By now, enthusiasts should be plenty used to seeing the Nissan GT-R passing "lesser" vehicles on the road – and let's face it, that accounts for a good 99-percent of other cars out there. But what about on the racetrack, where GT racers are all homologated to the same general specifications and tuned with an eye toward fairer competition?

Turns out Godzilla is just as formidable an adversary on the track, as demonstrated by this latest video. Shot from inside the cabin of British driver Alex Buncombe's GT3 racer during the Blancpain Endurance Series race at Monza, the video shows what happens (or at least happened this time) when a well-driven GT-R is relegated to the back of the grid – even when that grid is populated by the likes of Porsche, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and McLaren.

Buncombe and his teammates in the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN ultimately finished the race in 13th place, but what's remarkable is that they started way back in 32nd, making up 17 places on the first lap alone. Scope out the frenetic action in the video below.
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IS THIS THE BEST FIRST LAP EVER?

MONZA, Italy – Earlier this month, Nissan NISMO athlete Al Buncombe showed Porsche, Aston, Audi, Bentley, Mercedes, Lamborghini, BMW and Jaguar how to be the boss of the first lap of Monza.

In the opening race of 2014 Blanc Pain Endurance series, Buncombe climbed 17 places in the opening lap alone. He started the race way down the grid in 32nd out of 44 cars, but ended his second lap in 13th position, leaving the team in a great position.

This on board view catches all the action from Buncombe's point of view.


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      Mike Pulsifer
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's actually some ballsy driving before the first corner.
      Narom
      • 7 Months Ago
      I watched him make 16 places on the first lap, where exactly do you think the start/finish is at Monza?
      Max
      • 7 Months Ago
      Anyone else familiar with this track? Thank you Gran Turismo 5 on PS3. Remarkable braking and corner entries.
        Grimace73
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Max
        Yes! I play this track almost exclusively on Assetto Corsa. It's my fav, but I'm usually in a Lotus Type 49.
      graphikzking
      • 7 Months Ago
      Some crazy driving. Just like I would in a video game. I don't think I'd take that much chance in a real race car especially with all that money invested into each and every car! That thing must make some crazy boost to be pushing past cars like that! Looks like fun to drive but definitely makes driving look easier than it is. Might be fun sometimes and other times I would like to feel the raw power/shifting etc.
      bubba_roe
      • 7 Months Ago
      And the best part.... youtube isnt blocked at work right now. hehe
      sixsix
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why can't we have racing that makes sense. No restrictions on performance. Only catch is it has to be based on street car architecture. Why? Because every manufacturer touts their technology as the best? OK. Prove it. Porsche thinks rear engine small displacement 6 cylinder is king. Use it. Nissan thinks AWD and a computer driven car is king. Use it. SRT/Dodge thinks huge displacement and RWD is king. Use it. No restrictions. Mark my words, the only two cars that will ever win again will be the Viper and Corvette teams. In order to make the other small motor cars compete they will sacrifice endurance. The Viper motor can take a sever beating and still crank out hug HP numbers. 800NA HP is a cake walk for them. Let all the crap talking manufacturers put their money where there mouth is. That's what I want to see. The only reason the Euro and Jap turds compete is because the Americans are handicapped so heavily.
        el_glenn
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sixsix
        Unlimited racing has been done in the past. Check out Can Am racing from the 60's. Manufacturers that wanted to compete would be forced to sell extremely limited numbers of "homologation special" cars. They would all be big displacement engines stuffed into tiny cars and you would instantly have an insanely dangerous racing series with cars that are too fast to drive. Racing regs aren't some sort of conspiracy against cars that you like. They are there to create good racing and for safety. This GT academy guy is a pro driver at this point racing in a Pro/Am series. He passed 17 cars in the first lap but went on to finish in 13th. The cars he was passing were probable all of the am(amateur) drivers. He clearly wasn't able to catch all of the pro drivers.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          @el_glenn
          hat is nonsense, and totally untrue, none of nissan GT academy are professional drivers , they are all amatuers, they all went via a process of training and testing, which start out with playing a playstation game grand turimso and finish with a real car race, who ever wins , get a chance to drive for nissan at races.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          @el_glenn
          hat is nonsense, and totally untrue, none of nissan GT academy are professional drivers , they are all amatuers, they all went via a process of training and testing, which start out with playing a playstation game grand turimso and finish with a real car race, who ever wins , get a chance to drive for nissan at races.
        AcidTonic
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sixsix
        What about the Audi S1 racer with 650 horsepower and AWD hitting 0-60 in 1.9 seconds? Any of the big displacement 2 wheel drive cars *ever* hit a 1.9 second 0-60? Even on perfect roads on a perfect sunny day with traction compound at the drag strip they might get close to that. But unlikely. The AWD car does it rain or shine public roads..... the only handicap Americans have is an inability to create a lightweight AWD car that isn't 4300lbs. AWD on American cars *IS* useless extra weight. But with a real hydraulic electromagnetic clutch based center diff like what import AWD cars use it's worth it. Americans if they *did* build an AWD sports car would put a Haldex system on it that's FWD until wheelspin then act like AWD is pointless. Taurus SHO is the American AWD sports car.... all 4300lbs of it.
        el_glenn
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sixsix
        Unlimited racing has been done in the past. Check out Can Am racing from the 60's. Manufacturers that wanted to compete would be forced to sell extremely limited numbers of "homologation special" cars. They would all be big displacement engines stuffed into tiny cars and you would instantly have an insanely dangerous racing series with cars that are too fast to drive. Racing regs aren't some sort of conspiracy against cars that you like. They are there to create good racing and for safety. This GT academy guy is a pro driver at this point racing in a Pro/Am series. He passed 17 cars in the first lap but went on to finish in 13th. The cars he was passing were probable all of the am(amateur) drivers. He clearly wasn't able to catch all of the pro drivers.
        AcidTonic
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sixsix
        What about the Audi S1 racer with 650 horsepower and AWD hitting 0-60 in 1.9 seconds? Any of the big displacement 2 wheel drive cars *ever* hit a 1.9 second 0-60? Even on perfect roads on a perfect sunny day with traction compound at the drag strip they might get close to that. But unlikely. The AWD car does it rain or shine public roads..... the only handicap Americans have is an inability to create a lightweight AWD car that isn't 4300lbs. AWD on American cars *IS* useless extra weight. But with a real hydraulic electromagnetic clutch based center diff like what import AWD cars use it's worth it. Americans if they *did* build an AWD sports car would put a Haldex system on it that's FWD until wheelspin then act like AWD is pointless. Taurus SHO is the American AWD sports car.... all 4300lbs of it to make 360hp.
      Brian Rautio
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think he justifiably angered a number of those 17 as well.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 7 Months Ago
      I can do that pretty easily playing GT6.
      Fernando
      • 7 Months Ago
      Actually that was 16 cars on the first lap not 17 the passed the 17th car on the second lap since a lap at Monza basically ends just past the beginning of the pit wall and he passed that 17th car way passed that point.
      Jonathan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Not bad, also watch Dean Evans in a Lotus Elise race go from last to first in one lap :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=185y8a7VuO8
      El Angel
      • 7 Months Ago
      Assetto Corsa!
      • 7 Months Ago
      [blocked]
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