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The 2018 Sand Marble Rally started on the 18th August 2018 after being delayed by extremely hot and dry weather, followed with heavy rain showers in early August. This was the third annual season of the Sand Marble Rally. Unlike previous seasons of the competition, the 2018 season did not take place in two halves either side of the MarbleLympics, the standard format is due to be reinstated for the 2019 competition. 2018 was also the first season that the field of marbles was split into two different divisions (A and B).

Throughout the season, there were 8 races in the A division (which contains 20 marbles), and 4 races in the lower B division.

The top 4 (Dragon's Egg, Red Number 3, Slimer, and Quicksilver) are prequalified for the rally. Everyone else needs to qualify.

A preliminary qualification stage decided which of the two divisions each marble entered.

Changes in 2018

Starting Grid

2017 Starting Gate

The old starting gate.

2018 Starting Gate - Race A7

The new starting gate.

The starting blocks changed compared to 2017, where it existed out of 3 row (7-6-7). The new starting blocks consists of 2 rows (10-10). The new starting gate is also designed in a way that the Ghost Marble isn't meant to get out, it goes down the tower and bumps against the little metal every so-often, making it "countdown" before releasing the marbles.

Because of this, ghost marble will now not be shown on the results list anymore when it crosses the finish line.

General Changes

  • Obstacles are removed for "fairer" racing.
  • The points system changed (again) were the winner now gets 25 points compared to 2017 season's 20 points. Also different is how this time that 16th-20th place all earn 1 point for finishing. When a marble DNF'es no points will be contributed to the marble, that hasn't changed.

Qualification

The Qualifier was released on 19 May, 2018. There are 4 races consisting of seven marbles. Slimer accidentally raced in the qualifier, despite prequalifying. His race has been modified due to this.

Qualifier 1

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Comet 0:41.04 Qualified
2nd Crazy Cat's Eye 0:41.35 Qualified
3rd Marbly McMarbleface 0:41.50 Qualified
4th Summer Sky 0:41.63 Qualified
5th Wisp of Darkness 0:41.73 Not qualified
6th El Capitan 0:42.00 Not qualified
7th Blizzard Blaster 0:42.70 Not qualified

Qualifier 2

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Big Pearl 0:40.91 Qualified
2nd Deep Ocean 0:40.93 Qualified
3rd Ghost Plasma 0:41.69 Qualified
4th Rastafarian 0:42.14 Qualified
5th Reflektor 0:42.56 Not qualified
6th Blazing Fireball 0:42.73 Not qualified
7th Cobra Did not finish Not qualified

Qualifier 3

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Grasshopper 0:39.80 Qualified
2nd Ducktape 0:39.91 Qualified
3rd Black Knight 0:40.36 Qualified
4th Nemo 0:40.55 Qualified
5th H2 Blue 0:40.64 Not qualified
6th Pollo Loco 0:40.70 Not qualified
7th Silver Bolt 0:40.91 Not qualified

Qualifier 4

Pos. Marble Time Result
1st Phoenix 0:41.32 Qualified
2nd Slimer 0:41.38 Qualified*
3rd Lollipop 0:41.70 Qualified
4th Superball 0:41.99 Qualified
5th Blue Moon 0:42.21 Qualified
6th White Widow 0:42.36 Not qualified
7th Super Turtle 0:43.21 Not qualified

Slimer already prequalified. New rules are added. If Slimer finishes in the Top 4, then the 5th place marble will qualify. If Slimer finishes 5th or lower, then the top 4 and Slimer will advance

Qualified Marbles to the A Division

  1. Comet
  2. Crazy Cat's Eye
  3. Marbly McMarbleface
  4. Summer Sky
  5. Big Pearl
  6. Deep Ocean
  7. Ghost Plasma
  8. Rastafarian
  9. Grasshopper
  10. Ducktape
  11. Black Knight
  12. Nemo
  13. Phoenix
  14. Slimer
  15. Lollipop
  16. Superball
  17. Blue Moon
  18. Dragon's Egg
  19. Red Number 3
  20. Quicksilver

Venues

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

Main Tournament:

  • 't Peeske Montferland
    • Located 22 km east southeast of Arnhem near the village "Beek Montferland"
    • Race 1 and 2
    • Height difference: 20 meters
  • Klimduin Brechtdorp (or Dopersduin) (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, 7 and 8
    • Height difference: 45 meters
  • Doornse Gat
    • Located east of "Doorn", a village located in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, 15 km south of Amersfoort
    • Race 5 and 6
    • Height difference: 25 meters


MarbleLympics Consolation Race

The Non Qualifier race also included 11 MarbleLympics Teams who didn't qualify for the 2018 Winter MarbleLympics

  1. Rojo Rollers - 44.14
  2. Chocolatiers - 44.62
  3. Jungle Jumpers - 44.71
  4. Quicksilvers - 44.86*
  5. Kobalts - 45.39
  6. Black Jacks - 45.81*
  7. Shining Swarm - 46.08
  8. Golden Orbs - 46.63*
  9. Team Plasma - 47.06
  10. Jawbreakers - 47.23
  11. Gliding Glaciers - 47.77*

*Not competing in 2019/retired.

Cancellation

On 28 June 2018, it was announced that the Sand Marble Rally has been cancelled because the weather is too hot and dry in the Netherlands, creating unfavorable to create sand tracks. It was replaced with another Marble Rally filled with alternate courses with dirt, street, and water. The replacement rally, and the 2018 Marble Rally in general, was cancelled on 2 July due to inconvenient scheduling, hot dry weather lasting for weeks, and a lot of interruptions while test recording.[1]

Reinstatement

On 14 August 2018, it was announced that the 2018 Sand Marble Rally was reinstated and that Jelle was able to record two A division races and one B division race. The first video released on 18 August 2018 and it was announced that the tournament would consist of 8 Division A races and 4 Division B races. After the main races, a race-off was planned for promotion and relegation.

Divisions

The 2018 Sand Marble Rally is divided in 2 divisions with the A division containing 20 marbles and a B Division containing 11 marbles.

After the last race in each division, the qualifying for the next season was as following:

A-league:

  • Best 6 marbles remained in the A-league
  • Numbers 7 to 14 were sent to the qualifiers
  • Numbers 15 to 20 were sent to the "Wildcard race"

B-league:

  • Best 2 marbles will promote directly to the A Division
  • Numbers 3 to 9 were sent to the qualifiers
  • Numbers 10 to 11 were sent to the "Wildcard race"

Race-off

A race-off was planned to replace the qualification for the 2019 season and was expected to occur sometime in april. In the race-off, 16 marbles (including a newcomer) would battle for the remaining 8 spots in the A Division. However, due to time restrictions, this did not occur.

Retired Marbles

  1. Fantasy (replaced with Phoenix)
  2. Starman
  3. Glassy (replaced with Grasshopper)
  4. Tarantula
  5. Blue Smoke
  6. The Flash
  7. Mocha Madness
  8. Snake's Tub

Newcomers

  1. Ducktape
  2. Grasshopper (replaces Glassy)
  3. Phoenix (replaces Fantasy)
  4. Superball

Standings

A Division
Rank Marble R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Points:
1st Red Number 3 DNF 10 18 18 3 25 15 18 107
2nd Phoenix 12 7 1 15 1 15 9 25 85
3rd Superball 8 5 12 25 10 3 18 1 82
4th Black Knight 18 8 1 1 4 18 25 DNF 75
5th Summer Sky 25 4 DNF 8 1 1 5 15 59
6th Quicksilver 9 18 3 2 1 5 11 9 58
7th Dragon's Egg 1 25 1 6 5 8 3 6 55
8th Crazy Cat's Eye 5 12 7 10 2 12 6 1 55
9th Big Pearl 3* 1 15 5 6 6 7 11 54
10th Grasshopper 11 DNF 8 4 9 1 10 10 53
11th Comet 1 1 4 12 25 DNF 2 7 52
12th Marbly McMarbleface 1 DNF 25 1 1 7 12 4 51
13th Lollipop 6 9 2 9 8 4 1 12 51
14th Slimer 7 11 11 1 DNF 9 8 1 48
15th Nemo 4 1 5 1 12 11 4 8 46
16th Ducktape 1 6 10 7 15 1 1 2 43
17th Deep Ocean 15 3 1 1 7 10 1 3 41
18th Blue Moon 10 2 1 11 11 1 1 1 38
19th Ghost Plasma 3* 1 6 1 18 DNF 1 5 35
20th Rastafarian 1 15 9 3 1 2 1 1 33

*tied

Point System

  • 1st: 25pts
  • 2nd: 18pts
  • 3rd: 15pts
  • 4th: 12pts
  • 5th: 11pts
  • 6th: 10pts
  • 7th: 9pts
  • 8th: 8pts
  • 9th: 7pts
  • 10th: 6pts
  • 11th: 5pts
  • 12th: 4pts
  • 13th: 3pts
  • 14th: 2pts
  • 15th and lower: 1pt
  • DNF: 0pts

Winners

Race Winner Time Margin Starting position
R1 Summer Sky 1:20.19 +1.33 P2
R2 Dragon's Egg 1:20.93 +0.29 P3
R3 Marbly McMarbleface 1:26.10 +0.13 P5
R4 Superball 1:21.20 +0.66 P16
R5 Comet 2:20.44 +0.02 P4
R6 Red Number 3 2:18.37 +4.98 P6
R7 Black Knight 2:05.80 +0.36 P6
R8 Phoenix 2:57.26 +1.11 P17
  • Note:
    • P1–P10 is on the front row
    • P11–P20 is on the back row

Hashtags

Like MarbleLympics 2018, Sand Marble Rally 2018 uses hashtags.

See Also

References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/Marblelympics/comments/8vmgyb/second_marble_rally_update_2018_season_completely/
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