The Season 1 Hivedrive Grand Prix was the fourth race of Marbula One Season 1, held on 7 - 8 March 2020.
Mimo of Team Momo was the first to go in this qualifying session. Despite his best hopes, he just couldn't make up for Momo's poor performance at the previous Grand Prix. He set this session's worst qualifying lap at almost 30 seconds. Wospy of the Midnight Wisps, on the other hand, performed exceptionally this time, signifying that he had recovered from the injuries he received at the second GP. In fact, he set a convincing qualifying lap of 25.80 seconds.
Hive of the host Hornets performed very poorly this time, confirming his worries about the "hosts' curse" that had plagued even Speedy of the Savage Speeders back at the first GP. He had to settle on a qualifying lap of 28 seconds flat. Likewise, Rojo Dos of the Rojo Rollers did not make it very well. His qualifying lap of 29.65 seconds would have him start from the back row of the grid, just ahead of Mimo.
Meanwhile, Yellup of Mellow Yellow had a great performance this time, and became the first marble to have beaten Wospy's time with a qualifying lap of 25.48 seconds. He was later followed by Orangin of the O'rangers, who managed to make up for her disappointing performance at the second GP. She set an outstanding qualifying lap of 24.23 seconds. However, it was Snowflake of the Snowballs who won the pole position. Finishing in just a-hundredth-a-second ahead of 24, she set the single best qualifying lap in this session, creating the biggest ever qualifying lap gap between the pole position and the back of the grid at almost six seconds.
Anarchy of the Balls of Chaos could not show the best of her teammate, Clutter, who won the previous GP, in this qualifying session. She was a-hundredth-a-second short of 29 for the qualifying lap. Similarly, the winner of the O'raceway GP two weeks earlier, Billy of the Green Ducks, surprisingly failed to show his best shape as he did in the O'raceway. He somehow got through the pit lane during his qualifying run, making him set a disappointing qualifying lap of 27.54 seconds.
Going last in this session was Smoggy of the Hazers. Unfortunately, he was unable to beat Wospy's time in this session. He was twenty-one-hundredth-a-second short for the qualifying lap. Despite having to start from fifth in the grid, he was still happy with the result, and remained hopeful that he could pull another podium finish in this GP.
|14||Anarchy||Balls of Chaos||29.01|
|15||Rojo Dos||Rojo Rollers||29.65|
Immediately after the race start, pole-sitter Snowflake lost the lead to Orangin at the very first turn of the race. Snowflake would end up losing many more positions during the rest of the first lap, and she would never be seen in the top 5 again after a bad jump off the conveyor belt starting the second lap. At the conclusion of the first lap, Orangin led with Wospy, Yellup, and Rapidly not far behind.
A trend throughout this race was that once the leading marble was overtaken, they would never regain that top spot for the rest of the race. Orangin was the first marble to fall victim to this when she was overtaken by Wospy in the hive on lap 2. Limelime managed to overtake both Pulsar and Rapidly to reach fourth place during the second lap, but he too ended up losing out in the hive and would be overtaken by both of the aforementioned opponents. The third lap began with Wospy, Yellup, and Orangin all locked in a dead heat coming off the conveyor belt, and Wospy did manage to maintain the lead coming off. This wouldn't last for long, however, as Yellup would make a move in the first sector to take the lead early in lap 3. Pulsar, who had started the race in ninth, had now made his way up into third place. Yellup maintained the lead for all of lap 4 while Wospy held second before taking a trip in the pit lane and giving up the spot to Pulsar. Smoggy also made his first appearance in the top five since the start of the race when a bad second sector by Orangin opened up the opportunity.
Lap 5 saw Yellup still maintaining his lead while Wospy made a move in the hive to retake second place from Pulsar only to give it back up down the straightaway to end the lap. Rapidly got a good jump off of the belt to start lap 6 which moved him into third, and a gamble in the hive allowed him to move into second. Smoggy had a rough run through the hive which resulted in him falling all the way back into eighth place, and Wospy was able to overtake Pulsar for third just before they crossed the finish line. The start of lap 7 saw Yellup being in danger of losing the lead for the first time with Rapidly closing down his lead. A disastrous run through the hive allowed Rapidly to overtake him for first place, the first lead change in over four laps of racing. Pulsar also used the hive to his advantage as he took third position back from Wospy. Yellup's poor lap resulted in him taking the pit lane, and both Pulsar and Wospy were able to pass him at the end of the lap although the latter would lose third place after some difficulty mounting the conveyor belt. Wospy was quickly able to retake the position by shoving Yellup onto the curb inside the hairpin, but Rapidly and Pulsar were beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The top four stayed the same through the hive, but Smoggy was able to get back into the top five by overtaking Orangin.
Rapidly began the ninth lap of the race with a lead measuring over a second, but this quickly started to come down as Pulsar closed the gap through the first sector. This, combined with a couple jarring glances off the hive walls for Rapidly, would pave way for the fourth and final lead change of the race as Pulsar streaked on by through the hive to take the top spot; this would end up being the final position change in the top three as well. Pulsar maintained the lead throughout all of the penultimate lap, but Rapidly wasn't about to give up on the race just yet. He blocked Wospy on the pit lane attenuator and then daringly sped through the pit lane to close Pulsar's lead to under four tenths going into the final lap. Pulsar, however, would not give Rapidly the opportunity to pass him in the final lap, and the stellar marble crossed the finish line to take the Grand Prix. Rapidly finished about three quarters of a second back, and Wospy managed to redeem his disaster at the O'raceway by taking third. The final notable move in the race was a clever maneuver by Smoggy where he rode on top of the curb around the penultimate turn and then shot down in front of Yellup to not only steal fourth place but also set the fastest lap of the race. Pulsar's win in the race gave Team Galactic their second race win of the tournament while Rapidly earned his second silver of the season to jump to the top of the racer standings halfway through the season.
|10||Rojo Dos||Rojo Rollers||11||5:41.49||+8.22||15||1|
|15||Anarchy||Balls of Chaos||11||5:45.76||+12.49||14||0|
|16||Mary||Team Primary||10||+1 lap||12||0|
*Smoggy set the fastest lap in this race and was awarded an extra point
|Distance Covered||144.75 meters|
|Top 5 Overtakes||37*|
|Marble of the Day||Pulsar - Team Galactic|
*Excluding the first 10 seconds
|Lap 1||Orangin - O'rangers|
|Lap 2||Wospy - Midnight Wisps|
|Lap 3||Yellup - Mellow Yellow|
|Lap 4||Yellup - Mellow Yellow|
|Lap 5||Yellup - Mellow Yellow|
|Lap 6||Yellup - Mellow Yellow|
|Lap 7||Rapidly - Savage Speeders|
|Lap 8||Rapidly - Savage Speeders|
|Lap 9||Pulsar - Team Galactic|
|Lap 10||Pulsar - Team Galactic|
|Winner||Pulsar - Team Galactic|
Standings After Event
|0||6th||Balls of Chaos||1||0||0||1||0||26|
|2||7th||Clutter||Balls of Chaos||1||0||0||1||0||25|
|3||21st||Rojo Uno||Rojo Rollers||0||0||0||0||0||4|
|1||26th||Rojo Dos||Rojo Rollers||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|6||27th||Anarchy||Balls of Chaos||0||0||0||0||0||1|
- GrandAdmiralMellacus (9th March 2020). Marble of the Day: Pulsar. Reddit.
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