Sneak Peek: Victory Is Anyone's

  • Season 2
  • Aired 11/01/2012
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Many dream of becoming a professional race car driver, so why not give them a chance? The 16 fastest video gamers of PlayStation's Gran Turismo 5 compete for a shot to finally make it big at the Silverstone race track in the UK. Tune in to GT Academy airing Thursdays at 11:30/10:30c on SPIKE.

>> 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.

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