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Alex

Reminder: Champions League quarter finals today and tomorrow.

Alex @ Tuesday, April 14th 10:02PM   [link]

Movement

#26 Mikael Johansson continued to maintain a slight edge on #27 Stacy Needham this week. He re-visited Dino Dino Jungle, a track he hadn't played since last July, and commented that it took him a long time to remember how to play the track properly after such a long break. He managed to beat his lap in the end, a 33"46 to his old 33"65, which was top-25 as well as Myth B performance. Mikael lowered his AF by 0.4, and also made a tidy cut in ARR. Meanwhile, Stacy had 3 PRs to report, totalling 0.65 AF points and slightly making up ground on Mikael. His first cut was a 1'05"1 Baby Park 7lap, a new Myth C time and not far behind Mik's 1'04 sub from last week. He shaved a little off Mario Circuit lap, but scored a more substantial 0.3" second cut in Bowser's Castle lap with a 45"48. His previous lap was Titan A whereas the new time was Myth C and ranked twenty positions higher. Although both players are only 0.3pts apart in the AF rankings, Mik reached Myth C last week while Stacy is just on the other side of the barrier.

#434 Luke Hubbard and #437 Mark Vizza are also in a tussle, with Luke taking the lead for the first time. His 5 PRs were spread over Luigi Circuit, Mushroom Bridge, Daisy Cruiser and Dry Dry Desert. A few of the PRs were clearly examples of Luke focusing on his weakest tracks and bringing them up to par with the rest of his timesheet, but he seemed to have an epiphany in the Desert and smashed his course time from 1'43" to 1"38"6, a jump of nearly 200 positions. His lap also tumbled from 31"8 to 30"8, giving him his new best-ranked time at 306th place. These were Luke's 4th and 5th Expert times after Baby Park and DK Mountain. #437 Mark played Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City this week, his two mycological weaknesses in which neither his course or lap time were top-500 level. He improved his Bridge time by 41 positions to 1'27"7, but couldn't nail the top-500 time yet. However, this led to the City with a 34"2, making the cut at 497th place. Mark's new Bridge times were slower than Luke's, but his City times were both faster, and he still has a superior ARR, so let's see what happens next week.

#582 Jonathan Toole-Charignon returned to MKDD after a little over two years break. He started remembering how to play against with the gentlest course, Luigi Circuit, and managed to improve both of this times. His 3lap of 1'20"9 was almost a 2.5 seconds cut and a gain of over 200 positions, producing his second ever top-500 time (after Rainbow Road lap). Jonathan also smashed his lap, deciding to make one of his 0-shroomers into a fast-lap attempt when he noticed that he was racing it quite well, and finished with a 25"7. This was a 1.5 seconds cut form his old lap and not only his first top-400 time but also his first top-300 time and first Expert time. This seems like a good start to a comeback.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Imagine if MKDD mini turbos were done at 200cc. Could your fingers handle the breakage?

Alex @ Thursday, April 9th 10:31PM   [link]

Movement

#27 Mikael Johansson once again passed perennial rival Stacy N. this week with a 1.5pt AF cut. The duo have been very close for several months and pole position has switched owner a few times already. Stacy was inactive this week, giving Mikael the chance to take the lead. His 4 PRs were a double on Baby Park and double on Rainbow. Mikael finally broke two very difficult subs in the Park, racing a 1'04"97 to cut a quarter second off his time, and a shiny new 8"59 lap. The lap was only a 0.02 improvement, but that's quite a lot in the Park, and it made the difference between Myth and God standards -- it was his third one to date. Mikael also cut a whole second off his Rainbow course time, going as fast as 2'58"4 and jumping from 62nd to 40th place, but reported that he was having trouble with the last turn and it was costing him time. He scored two new Titan+ times there for his efforts, but may return again much sooner than he's likely to return to Baby Park, in which he thinks he's done all he can do for a while. Each of Mikael's PRs contributed to his 0.22 ARR cut for the week, which was enough to promote him to Myth C level.

#96 Noah Murad got ahead of Scott A this week, surprising himself with a 8"67 Baby Park lap that he didn't expect. It was a jump from Titan D to Titan B, and saved him 20 positions in the rankings for that lap. He also lowered his Mario Circuit to 1'30"3, down 0.4s, saving a similar 20 positions. Noah says he feels confident to improve his Circuit time again, maybe even go for the sub. In the mean time, he quietly crossed the Hero-Titan border and became Titan D without mentioning it in his updates.

#133 Matt Willis continued to hold off his promised temporary break from MKDD and raced some new PRs. In particular, he upgraded his 5 remaining Expert times to Hero, giving him 32/32 Hero. One of them was Sherbet Land, which Matt improved by 52 positions to 1'17"1, and likewise with the lap. Another was Bowser's Castle, where Matt worked on his fireball avoidance tactics and gained about 20 positions with a 2'23"79, but more impressively squashed his old lap (from 207th down to 155th). Matt also returned to DKM and raced Jocelyn-frustrating times of 1'49"6 and 35"5, the first being a sub and the second almost half a second quicker than before. His lap there, ranked 113rd, is currently his 3rd best time.

#284 Jocelyn Sitek happened to be active anyway, racing a 8"99 sub on Baby Park after half a dozen 9.00x misses. It was a big cut for Jocelyn, saving him some 60 positions in the chart. Matt thinks Jocelyn can beat his new DKM times, since Jocelyn already raced a 1'49"7 in January and Matt just pipped him to the post by mere frames.

#438 Mark Vizza had 11 PRs to report, some big some small. One of the big ones was a 1'42"4 Dry Dry Desert, a second and half quicker than before and Mark's 22nd top-500 time. Similarly, Daisy Cruiser 35"1 was his 23rd top-500 time and made up almost 40 positions. Mark also scored him 5th Expert time on Rainbow Road with a 3'09"4, chopping off nearly a second. All up Mark accumulated enough cuts to reach Advanced A level in ARR. Next stop is Expert, but he will need to increase his Expert tally from 5/32 to maybe 16/32 or higher.

#454 Luke Hubbard, armed with 17 PRs and his first Expert time, scored a 44pt AF cut to make a big jump in the rankings. He is now 12 points behind Mark. Luke's first Expert time came accompanied by two more, giving him a total of 3 this week: a 9"17 Baby Park lap (big 150-position cut), and two DK Mountain times both ranked 320-350th. He's not ready to challenge Matt or Jocelyn's Mountain times yet, but his new 37"8 lap is ranked 328th and is his best time so far, showing his potential to score top-400 times. Luke still has some scores ranked lower than 600, so his timesheet could use a little polish.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Updating on time, thanks to LAX wifi between flights. I like the modern world.

Alex @ Wednesday, April 1st 09:39PM   [link]

Movement

#4 and 60Hz Champion, Andrew Math, was the highest active player. He raced a new record that you can read about below, which helped him shrink the gap between himself and #4 Kouider B down to 0.25 AF points.

#27 Stacy Needham and #28 Mikael Johansson both made equal sized 1.5pt AF cuts this week to move together towards the top-25. Stacy passed Paul T and Olivier L to push up two positions, while Mikael broke off his inactive streak and passed Jamie D (who was active last week), Paul and Olivier, as well as Kevin B and Sebastien L. Stacy still leads Mikael by about 1 AF point. His improvements were focused on Daisy Cruiser, making multiple cuts over the week to finally settle on 1'38"1 and 31"6 -- both about 20 positions up, and giving him his 19th Myth time. Mikael's new times were on Baby Park, Bowser's Castle and Yoshi Circuit. Three of his them--Bowser's Castle 45"5, Baby Park 8"61, Baby Park 1'05"2--were upgrades from Titan to Myth, which gave him his 19, 20th and 21st Myth times, just ahead of Stacy.

#97 Noah Murad almost reached double digit AF score, reducing his from 105.7 to 100.5. He passed Rickard L, Chavallier F, Mickael S and Ben Z in the rankings to become a top-100 player. Noah's big breakthroughs were on Dino Dino Jungle, scoring a 1'46"4 to jump from 158th to 93rd place and likewise improving his lap from 136th to 100th place. As a consequence, Noah said he is finally starting to like the Special Cup. He then returned to Daisy Cruiser and Luigi Circuit, two tracks that had been giving him trouble lately, and managed to improve both but not by large amounts. His more surprising PR was a 28"5 lap in Mario Circuit, which Noah said he got in only a few tries; it was a new Titan time and new top-100 time for him. Speaking of Titans, Noah is not very far now from becoming one..

#138 Matt Wills improved both Dry Dry Desert times to Hero level, erasing two Experts and two of his weakest times. He has only 5 Experts remaining before he reaches 32/32 Hero, and only one remaining time ranked outside the top-200 (it's 207th place in Bowser's Castle lap). Matt got the better of former champion Cesar Martin and Dave P in the rankings, moving up two places.

#486 Matt Piper had little trouble hitting the top-500, dipping sixteen positions below the mark thanks to a 24pt AF cut. He didn't play the two tracks that he still has Intermediate times on, but trounced many other tracks instead. For example, he went from 1'20"6 to 1'19"8 in Luigi Circuit to improve his time by 87 positions; Mushroom Bridge was even bigger, from 639th to 471st; he cut down both Rainbow Road times to top-400 quality; and got his best-ranked times (349th, 347th) in Dry Dry Desert. Six of those times were Expert standards, giving Matt his first taste of expertise. His timesheet is still a little inconsistent because he has times ranked in the 300s and other times ranked in the 600s. That may change soon.

#495 Luke Hubbard stormed into the top-50 with a 77pt AF cut, largely making up any gap that existed between himself and Matt. In the process of upgrading his last remaining Intermediate times to reach 32/32 Advanced, Luke also jumped from Advanced D to Advanced B in ARR. He said that his next goal is to score an Expert time, something that Matt managed to do six time this week. Luke had only a single Advanced A score last week but now has seven, so it would only take a bit of focus to push one of those 7 to the next level. Luke's biggest cuts were arguably his DK Mountain times, especially his 38"3 lap: down form 572nd to 401st place, it's his highest ranking time and his 1'58" course time is not far behind.

#529 Martin Stevenson lost a bit of ground on Luke, but steered on course towards the top-500. He had 6 new scores on DK Mountain, Wario Colosseum and Bowser's Castle, which included his 3rd, 4th and 5th top-500 times. Martin's best time is still his Expert D lap in Baby Park from early March, but his new times are showing that he can race just as well on adult tracks.


New Records

Andrew beat his own 60Hz Mushroom Bridge lap record with a 25"634, a 0.04s cut on his January time and an improvement from G+6 to G+8. The Combined record is 25"61 in 50Hz set by Andreas in 2013, but Andrew said he is confident that G+10 (25"59) is possible. Andrew continues to hold 24 of the 32 records in 60Hz.

New Records or Players

Welcome to...

Rob Prittie, Canada (~974, Beginner B)

Rob is Noah's roommate and has a source of talented tuition across the wall. However, he doesn't have a complete timesheet yet.
Alex

Two epic matches tomorrow: Liverpool ManU and El Clasico

Alex @ Saturday, March 21st 07:52PM   [link]

Movement

#29 Stacy Needham and #30 Jamie Disley were the highest active players this week, both passing the same 4 karters: Kevin B, Sebastien L, Mikael J, and Cedric W. Stacy made it over the line and earned a coveted 20s ranking while Jamie is on the border of top-30. Jamie's cuts were both in Baby Park, reducing his 7lap from 1'05"6 to 1'05"000 on the dot to halve his position on that tracj from 66th to 33rd. He also scored a new Myth A times on the lap with an 8"61. Stacy had new PRs on Sherbet Land and Yoshi Circuit, improving his SL to Myth D level with a 1'15"2 and also nabbing a new Titan A and sub-1'43 course time on YC with a 1'42"8. Stacy is 0.2 AF points ahead of Jamie and 0.5 points behind #28 Olivier L.

#42 Jacob Purcell passed Kris W this week by racing two new god times on Dry Dry Desert. His new 1'30"7 3lap was a half-second cut and is now ranked 17th, while his new 28"08 was a quarter-second cut and is now ranked 15th. These are his highest ranked times at the moment, comparable to his 16th place in Peach Beach lap. Jacob's ARR improved to 5.86, which means there is only 0.36 further to go until a myth is written about him.

#101 Noah Murad queue jumped David L and is standing on the welcome mat of the top-100 club (#100 Ben Z is the bouncer). He was particularly surprised by his 0.26s cut in Dry Dry Desert lap to race a 28"6, which become his best ranked time (57th place) and surpassed his pride-and-joy and only Myth time on Mushroom Bridge lap (58th place). Noah subsequently felt motivated to try and beat his Bridge lap and make it his golden goose once again. It didn't work out, but he managed to improve his 3lap down to 1'20"20. Noah's other PRs included a first-try PR on Peach Beach 3lap, as well as his 10th Titan time on Bowser's Castle lap.

#140 Matt Wills had some new Peach Beach times to report as well, but was most pleased with his new Rainbow Road PRs of 3'02"3 and 59"89. His old PRs were among his last remaining 2014 PRs and he felt that they were overdue for improvement. The 3lap was a 2.0 second cut an his 24th Hero time, a big cut despite Matt feeling that it could go down a lot further. The lap was his 25th Hero time and first sub-minute time, even though he missed an MT. Matt has 7 Experts remaining, all of them Expert A.

#450 Mark Vizza passed three players this week to reach the next round number along the ladder. His 6 PRs included an impressive cut on Yoshi Circuit lap, from 35"58 to 35"14, to score his 4th top-400 time. It is ranked 380th place, only seven positions behind his all-time best score. His other big PR was a 0.53s cut on Waluigi Stadium to reach 21/32 top-500 times.

#510 Matt Piper had a 17pt AF cut to report, a sign that he can breach the top-500 in the next week or two. Matt focused on upgrading his old Intermediate times and he managed to convert 4 of them to Advanced level, leaving only 2 remaining. Matt's biggest cut was on Sherbet Land lap, going from 27"6 to 26"8 and jumping almost 120 positions. However, his best cuts were on Dry Dry Desert, where a 1'39"6 and 31"3 became his new highest-ranked times (381st and 384th). Unfortunately they were not Matt's first Expert times, both a little shy of the requirement, but Dry Dry now appears to be the most likely track to yield his first Expert.

#540 Martin Stevenson reported 18 PRs and managed to pass the inactive #547 Chance M, who is taking a break. All 8 of his remaining Intermediate times were taken up a notch, so Martin now has 32/32 Advanced. He also had 100+ position cuts in Luigi Circuit 3lap (523rd), Baby Park 3lap (547th), and Mario Circuit lap (546th), the last one being a 140 position jump. Thanks to these cuts Martin reached Advanced C status in ARR.

~786 Maxime Chailloux had a few new 3lap times to report, further improving the course half of his timesheet. His new times included a 1'11"6 Peach Beach (ranked 248th) and a 1'19"4 Luigi Circuit (ranked 304th). His top time is still his Hero time in Baby Park (176th), but he now has 8 top-400 times.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Alec Kircheberger, USA (~810, Intermediate C).
Alex

PSG v Chelsea, what a game!

Alex @ Saturday, March 14th 08:48PM   [link]

Movement

#33 Stacy Needham's 0.6pt AF cut was enough to pass fellow countryman Jamie D in the rankings, and it brought him very close to Cedric W. In Sherbet Land, Stacy's new Titan+ time of 1'15"4 pushed him from 50th to 40th; similarly, a 0.1 cut in Yoshi Circuit lap pushed him from 44th to 35th; and finally, his 28"34 lap in Dry Dry Desert was fast enough to hit the Myth B standard. Stacy has only two scores remaining that are ranked outside the top-50.

#147 Matt Wills raced a 8"75 lap on Baby Park that instantly became his third best standard, hitting Hero A level. It was also his fourth best ranked time and is currently in 126th place. Matt also beat his two oldest times from last year, on Mushroom Bridge, with a 1'21"6 and 26"5 -- both about 0"3 quicker and both reaching Hero B status. The three little ARR cuts from these PRs were enough to get Matt over the line to become a Hero C player.

#285 Jocelyn Sitek made a strong return from two months break with 15 PRs resulting in a 26pt AF cut and passing more than twenty five players on his journey to the top-300. Luigi Circuit was his only remaining Advanced time and worst ranked time, but Jocelyn was pleased to race sub-1'20 there and improve it at least to Expert D level. With this he reached 32/32 Expert, and hopes to get 32/32 Expert C soon since he only needs two improvements. Despite his frustration with the LC 3lap, Jocelyn blitzed the lap with a 25"5, up from 354th to 238th place, which is now his highest ranked time outside of DK Mountain. If he can do so well in the lap then perhaps he will resolve his 3lap problems. Jocelyn's other highlights include: a 29"78 lap in Mario Circuit, his first sub-30; a 1'41"1 in Mushroom City to slice a full second (and 67 positions) off his old time; a big cut in Dino Dino Jungle from 1'52"5 to 1'50"5 to break two standards; and a 2.5s cut in Bowser's Castle after figuring out how to avoid the fireballs, racing a 2'28"3 as a result.

#452 Mark Vizza had a few new PRs to report, and is getting quite close to the next ARR standard. His biggest cuts were a 1'47"7 on Daisy Cruiser (0.9s improvement) and 1'49"6 on Waluigi Stadium (1.5s improvement), and he increased him number of top-500 times to 19/32.

#526 Matt Piper is on the other side of the top-500 but raced a 20pt AF cut to reduce the distance. Matt's biggest cut was on Baby Park, no doubt figuring out an improved strategy because he improved his time from 730th place to 441st and got it down to Advanced A level, currently his equal best standard. Among his 10 PRs were a few other big moves, such as Peach Beach 1'14"2 (up 70 places), Dry Dry Desert 31'5 (up 75 places), and Mario Circuit 1'37"5 (whole second cut). Matt's PRs were all in the first two cups, so he likely still has many levels that he didn't attempt last week.

#546 Chance Mewherter kept pace with Matt by racing a 21pt AF cut himself. He reached Advanced C level and had 13 PRs for the week but intends to take a small break to rest his hands. From those 13 PRs, 11 were focused on converting his Intermediate times to Advanced and he succeeded for 11 out of 12 of them, which means he has a single Intermediate time left, on DK Mountain, preventing him from getting 32/32 Advanced. Many of Chance's improvements were similar in size of about 60-70 positions, including Luigi Circuit x2, Waluigi Stadium x2, Sherbet Land x2, Yoshi Circuit x2. One PR that stood out more than the others was Dry Dry Desert lap 32"8, down from 34"4, a jump of 120 positions, and suddenly Chance's second best time.

#566 Luke Hubbard kept pace with both Matt and Chance by racing a 21pt AF cut himself. His 11 PRs were focused on Star and Special Cup tracks, where he managed to upgrade 4 Intermediate times to Advanced and reduce his remaining Intermediates to only 7 left. A few of Luke's cuts were similar in size to Matt and Chance's but his showpiece PR was no doubt the 1'56"1 Dino Dino Jungle: a huge 4.5s cut for Luke, and his second top-500 time. Currently ranked 481st, it's second only to his 439th-place Dry Dry Desert lap from earlier this month and is forty places higher than his next best.

~809 Maxime Chailloux had 16 new PRs for all courses, including a super 1'06"5 Hero D on Baby Park. Most of Maxime's other times are ranked 300-400, although he still has a few tracks that he has not yet figured out. Perhaps he will submit his lap soon in order to receive a ranking?


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

John Toland, Ireland (~1082, Beginner D).

John has only played Bowser's Castle and his scores are both Advanced B level, just outside the top-500.
Alex

5M

Alex @ Monday, March 9th 01:38AM   [link]

Movement

#15 David Schiering was the highest active player this week after improving his 60Hz Wario Colosseum time from 41st to 29th with a strong 0.7s cut. It was a new Titan A time for David, but unfortunately he lost a position in the 60Hz ranks (from No. 24 to No. 25) because he was passed by Jacob.

#31 Mikael Johansson got ahead of Cedric W in the ranking following two new Bowser's Castle cuts. Mikael said that he still much room for improvement, despite both times reaching Titan+ level and slicing off a few standards. His course time was his first sub-2'20 time and was ranked 32nd place.

#43 Jacob Purcell scored 5 PRs that included his second and third god times. First up was a 1'08"2 on Peach Beach, a small cut for Jacob but an important upgrade from his previous Myth+ time. It's ranked 20th place and is his second best time after his 16th-place lap on the same track. Next up was a 32"2 lap on Mushroom City, upgrading by two standards. Jacob's other highlight was a 24"56 Luigi Circuit lap, a big three-standards jump from Titan+ to Myth B and an equally big jump from 47th to 25th place. He also visited Mush City 3lap and Bowser's Castle for his other PRs, accumulating a 1.7pt AF cut and 0.3 ARR cut. As mentioned earlier, Jacob reach the 60Hz No. 24 spot by passing both David S and Gregor F.

#150 Matt Wills thought about switching Kart games last week but still gave Baby Park another go this week. He came within 0.01s of beating his flap multiple times, including tying it, which he found infuriating. But Matt also managed to improve his 7lap to 1'06"35, a new Hero C time and his ninth top-150 time. Matt remains Hero D in ARR and needs another 0.04pts to reach the next title upgrade.

#210 Will Dykstra raced a 4pt AF cut this week to push a few places closer to the top-200. His highlight was a 0.9s cut on Dry Dry Desert, progressing from 1'35"9 to 1'35"1 and scoring 167th place on the level, which was his seventh top-200 time. Two of his other cuts got very close: Daisy Cruiser 1'42"1 and 33"2 were nice cuts in terms of time saved and positions (about 40 each) but ended up ranked 203rd and 204th, just slightly outside the top-200.

In the first of a series of M- players, #456 Mark Vizza had 10 PRs this week and scored his 18th and 19th top-500 times. He has 13 of them left and, somewhat surprisingly, none of them are in the 'difficult' Special Cup that always gave me trouble. #543 Matt Piper is a slight distance behind Mark but made good progress with a 23pt AF cut. Matt has seven top-500 times but raced his first top-400 time this week with a 1'39"9 on Dry Dry Desert, ranked 398th. He said that it took him a long time to get it and that he was racing for the sub, so the top-400 placement was a bonus. Matt also improved 5 of his 14 remaining Intermediate times to Advanced level, which leaves him with 9 Int A times remaining and no more Int B times. He became an Advanced C player thanks to these multiple ARR cuts. Not to be confused with either Mark or Matt, #572 Martin Stevenson scored a 58pt cut from 21 PRs to make up a lot of ground on both other Ms. He is 27pts behind Matt at the moment, which is not a big distance. Martin's large 0.9pt ARR cut bestowed him with Advanced D status, perhaps enough to motivate him to give chase on the other Advanced players. Martin's times are primarily in the 600-700th range but he scored some abnormally strong times, such as 404th place on Baby Park lap -- a 200 position cut and his first Expert D time.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Zack Mosenson, USA (~1004, Beginner C).
Alex

What do you mean, blue-and-black? Blue maybe, but there's no black.

Alex @ Sunday, March 1st 07:16PM   [link]

Movement

#32 Mikael Johansson and #34 Stacy Needham continued their runs from last week, both moving up equal amounts. Mikael passed Scott D, Jake S and Jamie D to get a few steps closer to top-30 in AF. He played Sherbet Land once again and improved on both of last week's times with Titan+ times. His 24"15 lap was a jump from 56th to 32nd place, giving him a nice cut, while his 1'15"4 course time was a 0"2 cut but had an equally fast 24"18 final lap in it where Mikael must have made up a lot of time on his ghost. Stacy likewise passed Scott and Jake (almost catching Jamie) after racing three new times: a 1'31"4 on Dry Dry Desert, which was a new top-30 time and new Myth time; a 24"5 Luigi Circuit lap, which as also a new top-30 and new Myth time; and 1'15"96 Luigi Circuit to score a difficult sub. The new Myth times tipped the scales and Stacy now has a majority of Myth times.

#103 Noah Murad finally raced a Peach Beach lap he was happy with. His 22"18 reached Titan+ level and, ranked 69th, is his second best position after Mushroom Bridge (58th). Noah also continued practicing Bowser's Castle's tricky final lap obstacles and managed two new times, a new top-100 lap and a 0.9s cut on the 3lap that turned the Castle from his second worst time into one of his highest ranked course times. The Special Cup continues to give Noah some worry since his weakest tracks are there, especially Dino Dino.

#150 Matt Wills raced two new times on Luigi Circuit that ended up helping him achieve several of his immediate goals: first Titan time, first top-100 time, and reaching top-150 overall. His 1'16"7 and 24"9 (down from 1'18"3 and 25"3) were actually both Titan times and both top-100 times, and the 3lap was even Titan C. Matt also races two Yoshi Circuit times, the highlight of which was his 33"6 lap ranked 127th, his fourth best time at the moment. Together, these 4 PRs gave him the 7pt AF cut he needed to pass eight players standing in his path to #150. There remain 9 Expert times that Matt can try to convert to Hero level, but he says he may take a break and play a different Kart game.

#458 Mark Vizza advanced 5 positions and had 6 PRs to report, including a new top-500 time on DK Mountain that tipped the balance in favour of top-500 times with 17 against 15. His biggest PR was a 1/3sec cut on Peach Beach, racing a 1'14"4 to improve what was otherwise his third weakest time. His next weakest time is Baby Park 7lap where, incidentally, he has an Expert-level lap ranked 150 positions ahead of his course time. Perhaps it's due for a reboot?

#565 Matt Piper completed his timesheet and debuted slightly ahead of a couple of active players. He filled in his 8 missing times and scored another 7 improvements on his existing times to progress from Intermediate C to Advanced D. He also raced 3 Advanced A times, his best standard to date, and looks poised to get an Expert time soon. His best time at the moment is 1'40"3 Dry Dry Desert, ranked 416th, and he has six top-500 times, but he also still has a number of times ranked 700+ and therefore Matt could spring many rungs up the ladder if he improves them.

#570 Chance Mewherter did a good job minding his own progress by scoring a 54pt AF cut, not noticing that Matt was about to emerge a few positions ahead of him. He particularly focused on his 7 remaining Intermediate B times, and upgraded five of them to Int A and two of them to Advanced, which gave him 20/32 Advanced and 12 Intermediate A time remaining. Chance also raced his first Expert D time this week: a 9'12 Baby Park lap ranked 385th and almost half the rank of his Yoshi Circuit times. Chance's 25 PRs are too many to list, but we can tell you that they resulted in a 0.8 ARR cut that allowed him to finally reach Advanced D status.

Both Matt and Chance should be wary of newcomer #584 Luke Hubbard, who is moving quite quickly behind them. Armed with an 87pt AF cut, Luke's first week on the site saw him score 20 PRs and shift weight to 21/32 Advanced times, enough to jump from his Intermediate B debut to Advanced D level already. He cut about 7 seconds on both DK Mountain and Dino Dino Jungle, so perhaps he starting taking risks with the shortcuts knowing now that he has to go for the shortcuts or fall behind on those levels. Luke's best time, by a good margin, is his 31"8 Dry Dry Desert lap ranked 438th. The Desert is his best course time anyway (536th), but his lap is Advanced A and perhaps his best chance at locating his first Expert time.

#636 Martin Stevenson ended his first month on the site with a 39pt AF cut, report 10 new scores for the week. He raised his Advanced tally from 6 to 11, and in the process managed his first Advanced B time (and so far his best ranked time) with a 39"6 lap on DK Mountain ranked 543rd. His previous lap was a few seconds slower, so no doubt this was a case of Martin getting the hang of the shortcut. It's only a matter of time before he makes some equally big cuts on his 3lap time. Martin's 0.7pt ARR cut now places him quite close to the Advanced-Intermediate border and he should be seeking a title upgrade soon.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Champions League again this week!

Alex @ Sunday, February 22nd 09:29PM   [link]

Movement

#4 Andrew Math set a new WR this week -- currently his third Combined record that was set in 60Hz. Check it out below! His AF improved by 0.06, bringing him a little closer to #3 Kouider B.

#15 David Schiering improved his 60Hz Baby Park time, a 1'05'"6, from Titan D to Titan B. It was enough to take him past Gregor F and Jacob P in 60Hz, where he moved up to No. 24 and one position behind his fellow countryman Kris Will.

#35 Mikael Johansson scored a pair of new Sherbet Land times: a new Titan A 3lap of 1'15"6 and a new Titan B lap of 24"29. They resulted in a 0.1 ARR cut to bring Mikael to a milestone ARR of 5.000. He said that he was not completely happy with either time and thinks he can go faster. Mikael cut 0.41 pts in AF and needs another 0.1 to pass Scott D. #36 Stacy Needham, one place behind Mikael, was also active and improved his Wario Colosseum lap to 59"60, but needs a little more to close the gap with Mikael.

#104 Noah Murad returned to the Bridge and Beach, as promised last week, but couldn't manage a PR. Then he tried Dry Dry Desert and cut down his time from 1'34"2 to 1'33"8 on his second attempt. Later in the week, Noah made a big improvement to his Bowser's Castle lap -- 46"9 down to 46"4 and 45 positions faster -- but said he was struggling with the 3lap because he was not yet accustomed to the positions of the obstacles on the last lap. Although still outside the top-100, Noah's 1.7pt AF cut got him ahead of Alan D and a few steps closer.

#146 Ashley O'Hara returned from a year away to score some new PRs on Mushroom City and Peach Beach. His 1'39"0 in the City was half a second quicker than before, and converted one of his 11 remaining Experts into Hero D. Meanwhile, Ashley's Beach times were quite large cuts: 3lap from 1'11"2 to 1'10'01 was a jump of 90 positions, 4 standards, and oh-so-close to the sub; and lap from 22"74 to 22"39 was a jump of 70 positions, 5 standards, and is now his fourth best-ranked time. Ashley passed seven players thanks to a 6pt AF cut to move back into the top-150 (although he didn't reach #144 Zach B, who had passed him last month), and he also became a Hero C player.

#158 Matt Wills had a 10pt AF cut to report and moved 11 positions up the ladder as a result of some large cuts in Daisy Cruiser. He slashed his lap from 33"4 to 32"7 (up 110 places) and his 3lap from 1'43"2 to 1'40"5 (up 153 places). Both times were Hero B and big jumps from their former Expert selves. The 3lap is ranked 113rd and is currently Matt's best ranked time by twenty positions, and he commented on how close it was to the top-100. Matt also improved his Yoshi Circuit from 1'46"3 to 1'45"4, up nearly 50 places and his 22nd Hero time. He has 10 Experts remaining, but they are all Expert A and not far from the Hero cut offs. Matt's victims this week included #160 Alvin v. A, #161 Lars N, #162 Matt F, #163 Timur A, and #166 Matt V.

#463 Mark Vizza made three submissions over the week, gathering 12 PRs. His highlights were a 39"0 lap in DK Mountain (a 0.8s cut) that was 68 positions higher, a 1'02"2 Rainbow Road lap (a 0.4s cut) that was 58 positions higher and his 4th Expert D time, and his 5th Expert D time on Baby Park with a 9"1 lap. He also increased his number of top-400 times from 1 to 3, and his number of top-500 times to 16/32.

#628 Chance Mewherter reported 11 new times and a 17pt AF cut, advancing 19 positions. He increased last week's 11 Advanced times to 15 and is getting very close to reaching Advanced level in ARR: still Intermediate A, but only 0.12pts remaining. Chance appeared to focus on his weak tracks this week because he improved 6 of his scores ranked lower than 700, leaving only 5 of them. Perhaps he will hunt them down next week.

#712 Anna Moon had a 5pt AF cut to report, taking a few steps closer to top-700. She played Peach Beach and Dry Dry Desert only, and really wanted the Advanced time in the Desert but had trouble keeping the mini-turbos straight in the end section with the bumpy dunes. Anna scored an Advanced D time in Peach Beach, her fourth so far, but had to settle for an Intermediate A in the Desert until she figures out how to get through the dunes without losing too much time.


New Records

Andrew improved his Bowser's Castle time from 2'17"56 to 2'17"337, improving his own 60Hz record but also scoring a new overall record. He beat Kouider's 2'17"45 and Richard's 2'17"40 (from 1.25 years ago) 50Hz times to get the overall record, and extended his 60Hz record lead over Richard to just over half a second. Andrew felt that his time was good but improvable, and he can see a 2'16 being possible.


New Players

Welcome to...

Luke Hubbard, UK (#672, Intermediate B).

Luke joins half-way between Chance and Anna. He has a full timesheet and his seven best times are ranked 500-600, but his eight worst times are ranked 800-900, so it looks like he has not played some tracks to his full potential.