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More Than A Video Game

The best of the best Gamers attempt a high-speed drive-by through narrow openings without crashing on a wall. A mistake could cost these gamers their dream.

>> PREVIOUSLY ON GT ACADEMY...

>> BORIS AND I WILL BE CHASING

YOU IN THIS NISSAN AND WE'LL BE

FIRING PAINTBALLS AT YOU.

>> OUR SHENANIGANS IN THE PIT

JUST REALLY KILLED US.

>> LOOKS LIKE HE'S STRUGGLING.

>> I HAD GOTTEN THE WHEEL WEDGED

IN THE FENDER WELL.

>> OH, SLOPPY CORNERING.

ERIC, BRIAN, PACK YOUR BAG,

RETURN YOUR HELMET.

YOUR RACE FROM VIRTUAL TO

REALITY ENDS HERE.

>> CAN THE SKILLS LEARNED IN

A VIDEO GAME TRANSFER TO A REAL

RACETRACK?

TO FIND OUT, THE 16 FASTEST

GRAN TURISMO GAMERS WILL FIGHT

FOR THE ULTIMATE PRIZE: 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

♪ 'CAUSE NO ONE ELSE CARES

>> 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!

>> ♪ SO GO FOR THE KILL

♪ 'CAUSE NO ONE ELSE CARES

>> HE'S SIDEWAYS.

HE'S SIDEWAYS.

>> ♪ GO FOR THE KILL

>> THIS MORNING WE WOKE THE

GAMERS TO COMPLETE A SERIES OF

PHYSICAL ENDURANCE EXERCISES

KNOWN AS THE F1 WORKOUT.

>> TO BE A GOOD RACING DRIVER,

YOU NEED GOOD STRENGTH IN THE

NECK, THE SHOULDERS, THE MUSCLES

THAT WRAP AROUND THE SPINE.

IT IS A TOTAL BODY SPORT.

AND PUSHING AND PULLING A CAR

WILL TEST YOUR COORDINATION.

>> USED BY PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS,

THESE EXERCISES ENABLE THE

GAMERS TO DEVELOP MUSCLES NEEDED

TO WITHSTAND CORNERING FORCES IN

LONG-TERM RACES.

>> WHEN IT COMES TO ENDURANCE,

I THINK I DEFINITELY HAVE THE

ADVANTAGE.

BUT PHYSICALLY, I FEEL LIKE I'M

DECENT.

>> I THINK FITNESS IS UNDERRATED

BY PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW THE

PHYSICAL STRESSES INVOLVED IN

MOTOR RACING, EVEN THOUGH THE

DRIVERS ARE COCOONED IN A VERY

TIGHT-FITTING RACE CAR.

>> [grunts]

>> THE AVERAGE HEAD WEIGHS

AROUND ABOUT 12, 13, 14 POUNDS.

THE NECK MUSCLES HAVE TO HOLD

THAT IN HIGH-SPEED CORNERS.

THEY NEED TO BE EXTREMELY FIT.

>> IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR

SILVERSTONE, I'VE BEEN WORKING

A LOT ON MY FITNESS.

I'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF

RUNNING, STRENGTH TRAINING,

WORKING MYSELF TO THE POINT OF

EXHAUSTION.

>> THEY'RE CARRYING HEAVY WHEELS

OFF A RACE CAR THAT WE OWN.

THAT'S A FANTASTIC

CARDIOVASCULAR AND MUSCULAR

ENDURANCE EXERCISE.

>> I'VE BEEN RUNNING A LOT.

I'VE STARTED GOING BACK TO THE

BMX TRACK.

I'VE BEEN EATING BETTER.

IT'S TOUGH, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY

GONNA BE WORTH IT.

>> STEVE HAS BEEN SHOWING US

SOME POTENTIAL, BUT IF HE

DOESN'T START STANDING OUT FROM

THE GROUP, I WOULDN'T BE

SURPRISED TO SEE HIM GO.

>> GO, PULL!

AND THEN OF COURSE YOU SAW THE

TUG OF WAR.

WHEN YOU'RE PULLING ANOTHER

INDIVIDUAL TOWARDS YOU, IT'S

ENGAGING ALL OF THE MUSCLES THAT

REALLY SUPPORT YOUR SPINE WHEN

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH A RACE.

>> IT'S COMING ALONG, SON.

>> HEY, WHAT'S UP, GUYS?

>> WHAT'S UP?

>> WHAT'S UP, D?

>> IT'S TIME FOR YOUR NEXT

CHALLENGE.

I NEED A VOLUNTEER.

KINDA QUICK.

>> I'M GOOD ON THE REFLEXES.

>> ALL RIGHT. LET'S GO.

>> I WANTED TO GET OUT THERE.

THE LONGER YOU SIT THERE

THINKING ABOUT IT, THE WORSE

YOU'RE GONNA DO.

>> THIS CHALLENGE INVOLVES

DRIVING THE NISSAN GT-R THROUGH

TWO FOAM GATES STRATEGICALLY

PLACED ON THE STOWE CIRCUIT.

IT GETS TRICKY ON GATE TWO SINCE

IT'S MUCH SMALLER THAN GATE ONE,

MAKING IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT

FOR THE NISSAN GT-R TO PASS

THROUGH WITH SPEED.

>> IT'S GONNA BE AMAZING IF THEY

CAN MAKE IT THROUGH CLEAN.

>> I HEAD OUT THERE.

I SEE WHAT THEY'VE GOT SET UP.

I SEE IN THE DISTANCE A BUNCH

OF, LIKE, BANNERS OR SOMETHING

WITH HOLES IN 'EM.

AND I'M LIKE, "THAT LOOKS LIKE

THE SHAPE OF A CAR."

I SEE AHEAD OF ME THE FIRST GATE

AND IT'S WIDE.

I KNEW THAT WASN'T GONNA BE A

PROBLEM.

>> THREE, TWO, ONE, GO.

>> THEY SAID "GREEN,"

PUNCHED IT.

>> FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD, AND

THEN SLAM ON THE BRAKES UNDER

THE GATE.

I HANG A LEFT AROUND THE FIRST

TURN AND I THOUGHT THAT THE

SECOND GATE WAS GONNA BE AS WIDE

AS THE FIRST ONE, AND I COULD

SEE HOW NARROW THAT GATE WAS.

I HAVE A NATURAL UNDERSTANDING

OF THE BASIC CONCEPTS IN

PHYSICS, JUST, UH, FORCE

MOMENTUM, PIVOT POINTS.

I JUST INSTINCTIVELY KNEW WHAT

TO DO AND DOVE IT IN THERE,

PUNCHED IT THROUGH THE GATE.

JUST LIKE--VOOM!

>> OH, MY GOD!

>> I MADE IT.

IT FELT AWESOME.

I WENT THROUGH THE FINISH.

I KNEW RIGHT THEN I HAD DONE

AN AWESOME JOB...

>> both: HE'S ON IT.

>> ESPECIALLY BEING THE FIRST

ONE OUT.

>> OH, MATT.

HOW COOL WAS THAT?

>> I THINK MATTHEW REALLY SET

A HIGH BAR HERE, GOING THROUGH

COMPLETELY CLEAN.

WE DIDN'T EXPECT THAT.

>> JETT CHANDLER.

>> JETT CHANDLER, I THINK HE'S

GOT SOME GOOD PRECISION.

I'VE SEEN GOOD WORK FROM HIM.

I THINK HE'S GONNA BE FAST.

>> THEY WANT YOU TO GO AS FAST

AS YOU CAN, AND YOU'RE GOING AT

THESE FOAM TUNNELS.

IT DOES MESS WITH YOU 'CAUSE

YOU'RE KIND OF IMAGINING A WALL.

LIKE, WHAT IF I WAS GOING THAT

FAST AND I HIT A WALL LIKE THAT?

>> OH, HE'S GOING SLOW.

MY GRANNY CAN MAKE IT THROUGH

THOSE GATES GOING THAT SPEED.

>> I WAS VERY CONSERVATIVE, JUST

TO MAKE IT THROUGH THOSE

TUNNELS.

>> HE HAS BEEN TIMID IN TRAFFIC.

THIS MIGHT MAKE YOU TIMID.

>> I GOTTA SAY, I WENT SISSY

SPEED, OR HOWEVER YOU WANNA PUT

IT.

I MEAN, I TOOK IT TOO EASY.

>> OF COURSE HE MADE IT THROUGH,

HE TOOK THE EASY ROUTE GOING

SLOW.

>> I COULD'VE STRAIGHTENED OUT

BETTER AND GOT ON THE GAS A LOT

SOONER, INSTEAD OF JUST LIKE--

[squeals]

>> COME ON, MAN, YOU GOTTA STEP

IT UP.

>> STEVE DOHERTY'S UP NEXT.

I THINK WE MIGHT SEE A FOAM

SNOWSTORM IN OUR FUTURE.

>> I THINK HE'S GONNA SLOW DOWN

MAYBE A LITTLE BIT.

>> NO.

>> STEVE DOHERTY DOES NOT SLOW

DOWN.

HE'S SHOWED A LOT OF SPEED.

>> THE FIRST GATE I TOTALLY JUST

BRAKE WAY TOO EARLY AND THEN GOT

BEHIND AND COULDN'T REALLY MAKE

UP ANY TIME.

>> HE'S SLOW THOUGH.

>> HE'S SLOW.

HE'S BEING VERY CONSERVATIVE.

>> HE'S GOING TO THE MARKET TO

GET SOME TEA.

>> UGH, NOT FAST ENOUGH.

>> DID I CALL THAT OR NOT?

>> YOU CALLED IT.

>> YOU KNOW, FINISHING LAST

PLACE IN ANY EVENT IS NEVER

GOOD.

>> HE WAS CLEAN AND SLOW.

>> AT THAT POINT, I WAS PRETTY

WORRIED.

>> SO LET'S SEE WHAT JEFF CAN

DO.

>> I HAD BEEN ON THE BUBBLE

TWICE AT THAT POINT, AND SO I

GAVE IT ALL I HAD.

I'M COMING UP ON THE FIRST TURN

AND THE FIRST GATE IS ACTUALLY

PRETTY LARGE.

IT WAS EASY TO MAKE IT THROUGH.

I'M COMING UP ON THE SECOND

CORNER, AND I SEE THAT THIS GATE

IS MUCH SMALLER THAN THE LAST

ONE.

JUST CALL ON MY AUTOCROSSING

HABITS AND GET THE CAR AS CLOSE

TO THE EDGE OF THE GATE...

>> WOW.

>> NOT BAD.

NOT AS FAST AS MATT, BUT PRETTY

GOOD.

>> YEAH, I JUST SHOT THE GAP AND

MADE IT THROUGH.

THAT SECOND GATE IS SO TINY.

>> WELL, NEXT UP IS AUSTIN COBB.

>> I THINK AUSTIN COBB'S GONNA

MAKE IT.

I JUST BET ONE OF HIS

INSTRUCTORS A DOLLAR THAT HE

MAKES IT CLEAN.

>> THREE, TWO, ONE, GO.

>> COME ON, AUSTIN.

>> EARLY ON THE BRAKES.

>> I BELIEVE.

>> EARLY ON THE BRAKES.

>> I BELIEVE, AUSTIN.

>> OOH.

>> OH, SIDEWAYS THERE.

>> I BELIEVE, AUSTIN.

>> I JUST WANT THIS.

THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT.

BUT I HOPE MY DRIVE JUST OUTDOES

THEIRS.

>> COME ON, AUSTIN.

COME ON, AUSTIN.

I BELIEVE, AUSTIN.

>> I BELIEVE, AUSTIN.

>> OOH.

>> OH, SIDEWAYS THERE.

>> COME ON, AUSTIN.

COME ON, AUSTIN.

I BELIEVE, AUSTIN.

I BELIEVE, AUSTIN.

[cheering]

MY MAN FROM ENGLAND OWES ME ONE

CRISP DOLLAR.

>> THANK YOU.

>> STRAIGHT TO THE TOP.

>> THAT WAS KINDA NICE.

HOW'D YOU FEEL GOING INTO IT?

>> I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS, BUT

JUST, YOU KNOW, BREATHE DEEP,

CALM MYSELF DOWN, AND--

>> YOU WENT THROUGH THAT SECOND

ONE, EVERYBODY'S LIKE, "WHOA!"

>> ALL RIGHT, NICK BARBATO'S

GOING, HE'S GOT BIG SHOES TO

FILL.

>> AT THAT POINT, I WAS FEELING

THAT I REALLY HAD TO GO OUT

THERE AND KILL IT.

THE INSTRUCTOR SAID, "HEY, YOU

KNOW, WE'RE NOT LOOKING FOR

CONSERVATIVE HERE.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE FASTEST

GUY."

AND I SAID, "ALL RIGHT."

>> THREE, TWO, ONE, GO.

>> WENT OUT THERE, NAILED THE

LAUNCH.

NAILED THE FIRST GATE.

NAILED THE BRAKING.

RIPPING THROUGH THE FIRST

SECTION, MAKE THE RIGHT.

I SEE THE GATE...

AND THEN UNDERSTEER, RUN WIDE.

NOTHING I COULD DO.

HIT THE SIDE OF THE GATE WITH

THE CAR.

>> all: OHH!

>> THE TOP OF THE GATE HITS THE

GOPRO CAMERA.

THE SUCTION CUP PULLS THE

WINDSHIELD, CRACKS THE

WINDSHIELD.

>> I MEAN, HE JUST BLEW THAT

THING DOWN.

>> I JUST KEPT GOING.

>> OH, NICK HAS GOTTA BE SO

UPSET.

>> I WENT THROUGH, FINISHED THE

RUN, SET THE FASTEST TIME OF THE

GROUP BY A MILE.

>> WHAT THIS REALLY MEANS FOR

NICK NOW, HE'S REALLY GONNA HAVE

TO STEP IT UP IN THE BENCHMARK

CHALLENGE.

>> ALL I KNOW IS I SAW YOU COME

AROUND THE CORNER, AND THEN ALL

OF A SUDDEN I SAW THIS

EXPLOSION.

>> BUT I HIT A GATE AND DAMAGED

THE CAR BAD, AND I FELT TERRIBLE

ABOUT IT.

IT WAS A HUGE MISTAKE.

>> MATT CRESCI CRUSHED IT IN

THIS CHALLENGE, PROVING THAT HE

CAN DRIVE WITH SPEED AND

PRECISION.

BRINGING UP THE REAR IS

NICK BARBATO.

HEY, HEY, HEY.

HOLD ON, HOLD ON, HOLD ON.

>> WHAT'S UP?

>> MAN, STOP PLAYING THE GAME.

COME HERE, COME HERE, COME HERE.

COME HERE REAL QUICK.

COME HERE REAL QUICK.

>> ALL RIGHT, LOOK.

ALL RIGHT, I KNOW THE GAME MADE

YOU GUYS FAST ON THE TRACK AND

YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN PRACTICING.

YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN DOING WELL.

BUT I WANNA SEE IF THE TRACK

ACTUALLY IMPROVED YOUR GAME TIME

EXPERIENCE, ALL RIGHT?

SO I'M GONNA GIVE YOU GUYS A LAP

ON THE TSUKUBA TRACK IN THE

GT-R.

FASTEST MAN RACES LAST YEAR'S

GT ACADEMY CHAMPION,

BRYAN HEITKOTTER.

IT'S NOT A CHALLENGE AND IT

WON'T BE JUDGED.

IT'S JUST YOUR EGOS ON THE LINE.

NO HEAD START, NO NOTHING.

MANO Y MANO.

IT'S GAME TIME, VIRTUAL STYLE.

FIRST UP, JETT VERSUS JEFF.

ALL RIGHT, SO JEFF IS IN THE

LEAD AND JETT IS BEHIND.

>> I THINK GRAN TURISMO, ONE OF

THE BIGGEST THINGS IT TEACHES

YOU IS BEING ABLE TO FEEL WHAT

THE CAR'S DOING THROUGH THE

STEERING WHEEL.

>> JETT, LET'S GO.

WHY ARE YOU GETTING DISTRACTED?

NO, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

JUST DRIVE THE CAR.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME.

>> RACING IS RACING.

YOU GET PEOPLE NEXT TO EACH

OTHER, HAVE CLOSE BATTLES.

GRAN TURISMO GIVES THAT TO YA.

>> OOH, SOMEBODY'S IN THE GRASS.

THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR GRIP.

NEXT, STEVE VERSUS NICK.

NICK.

NICK!

COME ON, MAN.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

OOH, YOU'RE GETTING CLOSE TO THE

GRASS.

OOH!

>> I'VE WANTED THIS FOR A LONG

TIME.

I'VE FELT LIKE I WAS AT LEAST

MENTALLY READY TO BE A PRO FOR

AT LEAST A COUPLE YEARS NOW.

I COULD SAY, ALMOST FOR CERTAIN,

THERE ISN'T ANYONE IN THIS

COMPETITION THAT WANTS IT MORE

THAN ME.

>> BRAKE, BRAKE HARD INTO THE

TURN.

OOH! OOH!

STEVE!

ARE YOU DONE?

>> YEP.

>> DANG, YOU'RE JUST WALKING

AWAY LIKE THAT?

HE DOESN'T WANNA DO IT.

FINALLY, MATT VERSUS AUSTIN.

>> IF I WON THE COMPETITION,

MY LIFE WOULD CHANGE FOREVER.

I WANNA BE ABLE TO HAVE LITTLE

KIDS WANTING MY AUTOGRAPH.

>> OOH, GET ON THE GAS.

>> I'M ON IT.

I'M FULL THROTTLE.

>> AUSTIN SCHOOLED YOU GUYS.

NOW IT'S COBB VERSUS HEITKOTTER.

NOW YOU, THAT MACHINE.

SIR, YOUR GRACE.

READY, SET, GO!

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE GET FLUSTERED

AND STRESSED OUT, BUT I KINDA

THRIVE ON BEING THROWN INTO

SITUATIONS.

>> KNOCK 'IM OUT, KNOCK 'IM

OUT.

AUSTIN!

>> YO.

>> YOU DOING ALL RIGHT OVER

THERE?

>> YEAH, I'M GOOD.

>> OKAY. YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

>> NO.

>> SO WHO DO YOU THINK'S GONNA

WIN?

JETT?

>> I DON'T THINK BRYAN EVEN

NEEDS TO PLAY THE GAME ANYMORE,

SO HE'S PROBABLY NOT FRESH.

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

OH, COME ON!

OH, COME ON!

[light applause]

[exhales]

OH, MY GOD.

THAT WAS A GREAT RACE.

>> YOU BET.

>> ALL RIGHT.

AND THIS YEAR'S CHAMP, AND

CONTINUING ON IN THE OFFICIAL

GT ACADEMY CHAMPION RACE-OFF...

AND IT'S...

BRYAN HEITKOTTER!

GOOD RACE, GUYS.

ALL RIGHT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> I WISH I COULD DRIVE AS FAST

AS YOU GUYS.

ALL RIGHT, SO IT'S TIME FOR THE

THIRD BENCHMARK CHALLENGE.

YOU GUYS KNOW THE DRILL.

HOP IN THE NISSAN 370Zs, SHOW US

WHAT YOU GOT.

FOR THE FINAL BENCHMARK

CHALLENGE, THE GAMERS WILL DRIVE

THE NISSAN 370Zs AROUND THE

STOWE CIRCUIT.

JUDGES WILL LOOK FOR IMPROVEMENT

BASED ON THE GAMERS' TWO

PREVIOUS BENCHMARK TIMES.

>> HERE WE ARE AT THE THIRD

BENCHMARK CHALLENGE, AND IT'S

GETTING TIGHT.

IT'S GETTING DOWN TO THE FINAL

SIX.

WE NEED TO GO TO FOUR FOR THE

FINAL.

THESE GUYS GOTTA PUT A NUMBER ON

THE BOARD OR THEY'RE GOING HOME.

>> THE BENCHMARK CHALLENGES ARE

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY

SHOW THE JUDGES WHETHER WE'RE

IMPROVING OR NOT.

IT ALSO SHOWS THEM OUR OUTRIGHT

SPEED.

>> COMING UP ON BENCHMARK NUMBER

THREE, I KNEW I HAD TO PUT ONE

DOWN.

>> WE'RE GETTING DOWN TO THE

LAST FEW GUYS, SO YOU CANNOT

MAKE A MISTAKE AT THIS POINT.

>> I THINK JEFF IS INCONSISTENT,

BECAUSE HE CAN BE REALLY FAST,

AND WHAT MAKES HIM BAD, OR GOING

SLOWER, IT'S HIS MIND.

>> I HAD ALWAYS BEEN ON THE

BUBBLE.

WAS ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, CLOSE TO

GETTING CUT.

AND I THINK BECAUSE OF THAT, I

WAS REALLY OVERDRIVING THE CAR.

[tires squeal]

SO I KNEW I HAD TO REALLY PUT UP

AND PUT A GOOD LAP DOWN.

>> NUMBER 39, JEFF STUART.

>> I'M A SOFTWARE ENGINEER FROM

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA.

I'VE BEEN A BOWLER SINCE

PROBABLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND

I'VE BOWLED IN A LEAGUE PRETTY

MUCH EVERY WEEK.

THIS IS MY PHONE APP, PINPAL.

I WROTE IT ABOUT THREE YEARS

AGO, AND I CREATED THIS APP TO

HELP ME IMPROVE BOWLING.

I LIKE TO SAY, WHEN I'M

THINKING ABOUT BUYING SOMETHING

FOR MY CAR, THAT, UH, PINPAL

WILL PAY FOR IT.

I'VE BEEN AUTOCROSSING ONCE A

MONTH SINCE I STARTED THREE

YEARS AGO.

SINCE I'M A SOFTWARE ENGINEER,

AS SOON AS I GOT INTO RACING, I

WAS TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO HAVE

THOSE THINGS CROSS OVER.

SO ME AND MY FRIEND STARTED

WORKING ON THIS APP THAT DOES

TRACK TIMING.

YOU RECORD YOUR SESSIONS, AND

THEN WHEN YOU GET BACK, YOU CAN

VIEW YOUR LAPS, WHICH IS REALLY

HELPFUL.

THE THOUGHT OF GOING TO

SILVERSTONE IS SORT OF A SCARY

ONE FOR ME, 'CAUSE I AM

DEFINITELY NOT FIT, SO I STARTED

RUNNING THREE TIMES A WEEK.

I LOOK AT THIS COMPETITION AS A

SHORTCUT TO MY DREAM JOB.

EVEN IF I DON'T WIN, YOU KNOW,

I'M STILL GONNA KEEP GOING AT

IT.

MY PLAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO TRY

AND GET TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN

BUY MY OWN RACE CAR AND MAYBE DO

CLUB RACING.

SO IF I WIN, THEN GREAT.

I'LL HAVE MY DREAM JOB

IMMEDIATELY.

IF I DON'T, THEN, YOU KNOW, I'M

STILL GONNA KEEP AT IT.

[tires squealing]

>> SO FAR, THAT'S THE QUICKEST

TIME WE'VE SEEN IN ANY OF THE

BENCHMARK CHALLENGES.

I MEAN, THEY HAVE REALLY STEPPED

UP THEIR GAME.

WE NEED TO SEE THIS OUT OF EVERY

ONE OF THESE GUYS.

>> MY THIRD BENCHMARK CHALLENGE,

UH, DEFINITELY DIDN'T GO VERY

WELL, I DON'T THINK.

I BRAKED A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE

INTO BOTH HAIRPINS AND PROBABLY

LOST A LOT OF TIME THERE.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE THE TIME

YET, SO THERE'S STILL A CHANCE

IT COULD BE ALL RIGHT.

>> JETT CHANDLER IS GOING OUT

RIGHT NOW.

>> GOING INTO BENCHMARK THREE, I

KNEW I HAD TO MAKE A COUPLE OF

KEY FIXES.

>> HE'S REALLY GOTTA STEP IT UP.

WE'VE HAD THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE

BRAKING AND SO FORTH.

IT'S NOW OR NEVER.

>> I KNEW IT WAS A GOOD LAP, BUT

I MEAN, THERE'S STILL LITTLE

MISTAKES.

FELT GOOD, BUT COULD BE BETTER.

>> GETTING READY FOR BENCHMARK

THREE, AND I KNOW I'M GOING TO

HAVE TO REALLY PERFORM.

>> AT THE FIRST "S"s, AUSTIN

KNOCKED DOWN A CONE.

DOESN'T SEEM LIKE HE'S QUITE AS

FAST AS JEFF WAS.

>> I'M DRIVING SMOOTH AND

CONTROLLED, AND I KNOW EXACTLY

WHAT I'M DOING WITH THE CAR.

[tires squealing]

I KNOW WHERE TO BRAKE, KNOW

WHERE TO TURN IN.

AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, I NEED THE

JUDGES TO SEE IT.

>> NUMBER 28, AUSTIN COBB.

>> I'M A INFORMATION SYSTEMS

TECHNICIAN.

I SUPPORT COMPUTERS ALL AROUND

ALABAMA.

I DON'T HAVE ANY RACING

EXPERIENCE, BUT I HAVE BEEN

AUTOCROSSING THIS YEAR.

PLAYING GRAN TURISMO SPARKED MY

WILL TO RACE.

JUST TURNING LAPS AND RACING

AGAINST PEOPLE ONLINE EVENTUALLY

LED TO WANTING TO RACE REAL

CARS.

I'VE DONE FIVE EVENTS AND I'M

HOOKED.

I AM AN ATHLETE.

I WAS IN THE COAST GUARD FOR

FIVE YEARS.

AND IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE,

AND JUST THE PHYSICAL SIDE OF

IT, JUST PUSHING BEYOND WHAT I

THOUGHT I COULD DO.

TO BE PART OF THE NISSAN RACING

TEAM WOULD DEFINITELY BE THE

LARGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MY

LIFE.

I MEAN, IT'D BE HUGE, AND I

WOULD LOVE TO REPRESENT NISSAN

AND, HOPEFULLY, WIN A LOT OF

RACES FOR 'EM.

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, HE LOOKS

PRETTY DECENT.

>> THE BACK PART OF THE TRACK

FELT GOOD.

I WENT A LITTLE DEEP INTO THE

HAIRPIN.

>> I MEAN, HE'S UNDER PRESSURE.

HE NEEDS TO GET EVERYTHING HE

CAN OUT OF THAT CAR, SO I'D

PROBABLY KNOCK A CONE DOWN TOO.

HE JUST USED A LITTLE MORE OF

THE ROAD.

IT WAS THERE, WHY NOT USE IT?

>> I'M READY TO ROCK RIGHT NOW.

IT'S A BENCHMARK CHALLENGE.

I KNOW WHAT I GOTTA DO.

I GOT THE BASE AND I'M GONNA

MAKE IT HAPPEN.

>> AFTER THE FOAM SNOWSTORM NICK

JUST CAUSED, HE BETTER TURN IT

UP A NOTCH BECAUSE HE'S

OFFICIALLY IN THE DANGER ZONE.

>> WANTED IT MORE THAN ANYTHING.

I THOUGHT, "HEY, YOU KNOW, THIS

IS WHY I'M HERE.

NOW IT'S TIME TO PUT IT ALL

TOGETHER AND PUT IN A GREAT

RACE AND TAKE HOME THE WIN."

>> YEAH, THAT'S TIGHT THERE.

I LIKE THAT LINE.

>> OH, I THINK HE GOT IT TOO

WIDE ON THAT RIGHT-ENDER THOUGH,

AND IT SLOWED HIM DOWN FOR THE

LEFT.

>> I DON'T THINK IT WAS TOO BAD.

I'M KINDA CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT

THE TIME WAS AND SEE HOW I

STACKED UP AGAINST THE OTHER

GUYS.

>> NOW WE HAVE MATT CRESCI

COMING, AND TO ME, IN THE THREAD

THE NEEDLE, HE WAS THE MOST

IMPRESSIVE, AND HE WENT FIRST.

AND HE PRETTY MUCH--WE ALL

DROPPED OUR JAWS WHEN HE WENT

BY.

>> THE PAST COUPLE OF CHALLENGES

WERE REALLY SUCCESSFUL FOR ME.

I WAS DOING WELL.

I FELT REALLY CONFIDENT IN THE

CAR.

SO BEFORE I STARTED THE THIRD

BENCHMARK, I VISUALIZED THE

TRACK, AND I JUST KNEW I HAD TO

TRY AND STAY CALM, JUST FOCUS ON

MY BREATHING.

AND RIGHT AWAY, I'M READY TO GO.

>> DOING GOOD.

>> YEAH.

>> LOOK HOW HE JUMPED OFF THE--

>> THE RELEASE WAS GREAT.

OH! AND THE FIRST GUY TO GET THE

MUD AT THE EXIT.

HE'S CARRYING HIS SPEED.

>> HE'S CARRYING IT.

>> I KEPT PUSHING MYSELF MORE

AGGRESSIVELY BECAUSE IT SHOWED

POSITIVE RESULTS.

THE MORE AGGRESSIVE I WAS, THE

FASTER I WENT.

>> ANOTHER GOOD LINE.

>> THE RELEASE WAS GREAT.

>> OH! AND THE FIRST GUY TO GET

THE MUD AT THE EXIT.

HE'S CARRYING HIS SPEED.

>> HE'S CARRYING IT.

COME ON.

COME ON, MATT.

>> NO.

>> NOT FAST ENOUGH.

>> NO, HE USED A LITTLE BIT OF

BRAKE THERE, TOO MUCH.

I THINK MATT LOOKED AMAZING

THROUGH THE FIRST PART OF THE

TRACK, BUT I THINK HE GAVE UP A

LOT IN THE BACK IN THE "S"s,

USED A LITTLE TOO MUCH BRAKE.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, I DIDN'T FOCUS

WELL ENOUGH.

I OVERDROVE THE CAR.

YOU ONLY GET ONE LAP, SO I

CROSSED THE FINISH LINE, I'M

LIKE, "I JUST DUG A LITTLE GRAVE

FOR MYSELF."

>> HE ONLY WENT ABOUT A 1/10 AND

A HALF QUICKER, 2/10 QUICKER.

>> STEVE, THE LAST CHALLENGE,

WAS KINDA SLOW.

HE SLOWED DOWN THE CAR QUITE A

BIT, SO LET'S SEE IF HE'S GONNA

PUSH--PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT.

>> I'VE TRIED TO WORK SO HARD AT

THIS 'CAUSE I REALLY WANTED IT.

>> HE WAS EARLY ON THE BRAKES

THERE.

>> YEAH.

>> HE DIDN'T GET IT.

>> SO I THINK I STRUGGLED A

LITTLE BIT.

I TOTALLY JUST BRAKED WAY TOO

EARLY, AND THEN GOT BEHIND AND

COULDN'T REALLY MAKE UP ANY

TIME.

SO OVERALL, IT WAS REALLY BAD.

>> DO YOU SEE--LISTEN HOW LATE

HE PICKED UP THE THROTTLE OFF

THERE?

>> COASTED TOO MUCH FREE

WHEELING.

>> YEAH, LIKE, LIKE HE WAS MAYBE

TRYING TO GET IT BACK UNDER

CONTROL.

>> COULD'VE BEEN JUST UNSURE OF

IT.

HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO HIT

THE GRASS AND DIDN'T WANT TO GET

BACK TO POWER AND COMMIT.

[tires squealing]

>> DID YOU SEE HOW HE--HE GOT

OVER QUITE FAR ON THAT

RIGHT-HANDER?

WHEN WE DID CHALLENGE ONE, STEVE

AND MATT WERE NINTH AND TENTH ON

THE LIST.

THEY WERE WAY DOWN THE LIST.

THEY HAVEN'T EXACTLY EXCELLED ON

THIS DISCIPLINE.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT, AND THIS IS ONE

OF THE MOST IMPORTANT

DISCIPLINES THERE IS TO BECOME A

RACE CAR DRIVER, DRIVING FAST ON

THE RACETRACK.

>> YOU GUYS, LINE UP OVER HERE.

ALL RIGHT, LISTEN UP.

THAT WAS A GOOD THIRD BENCHMARK

CHALLENGE, BUT THERE'S A LITTLE

BIT OF A TWIST.

THE TWO SLOWEST TIMES ARE GONNA

RACE EACH OTHER IN A DOGFIGHT.

WINNER STAYS, LOSER GOES HOME.

ALL RIGHT, STEVE...

AND MATT.

GET IN YOUR CARS, SHOW US WHAT

YOU GOT.

>> IF NICK BARBATO HAD THE

LOWEST BENCHMARK SCORE, IT WOULD

BE NO QUESTION FOR ME TO SEND

HIM HOME.

>> MATT WAS SO IMPRESSIVE IN

THREAD THE NEEDLE THAT WE JUST

THOUGHT, "MAN, HE'S--HE'S ON HIS

WAY," AND IT WAS SHOCKING THAT

HE WAS THE LOWEST ON THE

BENCHMARK.

SO WE DECIDED TO GIVE HIM A

CHANCE TO REDEEM HIMSELF.

>> WHEN I SAW THAT THEY WERE

DOING THE DOGFIGHT AND I WAS

GONNA MAKE IT, I SAID, "AW YEAH,

AWESOME."

>> NICK BARBATO JUST BEAT THOSE

BOTTOM TWO, NOT BY VERY MUCH.

HE WASN'T SUPER IMPRESSIVE.

>> IT'S PRETTY INTENSE.

I MEAN, I THINK IT'S A VERY FAIR

WAY TO DECIDE WHO STAYS AND WHO

GOES.

>> IF YOU'RE GONNA ELIMINATE

SOMEONE, THAT IS THE WAY TO DO

IT.

JUST MAKE THEM FIGHT FOR IT.

>> KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING,

BUT JUST KEEP RAMPING IT UP JUST

LIKE YOU'RE DOING.

YOU GUYS ARE DOING JUST FINE.

YOU, ON THE OTHER HAND, WE GOT A

BILL FOR YOU FOR A LITTLE

STYROFOAM OVER THERE, AND A

WIND--AND A WIND SCREEN, AND--

>> WHO KNOWS WHICH WAY IT'S

GONNA GO?

I MEAN, MATT IS A REALLY GOOD

DRIVER, BUT STEVE HAS SOME

EXPERIENCE RACING IN REAL LIFE,

AND YOU KNOW, I THINK HE MIGHT

KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THE PRESSURE

A LITTLE BETTER.

>> MATT REALLY SURPRISED ME, AND

EVEN STEVEN.

I MEAN, THOSE GUYS ARE FAST, BUT

I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE AT THAT

POINT, EVERYONE'S REALLY CLOSE.

SO I MEAN, THEY COULD JUST BE

1/10 OFF AND THEY'D BE LAST.

>> IT WAS HARD TO--HARD TO SEE

STEVEN AND MATT GO OUT THERE

KNOWING THAT ONE OF THEM WASN'T

GONNA MAKE IT.

>> IN THE DOGFIGHT, STEVE

DOHERTY AND MATT CRESCI WILL

RACE AGAINST EACH OTHER IN THE

NISSAN 370Zs AROUND THE STOWE

CIRCUIT.

STARTING AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF

THE TRACK, THEY WILL PERFORM

FOUR LAPS.

THE FASTEST TIME WINS, THE

SLOWEST TIME GOES HOME.

>> YOU KNOW, THE DOGFIGHT WAS A

HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF, 'CAUSE AT

LEAST I HAD A FIGHTING CHANCE

AND WOULDN'T JUST BE GOING HOME.

>> I KNEW RIGHT AWAY I HAD TO

STAY CALM, NOT LET ANYTHING GET

TO ME, BECAUSE I JUST HAD TO BE

MATURE, AND THE CALMER YOU ARE,

THE BETTER YOU'LL PERFORM.

>> MATT CRESCI IS VERY

IMPRESSIVE.

HE'S THE YOUNGEST KID IN THE

COMPETITION.

HE'S 19 YEARS OLD.

HE'S GOT A GOOD HEAD ON HIS

SHOULDERS.

HE'S SHOWN SOME LEADERSHIP.

>> KEEP GOING QUICK, BUT MAKE

SURE YOU SLOW DOWN ENOUGH BEFORE

YOU HIT IT.

>> HE'S SHOWN SOME SPEED.

>> LOOK, HERE HE COMES.

>> HE'S NOT AT THE TOP ALL THE

TIME, BUT HE'S UP THERE.

>> I THINK MATT PUSHED IT TO THE

LIMIT.

>> HE'S PHYSICALLY PRETTY FIT.

YOU KNOW, HE'S GOT A LOT OF

POTENTIAL.

WE THINK HE COULD BE--HE COULD

BE ONE OF THE FINALISTS.

STEVE DOHERTY HAS BEEN SHOWING

US SOME POTENTIAL, BUT NOT,

LIKE, TOP OF THE CLASS

POTENTIAL.

>> I HAD TO MAKE UP FROM THE BAD

RESULTS FROM THE LAST FEW

CHALLENGES, SO TODAY, I REALLY

TRIED TO APPLY MYSELF.

>> NOT SURE IF HE'S FOUND HIS

FEET YET IN ALL THE

COMPETITIONS.

WHO DID YOU THINK WAS THE BEST

OVER IN THE TRUCKS?

>> IT WAS REALLY STEVE DOHERTY

WHO SHOWED REALLY GOOD CONTROL

OF THE CAR.

>> HE'S NOT THE MOST PHYSICALLY

FIT, BUT HE DID PROVE HIMSELF BY

CROSSING THE FINISH LINE FIRST

IN MUD MAYHEM.

BUT HE'S THERE.

HE'S STILL, YOU KNOW, HE'S ONE

OF THOSE SNEAKY GUYS THAT HAVE

SHOWN SOME SIGNS OF POTENTIAL.

>> STEVE'S PROBABLY ONE OF MY

FAVORITE GUYS TO WATCH OUT HERE.

>> HE'S GONNA HAVE TO STEP IT UP

PRETTY SOON.

>> READY.

>> RED LIGHT'S ON.

GREEN, GREEN, GREEN.

[engines revving]

[dramatic music]

>> THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE

THEY'RE UNDER, BECAUSE THINK

ABOUT IT--WINNER TAKES ALL.

THEIR DREAM IS HANGING ON BY A

THREAD.

>> I KNEW IT WAS DO OR DIE.

I KINDA JUST PUT MY HEAD DOWN.

YOU KNOW, TOTALLY CLEARED MY

MIND.

>> COMING INTO THIS, I KNEW THAT

THIS WOULD BE THE MOST INSANE

THING I'D EVER DONE.

A LOT OF GUYS ARE PUSHING 110%.

I PUSH 130%.

>> MATT'S BEEN ALMOST

EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE TO GO INTO

THE FINAL FOUR.

THIS IS MATT HERE, AND THAT IS

STEVEN OUT HERE.

OH, HE HAD TO LIFT ON THE EXIT.

>> YEAH.

>> THAT COST A LITTLE BIT.

>> RIGHT NOW, STEVE'S AHEAD.

CRESCI'S BEHIND.

SEE HOW HARD HE CAME OFF THE

BRAKE PEDAL?

IT WAS A BAD MODULATION.

SO RIGHT NOW, CRESCI'S WAY

AHEAD.

WAY AHEAD.

>> I THINK IT'S A LOT CLOSER

THAN WE THINK.

NEXT TIME ON GT ACADEMY...

16 GAMERS ARRIVED, ONLY 6

REMAIN.

WHO WILL WIN THE DOGFIGHT?

O WILL WIN IT ALL TO GO PRO

FOR NISSAN?

>> IF I WIN THE RED HELMET, YOU

KNOW, I'D BE WILLING TO GIVE UP

MY JOB.

>> I CAME HERE TO PROVE

SOMETHING, TO SHOW 'EM THAT I AM

A CONTENDER.

>> THIS IS WHY I'M HERE.

>> I FELT LIKE I WAS DOING WELL,

BUT YOU JUST NEVER REALLY KNOW.

>> IT'S TIME TO EXECUTE.

>> SO IT'S GONNA BE A VERY CLOSE

RACE.

>> HE IS CATCHING 'EM.

COME ON!

IT COULD HAPPEN.

>> OH, LOOK AT THIS!

OH, HE RAN WIDE!

>> IT'S WITHIN A 1/2 A SECOND

COMING THROUGH THE LAST TURN.

>> COME ON!

THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE.

WINNER TAKES ALL.

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