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The true story of Jann Mardenborough, a teenage Gran Turismo player who became a professional race car driver.
Gran Turismo (2023)

Gran Turismo is based on the unbelievable true story of a team of unlikely underdogs – a struggling working-class gamer (Archie Madekwe), a failed former racecar driver (David Harbour), and an idealistic motorsport executive (Orlando Bloom). Together, they risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. Gran Turismo is an inspiring, thrilling, and action-packed story that proves that nothing is impossible when you’re fueled from within.

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Screenplay by:  Jason Hall and Zach Baylin
Story By: Jason Hall and Alex Tse
Based on the PLAYSTATION STUDIOS video game
Cast: David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, Darren Barnet, Geri Halliwell Horner and Djimon Hounsou

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[♪♪♪]

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

[STATICKY RADIO CHATTER IN JAPANESE]

[♪♪♪]

[ENGINE STARTS]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[ENGINE ROARING, TIRES SQUEALING]

[♪♪♪]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[ENGINE ROARING]

[ROARING FADES IN DISTANCE]

[“HOLD MY HEAD” BY KENNY BEATS PLAYING]

♪ Now I can ♪

♪ Hold my head up high… ♪

PERSOL [OVER PHONE]: Yes, yes. How’s it looking?

JANN: Oh, my God!

It is here, bruv.

This is insane.

I-I-I can’t believe this is actually happening.

Yes. PERSOL: What’s it saying?

Oh, bruv, it’s beautiful.

Dude, how many months of selling underwear did you have to do to afford the new wheel?

Be honest. Ah! [JANN LAUGHS]

I just know this means you’ll be at the gaming café less, dude.

Yeah, bruv, I’m bored of the café.

Yo, I’m 99% sure that I’ve beaten every single person that’s ever stepped foot in the café.

Also, for your information, it only took me a month of saving up at the knickers store to afford the new wheel.

Not months, plural.

Month, singular.

Moment of truth!

Oh, she’s perfect.

Uh… [LAUGHS]

This is so much better than my old setup.

I-I’m sorry.

I’m unstoppable now. I’m unstoppable.

[LAUGHS] All right, big dog.

Well, I’m looking at Rory right now, and he says to meet in the lobby.

Race Le Mans, yeah? [KNOCKING AT DOOR]

[SIGHS] Fine. I’ll play Rory. STEVE: Jann.

But tell him to bring his own coffin.

Jann.

Hey. Sorry, Dad.

We’re headed to the field.

You want to get outside and kick it around a bit?

Get some air? It’ll do you good.

Uh…

No, I’m okay.

Sooner or later, you’re gonna have to leave this room, right?

COBY: Dad! Come on, let’s go!

You could learn from your younger brother.

If you’d practice football half as much as you played this damn game…

I don’t like football, Dad. We’ve been over this.

[SMACKS BALL]

[SIGHS] ‘Sup, man? You still there?

PERSOL: Yeah.

Geez, your dad’s not into your lifestyle, my bro.

[SIGHS] God.

Yeah, no shit.

Bro, I’m just gonna do a quick custom job.

PERSOL: Where’d you go?

[ECHOING]: Janny?

Janny, where’d you go?

Sorry, I’m just adjusting the rear wing.

Giving it more downforce, more rake.

PERSOL [SINGSONGY]: Janny, Rory’s waiting.

[LAUGHING]: Sorry. This car is ridiculous.

All right, at this point, this is actually a waste of my time, but do you know what?

Go on, I’ll play Rory. Why not?

PERSOL: Ah, the anticipation is killing me, bro.

I’m loading him into the Le Mans race.

Okay.

Ready. PERSOL: Go, Speed Racer.

[ENGINE REVVING, COUNTDOWN CHIMING ON VIDEO GAME]

Let’s go.

[ELECTRONIC CHIME]

[ENGINES ROARING]

[ENGINES ROARING LOUDLY]

[CROWD CHEERING]

[♪♪♪]

[CHATTER AND ANNOUNCEMENT IN JAPANESE]

DANNY: Hi. Good to see you again.

[♪♪♪]

DESK CLERK: How may I help you, sir?

I’m, uh, Danny Moore with Marketing.

I have a meeting with Motorsports.

Yes. Perfect. Oh, great.

Here is your pass, sir. Thank you so much.

Well, thank you again for having me.

[TRANSLATING IN JAPANESE]

This is Yamauchi Kazunori, creator of “Gran Turismo,” a racing game so accurate it’s inspired a love of driving in 80 million players.

[JAPANESE TRANSLATION PLAYING OVER HEADPHONES]

The realism, the physics… [ENGINE STARTS]

the fidelity of the cars. [ENGINE REVVING]

And re-created the world’s most famous racetracks with meticulous attention to detail.

They test these cars over and over again.

All of this comes together to give the player the most realistic driving experience.

So, when I came to Nissan, my job was to call people who defaulted on their car payments.

Most of them say, “Go ahead, take it. I don’t want it.”

They’d rather be on their phones in the back of an Uber than driving themselves.

Car buyers today don’t dream of the open road.

They don’t associate their cars with adventure.

But “Gran Turismo” players do.

This is an untapped demographic of buyers that we should be reaching.

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

[IN ENGLISH] And how do you suggest we do that?

By creating a contest that offers the best video game players in the world a chance to compete in professional racing.

[JAPANESE TRANSLATION PLAYING OVER HEADPHONES]

If we can take one driver from the virtual world from behind their console and put them into a race car, onto a track and turn them into a champion…

[SIGHS]

…Nissan will reignite the dream to drive in 80 million others.

[JAPANESE TRANSLATION PLAYING OVER HEADPHONES]

[INHALES DEEPLY]

DANNY: Thank you.

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

AKIBA: Mr. Moore.

You left these upstairs.

You really believe one of these players could compete?

I do. Absolutely, yeah.

The, uh…

I’ve played the game, and it’s… it’s remarkable, actually.

You understand, if we put them in our cars and somebody was hurt, we would all be responsible.

Yes, I understand. Yes. Yeah.

The board has agreed to move forward with your program under one condition.

You find a certified chief engineer to ensure that it’s safe.

There can be no mistakes.

[LAUGHS]

Uh, absolutely. Of course.

[LAUGHS]

I wish you luck. Uh, uh…

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

Thank you.

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

[LAUGHING]

Holy shit.

Yeah. [CLEARS THROAT]

Yeah, of course I understand. It is.

It’s a very steep learning curve.

But with the right instructor, you know, like you…

[LIVELY CHATTER]

Yeah.

Yeah, I do.

Thank you again for your time.

Holy shit.

Jack Salter.

[TOOLS BUZZING AND WHOOSHING]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[“PARANOID” BY BLACK SABBATH PLAYING]

♪ Finished with my woman ♪

♪ ‘Cause she couldn’t help me with my mind ♪

♪ People think I’m insane ♪

♪ Because I am frowning all the time ♪

[TOOLS CLINKING]

♪ All day long I think of things ♪

♪ But nothing seems to satisfy… ♪

MAN: Jack.

Jack!

Salter.

♪ Can you help me occupy my brain? ♪

Got a visitor. Make it quick.

[SONG CONTINUES ON HEADPHONES]

Capa wants that fixed yesterday.

[SIGHS]

DANNY [VOICE-OVER]: It’s a contest.

[ENGINE REVVING]

The fastest sim racers in the world get to compete in a camp, and the winner gets to race for Team Nissan.

[ENGINES ROARING]

Wow. What do you get out of this?

You get a bigger office or something?

[LAUGHING]: I wish.

It’s completely insane. It’s not gonna work.

It’s far too dangerous.

[CHUCKLES]: Why?

You really think that you’re gonna put some kid who’s been playing a game in his bedroom into a 200-mile-an-hour rocket?

Hmm. It’ll tear him to pieces.

These players have clocked more track time than you have in your entire career.

Oh, on, what do you call it, a console? Huh?

You know that if you get in a wreck out here, you can’t hit reset, right?

How many guys you go to before you went to me?

A few.

[CHUCKLES]: Yeah, “a few.”

[LAUGHS] A lot. [LAUGHS]

But nobody with your particular experience.

Oh, God. Come on, man.

I haven’t been chief engineer in 15 years.

These kids, they’re outsiders, too.

I know it’s unprecedented, but so was a kid from Iowa racing Le Mans.

Yeah. Look how that turned out.

Don’t you want to take racing back from these pricks who think they can just buy it?

I’m talking about a chance to compete again.

Don’t you want one last shot?

Uh, I think those days are in my rearview, friend.

Then what are you doing here?

Somewhere out there, there’s a kid who’s faster than all these assholes that’s just never gotten a chance to show the world what they’re capable of.

I’m gonna find him!

Yeah, cool.

[♪♪♪]

STEVE: Here we go.

COBY: Oh, yum. Get excited.

Lentil salad. Mmm!

My favorite.

No sarcasm at the table, please.

No having fun at the table, please.

You’re a dedicated athlete. Diet matters.

Yeah? Eat up.

You’re starting on the wing tomorrow.

Plenty of eyes on you.

[STEVE CLEARS THROAT]

JANN: Sorry.

I’m sorry.

When I go pro,

I’ll eat at a steakhouse every night.

You’ll be there, too, Jann.

You could be our waiter.

Very funny, but I’m not gonna be a waiter.

I’ve got plans.

[LAUGHS] Says the dude who sells stockings at the department store.

STEVE: Coby.

LESLEY: Coby, that’s enough. Come on.

JANN: On a roll tonight. Okay.

Have you thought at all about going back to university?

Mum, we’ve been over this so many times.

Motorsports engineering is a step in that direction.

And I told you, at university, they didn’t let us drive the cars.

Not again about the race cars.

Didn’t you say, “Always do something you love”?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

I-I did, but I meant within the realm of reality.

I played grassroots football for years before my first professional contract.

Well, okay. Well, I can start at the bottom.

I can work in the pits, do car maintenance.

Yeah, but that’s not our world, son.

You know what racing cars costs?

But it’s what I love.

It’s what I’m good at.

These lentils are quite nice.

[FORK CLANKS ON PLATE, CHAIR DRAGS]

I’m not hungry.

[PIANO PLAYING SOFT MELODY]

[QUIET CHATTER]

MAN: Right away, Chef.

[CHATTER CONTINUES]

Throughout my life, I have invested in talent that guarantees me a front-row seat to greatness, and this is what we endeavor towards this season.

To be elite.

[MURMURS OF AGREEMENT]

PATRICE: No? Nicky, my boy, last year, we had a rough start, but this year, everything from the cars to the team will be best in class.

This year will be our greatest.

[MURMURS OF AGREEMENT]

This season is going to be great, but it comes down to dedication.

Talent.

So no messing around.

I’ll demand as much from you as I do of myself, so make sure you keep up or you’re gone.

Nick, you looked good out there today.

[MURMURS OF AGREEMENT]

You have something to say?

JACK: You’re, um…

You’re not carrying enough speed into turn four.

You know that, right?

You’re braking early when you should push it.

Oh, oh, you’re giving me advice right… right now?

You’re a good driver, Nick–

I don’t know how many times you need to hear that– but you get a little emotional.

And when you get emotional…

NICHOLAS: You’re a mechanic.

If I want driving advice, I’ll talk to my team leader, not some flamed-out has-been

who couldn’t back it up 50 years ago.

[LIGHT LAUGHTER, MURMURS OF AGREEMENT]

[PHONE RINGING]

DANNY [RECORDED]: Hello. You’ve reached

the voice mail of Danny Moore. Leave a message.

[PHONE BEEPS] Hey, uh, tell Nissan I’ll do it.

I’m not spending another minute with this pretentious clown show.

I’ll teach your gamer kids how to drive.

They just got to prove to me that they can do it.

If I feel like it’s unsafe, I’m gonna walk.

Not gonna have blood on my hands.

[PHONE BEEPS]

[THUNDER RUMBLING]

[ENGINE ROARING ON VIDEO GAMES]

PERSOL: How we doing, gamers?

[BUTTONS CLICKING RAPIDLY]

Favorite sound in the world: sound of clicking.

How we doing, brother? What’s up?

Nice, nice, nice, nice, nice.

Excuse me.

Can I get your help here, please?

Yes, of course you can.

Hey.

GAMER: Go to your left! Go, go, go, go, go!

[GAMERS LAUGHING]

[CELL PHONE CHIMES]

PERSOL: You are joking.

[READING ON-SCREEN TEXT]

[CELL PHONE VIBRATING]

[READING ON-SCREEN TEXT]

[CAMERA CLICKS]

[♪♪♪]

[BICYCLE BELL DINGING]

JANN: Dude.

What is this? Bro, I saw this message on the screen.

It says that the account that was last logged in on this console got one of the fastest lap times in the UK.

Dude, it was your account.

Wait. This is a joke.

No. It’s a contest.

Press “play,” dude.

If you’re one of the very, very few people getting this message, it means that you set the fastest lap time in “Gran Turismo.”

There’s a virtual race happening tomorrow.

Win it, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits you.

We’ve created an academy to take the best sim racers in the world and train them to race real race cars.

We want to prove to the whole world that the impossible dream can happen.

Dude, this is real?

It’s as real as a ten-car pileup on the M4. Bad example.

You need to practice now.

[ENGINE ROARING]

[♪♪♪]

Why don’t you follow the race line?

Just experimenting.

You see, the other drivers, they follow that line, so if I go wide like this, I… sometimes I beat them– like that.

[CHUCKLES]

And if it doesn’t work, I just reset.

Night-night, son.

Night, Dad.

DANNY [VOICE-OVER]: If you’re getting this message, it means that you’re one of the best

“Gran Turismo” players in the world right now.

What?

Looking at porn?

No, I’m not.

Liar.

Come on. We’re throwing a party at the pier.

Dude, you took the keys?

Uh-uh. Coby, you’re on your last strike.

Mum will kill you if you get in trouble.

Well, that’s why we’re using your window.

Sorry, man. I-I-I’ve got to practice.

I heard Audrey will be there.

[♪♪♪]

Come on.

[KEYS JINGLING]

[SPRAYING]

Ugh. Ew.

Coby, give me the keys. Nope.

Let me drive.

I’m a better driver, bruv.

JANN: This is bullshit, Coby.

I can’t believe I’m letting you drive. What the…?

COBY: I can’t believe I invited you.

Get in, Jann.

JANN: You better not screw up dad’s car.

[GRUNTING]

Drop the clutch.

[SCOFFS] I thought you could drive.

[ENGINE REVVING, GRINDING]

[“AFTERTHOUGHT” PLAYING]

COBY: Cheers, bruv.

[LAUGHTER, CHATTER]

Simulate me, Janny! Yeah!

[LAUGHTER]

[GLASS SHATTERS]

♪ Does it hurt today… ♪

AUDREY: Hey.

Hey.

You having fun over here?

[CHUCKLES]

Uh, yeah, I was… I was… I was coming over in a sec.

Yeah?

We were just talking about, uh, traveling.

Oh, really? Yeah.

I don’t know, do you ever just want to pack a bag and leave here and never look back?

All the time. Yeah?

Yes.

Me, too.

You know, if there was one place in the world that I could go, I think it would be New York.

Why?

I’ve heard they have good pizza.

[LAUGHING]: Yes. I’ve heard that, too.

Yeah?

[LAUGHING]: Yeah.

What about you?

This is stressful.

[BOTH LAUGH]

Um…

Gun to your head, what’s one place you want to go before you die?

Tokyo. Done.

Okay.

Tokyo. Tokyo.

Is that because of the guy who created your game?

Yes, but technically, it’s not a game.

Oh. It’s… [LAUGHS]

I mean, technically, it’s a racing simulator.

It’s… Right. Okay.

[LAUGHS] Sorry.

What is it about racing that you love so much?

Well, um, sometimes when I’m driving,

I can be going so fast, and everything else is moving so slow, and it’s like the rest of the world just falls away.

It’s just you and the car, and that’s it.

It’s kind of magic.

Magic.

[SIREN WHOOPING]

Put out the fire! Put it out!

[FRANTIC CHATTER]

AUDREY: I should probably get going.

JANN: Yeah. My train leaves early.

I bet Brighton is better than here.

[BOTH LAUGH]

Yes, it is.

DM me sometime, Jann.

I’ll be watching for you.

Good luck with the simulating.

[LAUGHS]

Bye. Thank you. Bye.

WOMAN: Audrey, let’s go.

♪ You might see me in the black Mustang… ♪

[LAUGHTER] Oh, come on!

You drive slower than my grandmother!

Let’s go! Bruv.

Yeah, well, there’s a reason that I’m driving.

I’m the sober one. Chill.

PERCY: Let’s see if these guys got a beer for me.

Hey! Hey, hey!

[LAUGHS] Hey, you got more beers there?

Are you still thirsty, mate?

[LAUGHING] I got you.

Couple of pints on me.

Yeah! [LAUGHTER]

COBY: Oh! Ooh.

[PERCY LAUGHING]

You are kidding me.

COBY: Oh, sh…

[HORN HONKS, SIREN BLARES] Oh, sit down. Stop.

COBY: Nah, I’m done. Like, finished.

The uni captain will pull my scholarship.

Yo, shut up. Shut up.

Shush, shush, shush, shush, shush.

All right, belts on. Get your… Get your belt on.

[COBY MUTTERING]

COBY: Oh, my football career’s over.

PERCY: What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do? what are we gonna do?

We’ll spend the night in jail if they catch us now.

COBY: No, jail?

No, no. What?

No, no, no, we can’t… Shut up!

They’re pulling them over, not us.

I’m not missing my race tomorrow.

[ENGINE REVS, TIRES SQUEAL]

Whoa, whoa, whoa! What the bloody hell are you doing?!

[SCREAMING]

[TIRES SQUEAL, SIREN BLARES]

♪ Get out my way ♪

Oh, Jesus Christ!

♪ I ain’t never been safe ♪

Oh, I’m gonna puke.

Yo, don’t puke in my dad’s car.

[TIRES SQUEALING]

♪ This is not what you wanted, you hunt or be hunted ♪

♪ No turning back and running from it ♪

♪ It’s one and done, you better run it ♪

Jann!

♪ You taste defeat or overcome it ♪

♪ You can’t tell me nothing else ♪

♪ Been seven summers running through the jungle ♪

♪ Every day a struggle ♪

♪ So all y’all back up ♪

♪ Or go call backup ♪

♪ I just got knocked down, I still got back up. ♪

[SHUSHING]

Be chill, be chill, be chill.

[SIREN CONTINUES BLARING]

Have they gone?

[WHIMPERING]

[LAUGHTER]

Yes, we’re not going to jail!

[LAUGHS]

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[“KILL DEM” BY JAMIE XX PLAYING]

COBY: Bollocks. Oh, man.

[MUSIC STOPS]

He’ll know I was drinking if you drove.

He could tell my coach…

JANN: He’s not telling him nothing.

He wants you on the team more than you want to be on the team.

[BRAKES SQUEAK, ENGINE SHUTS OFF]

Okay, say I’m the better driver and I’ll take the blame.

What? Say I’m the better driver and I’ll take the blame. Say it.

Say I’m the better driver. Say it.

COBY: You’re the better driver.

[HORN BLASTING]

[BRAKES SQUEALING]

[BELL CLANGS]

We couple the lead engine with the cars, yeah?

Yes.

STEVE: Connect the rod.

[PHONE CHIMING]

The pneumatics.

JANN: Yep.

STEVE: Release.

What’s up? You in a hurry?

You got someplace to be?

Sorry. No. Yeah, bring that up.

Dad, obviously I’m-I’m happy to pay for the… the-the damage to the mirror and the paintwork and stuff, but I was just wondering how many of these sessions I have to do.

Oh. You know?

You think that’s why you’re here?

Not… Is it not?

You’re not here because you broke the mirror on the car or because you took it without asking me.

Then why am I here?

Because this is where you end up when you don’t have a plan.

I’m sorry. Wait.

Am I here because I play “Gran Turismo”?

You think you’re gonna play stupid video games about cars and you’re gonna become a race car driver?

Either you go back to school and find something achievable, or you can join me here now. But there’s no future in racing.

[TOOL CLANKS ON GROUND]

I’m done.

[♪♪♪]

MAN: Oi, baldy, we ain’t got all day!

[♪♪♪]

Pick up, pick up.

[LINE RINGING]

JANN [OVER PHONE]: I’m coming.

Dude, the race starts in two minutes.

I need you to sign me in. No.

I-I have signed you in, but it’s a rolling start.

I can’t control it. If I’m not there when the lights go green, start the race.

No. What? That’s illegal. I can’t do that.

Is it? It’s got to be you that drives.

If I don’t get this, I’m done.

DANNY: We are moments away from the start of the European qualifying race.

PERSOL: Come on, come on, come on!

Bro, it’s starting. It’s starting!

DANNY: Best of luck to all you gamers out there.

PERSOL: Go, go, go, go, go!

DANNY: Three, two, one.

[ELECTRONIC CHIMING]

And we’re off!

[JANN GRUNTING] PERSOL: Aah!

Can you catch up? I think so.

Persol, how many am I up against?

PERSOL: It is you against the 19 best in Europe.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER] Shush, shush, shush.

Okay, bro, you are in 17th position, but you got ten laps to come back.

We need a win to go to GT Academy. Come on.

Loosey-goosey, baby. Loosey-goosey.

[CROWD MURMURING]

He’s boxing you out.

You got to do something.

[INHALES SHARPLY] Time’s running out.

[WHOOSHING]

JANN: I’m taking the outside.

There’s no time to dance.

PERSOL: Whoo-hoo-hoo!

[ENGINES ROARING]

[♪♪♪]

Yes, Jann. That’s my boy.

Okay, two seconds back from the next car.

This is it. Last lap. You got to go.

Come on, Jann.

JANN: Okay, second position just spun out.

PERSOL: Oh, shit.

I’m six seconds behind the leader.

PERSOL: Final turn now.

Come on, Jann.

Push it!

Yes, yes, yes.

Aah! That’s him, that’s him. There he is.

[CHEERING]

[♪♪♪]

STEVE: What, you’ll let him walk out without knowing who’s operating this camp?

He’s only off to Northampton.

He’s off to race cars.

Do you have any idea how dangerous that is?

JANN: Dad, I’m sorr… You’re the one that said, “Go and do something real.”

Now I am, and it’s too dangerous.

Uh, make up your mind.

Look, this has never been done before, Jann.

It’s a gimmick.

You’ve barely driven a real car.

Dad, I’ve raced thousands of hours.

But it’s not the same, son.

Real drivers, they’re professional athletes, not like…

Dad, do you remember this day?

You took this of me when I was five.

All I’ve wanted to do since then is be a racer.

I am doing it.

Whether you believe in me or not.

[♪♪♪]

DANNY: Welcome to the GT Academy.

[APPLAUSE]

[EXCITED CHATTER]

Hi.

Wow.

DANNY [VOICE-OVER]: The ten of you…

MATTY: My name is Matty.

DANNY: …hailing from eight different countries, are the best sim racers in the world.

You’ve overcome incredible odds to be here.

Now you stand on this track with enormous opportunity.

The winner will earn a seat on Team Nissan… and a place in racing history.

Now please meet our chief engineer, the man who’s gonna teach you all how to do it, Jack Salter.

Dude’s a freaking legend.

So, all these folks behind me are keen on y’all proving you can do the impossible.

I’m here to prove that you can’t.

[WHISPERS IN JAPANESE]

Hi. What’s your name?

Uh, Jann Mardenborough.

Jann. Wow, you’re tall.

Fit in a race car?

Uh, I don’t know.

I guess in the game I do.

[CHUCKLES]

Uh, this is not a game.

[SNICKERING]

[SCATTERED LAUGHTER]

Racing. It takes strength.

It takes tremendous will, intelligence, sensitivity.

There’s only a handful of people in the entire world who can do it at the level that you’re gonna be asked to do it.

When you’re in a race, the g-forces will be twice what an astronaut experiences upon lift-off.

And it’s under these conditions that you’re gonna be forced to make split-second decisions that could cost you your life.

Or worse, you could kill someone else.

These are incredible stakes.

And if you’re not willing to risk it, I want you to walk away.

There’s absolutely no shame.

‘Cause if you stay, I’m gonna push you harder than you have ever been pushed, and I am gonna prove that you don’t have what it takes.

Because to take one look at any of you, I can already tell that you don’t.

Welcome.

[SCATTERED APPLAUSE]

Great pep talk, Churchill. [CHUCKLES]

Well, I think they got the point.

DANNY: Look. Ahem.

This was my dream.

To take sim racers, put them into real cars and have them race against professional drivers.

[ENGINES REVVING]

Now is your chance to turn dreams into reality.

Let’s go!

[ENGINES ROARING]

[GROANS]

[INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER]

JACK: This is the first time you’ve been in a race car, as opposed to sitting in front of a computer screen.

There’s a lot of similarities when it comes to throttle, when it comes to braking.

How to take turns, how to use brakes and find your line on the track.

I think this is the chance we’ve all been looking for, to actually become what we wanted to our whole lives.

You never know how high you can achieve.

Dreams can come true.

All right, Jann.

Jann? Okay. Yes.

And just remember, this whole thing is about press readiness, okay?

DIRECTOR: Action.

When did you know that you wanted to be a racer?

Uh, well, I liked cars s-since I was a kid.

[ENGINES ROARING]

Go, go, go. Come on.

JACK: You’re going to compete in different exercises so that we can determine whose sim skills translate to driving a real car.

[ENGINE REVVING]

JANN [VOICE-OVER]: I wasn’t prepared for just how physical the demands of the car were gonna be.

INTERVIEWER: What do you think about your competitors?

JANN: They’re great.

INTERVIEWER: How about Matty?

To each his own.

He’s obviously very confident. Good for him.

What do you think about Jann? Jann is the same as any other driver on the track.

Just another car to pass.

Matty with the answers.

Better strap in, too, man. We’re about to go fast.

Hey, let’s see it.

[TIRES SQUEALING]

We’re gamers. We’re competitive people.

JACK: Let’s go. Keep it clean. Come on.

Oh, God.

This entire thing is a marketing extravaganza.

Get in the chopper. Let us get a few shots.

Doing what? Follow the kids around the track.

Make some notes. Act like an engineer.

Look cool.

[LAUGHS] There’s no way I would evaluate race car drivers from a helicopter.

It’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my whole life.

I’m not getting in that thing.

[BLADES WHIRRING]

PILOT: Setting take-off power.

Let’s go.

[DANNY LAUGHING]

[ELECTRONIC CHIME]

[TIRES SQUEALING]

♪ I’m coming in hot ♪

Looking good, Matty.

You’re looking good on the straight there. Nice line.

♪ I’m coming in hot ♪

Come on, you got to go! Punch it!

I will be your judge.

I will be your jury.

All right, come on, you gamer kids.

This must be a new experience for you.

Last time you stretched your legs was to go get another packet of Hot Pockets from the freezer.

[PANTING, GROANING]

You get tired, you get sloppy.

You get sloppy, you get hurt.

Then you lose races! Let’s go!

INTERVIEWER: I heard your trainer Jack can be a little hard on the team.

Oh, God. Yeah.

I mean, he’s… he means it well.

He’s tough, but it’s like tough love.

JACK: I need you to be faster than this.

Don’t think. Just react.

You’re gonna be hot in the car.

You’re gonna be tired. Focus!

[ENGINE REVVING]

Jack thinks we just suck.

Grabbed a bunch of cones back there.

Extra points.

And I will decide who is eliminated.

♪ I’m coming in hot ♪

Close that gap. Let’s close that gap.

[ENGINE REVVING]

♪ I’m coming in hot. ♪

Oh!

AVI: No, no, no, no!

No!

Jesus Christ.

[BACK-UP ALARM BEEPING]

Sorry about the car.

Good luck.

[VOICE-OVER]: We’ll cut you down to five.

Those five will compete in a final race.

Bye.

Ah-ah. Keep going. Keep going.

[VOICE-OVER]: If your name’s below the red line at the end of this, you’re out.

You’re ruining my enjoyment of these chips.

[RETCHING] Whoa. Hello.

I didn’t think it was gonna be so physically demanding.

[COUGHING, RETCHING]

[FEEDBACK SQUEALS]

You puked on my lawn.

Goodbye, Henry.

[ENGINES REVVING ON VIDEO GAMES]

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Come on, come on.

Goodbye, Chloe.

KLAUS: I wasn’t into sports, and I didn’t know that we had s-so much working out.

Klaus.

[GRUNTS]

Can I have a word?

Good effort, son. Here’s a cap and a shirt for you.

See that car? That’ll take you home.

Okay.

Bye, Klaus.

INTERVIEWER: What’s your biggest fear?

I guess going home and proving everybody right.

You know, that… that this, it was impossible and this wasn’t meant to be.

Passing is the art of conviction.

You’re coming into turn 15.

It’s got a late apex. The exit tightens.

You got to find your moment to pass.

Come on. What you got? What you got? What you got?

Come on, there’s a gap. Go, go, go!

SPOTTER [OVER RADIO]: Wait for the window.

JACK: Come on, turn it! Go!

Go, go, go, go!

[ENGINE REVS]

SPOTTER: Inside, inside.

Not today.

[TIRES SQUEALING]

[JACK YELLS]

Brake! Brake! Brake!

I’m trying!

[GROANS]

[ENGINE ROARING]

Good night. [LAUGHS]

Are you okay?

[SIREN WAILING]

Jesus Christ.

I braked.

Jesus. [GROANS] But I braked. I braked. I braked.

I’m so sorry.

You can’t be afraid in the car!

I wasn’t afraid. I braked. Jesus.

I don’t know what happened. Got to commit!

SAFETY OFFICIAL: You okay? You okay?

JACK: It work in your game?

SAFETY OFFICIAL: You okay? You okay?

[SIGHS]

[♪♪♪]

[EXHALES SHARPLY]

[SNIFFLES]

ANTONIO [VOICE-OVER]: Dude, you crashed a car with Jack inside.

[CHUCKLES]

That was insane.

Terrifying.

Listen, you got to commit.

You know, if you don’t commit in the turn, it’s our lives on the line.

[LAUGHS] Uncanny.

I don’t know if I was more scared of the crash or of Jack. [LAUGHS]

Uh, you actually got a bit lucky.

Yeah, I think I did.

Clearly, I mean, you haven’t been behind the wheel before, have you?

No, I don’t think any of us have.

The whole point is to find someone who hasn’t.

Well, I think the point is to win, isn’t it?

Is there a problem?

I don’t know. Is there?

I’m in first place, baby.

Hmm. He’s humble, too. Yeah.

MATTY: But you heard Jack.

I mean, there’s no shame in going home, right?

Yeah, did you hear that?

That’s exactly what I heard.

[APPLE THUDS]

[ENGINES ROARING]

JACK: If you’re not gonna commit to a pass… if you… if you, in the moment, you decide, “I’m not gonna go,” I mean, you got to fall back. You got to brake early.

I tried. The brakes didn’t respond.

Excuse me?

JANN: I… I tried to brake.

Hmm? Brakes not working? And the brakes didn’t respond.

That’s not what I said. Right.

But it felt like they were glazed.

Oh, they were glazed. Yeah.

They were glazed. How… I mean, how do you know… how do you know something like that?

Because I’ve been driving these cars for years.

[CHUCKLING]: Okay.

In a video game.

We’re in real life now, okay?

This is reality.

If you’re not gonna commit, if you’re not gonna have conviction on that track…

[TIRES SQUEAL]

…you make mistakes like that, next time, we might not be so lucky.

That’s it.

Get out.

JANN: Why do you think we’re here?

Because we know how these cars work.

I know what I’m talking about.

I’m not afraid. [SIGHS]

[CHUCKLES] Come on, man.

Doing this for 25 years.

I know when someone’s afraid.

Best-case scenario, that guy doesn’t win.

And that’s what we got here.

There’s no shame in that.

It’s okay.

It’s a small percentage of the population that can do this, all right?

I get it.

But it’s time to quit.

If those brakes don’t turn out to be glazed, you’re going home anyways.

[PATS ARM]

[ENGINE ROARING]

[CAR APPROACHING]

[BRAKES SQUEAK]

[ENGINE SHUTS OFF]

He was right. The brakes are glazed.

[♪♪♪]

[CHUCKLES SOFTLY]

[“GULLY” BY GEORGE GRINLING, OLIVER PEARSON, SUJON AHMED]

[SONG CONTINUES QUIETLY OVER HEADPHONES]

Hey.

[MUSIC STOPS]

[PANTING]

[TREADMILL BEEPS]

How’d you know that about the car?

[SCOFFS]

I’ve spent hours setting up cars in “GT.”

You know, I know you think it’s just a simulator, but it’s good.

Tomorrow’s your shot.

Marcel’s out.

You’re in the final five.

Final race in the morning.

[♪♪♪]

Yes!

Yes!

[“SONGBIRD” BY KENNY G PLAYING QUIETLY OVER HEADPHONES]

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

[WHISPERING]: Do you hear this?

Yeah.

[CHUCKLES SOFTLY]

ANTONIO: Psst. Dude.

Jann.

What?

What the hell is that?

It’s Kenny G.

Who… Who’s Kenny G?

Dude, we have a huge race tomorrow.

It’s just chilling me out.

I’ll turn it down.

Sorry. [ANTONIO CHUCKLES]

ANTONIO [WHISPERS]: Dude.

[SONG CONTINUES]

[SONG FADES]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[♪♪♪]

JACK [VOICE-OVER]: All right. This is it.

This is what it’s all been leading to.

This is not a game.

This is a race.

All your weeks here at the GT Academy have led to this, and I’ve imparted to you everything I know about racing.

Now it’s time for you to show me what you’ve got and what kind of competitors you are.

There will be a winner.

And there will be losers.

Good luck.

JANN: It’s a, um…

It’s a family thing.

It’s the team my dad used to play for.

[ENGINES STARTING]

JANN: It’s just a game.

SPOTTER [OVER RADIO]: Course is green. Track is all clear.

All cars on the grid.

SPOTTER 2: Safety vehicles released to the track. All there.

You’re playing a game. It’s just a game.

When in doubt, throttle out.

[EXHALES HEAVILY]

[EXHALES SHARPLY]

[SIGHS]

You got this.

[ELECTRONIC CHIMING]

[ENGINES ROARING]

JACK [OVER RADIO]: These cars are heavy and fast.

Control those vehicles.

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

[HEARTBEAT THUMPING]

[GRUNTS] Yes.

[TIRES SQUEAL]

No.

Yes. Yes.

SPOTTER: Completed lap two.

Three laps to go.

JACK: Those are nice splits.

Coming in with a .342 and a .248.

Want to try harder, Jann?

[ENGINE REVVING]

[BREATHING SHARPLY]

[ANTONIO YELLING IN FRUSTRATION]

ANTONIO: Damn it!

Yes. [LAUGHS]

Oh, there you are. Okay.

[JANN BREATHING SHARPLY]

JANN: Shit.

SPOTTER: Debris on turn four.

JACK: This is it. Final lap.

Come on, Jann.

Commit. Commit!

[WHOOSHING]

[ENGINES ROARING]

Okay, you came to drive, Stretch!

[ENGINE ROARING]

[LONG EXHALE]

No.

[WHOOPING]

No! No!

No.

Come on, Jann.

[WHOOSHING]

SPOTTER: First through five separated by ten car lengths.

Come on, Matty. Do it, baby. Come on.

Yes. Come on.

[EXCITED CHATTER]

Matty took it.

JACK: No, wait. W-Wait. No, no, no, hang on. Hang on. Yeah.

We got to watch that back.

Can I get playback?

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

Guys, was that me that…?

Did I win?

Who had that?

[APPLAUSE, CHEERING]

Mate, who won? I-I don’t know.

I don’t know.

Rewind a little.

Zoom in there.

No.

Mardenborough won.

Announce it. Hold on. Hold on.

Jack. Jack.

Is this really what we want? Just… look at this from a high-level marketing perspective, okay?

Does… does Jann give us the best shot?

I don’t know what that means. He won.

By a thousandth of a second. Yeah, that’s the difference between winning and losing. Jann won.

DANNY [VOICE-OVER]: Jann…

Look, he stumbles in front of the camera.

He’s not press-ready. He’s not confident.

The whole idea of this thing, Jack, it hangs on one of these two kids’ shoulders.

Matty’s a millionth of a second behind.

I mean, who cares?

He is ultimately our best pick when you take him out into the world.

Who won? Right.

Yeah. Copy that.

The winner is…

You are the winner. Yes!

[“BECAUSE I’M ME” BY THE AVALANCHES PLAYING]

[LIVELY CHATTER] Way to go, Jann!

Well, and so it begins.

[♪♪♪]

♪ Never mind my tone when I told Pretty Tony ♪

♪ Listen to my tone, you ain’t catching you a Tony ♪

♪ Award-winning walk when you running with a shotty ♪

♪ Why you running from us? Why you messing with us? ♪

♪ We ain’t got no guns, we just let the bears witness ♪

♪ The grizzly, maybe polar… ♪

[SIGHS]

♪ Ready rolled up ♪

♪ Pulling a machete, cut the bamboo paper ♪

♪ And let’s roll out, baby, like. ♪

[SONG FADES]

[LINE RINGING]

LESLEY [OVER PHONE]: Hello, sweetheart.

JANN: Mum. [LAUGHS]

I kind of won GT Academy.

LESLEY: You really? [LAUGHING]

That’s amazing. I’m happy for you.

JANN: Yeah, it was amazing.

It was, um… it was incredible.

You would’ve loved it. I wish you were here.

LESLEY: I wish I was there, too.

Uh, wh-wh-where’s Dad? I-I want to tell him.

He-he’s just left for Coby’s game.

But I’ll let him know.

I’m really proud of you.

JANN: Yeah. [CHUCKLES]

It’s mental.

Yeah, they’re taking me on a Learjet to Vienna tomorrow.

LESLEY: I’ll be watching.

And I love you.

I love you back.

[♪♪♪]

DANNY: Aha, a little bit of bubbly.

First time on a private jet? Here, have a glass.

Oh, sweet. Thanks. Uh, sorry.

Champagne is for the podium only.

We’ll take a couple beers.

Thank you very much.

DANNY: That’s fair.

Let’s save it for a win.

Nissan has agreed to fund you through the Dubai enduro under the condition you get your racing license.

So we’ll start in the European series.

You following?

Yes.

You’ve got to finish fourth place or better in just one race of the series to get your FIA license.

When you get that license, Nissan will give you a contract.

JACK: You’re not gonna be racing against gamers.

These guys are legit professional athletes.

You don’t have the strength and the stamina to compete at this level at this point, but we’ll get into all that.

For this one, though, you got to prove that you belong.

And nobody’s gonna welcome you into this world.

The other drivers, your pit crew.

Nobody wants you there.

If you have any feedback about anything, you’re gonna tell me.

‘Cause the mechanics are going to hate you.

Okay. [PATS ARM]

I’m gonna get some, uh, sleep ’cause I can’t stand flying.

Get some rest.

He’s fun.

[BOTH CHUCKLING]

Seriously…

Jack was a great racer.

I mean, possibly, could’ve been one of the best Americans of his generation, actually.

He quit.

Why?

Well, that’s between you and him.

[SIGHS]

[SIGHS]: Yes.

[♪♪♪]

Welcome to Vienna, Jann.

On our left, we have the golden Strauss square.

COMMENTATOR: On the outside, he’s coming under pressure from Mika Koskinen.

[ENGINES ROARING ON VIDEO]

[♪♪♪]

[♪♪♪]

[CROWD CHEERING]

ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Spielberg in Austria and the Red Bull Ring.

WILL [COMMENTATOR]: This one’s got a bit of everything, hasn’t it– uh, heavy braking zones, but also quite a lot of fast sections…

[HELICOPTER WHIRRING]

[SIGHS]

[“ORINOCO FLOW” BY ENYA PLAYING]

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

[SONG CONTINUES OVER HEADPHONES]

♪ Let me sail, let me sail… ♪

[JACK CLEARS THROAT]

[SONG STOPS]

I’ll be on comms the whole time.

You’ll be fine. Stay with me.

Uh, good news.

No one thinks we can do this, so low expectations.

Hey.

You got this.

[♪♪♪]

[EXHALES SLOWLY]

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING GERMAN]

ANNOUNCER: One-minute warning.

[ENGINE REVVING]

[INDISTINCT ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CHATTER]

[JANN BREATHING HEAVILY]

CREWMAN 2: Blankets off.

CREWMAN 3: Copy.

[INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER]

[OVER RADIO]: Comms check.

JANN: Yeah, got you.

[CROWD CHANTING INDISTINCTLY]

[INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER]

[TOOLS BUZZING AND WHIRRING]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[WHISTLE BLOWS]

[ENGINES REVVING]

JACK [OVER RADIO]: All right, it’s a rolling start.

Let’s get those tires nice and warm.

CHENNY [COMMENTATOR 2]: Taking one lap.

They’re just trying to generate as much heat in the tires as they possibly can.

You can see them weaving.

JACK: All right, I don’t know exactly how much bandwidth you have for this right now, but I feel like we should talk a little bit about some of the players on the field today.

Uh, first of all, my favorite is the guy in the gold lamé monstrosity over there.

Uh, that’s Team Capa.

The guy in the white Audi with the rainbows on it, that’s Schulin.

He’s gonna be the other bully on the track today.

DANNY: I think the thing you have to remember– th-this is a first, a world first, so we’re already winning.

WILL: You’ve got to have nerves of steel coming down into turn one as we approach the start line.

JACK: Okay, Jann.

When that light turns green, it’s go time.

Green, green!

Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

[ENGINES ROARING]

All right, come on. Keep your nose in it.

Let’s do this.

Whoa, welcoming committee.

SPOTTER: On your left!

What the…? Shit!

SPOTTER: That’s all right. Stay focused.

Don’t drive your mirrors.

You’re all right. You’re all right. Just breathe.

Just breathe. JANN: Okay, come on, Jann.

Focus, focus, focus.

[JANN BREATHING HEAVILY]

[HEARTBEAT THUMPING]

Let’s go.

[ENGINE REVVING]

WILL: Heading into turn one, they’re tipping on 300 kilometers an hour as…

[WHOOSHING]

SPOTTER: Get out from behind him.

Whoa!

Take the inside. You’ll be fine.

Cars explode all the time.

This is normal. Stay focused.

WILL: It’s a disaster for the red Ferrari.

WILL: You know, he’s not used to this kind of stuff, so he needs to focus on what…

JANN: Jack, how am I doing for fuel?

JACK: All right, low fuel.

Next time around, come in to gas up.

CHENNY: First pit stop for Jann Mardenborough and the Nissan…

JACK MAN JONES: Let’s go, go, go!

[INDISTINCT SHOUTING]

JACK: Come on, come on.

[TOOLS WHIRRING]

Go!

It’s much easier with a joystick, isn’t it? [LAUGHS]

Whoa.

JACK: Hey, hey! Listen to me.

Keep it together out there, all right?

CREWMAN: Coming down!

JACK: Breathe!

I don’t want you to oversteer.

All right? I want you to keep it together!

CHENNY: Mardenborough lighting up the rear wheels, and that was pretty textbook from the Nissan pit crew.

[♪♪♪]

SPOTTER: You’ve got a good run on him. Pass him on the right.

[OVER COMMS IN GERMAN]

[IN GERMAN]

CHENNY: That’s a great job from Jann Mardenborough as he makes his… Hey.

That was actually pretty great.

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

All right, you’re coming up on Capa. He’s right ahead.

SPOTTER: You’re approaching sector three.

SPOTTER 2: Careful through the corner. Gonna get passed.

[GRUNTS] [ENGINES REVVING]

JACK: All right, fourth place!

All we got to do is hold, and we got that license.

ANNOUNCER: Team Nissan… [CONTINUES IN GERMAN]

Where do you think you’re going, amateur?

All right, watch out for Capa. He’s coming on your outside.

This guy plays dirty. Watch out for that.

I’m gonna nerf you, gamer.

SPOTTER: Four back. Three back.

[ENGINE REVVING]

[GRUNTS]

[GRUNTS]

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

[VOICE MUTED]

[TIRES SQUEALING]

[ENGINE ROARING]

ANNOUNCER: Capa… [CONTINUES IN GERMAN]

Goddamn it.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[♪♪♪]

WILL: So it’s a P-27 over the line for Jann Mardenborough.

Possible naivete through the final…

CREWMAN: You seen the state of these tires?

[INDISTINCT CHATTER, LAUGHTER]

[SIGHS] Well, at least you finished.

I didn’t even think you’d do that.

[CHUCKLES] Noob.

[LAUGHTER]

CREWMAN: I need you to wipe down that axle assembly.

CREWMAN 2: Yeah, well, got to get it up first.

It’s an okay start.

There’s still six more events this season, so we’ll qualify, all right?

CREWMAN: Paul, get your own video.

CREWMAN 2: Right, I’ll get on it.

CREWMAN 3: Do you think we’re gonna finish a race one day?

So, how are we feeling?

Are you still happy about the choice we made?

Got to give him some time.

Hmm. All right.

It’s on you.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER, LAUGHTER]

I’m sorry, man. I…

It’s okay. First race.

First race.

[SIGHS] Yeah.

Crazy out there, isn’t it?

It’s insane.

All right, well, um…

We’re gonna focus on strength. We’re gonna focus on endurance.

You’re gonna feel better.

You’re gonna feel stronger with each race.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING GERMAN]

♪ I am the world’s forgotten boy ♪

♪ The one who searches and destroys ♪

♪ Honey, gotta help me, please ♪

♪ Somebody gotta save my soul ♪

♪ Baby, detonate for me ♪

♪ Ow! ♪

[BEEPS] ♪ Look out… ♪

Jack, Jack, hello?

Is this working?

[BREAKING UP]: Jack. Hello?

Jack. Hello, Jack?

Are you…? Shit.

I think my radio’s broken. Hello?

Jack! Someone answer me!

♪ Look out, honey, ’cause I’m using technology ♪

♪ Ain’t got time to make no apology… ♪

JACK: I got a good feeling about this one.

You got this.

[TIRES SQUEALING]

CHENNY: Another disappointing finish for Mardenborough.

♪ Honey, gotta strike me blind ♪

♪ Somebody gotta save my soul ♪

♪ Baby, penetrate my mind ♪

♪ And I’m the world’s forgotten boy ♪

Come on, come on, come on, come on.

♪ The one who’s searchin’, searchin’ to destroy ♪

♪ And, honey, I’m the world’s forgotten boy ♪

JACK: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Look alive.

Look alive. Hey, watch the gravel trap.

♪ The one who’s searchin’ only to destroy ♪

[CAR CRASHES]

♪ Hey! ♪

♪ Hey! Hey! ♪

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

[SONG ENDS]

[♪♪♪]

REPORTER: Nicholas! Nicholas!

Nicholas, what’s your take on sim racers? I’m worried, you know?

They make it less safe for the real drivers.

REPORTER 2: Do you think a sim racer can ever win?

NICHOLAS: You won’t see them on a podium.

[REPORTERS CLAMORING] Okay, that’s enough for now.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Come on. Let us through. Let us through.

JACK: Hey. Hey.

Don’t worry about him, all right?

He’s not a better driver than you.

He’s got a bigger allowance.

[ENGINES REVVING]

JANN: Shit!

JACK: Whoa.

Don’t let him take that line.

Come on, he’s pushing you wide.

Bullshit.

JANN: What’s he doing?!

SPOTTER: Get back on the racing surface.

NICHOLAS: Whoopsie.

JANN: Shit!

WILL: The Dubai Autodrome here in the UAE.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING ARABIC]

JACK: It’s all right. Is the car functioning all right?

Jann, is the car functioning okay?

JANN: Fine. The car’s o… The car’s okay.

It’s functioning, yes.

JACK: Okay.

Okay, get back in the fight, then.

This is the last chance you have to qualify for your license.

We have to finish at least fourth.

You’re still in this race.

Take a deep breath. Focus.

I know you can do this, Jann.

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

[HEARTBEAT THUMPING]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[♪♪♪]

[CROWD CHEERING]

Capa and Schulin are up ahead. You’re gaining back.

SPOTTER: You’ve got a good run on him. Shoot for the gap.

WILL: He’s threading the needle between Capa and Schulin.

NICHOLAS: You back for more?

JANN: Jack, what is he doing?!

JACK: Easy. Don’t lose that line. Don’t lose that line.

Jack, they’re boxing me in.

Well, then do something about it.

CHENNY: Hits the brakes, goes down to third!

NICHOLAS: What the…?

[ENGINE WHINING]

[ENGINE REVVING]

See ya. Bye.

That’s what I’m talking about.

[LAUGHING]

NICHOLAS: Ah, shit!

JACK: Watch your six.

SPOTTER: Capa coming up on your side.

JANN: Oh, my God, he’s gaining way too much speed.

What is he doing?

[GASPS]

[TIRES SCREECH]

Whoa! His wheel…

Whoa!

Shit! Capa’s tire just shattered my windscreen!

Okay, pit now. Pit. Yellow’s out.

JACK MAN JONES: Get the tires ready.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

Coming in.

CREWMAN: Go, go!

JACK: Hey, you all right?

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[TOOLS BUZZING AND WHIRRING]

Can you see through this thing?

[PANTING]: Yeah.

[CHATTER IN ARABIC]

Are you okay? Come this way, please.

[SIREN WAILING]

Let’s get you checked.

How do you feel?

WILL: The safety team arriving for that…

CHENNY: It is all clear for Nick Capa.

He’s absolutely furious.

JACK: Stay calm, all right?

[CHATTER IN ARABIC]

JACK MAN JONES: Ready to go. All right. Green. Go!

[ENGINE REVVING, TIRES SQUEALING]

Stay ahead of Schulin!

CHENNY: Racing once again.

And we’re right into the final lap.

JACK: You got to hold Schulin off.

You’re in fourth place, but you got to play defense.

Do not let him get under you in these turns.

SPOTTER: Outside on your left.

JACK: This is it.

Last turn and final straight. Drop the hammer!

Roger that.

[ENGINE REVVING]

CHENNY: Will the German get the better of the young rookie?

Watch that checkered flag!

Yes! Yes!

Fuck! Yes!

JACK: Whoa, fourth!

That’s your FIA license, kid.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

♪ Generals gathered in their masses ♪

Yeah, baby!

[EXCITED CHATTER]

♪ Just like witches at black masses… ♪

Dude, what is your problem?! It’s part of the game.

It’s called racing. Are you for real?

You almost killed me! You almost killed me!

Do that again, and watch what happens.

Try that shit again.

I’m serious. Hey, hey, hey.

You almost killed me and yourself!

Whoa.

I’m serious. Hey. Hey, hey, hey!

Hey! You came in fourth!

You came in fourth!

FIA license, baby!

You got your license!

You got it!

You did it. Forget that guy.

JACK MAN JONES: You broke your cherry.

JACK: You got your license!

DANNY: FIA license, baby!

[“WAR PIGS” BY BLACK SABBATH CONTINUES]

[“WAR PIGS” BY BLACK SABBATH PLAYING OVER HEADPHONES]

[SOFTLY]: Hey.

[BOTH SIGH]

[MUSIC STOPS]

Got you a beer.

Thank you.

So…

Yes. You were pretty damn good today.

Don’t sound so surprised.

I am surprised. [CHUCKLES]

I’m very surprised.

You got instincts.

That can’t be taught.

Did you feel it when you were out there?

That thing where time slows down, you feel like the car’s on rails, you feel like you can’t make a mistake, feels like nothing and everything at the same time?

[CHUCKLES]

Ooh. [LAUGHS]

Jesus, I miss that so much.

That’s the only thing I miss about being in the car.

Now I only get it when I, you know, listen to early Black Sabbath or something.

Just, like, the bullshit fades away, you know.

That’s what you’re listening to on this thing? Black Sabbath?

Yeah.

You know, they make these that hold more than eight songs.

I’m nostalgic. What do you want?

Hey, what are you gonna do with that, uh, big old signing bonus?

I don’t know.

I’ll probably put it towards a flat.

Wow. You’re such a nerd.

Why don’t you take a bunch of it and blow it on a first-class ticket for that girl you’re obsessed with and, uh, fly her out here to be there for the signing event with you?

I don’t have a girl. You don’t have a girl?

Who’s the girl that you’re looking at like hundreds of pictures on your phone all day long?

Who’s that girl?

You rookie. Danny, um… Danny told me you were an incredible driver.

Yeah?

Yeah. [CHUCKLES]

What was your favorite track?

Le Mans. Hands down.

Really?

Yes.

Why? It’s a perfect track.

Nowhere tests you like that.

You podium at Le Mans, and you live forever.

You become immortal.

Did you?

No, I did not.

I am still mortal.

But I did race it once.

What happened?

WOMAN: You’re the racer from today, right?

WOMAN 2: Can we get your autograph?

JANN: Uh…

[LAUGHS] Yeah, sure.

You were amazing, by the way.

Thank you so much.

WOMAN: Can I get a selfie as well?

For sure. Thanks.

[JANN & WOMEN CHUCKLING]

[CAMERA CLICKS]

[LINE RINGING]

Jann. This is a surprise.

You know, I was just watching your story on Insta.

Oh, really? Well, that’s crazy.

I was wondering how many times I’d have to like them before you’d call me.

50, 60 times?

[JANN CHUCKLING]

Yeah, um, sorry.

I should’ve called sooner, but…

[CHUCKLING]: It’s okay. You’ve been busy.

I was thinking about that night that you left, and, um…

Yeah?

I wish we’d got more time, you know?

Jann, we have all the time in the world.

Where do you want to go?

[“CELEBRATE” BY COURTNEY BELL PLAYING]

♪ Now we celebrate ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Too many odds and strifes we fought against ♪

♪ Came too far in life to call it quits ♪

♪ We celebrate, yeah ♪

♪ Yeah, everybody, yeah ♪

♪ Now we celebrate ♪

[CAMERA CLICKS]

♪ Now we celebrate ♪

♪ Yeah. ♪

[SONG FADES]

How is everybody?

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

It-it’s an absolute honor to meet you, sir.

[IN JAPANESE]

Jann, by signing this contract as a professional driver, you’re showing not only gamers but any kid who had a dream that anything is possible.

Welcome to Team Nissan.

[LIVELY CHATTER]

MAN: Congratulations, Jann.

MAN 2: Hey. Hey. This way.

MAN 3: Jann-san. This way, please.

WOMAN: Jann-san, please, look this way.

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

Thank you so much. Thank you.

Thank you.

AUDREY: Hey. Hey. How…?

Hey.

Man of the hour. Yeah.

You came. Thanks for bringing me here.

Of course. Do you have any time to enjoy Tokyo?

And what sites would you like to see?

Uh, uh, yeah, I would like to see more of Tokyo.

Yeah, I would love to. Okay, guys, thank you so much.

I think we’ve had more than enough questions for now.

Come on.

Now get out while you can, guys. Go.

Quick, make a run for it. Enjoy the city.

♪ Gonna take you for a ride on a big jet plane… ♪

[CHATTER IN JAPANESE]

AUDREY [VOICE-OVER]: You and me dreamed of this in Wales, and now it’s real. [JANN CHUCKLES]

We manifested this.

[LIVELY CHATTER IN JAPANESE]

JANN [LAUGHS]: Yeah.

Yeah, maybe we did.

[BOTH LAUGH]

[LIVELY CHATTER IN JAPANESE]

Oh, cool.

What are you looking at?

Might buy a gift for a friend.

AUDREY [VOICE-OVER]: Sake?

After you.

Or-or we could order something else. Um…

What is there? Champagne, maybe?

Celebrate your big signing? Champagne’s for the podium.

[LAUGHING]: Oh, okay. Sorry.

Noted, Mr. Big Shot.

Thank you so much.

AUDREY: Thank you.

[SUSHI CHEF SPEAKS JAPANESE]

Mmm.

Wow. That’s amazing.

Wow.

Arigato. Man, that is amazing.

[LAUGHING]: That is so good.

AUDREY: Wow.

Never tasted anything like that. More, more, more.

[“PEPAS (TIëSTO REMIX)” BY FARRUKO & TIëSTO PLAYING]

[LIVELY CHATTER, LAUGHTER]

[SONG CONTINUES WITH LYRICS IN SPANISH]

[SONG STOPS]

[♪♪♪]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[COMMENTATOR SPEAKING GERMAN]

COMMENTATOR: Most challenging circuit in the world.

So hard to remember…

WILL: It is the most feared circuit on planet Earth.

It is, of course, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING GERMAN]

[CHEERING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

Make sure it’s secure.

[ENGINES REVVING]

Check that your pads have been changed.

CREWMAN: Yeah, looking good.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING GERMAN]

ANNOUNCER: One minute.

JACK: Why don’t you check out

those numbers over there, all right?

Will do.

[ENGINES REVVING]

[“SONGBIRD” BY KENNY G PLAYING]

[DOOR OPENS]

Hey.

Hey.

[MUSIC STOPS]

It’s time.

Yeah.

You okay?

Yeah. [CHUCKLES]

Here.

What is this, my birthday?

[LAUGHS] It’s just, I don’t know, something I saw.

Open it later.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING GERMAN]

[BUSY CHATTER]

DANNY: Have a good one, mate.

WILL: It’s been an impressive start to the season for the young lad from Wales, Jann Mardenborough, who just a month ago placed fourth at Dubai Autodrome.

It’s gonna be interesting to see how he handles…

He looks so young.

COMMENTATOR: Yeah, the-the Nordschleife is the most challenging circuit, and it’s gonna be the biggest challenge of Jann’s career so far.

All clear. Drop the car.

You hear me in there?

[ENGINE STARTS]

Loud and clear.

[♪♪♪]

[ENGINES ROARING]

WILL: Lap six of what has already been a frenetic race here, Jann Mardenborough in the…

JACK: Looking good, Jann. Smooth is fast. Smooth is fast.

Very nice! Schulin down.

WILL: …is showing fantastic pace from Jann Mardenborough as he’s working his way up through the field.

[INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER]

SPOTTER: Hook into the draft.

Pit for fuel when you come around.

JANN: Copy.

[♪♪♪]

[SPOTTER SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY OVER RADIO]

SPOTTER: Easy. This is your lap.

Good speed, Jann. Keep it up.

[GROANS] What the hell?

JACK: Yes! Yes! Yes!

SPOTTER: Got good speed on the Ferrari.

[METALLIC CREAKING]

Was that his car?

[PEOPLE SCREAMING]

[CREAKING]

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

[SOBBING]: Oh, no!

COMMENTATOR: That is a terrifying accident for Jann Mardenborough, and all we can do at this moment is hope he’s okay.

WILL: We aren’t sure of his condition.

May be still in the car, but we hope that he and-and the spectators are okay.

Oh, my God! It’s a horrible accident.

[MUFFLED SHOUTING]

[♪♪♪]

[MUFFLED SHOUTING]

[FRANTIC CHATTER]

MAN: How many cars are involved?

JACK: Hey, wait!

Stop! Stop! [SIREN BLARING]

LESLEY [SOBBING]: Oh, no! Oh, Jann.

My baby. Calm down, calm down.

[CHATTER IN GERMAN]

[♪♪♪]

[♪♪♪]

[STEADY BEEPING]

[SIGHS] I don’t know how we’re gonna explain this to Nissan, ’cause there’ll be an investigation.

That’s what you’re thinking about right now?

DANNY: They could shut us down over this.

JACK: Okay. Somebody died.

DANNY: I understand.

Hey.

[GROANS SOFTLY] No, no, no. Whoa, whoa.

Hey, uh-uh. Come on. I’m okay. I’m okay.

You need to rest. You need to rest.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I’m okay.

What happened?

JACK: It’s not… It’s not your fault, okay?

It was a freak accident.

Was someone hurt?

A spectator.

Did they die?

It was an accident.

It is certainly not on you.

It is on me.

I should’ve pitted you sooner.

Oh, my God. Hey.

DANNY: You know why they call that section Flugplatz?

It means “airfield.”

Cars lift off there.

And with that headwind, it was like a sail.

It was a freak accident, Jann.

[CRYING]: Come on. I shouldn’t have been there.

Someone’s dead because racing is dangerous.

[GROANS] I was driving.

Jann, you can’t be blamed for this.

Can you go? Can you…

JACK: Jann.

Can you go? I’m done.

Jann, listen to me, okay? Just go.

Get out!

[SOBBING SOFTLY]

[CELL PHONE VIBRATING]

[SNIFFLES]

[SOBBING]

I’d like to start by saying everybody at Nissan would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

This was a tragic accident, and our hearts go out to them.

AUDREY [OVER PHONE]: Do you want me to come down there?

I can.

That’s okay.

I’m not much fun at the moment.

What about your family?

Have you spoken to them?

[CELL PHONE VIBRATING]

DANNY [OVER TV]: We are, of course, cooperating with the investigation, and we will provide racing officials and the DMSB with any information that would help prevent this from happening again.

NICHOLAS: He should’ve never been on that track.

And you should’ve stayed where you belong: under the hood.

[♪♪♪]

LESLEY [OVER PHONE]: The hospital said you were discharged with no injuries.

Please let us come and see you.

I’m not sure if I can do this.

But, sweetheart, you know it wasn’t your fault, right?

This could’ve happened to anybody.

Yeah, but it happened to me.

Do you want to speak to your dad or Coby?

What, so they can just say they were right?

He just wants to know you’re okay.

So do I, my baby.

[♪♪♪]

[SIGHS]

Let’s go.

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[ENGINES ROARING IN DISTANCE]

[ENGINE IDLING]

[ENGINE SHUTS OFF]

You had asked me what happened at Le Mans.

I was in a wreck.

[SEAT BELT CLICKING]

[GRUNTS]

[♪♪♪]

It was a beautiful day.

It was getting late in that first day, and I was coming out of the Tertre Rouge corner.

I was coming up on a Ford.

As I passed him, I saw his car twitch.

It was like a shiver.

And then he lost control.

Car flipped three times before it hit the barrier.

Caught on fire like that. [SNAPS FINGERS]

Medics came, pulled me out.

My gloves were on fire, but everything else– not a scratch.

That Ford was in a thousand pieces.

Tony, the driver, he died on the way to the hospital.

They said it wasn’t my fault.

I never got behind the wheel of a race car ever again.

I lost my nerve.

More than that, I lost the chance to find out how good I could’ve been.

I quit.

And I’ve had to live with that my whole life.

You want to walk away, nobody would blame you.

Most people would.

I got a feeling you’re not most people.

I think you could be the best.

But if you want to prove it, if you want to be a driver, then you got to get back on that track, and you got to do it right now, because if you don’t, you never will.

That crash is not gonna define who you are.

But how you respond to it will.

Finish your lap.

[“WASH.” BY BON IVER PLAYING]

♪ Climb ♪

♪ Is all we know ♪

♪ When thaw ♪

♪ Is not below us ♪

♪ No, can’t grow up ♪

♪ In that iron ground ♪

♪ Claire, all too sore for sound ♪

[ENGINE STARTS]

♪ Scraped ♪

All right, nice and easy.

Just hold the line. Okay.

♪ Across the foam ♪

♪ Like they stole it ♪

♪ And, oh, how they hold it ♪

Give it a little speed. Let’s have some fun.

♪ Over havens fora ♪

♪ Full and swollen morass ♪

♪ Young habitat ♪

♪ All been living alone ♪

♪ Where the ice snap and the hold clast are known ♪

You’re okay.

What’s next?

[CHUCKLES]

♪ Home ♪

♪ We’re savage high. ♪

[SONG ENDS]

The racing commission has finally come to their decision.

Good news is they’ve cleared you.

Yeah, it’s great news. What’s the bad news?

You looked at your phone lately?

No.

Capa and some of the other boys have taken to Twitter to demand we have our license revoked.

They even started an anti-sim driver campaign.

Several of the other teams have jumped on the bandwagon and are independently launching cases against us.

Got to be kidding me.

Could that work?

Well, let’s face it– it doesn’t make it easy for our sponsor to keep carrying us.

Nissan is considering shutting us down.

So…

We got to prove to them, we got to prove to everyone that we belong.

How?

By placing on the podium at Le Mans with a team of sim drivers.

[CHUCKLING]: I’m sorry.

You’re serious? Le Mans?

You… P-Podium at Le Mans?

[CHUCKLES] Yeah.

I mean, first thing is we’d need two other drivers.

Matty and Antonio, they’ve both been racing the lower circuits since GT Academy.

I mean, they can do it.

I believe in you, Jann.

You’ve driven this a thousand times before in the game.

You can do this in your sleep.

JACK: Look, you’ve done some amazing things, kid.

But Le Mans is… it’s a different animal.

It’s the most physically demanding, technically challenging race in the entire world.

It’s dangerous.

It tests you.

I couldn’t do it.

But I know that you can.

Do you know that you can?

Let’s be immortal.

[BOTH CHUCKLING]

We in?

[♪♪♪]

Are you ready for it, Jann?

It’s the big time, baby.

Yo.

How’s it going?

Been watching the tour.

You look good, Stretch.

I don’t feel so bad for losing to you anymore.

Hey, man, look.

That wreck, it wasn’t your fault.

We got your back.

I appreciate that.

Thank you, man. Yeah, bro.

ANTONIO: Hey, guys.

DANNY: Are you boys ready for this?

[MATTY WHOOPING]

JANN: Whoa.

Whoa. [LAUGHING]

This car, it’s a lot lighter, a lot faster than the GT-Rs you’ve been driving.

Whoo!

It’s quicker in the corners.

It requires more finesse, all right?

You got to get the feel, or you’ll lock up, you’ll spin out.

Ah, whatever.

You’re gonna be fine.

[♪♪♪]

[CROWD CHEERING]

[COMMENTATOR SPEAKING FRENCH]

[OVERLAPPING COMMENTATORS SPEAKING VARIOUS LANGUAGES]

WILL: With millions tuning in, it’s the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the greatest race in the world.

[CHEERING]

Are you ready? I am ready.

I’m excited. Good to see you, sir.

How are you?

[QUIET CHATTER]

[TOOLS BUZZING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER, LAUGHTER]

What do you think of the sim racers?

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

[KNOCKING]

I’m ready.

[SNIFFS]

Newbie.

Thank you for coming.

I, um…

[CRYING SOFTLY]

I didn’t support you properly.

I was trying to protect you.

You know?

So many fathers, so many parents…

…they have these kids with these big, crazy dreams, you know?

And that damn PlayStation thing,

I just don’t understand that shit, Jann.

[LAUGHING] I mean…

[VOICE BREAKING]: But, hey, you did this.

I’m so goddamn proud of you.

I did this for you.

[CRYING]: I’m proud of you.

I got your back, my boy.

[CROWD CHEERING]

[INDISTINCT ANNOUNCEMENTS]

DANNY: Just to go over it again, it’s a 24-hour race.

We start at 3:00 in the afternoon, daytime.

We race all night into the next day.

Race ends at 3:00.

We start with three-hour shifts instead of the normal four.

Three, six, nine.

No driver in Le Mans can race more than 14 hours.

I just want to say something.

When he, uh, came to me and said he was gonna start this GT Academy, I thought… I thought all of you were completely nuts.

But you made me a believer.

Let’s go show the world.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

These guys were in the Academy with Jann.

Right. Hi. Hey, guys.

Yeah? Hey. This is Audrey.

Hi. Hey.

Audrey. Hi.

Audrey. Nice to meet you.

I’m Leah. Leah.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

[CROWD WHISTLING, MURMURING]

[♪♪♪]

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the French national anthem.

[QUIET CHATTER]

[CROWD SINGING ALONG TO “LA MARSEILLAISE”]

ANNOUNCER: The French army has just arrived to deliver the flag, which will be used to give the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

[RADIO CHATTER IN FRENCH]

[♪♪♪]

[RADIO CHATTER IN FRENCH]

[♪♪♪]

ANNOUNCER: Gentlemen, start your engines.

Let’s go.

WILL: One of the world’s most iconic races, the Le Mans 24, stands just moments away at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

And, Chenny, so many great stories the length and breadth of this field, but for me, the one that’s taking my focus right now is the incredible story at Nissan.

CHENNY: Is this the last chance that sim racers get in professional motorsport?

There’s an awful lot of pressure on their shoulders, Will. JACK: Listen.

Nobody wins this thing on the first lap, okay?

You make your day, survive the night, you live to fight tomorrow.

Good luck. [CHUCKLES]

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

[ENGINE STARTS]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[ENGINES REVVING]

WILL: As the cars now leave the grid for the formation lap here at the Circuit de la Sarthe, we are just moments away from the start of this iconic race.

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

SPOTTER: Coming up on green.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

[ENGINE ROARING]

WILL: Yeah, we’re underway already, and listen, you’ve got to be smart going into turn one.

The tires are still cold. You can’t…

CHENNY: Whoa! Contact! Contact in the back!

WILL: Yeah, we’ve seen the BMW and the Aston Martin…

SPOTTER: Your delta to Schulin is three seconds.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

JACK: Okay, here we go.

Mulsanne Straight.

You could hit a high of 340 kilometers per hour here.

You got to build in enough time to brake before chicane one.

JANN: Yes, yes. Okay.

I’ve done this a thousand times.

JACK: Well, not in reality.

Watch your speed.

[SPOTTER SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY OVER RADIO]

WILL: Into the first chicane, around the outside, and it’s a lovely move put on there by Jann Mardenborough.

JACK: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Watch those GT3s.

You’re way faster than them.

SPOTTER: Delta now to two seconds.

You’re at a good pace.

I see Schulin.

JACK: Come on, Jann. Stay on him.

ENGINEER: On your left. Ferrari’s too slow.

Watch out.

SCHULIN: No, no, no. No, no. Nein!

WILL: He gets tapped by the Ferrari!

Schulin up in the air.

[JANN BREATHING HEAVILY]

JANN: Is he okay?

[CHATTER IN FRENCH]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER OVER RADIO]

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

[SIREN BLARING]

[MURMURING, GASPING]

What’s he saying? Was it Jann?

[RADIO CHATTER IN GERMAN]

ENGINEER: Schulin! Get out, get out, get out!

[YELPS, WHIMPERS]

CHENNY: Schulin climbs out of the car.

WILL: Making his way out, and that’s good to see, from the, uh, fire marshals.

SPOTTER: Safety car is out on the track.

Stay focused.

All right, they’re pulling him out.

He seems all right. He seems all right.

COMMENTATOR 3: After that impact, it’s a miracle the car is in one piece and the driver could walk away.

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

Get behind that safety car.

[♪♪♪]

Okay, keep your head in, all right? Focus.

SPOTTER: Keep your eyes on the target, Jann.

JACK: All right, safety’s out. Race back on.

Let’s go. Let’s go!

Come on!

SPOTTER: Car passing right.

Come on. You hear me?

Hey, buddy? Hey.

Hey, Jann? Hey, stay with me.

Stay with me, okay? Stay with me.

Look, safety’s left, okay?

We got to make up some time.

SPOTTER: Cars on your left.

JACK: Jann.

Jann, talk to me, pal.

Jann. Hey, hey, hey.

Hey, Jann.

CHENNY: Is it a car problem, or is it a head issue, Will?

WILL: It would be, uh, early for anything to be wrong with that car, which has shown good pace.

[ENGINE ROARING]

SPOTTER: Car on your left.

NICHOLAS: Bitch.

Shit.

DANNY: Jack!

We need to bring him in.

Uh-uh!

Then do something.

Just get his head back in this game.

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

[“SONGBIRD” BY KENNY G PLAYING OVER RADIO]

Dude.

Dude, what the hell? Turn it off.

[SONG CONTINUES OVER SPEAKER]

Turn it off!

Now! Turn it off!

JACK: Okay, let me…

JANN: Turn it off.

Oh, G… Oh, God, I don’t know how to…

I told you, I don’t know how to work these things.

Shit, Jack, turn it off now!

[“ORINOCO FLOW” BY ENYA PLAYS]

♪ Sail away, sail away ♪

Shit.

♪ Sail away… ♪

[MUSIC STOPS]

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

Shit. Shit.

Shit.

You mad, bro?

Fucking yes!

Yes, I’m-I’m mad!

Yeah!

Well, get mad! It’s about time!

Come on! Get in the fight!

I know you’re scared.

I’ve been scared.

Whether you like it or not, you are in this race.

So you take all that Kenny G anger, and you unleash it!

You hear me?

Yes, sir.

JACK [CHUCKLING]: All right.

Go get ’em!

[ENGINE ROARING]

[“GET OUT MY WAY” BY TEDASHII FEAT. LECRAE PLAYING]

♪ Get out my way, get out my way ♪

♪ Uh! ♪ ♪ Get out my way ♪

♪ Get out my way… ♪

WILL: It’s like he suddenly remembered he was a racing driver.

[CHEERING]

Absolutely phenomenal display by the debutant here in that Nissan.

[CHUCKLING]: All right, all right.

[CHEERING]

JACK: All right, coming up on Lotus.

Three seconds ahead.

SPOTTER: Let’s make up some ground.

JACK: You have the same power on the straight, but if you get in the corner, you’ll be able to pass him, all right?

Okay, copy. Let me concentrate, old man.

Yeah, all right. Roger that. Copy.

[ENGINES ROARING]

[ENGINE REVVING]

Yes! Yes!

WILL: Beautiful stuff from Jann Mardenborough and from this Nissan team. [CHEERING]

[LAUGHING]

[HOLLERS]

Yes!

All right.

Now we only got 150 laps to go.

WILL: Well, he pulled that first stint back, and Jann Mardenborough into the pits for the first driver change for Nissan.

JANN: Fast out there, man. Let’s go, Matty!

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!

[CREWMEN SHOUTING]

Adios.

WILL: As the sun goes down, it’s a whole new ballgame.

Ah, don’t rush it.

ANTONIO: I’m gonna take the inside line, Jack.

Yeah! Yes! [EXCITED CHATTER]

Yes.

Maybe you boys can actually drive.

You know we can drive.

JACK MAN JONES: Oh, yeah, jury’s still out.

[THUNDER CRASHING]

SPOTTER: You’re in P-nine.

JACK MAN JONES: Get tires ready. Here we go.

Let’s go, let’s go. Here we go.

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go. Let’s go.

[CREWMEN CHATTERING]

SPOTTER: All leaders are on full wets.

You’re keeping pace with the leaders.

PERSOL [VOICE-OVER]: Jann’s doing great, isn’t he?

Do you think so?

You joking, mate? He’s razing it!

I can’t believe it. He’s doing amazing.

JANN: Nice and softly.

Nice and smooth.

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

[WHOOSHING]

[WHOOSHING]

[♪♪♪]

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

DANNY: Hey, boys.

How are you boys doing? Hey, man.

Jann, how you feeling? I feel good.

Yeah? Yeah.

[SIGHS HEAVILY] Rest up.

[WHOOSHING]

SPOTTER: Remember to breathe.

CREWMAN: Temps look good. Pressure looks good.

SPOTTER: Get in your zone.

WILL: First light at Circuit de la Sarthe at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the 33 car…

PERSOL: Here you are, Audrey.

Got you a coffee. Thanks.

No worries.

How’s it looking?

In fourth, but Antonio is losing ground.

Not a lot of time left.

CHENNY: Antonio Cruz clearly struggling there.

Hey. Hey.

Antonio’s cramping up.

We’re gonna pit him early.

You ready to bring this home?

SPOTTER: Okay, copy that.

We’ll get Jann ready to swap you out.

Let’s go.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

SPOTTER: Jann to swap you out.

JANN: How we looking?

SPOTTER: Just bring him in.

Well, he’s fallen back to fifth.

JACK MAN JONES: Coming in. Three, two, one.

All right, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.

JACK MAN JONES: Driving time.

CREWMAN: On it.

JACK MAN JONES: Get him in and out!

[GROANING] You, check the radiator.

[TOOLS BUZZING]

[CREWMEN CHATTERING]

JACK MAN JONES: Come on, let’s go!

Son, take a seat.

JACK MAN JONES: Change those tires!

Come on, we’re losing time!

Guys, what’s going on? Oh, wait. Hold on.

I dropped it! Oh, my God! What is happening?

JACK MAN JONES: Felix! What are you doing?

Guys! Felix, come on!

Where’s the spare?

[“PARANOID” BY BLACK SABBATH PLAYING]

Damn it, we just lost our position!

What is happening?

[FRANTIC CHATTER]

Where’s the spare? Are you shitting me?

♪ Finished with my woman ’cause she couldn’t help me ♪

♪ With my mind… ♪

Oh, my God.

JACK: Come on!

CHENNY: And look at that.

It’s Jack Salter who comes to the rescue.

JACK MAN JONES: Go, go, go!

Always carry a spare.

Sorry, sir. [SIGHS]

♪ All day long I think of things ♪

♪ But nothing seems to satisfy… ♪

How much did that hurt us?

We’re running ninth, but, uh…

[ENGINE REVVING]

♪ Can you help me ♪

♪ Occupy my brain? ♪

♪ Oh, yeah ♪

SPOTTER: Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.

You’re on great pace.

[SONG STOPS]

Why don’t you follow the race line?

You see, the other guys, they follow that line, so if I go wide like this, I… sometimes I beat them– like that.

[SONG RESUMES]

Jack, do you remember where this whole GT Academy idea thing comes from?

Yeah, I’m listening.

The whole point of this thing was to show that GT drivers can drive, okay?

I know this track. I know the lines.

The line is not optimal.

Let me drive it my way.

Now, wait a minute. The car won’t hold.

DANNY: Wait. What’s he saying?

JANN: Yes, it will, Jack.

MARSHAL: Hey, hey, hey!

Hold up! Hold up!

Okay? I need you to trust me.

MARSHAL: Get him out! Get him out!

JANN: Do you trust me? Hey. Hey, hey.

Please go back to the box. What’s happening?

Jann, listen. Get him out of here!

DANNY: Just finish the race.

There’s too much at stake. It’s too big of a risk.

You cannot be here. Let’s go. All right.

Danny, I didn’t come here to finish.

Sir, this is your last warning.

Danny. I’ve got this, Danny.

[DANNY GROANS]

Whoa, hey.

Don’t push me, pal.

JACK: Yeah.

You know what, fuck it.

Follow your line, Jann.

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

[HEARTBEAT THUMPING]

Come on.

[ENGINE REVS]

Holy shit!

ANTONIO: Yeah, Jann! Let’s go!

JACK: That’s six.

Five.

Four.

Come on, baby. Come on.

[WHOOSHING]

WILL: It’s like he’s got a cheat mode engaged.

He does. It’s a new lap record.

Whoa! Holy shit!

That’s a new lap record for us!

No, no, no, no. That’s a new lap record, full stop.

WILL: Mardenborough is on a flyer.

[CHEERING]

And we’re just shy of 24 hours completed.

We find ourselves now on the final lap.

SPOTTER: Jann, look good.

JACK: You’re P-four. You’re six seconds behind Capa.

[WHOOSHING]

[ENGINE ROARING]

[INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER]

[♪♪♪]

You’re only four seconds out from standing on that podium.

SPOTTER: Get in your zone.

Capa’s coming up on slow traffic.

All right, you see him?

Yes, I see him.

PATRICE: Defend your position.

Defend the podium.

NICHOLAS: Buckle up.

SPOTTER: This is your opportunity.

NICHOLAS: Don’t try it, kid.

All right, last turn, then straight to the finish.

Come on, do your thing. Commit.

Commit.

Come on, punch it! Come on!

CHENNY: And here they come!

Within sight of the grandstands as well.

This is absolutely phenomenal.

It is far from over, this race.

Come on! He’s gonna do it.

He’s gonna do it! Come on! Come on!

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

[EXCITED CHATTER]

[CHEERING]

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

[♪♪♪]

[STOPWATCH TICKING]

Yes! Yes!

Yes!

WILL: It’s Mardenborough!

CHENNY: Mardenborough! That is a phenomenal finish to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans!

WILL: I cannot believe it.

CHENNY: I am speechless.

Holy shit!

You did it! You did it!

[OTHERS CHEERING, WHOOPING]

[EXCITED CHATTER]

Holy shit.

[♪♪♪]

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

Yes!

[CHEERING, LIVELY CHATTER]

JACK: Holy shit.

Yeah! Yeah!

[LAUGHTER, WHOOPING]

[LIVELY CHATTER]

Listen, I’ll run your pit any day, noob.

[LAUGHS]

You belong.

[ANNOUNCER SPEAKING FRENCH]

[♪♪♪]

You’re not just a sim racer anymore.

You are the best in the world.

[CHEERING CONTINUES]

[♪♪♪]

[CHEERING]

[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING]

[♪♪♪]

[WHOOPING]

[CHEERING]

Whoo!

[LAUGHTER]

Whoo!

[♪♪♪]

[ENGINE ROARING]

[♪♪♪]

[“ORINOCO FLOW” BY ENYA PLAYING]

[SONG ENDS]

[♪♪♪]

[♪♪♪]

[MUSIC FADES]

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