The fourth race of Marble Rally Season 5 was held on 6th October 2020 at Dopersduin Bregtdorp. 20 marbles participated in the race.

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Set in one of the worst conditions (both weather and sand) ever for a Marble race, the 20 marbles were ready to face one of their biggest challenges yet. The starting gate had to be opened manually, but once it did, chaos reigned. El Capitan set out for the lead with Cobra slightly behind before falling fast out of the top 5. Pollo Loco took the lead at the rotating chevron while Quicksilver also passed El Capitan to take second with Lollipop not far behind. Red Number 3 hit the chevron and dropped down in the race being passed by Ghost Plasma and Cobra among others. El Capitan took advantage of a split by Pollo Loco and Quicksilver to take the lead back while Quicksilver lost draft and was passed by Lollipop, Red Number 3, Crazy Cat's Eye, Cobra, Marbly McMarbleface, Comet, and Blazing Fireball to fall to 10th. In the meantime Red Number 3 ran into more bad luck on the curves and fell out of the top 5. A three way duel erupts between El Capitan, Lollipop, and Pollo Loco with the latter getting sent down the standings. Lollipop led the way as the marbles approached the shuffleboard. This time the shuffleboard claimed Comet, Pollo Loco, and Blizzard Blaster causing them to stop before eventually getting free by the Ghost Marble (who came to a halt there). The shuffleboard did not seem to affect Lollipop but a lot changed behind them with Nemo taking second and Quicksilver retuning to the top 3. Summer Sky and Ghost Plasma were not that far behind either. At the split off, Summer Sky wisely took the short cut and the lead since Lollipop and Nemo were forced around the long way. Marbly McMarbleface also took the shortcut and sprinted toward the top 5. Up at the top of the split, Dragon's Egg who won the previous race, came to an abrupt stop while Comet collided behind them causing both to DNF. Summer Sky crossed the halfway point in first with Lollipop, Nemo, Marbly McMarbleface, and Ghost Plasma rounding out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 included Superball, Cobra, Quicksilver, Slimer, and El Capitan. The diverging paths proved well for Marbly McMarbleface as they took another great opportunity to move to second place behind Summer Sky. Cobra began their surge to third as well. The second diverging path segment proved costly for then-leader Summer Sky as they slid into the median and stopping for a long while before getting going again well behind the rest of the pack. Meanwhile on the top path, Cobra sees this and takes off for the lead. Nemo and Slimer also took advantage of the top path. Cool Moody then comes out of nowhere and jumps into the top five while Nemo starts to fall back. At the final curve Cobra holds on to pick up their first ever victory and seal one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Sand Marble Rally. Slimer and Ghost Plasma took second and third respectfully, with the latter not getting stuck near the line unlike in the previous race. They were followed by Cool Moody, Marbly McMarbleface, Quicksilver, Superball, Lollipop, Black Knight, El Capitan, and Ducktape. However, Crazy Cat's Eye bumped into Nemo near the end and got stuck right around the same spot that Ghost Plasma got stuck previously. Help did not come in the form of Red Number 3, Pollo Loco, Blazing Fireball, or Blizzard Blaster as they each passed Crazy Cat's Eye to finish. Then after some time, Summer Sky passes by and finishes the race in 17th meaning that Crazy Cat's Eye DNF'd. The 114 overtakes in the top 5 were the most in one race since those were tracked dating back to the previous season. No podium ceremony was held because of a production issue.

Classification

Pos. Marble Time Delta Starting
Pos.
Points
1st Cobra 1:59.04 - P1 20p
2nd Slimer 1:59.47 +00.43 P3 17p
3rd Ghost Plasma 1:59.59 +00.55 P18 14p
4th Cool Moody 2:00.03 +00.99 P20 12p
5th Marbly McMarbleface 2:00.46 +01.42 P14 11p
6th Quicksilver 2:00.71 +01.67 P9 10p
7th Superball 2:00.83 +01.79 P19 9p
8th Lollipop 2:01.00 +01.96 P11 8p
9th Black Knight 2:01.15 +02.11 P13 7p
10th El Capitan 2:01.30 +02.26 P7 6p
11th Ducktape 2:01.32 +02.28 P16 5p
12th Nemo 2:01.56 +02.52 P5 4p
13th Red Number 3 2:01.57 +02.53 P12 3p
14th Pollo Loco 2:01.80 +02.76 P15 2p
15th Blazing Fireball 2:01.94 +02.90 P2 1p
16th Blizzard Blaster 2:03.68 +04.64 P6 0p
17th Summer Sky 2:17.62 +18.58 P8
- GHOST DNF N/A
18th Crazy Cat's Eye P17 0p
19th Dragon's Egg P10
20th Comet 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
ArrowSIDE.png 00 1st Cool Moody 0 1 0 1 0 53p
ArrowUP.png 01 2nd Ghost Plasma 0 0 3 3 0 49p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 3rd Superball 1 0 0 1 0 44p
ArrowUP.png 02 4th Quicksilver 0 1 0 1 0 38p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 5th Crazy Cat's Eye 1 0 0 1 2 31p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 Dragon's Egg 1 0 0 1 2 31p
ArrowSIDE.png 00 7th Pollo Loco 0 0 0 0 0 30p
ArrowSIDE.png 00 8th Ducktape 0 1 0 1 0 29p
ArrowUP.png 05 9th Marbly McMarbleface 0 0 1 1 2 25p
ArrowUP.png 08 10th Slimer 0 1 0 1 1 24p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 11th El Capitan 0 0 0 0 0 24p
ArrowSIDE.png 00 Lollipop 0 0 0 0 1 24p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 13th Black Knight 0 0 0 0 0 22p
ArrowUP.png 05 14th Cobra 1 0 0 1 2 20p
ArrowDOWN.png 06 15th Summer Sky 0 0 0 0 1 19p
ArrowDOWN.png 04 16th Blizzard Blaster 0 0 0 0 1 15p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 Red Number 3 0 0 0 0 0 15p
ArrowDOWN.png 02 18th Nemo 0 0 0 0 1 12p
ArrowDOWN.png 03 19th Comet 0 0 0 0 1 8p
ArrowDOWN.png 01 20th Blazing Fireball 0 0 0 0 2 1p

Trivia

  • Due to a production error, there was no podium ceremony for the race.
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