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Red Number 3 is the solid red pool ball (Solid red with a white circle with a 3 on it) in the Sand Marble Rally and is the current Sand Marble Rally champion. His career started in the ~750 feet marble race where he won with an impressive comeback. It immediately earned him a lot of fans. After these strong showings he participated in the qualifiers for the Sand Marble Rally 2017. He qualified and he came very close to winning the tournament on his first attempt. A year later, in 2018 Red Number 3 won his first championship. Red Number 3 has shown to have very high speed on straight parts.

Sand Marble Rally careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Red Number 3 in his early career participated in some small rallies. He won the ~750 feet marble race, coming from the back of the field. His performance in this race helped him gain fame, and kickstarted his sand rallying career.

2017 Sand Marble RallyEdit

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Finishers of qualifier 4, with Red Number 3 as the winner.

After impressive showings in some of the small off-season rallies, Red Number 3 participated in the qualifiers for the 2017 Sand Marble Rally, Red Number 3 started out in second-to-last, and it looked like he would be eliminated, but then he bounced off of a lot of other marbles and shot out in to second, and then instantly jumped into first. Then he lost his lead at the end to Quicksilver, but then gained it back right before the finish line. Foreshadowing his rivalry with Quicksilver that would come. By winning the qualifier Red Number 3 qualified for the tournament.

The first race of the season wasn't the best start to Red Number 3's career. He started from third position, but he finished the race in ninth.

The next race, Red Number 3 started eight. He had a decent start, but after that he dropped back to the back of the field. After a very strong recovery race, Red Number 3 crossed the finish line in fourth.

For the third race Red Number 3 started nineteenth and finished fourteenth about 12 seconds behind race winner Quicksilver.

Race 4 was held on the same venue as previous race. Red Number 3, after battling with Lollipop for the race win, won his first ever race. After the race Red Number 3 was in the championship lead tied with Black Knight and Lollipop on points (each 41 points), but beating them in the tie-break.

Race 5 was held on the same venue as previous races, but on a different lay-out. Red Number 3 started on the back row and finished only fourteenth. Championship rival Quicksilver won the race and took the championship. Red Number 3 dropped to fourth in the standings.

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Quicksilver, Red Number 3 and Dragon's Egg. The top 3 going into the summer break.

Red Number 3 fought with Pollo Loco for the race win in Race 6 of 2017, but he just couldn't get past Pollo Loco and finished in a strong second place. Rival Quicksilver finished in a distant, but strong third place. This got Red Number 3 to second in the standings. He went into the summer break with 60 points, 11 points behind leader Quicksilver.

After the summer break it was another championship rival, Dragon's Egg, who won Race 7, his first victory in 2017. Red Number 3 had a strong race and finished sixth and rival Quicksilver finished only twelfth. Despite finishing in sixth, Red Number 3 dropped a place in the standings. Race winner Dragon's Egg took the championship lead (78 pts), Quicksilver dropped to second (75pts) and Red Number 3 was third now (70pts).

In Race 8, Red Number 3 started on the front row and quickly took the lead of the race. He would stretch that lead quite a bit and won the race in quite dominant fashion. Red Number 3 won the race, 3 seconds ahead of second place. In second place however, it was rival Quicksilver, who started on the back row and had a very strong race as well. Quicksilver, with now 92 points, took the lead of the championship 2 points ahead of Red Number 3 (90pts). Dragon's Egg had a poor race and dropped to third in the standings with 80 points.

Race 9 was Red Number 3's downfall. He didn't have a very good race and he was running in ~10th position, before getting stuck in a teardrop along with Fantasy. It was Red Number 3's first DNF of the season and of his career. Meanwhile championship rival Quicksilver finished third after a slow start. Quicksilver (106pts) now had a 16 points lead over Red Number 3 (90pts) who was still in second, 9 points ahead of Dragon's Egg (81pts).

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Red Number 3 stuck in the teardrop in race 9.

The next race, Red Number 3 was in the lead early on despite starting on the back row. He was, just like in Race 8, getting away from the others. But then he got stuck at the same teardrop as previous race. Red Number 3, was able to continue after a bump from Black Knight, but was now somewhere at the back of the field. Red Number 3 was able to finish in eleventh and scored 5 points. Luckily for Red Number 3, rival Quicksilver finished seventeenth and scored 0 points. Quicksilver (106pts) remained the leader of the championship. Red Number 3 (95pts) closed the gap a little, but so did Dragon's Egg (89pts) who was now 6 points behind Red Number 3.

Red Number 3 started on the front row, but had a very poor start in Race 11. He dropped to 17th, while rival Quicksilver was in the lead of the race. Red Number 3 was able to climb back up to 13th and Quicksilver narrowly lost his lead to Slimer at the end and finished second. Quicksilver (123pts) was now 25 points clear of Red Number 3 (98pts). Dragon's Egg (89pts) stayed third and Slimer (85pts) jumped up to fourth in the standings after his second race win of 2017.

The penultimate race of the season was decisive. Quicksilver was 25 points clear of Red Number 3, but with the announcement that double points were on offer in the season finale the championship was certainly not over. Red Number 3 started on the back row, but he was able to finish in impressive third, his fourth podium finish of the season. Quicksilver finished only fourteenth. Quicksilver (125pts), went into the final race with a 13 point lead over Red Number 3 (112pts). Slimer (102pts) and Dragon's Egg (101pts) were also not to far behind. With El Capitan (99pts), Glassy (89pts) and Crazy Cat's Eye (87pts) the others who mathematically still had a chance of winning the championship.

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The final top 3.

The final race of the season came, on a long course, with double points on offer. Championship's one and two Quicksilver and Red Number 3 started on the back row and championship's three and four Slimer and Dragon's Egg on the front row. It was a chaotic start where Red Number 3 gained and lost a lot of places. And very crucially championship leader Quicksilver got stuck early on with Summer Sky. This meant that the championship was now fully open. Red Number 3 was moving up the field quickly, but other rivals Slimer and Dragon's Egg were both running in the lead. Red Number 3 finished fifth while both Slimer and Dragon's Egg lost the lead and the full 40 points to H2 Blue. Dragon's Egg finished second and Slimer third. Despite Red Number 3's efforts it was Dragon's Egg (135pts) who clinched the title. Red Number 3 (134pts) fell 1 point short. Slimer finished third in the title battle (130pts), 4 points behind Red Number 3. Unlucky rival Quicksilver (125pts) dropped back to fourth with his DNF.

2018 Sand Marble RallyEdit

After coming very close in 2017 Red Number 3 went into the 2018 Sand Marble Rally aiming for the championship. With his second place in 2017, Red Number 3 didn't need to qualify for the 2018 Sand Marble Rally. Red Number 3 returned as one of the title contenders.

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Red Number 3 stranded during Race 1.

But in Race 1 he DNF'd. He went off the course (off-camera). Not the start Red Number 3 wished for.

In Race 2 he did better. He started on the front row and finished in sixth. Previous season's rivals Dragon's Egg and Quicksilver finished first and second respectively.

In Race 3 Red Number 3 finished in second behind Marbly McMarbleface. This elevated him into the top 5 of the championship already with 28 points, just 2 points behind new leader and rival Quicksilver (30pts) despite his DNF in race 1.

In Race 4 Red Number 3 finished second for the second time this season. This time losing to debutant Superball. With 2 silver medals Red Number 3 was the only one to have won 2 medals in 2018 at the time. Red Number 3 (46pts) moved up to second in the standings, 4 points behind new leader Superball (50pts) and 9 points ahead of Summer Sky in third (37pts).

After two strong races, Red Number 3 suffered a lesser Race 5. He started on the back row (P11) and finished thirteenth. Red Number 3 (49pts) remained second in the standings, now 11 points behind leader Superball (60pts) and 6 points ahead of race winner Comet (43pts) who moved up to third.

During Race 6, while a lot of marbles were bumping against each other for track position at the start, Red Number 3, who started on the front row, immediately took the lead and started extending it. Red Number 3 had a perfect race winning by almost 5 seconds. It was his first victory of the season after 2 second place finishes and he also improved the record of victory with biggest winning margin. He took the lead of the championship with it. Red Number 3 (74pts) was now 11 points clear of Superball (63pts). Phoenix (51pts) in third was a further 12 points back.

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Red Number 3 finished on the podium for the fourth time in 2018 in race 7.

In Race 7, the penultimate round of the championship, Red Number 3 finished third after starting on the front row after again a strong performance. Red Number 3 (89pts) did lose points to rivals Superball and Black Knight. As Superball (81pts) was now 8 points back and Black Knight (75pts) 14 points back on Red Number 3. As going into the final race of the season only these 3 had a chance to win the championship.

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Red Number 3 on the final podium.

In the final race all the title contenders started on the back row: Red Number 3, Superball and Black Knight. Red Number 3 put in another great performance to finish of the season and crossed the finish line in second, behind Phoenix. Superball finished only eighteenth and Black Knight DNF'ed. Red Number 3 (107pts) was crowned the 2018 Sand Marble Rally champion. 22 points ahead of Phoenix (85pts) who jumped up to second. Superball (82pts) fell back to third. And Black Knight (75pts) slipped off the podium with his DNF.

After his 2018 Sand Marble Rally title, fans started accusing him for cheating and Red Number 3 would get a lot of criticism of "doping" and for cheating because he "isn't a marble"[1]. It was announced after the controversies that he would continue to race in Sand Marble Rallies[2].

2019 Sand Marble RallyEdit

As the reigning Sand Marble Rally champion, Red Number 3 was prequalified and he participated in the practice race alongside the other prequalified marbles. Red Number 3 had a good start, but got pushed of track by Summer Sky, he was however able to continue he recovered and at one point was in third place, but he finally finished sixth out of eight.

Sand Marble Rally results Edit

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
2017 R1
9
R2
4
R3
14
R4
1
R5
14
R6
2
R7
6
R8
1
R9
DNF
R10
11
R11
13
R12
3
F
5
2nd 134
2018 R1
DNF
R2
6
R3
2
R4
2
R5
13
R6
1
R7
3
R8
2
1st 107

 - Double points

Trivia Edit

  • Red Number 3 won the ~750 feet marble race in both English and French commentary, despite them being different races.
  • Red Number 3 is the only marble whose lead was so big that he went off the screen and forced Jelle to write a sign saying that he has disappeared, and that happened to him twice in 2017 (Race 8 and 10). In 2018 (Race 6) he also had a very big lead, but Jelle didn't write a sign saying he had disappeared.
  • Red Number has a major rivalry with Quicksilver which start in the 2017 Sand Marble Rally, where they ran 1st and 2nd most of the season.
  • Red Number 3 has a super rivalry with Superball for them running in 1st and 2nd (not always respectively) throughout most of 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/Marblelympics/comments/a62cx7/i_dont_think_red_number_3_is_a_marble/
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/Marblelympics/comments/ao447i/red_number_3_confirmed_to_be_continuing_his/
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