Hyrule Castle Grand Prix, qualifying results:
Row 1 - Timber, Triforcemaster, Peach, Zelda
Row 2 - Daisy, Fuzzer, Toad, Banjo
Row 3 - Rosalina, Yoshi, Toadette, Fox
Row 4 - Mario, Luigi, Wario, King Dedede
Row 5 - Koopa Troopa, Sonic, Captain Falcon, Wolf Odonnell
Row 6 - Krystal, Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, Bowser
Row 7 - Kirby, Birdo, Pit, Jody Summer
Row 8 - Waluigi, Metaknight, Phoenix Wright, Gary Oak
Row 9 - Olimar, Louie, Dash Bowman, Amy Rose
Row 10 - Palutena, Miles Edgeworth, Waddle Dee, Ash Ketchum
10pm - Racers are out for the formation lap. Hyrule Circuit is one of the longest tracks in the MKRA, most of which is a street circuit through Castle Town, but also loops into the castle itself, through its courtyards, and then into Hyrule Field where Racers will encounter wildebeests carrying bulblins as well as Deku Babas before returning into the city. Unlike most MKRA circuits which as consistent paved, dirt, or sand consistently through, this track will utilize dirt, marble, and cobblestones, which will create some interesting tire choices for teams, especially because of how hot it is. Temperatures hit nearly 100 degrees today and are still in the mid 80s at start time.
DNF - Toad, Toadette, Koopa Troopa, King Dedede, Captain Falcon, Waddle Dee, Palutena, Amy Rose, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Diddy Kong, Dash Bowman, Miles Edgeworth
Lap 1 - It’s time to bring the action! The teams start hot into turn 1 and immediately there’s mayhem, as Toad, Toadette, and Koopa Troopa all wipe out into the barricade. Their race is over. TGI Friday’s won’t want to watch that replay
Lap 3 - Wario drives up alongside Mario and swerves, putting him into the wall for seemingly no reason. Mario is furious as he is forced to pit. Race control might dock Wario for that move
Lap 6 - With the Toads out and Mario at the back of the field, it’s 3 teams at the front, Delta Sarasaland, Ford Performance, and the home team of the night, Sherwin Williams Hyrule. Fuzzer and Daisy made a huge statement last week, but the crowd is not on their side tonight.
Lap 7 - race control black flags Wario...he is forced to pit and falls to the back of the field
Lap 10 - Louie has a run in with a deku baba, which bites off a nice chunk of his rear spoiler. He’s forced to pit to repair the damage and is way back now
Lap 13 - Captain Falcon takes a ridiculous tight angle at the roundabout that surrounds the master sword, and ends up jack knifing into King Dedede. Both racers’ nights are done. Dedede berates Falcon on the race radio
Lap 18 - Triforcemaster passes Fuzzer to take the lead, emitting a monstrous roar from the fans. Zelda and Daisy battle for 3rd and 4th as the two power couples are dueling big time. The Ford racers have backed off just a bit, leading the chase pack.
Lap 20 - first time into the pits and it’s Delta Sarasaland with the better change, getting them up to 1 and 2. Further back, Luigi has dropped back to link up with Mario to try to bring him back into the race while Waluigi has done the same with Wario. BMW Big Shot meanwhile has a great change, and both of their guys are now top 10
Lap 24 - The wildebeest get in Waddle Dee’s path, he tries to evade, but in doing so runs right into the big wildebeest carrying King Bulblin. The King wrecks his whole front end. His race is done. Bad night Copa di Vino Dreamland
Lap 28 - the master sword roundabout claims two more racers, this time it’s Palutena and Amy Rose, who both take incorrect angles and end up flattening one another following the circle.
Lap 32 - at the front it continues to be a fight between Delta Sarasaland and Sherwin Williams Hyrule. The two teams are dominating the race right now. Daisy leads at the moment looking for back to back wins
Lap 34 - a quick look at the weather radar shows some really heavy weather rolling in from Hyrule Field. It could be here soon. This is going to make the 2nd pit stop very interesting indeed
Lap 37 - the sky starts to illuminate with lightning bolts. This is all getting quite serious now. For now there’s stability on the track. The 2 human led teams still lead, with Ford Performance and BMW Big Shot rekindling their rivalry battling for 5th.
Lap 40 - 2nd time into the pits...the rain hasn’t quite arrived yet so some teams are going with rain tires while others aren’t. Sherwin Williams Hyrule stays with dry tires while Delta Sarasaland changes to rain tires. Meanwhile there’s a big surprise as Amazon Plumber and Tesco Princess don’t pit at all, staying on the track...either banking on a crash or perhaps a weather delay, who knows, but they are now 1-4
Lap 41 - Donkey Kong gets rammed by King Bulblin, and the ape literally goes ape, getting out of his kart and fighting him right on the spot in the middle of the track! Oh man, this is awesome!! (Except maybe for the folks at Dole)
Lap 42 - DK’s action creates a yellow flag in the Hyrule Field section but not a general safety car. Amazon Plumber elect to pit but Tesco Princess stay out. Their fuel will run out shortly. Meanwhile DKs action has taken King Bulblin out of the equation, his night is over
Lap 44 - The race is red flagged as the sky opens up, dropping torrential rain and hail onto the track. Tesco Princess must have an expert weather forecaster on their team because they timed that perfectly
Weather delay - here is the field going into the restart
Lap 47 - Bowser spins out on the restart, smacking the barricade hard. He’s out. Bad night for Coors Koopa
Lap 50 - Look who’s emerged for the last part of the race! With King Bulblin gone, none other than Ganondorf has appeared , and he’s firing bolts of electricity at racers! One of his first shots zaps Diddy Kong, and his power unit short circuits. No points for Dole Banana tonight
Lap 52 - A deku baba takes a big bite out of Dash Bowman’s right front tire. He’s done.
Lap 53 - Fuzzer and Triforcemaster are being swamped by furious femininity. The two humans are 5th and 6th, with Peach, Rosalina, Zelda, and Daisy running 1st through 4th
Lap 56 - Sherwin Williams Hyrule and Delta Sarasaland are fighting each other again, this time for 3rd place. With the battle intense, it looks like Tesco Princess could be away for gold here. Amazon, Ford, CVS, and BMW are all battling for top 10 places at this point
Lap 58 - Ganondorf’s Bolts find another prey, this time it’s Miles Edgeworth whose power unit gets fried. No change at the front, Tesco Princess are away for the win, with Sherwin Williams Hyrule looking likely for bronze as Amazon Plumber are trying to put the hurt on Delta Sarasaland late on
Lap 60 - After working their plan with the weather to perfection, Peach and Rosalina finally battle each other on the final lap. Rosalina takes the lead at the roundabout and avoids the danger in the field to take her first checkered flag of the season. Peach takes silver in what is an absolutely massive night for Tesco Princess...who have made gambling with fuel stops into an art form this season. Earlier races they might have rolled snake eyes but this time the dice came up boxcars. Meanwhile Tm3 and Zelda win the duel with Fuzzer and Daisy. They come together to the finish and Tm3 hits the brakes inches from the line, allowing Zelda to take the bronze and stand on the podium for the first time.
1.Rosalina - 25 pts
2.Peach - 20 pts
3.Zelda - 18 pts
4.Triforcemaster - 15 pts
5.Luigi - 12 pts
6.Daisy - 10 pts
7.Mario - 9 pts
8.Fuzzer - 8 pts
9.Banjo - 7 pts
10.Fox - 6 pts
11.Timber - 5 pts
12.Jody Summer - 4 pts
13.Gary Oak - 3 pts
14.Wolf - 2 pts
15.Krystal - 1 pt