Red Number 3 is a solid red competitor who looks like a billiard pool ball number 3 (solid red with a white circle and a number 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.

After several strong showings in minor off-season rallies, he participated in the qualifiers for the Sand Marble Rally 2017. He qualified and he came very close to winning the tournament on his debut season. The next year, Red Number 3 won his first championship, followed by his 2019 triumph to make him the first back-to-back Sand Marble Rally champion. Red Number 3 is known for his incredible speed on the straights, often enabling him to extend his lead by wide margins after breaking away from the pack.

Red Number 3 has also garnered controversy for his lightweight, plastic physique, for which critics accuse him of having an unfair genetic advantage. Despite this, Red Number 3 has a great fan following, and remains one of the most popular Marble Rally contestants among the fans, as stated, among many others, in the wiki poll.

In August 2020, it was revealed via twitter that Red Number 3 had received surgery and a new jacket.[1] It is believed (although not confirmed by the JMRC) that the surgery was done to make him glass (as opposed to resin in the past) and thus more equal to his competitors.

History

Early career

Red Number 3 is from the village of Bifornya in Central America, located outside the city of Numerun. He was inspired to go into marble racing when he was rolling down the Colina Umerun, a centuries old artificial hill in Numerun. Before getting into marble racing, Red Number 3 completed a master's degree is sports medicine at a university in Numerun, alongside Rojo Cinco of the Rojo Rollers. They became friends after meeting in class over their shared interest in the Surculo, a marble racing competition in Numerun.[2]

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 Rally

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

Before competing in the Sand Marble Rally 2017, Red Number 3 entered into an official partnership with the Rojo Rollers and they started to train together. The Rollers even came out to Doornse Gat to see him compete.[2]

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 lead, 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.

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, Dragon's Egg emerged as another championship rival after winning Race 7, his first victory in 2017. Red Number 3 had a strong race and finished sixth, while rival Quicksilver finished only in twelfth. Despite finishing in sixth, Red Number 3 dropped a place in the standings. He was third in the standings, 8 points behind championship leader Dragon's Egg (78pts).

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. Red Number 3 climbed to second in the standings, just 2 points behind new championship leader Quicksilver (92pts). Dragon's Egg had a poor race and dropped to third in the standings with 80 points.

Red Number 3 stuck in the teardrop with Fantasy in race 9.

Race 9 was Red Number 3's downfall. He didn't have a very good race and was running in ~10th position, before getting stuck in a teardrop along with Fantasy. It was Red Number 3's first career DNF. Meanwhile, championship rival Quicksilver finished third after a slow start. Red Number 3 remained in second on the standings, 16 points behind Quicksilver (106pts), but 9 points ahead of Dragon's Egg (81pts).

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, Quicksilver gained no points as he finished seventeenth. Even then, Quicksilver remained the leader of the championship. Red Number 3 closed the gap to 11 points, but so did Dragon's Egg, who was trailing him by 6 points.

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. The standings for the top three remained unchanged, with Quicksilver widening his margin against Red Number 3 to 25 points. Dragon's Egg stayed third, but Slimer, with 85 points, jumped up to fourth in the standings after his second race win of 2017.

The penultimate race of the season was decisive. It looked like Red Number 3 had lost his hope to win the championship, as Quicksilver was already far ahead in the standings. But with the announcement that double points were on offer in the season finale, he rejoiced. 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. Red Number 3 was starting to catch up with Quicksilver (125pts), then 13 points ahead of him. Slimer (102pts) and Dragon's Egg (101pts) were also not to far behind. But given the double points on offer for the final race, El Capitan (99pts), Glassy (89pts) and Crazy Cat's Eye (87pts) also had a chance to win the championship.

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 left 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 and Slimer finished second and third, respectively. Despite Red Number 3's best efforts, it was Dragon's Egg who clinched the title. Red Number 3, with 134 points, fell 1 point short. Slimer finished third in the title battle, 4 points behind Red Number 3. Unlucky rival Quicksilver dropped to fourth after he DNF'd, and was 9 points behind Red Number 3.

2018 Sand Marble Rally

Before Marble League 2018, the Rojo Rollers revealed their new logo, which replaced their traditional red number 3 ball with a roller skate. This disturbed Red Number 3 as he thought they might be ending their long-standing partnership. The Rollers met in private with Red Number 3 and assured him this was not the case.[3]

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.

Red Number 3 stranded during Race 1.

But in Race 1, he DNF'd. He went off the course (off-camera). This was not the start of the season Red Number 3 wished for. Even more embarrassing was the fact that he was the only marble who failed to finish the race.

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 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 (46 pts) moved up to second in the standings, 4 points behind new leader Superball and 9 points ahead of Summer Sky in third.

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, 11 points behind leader Superball and 6 points ahead of race winner Comet 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 two second-place finishes, and he also improved the record of victory with biggest winning margin. Red Number 3 took the lead of the championship with 74 points, with Superball then trailing him by 11 points.

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 did lose points to rivals Superball and Black Knight. But he was still in the lead for the standings with 89 points, whereas Superball was 8 points behind him and Black Knight jumped to third with 14 points behind. As going into the final race of the season, only these three had a chance to win the championship.

Red Number 3 on the final podium.

In the final race, Red Number 3 started on the back row with 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'd. Red Number 3, with a total of 107 points, was crowned the 2018 Sand Marble Rally champion. Superball lost his second place in the standings to Phoenix, while Black Knight slipped off the podium.

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After his 2018 Sand Marble Rally title, fans started accusing him of cheating, and Red Number 3 would get a lot of criticism for "doping". Worse, there were allegations that he "[is] not a marble".[4] In December 2018, it was revealed that Red Number 3 was not in fact a glass marble, confirming fans' suspicions. This led to the Rojo Rollers cutting ties with Red Number 3 to make sure their team's reputation was not tarnished. Red Number 3 understood why they did this and understood why some of his fans were upset. He didn't want to disappoint anyone and felt the most disappointed in himself.[2] Despite the controversy, it was announced that Red Number 3 would continue to race in Sand Marble Rallies.[5]

2019 Marble Rally

As the reigning Sand Marble Rally champion, Red Number 3 prequalified for the 2019 Marble Rally and he participated in the practice race alongside the other prequalified marbles. Red Number 3 had a good start, but got pushed off track by Summer Sky. He was able to continue anyway, he recovered and at one point was in third place, but he finally finished sixth out of eight.

Race 1 of the 2019 Marble Rally was a difficult one for many competitors, as only 13 of 20 marbles made it to the finish line. Red Number 3 was able to overcome a tricky start to finish fifth in the first race of the season. The second race took place on the same course, and Red Number 3 was able to cruise to his first race win of 2019. Red Number 3 (31pts) also took the championship leader after the race. Red Number 3 had a lesser performance in the third race as he ran towards the back for most of the race before he went off the course at a junction, resulting in a DNF. After starting toward the back of the pack, he made a strong comeback in race 4 finishing 6th. At the halfway point of the 2019 Marble Rally season, Red Number 3 (41pts) sat fourth in the standings, just two points behind a three-way tie for the championship lead.

After a lengthy break at mid-season, Red Number 3 produced arguably the most dominant race in Marble Rally history in race 5. Starting on the front row, Red Number 3 won the race having led wire-to-wire. His winning margin of 8.07 seconds over Cool Moody is the largest such gap in Marble Rally history, over 3 seconds wider than the next best score (also a Red Number 3 record). This Race 5 win is Red Number 3's fifth career victory, making him the marble with the most all-time race wins in Marble Rally history, breaking a tie with Slimer and El Capitan.

In the next two races, he got a 5th and a 6th, which was well enough for him to stay at the top of the standings, with a 8-point lead over Ghost Plasma and a 18-point lead over Superball.

Red Number 3 upon the top step of the championship podium for the second time.

In the final race, Red Number 3 started poorly. Meanwhile, Superball was charging out in front. However, Red Number 3 decided to play it safe and choose not to make any risky moves. As he quietly passed others, Red Number 3 eventually finished 8th, but his main competitors for the title, Ghost Plasma and Superball, failed to catch up with him. This makes Red Number 3 the first marble to win Marble Rally in two consecutive years, and one of the few marbles to win more than one race in a single season.

2020 Marble Rally

Before the start of the season, Red Number 3 underwent surgery to clear up all controversy surrounding him.[1] In addition, given his performance in the past, Red Number 3 was invited to compete in the 2020 season as defending champion.[6]

Racing analysis and profile

Red Number 3 is arguably the best racer concerning both current and all-time debates. His extraordinary straight-line speed, combined with great prowess in both slalom and normal corners, allows him to take control of the race very easily. He holds 4 of the SMR's largest winning margin records, consistently taking victory while achieving comfortable +5.00 leads at least once in many races. Not only does he have front row dominance, but his ability to clutch from the back row is also unprecedented, grabbing podium finishes and even wins despite tight field congestion. One example of his trademark surge can be found in his Round 8 performance in 2018, where he almost closed a +5.00 gap himself chasing rookie Phoenix. As he developed into a more complete racer, his consistency also became a shining factor of his success, only falling out of the top 6 twice in 2019. Apart from being a clutch performer race-wise, Red Number 3 has also never fallen out of the top 3 in the last three races of every season he has competed in, and often puts himself in a position where only a select few can have an outside chance at a title, let alone a true contention for the championship. This mixture of both championship and race clutch performances results in great point differentials in the table standings, leading as much as 22 points in 2018 and 14 points in 2019.

A mere 30 seconds into Race 6 of the 2018 season, Red Number 3 has already developed a great lead. He would win by a 5 second winning margin, the largest at the time - only to eclipse his previous record the year after with an 8 second victory.

Despite his greatness, Red Number 3 is not without his flaws. While consistency issues in the past seem to be relatively fixed now, he still struggles with other problems. One of his weaknesses is his cornering skill, one example being his inability to take the fast lanes on unrimmed curves/splits. Due to both build and presumably habit, Red Number 3 often jumps the curve (or simply takes the slower route, if referring to split lanes) and takes the slalom, which results in varying situations. Some result in position jumps, as the slalom course may be shorter than the straights, while other scenarios involve losing time to more crafty competitors, such as Blizzard Blaster and Ghost Plasma, due to their ability at taking the faster lane. Other flaws include crashing out or taking to the air due to his overwhelming speed and risk-taking, usually during teardrops or splits (see Race 9 of the 2017 championship, Race 1 of the 2018 championship for reference), or being easy to push around because of his light weight. Regardless, Red Number 3's proficiencies more than just make up for his cons, often prevailing either in spite or because of these shortcomings.

Overall, Red Number 3 is a remarkable competitor, able to harness his skills and unique physique to the absolute max while remaining proficient in his weakest areas. His unthinkable agility, acceleration and overall top speed are feats never seen before in the history of Jelle's Marble Runs, and will likely only get even better as his prime progresses.

Sand Marble Rally results

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
2019 R1
5
R2
1
R3
DNF
R4
6
R5
1
R6
6
R7
5
R8
8
1st 90
2020 R1
10
10th* 6*

* - Season is still in progress

 - Double points

Trivia

  • 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 had 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 due to the addition of the position graphic. In 2019 Red Number 3 disappeared off the screen and also took a Marble Rally record winning by a margin of 8.07s (Race 5).
  • Red Number 3 currently holds the record for the best rookie performance, finishing 2nd in the standings with four podium finishes, including two race wins.
  • Red Number 3 has a rivalry with Quicksilver, which started in the 2017 Sand Marble Rally, where they ran 1st and 2nd most of the season.
  • Red Number 3 also has a rivalry with Superball for them running in 1st and 2nd (not always respectively) throughout most of 2018.
  • Red Number 3 was the first marble in the Sand Marble Rally to win 2 championships.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 @Jellesmarbles (18th August 2020). “After all the controversy in recent years Red nr 3 decided to have surgery. We wish Red a speedy recovery, hope he will compete in the SMR 2020!”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Stynth (17th January 2020). RetRollSpective – Rojo Rollers. Marble Sports.
  3. Stynth (27th January 2019). The Teams You’ll Miss In The 2019 MarbleLympics. Marble Sports.
  4. ExcitingPresentation (14th December 2018). I don't think Red Number 3 is a marble.... Reddit.
  5. Skystrykr (7th February 2019). Red Number 3 CONFIRMED to be continuing his racing career in the Sand Marble Rally.. Reddit.
  6. Stynth (13 September 2020). Who’s Tearing Up the Sand in 2020? – Part 2. Marble Sports.
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