The second race of Marble Rally Season 5 was held on 22nd September 2020, on the same course as the season premiere, at Dopersduin Bregtdorp. 20 marbles participated in the race. As with the season's opening race, the conditions were very difficult for the competitors owing to recent rainfall and relatively strong winds, as indicated by an similar number of DNF's (identical if counting the Ghost Marble) in each of those two events.

Race

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At the start, Cool Moody swiftly launched into the lead. Having finished runner-up in the previous race, the least experienced marble in the entire field easily headed Ducktape, Nemo, Dragon's Egg, Cobra, Ghost Plasma, Comet, Superball, El Capitan and others coming into the first chicane on the course. At the chicane the top three order stayed identical with Cool Moody extending their early advantage, while Cobra and Ghost Plasma both soared ahead of Dragon's Egg, also battling each other a bit in the same time. As the marbles ran into the next section of the track, Cool Moody was suddenly very slow and allowed Ducktape to comfortably blast ahead into the lead of the pack. Nemo also had enough speed to overtake Cool Moody, but a very harsh block from the yellow marble convinced Nemo to stay behind. Several seconds later, Nemo denied themselves any more chances by running very wide at the exit of a right-hander. The error caused them to instantly come under pressure from the trailing pack of Superball, Cobra, Dragon's Egg and Ghost Plasma. The next section was a very steep curved drop where Ducktape enlarged their lead over the field.

Behind them, drama started to erupt. Cobra managed to get into second place by passing both Nemo and Cool Moody, but then immediately overshot a corner and swerved off course for an instant DNF. Nemo was still suffering from their previous error as Dragon's Egg took third place away from them and Superball was next in the queue. In sixth place ran Ghost Plasma, holding off Summer Sky, Lollipop, Red Number 3 and Comet. Cool Moody and Dragon's Egg, running directly next to each other on the track in second and third place respectively, were the next marbles to make errors as they went high up a wall almost in unison. This advanced Nemo into second place, only for Superball to immediately snatch the position away as they headed into the tightest section yet. Ghost Plasma was also keen to capitalize, going around both Cool Moody and Dragon's Egg despite the narrowness of the course. This wasn't the end of their advances, as Ghost Plasma then forced Nemo off line and stole their third place to further move up the order.

Near the back end of the field a collision involving Slimer and championship leader Crazy Cat's Eye ended both of their races, the former getting sent completely off the course and the latter getting beached on the wall. There were some moves off-screen as Cool Moody went ahead of Nemo. Not long after, Superball fell from second to fourth position behind Ghost Plasma and Cool Moody, but regained both of these places very quickly. Running in a respectable seventh place, Lollipop became the fourth runner to get caught out by difficult conditions, swerving out of the track and getting beached off-screen. Superball, unphased, wrestled their way ahead of long-time leader Ducktape. Ducktape was starting to fade as Ghost Plasma and Cool Moody both soon went ahead without much effort. Another move was being made by Dragon's Egg who rolled ahead of Nemo into fifth position. Nemo then went under pressure from Summer Sky at the timing checkpoint located at the end of Sector 1, where Superball led by three tenths of a second from Ghost Plasma with Cool Moody four-tenths further back.

Running outside the top ten, Marbly McMarbleface, Blazing Fireball and the Ghost Marble also veered off course and were unable to continue. Action seemed to have cooled down a bit as no significant gains or losses were occurring in the top five. Some moves were being made in the lower top ten positions, where Summer Sky and Blizzard Blaster advanced into sixth and seventh by overtaking the fading Nemo. Ducktape then pounced on Cool Moody and returned onto the podium. Superball had a pretty slow exit into the final straightaway, but then again Ghost Plasma was unable to capitalize, as they too exited slowly due to the tough sand conditions. Ducktape fared a bit better, which gave them a crucial speed advantage in a straight line. They attempted to pass Ghost Plasma too close to a wall, and a bit of contact convinced them to hang behind the former champion. The sand conditions and elevation of the terrain prevented the marbles from speeding up, as the leading trio slowed down to a crawl in a straight line. Ducktape, once again, coped better than the other two and this time was finally able to capitalize and overtake the defensive Ghost Plasma. Superball, though, was not to be denied and easily swatted aside a final-chance attack from Ducktape to score the second win of their still young career. Cool Moody remained in fourth to take over the championship lead, with the top ten being completed by Dragon's Egg, Summer Sky, Blizzard Blaster, Nemo, Pollo Loco and Red Number 3. El Capitan, Comet, Black Knight and Quicksilver were the other remaining finishers of the challenging event.

Classification

Pos. Marble Time Delta Starting
Pos.
Points
1st Superball 1:54.63 - P14 20p
2nd Ducktape 1:55.00 +00.37 P9 17p
3rd Ghost Plasma 1:55.11 +00.48 P6 14p
4th Cool Moody 1:55.68 +01.05 P2 12p
5th Dragon's Egg 1:55.96 +01.33 P5 11p
6th Summer Sky 1:56.50 +01.87 P17 10p
7th Blizzard Blaster 1:57.12 +02.49 P16 9p
8th Nemo 1:57.68 +03.05 P3 8p
9th Pollo Loco 1:57.85 +03.22 P13 7p
10th Red Number 3 1:58.30 +03.67 P10 6p
11th El Capitan 1:58.93 +04.30 P1 5p
12th Comet 1:59.07 +04.44 P7 4p
13th Black Knight 1:59.20 +04.57 P18 3p
14th Quicksilver 1:59.42 +04.79 P11 2p
- GHOST DNF N/A
15th Marbly McMarbleface P12 0p
16th Blazing Fireball P20
17th Lollipop P15
18th Crazy Cat's Eye P19
19th Slimer P8
20th Cobra P4

DNFs listed in chronological order. The first marble to stop moving is placed in 20th.

Championship standings after the race

Pos. Marble G Gold1.png S Silver2.png B Bronze3.png Total DNFs Points
ArrowUP.png 01 1st Cool Moody 0 1 0 1 0 29p
ArrowUP.png 06 2nd Superball 1 0 0 1 0 28p
ArrowUP.png 06 3rd Ghost Plasma 0 0 1 1 0 21p
ArrowDOWN.png 03 4th Crazy Cat's Eye 1 0 0 1 1 20p
ArrowUP.png 09 5th Ducktape 0 1 0 1 0 19p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 6th Pollo Loco 0 0 0 0 0 18p
ArrowDOWN.png 04 7th Marbly McMarbleface 0 0 1 1 1 14p
ArrowDOWN.png 02 8th Black Knight 0 0 0 0 0 13p
ArrowDOWN.png 05 9th Lollipop 0 0 0 0 1 12p
ArrowUP.png 01 Red Number 3 0 0 0 0 0 12p
ArrowUP.png 04 11th Dragon's Egg 0 0 0 0 1 11p
ArrowDOWN.png 04 Quicksilver 0 0 0 0 0 11p
ArrowDOWN.png 02 13th El Capitan 0 0 0 0 0 10p
ArrowUP.png 02 Summer Sky 0 0 0 0 1 10p
ArrowSIDE.png 00 15th Blizzard Blaster 0 0 0 0 1 9p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 16th Nemo 0 0 0 0 1 8p
ArrowDOWN.png 04 17th Comet 0 0 0 0 0 7p
ArrowDOWN.png 06 18th Slimer 0 0 0 0 1 4p
ArrowDOWN.png 04 19th Blazing Fireball 0 0 0 0 2 0p
ArrowDOWN.png 04 Cobra 0 0 0 0 2 0p
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