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In today's episode: Andrew, King of the West, wins a decisive battle against former king Kouider to bring his legions closer to King's Landing

Alex @ Thursday, July 23rd 12:58AM   [link]

Movement

#3 Andrew Math scored a 0.2pt AF cut to finally take the 3rd place position from former champion #4 Kouider. Both players are very close, sitting on 3.46 and 3.53 AF points. Andrew's new scores included 1 overall WR and a few 60Hz WRs, and he suffered a game of win-some-lose-some against Richard by winning one WR by 0"001 but missing another by 0"001. Andrew's only new time that wasn't a record was a 57"76 lap on Wario Colosseum, which was still a 0"15 cut but needs another 0"15 to challenge the record. You can read about Andrew's new records below.

#11 Ryan Stevens has made it a mission to catch #10 Vincent, although the gap between them is several AF points. He decided to complete his 50Hz timesheet first, so he spent a while on 50Hz and raced 9 PRs. One of them, a Luigi Circuit 1'14"995, was faster than his 60Hz time. He said it 'took forever' to get the sub, but it was a top-10 time and psychological triumph. His other 50Hz times were somewhat quick-and-dirty and Ryan said that he didn't spend much time on many of them in favour of getting something down for every cell. His 50Hz ranking is now No 14, sandwiched between Tristan E and Alex H, and his timesheet rates in at Myth A level, which is equal to his 60Hz-only level, although his Combined level of both timesheets is Myth+.

#23 Mikael Johansson passed Michael Duerr in the ladder thanks to a 1pt AF cut. He played Wario Colosseum exclusively during the week, practicing his R-tech, and beat his PRs several times. Ultimately he ended up beating both lap and 3lap in the same run. Mikael's 1'58"6 and 58"7 were large cuts on his old 2"00"3 and 59"4 times, and the new times are ranked 16th and 18th compared to the previous 30+. He said that he missed two MTs in his lap even though it was Myth A level and his 4th best-ranked time.

#31 Sebastien Legay had a new 31"6 Waluigi Stadium lap to show us, video and all. It was his last remaining Hero time, marking a great milestone for Sabastien to reach 32/32 Titan. Despite missing an MT in the lap, it was still top-50 quality and Sebastien now has 7 times remaining without a top-50 ranking.

#38 Jacob Purcell got the better of Xavier V in the rankings this week thanks to two new Rainbow Road times. Rainbow was Jacob's equal-worst track, alongside Yoshi Circuit, but the new 2'57"9 and 58"2 make it one of Jacob's top-5 tracks. The 3lap was nearly 2 seconds faster than his previous time from last year, and hit the Myth D requirements -- a jump of four standards. The lap was a top-25 time (previously 48th) and Jacob's 18th Myth time. Jacob also passed Scott D and Marc S in the 60Hz ranking to claim the No. 20 spot there, and is getting very close to the USA #5 spot held by #35 Jake Sopcak.

#273 Jocelyn Sitek reached Expert B level this week by reporting 6 PRs. His first order of business was to lower his Luigi Circuit time, which was his least-liked and lowest-ranked score. A 1'19"6 there was good enough for 325th place, which Jocelyn admits has much room for improvement but is too frustrating to play for long periods of time. Instead he moved onto Dry Dry Desert and secured a 1'37"3 course time and 30"6 lap time. Both were Expert Cs and both were ranked roughly in line with Jocelyn's AF, although he admitted that he is making too many mistakes on the levels with the quicksand, cactuses, pokey placement, and so on. His other PRs were comparatively less frustrating: a 1'06"8 in Baby Park and a 3'04"9 in Rainbow Road were both 50+ positions above his AF level and both Expert As.

#280 Adrien Guyot, recent recruit, scored a 43pt cut over his past two weeks on the site. He joined with times varying from 77th place to 600+, and good use of his first couple of weeks to iron out some of those bumps. Luigi Circuit was one of those victims, surrendering a 190 position improvement on the lap (from 424th to 237th). DK Mountain was the other huge cut, from 2'01" down to 1"53"8, saving 299 positions and doing wonders for Adrien's AF. His other 14 PRs over the week were spread tracks beginning with Mario, Daisy, Wario and Mushrooms, although they were not quite as colossal as 200-300 positions. Adrien still has seven times ranked below 400th place, which is quite far from his AF and his ranking, so there are still more bumps to punch. No question about his best track, which is still Sherbet Land, with both times ranked in the top-100.

#487 Stephen Collins has a few big cuts to report, most notably on Dry Dry Desert: he improved his 3lap to 1'40"3, saving 160 positions and equally his best standard (outside Yoshi Circuit) of Exp A. He produced a large improvement on the lap, as well, of around 100 positions. His other attention-grabbing cut was on DK Mountain lap, chopping off two seconds and 180 positions with his first sub-40 (even sub-39) race. I guess he's figured out how to hit the shortcut in a much faster way than before? His other cuts on Baby Park, Waluigi Stadium and Rainbow Road were modest in comparison: 'only' about 100 positions each!


New Records

Andrew M improved the Dry Dry Desert lap record to 27"592, a comparatively tiny 0"004 cut on his previous time but just enough to beat Richard by 0"001. Richard's old record was set in January 2014 and he and Andrew are the only players with G+10 laps here.

Andrew also improved both 60Hz records on Rainbow Road. His previous records of 2'54"87 and 57"31 were raced a month ago, and his new records stand at 2'54"527 and 57"244. No doubt that Andrew was motivated and aiming for Richard's 50Hz records set a few weeks ago. Richard kept the 3lap record by 0"001 (mirroring the frustration of losing the Dry Dry record by 0"001) and still has a 0"04 lead on the 1lap.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

Nobody called to tell New Horizons that it was taking pictures of a random rock (it was launched when Pluto was still officially a planet)

Alex @ Wednesday, July 15th 03:56AM   [link]

Movement

#2 Andreas Rudmarker submitted his first PR of 2015: a blazing fast 2'54"66 on Rainbow Road. He raced it a couple of weeks ago. His previous time, which was the WR, was from back in 2007, so Andreas may have briefly beaten the oldest standing record. Richard raced a 2'54"52 two weeks ago (the current record), so both players were probably playing at the same time. The next fastest player is Ryan Stevens with 2'54"8, raced two months ago.

#231 Dan Tarr played enough Baby Park over the week to start making right-hand turns everywhere in real life. His old time of 1'07"5, ranked 344th, was smashed down to a 1'06"4, ranked 157th. As well as being Dan's fourth Hero time, it was also his third best-ranked time so far, just a little behind Mush Bridge and Sherbet Land in rank. Dan also improved the lap by 0.07, which is a lot in Baby Park, but settled for an Expert A time. Perhaps it could be the next place for a Hero?

#278 Jocelyn Sitek, everybody's favourite DK Mountain specialist, had 5 new PRs to report, including his specialty track. He desparately wanted to beat Matt W's 1'49"6 to avoid a 32/32 defeat, and only had to improve his 1'49"7 by a very little amount, but instead beat it by a very large amount, down to 1'48"8. This was ranked 98th place, giving Jocelyn his first top-100 time (a jump of 35 places) and his first Hero B time. Jocelyn also improved both of his Wario Colosseum and Rainbow Road course times by about 50 positions, and made small cuts on their laps. He said that both levels had an R-tech spiral and playing them gave him good practice for it, so it should be possible to use his new skills to improve the laps further.

#531 Elliot Griffiths is approaching the top-500 barrier with some good momentum, having just scored a 22pt AF cut to get ahead of ninteen players. His main focus was to eliminate his last three remaining Intermediate times, and he managed to do it for two of them. One was to improve Peach Beach from 1'16"0 to 1'15"4. The next was to improve Yoshi Circuit from 1'55"3 to 1'54"6. The last was to improve Luigi Circuit, still Elliot's lowest ranked time, but it wasn't to be. Elliot's other cuts were on Baby Park, Dry Dry Desert, and particularly Rainbow Road, where his new 3'10"3 course time narrowly missed the Expert barrier and became his third best time, ranked 438th.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Alex Viande, France (286th, Expert C)

Alex debuts in a high position and may be friends with many of the French players and their site. His best times are on Sherbet Land and he has a Hero time on the lap with a 24"7.
Alex

Time to start printing money on greece-proof paper.

Alex @ Thursday, July 9th 02:04AM   [link]

Movement

#4 Andrew Math scored a new 60Hz record on Bowser's Castle lap this week, scoring a small win on #1 Richard in the process to slightly improve his own AF. He is now just 0.15 AF points behind #3 Kouider in the Combined charts, which means he could very soon take the bronze medal.

#11 Ryan Stevens decided to switch from Rainbow to Baby Park and produced an impressive 8"49 lap, conquering a difficult sub. He improved from 13th to 9th place, getting his 11th top-10 time.

#240 Dan Tarr passed thirteen players and reached the top-250 after reporting 2 big PRs: a 1'21"7 and 26"79 on Mushroom Bridge. They are ranked 141st and 179th place, far superior to his old times ranked 308th/366th. They were also Dan's second and third Hero times thus far, adding to his old Hero D lap on Sherbet Land. In particular, the course time was a new best standard (Hero C) and new best-ranked time.

#411 Matt Piper reached 32/32 Advanced times after defeating his final two Intermediate times. This week's 4 PRs were on Waluigi Stadium and Yoshi Circuit, precisely his two weakest tracks, and he improved his old times by roughly 200 positions to score Advanced A and B times. Matt now has 15 Expert times and 17 Advanced times, so he is close to the tipping point of becoming an Expert: a 0.38pt cut this week, and another 0.38pts to go.

#491 Stephen Collins's 21pt AF cut was more than enough to take him across the line of the top-500. Armed with 15 PRs, he accumulated 1.4 ARR points in reductions to reach Advanced B level. The biggest improvements were on Luigi Circuit, where Stephen's 3lap and lap ranking jumped by 100 positions. However, his strongest time of the week was a 34"20 Expert lap in Yoshi Circuit, ranked 344th. This was already his best track by a margin, and he demonstrated that he can still improve even his best times.

#549 Elliot Griffiths and #551 Ben Stoneman continued moving up the ladder together in lock-step. Elliot's 8pt cut this week arose from 6 PRs, while Ben's 9 PRs allowed him to catch up by a few positions. Although Ben has a slight 17-15 lead in direct matchup, Elliot is still a few steps ahead in both ARR and in the rankings. Elliot's best improvement this week was perhaps his Adv B course time of 3'12"1 on Rainbow Road, a jump from 586th to 506th and almost scoring his third top-500 time. Meanwhile, Ben's best cut was perhaps his Adv A lap of 1'05"6 on Wario Colosseum, a jump from 548th to 455th and his fifth top-500 time.


New Records

Andrew M slashed the 60Hz WR on Bowser's Castle lap from 44"96 to 44"695, a straight jump from G+3 to G+10. He already held the previous record and his old time was from 2014. Although Andrew increased his lead over Kouider's 60Hz lap of 45"0, Kouider still has a slightly faster 44"60 in 50Hz for the Combined record.


New Players

Welcome to...

Adrien Guyot, France (316th, Expert C)
Christophe Clerc-Clement, France (495th, Adv B)

Adrien has been playing for the past year and improving his times quietly behind the scenes. His favourite track is Sherbet Land, where he has a Hero 3lap ranked 77th, and his other tracks are ranked both high and low between 205-623. Christophe has a more consistent timesheet of almost entirely Advanced times, with the occasional lower-ranked Intermediate and higher ranked Expert.
Alex

Rainbows... Rainbows everywhere.

Alex @ Wednesday, July 1st 04:34AM   [link]

Movement

World #1 Richard Karlsson scored 2 new WRs this week on Rainbow Road, improving his 3lap time from 2nd (a cut of 0.18s) and his lap time from 4th place (a cut of 0.22s). Richard's AF score improved by 0.125 AF points (about 6%) to 1.96 thanks to these new 1st place times, while #2 Andreas's AF score slipped to 2.47.

60Hz Champion Andrew Math also played Rainbow Road and improved both of the 60Hz records. His 60Hz time was a little slower than Richard's 50Hz time, but he said that teh-urn could be half a second faster. Andrew also passed his 1000th day as 60Hz champion, with 976 straight days in his current run from 2012. He is still slightly behind Marius's 1154-day reign between 2004-07 and Marijn's 1615-day reign between 2008-12, but Andrew's run is no doubt set to continue for a while since he has a big lead in the 60Hz rankings.

#11 Ryan Stevens didn't want to left out of the Rainbow frenzy and set a 57"38 lap this week, almost a 0.15s cut. Ryan already ranks 2nd place to Andrew in both 60Hz charts, but decided to play some 50Hz and go for the overall lap record. Unfortunately Richard raised the bar by an extra tenth of a second, so Ryan would need to cut another 0.2 to get it.

#31 Sebastien Legay raced a 0.65pt AF this week, passing Jamie D and Kevin B. His new time was a 1'40"7 on Waluigi Stadium -- a new Titan C time and a cut of half a second. The Frenchman expressed his desire to reach the top-30 and, since he is only one position away from it now, then we can expect some more PRs from him very soon.

#38 Jacob Purcell continued experimenting on Wario Colosseum and had a eureka moment, finally nailing the ever-tricky R-tech on the spiral. He smashed his 2lap from 2'01"8 to get the sub of 1'59"8, which was a cut of two seconds. It was also a new Myth B time, skipping over 4 standards, and a jump from 72nd to 26th place on that chart. Likewise, Jacob's 1lap was a full second faster, multiple standards better, and a big jump in ranking. Jacob also had a minor cut in Luigi Circuit, very narrowly missing a sub-1'16. Jacob reached the top-40 with these new times, passing several players along the way. He also got promoted from Titan+ to Myth D! His new weakest time is on Rainbow Road 3lap, so perhaps he should join the Rainbow frenzy.

#428 Matt Piper had a 34pt AF cut to report after racing 12 new PRs. He raced his first top-300 time with a 1'19"3 on Luigi Circuit, moving up from 302nd to 284th place. His other big moves of the week were 100+ position cuts on each of Daisy Cruiser, Sherbet Land (x2), Mushroom City (x2) and Wario Colosseum (x2). The biggest cut was City 3lap of 1'42"1, a jump from 553rd to 366th, and currently his sixth best time. Matt reached Advanced A level in ARR, but at this pace of improvement may reach the next tier by the middle of the month.

#555 Elliot Griffiths and #562 Ben Stoneman continued their activity and rivalry. Elliot had a 17pt AF cut and overtook Ben for the first time, but Ben's 11pt AF cut maintained a close distance between them. Elliot's 11 PRs included 6 new Advanced times, reducing his Intermediates from 9 down to just 3 remaining. Meanwhile, Ben has 12 Intermediate times remaining and potentially some easy-wins if he can reduce his weakest times (ranked over 700) to somewhere close to his average (597).


New Records

Richard raced two records on Rainbow Road this week: a 2'54"526 and 57"208. The previous 3lap record was 2'54"68 by Andreas, and Richard was only 0"02 behind it. Meanwhile, his new lap edged out Hendrik B's ancient record of 57"31, which was set in 2007. Hendrik's lap was the oldest remaining record by several years, and the new oldest record is Kouider's Waluigi Stadium lap from 2010. In 60Hz there are still a few records from 2008.

Andrew raced two records on Rainbow Road in 60Hz this week: a 2'54"871 and 57"318 lap. He improved on both of his existing records of 2'55"18 and 57"39, set in 2013 and 2014.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

Jurassic World - a 1995-style movie supposed to have been made in 2005, released in 2015, and making us feel like children again. Not bad.

Alex @ Monday, June 22nd 05:31AM   [link]

Movement

#41 Jacob Purcell continued to gain on US-rival Alejandro, reporting two PRs and finishing just 0.05 AF pts short of taking over the USA #6 spot. Jacob's 27"93 lap on Dry Dry Desert was an improvement from 15th to 8th place, making it his new best time and his first top-10 time. He is not far off the top-10 on several tracks, e.g. 11th place in Peach Beach and 15th place in Dino Dino Jungle. Jacob also had a Mushroom Bridge 1'19"6 to send in, breaking the 1'20 mark by almost half a second and securing a 14th Myth time. Jacob has only a couple more standards to go before reaching 50% Myth, and is also approaching a milestone promotion in ARR...

#84 Noah Murad has been working on several 3lap times this week and it paid off with 4 PRs, although two of them were on flap legs of 3lap attempts. His new Peach Beach lap of 22'11 was a nice ARR cut from Titan+ to Myth C, skipping over one standard. He also improved his Baby Park lap to 8'64 and can see a sub-1'06 in the works, if only the consistency was there. Finally, Noah's Mushroom Bridge lap dropped down to 1'37"1, scoring a new Titan B time. The AF cuts were good enough to pass #85 Joost C and #86 Paulo P, and the ARR cuts were good enough to reach Titan C level.

#324 Stephen De Winter bounced ahead of 7 players this week, including the legendary Dave Hines, thanks to two large cuts on Mario Circuit. He raced a 29"92 lap, his first sub-30 and an improvement of almost thirty positions, and also slashed his 3lap from 1'34"6 to 1'33"4, a jump of 85 positions. The 3lap was the last Advanced time that Stephen had left to conquer, and he beat it convincingly to reach 32/32 Expert.

#573 Ben Stoneman maintained his unbroken activity streak for a seventh week with 4 new cuts, spread over Yoshi Circuit, Peach Beach, and DK Mountain. The beach and mountain were two of Ben's worst tracks with lowest ranks, and he managed to take his times to more respectable levels albeit still below his AF level. Ben managed to take his PB lap down to Advanced level (his 19th Advanced time), but the others remain Intermediate for now. Hot on Ben's heels is #574 Elliot Griffiths. Elliot raced 7 PRs for a 21pt AF cut, enough to swoop in just one position behind Ben. He said that his goal for the week was to reduce his number of Advanced times, and managed to get them from 16 to 9 before hitting a road block on Yoshi Circuit: his 37"2 lap was Advanced D but he couldn't quite beat his 3lap yet. Elliot's other PRs included a few impressive cuts, such as Dino Dino Jungle 38"2 (ranked 541st, down from 712th) and Waluigi Stadium 36"3 (ranked 560th, down from 687th). Elliot's DK Mountain times, ranked ~350, are still by far his best, but he's making progress on other difficult tracks (Waluigi Stadium is quite difficult!).


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

E3: 'my body is ready'

Alex @ Sunday, June 14th 10:10PM   [link]

Movement

#24 Mikael Johansson scored 4 strong times in exchange for a 1pt AF cut, taking him without striking distance of #23 Michael D. His new Waluigi Stadium times of 1'39"1 and 31"26 were both good cuts, but the lap was particular good because it was Mik's new best ranked time (14th place) as well as several standards better (from Titan+ to Myth C). He also improved both Wario Colosseum times from Titan+ to Myth D with 2'00"3 and 59"4, but says he is still hasn't executed the R-tech spiral even once as good as he's seen in videos. Mikael has 27/32 Myth times now, with a few scattered Titans remaining in DK Mountain and Special Cup.

#579 Ben Stoneman did enough to stay ahead of nearby #593 Elliot G, grabbing 11 PRs over the week and a 25pt AF cut. He breached the top-600 comfortably and has momentum to continue at this pace. ben's new times were concentrated around Special Cup tracks, with the occassional foray into DK Mountain. Even though he already reached Advanced D level last week, he reduced his number of Intermediate times from 18 to 14 this week to finally get an Advanced majority. His biggest cuts of the week were on Bowser's Castle, taking off 100+ positions in both 3lap and 1lap to touch on 2'36"5 and 51"1.

#593 Elliot Griffiths followed Ben into the top-600 with 11 PRs of his own, amounting to a 31pt AF cut. Elliot spent most time on Flower Cup where many of his weakest tracks were, and improved by levels by big amounts. For example, his Mario Circuit lap 32"8 -> 31"3 was a jump of 199 positions, and he improved his worst track, Peach Beach, from high Intermediate levels to something closer to his ARR of high Advanced. Speaking of which, Elliot's 0.44 cut in ARR was enough to promote him to Advanced D level and his breakdown currently is 16/32 Advanced, 16/32 Intermediate.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Barca just unstoppable. Copa America starting soon.

Alex @ Tuesday, June 9th 02:40AM   [link]

Movement

#11 Ryan Stevens pulled 0.1 AF pts clear of #12 Raphael S, enough to prevent losing his spot from unforseen AF fluctuations. His pround new PR of the week was a 27'99 Dry Dry Desert lap, his first sub-28 and a one-tenth cut. Ranked 9th place, it was also his sixth single-digit ranked time and was his 13th god time in 50Hz.

#331 Stephen De Winter raced two new Luigi Circuit times, helping him inch past #332 Sebastien R and #333 Aleks H in the rankings. Luigi Circuit was one of his weaker tracks and Stephen managed to erase one of his last remaining Advanced times with a 25'99 lap: a tidy cut, a sub, and new Expert D time. He has just one Advanced time left on Mario Circuit before reaching 32/23 Expert.

#460 Matt Piper produced a strong 30pt AF cut over the week to climb 28 positions. He played Luigi Circuit, which was one of his better tracks, and managed to cut this times even further. His new 1'19"4 course time and 25'79 lap were both Expert C--Matt's first Expert Cs--and this is one of only three tracks where Matt has a better time than Stephen. The course time was ranked 302nd place, oh so close to top-300, and is less than half the rank of Matt's weakest times. His other highlights included a 1'08"0 Baby Park, up by over 150 positions.

#605 Ben Stoneman continued his activity for the sixth week running, this time with 12 PRs to report. Ben increased his number of Advanced times to 14/32 and reached Advanced D level in ARR, permanently departing the Intermediate ranks even though 16 of his scores are still Intermediates. Mushroom City and Bowser's Castle were the two tracks where Ben improved the most--by several hundered positions--reflecting how quickly he is learning the tracks and their individual quirks. Ben's best time is still Yoshi Circuit lap, ranked 400th place, suggesting that he still has lots of room for improvement on his numerous 600+ and 700+ ranked times.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

This title is not about FIFA.. unlike everything else on the internet!

Alex @ Wednesday, June 3rd 10:41AM   [link]

Sorry about the delay guys -- I'm out of town and got back to my hotel quite late today.

Movement

#4 Andrew Math raced a new WR this week, once again in Bowser's Castle. Check it out below.

#11 Ryan Stevens passed two former champions--Raphael S and Marius M--to claw his way two more rungs up the ladder. He now sits just behind the top-10, backed by Vincent vdF. His most helpful PR this week was 1'15'00 Sherbet Land since it was 8 positions higher (25th to 17th) than before and very helpful towards his AF cut as well as ARR cut since it was a new Myth C time. Ryan also raced new times on DK Mountain, a 1'45'1 and 33'8, which both also qualified for new standards. The lap was his 31st Myth time, while the 3lap is his only remaining Titan time: he still improved it to Titan A, and as consolation got 32/32 times ranked in the top-25, but is still missing that one last elusive Myth time.

#24 Mikael Johansson visited Sherbet Land recently and saw some success, taking his 3lap down from 39th to 24th place with a 1'15"1. He also improved his lap several times over the week, finally settling on a 24"03 that is ranked 16th place: his best ranking. Both of Mikael's improvements are teasing the sub barriers and both were upgrades from Titan to Myth level, increasing his tally from 22 to 24 Myths.

#41 Jacob Purcell was active again and working on catching up to his closest USA rival, #40 Alejandro H, who is just one spot ahead. Jacob said that he spent some time trying to sub 1'08 in Peach Beach (he has a 1'08"2) but instead managed to get his lap down to 21"80. This time is ranked 11th place and is a four position improvement on his previous best-ranked time (15th) on Dry Dry Desert.

#87 Noah Murad just flew back in town and had to recover from jet lag, but not before he pulled out his GCN and pulled off a 0.4s cut on Mushroom City with 1'37"3. After waking up he raced his 2nd Myth time and 2nd top-50 time with a 31"5 lap on the same track. Let's hope the jet juju is still in his system because it seem to be a boon rather than a deficit.

#114 Matt Wills overtook #115 Andrew Manning this week thanks to 3 PRs. He played Baby Park, as promised, but settled for a 1'06"03 instead of the sub that he wanted. It was still a bit improvement of 33 positions, but maybe not fully satisfying since it was so close to his goal. Matt also improved his Bowser's Castle lap and scored a Hero C time, erasing one out of his last three remaining Hero D times.

Further down the ranking there is significant activity among three very close players. #623 Anna Moon is still leading the trio after scoring a 44pt AF cut. She had 12 PRs to report, including 7 upgrades of Intermediate to Advanced times. Anna said that she finally feels like she is getting the hang of each track, and even felt comfortable enough to switch vehicles on a few tracks (Toad Kart on DKM and DDJ) and scored big cuts. She also became an Advanced D player after powering through the Intermediate A standard. #630 Ben Stoneman created 15 PRs over the week for an impressive 80pt AF cut, almost catching up to Anna. He played all of the tracks that he hadn't touched since April, when he was still a Beginner, and consequently made some epic cuts of 300-400 positions on some tracks. Ben's ARR drastically improved as well, taking him to Intermediate A level and he is even very close to joining Anna with the Advanced players. Last week's newcomer, #631 Elliot Griffiths, mimicked Anna's 44pt AF with a 41pt cut of his own borne out of 10 PRs. He is one spot behind Ben and eight spots behind Anna. He scored his first Advanced C time, on Baby Park, and increased his his number of Advanced times to 11. Like Ben, Elliot needs only a few more PRs to get through a big ARR milestone...


New Records

Andrew M has improved his Bowser's Castle record several times recently, and finally scored the next sub with a 2'16"983. It was a 0.1s cut for Andrew and gives him a 0.42s lead over second place, as well as the first G+10 standard on this track (second place is G+4). Andrew said that he was pleased with getting a new sub that nobody has got before, even though he thinks there is more potential to be squeezed out of this track.


New Players

None this week.