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The eight race of the 2016 Sand Marble Rally was raced in het Doornse Gat.

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Coming out of the gate, the racers came into a split, where Pollo Loco took an early lead over Big Pearl in second on the high line, while El Capitan led Starman on the low line. Coming out of the split, Pollo Loco and Big Pearl kept first and second, and grew their lead. The leaders on the bottom lane lost out to Pollo Loco and Big Pearl, who took the top two spots coming out of the split. The leaders on the low line missed out on the next positions to Marbly McMarbleface and Summer Sky, who took third and fourth respectively.

Through a few gradual turns, the top four kept their positions. The racers entered a split, where Pollo Loco, Big Pearl, and Summer Sky took the faster low line, while Marbly McMarbleface took the far slower high line. When the paths converged, H2 Blue was able to take fourth, with Marbly losing out multiple positions, dropping out of the top five.

The racers entered a set of slalom turns, which was followed by a wide straight that had some obstacles on it. Big Pearl, who had been running very closely behind Pollo Loco, attempted a pass, but she bumped against a rock on the wall of the course, letting Pollo Loco grow his lead. However, taking advantage of some gradual turns, Big Pearl came right back Behind Pollo Loco, and was able to pass him. The racers entered a set of helices, where the top four kept their positions. However, they quickly entered a banked turn, where H2 Blue was able to pass Summer Sky for third place. Championship leader Ghost Plasma threatened to pass Summer Sky as well, but was beaten back. The racers entered another set of splits, where the top four held their positions. They entered the final stretch, where Pollo Loco attempted to close the gap between him and Big Pearl, but was not able to take the lead.

Crossing the finish line first was Big Pearl, who was already coming off of a second place finish in the previous race. Pollo Loco followed closely behind, who had not been able to regain the lead after Big Pearl passed him earlier in the race. The next three racers came only 0.25 seconds apart, with H2 Blue managing to secure a podium position, narrowly ahead of Summer Sky in fourth, and Ghost Plasma taking fifth place for the second race in a row. Starman came in fourth, after having been near the top four at the very beginning of the race, but soon losing out. Marbly McMarbleface, who had been running in third earlier in the race, was not fully able to recover from taking the punishing high line during the split, but was able to salvage a seventh place finish. Super Turtle netted his second top ten finish in a row in eighth, followed by Dragon's Egg, who was not able to finish ahead of his championship rival Ghost Plasma, letting him grow his lead in the standings. Finally, Rastafarian rounded out the top ten, managing to net 11 points. This turned out to be a relatively safe race, with 0 DNFs.

ClassificationEdit

Pos. Marble Time Starting
Pos.
Points
1st Big Pearl 2:05.62 P5 30p
2nd Pollo Loco 2:06.14 P6 25p
3rd H2 Blue 2:08.28 P19 21p
4th Summer Sky 2:08.43 P13 18p
5th Ghost Plasma 2:08.53 P12 16p
6th Starman 2:09.88 P17 15p
7th Marbly McMarbleface 2:10.03 P7 14p
8th Super Turtle 2:10.49 P4 13p
9th Dragon's Egg 2:10.92 P10 12p
10th Rastafarian 2:11.05 P3 11p
11th Silver Bolt 2:11.53 P2 10p
12th Slimer 2:11.73 P15 9p
13th Fantasy 2:12.20 P20 8p
14th Wisp of Darkness 2:12.74 P9 7p
15th El Capitan 2:13.11 P11 6p
16th The Flash 2:13.36 P1 5p
17th Glassy 2:13.54 P14 4p
18th Tarantula 2:13.61 P8 3p
19th Blue Smoke 2:15.80 P18 2p
20th Comet 2:15.83 P16 1p
  • Note:
    • P1–P7 is on the front row
    • P8–P13 is on the second row
    • P14–P20 is on the third row

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Pos. Marble Points
Skrattarblue 1st Ghost Plasma 136p Gold medalSilver medalSilver medal
Skrattarblue 2nd Dragon's Egg 129p Gold medalBronze medal
Greenarrowup 1 3rd Big Pearl 125p Gold medalSilver medalBronze medal
Redarrowdown 1 4th Pollo Loco 120p Gold medalSilver medalBronze medal
Skrattarblue 5th Marbly McMarbleface 101p Gold medal
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