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

RaceEdit

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Right out of the gate, the racers entered a wide right hander, which allowed Silver Bolt to take an early lead over H2 Blue in second and Starman in third. As the turn leveled out into a straight, H2 Blue took a lunge past Silver Bolt to take the lead. Soon after, Starman managed to pass Silver Bolt as well, and even draft by H2 Blue. Silver Bolt's misfortune continued as he was passed by Blue Smoke, Slimer, and moments later, by Tarantula.

The top four racers started to grow their lead on the rest of the pack. H2 Blue made an attempt to pass Starman, and they. raced side by side for a moment, before H2 Blue bumped into a stick on the path, letting Starman take a huge lead. H2 Blue was then shunted to the side by another stick, which led to him being passed by multiple racers, and dropping out of the top five. Soon after, Slimer was able to overtake Blue Smoke for second place.

The racers proceeded to enter a split, where, due to a bump on a stick, Rastafarian was able to pass both Slimer and Blue Smoke for second place. Out of the split, the racers entered a set of diverging sections, with three paths for the racers to take. Starman, almost offscreen, took the low lane, Blue Smoke took the middle lane, and both Rastafarian and Slimer took the high lane. The middle lane, which had by far the least amount of turns, converged into the low lane, and finally the high line, bringing all the racers back together. Blue Smoke and Ghost Plasma, who took the middle line, found great success, as they were able to catch right to to Starman. Just as the paths merged, Blue Smoke shot out in front of Starman, to take the lead.

As the racers entered a set of slalom turns, Blue Smoke managed to hold the lead over Starman for a few turns, but soon went back to second place. As the racers entered another split, Starman and Ghost Plasma took the high line, and Blue Smoke took the low line. Ghost Plasma went very high on one of the walls of his lane, but managed to stay on the course. However, he had allowed the top two competitors to stretch their lead over him. When the lanes converged, Starman kept his lead over Blue Smoke, with Ghost Plasma a few moments behind. The racers proceeded to enter a set of extremely tight slalom turns, which was immediately followed up by a bridge. Here, Ghost Plasma was able to get closer to Blue Smoke, but was not able to pass.

The racers entered a set of gradual turns, where Ghost Plasma closed right in on Blue Smoke. As the turns leveled out into a straight, Ghost Plasma passed into second, just as they entered a set of helices. However, due to a fast run through the helices, Blue Smoke managed to emerge from them in the lead, passing both Ghost Plasma and Starman. The racers entered another split, where Starman was able to regain his lead over Blue Smoke, both of whom took the high line. As the racers entered the final straight, Ghost Plasma put on a burst of speed which allowed him to pass Blue Smoke just moments before they crossed the finish line.

Starman took both his first win and first podium this race. Meanwhile, Ghost Plasma earned his third second place this season, growing his championship lead over Dragon's Egg.

Starman took his maiden win. Championship leader Ghost Plasma finished second for the third time this season and took his first podium since race 4. Blue Smoke held off Slimer for the final podium spot. Blue Smoke crossed the line in third, after being in the lead multiple times this race. Slimer, who had once been running in second place, managed to get fourth, just ahead of The Flash, who had been a bit of a non-factor this race, but still managed fifth. Similarly, Pollo Loco, who was offscreen for most of the race, came across the line sixth. Silver Bolt, after his drop in the first ten seconds of the race, was able to salvage seventh, just before Fantasy slotted into eighth. Tarantula took ninth, leaving Wisp of Darkness to round out the top ten. Only one racer DNF'd this race, and that honor goes to Glassy.

ClassificationEdit

Pos. Marble Time Starting
Pos.
Points
1st Starman 2:10.39 P7 30p
2nd Ghost Plasma 2:10.70 P3 25p
3rd Blue Smoke 2:11.53 P5 21p
4th Slimer 2:11.68 P4 18p
5th The Flash 2:12.56 P16 16p
6th Pollo Loco 2:13.17 P2 15p
7th Silver Bolt 2:13.94 P6 14p
8th Fantasy 2:14.45 P1 13p
9th Tarantula 2:14.84 P20 12p
10th Wisp of Darkness 2:16.12 P12 11p
11th Dragon's Egg 2:16.33 P10 10p
12th H2 Blue 2:16.74 P13 9p
13th Summer Sky 2:16.97 P18 8p
14th Super Turtle 2:17.04 P19 7p
15th Big Pearl 2:17.09 P14 6p
16th Rastafarian 2:17.42 P17 5p
17th Comet 2:18.29 P15 4p
18th Marbly McMarbleface 2:20.02 P9 3p
19th El Capitan 2:20.05 P11 2p
DNF Glassy Did not finish P8
  • 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 161p Gold medalSilver medalSilver medalSilver medal
Skrattarblue 2nd Dragon's Egg 139p Gold medalBronze medal
Greenarrowup 1 3rd Pollo Loco 135p Gold medalSilver medalBronze medal
Redarrowdown 1 4th Big Pearl 131p Gold medalSilver medalBronze medal
Skrattarblue 5th Marbly McMarbleface 104p Gold medal
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