Note: Eric Habrich was listed as champion on the charts between August 13, 2004 and September 6, 2004, taking the #1 spot from Michael Jongerius for a few weeks. However, we now know this was not done legitimately, so he does not appear on this chart.
Ok, I figure I should make a few comments on what you have viewed. The Champions you
see on the first chart are people that have held either the Overall Championship or the
NTSC when a PAL Player Only (Alex Penev) finally became #1 seeded. After that, the governing
bodies split to show a champ from each governing board to ensure that a separate voice is
heard from both NTSC and PAL backers. However, it has been clear for awhile that the
PAL player has better stats, so the overall was awarded, however, Conversions are not 100%
accurate by any means, so the NTSC comparison remains. However, until they can be proven or
disproven, overall means simply overall, so to the 2nd chart.
The 2nd Chart is only overall, and not both PAL and NTSC combined. You must be an overall
champ to get credit for days. Brian Gallo has been the victim of this during his Jan/Feb
99 Spirts as NTSC champ. In this chart, I also gave double-credit on days with Lead Changes, since
I felt that regaining or getting a championship for the first time on a day someone else had it
was worth a day's credit!
To no further adue... my reasoning for what you see. Lots of these dates, I had to make
up cause it's hard to remember, but the first on which I didn't count in the standings was Pre-Feb stuff
by Gregg Gorczowski... I did start counting after Feb 1, so the Japanese would at least get
a say in part of it (Salam Salhani) WR's were pretty spread at this time, but Salam had the
Strong LR, Moo, and some other tracks, so he was #1 til Booth came along and snagged enough records to
His greatness was taken away by one individual, and this one person took Booth from
1st to about 9th! Booth then fought valiantly in persute of the championship. Gregg quit, but
his records stood for awhile. Booth and others chipped away at his lead, til one day, Booth made it over the 2 WR
Point mark that Gregg was at and recaptured before Quinn could do so. Booth's Rainbow SC
Stuff was an example of Why Booth was able to get it back.
From here on, it was clear sailing for Booth, and it seemed that his only challenge, Quinn was burning out, and
is now rendered ineffective. Little did Booth know, but Rookies Launspach and Engel were
taking Chuck's Site by storm and taking records on their. They of course didn't know that Booth still held
alot of What Engel had and a good amount of the Launspach Records. Andy flew up the charts. Wonn
discovered SC's and flew up as well. Quinn held onto his stuff and a 3-way tie emerged, but
Engel was still a bit behind. Whalls, yet another rookie was nipping at the heals, but
with the Phoney WR and Whalls' little WR output, there was little chance at this point.
Well, Andy did make an attack one day, and pulled ahead in the Phoney WR for just a bit, but
you must hold for a day to be champ, and he didn't, so Booth maintains, while Wonn and Quinn hope for
a cancel out to get the spot. (neither of them knowing anything about this either but ow
well) Andy did know about Booth at this point, but didn't know that Booth was the one
to beat nessessarily. To make a long story not much shorter, Launspach took the Phoney WR
and never looked back.
Later, a new measure of greatness was put together by influences of
the Phoney WR... the LAUNDA POINT SYSTEM! Andy led here all summer, with Engel helping right
behind. Sometimes Booth would get Engel, or Whalls Get Booth or Whalls get Engel, but Andy
was untouchable. Engel did get close, and even Wonn made it in the top 4 too, but these
Feared 4 were a tough 4-some to understroke. Paul Solo made a quick top 4 appearance, and Sorce
played Non-SC spoiler. All rivals fled, and the fear 4 lived on.
Later, it got more diverse, and the 4-some weakened. A new player showed up to take points... Jonathan Bernier. He was
good, but still not to the Feared 4 Stuff, so he gobbled up points on his way. The inactivity of Engel was hurting Launspach's Lead, and Booth knew it!
After Whalls did his thing, Booth went on a mad run before Andy could use the new College
Term as an excuse, but Engel made good one more time as Indianola's Protector by beating Booth
hard, and giving Andy his lead back. This did keep him ahead for a few more weeks, but
Booth's activity finally put the feared 4 era of Andy's to a close.
Now Bernier got strong and it was a 3-way battle that Booth hung onto cause of his deverse but consistent play... Andy
fought good at times, but eventually buckled to a new life, and it was a matter of 2. Booth was clearly
dominent at this point, but Bernier was looking dangerous. Bernier did help Booth, and he was
complete. Then Booth helped Bernier, and Bernier took off. This lead would rarely be
challenged in the next 10 months, and when it did, only Booth could get close.
Several others were filling the top spots at times, but with most of the Feared 4 inactive, Bernier was
uncontested. Back and forth action between his big lead and Booth being next to him highlighted
his couragious play. It was not til later did Booth get a little too much momentum. Well
Bernier did what he always did and defended yet again.
This time though, he had tons of comeback artists, and Peter Elsaesser to go after him. Booth weakened for a while, but
Peter was very strong and eventually overthrew Bernier just after Booth got a taste of
the championship by default. However Elsaesser had to go back to the military, and
out of nowhere 2 months before Peter's last champ day, Penev jumps into the top 5 in the world, and
flys up, much like Bernier. He didn't stop until he took Booth, then Elsa, and Penev ended holding
onto the lead forever during a drought in Kart.
However plenty of Phynoms like Bukrim and Marsden were doing well during this era. Anyhow Gallo finally got the NTSC championship for awhile, then eventually, Peter
and Gallo both passed Penev and both fought for the overall daily. This was quite interesting indeed, but eventually, Gallo
got the best of him and dish ran away with the spoon! Who will catch Gallo? Stay Tuned!
A Champion from Holland returned back in March to prove a point. Is Kart just the game Steven Zwartjes cannot
compete to the level of the best? Steven knew this would be his greatest challege in his career. He trained
seriously on and off through the months, and got advice from his gaming corner in Europe as well as asked about
little things here and there from Homesteader Kevin Booth. At first, he was making great strides, but nothing
too earth shattering, then it happened... He followed Mike Simmons all the way into the top 4 players... Penev,Gallo,
and those 2. It was unclear who would buckle, cause we are talking some serious fierceness here. There is
no easy victory here. We got Penev which has the potential to rip people to shreds and do it with ease. We have Simmons
that has seen it all, and has learned humility, especially in Non-sc. He has went and used a very relaxed and
laid back approach to climbing to the top. Then what can I say about Gallo... This guy was just amazing, and always
will be. Definitely a true legend of the game. Against all odds, Steven used all his instincts and what he
has learned in the past, and put all the critics to sleep. countless WRs, countless LKR drops.... However, Steven
knew there was no way he was gonna get the respect and get that #1 spot without issueing a true challenge to
himself. He decided to take Gallo out on his very home course... Luigi Raceway! Gallo has held this WR for years!
with an original strategy, Zwartjes won the last battle and passes Brian Gallo. He sets some last big times,
EVEN IN SC! He retires with an LKR of 0! I'm sure he will be back someday to finish some stuff someday, but
Steven has proven himself in battle once more, and can continue his gaming career with an important point made.
No game is outside the swing of a determined Karter. Steven's lesson to you all is very clear to us, and if someone
is to pass him, they will have to take this advice with much sincerity.
Well, after many months of hard work, and some hard times in kart, we have a new Champion! Brian Gallo
was able to pass Steven Zwartjes in matchups, and ever since has taken the Title, and may never be caught.
Brian Gallo to this day is still working on his weaknesses to guarantee he still keeps his title!
Conversions were set to 1.2024, so with those new rates in force, Steven Zwartjes was named the champion
as of that date. Here is what was in the email to everyone: Kart 64 Players now recognizes Dex Ghosts to base
the conversion rate rather than Frame Rates. This of course means that we now have the new rate of 1.2024, which
takes effect today on Monday, February 26th, 2001 at 10:21 am pacific time. Below I'll answer general concerns, and
explain exactly what this means to all that are involved. I decided to not show an overall from this point on, so passed this
date, I will not keep track of the overall in the champions page. For those, check the REX pages maintained by Michael Liem
on the records page.
Ok, after some time to think, I did change my mind. Steven took over for a long time, but then, Sami Cetin came back, and in a couple months' time, passed
Steven for the #1 spot in Non-sc. He maintained his lead very well, holding off Steven's small challenge to regain the throne and a huge battle with William Lacey, who passed Zwartjes into second and became the first ARR God. During his reign, he set several famed, insane times, such as Wario Stadium 3:39.99. Just as he began turning on the heat in an attempt to pass Penev's 12 WRs overall and to reach 2.5 AvgFin, a new challenger was on the rise!
The career of the Dutch Michael Jongerius began during the reign of his compatriot Zwartjes, playing for a bit then stopping to focus on SMK. Jongerius came back late in 2001 and gradually improved his ranks to Elite F at the end of the year. Then he learned the strats and worked hard at it. By the time Sami took over, Jongerius had already reached King C. He advanced quickly and steadily, and then...in July...he blew from King A to Legend B in less than a month! Defenders of ranks along the way were passed effortlessly by this purely non-sc freak. He had Legend A at the end of 2002 with room to spare. Jongerius passed all the NTSC players early on in 2003, then proceeded to get his first WR at Rainbow Road, although it was immediately beaten. Cetin fought gallantly against Jongerius' surge of times. With Lacey in the picture battling with Cetin, Jongerius' movements past Penev and Zwartjes made for an intense 3-way battle! Lacey backed off for a while, leaving Jongerius to start devouring Cetin's records. At July 1st, Jongerius became the world champion and also reached GOD on ARR! He didn't stop there but instead brought on more WR battles with Cetin and Lacey. Cetin stepped off, as did Lacey, leaving Jongerius to cruise to the lowest ever recorded AvgFin score, 1.625! Phenomenal uprising Eric Habrich flew up the ladder throughout the year and passed the now-inactive Cetin to lower Jongerius' AvgFin score and become the third GOD-ranked player, but he retired before he could seriously damage Jongerius' massive lead.
Sometimes, you think you will never see a bigger star hit the scene than Michael Jongerius, and that PAL players will be the only top players in the world, for the end of time. However, an unknown player from an even more unexpected state (Nebraska), decides to take it apon himself to show just how much PAL really sux. Seriously though, the 13th proves to be unlucky to Michael Jongerius and the PAL dominance has been broken up for the first time since the Gallo/Elsa/Simmons eras of the 1999-2001 time frame. So who is this masked man? Where did he come from? Who cares! Not only did he make the god rank, but he did it in under a year, and then the very next year, after a long break, he became the 12th different person to became world champion. I can remember when he was an espiring Elite, so I decided to drop him an IM. We talked about College basketball and he commented on how godly my LR time was, and asked me for advice on that course. Do I ever miss those days. Now all 32 of his Non-sc times are ahead of me. Either way, shortly after that, he went from Elite A to Legend in 20 something days, and just never looked back. I was glad to have had the NTSC Non-sc championship for 3 weeks before he flew past me like I was standing still. He doubted the #1 spot, but he did see himself at least splitting those pal bastards up, so he went after it with a passion I haven't seen in a long time. I always felt he would someday be our top player, cause I just seem a level of fire and passion that I have not seen in a kart player for a very long time. Ok, so who do I speak of? No other than the new and perhaps very last Non-sc World Champion, Eric Habrich! So who could catch him? Well here's a clue... He has worse grammar than me ;)
Well it didn't last long. Michael Jongerius went on a very impressive world record spree, and HABS MMF WR submission wasn't enough to curb it. Also, as of Jan
31st, 2005, Michael Jongerius takes over Steven Zwartjes record for days of holding the world championship. Hab is making a comeback, so maybe someday that could be in
jeopardy, but for now, MJ gets the honors.
Like I said... nothing clear-cut or 100% positive, but at least something to the
tribute of our past greats. We thank all the champions for putting their talents on
specticle for all of us, and to set a standard of greatness for many great Karters to come!