A VIRAL video depicting two drivers coming to blows over a high-stakes drag race in Queensland is fake. We thought those punches looked a little soft…
The video has been watched over 600,000 times since it was uploaded on Friday and shows alleged owners of a Lamborghini Huracan and a modified Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R getting into a physical altercation after a $9000 wager at Queensland Raceway’s Roll Racing event on January 14.
Filmed by US Youtube channel 1320video, Wheels can reveal the viral video was completely staged. That $9000 wager seen at the start? It ain’t Monopoly money you’re looking at, but the bet itself is about as authentic as The Fast And The Furious.
Wheels can reveal the driver of the GT-R in the video is Mark Trueno, who in fact owns both vehicles.
Both drivers’ faces are blurred in the video, with a tile at the end of the video explaining this was allegedly done so the videographer’s GoPros could be retrieved from the Lamborghini. Plausible deniability? Not quite.
Due to the blurred numberplates there could be doubt over whether the bright green Lamborghini in the video is the same as the one owned by Trueno (and proudly displayed by him on social media).
However, Queensland Raceway officials confirmed to Wheels that both cars in the video are owned “by the same guy”. That information coupled with the unique appearance of the GT-R - which Trueno claims ownership of and is covered with distinctive XBox and StreetFX decals – should eradicate any doubt he is the sole owner of both vehicles.
Kyle Loftis, the man behind 1320video, was in Australia after attending the Summernats Festival. Following the Canberra event he visited Queensland, staying with Mr Trueno. There are multiple videos and photos of the pair travelling in the green Lamborghini featured in the fake video. A video on Loftis’ public Facebook profile shows him leaving the event in a green Lamborghini Huracan.
Mr Trueno, the founder of the popular ‘Street FX Motorsport & Graphics’ Facebook page, made headlines late last year after successfully appealing and overturning a Type 1 hooning offence handed to him by QLD Police for ‘wilfully creating undue noise’ in his Lamborghini.
Trueno’s public Instagram feed, @australian.psycho, and public Facebook page both show images and videos of the cars featured in the fake drag video.
Need more evidence? 1320video also posted a video to their Facebook page before the January 14 event, showing Loftis and Trueno driving in the green Lamborghini together. Best buds?
Queensland Raceways officials confirmed to Wheels both cars were entered into the event by the same owner, and the fight between the drivers was staged.
“It was a fully staged incident,” Keith Lewis, Queensland Raceways General Manager confirmed.
“No security or Queensland Raceways personnel were involved. The same person owns both cars.”
Mr Lewis also took a dim view on the fake wager placed in the video.
“We certainly wouldn’t encourage gambling or betting at the venue, we are not licensed to do so and don’t encourage it,” he added
“The roll racing events are a recreational event, we are not into serious competition, we are not into trophies, and it is purely recreational.”
Faking a stoush in a viral video isn’t illegal, but if you thought this race and the subsequent fight was legitimate then truth is you’ve been taken for a ride. Remember folks: don’t believe everything you see on the internet.
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