Professional racing drivers are a different breed than the rest of us mere mortals. While fear – of dying, of killing or of simply making a fool of yourself – keeps most men and women from pressing their automobiles to the very limits of their capabilities, some people choose instead to embrace the fear, turn it into adrenaline and hit the track.

That includes Barton Mawer, who was chasing down a Lamborghini Gallardo for the overall lead in his Lotus Exige during Australia's Island Magic Enduro 2011 race at Phillip Island. Only one problem: in his path were a pair of slower cars; a Porsche Boxster and the Mazda MX-5 of Team Chapman Racing.

What happened next is the things dreams are made of... or nightmares, depending on which seat you're in.

See for yourself, from both points of view, in the videos pasted after the break.





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      airchompers
      • 3 Years Ago
      No autoblog, the reason I haven't ever tested my vehicle's limits is because I'm not Senna/Schumacher/Stewart and modern cars have limits that greatly exceed that of almost any given drivers. This is true, because I've never met a single person who could even drive a miata around an auto-x course as fast as any world champion F1 driver could. And if you can do that, you're a professional racer. This is especially true for my bike. There's all sorts of nimrods who think, "Oh, I need a 1 liter sportsbike because they're faster." Which is true, but unless you're one of the top 1000 riders in the world, you can't even drive a 600 cc sportsbike at full speed. I've seen top riders lay down faster laps on race prepped SV650Ss than nimrods with "tuned" liter bikes. Face it, modern vehicles are something else. A V6 Camry can give all but the last generation, tubro Supras a run for their money. Caymans' lap times are up there with older 911 tubros! Heck, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe with the 2.0 liter turbo engine (the current one, not the one that's going to bring +60 horsepower to the car) has the same 1/4 mile time as a 1967 Camaro SS with the 350!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers
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        rjstanford
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers
        Its the same reason that, in many ways, you can have more fun driving an S2000 or Miata (especially on the streets, but track time counts as well). I had a gently modified C5 for a number of years, and while it was fast it actually wasn't as fun as I had hoped and ended up being more of a touring car for me - there was just no way I could drive it at anything close to its potential without exceeding my own abilities.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rjstanford
          Go to a driving school, seriously. I've done a handful, but my favorite was a 5 day Bertil Roos course. I learned far more with that school than with some others that I have attended.
        action3500
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers
        Not sure which "modern" vehicles you're talking about. I can easily reach limits of modern Camry, Accord (been reaching its limits for past 3 years on daily basis), etc. Cars are terribly balanced, have lots of body roll and come with puny brakes enough only to modulate speed on leisurely highway ride. To take those cars to auto-cross without even minor mods to suspension, brakes and tires is a joke. Even modern BMW cars struggle with autocross in stock form. (by stock I mean sport package with performance tires etc.).
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers
        Completely disagree. You act like only superhumans can enjoy fast cars. And there's more to fun than all out speed. How it turns, how the weight transitions, how the motor comes into torque, etc. While we're comparing cars, I have a 2.0 turbo making 400hp+ with full time all wheel drive in a light 3200lb car. I've already found it's limits and I'm no F1 driver. I'm looking at a forged engine rebuild and a bigger turbo to shoot for around 550-650 at the wheels to catch those modded 911's at our local track meet next year. Many of us do this for fun and just because an old car runs 13's and a new slow car run 13's doesn't mean the new car is fun to drive or has neutral handling in the corners.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Kiiks
        • 3 Years Ago
        It had better bet passed up by a Gallardo and an Exige, or else Lambo and Lotus are doing it very very wrong.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kiiks
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          Kiiks
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kiiks
          ...can't tell if trolling or just stupid...
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sorry you are such a slow driver.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am sure the aftermarket will rectify that eventually...but there is ALWAYS someone faster than you on a track. If you're enjoying it while the faster guy is wondering why his steering wheel is on a vow of silence in terms of communication, who is really better off?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
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      Anthony Guerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Grocery Getter Crew.com totally posted this video to their facebook page a week ago
        leunamme
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anthony Guerra
        don't worry, this was on jalopnik.com a couple days ago as well... the usual argument is that those who don't look at other sites and only come to autoblog are seeing this for the first time. it gives an autoblog writer an easy piece to write and introduces a video to a new audience. that's how news...or in this case, interesting stuff, gets around.
          The Angry Intern
          • 3 Years Ago
          @leunamme
          A lot of us don't go to Jalopnik anymore because Gawker still insists on using that horrible site design. I stopped visiting any Gawker sites because of that.
      PoMoMangler
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice. I'm going to pretend I would have the balls to do that.
      Talisman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestly it looked like there was plenty room to me.
      slow240
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats tight? really? a bus would fit through there
      Shizam237
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah, anyone else marvel at the fine example of relative motion here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shizam237
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          • 3 Years Ago
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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cant believe how much faster that guy was! ....now I just sit back and wait for Elmo to comment on my comment......
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        I only respond to your other comments because you seem to think that you're right all the time, when the majority of the time you're wrong.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        He picks on me too. Ignore him.
      Sebastian Sanchez
      • 3 Years Ago
      IT looked far more dangerous in the first video
        dontbreakthebox
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian Sanchez
        Agreed. Watching from the Exige's POV showed the gap to be totally negotiable. If I was in the Boxster or the Miata, though, I'd have screamed!
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian Sanchez
        Agreed - not that he had a lot of room, but certainly more than the first video would suggest - perspective - ain't it grand? :D
      svntsvn
      • 3 Years Ago
      The second video from the Lotus perspective is quite clear, both the boxter and miata were simply just strolling along, and the straight shot to go with out losing time to the Lambo .. was to simply blast thru them! Hesitation is not for real drivers, make the decision, do it and see where your educated guess will take you, never doubt your moves on the track unless it ends ugly, then review the tape and learn.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is awesome. From the Miata it looked like they were standing still as it passed.
      Eric Leippe
      • 3 Years Ago
      my favorite part is where the miata is working on passing the boxster
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