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This was the first race of the Sand Marble Rally 2016. It was held at Doornse Gat and was won by Pollo Loco. 33 marbles participated in the course.

RaceEdit

Report Edit

At the start, the marbles go into a split. Big Pearl took an early lead over Pollo Loco on the lower lane, with Ghost Plasma leading in the upper lane. At the first crossroads of the spl, Big Pearl bumped into the divider, losing the lead to Ghost Plasma. Big Pearl moved into the upper lane, as Ghost Plasma moved into the lower lane, to roll ahead of Pollo Loco. Blazing Fireball jumped over the divider, becoming the first DNF of the race.

After the paths merged again, Ghost Plasma held a small lead over Pollo Loco, who was followed by Slimer in third. Big Pearl managed to come into fourth, fending off El Capitan. The racers entered a of a set of slaloms, where Pollo Loco managed to take the lead from Ghost Plasma as they came out onto a straightaway. The racers headed into another set of splits. Ghost Plasma took the slower, lower lane, while Pollo Loco took the quicker, upper lane. This allowed Pollo Loco to stretch his lead over Ghost Plasma. As the lanes merged, Super Turtle slingshotted into second ahead of Ghost Plasma.

Coming through another set of turns, Ghost Plasma took back second place from Super Turtle, as El Capitan took fourth place from Big Pearl. After the turns, they entered a long braided section. Pollo Loco and Ghost Plasma both kept first and second respectively. However, Super Turtle, who had been running in third, had a bump against a lane divider, and he held up a few other racers before coming back into the race. This allowed both Big Pearl and El Capitan to pass him, Big Pearl coming into third and El Capitan in fourth.

The racers entered a teardrop section, where Pollo Loco and Ghost Plasma both kept their positions. However, El Capitan, who had been in fourth, hit the lane divider, and lost his position to Dragon's Egg. Super Turtle held up a train of racers as they went down the lower lane. Coming out of the teardrop, El Capitan had a bump by Dragon's Egg, which allowed Fantasy to get past him as well.

Pollo Loco took first place comfortably, followed by Ghost Plasma and Big Pearl. The next racers held their positions as Dragon's Egg took fourth, Fantasy fifth, El Capitan sixth, and Super Turtle in seventh. Slimer finished eighth, a big drop from the third place he had been holding at the beginning. Blue Smoke and H2 Blue rounded out the top ten. There were, in fact, nine offscreen DNFs. It was a poor start to the season for Silver Bolt, Snake's Tub, Blazing Fireball, Crazy Cat's Eye, Black Knight, Reflektor, Blue Moon, Deep Ocean, and Summer Sky, as they were unable to finish the first race.

ClassificationEdit

Pos. Marble Time Starting
Pos.
Points
1st Pollo Loco 2:09.89 P6 30p
2nd Ghost Plasma 2:12.08 P12 25p
3rd Big Pearl 2:13.18 P4 21p
4th Dragon's Egg 2:13.87 P8 18p
5th Fantasy 2:14.41 P21 16p
6th El Capitan 2:14.66 P3 15p
7th Super Turtle 2:14.76 P9 14p
8th Slimer 2:14.79 P19 13p
9th Blue Smoke 2:15.18 P5 12p
10th H2 Blue 2:15.55 P7 11p
11th White Widow 2:15.86 P14 10p
12th Wisp of Darkness 2:16.18 P26 9p
13th Rastafarian 2:16.64 P13 8p
14th Tarantula 2:17.71 P1 7p
15th Olympia 2:18.59 P10 6p
16th Starman 2:18.77 P11 5p
17th Glassy 2:18.99 P17 4p
18th Comet 2:19.59 P15 3p
19th Quicksilver 2:20.17 P18 2p
20th Marbly McMarbleface 2:16.64 P2 1p
21st Mocha Madness 2:21.28 P16
22nd Oddball 2:21.62 P30
23rd The Flash 2:21.92 P31
24th Cobra 2:22.98 P27
DNF Silver Bolt Did not finish P23
DNF Snake's Tub Did not finish P32
DNF Blazing Fireball Did not finish P20
DNF Crazy Cat's Eye Did not finish P28
DNF Black Knight Did not finish P33
DNF Reflektor Did not finish P29
DNF Blue Moon Did not finish P25
DNF Deep Ocean Did not finish P24
DNF Summer Sky Did not finish P22
  • Note:
    • P1–P7 is on the front row
    • P8–P13 is on the second row
    • P14-P20 is on the third row
    • P21-P26 is on the fourth row
    • P27-P33 is on the fifth row

Championship standings after the race Edit

Pos. Marble Points
1st Pollo Loco 30p Gold medal
2nd Ghost Plasma 25p Silver medal
3rd Big Pearl 21p Bronze medal
4th Dragon's Egg 18p
5th Fantasy 16p
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