• May 22, 2009
Click above to see the video of Dean Evans going from 16th to 1st in one lap

It is the lap every driving simulator player dreams of putting together – except this one was real. It actually happened way back in 2005 (but has just come to our attention now and was too good to pass up), when Sydney motoring journalist Dean Evans drove in one of the Lotus Trophy Races that supported the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race in Australia. We hope the other drivers were taking notes, because Evans doled out some serious learnin.'

Starting in 16th, Evans has said that the track was greasy from rain, his car wasn't even the most powerful one in the race, and his right mirror was folded back because of some tight racing off the line, but not a single panel on the car was bent. He won the race by 14 seconds. With apologies for the video quality, follow the jump to see Evans put on a clinic.

[Source: Car Domain]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      The grid was reversed. The camera car was one of the fastest on the grid. This kind of laps happen all the time at these events.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Reverse grid determined by the qualifying time. Pole position starts in last, because they rock it. Awesome video!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope you mean reverse grid based on driver skill... not engine power. All the lotus' are 89kw with the exception of the Dark green one that was ahead of the pack which was 141kw...
        and you can see when he is going uphill he is dropping behind abit indicating that hes car was lacking.

        If any1 of you can drive with that precision ... id like to see it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, talk about nerves of steel.

      If this was truly an amateur event, to have the guts to race in the pack like that amongst amateurs, you must need ice water in your veins.

      And hitting the downhill turns flat out like that looks like it took some confidence too :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      if only the police were equipped with these car...and the driving skills...
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks a little bit amateur.no one except Evans follows trajectories.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That guys' got a big sack of marbles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so old....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, saw this at least a year ago just posted between friends. Does look like a lot of fun. Love getting to know the edges of a car so that you can make quick decisions that bring you within an inch or two of "tapping" something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Months ago? It's been around for years!

      Some come to the party a little late.

      Maybe Autoblog should label certain vids "Classic Video" or some such to
      differentiate from more late breaking news and vids.

      After all, most come to this blog for the latest auto news.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah! I remember seeing this on an aussie forum a while back with the original poster.

        it's still nice to see it though :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, awesome driving!!!... though I am a touch biased...
      If you want to see the latest clip, YouTube "Lotus Targa" for a run up the tricky Queenstown stage of Targa Tasmania. Cheers, Dean Evans
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad we don't get to see your mackin' skillz too eh bro!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "but not a single panel on the car was bent" - I don't see how based on that video but masterful driving and it looked like quite a bit of fun!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @bhtooefr

        except when the fiberglass parts are replaced with carbon fiber parts... which do dent.... i.e. bend (has to bend to dent). Just not sure what these cars are made of...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gU3hJvHODk


        • 5 Years Ago
        look especially around 1.18 - 1.19
        it looks like he gets hit by the yellow car
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looked to me like everyone else just sucked.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and im sure your driving is better, mind posting a video of it then?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yikes, that was some tight racing.
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