Birabuto Kingdom Grand Prix
Dry Dry Desert, Birabuto Kingdom, Sarasaland
9:30 pm: Driver intros are finishing up and getting perhaps the loudest cheers from the Sarasaland crowd are the local duo of Fuzzer and Daisy, especially for the latter for winning the MKRA championship last season.
9:45 pm: Pre race ceremonies are held before the race. Prior to the Sarasaland national anthem a moment of silence was held for recently deceased FIA F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting who died earlier today in Australia for the Australian Grand Prix. Following the anthem, the drivers get into their vehicles.
9:55 pm: Engines have fired and the formation lap has begun.
While the karts are doing their lap, here is the starting grid for tonight's Birabuto Kingdom Grand Prix:
Row 1 - Fuzzer, Daisy, Mario, Luigi
Row 2 - Fox, Krystal, Peach, Rosalina
Row 3 - Captain Falcon, Jody Summer, Toad, Toadette
Row 4 - Triforcemaster, Zelda, Yoshi, Birdo
Row 5 - Bowser, Koopa Troopa, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong
Row 6 - Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth, Banjo, Kazooie
Row 7 - Pit, Palutena, Kirby, King Dedede
Row 8 - Louie, Olimar, Sonic, Amy Rose
Row 9 - Wolf, Dash, Megaman, Zero
Row 10 - Pikachu, Pichu, Akari Hayami, Ryota Hayami
DNF: Kirby, Olimar, Louie, Sonic, Amy, Dedede, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Fox, Toad, Toadette,
Lap 1: The 40 kart field lines up at the starting line to begin the race and the 2019 MKRA season. Lakitu comes to the start holding the starting lights, which begins the countdown. Lights are green and it's time to bring the action. A great start for all drivers as they complete the first lap of 2019 with no issues.
Lap 5: Daisy gets by Fuzzer for the lead to the delight of the home crowd. Meanwhile, the newly prompted teams are doing a great job moving through the pack early. Helping things out is a 5 car pileup involving Kirby, Louie, Olimar, Sonic and Amy after King Dedede intentionally tapped his own teammate for reasons unknown, sending the lightweight into the path of the others.
Lap 7: Race control wastes no time black flagging Dedede for the intentional wreck on his teammate, though he says on team radio that it was a mistake, the replay angles race control had showed otherwise. He's down a lap as a result of this.
Lap 10: On the restart, Luigi makes a daring move into the first turn, going four wide past Mario, Fuzzer and Daisy into the lead. It only leads him into the slower dirt though and he loses the lead moments later. Oops.
Lap 13: Dedede thought he could cut through the middle of the quicksand pit by gunning his kart at max speed and ends up getting swallowed in the middle, needing to be rescued by Lakitu and ending his race. He's not happy with his own stupidity, though he does make amends with Kirby in the team garage thankfully for his wreck earlier.
Lap 15: Fox and Krystal have found themselves behind Fuzzer and Daisy and the two foxes are threatening to take the lead with 5 laps until the first pit stops.
Lap 20: First round of pit stops are done and everyone but Akari and Ryota Hayami came down pit road as the two Japanese drivers want to lead a few laps and maybe pit when the next yellow waves. Hope it pays off.
Lap 23: And pay off, it does. Bowser and Donkey Kong wreck each other and take each other out. The Hayami siblings can go down pit road and do their service without the tanks tunning dry.
Lap 25: Fox gets a good jump at the restart and takes the lead from Daisy. Krystal follows through and takes second place too.
Lap 29: Elsewhere in the field, Jody Summer and Rosalina have found themselves trading 5th and 6th place so often, they don't notice Peach make a daring three wide pass to get by both of them for 5th.
Lap 30: Not much to report right now but Bowser and DK aren't happy with each other given the wreck earlier as the two giants got into a crazy brawl in the garage area trading blows at each other with their respective teams trying to get the two separated, though given the sizes of Bowser and DK, that's easier said than done.
Lap 35: You know, when Peppy tells Fox to do a Barrell roll, something tells me getting into a huge rollover following a blown tire in a banked corner is NOT what the hare meant. Sadly, he's done.
Lap 40: Second round of pits stops have ended and Delta Sarasaland stay 1-2 as a result. No one made any crazy strategies this time.
Lap 45: Krystal and Daisy have exchanged the lead several times since the pit stop and it seems the two women could be 1-2 when it's done. But with 15 laps left, anything could happen.
Lap 50: Toad and Toadette both have an unfortunate crash and are done.
Lap 55: 5 laps left and Krystal leads Daisy, but not by much. This looks to be a fun battle to the last lap.
Lap 59: Getting close to the final lap and it's still Daisy and Krystal but Fuzzer and Mario might have something to say about it if the two leaders do something crazy.
Lap 60: With so many lead changes on the final lap, it was clear that Daisy and Krystal would be fighting for the win at the line but this inadvertently allowed others to get in the battle and in a shocker no one saw coming, Fuzzer makes an easy three wide pass on the final stretch around Daisy and Krystal who do finish on the podium though.
Results to come shortly.
1. Fuzzer - 25 pts
2. Daisy- 20 pts
3. Krystal - 18 pts
4. Mario - 15 pts
5. Jody Summer - 12 pts
6. Captain Falcon - 10 pts
7. Luigi - 9 pts
8. Wolf - 8 pts
9. Dash - 7 pts
10. TM3 - 6 pts
11. Zelda - 5 pts
12. Peach- 4 pts
13. Rosalina - 3 pts
14. Phoenix Wright - 2 pts
15. Miles Edgeworth - 1 pt