> IT FEELS PRETTY AWESOME TO BE

HERE.

I'VE HAD SO MUCH EMOTION.

IT'S JUST BEEN UNREAL.

DURING THIS COMPETITION I'VE

BEEN EXTREMELY CONSISTENT.

KNOCKING EVERYTHING OUT.

JUST CONTINUOUSLY GETTING BETTER

AND BETTER AND BETTER.

AND I'VE DEFINITELY NEVER WANTED

IT NEARLY AS MUCH AS I WANT IT

NOW.

YOU KNOW, THIS HAPPENS TO BE ONE

THING THAT I'M REALLY GOOD AT.

>> YEAH!

>> IT'S NOT JUST RACING CARS.

IT'S A LOT MORE THAN THAT.

>> THIS WHOLE COMPETITION, IT'S

ABOUT PUSHING YOURSELF

AND DOING YOUR BEST AND PUSHING

YOUR WAY TO THE TOP.

>> COME ON.

>> I FEEL LIKE EVERY DAY I, YOU

KNOW, WAKE UP HERE IS ANOTHER

DAY THAT I CAN PROGRESS FORWARD

AND LEARN.

AT THIS POINT IN THE

COMPETITION, THINGS ARE REALLY

STARTING TO GET REAL AND I KNOW

I'M GONNA HAVE TO TRY THAT MUCH

HARDER.

>> COMING INTO THIS, I DIDN'T

ANTICIPATE HAVING SUCH A

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE, BUT IT

REALLY EXPOSED MY SELF-DOUBT.

THE RALLY CHALLENGE WAS A HUGE

TURNING POINT FOR ME MENTALLY.

IT JUST KINDA CLICKED.

I NEEDED TO DO THIS FOR MYSELF

AND I NEEDED TO GO OUT AND

ACTUALLY ENJOY MYSELF AND IT WAS

THE ONLY WAY THAT I WAS GONNA BE

ABLE TO SUCCEED, IS IF I GOT OUT

OF MY OWN WAY.

YEAH!

>> YEAH, COOL.

>> THIS ACADEMY HAS TAUGHT ME SO

MUCH.

I MEAN, THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY

OF A LIFETIME.

>> GENTLEMEN, YOU ARE THE

REMAINING FOUR.

AS WE PREPARE FOR THE FINAL

RACE, MAKE SURE YOU UTILIZE

ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE

JUDGES TO IMPRESS THEM.

IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO WIN THE

FINAL RACE.

BORIS, DANNY, AND ROB ARE GONNA

MAKE THEIR DECISION BASED UPON

YOUR POTENTIAL AND WHAT YOU'VE

DONE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE

COMPETITION.

THEY WANNA SEE WHAT TYPE OF

RACER YOU'RE GONNA BE,

NOT JUST HOW YOU DO TODAY.

SO DURING YOUR PRE-RACE RIDE

ALONGS IN THE NISSAN 370Z's,

SHOW 'EM WHAT YOU GOT.

>> BEING IN THE CAR WITH THE

JUDGES, JUST SOMETHING

DIFFERENT.

THEM BEING WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT

THEY'VE ACCOMPLISHED?

YOU KNOW, IT'S GREAT.

>> YOU KNOW, YOU GOT MR. SPIN N'

WIN HIMSELF, BORIS SAID, I MEAN,

ENOUGH SAID.

I MEAN, THE GUY IS A LEGEND.

>> TO HAVE SOMEBODY OF THAT

CALIBER SITTING NEXT TO YOU,

I MEAN, IT'S--I CAN ONLY DREAM

OF HAVING THE RESUME THAT THEY

HAVE.

IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO HAVE

THEM SITTING NEXT TO ME.

>> I FOUND IT TO BE THE MOST

IMPORTANT CHALLENGE.

NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY MATTER

MORE THAN WHAT YOU DO IN A CAR

WHEN THE THREE GUYS WHO DECIDE

YOUR FATE ARE SITTING RIGHT

THERE.

HI THERE, BORIS.

>> HOLA.

>> RIDE ALONGS, FOR ME, IS THE

BEST THING BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE

SITTING NEXT TO SOMEBODY, THAT'S

WHEN YOU REALLY CAN SEE WHAT

THEY'RE DOING.

IT'S A LOT HARDER OUTSIDE THE

CAR.

WHEN I GOT IN THE CAR WITH

PATRICK, HE HAD GREAT CAR

CONTROL, BUT HE JUST DIDN'T HAVE

THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT HE

NEEDED TO DO TO GET A FAST LAP

AND GET THE LAP TIME HE NEEDED.

>> THE FIRST THING I WROTE DOWN

ABOUT PATRICK WAS THE WORD

"FAST" IN PRETTY SHAKY, SPIDERY

HANDWRITING.

>> I WANNA KNOW HOW YOU WROTE

WHILE YOU WERE BEING DRIVEN

AROUND, MAN.

>> VERY--

>> IT'S EXTREMELY--

>> I WAS ONLY TERRIFIED AT ONE

POINT.

[tires screech]

WE WERE SO SIDEWAYS.

I HAD MY DOUBTS HE'D BE ABLE TO

BRING IT BACK.

[tires screech]

HE WENT OFF THREE OR FOUR TIMES

WITH DANNY AS WELL.

>> YOU'RE OVERDRIVING THE CAR.

YOU'RE WAY TOO AGGRESSIVE.

>> OKAY.

I WAS NERVOUS HAVING THEM IN THE

CAR WITH ME.

I KNOW THEIR RESUMES.

I'VE SEEN THEM RACING SINCE I

WAS BORN.

>> YOU [bleep] EVERY LAP UP

TRYING TO GET IN THERE AND THROW

ALL YOUR GOOD TIME AWAY.

MIND-BOGGLING.

>> ALL THE JUDGES, ALL THE

INSTRUCTORS HERE ARE ALL

TOP-LEVEL PROFESSIONAL RACERS

THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, SO ANY

INSTRUCTION I CAN GET FROM 'EM

IS DEFINITELY ACCEPTED.

>> NO, NOT AT ALL, NOT AT ALL.

INTERESTED.

YOU CAN SEE THAT--THAT

UNDER PRESSURE YOUR DRIVING

BECOMES A LOT MORE MECHANICAL

AND CLUNKY.

THERE'S A BIT MORE TO BE HAD IN

TERMS OF PACE.

>> I WAS DEFINITELY TRYING TO

STAY RELAXED AND STAY CALM, BUT

IT'S HARD NOT TO KINDA WONDER,

"GEE, I WONDER WHAT'S GOING

THROUGH THEIR HEAD."

>> GET AWAY FROM THE EDGE.

[tires screech]

SETTLE DOWN.

SETTLE DOWN.

REGROUP.

YOU'RE GOOD.

>> SO, YEAH, IT'S A LITTLE

DISTRACTING.

>> TURN IT, TURN IT.

KEEP THE POWER, KEEP THE POWER,

KEEP THE POWER.

THERE YOU GO.

BRIAN REALLY--HE WAS VERY

CONSISTENT, BUT HE DIDN'T HAVE A

GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF BRAKING

AND DOWNSHIFTING.

IT WASN'T SECOND NATURE TO HIM.

>> EXCITED TO GET OUT THERE AND

FINALLY GO.

A LITTLE BIT COLD.

BE WARM IN THE CAR, RIGHT?

>> HAVE FUN.

>> I WILL.

I RODE WITH DANNY FIRST.

>> YOU'RE ROLLING A LITTLE BIT.

DO YOUR BRAKING, GET YOUR IMPACT

DOWN, GET OFF OF IT, GET BACK ON

THE POWER.

YOU BRAKE WAY TOO EARLY.

>> OKAY.

>> GET IT SMOOTH, GET YOUR POWER

ON EARLY.

>> I JUST FELT SLOW AFTER THE

FIRST ONE AND I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE

HE WAS TOO PLEASED.

HE SAID I WAS SMOOTH AND STUFF,

BUT JUST GET ON THE THROTTLE.

>> THE BIGGER THE RADIUS, THE

BIGGER THE SPEED.

KEEP THE MOMENTUM.

IF YOU OVERDRIVE THE ENTRY AND

YOU SLIDE IT IN, BACK IT IN,

YOU'RE SLOW.

>> WHAT DID THE OTHER TWO JUDGES

SAY?

>> NOT CARRYING ENOUGH SPEED--

>> YEAH, I'D SUGGEST THAT.

DRIVE FASTER.

>> FOR SOMEONE TO SAY, "AH,

YOU'RE SLOW" IS A MOTIVATION FOR

ME.

>> NICK...I WAS FAIRLY HARD ON

HIM.

DO WE WANT TO BE SMOOTH,

NICHOLAS, OR DO WE WANT TO BE

FAST?

>> WE WANNA BE FAST.

>> I SUGGESTED TWO OR THREE

THINGS HE COULD DO.

LOOK AT THE CORNER.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE CORNER IT'S

HERE.

>> THAT WAS A LOT MORE ON THE

FLY LEARNING FOR ME.

>> LEFT, POWER, POWER, POWER,

POWER, POWER.

THAT LAST LAP YOU JUST DID WAS

THE ONE.

AND IN HIS NEXT SESSION HE

POSTED THE QUICKEST LAP.

SUPER.

THANK YOU.

>> THANKS, ROB.

>> HAVE A LOVELY MORNING.

>> I'M ABOUT TO GET IN THE CAR

WITH BORIS.

DEFINITELY LOOKING FORWARD TO

GETTING THE FEEDBACK FROM HIM

AND HOPEFULLY FINDING SOME MORE

TIME OUT OF THAT.

>> DON'T BE AFRAID.

IF THE GAS PEDAL'S FROM, LIKE,

ONE TO FIVE, YOU KNOW, DON'T BE

AFRAID TO GO TWO, THREE, THEN

GO, RIGHT?

>> I GO INTO A LITTLE MORE

MAINTENANCE THROTTLE.

>> RIGHT.

WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE CAR, I

SAID, "WOW."

HE REALLY IMPRESSED ME WITH HIS

CAR CONTROL

>> WHO'S IN HERE?

HEY.

YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME LAST TIME?

>> OH, YEAH.

>> WHO'D YOU HAVE?

>> I HAD BORIS WITH ME.

>> OH, GOD, THERE'S A PAIN IN

THE ASS.

>> [laughs]

>> IT TOOK YOU A LONG TIME TO

FIGURE OUT THAT THAT CORNER

BEFORE THE PITS YOU KEPT [bleep]

UP.

>> I DIDN'T HAVE THE BEST RUN

WITH DANNY.

I MADE THE SAME MISTAKE LAP

AFTER LAP AND I'M JUST LIKE,

"HOW AM I DOING THAT?

I NEVER DO THAT."

>> THE LEFT-HANDER MAKES ZERO

DIFFERENCE.

>> RIGHT, YEAH.

>> AND ALMOST THREW YOURSELF IN

THE FENCE FOR THREE LAPS IN A

ROW.

>> I MADE THOSE MISTAKES AND I

DIDN'T FIX 'EM--

>> YEAH, BUT I DON'T WANNA HEAR

THAT.

>> OKAY.

>> YEAH, I KNOW YOU MADE THE

MISTAKES.

I SAT THERE AND WATCHED 'EM.

>> YEAH.

>> COME ON, HOLD THE GAS NOW.

HOLD THE GAS, HOLD THE GAS.

I THINK YOU'RE THE SMOOTHEST OUT

OF THE FOUR DRIVERS THAT WE

HAVE.

BUT YOU'RE LACKING SOME OF THE

FASTER CORNERS.

CHRIS HILL DID REALLY WELL.

HE WAS SMOOTH, HE WAS ACCURATE,

HE WAS CONSISTENT.

>> I LOVE HAVING ALL THIS

FEEDBACK.

IT'S NICE TO--NICE TO SEE WHERE

I CAN--YOU KNOW, WHERE I CAN--

>> WELL, YEAH.

YEAH, YOU'RE STILL QUITE GREEN

IN THE BIG SCHEME OF THINGS.

>> IT GAVE ME CONFIDENCE TO BE

HONEST, BECAUSE A LOT OF WHAT I

WAS DOING WAS RIGHT.

>> FOR ME, FINALLY GETTING IN

THE CAR AND RIDING WITH 'EM

TELLS ME EVERYTHING.

AFTER--KNOWING THESE GUYS ARE

ALL GAMERS, I WOULD BE THAT NICK

HAS RACING EXPERIENCE BECAUSE HE

WAS SO SMOOTH AND FAST IN THE

CAR, IT JUST SEEMED LIKE HE'S

BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS.

>> REALLY SMOOTH.

VERY SMOOTH.

I LIKE THAT, BUT HE WAS SLOW.

SOMEBODY IN FRONT OF HIM HAD

MADE A MISTAKE ON THE LAP AND WE

CAUGHT--WHERE IT WAS VISUALLY

RIGHT THERE.

IF I HAD SEEN THAT GUY, I WOULD

HAVE BEEN PUSHING TO CATCH HIM.

HE ACTUALLY BACKED UP A LITTLE

BIT.

HE DIDN'T WANNA GET TOO CLOSE TO

HIM.

>> WELL, FOR ME, NICK--I COULD

HAVE UNBUCKLED THE SEAT BELTS

AND FELT COMFORTABLE AND THAT

WAS THE ONLY COMPETITOR I FELT

LIKE THAT.

THE OTHER GUY THAT WAS A BIG

SURPRISE WAS CHRIS.

HE'S REALLY STEPPED UP HIS GAME.

>> I WENT FROM NICK TO CHRIS AND

CHRIS WAS JUST MORE ON IT.

MORE TRYING TO GET THE SPEED OUT

OF IT.

>> BRIAN JUST SORT OF ALMOST

WENT UNNOTICED A LITTLE.

QUITE GOOD THROUGH, UM, VEIL AND

CLUB, BUT TOO SLOW AT THE SLOW

STUFF.

>> HE HAS TO SEPARATE THE GEAR

CHANGES FROM THE DRIVING.

>> RIGHT.

FOR ME, UM, ON PATRICK--AND I

HAD HIM AT THE END--WE HAD FOUR

OFFS IN THREE LAPS.

BUT I WAS IMPRESSED WITH HIM IN

THE HIGH SPEED STUFF.

PARTICULARLY ONE IN STOWE.

HE WAS VERY GOOD.

>> ALL COMPETITION PATRICK'S

BEEN KIND OF A HEAD CASE, WE

COULD ALL AGREE.

BUT HE'S ALWAYS BROUGHT HIS "A"

GAME WHEN IT COUNTED.

HE COULD RISE TO THE OCCASION

WHEN WE GO RACE.

>> I THINK HE WANTS IT MOST.

>> HE DOES.

>> I REALLY FEEL LIKE HE...

>> YEP.

>> REALLY WANTS IT.

>> WE'RE BEATING A DEAD HORSE.

THIS IS JUST PRACTICE.

LET'S WAIT TILL QUALIFYING AND

WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

>> ALL RIGHT, DRIVERS.

PREPARE TO QUALIFY.

YOU'LL BE DOING A FOUR LAP

QUALIFYING ROUND.

FASTEST LAP WILL GET POLE

POSITION IN THE FINAL RACE.

GOOD LUCK AND GO FAST.

>> THERE THEY GO.

QUALIFYING IN RACING IS ALWAYS

IMPORTANT.

IT'S A LOT EASIER TO START AT

THE FRONT AND HOLD THE LEAD

VERSUS COMING FROM BEHIND.

SO THIS QUALIFYING FOR THIS

FINAL RACE IS GONNA BE

PARAMOUNT.

>> IT'S TIME TO PUT IT ALL DOWN,

GO OUT, AND MAKE THAT LAP.

>> GOING OUT, I FELT GOOD.

IT CERTAINLY WAS A LOT DIFFERENT

NOT HAVING ANOTHER PERSON WITH

YOU, SO THE CAR FELT A LOT

DIFFERENT.

THAT WAS SOMETHING TO TRY TO GET

USED TO RIGHT AWAY.

BUT I-I LIKED IT, NOT HAVING

SOMEONE SITTING NEXT TO YOU,

CRITIQUING YOU THE WHOLE TIME.

I WAS ABLE TO FOCUS ON MY

DRIVING AND JUST PUT MY HEAD

DOWN AND TRY TO DO THE BEST LAPS

I POSSIBLY COULD.

>> OOH, CHRIS WAS QUICK.

>> YES.

>> OH, BIG LOCK UP GOING DOWN

THERE.

>> PATRICK, HE WAS WIDE COMING

OUT OF ONE.

>> WELL, HE'S NOT IN THE GRAVEL.

>> SO FAR.

>> OOH, BIG LOCK UP INTO THE

VEIL HERE.

>> CHRIS AGAIN, SAME THING.

HE'S STRUGGLING.

THE BRAKING HASN'T GOTTEN

BETTER.

>> MY INITIAL PLAN WAS TO GET A

GOOD LAP IN QUALIFYING AND I HAD

TO WORK FOR IT HARDER THAN I

THOUGHT I HAD TO WORK FOR IT.

>> THAT PUTS NICK SECOND

QUICKEST BEHIND CHRIS HILL.

>> HERE AT GT ACADEMY, THE

DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS

MASSIVELY INTENSE.

WE WANT THE STRONGEST INDIVIDUAL

OUT OF THE GROUP THAT WE HAVE

HERE, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY.

OUT OF THE FINAL FOUR, BOTH

BRIAN AND NICK ARE MENTALLY THE

TOUGHEST AND THEY'RE BOTH IN

GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION AS WELL.

CHRIS AND PATRICK, NOW THEY'RE

THE TWO MORE SORT OF EMOTIONAL

CHARACTERS.

CHRIS IS THE TYPE OF CHARACTER

THAT HE WORRIES ABOUT WHAT OTHER

PEOPLE THINK ABOUT HIM.

HE NEEDS TO FOCUS MORE ON HIS

OWN STRENGTHS AND BEING MORE

CONFIDENT IN HIMSELF.

PATRICK, HE'S A MASSIVE THINKER.

SOMETIMES YOU CAN OVER-THINK

AND OVER-THINKING CAN CAUSE

OVER-COMPLICATIONS.

>> CHRIS HILL, HE'S LETTING

EVERYBODY GO BY.

>> SO CHRIS DID A GOOD JOB, THEN

HE'S JUST GAPPING HIMSELF, HUH?

>> CHRIS HILL PULLED OUT FROM

THE PACK AND DROPPED BACK BEHIND

ME BECAUSE HE WANTED CLEAR

TRACK.

MESSED UP MY BRAKING POINT

'CAUSE HE WAS SIDE BY SIDE WITH

ME.

[snaps fingers] IT STARTED ME

THINKING AND SO I MADE A COUPLE

MORE MISTAKES.

[tires screech]

>> WHO IS THAT COMING BY THE

START TO FINISH ME OFF?

>> PATRICK AND CHRIS.

IN TERMS OF CHRIS AND PATRICK,

THEY BOTH WANNA BEAT EACH OTHER

FOR SURE.

THAT STANDS FROM A LONG RIVALRY

THAT STARTED IN NATIONAL FINALS

LAST YEAR AND HAS CONTINUED

THROUGHOUT THE ACADEMY.

>> OH, PATRICK'S DONE!

BOY, THEY'RE JUST RACING.

DO THEY NOT KNOW IT'S

QUALIFYING?

>> EMOTIONS CAN BE POSITIVE AND

NEGATIVE, BUT THERE'S TIMES

WHEN YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO

CONTROL IT.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE

TO RECHANNEL IT AND USE IT IN A

POSITIVE WAY.

>> LOOK, THEY'RE JUST TRIPPING

EACH OTHER UP.

>> BUT, AS I SAY TO ANY RACING

DRIVER I'VE WORKED WITH, "DO

YOUR TALKING ON THE TRACK."

>> PATRICK WAS HOLDING ME UP A

BIT.

WE WERE RUNNING OUT OF LAPS FOR

QUALIFYING AND I WANTED TO GET A

GOOD LAP IN SOMEWHERE IN THERE.

>> HE'S GONNA PASS HIM.

I MEAN, THAT'S STUPID.

>> [bleep]!

>> IT WAS A MOVE THAT I'VE DONE.

HOWEVER I HAD NEVER STARTED

BRAKING ON THAT PARTICULAR PART

OF TARMAC THERE, WHICH TURNED

OUT TO BE A LOT MORE BUMPY THAN

I EXPECTED.

>> CHECKERED FLAG, GUYS.

CHECKERED FLAG.

>> CHRIS HILL WAS RUNNING A FAST

LAP BEHIND ME.

HE PULLED A BIZARRE MOVE FOR

QUALIFYING.

HE TRIED TO MAKE A PASS AT A

TURN WHERE THERE WOULDN'T

NORMALLY BE PASSING

I ACTUALLY HAD TO TAKE AVOIDING

ACTION AND RUN WIDE OFF THE

CIRCUIT, AND HE ENDED UP

SPINNING AFTER LOCKING UP HIS

BRAKES, 'CAUSE HE REALIZED IT

WAS A BAD IDEA AT THE LAST

SECOND.

>> I NEED TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT

THE SPIN YOU HAD SO, YEAH? OKAY?

>> YEAH, NO PROBLEM.

>> TELL US WHAT HAPPENED.

>> YEAH, I LOOKED AT A PASS

ATTEMPT THAT WAS PRETTY

ILL-ADVISED AND I REALIZED IT

WAS GOING TO NOT GO WELL, SO I

PUSHED A LITTLE HARD AT THE

BRAKE AND ENDED UP WITH SOME

LOCK UP AND--AND I--

>> 'CAUSE YOU HAD TO CONTINUE

THAT MOVE.

TO AVOID CONTACT.

>> RIGHT, AND I REALIZED IT WAS

GOING TO BE THAT SO THAT'S WHY

I STAYED ON.

JUST 'CAUSE I FELT LIKE I HAD A

RUN AND--

>> SO JUST WATCH IT IN THE RACE.

>> OF COURSE, SIR.

>> OKAY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> YEP.

>> YEP.

IT WAS NOT THE BEST, BUT IT

HAPPENS.

YEAH.

KIND OF.

>> GENTLEMEN...IT COMES DOWN

TO THIS.

400,000 PEOPLE COMPETED TO STAND

WHERE YOU ARE TODAY.

IN A MOMENT, YOU GUYS ARE GONNA

BE RACING WHEEL-TO-WHEEL ON THE

INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT RIGHT HERE

IN SILVERSTONE.

WHEN IT'S ALL OVER AND THE

JUDGES HAVE MADE THEIR FINAL

DECISION, ONLY ONE OF YOU WILL

TAKE HOME THE COVETED RED HELMET

AND BE A PART OF THE GLOBAL

RACING PROGRAM FROM NISSAN.

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY OF A

LIFETIME.

YOU'LL REMEMBER THIS DAY, THIS

RACE, THIS MOMENT, FOR THE REST

OF YOUR LIVES.

MY ADVICE TO YOU: LEAVE HERE

WITH NO REGRETS.

DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO WIN THIS

RACE AND PROVE TO THE JUDGES

THAT YOU HAVE THE VIRTUES OF A

NISMO ATHLETE: SPEED, STRENGTH,

AND SOUL.

GOOD LUCK.

>> CLEARLY, A QUALIFYING SESSION

HAS A QUALIFYING RESULT.

AND WITH A PHENOMENAL FIRST LAP

WHEN THE TIRES WERE AT THEIR

OPTIMUM, CHRIS TAKES POLE.

LINING UP ALONGSIDE HIM ON THE

FRONT ROW WILL BE NICK.

BRIAN, P3.

PATRICK, P4.

ALL THE TIMES ARE WITHIN A

VERY, VERY SMALL WINDOW.

DHANI WAS RIGHT.

EVERYTHING IS IN PLAY.

HAVE NO REGRETS.

ENJOY IT.

HAVE FUN.

GOOD LUCK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> GOOD LUCK.

>> GOOD LUCK, GUYS.

I STILL THINK IT COULD BE

ANYBODY'S RACE 'CAUSE AFTER

QUALIFYING, ALL FOUR GUYS WERE

WITHIN THAT MUCH, RIGHT?

BUT BRIAN, WHO'S BEEN KINDA THE

SLOWEST, IS REALLY CONSISTENT.

>> IT'S ABSOLUTELY JUST

MIND-BLOWING TO BE IN THE FINAL

RACE.

IT'S A FEELING I'VE REALLY NEVER

FELT BEFORE.

THE AMOUNT OF NERVES, THE AMOUNT

OF EXCITEMENT, ALTOGETHER IT'S

JUST A HUGE BAG OF THINGS MIXED

UP INTO ONE THING.

>> CHRIS HILL, HE'S KINDA MY

DARK HORSE.

>> IF CHRIS HILL PUTS IN THAT

FLYING LAP, THAT SECOND LAP

QUICKER THAN THE OTHERS, THAT

COULD SEE HIM MAKE A BREAK

EARLY ON.

>> BEING IN THE FINAL FOUR MAKES

THE DREAM MUCH MORE REAL,

ESPECIALLY AFTER THE AMOUNT OF

YEARS OF TRYING AND FAILING,

IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE THAT.

IT'S SO CLOSE TO BEING IN SIGHT.

IT'S SORT OF A CHECKER OR WRECK

'ER DAY.

>> NICK HAS BEEN THE FASTEST,

BUT HE DIDN'T SHOW IT IN

QUALIFYING.

IF YOUR SCENARIO PLANS OUT AND

CHRIS GETS AWAY AT THE START,

THEN IT'S UP TO NICK.

HE'S GOTTA STAY BEHIND HIM AND

KEEP THE PRESSURE ON BECAUSE I

THINK IF HE KEEPS THE PRESSURE

ON HIM, HE'LL FORCE HIM INTO A

MISTAKE.

>> IT HONESTLY HAS NOT HIT ME

YET THAT I HAVE A CHANCE AT

THIS.

THIS MIGHT BE A LIFE-CHANGING

REALITY, HONESTLY, 'CAUSE IT'S

RIGHT THERE.

>> PATRICK, HE'S JUST ERRATIC.

HE DID SHOW FLASHES OF SPEED TO

ALL OF US THIS MORNING.

IF HE CAN PUT THAT TOGETHER, I

THINK HE COULD SURPRISE US.

>> I'M FEELING PRETTY CONFIDENT

GOING INTO THE FINAL RACE.

IT'S A RACE, PURE AND SIMPLE.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT I'VE DONE

VIRTUALLY WAY TOO MANY TIMES.

THE ACADEMY HAS GIVEN ME THE

CONFIDENCE THAT MY SKILLS REALLY

DO TRANSLATE FROM THE VIRTUAL

WORLD TO REALITY.

>> IT'S GONNA COME DOWN TO THE

START AND NOT MAKING A MISTAKE

THROUGH THE FIRST COUPLE OF

CORNERS.

DO WE A HAVE A HEART RATE

MONITOR ON 'EM RIGHT NOW.

>> I WISH WE DID 'CAUSE MINE'S

UP.

>> MINE'S UP.

>> LIGHTS OFF.

>> OFF, THERE WE GO.

>> CHRIS IS IN THE LEAD.

BRIAN JUST SQUEEZED INTO SECOND.

>> GOTTA KEEP THE PRESSURE ON

THE LEADER.

CHRIS CARRIED AN INCH AWAY.

AND WHAT WE SAID IS IF YOU DON'T

HAVE THE PRESSURE ON CHRIS,

I THINK HE'LL PULL AWAY, WHICH

WE'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW, AND

HE'LL START GETTING MORE

COMFORTABLE.

I HATE TO SAY, BRIAN MADE A

GREAT START, BUT HE'S HOLDING

THE PACK UP A LITTLE BIT.

>> THERE WE GO, NICK.

>> COME ON, NICK.

>> NICK, THE SECOND, UP THE

INSIDE.

>> GO ON, GO ON!

>> GO, NICK, GO!

JUST DRIVE IT IN THERE.

>> GOOD MAN.

>> THERE YOU GO, THERE YOU GO.

>> LOCK UP.

GO ON, STAY WITH--AW.

HE DIDN'T HIT HIS--

>> STAY WITH IT.

>> TOO TIMID.

SEE, THOSE GUYS ARE GONNA GET IN

A BATTLE OVER EACH OTHER AND

THEY'RE JUST GONNA LET CHRIS GET

AWAY.

>> YEP.

>> OH, PATRICK.

>> PATRICK RAN WIDE AGAIN.

>> NICK IS FASTER THAN BRIAN,

BUT HE'S GOTTA FIND A WAY BY.

>> FOR SURE.

>> HE NEEDS TO BE MORE

AGGRESSIVE ON THE WAY IN.

>> COME ON.

>> PULL UP.

>> LAST MINUTE.

NOW GO, NOW GO.

>> GO, GO!

GO ON IN.

>> OH, NOW HE--HE GOT IT.

OH, YEAH, HE GOT IT.

>> HE GOT IT, HE GOT IT.

>> BRIAN'S GOING BACK AFTER HIM.

>> WHOA!

>> BIT TIGHT.

>> STILL--YEAH, HE'S STILL GOT

IT.

THE QUESTION NOW IS NOW NICK IS

CLEAR OF BRIAN, HOW QUICKLY HE

CAN HUNT DOWN CHRIS HILL.

>> DID HE CLEAR HIM?

I THINK HE CLEARED HIM.

>> YEAH, HE'S THROUGH, HE'S

THROUGH.

>> WELL, HE'S GOT FIVE LAPS TO

DO IT, SO HE'S GOTTA GET ON THE

STICK.

>> YEAH.

>> OKAY, SO 33, 28, 26, AND 32

WITH FIVE LAPS REMAINING.

LOOK AT THIS.

HE'S ALREADY PULLING AWAY FROM

BRIAN AND REELING IN CHRIS.

>> YEAH.

CATCHING AND PASSING ARE TWO

DIFFERENT THINGS, SO FIRST HE'S

GOTTA CATCH CHRIS, THEN HE'S

GOTTA BE AGGRESSIVE AND GET BY

HIM.

I TELL YA, PATRICK IS A BIG

DISAPPOINTMENT.

HE OBVIOUSLY WASN'T PLAYING.

HE'S FALLING BACK...

>> YOU'RE RIGHT [indistinct].

>> HE CAN'T KEEP PACE WITH THE

LEADER.

>> WELL, WE'VE SEEN A COUPLE OF

MISTAKES JUST FROM WHAT WE'VE

SEEN ON THE SCREEN, AND THAT'S

JUST WHAT WE'VE CAUGHT.

>> COUPLE OF LAPS IN I JUST

STARTED TRYING TO DRIVE TOO

HARD, TRYING TO CATCH THEM

RATHER THAN JUST DRIVING MY

RACE.

I STARTED OVER DRIVING AND ENDED

UP HANDING MY CHANCE AWAY.

>> THREE LAPS TO GO.

IF NICK WANTS ANY CHANCE TO WIN

THIS THING, HE'S GOTTA RAISE HIS

GAME RIGHT NOW.

HE'S GOTTA DIG DEEP.

>> IF HE CAN JUST GET THAT GAP

DOWN SLIGHTLY, I THINK HE'LL PUT

SOME PRESSURE ON CHRIS.

>> BUT BRIAN'S STAYING RIGHT

WITH 'EM.

>> IN A FRACTION--

>> BRIAN'S WITH HIM.

[tires screech]

>> WHOA, THERE, BIG LOCK UP

FROM BRIAN.

>> YOU KNOW, I WAS STRUGGLING

WITH THE BRAKING AND THAT

KINDA STARTED GETTING IN MY HEAD

AND I STARTED OVERDRIVING THE

CAR AND I WAS KINDA A LITTLE

ERRATIC ON THE GEAR CHANGES.

>> BRIAN IS FALLING AWAY.

>> HE'S FALLING AWAY 'CAUSE HE

LOCKED UP.

HE LOST IT ALL IN ONE CORNER.

>> I JUST COULDN'T PULL IT BACK

TOGETHER.

>> TWO MORE LAPS.

>> COME ON.

>> LET'S GO.

>> COME ON.

>> I'M IMPRESSED WITH CHRIS'S

CONSISTENCY.

>> YEAH, HE'S DONE A GOOD JOB

AND HIS LAP TIMES ARE GOOD.

COME ON, DIVE DOWN THERE.

>> HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY TIME.

HE'S GOTTA GET IT NOW.

>> YEP.

>> NO, BUT I MEAN--

>> NOW.

>> YOU GOTTA MAKE HIM THINK

YOU'RE GONNA LAP HIM.

>> YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

>> PLUS, HE WAS A HALF A CAR

LENGTH OUT OF HIS SLIPSTREAM.

I JUST DON'T SEE HIM MAKING IT

HAPPEN.

>> OH, LOOK AT THIS, LOOK AT

THIS.

IF THAT GAP ISN'T CLOSER--

COME ON.

>> IT'S CLOSE BUT WE ONLY HAVE A

LAP AND A HALF LEFT.

>> I KNOW, BUT IT MIGHT FORCE

HIM INTO A MISTAKE.

LAST LAP?

>> CHECKERED FLAG THIS TIME

AROUND.

>> LOOK AT HIM, LOOK AT THE GAP.

>> LAST LAP. COME ON.

>> LOOK AT THE GAP.

>> HERE WE ARE.

>> HE'S CLOSE.

>> COMING ONTO THE HANGAR

STRAIGHT.

>> LAST LAP.

HE'S CLOSE, HE'S CLOSE.

COME ON.

NOT GONNA GET IT DONE.

>> RIGHT ON HIM.

>> HE'S ABSOLUTELY ON HIM.

>> HE'S NOT GONNA GET HIM.

NOT GET HIM--HE WON'T GET HIM.

[tires screech]

>> [bleep]!

>> WAIT, IS THIS HAPPENING?

>> WHAT?

>> WHAT? THAT'S CRAZY.

>> [laughter]

>> WHAT? HE'S DONE IT!

HE GOT IT!

>> YEAH!

>> [bleep] KIDDING ME?

>> ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

[cheers and applause]

>> CAN WE GET A REPLAY?

>> NO!

>> OH, YOU RAN WIDE.

>> JUST LUCK, TYPICAL.

>> HE RAN WIDE.

>> JUST GOES IN TOO QUICK.

SLIGHT WIDE--

>> WHICH HE DID WITH ME IN THE

CAR.

HE JUST OVERDID IT.

OH, A NICE PASS.

>> WHOO HOO!

[cheers and applause]

>> NICK DIDN'T BACK OFF, HE

DIDN'T GET COMPLACENT AND SAY,

"OKAY, I'M IN SECOND PLACE,"

WHICH I WAS WORRIED ABOUT.

>> WAIT, HE WAS IN THIRD PLACE.

>> NO, NO, BOX TO START WAS IN

THIRD PLACE.

>> BUT ONCE HE MADE THAT PASS, I

THOUGHT, "OKAY, IS HE GONNA BE

ABLE TO RUN CHRIS DOWN?"

'CAUSE CHRIS HAD BEEN QUICK.

>> HE WAS ON POLE POSITION FOR A

REASON.

HE WAS OUR FASTEST MAN.

>> YEAH.

>> BUT NICK SET A SERIES OF

FASTEST LAPS AND TOOK THE PASS

ON THE LAST LAP WHEN IT

MATTERED.

>> AND HE FORCED HIM INTO THE

THING AND HELD IT, PASSED IT,

HELD ONTO IT, DIDN'T MAKE A

MISTAKE AT THE END.

CHECKERED FLAG.

>> CHRIS, REALLY UNFORTUNATE.

>> BUT I'VE GOTTA GIVE CREDIT TO

NICK.

HE DID A FABULOUS JOB.

>> HE'S DONE A FABULOUS JOB ALL

WEEK, DANIEL.

>> HE HAS, BUT BRIAN SHOWED A

VERY GOOD, CONSISTENT RUN, BUT

JUST NOT--DIDN'T QUITE

HAVE THE SPEED...

>> YEAH.

>> AND PATRICK WAS TOO ERRATIC

AND COULDN'T PUT IT TOGETHER

FROM THE GET GO.

>> YEAH.

>> SOLE STRENGTH, COOL.

SCORES REALLY HIGH, BUT SPEED

JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

>> AS MUCH AS WE THOUGHT WE

MIGHT HAVE TO GO PAST THIS,

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS, BUT

OUR WINNER IS THE WINNER OF THE

RACE.

>> LOOK AT YOU.

YOU WON!

[cheers and applause]

>> WHAT'S UP, MAN?

COME ON, MAN.

CONGRATULATIONS, MAN.

THE JUDGES HAVE DELIBERATED.

>> YEP.

>> YOU HAD A FANTASTIC RACE,

A PASS AT THE VERY END.

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE 2013

GT ACADEMY CHAMPION.

[cheers and applause]

YOU GET TO TAKE HOME THE RED

HELMET.

>> YEAH!

THIS SMILE HAS BEEN ON MY FACE,

I THINK SINCE I PASSED CHRIS.

AND THEN TO ACTUAL BE TOLD THAT

I W-WON?

IT'S--YEAH, MY CHEEKS ARE GONNA

BE SORE TOMORROW, TO SAY THE

LEAST.

>> THE BEST MAN WON TODAY.

THAT'S FOR SURE.

>> HE'S GONNA THINK ABOUT THAT

FOR A LONG TIME.

>> HOW IS CHRIS FEELING NOW?

>> HE WILL BE ABOUT AS LOW AS HE

CAN BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE MADE THE

MISTAKE.

>> HE DID.

>> HE LOST THE RACE.

>> YEAH.

>> IT'S DIFFERENT IF YOU HAVE A

CAR FAILURE AND YOU GET TAKEN

OUT, BUT THAT WAS AN UNFORCED

ERROR.

IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR THAT JUST

ONE BAD SHIFT, ULTIMATELY NICK

NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD A CHANCE.

EVEN IF HE GOT NEXT TO ME, HE

WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN AROUND.

SO, YOU KNOW, PRETTY MUCH GAVE

HIM THE GIFT.

[cheers and applause]

>> HEY.

EVERYBODY SHOULD GO UP TO THE

PODIUM, ALL RIGHT?

>> IT'S TOUGH 'CAUSE I KNEW I

THREW IT ALL AWAY FOR MYSELF.

HE DID EVERYTHING HE NEEDED TO

DO AND I DID EVERYTHING I

SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE.

>> I FOCUSED ON RACING THE BEST

THAT I COULD.

AND MATT, I FEEL THAT I WON

TODAY, EVEN FINISHING IN FOURTH

PLACE.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WOULD

YOU PLEASE JOIN ME IN

CONGRATULATING OUR 2013 GT

ACADEMY CHAMPION, NICK

MCMILLEN.

[cheers and applause]

>> YEAH, NICK!

>> I'M JUST EXCITED THAT HE WON.

>> NOW I MAY PRESENT THE

PRESTIGIOUS RACING HELMET

TO NICK MCMILLEN.

CONGRATULATIONS.

[cheers and applause]

>> OH, WOW.

>> COME ON, NICK!

>> I NEVER CRY.

I STARTED TO ON THE PODIUM.

I--TEARS OF JOY.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE MYSELF.

I WAS TRYING TO HOLD BACK, BUT I

WAS LIKE, SCREW IT.

THIS IS--THIS IS FANTASTIC RIGHT

NOW.

I'M DEFINITELY--DEFINITELY GONNA

MAKE EVERYONE PROUD.

THAT'S FOR SURE.

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