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Alex

Liverpool v Real Madrid starts in a few hours!

Alex @ Wednesday, October 22nd 07:34AM   [link]

Movement

#45 Jacob Purcell reported a pair of new times this week to pass Trystan P and move a little closer to compatriot USA-#7 Gregor F, who is now just two places ahead. His first time was a 1'47"0 DK Mountain, an improvement by twelve positions and ranked 56th. His second was a big PR of 1'36"6 Mushroom City ranked 52nd, a jump from Titan C to A and a jump of 30 positions. Both times were also top-30 in 60Hz, where Jacob passed Trustan P again to move up to No. 28.

#294 Matt Wills reached the top-300 this week with a supercharged 17 PRs. He accumulated a healthy 29pt AF cut, which was not as large as either of last two weeks but was impressive nonetheless. Matt's cuts included a 2'08"0 Wario Colosseum ranked 299th, wherein he changed his shroomspot and saw instant results. He also improved his BC 3lap by 1.2s and lamented that his best splits are a further 2.5s quicker. For the rest of his improvements, it seemed that Matt focused on improving his weakest tracks: he had 16 Expert D times last week and only 4 left this week, which means he improved 12 of them. The best improvement was definitely 27"07 Mushroom Bridge lap, Matt's first Expert A time and best ranked time (241th); it was a jump from Exp C to Exp A and a saving of almost 120 positions in the chart. The 1'23"3 course time that came with it was also a 100+ position improvement, although it didn't quite reach Exp A status. Matt also cashed in big savings in Rainbow Road, improving his course time from 363rd to 268th. Overall he scored 9 new top-300 times to grow his collection of top-300 times from 3 to 12.

#363 Jocelyn Sitek scored 11 new PRs to reach Expert D level this week, shedding his Advanced coil. His new times included double Expert Ds on Peach Beach with a 1'12"8 and 23"4, and Jocelyn said it was mostly thanks to A-tech practice. Both were improvements of 80-90 positions each. He highlights were in Star Cup's Waluigi Stadium, Sherbet Land and Mushroom City, where he improved 5 Advanced times to Expert D. They were all top-400 times and he was particularly happy with Sherbet Land because he finally subbed 1'20.

#571 Mark Vizza found enough energy for a single time this week, scoring a 27'0 in Sherbet Land. It was a 0.2s cut and almost scored the sub, just missing out. But, at Advanced C, it was Mark's fourth best standard so far.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Poland over Germany? Iceland over Netherlands? Is this backwards-week?

Alex @ Wednesday, October 15th 07:14AM   [link]

Movement

There were two ultra-active karters this week who raced a ton of PRs. Surprisingly Mark V didn't report any new times, which is only his third blank week since he joined over six months ago. I'm sure some other karters were active but simply had trouble landing tough PRs.

#322 Matt Wills climbed 46 positions this week after scoring 27 new PRs. He didn't have much trouble passing the top-350 barrier and says his next immediate goal is to join the top-300. Matt should pass players such as #312 Enzio "Coolest name ever" F, #310 Nick S, and even #300 William L on his way there. His latest batch of new times included a number of notable barriers broken, including a sub-1'20 and sub-26 Luigi Circuit, sub-1'08 Baby Park (although he missed the sub-9 lap by just 0.007), sub-1'39 Dry Dry Desert, sub-1'45 Daisy Cruiser, sub-35 lap on Yoshi Circuit, sub-2'10 Wario Colosseum, and sub'36 lap on Dino Dino Jungle. His biggest improvements were on Peach Beach (136 places in the course, 150 places on the lap) and Baby Park (130 places), although his best ranked improvements were the aforementioned subs of 34"6 Yoshi Circuit lap (289th) and 35"7 Dino Dino Jungle lap (281st). These two times are his second and third ever top-300 times, and rank similar to his previous best time on Sherbet Land lap (283rd). Dino Dino is ranked only two positions ahead of his Sherbet Land, and for the moment is his new best time. As well as adding 18 new Expert times to improve his timesheet to 32/32 Expert, Matt also reach Expert C level overall and scored his first Expert B time. Only four of the twenty-two players he intends to pass have scored a Hero time, so finding his first Hero before his self-proclaimed goal of reaching top-300 would be unexpected.

#382 Jocleyn Sitek returned after a week off to produce 22 new times. This pushed him 40 positions up the ladder and easily into top-400 territory. Jocelyn remarked that #378 Chad S and #322 Matt had gone too far unchecked and something had to be done about this, so he is now into the chase. Although he didn't manage to catch Chad and although Matt jumped further ahead, Jocelyn still had a productive week in which he improved a whopping 23 Adv B and Adv C times to Adv A or better, and 3 of those improvements were also Expert. Jocelyn's biggest single cut was 9"1 Baby Park lap (139 positions), although both PRs in Dino Dino Jungle were also large 120-position cuts. Finally, and unexpectedly, Jocelyn even improved his DK Mountain from 1'52"4 (212th) to 1'52"1 (201st). His lap is still ranked very slightly higher at 200th place, so there is no doubt that the track is by far his strongest. And thus, with both his DKM times rated at Expert A, Jocelyn has reminded us that he still has a little something that neither Chad nor Matt have quite reached yet.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Congratulations to Mark's pumpkin

Alex @ Wednesday, October 8th 05:08AM   [link]

Movement

#48 Jordan Haack elegantly reached the top-50 this week, scoring 10 new times and passing 8 (!) veterans. His victims en route to 50th place were TvL, Andre W, Ivo vdS, Flynn H, Emmanuel D and Jean L, and he then further secured his position by also passing Stephen M and Kyle C. #50 Stephen is currently holding down the fort, while Jean unfortunately fell to 51st. Jordan cherry-picked which tracks to play for maximum effect because 8 of the 10 PRs were his lowest ranking scores. Among his highlights are Luigi Circuit 1'16"2 (from 82nd place to 49th), Baby Park 1'05"4 (74th to 56th) and 8"60 lap (86th to 46th), Mario Circuit 28"37 (87th to 54th), and Rainbow Road 2'59"0 (67th to 49th). As you can see, he scored a couple of new top-50 positions, and even got all of his times to top-70. Surprisingly, in terms of ARR Jordan produced only one Myth time from a previous Titan, whereas his remaining improvements were from jumps from Titan to Titan. Despite this, he accumulated a large 0.8 pt ARR cut and became Titan A overall. In 60Hz, Jordan passed TvL to reach No. 31.

#337 Stephen De Winter had a couple of new 60hz times to report on Peach Beach, doing enough to mitigate damage from rampaging Matt Wills (below), and enough to stay ahead of Florent L in 60Hz. His new 23"77 lap was a new Advanced A time, which means that he has just one Advanced B time remaining.

#368 Matt Wills ploughed through the top-400 with a commanding 94pt AF cut, advancing 99 positions and reaching one position behind Sami C. You may not be surprised to learn that Matt improved 29 times to produce such a big cut. In his submission Matt nonchalantly said he 'picked up a few Expert times' on the way, which was perhaps a romantic way of saying he piled on top of his first Expert time from last week with 13 new ones this week, to reach 14/32 Experts. As a consequence, he progressed from Adv B to Expert D in ARR. Quite the week! His showpiece PR of the week was probably the 25"4 Sherbet Land lap: a leap from 502nd place to 283rd place, and his first top-300 time. He also reached No. 283 in 60Hz, gaining 77 places there.

#572 Mark Vizza passed 5 players overall this week, and reached the 60Hz top-450 (now No. 447). Although he spent some time practicing L-tech on Wario Colosseum, Mark's coolest cut of the week was his 30"64 Mario Circuit lap, which is his first Advanced A time and also his new highest ranking time (452nd place). Perhaps Mario Circuit is the most likely course for Mark to score his first Expert time on?


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Sunburn and jet-lag

Alex @ Sunday, October 5th 03:15AM   [link]

Sorry for the late update, everyone--I flew back into town this morning. This update is current as at the end of September.


Movement

Sporting a 0.4s cut on Waluigi Stadium, the highest active player this update was #15 Ryan Stevens. He said he raced his new time a little while ago, but finally submitted it. His 1'38"5 3lap was 13th place overall, a boost from 17th, and hit the Myth B standard. Ryan reduced his ARR from 1.54 to 1.51, coming dangerously close to a promotion...

#42 Mikael Johansson had two Mario Circuit cuts to report, both new top-25 quality: a 28'08 lap and 1'28"3 course. With these cuts Mikael passed #41 Kris Will in ARR, but is still slightly behind him in AF. He also reduced his ARR to 6.000, mostly thanks to his new 3lap jumping two standards (from Titan+ to Myth C). Incidentally, Mario Circuit is now Mikael's strongest track thanks to both of these PRs, edging out his Waluigi Stadium times by 6 positions.

#376 Chadsworth Silver sailed into top-400 territory after producing a 30pt AF cut this week, which added to his last week's comeback. He focused on improving his worst times to at least Adv A level and managed to increase his Adv A tally from 14 to 20 -- only two Adv B times remain. Chad's biggest cut was a 30"9 lap on Dry Dry (from 32'7) that was 180 positions higher than his recent PR from the previous week. He also scored two new Expert times to raise his count to 10/32 Experts. A few more times could see him reach a new level of play...

#467 Matt Wills had a 32pt AF cut of his own to flaunt, maintaining last week's 16-PR streak with 18 PRs this week. He also pointed out that he raced his first ever Expert time, a 9"14 lap on Baby Park ranked 396th. He also raced his new best-ranked time, a 31"32 lap on Dry Dry ranked 377th, which despite the higher ranking did not quite breach the Expert standards. The biggest cut among his other times was undoubtedly his 1'08"4 Baby Park 7lap, up 125 places and two standards higher than before. Perhaps Matt learned how to take the turns very tightly?

#549 Zach Orlosky admitted he was very happy with his haul of 22 PRs this week, including scoring 9 new Advanced times to increase his count from 15 to 24 Advanced. Rainbow Road was one of the few courses he couldn't managed to improve and, since it is now his second lower ranking time, suggested that he should work on it in coming weeks. In the meantime, Zach accumulated 0.9 pts of ARR cuts and, as a result, reached Advanced C level overall. With only 8 Intermediates remaining, and Rainbow being the worst among them, it seems almost obvious which track he will play next time...

#577 Mark Vizza had a handful of new times to report--enough to give him a small push up the rankings. His biggest cut was a whole second slice off his Luigi Circuit course time, with his new 1'22"3 time reaching Advanced D level. Mark also improved his Rainbow Road lap to Advanced B lap and top-500, which makes it his first track so far where both times are top-500.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Alex Matteson, USA (~899, Beginner A)

Alex is a friend of #586 Sam Smith and maybe be able to get some 'Advanced tips'. His best times are Intermediate level on DK Mountain and Mario Circuit.

Alex

When will iMario iKart Phone come out?

Alex @ Monday, September 22nd 10:32AM   [link]

Heads up: next week's update will probably be delayed by a few days since I'll be overseas until 4th Oct.

Movement

#407 Chadsworth Silver broke a year-long dry spell to return to the game with 15 new PRs, including a sub-2 minute DK Mountain that he was proud of. His improvements resulted in a 39pt AF cut and turned him into an Advanced A player. Some highlights include a 1'13"3 Peach Beach (up 157 positions), a 1"40"1 Dry Dry Desert (up 139), a 34"3 Waluigi Stadium lap (up 196) and 1'35"0 Mario Circuit (up 148). He also snapped up two new Expert times, on WS lap and PB lap, to have 25% Expert times. Chad didn't score cuts in any of the Special Cup tracks, but it contained many of his best performances and he was probably focusing on his weaknesses. He is only a few positions away from top-400 and half-way through the Advanced A rankings, so he's close to two separate milestones...

#420 Jocelyn Sitek also became Advanced A this week and is aiming for the same milestones as Chad. He had 16 PRs of his own to report and gained 16 positions. After having been impressed by Matt's big cuts last week, Jocelyn stated that he will forgo sleep to keep ahea--and now he also has another proximate rival in Chad. Jocelyn's highlights included a 26"2 Luigi Circuit lap (up 90 positions), 1'41"5 Dry Dry Desert (up 73), 1'48"7 Waluigi Stadium (up 98), and he also raced his sixth Expert time with a 1'07"92 in Baby Park. Jocelyn reduced his remaining Advanced C times--his weakest standard--from 13 down to 3 left, so he may have been playing those specific tracks on purpose.

#492 Matt Wills didn't have the same explosive week as last time, but managed to comfortably claim a top-500 spot after racing 16 new PRs. His showpiece PR was his 1'04"9 lap in Wario Colosseum; ranking in at 421st, it's his first Advanced A time and his best ranked time at the moment. He also improved his Waluigi Stadium 3lap and both Rainbow Road times to top-500 level. Matt's timesheet is fairly uniform and all of his times are in the Advanced A-C region, with only 1 Advanced D time remaining on Baby Park. He will probably be interested in getting rid of that remaining standard, while also searching for his first Expert time...

#582 Mark Vizza and #611 Zach Orlosky both maintained distance from each other and from Matt, although neither gaining much ground on the other. Mark accumulated a 17pt AF cut over four submissions in the week and improved 6 of his Intermediate times to Advanced level, including scoring his third Advanced B time (his best standard) on Wario Colosseum. He also improved his best ranked score to 483rd with a new 40"9 lap in Mario Circuit, although it's just one position higher than his Rainbow Road 3lap. Meanwhile, Zach stands at the opposite side of top-600 but scored a 21pt cut of his own. Among his 7 new PRs was by far his strongest time, a shock 35"3 lap on Waluigi Stadium, that clocks in at 449th place and Advanced A standard (his previous PR was 690th and four standards lower). Zach said he was very surprised when he crossed the line, but later had problems with his console and had to stop playing just as he was getting in the zone. He still managed to drop enough standards to become an Advanced D player, although his number of Advanced times (15/32) compared to Intermediates is still less than half.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Di Maria's looking pretty good

Alex @ Monday, September 15th 09:52AM   [link]

Movement

#46 Jacob Purcell was the highest active player this week and managed to perform the Yoshi Circuit jump without a mushroom, instantly cutting 0.6s off his time to score a 1'43"2. This used to be Jacob's third worst-ranked time (80th), but now it's 63rd (as well as 60hz top-30) and closer to his norm. Jacob's new time was also a Titan B, or two standards better off. This resulted in a slight nudge in ARR towards the Titan+ milestone, although he is still 0.37pts out.

#436 Jocelyn Sitek claimed his 5th Expert time this week with a 25"6 lap on Sherbet Land, ranked 311th. It was 140 positions and a couple of standards better off than his previous PR from last month. Jocelyn also took a small chunk off his course time and almost managed a sub-1'20. In addition, he scored new times on Daisy Cruiser and Peach Beach, where he reported that he is practicing A-tech mini turbos. He also hopes Matt, Mark and Zach can train hard and catch up to him in the top-500.

#509 Matt Willis had quite a week, scoring 32 new times in exchange for an 89pt AF cut. He nearly made it to the top-500 after just having breached 600 last week. Among his highlights were Peach Beach 1'14"6 (up 98 places), Daisy Cruiser 1'47"4 (up 150 places), Mushroom City 34"7 (up 153) and Yoshi Circuit 36"2 (up 240 places). He also converted all 11 of his remaining Intermediate times to Advanced, netting 32/32 Advanced, and reached Advanced C level in the process. Not a bad effort, although Matt admits that a few of his times could still use some work because he hit an obstacle (Mushroom City) or didn't use all mushrooms (Baby Park).

#609 Mark Vizza got close to catching up to Matt's old rank, scoring a 24pt cut to approach the top-600 barrier. He produced some 27 PRs across multiple submissions and increased his Advanced times from 10 to 14; his new ones were sub-1'10 on Baby Park, sub-29'0 on Mushroom Bridge, Daisy Cruiser lap and Waluigi Stadium. Mark also scored his first top-500 times on Mario Circuit lap and Rainbow Road (both ranked 484th). All of this culminated in the grant prize of Mark reaching Advanced D status--he made it by just 0.07pts!

#633 Zach Orlosky somewhat kept up with Mark, scoring an 18pt cut of his own to get a few steps closer to top-600. Among Zach's new cuts were a 24"2 Peach Beach lap (580th, up 132 places) and 34"4 Mushroom City lap (527th, up 131). Both were Advanced C and quite large cuts. However, Zach's new best time was actually a 26"7 Sherbet Land lap ranked 518th and Advanced B--so far his first and only Advanced B. Zach also improved his "lap specialist" status to 16 from 16 by getting a new Wario Colosseum lap ranked above his 2lap, which was the only track where his course time was superior.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Forget the 'new' 3DS. I'd rather have a 'new' pokemon snap.

Alex @ Monday, September 8th 09:45AM   [link]

Movement

#450 Jocelyn Sitek scored a healthy 33pt AF cut this week, claiming 10 new times. Among them was a top-500 Baby Park 7lap time where Jocelyn advanced 170 positions by managing to squeeze in one extra MT per lap. He also pushed his times 170 positions higher in Mushroom City 3lap and lap, where he smashed his old Advanced D times to Advanced A level. Jocelyn's highlight of the week was his new Wario Colosseum times, where he said he switched his shroom spot to go from ~520th place to ~370th in both the 2lap and 1lap. The colosseum is now Jocelyn's second best track after DKM and contains his only other top-400 times. After having achieved his short-term of goal of reaching top-450, Jocelyn said that he will focus on trying to reach Expert level -- which looks like some distance away from Advanced B level despite his recent progress.

#596 Matt Wills had 7 new times to report, making slight inroads into the next batch of 100 players. His best cuts were on Mushroom Bridge, where he scored a 1'27'99 (Adv C) to move up 60 positions and raced his first Advanced B time with a 28"6 lap. Mushroom Bridge appears to have become to his track at the moment, although Dry Dry Desert is a close second. Matt also became an Advanced D player, after converting 2 of his remaining 13 Intermediates to Advanced; it was enough to get him over the line.

Hot on Matt's trail is #633 Mark Vizza, armed with 28 PRs this week and a 27pt AF cut. Mark should also reached Advanced level quite soon as he is teeting near the border with Intermediate. Among his numerous small cuts were also a few big cuts, such as Wario Colosseum and Mario Circuit. In WC he improved to 2'14"3 (90 positions up) and 1'06"8 lap (80 positions up), while in Mario Circuit he raced a 1'38"8 (130 positions up) and 31"1 lap (90 positions up). The last of those is ranked 502nd and is Mark's first Adv B and best ranked time so far, and very close to top-500.

Hot on Matt's and Mark's collective tails is #650 Zach Orlosky, who produced a 56pt cut this week to narrow the gap separating the trio. Among his 19 new times were 6 new Advanced times, which increased his tally from a sparse 3 to a chunky 9 Advanced times. Zach still has some low Intermediates left that are weighing him down a little, but seems ready to reach Advanced level soon (he's currently Intermediate A). Zach is currently a lap specialist and has a higher ranked lap compared to course time on all tracks except Wario Colosseum, and five of his six top-600 times are laps. A bit more focus on bringing his course times down to his laps level could see him blitz through the top-600 barrier next week.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

The crazy-soccer-scorelines have decided to spill from the World Cup and continue into La Liga and EPL...

Alex @ Monday, September 1st 10:11AM   [link]

Movement

#42 Mikael Johansson was the highest active player and improved both of his Rainbow Road times. His new 2'59"4 course time was a 0.5 cut and new Titan B time. Mikael was also shocked to get a 58"6 lap time, which was a jump from Titan D to Titan A for him and a half-second cut despite missing an MT; he even thought about restarting the race over. Mikael's twin cuts reduced his AF score to below 45.0 and he is closing in on #41 Kris W.

#56 Jordan Haack had a big haul of 32 PRs to report since his last updated half a year ago. He moved up nearly 30 places in the rankings. He also recorded a time scroll and video proof. Among Jordan's highlights were a 24"6 Titan+ lap in Luigi Circuit (78th place to 52nd), a top-50 Dry Dry Desert 3lap of 1'32"1, a sub-1'20 on Mushroom Bridge (108th to 50th) along with a Myth lap, a 1'39"9 Waluigi Stadium to claim his first overall top-40 time, and a 2'59 on Rainbow Road. Jordan's ARR cuts were large enough to take him from Titan D to Titan B level, and he also managed to claim 32/32 Titan by converting all 14 remaining Hero A scores into Titans.

#337 Stephen De Winter beat the classic 1'20 barrier on Luigi Circuit with a 1'19'92, also claiming a new Expert D time in the process. He beat his 60Hz lap there, as well, and intends to keep playing the track in order to beat his 50Hz lap from two weeks ago.

#483 Jocelyn Sitek sailed into the top-500 this week following a 25pt AF cut. He didn't score any new Expert times to join his existing ones on DKM, but he managed to grab a few new Advanced A times that may be nurtured to Expert level with a bit more dedication. Among his 8 new PRs were a 120-position cut in Mushroom Bridge and top-500 times in each of Mario Circuit and Sherbet Land's 3lap and 1lap. Jocelyn was particularly happy with his 1'20'7 Sherbet time, which clocks in at 438th place and is his best ranked time outside of DK Mountain. Jocelyn also shared his dream of one day scoring a sub-1'50 in DKM (equivalent of 135th place, or a 77-position cut from his current), but admits that it would be difficult. He also reached Advanced B level in ARR.

#614 Matt Wills had 18 new times to report, set during the past four weeks, in exchange for a 32pt AF cut. He reduced his remaining Intermediate times from 21 down to 13, scoring some new Advanced times in the process. Matt's biggest cuts were both on Rainbow Road, which was formerly his second weakest track but is now his fourth best. Despite his large ARR cut, Matt remains an Intermediate A... but only needs another 0.07pts to reach the next tier.

#659 Mark Vizza continued his long streak of activity, scoring 22 PRs. Among them were his three new best-ranked times: Mario Circuit 31'8 (up 96 positions and Advanced C), Waluigi Stadium 36'6 (Advanced D), and Rainbow Road 1'03'6 (Advanced D). Mark increased his number of Advanced times from 5 to 8 and needs to cut another 0.65pts before reaching overall Advanced level.

#704 Zach Orlosky, new recruit, scored 28 PRs in his first full week on the site. That translated to a 110pt AF cut, a brief flash of invincibility that Zach probably can't maintain too many weeks in a row, but one that may motivate him to chase down those ranked ahead of him. His best times are currently Mushroom Bridge 28'9 and Mario Circuit 31'8, both ranked in the top-600 and both Advanced C. Both are also move than 200 position higher than last week's times, so Zach may improve them yet again next week.

#894 Serena Briggs had 8 times to report, most notably improving a handful of her Beginner Bs and Cs to Beginner A level. She is yet to score her first Intermediate time, but has 7 Beginner As so far, which means there are multiple avenue to that destination.


New Records or Players

None this week.