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Ghost Plasma is a red-orange and white marble who competes in the Sand Marble Rally (now called Marble Rally). He is the first ever Sand Marble Rally champion.

Sand Marble Rally careerEdit

2016Edit

Ghost Plasma started the inaugural Sand Marble Rally season strong with two consecutive podium finishes at 2nd place in the first two races. He claimed his first and only race win so far in Race 4, which was enough to affirm his status as title contender of the season. His non-points finish in Race 6 notwithstanding, Ghost Plasma continued his supremacy in Sand Marble Rally by staying in the lead in the standings for the rest of the season. He finished 7th in the last race, which was enough to secure his championship title with a whopping 194 points. He was also 21 points ahead of Big Pearl, which was the largest points margin until Red Number 3 broke that record in 2018.

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Ghost Plasma on the top step of the podium, winning the 2016 championship.

2017Edit

Despite being the defending champion, Ghost Plasma was required to attend the Qualifiers for the 2017 Sand Marble Rally season. He finished third in his qualifier race, behind Crazy Cat's Eye and Lollipop, and thus qualified for the season. As the reigning champion, Ghost Plasma was a heavily favored title contender.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the case at all. Ghost Plasma started the season poorly, with a mediocre 13th-place finish in the first Race, followed by five consecutive races without scoring any points. In fact, he had four consecutive DNF's. As of Race 6, Ghost Plasma was dead last in the standings with only 3 points.

In the second half of the season, Ghost Plasma began to improve, even to the point where he overtook Comet in the points standings by finishing 6th in Race 10. With his third-place finish in Race 11, Ghost Plasma was 19th in the standings and 17 points ahead of Comet. But the next two races would be the unmaking of the reigning champion.

In fact, not only was Ghost Plasma no longer eligible for the championship title, he also failed to gain any points in Race 12. The double points from the Final Race of the season would have been something Ghost Plasma could capitalize on, but he failed to do so and finished 13th. At the end of the season, Ghost Plasma was back at the bottom of the ladder in the points standings with a measly 54 points.

2018Edit

Due to his underperformance in the last season, Ghost Plasma once again had to participate in the Qualifiers for the 2018 season. He finished third in his qualifier race, behind Big Pearl and Deep Ocean, which was enough for him to qualify for the A Division. Ghost Plasma was determined to redeem himself after his performance drop in the last season, which saw him go from the inaugural champion to dead last.

This season turned out to be another tough one for Ghost Plasma. Outside of his podium finish in Race 5 and his other top half finish of the season earlier in Race 3, Ghost Plasma's overall performance in this season was terrible. He finished every other race within the bottom half. He even DNF'd in Race 6. Ghost Plasma ended the season in 19th place with 35 points.

2019Edit

After one more unsuccessful season, Ghost Plasma had to participate in the Wildcard race to qualify for the 2019 season. He finished second behind Reflektor, earning him a spot for the A League. Given that he had two underwhelming seasons in a row, there was already fear that Ghost Plasma would once again finish the season in the bottom half, if not last place as he did in 2017.

Surprisingly, 2019 proved to be a return to form for Ghost Plasma as speed and remarkable consistency made up his season. He was able to finish every race but one within the top half, including one podium finish at 3rd place in Race 6. This made him end the season in 2nd place with 76 points. He also prequalified for the 2020 season.

Racer analysis and profile Edit

Ghost Plasma's great success comes from his ability to defend his track position. Especially evident in his 2016 R4 victory, Ghost Plasma's expertise at dominating in the front row thwarted any attempts to overtake him, blocking off all conventional lanes of attack and canceling clean drafts/slingshots as well. While not the fastest or most technically gifted, Ghost Plasma is a very intelligent racer, using splits and unrimmed curves to his advantage by always taking the fastest route, and he also uses his body to physically push off others attempting to either pass cleanly or push him off the track themselves. While his form has not fully recovered from the bombed 2017 and 2018 season, he has shown an immense amount of his former self, using both splits and great defense to gather 7 straight top 10's, a podium and a 2nd place table finish to top it off.

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An overview concerning Round 4 of the 2016 SMR Championship. Notice the incredibly tight field congestion behind Ghost Plasma, who is currently in second.

Sand Marble Rally results Edit

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
2016 R1
2
R2
2
R3
4
R4
1
R5
15
R6
24
R7
5
R8
5
R9
2
R10
9
R11
14
R12
7
1st 194
2017 R1
13
R2
DNF
R3
DNF
R4
DNF
R5
DNF
R6
16
R7
9
R8
16
R9
4
R10
6
R11
3
R12
17
F
13
20th 54
2018 R1
13
R2
18
R3
10
R4
18
R5
2
R6
DNF
R7
20
R8
11
19th 35
2019 R1
8
R2
4
R3
9
R4
4
R5
4
R6
3
R7
7
R8
14
2nd 76
2020 Yet to begin

 - Double points

TriviaEdit

  • Ghost Plasma is the only Marble Rally champion who had to qualify for the next season.
  • Ghost Plasma has had a significant drop in performance from the champion in 2016 to dead last in 2017. The reason why is unknown.
  • Ghost Plasma is one of only five marbles to participate in all 41 Sand Marble Rally races held to date, along with Comet, Dragon's Egg, Slimer and Summer Sky.
  • Ghost Plasma is the very first Sand Marble Rally champion.
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