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The Sand Marble Rally Tournament 2017 was the second edition of the Sand Marble Rally where 20 marbles competed on sand courses filled with lots of turns and obstacles, for the prize of being Sand Marble Rally champion.

A qualification stage consisting of 5 races with 7 marbles each was used to select the marbles for the final stage. 33 marbles entered the qualification stage in total, with the best 4 marbles of each race (20 in total) advancing to the main tournament. It is succeeded by Sand Marble Rally 2018.

Changes in 2017

Ghost

Ghost Marble - SMR2017

The Ghost Marble in the starting blocks.

One of the new additions in the 2017 season is the Ghost marble (not to be confused with Ghost Plasma, a red marble). This is the frosted glass marble which releases the starting gate at each race, the Ghost will proceed through a small plinko track (next to the main track in front of the starting Gate) which ends on the main course. The ghost will run a few seconds back of the main competitors. The purpose of the ghost is to push up or release stranded marbles so they will still get a chance to get some points.

It is even possible that the Ghost marble can "win" a race by crossing the finish line in first. However the Ghost will not get any points so that the marble who pass the finish line after the ghost will win the race.

The Ghost will be shown on the results list when it crosses the finish line, but if the ghost doesn't finish, it won't be shown on the results at all.

New obstacles:

General Changes

  • Unlike previous season the field consists out of 20 marbles right from the start.
  • The points system changed were the winner now only gets 20 points compared to previous season's 30 points. Also different is how this time the top 15 marbles get points while previous season gave points to the top 20 placed marbles.

Qualified Marbles

  1. Comet
  2. El Capitan
  3. Nemo
  4. Wisp of Darkness
  5. Big Pearl
  6. Blizzard Blaster
  7. Fantasy
  8. Slimer
  9. Summer Sky
  10. Deep Ocean
  11. Glassy
  12. Pollo Loco
  13. Red Number 3
  14. Quicksilver
  15. Dragon's Egg
  16. H2 Blue
  17. Crazy Cat's Eye
  18. Lollipop
  19. Ghost Plasma
  20. Black Knight

Qualification

Qualifier 1

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Comet 0:55.48 Qualified
2nd El Capitan 0:55.95 Qualified
3rd Nemo 0:56.66 Qualified
4th Wisp of Darkness 0:56.85 Qualified
DNF Blue Moon Did not finish Not qualified
DNF Reflektor Did not finish Not qualified
DNF Cobra Did not finish Not qualified

Qualifier 2

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Big Pearl 0:54.00 Qualified
2nd Blizzard Blaster 0:54.93 Qualified
3rd Fantasy 0:55.23 Qualified
4th Slimer 0:55.88 Qualified
5th Rastafarian 0:56.04 Not qualified
6th Silver Bolt 0:57.16 Not qualified
7th Starman 0:59.62 Not qualified

Qualifier 3

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Summer Sky 0:55.46 Qualified
2nd Deep Ocean 0:56.94 Qualified
3rd Glassy 0:57.07 Qualified
4th Pollo Loco 0:57.59 Qualified
5th Blazing Fireball 0:57.84 Not qualified
DNF White Widow Did not finish Not qualified
DNF Tarantula Did not finish Not qualified

Qualifier 4

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Red Number 3 0:51.04 Qualified
2nd Quicksilver 0:51.29 Qualified
3rd Dragon's Egg 0.52.72 Qualified
4th H2 Blue 0.53.30 Qualified
5th The Flash 0:55.24 Not qualified
DNF Mocha Madness Did not finish Not qualified
DNF Blue Smoke Did not finish Not qualified

Qualifier 5

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Crazy Cat's Eye 0:52.38 Qualified
2nd Lollipop 0:52.71 Qualified
3rd Ghost Plasma 0:52.84 Qualified
4th Black Knight 0:53.03 Qualified
5th Marbly McMarbleface 0:53.58 Not qualified
6th Snake's Tub 0:53.86 Not qualified
7th Super Turtle 0:56.10 Not qualified

Venues

The Races are held on tall sand dunes or sand hills in the Netherlands.

Qualification:

  • Papenberg Castricum
    • Located near the NS station of Castricum, with views over adjacent sports and football fields, but scattered with dog feces.
    • Height difference: 18 meter (60 feet),
    • Maximum race duration: 90 seconds

Main Tournament:

  • Doornse Gat
    • Located east of "Doorn", a village located in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, 15 km south of Amersfoort
    • Race 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10
    • Height difference: 25 meters
    • Maximum race duration: 2 and a half minutes
  • Klimduin Brechtdorp (Koningsweg)
    • Located along the Oorsprongweg north of Schoorl, a small town north of Alkmaar, the Netherlands. This is an alternative more quite location compared with the "famous" and overcrowded klimduin located at Schoorl itself.
    • Race 3, 4, 5, 6 and Final
    • Height difference: 45 meters
    • Maximum race duration is 5 minutes on wet sand or 2 minutes on dry sand.
  • 't Peeske Montferland
    • Located 22 km east southeast of Arnhem near the village "Beek Montferland"
    • Race 11 and 12
    • Height difference: 20 meters
    • Maximum race duration: 2 minutes

Standings

Rank Marble R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 FPoints
1st: Dragon's Egg 10 10 14 6 11 7 20 2 1 8 0 12 34 135
2nd: Red Number 3 7 12 2 20 2 17 10 20 Ret 5 3 14 22 134
3rd: Slimer 6 Ret Ret 9 12 0 6 3 20 9 20 17 28 130
4th: Quicksilver 4 9 20 4 20 14 4 17 14 0 17 2 Ret 125
5th: El Capitan 5 Ret 9 11 14 Ret 11 9 5 11 4 20 12 111
6th: H2 Blue 17 Ret 0 14 Ret 4 3 4 3 0 8 7 40 100
7th: Glassy 2 6 6 5 4 6 14 7 2 17 11 9 6 95
8th: Crazy Cat's Eye 20 Ret 5 7 1 12 5 10 8 14 1 4 7 94
9th: Black Knight 12 5 7 17 9 8 1t 0 10t 0 6 0 18 93
10th: Lollipop 8 17 4 12 Ret 9 9 1 7 Ret 0 1 24 92
11th: Pollo Loco 0 7 0 Ret 5 20 17 11 4 4 Ret 3 16 87
12th: Fantasy 0 8 17 8 10 10 Ret 6 Ret 7 10 Ret 10 86
13th: Blizzard Blaster 14 Ret 8 10 0 11 Ret 5 17 3 5 8 4 85
14th: Nemo Ret 11 11 2 17 Ret 2 12 Ret Ret 9 10 9 83
15th: Summer Sky 11 14 1 Ret 3 2 0 8 11 12 7 11 Ret 80
16th: Deep Ocean 9 2 10 1 8 0 0 Ret 10t 6 12 5 5 68
17th: Wisp of Darkness 0 3 12 Ret 6 3 1t 0 6 20 2 0 14 67
18th: Big Pearl Ret 20 3 Ret Ret 5 8 14 Ret 2 0 0 3 55
18th: Comet 1 4 0 3 7 1 12 0 Ret 1 Ret 6 20 55
20th: Ghost Plasma 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0 7 0 12 10 14 0 8 54

Ret.: Did not finish and 0 points awarded

0: finished outside the points and 0 points awarded

t: tied

‡: double points

Point System

  • 1st: 20pts
  • 2nd: 17pts
  • 3rd: 14pts
  • 4th: 12pts
  • 5th: 11pts
  • 6th: 10pts
  • 7th: 9pts
  • 8th: 8pts
  • 9th: 7pts
  • 10th: 6pts
  • 11th: 5pts
  • 12th: 4pts
  • 13th: 3pts
  • 14th: 2pts
  • 15th: 1pts

Winners

Race Winner Time Margin Starting position
R1 Crazy Cat's Eye 2:03.06 +0.40 P1
R2 Big Pearl 2:03.08 +0.08 P10
R3 Quicksilver 1:06.21 +0.06 P3
R4 Red Number 3 1:04.81 +0.67 P6
R5 Quicksilver 1:18.52 +0.01 P10
R6 Pollo Loco 1:12.72 +0.97 P5
R7 Dragon's Egg 1:45.10 +0.77 P4
R8 Red Number 3 1:43.64 +2.77 P7
R9 Slimer 2:10.88 +0.52 P2
R10 Wisp of Darkness 2:12.75 +0.15 P19
R11 Slimer 1:48.01 +0.18 P20
R12 El Capitan 1:45.34 +1.11 P7
F H2 Blue 2:21.26 +0.25 P15
  • Note:
    • P1–P7 is on the front row
    • P8–P13 is on the second row
    • P14–P20 is on the back row

Trivia

  • The first attempt of Race 3 was aborted after a huge pile up at the start. Before the start of second attempt there was a dog who was invading the track. Finally the race got away and in the end it was Quicksilver who won.
  • The double points for the final race was announced only in race 12 (the second last race) and it caused a little bit of controversy because it affected the end results with Dragon's Egg (135pts) becoming champion infront of Red Number 3 (134pts), Slimer (130pts) and Quicksilver (125pts), while without double points the results would've been: Quicksilver champion with 125pts, Red Number 3 second (123pts), Dragon's Egg third (118pts) and Slimer fourth (116pts).

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