Sami Cetin

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Sami Cetin, the UK Champion of Super Mario Kart (SNES) and World Record Holder of Mario Circuit 1


Introduction

Sami Cetin of London, is the Founder and Director of the Super Mario Kart (SMK) Time Trial World Records Site for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System SNES. He is the chief times and news updater of the SMK community since November 1998, and continues this task since the 2006 automated reincarnation of the site as a Global Director. His dedication and long-service to Super Mario Kart have earned him the title 'Godfather of SMK'. Sami is a two time PAL Time Trial World Champion of Super Mario Kart (also holding the title of the longest reigning PAL Time Trial World Champion by cumulative number of days) and is currently ranked 4th fastest in the World. Sami first held the Time Trial title from September 1998 to April 2004 (at one point holding all 40 WRs) and has also maintained the title as the UK National Champion on SMK for all of the modes from 1998 to present. He is most famous for his achievements on Mario Circuit 1 (the first race track in the entire Mario Kart franchise), by being the first to reach a Non-NBT 1'00"99 in August 2000. This led to an eventual Guinness World Records entry in 2012 with a 58.34 seconds World Record time. On Christmas Day 2013 he became the first person on Earth to break the PAL 58 second barrier with a 57.90 seconds World Record and broke a similar barrier in November 2014 by going sub 56 seconds on NTSC with 55.97 seconds. Sami won the overall Multiplayer Title one time at the Super Mario Kart World Championships 2012 held in Thil, near Reims, France during 21st - 26th August 2012. He was also the overall PAL and NTSC Super Mario Kart Online Multiplayer World Champion from 2011 - 2014 on the former website SNESOT.com which has been discontinued.


Involvement in other Mario Kart games

Sami has played the other Mario Kart games, and he is one of the best all-round Mario Kart players as per his Combined Mario Kart Rankings which were created as a fun side statistic combining all Mario Kart games where he was briefly in 1st many years ago. He was formerly the Non-Shortcut Time Trial World Champion in Mario Kart 64, where he had many impressive WRs and broke milestone barriers such as Wario Stadium 3lap in which he got 3:39.99 as an NTSC time. He was also world champion of Mario Kart Super Circuit for the first few months of competition including taking many former World Records in early 2002 before retiring from the GBA title. He only spent a little time on Mario Kart Double Dash but a bit longer on Mario Kart DS. His Time Trial competition on Mario Kart DS led to him briefly becoming UK Champion there during the start of 2007 but retired within a few months to make a return to Super Mario Kart where World Multiplayer Competition was picking up. Following winning a Nintendo Wii U at the SMK World Championships 2014, Sami acquired a copy of Mario Kart 8, but had no plans to compete on this or future Mario Kart titles.


World Titles / Records in a few other games

Sami also played some other games where he went for records, even though it wasn't as extensively as Super Mario Kart. These were mainly SNES titles too... Stunt Race FX (Wild Trax on SFC) was released in 1994 and Sami is known for being the current Time Trial World Champion there on both PAL and NTSC versions of the game holding all 16 respective Free Trax Time Trial World Records on PAL and almost all on NTSC. Sami's main rival on NTSC is Dave Phaneuf from Canada.

F-Zero SNES was also a big favorite for Sami where he also enjoyed PAL Time Attack competition, and he holds the UK Records for Mute City 1 and Big Blue, amongst many other strong times that are some of the best in the country. The competition on this game has been huge around the globe, making it tough; nevertheless Sami has reached a high World Rank on the F-Zero Combined PAL and NTSC World Rankings not taking into account some additional professional F-Zero players from Japan who are unranked.

Street Racer for the SNES was a Super Mario Kart clone (although had different handling) but still followed the same Mode 7 graphics. It had a Time Attack mode aswell where you could specify how long a course time you wanted to do and a system to do Best Laps primarily. Sami is the unanimous Time Trial World Champion of NTSC on this game and holds most of the World Records on PAL. His main rival being Alicia L'Hoëst of France who holds the other 7. However on an overall basis this makes Sami the Time Trial World Champion of both PAL and NTSC versions.

Sami has also competed on Micro Machines 2 : Turbo Tournament for the SNES for Time Trials. But didn't favour the game for Multiplayer as much. Sami holds / held some UK Records for this game, and his colleagues from Super Mario Kart, Chris Clark and Ben Allen hold the remainder.

Micro Machines V4 for Playstation 2 was well enjoyed and introduced to Sami around the Norway 2007 meet time. The current Time Trial World Champion based on the Cyberscore points system is Florent Lecoanet of France. Sami doesn't have any World Records here but is currently the UK Time Trial Champion of this game.

Sami was a keen player of many Nintendo 64 Titles, although mainly for fun such as Banjo-Kazooie. However prior to that, a racing game called Diddy Kong Racing was released which was a huge hit. Time Trial competition was also fierce here and he is the London overall Time Trial Champion on combined charts.

Another game which Sami had some moderate success in was Banjo-Pilot on the Game Boy Advance. He is currently the 3rd fastest player in the UK on Time Trials following Stacy Needham and Ben Bayntun.


Sami Cetin's Super Mario Kart PAL Time Trial Videos (The majority are UK Records and a few are World Records)


Sami Cetin's Super Mario Kart NTSC Time Trial Videos (The majority are UK Records and a few are World Records)


Sami Cetin's Multiplayer Tournament Achievements

Year Where Tournament Game or Mode Rank Notes


2017 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2017 Overall Result of 4 modes 3rd Out of 54 overall, Gold Medals in TT & Match Race
2017 USAFlag.JPG Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 - Super Mario Kart NTSC Time Trial Speed Run 1st Win vs Karel van Duijvenboden in 30:03
2016 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2016 Overall Result of 4 modes 4th Out of 53 overall, Bronze Medal in 150cc GP
2015 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL GP 150cc 2015 1st 13-7 win vs Karel in Final
2015 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Match Race 2015 2nd 12-8 loss to Karel in Final
2015 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Battle Mode 2015 8th 10-3 loss to Drew in Quarter
2015 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2015 Overall Result of 4 modes 5th Out of 56 overall, Silver Medal in Time Trial
2015 UK.JPG Mario Kart 64 VS Tournament at Four Quarters, Peckham, London GP 150cc 1st Out of 27 competitors
2015 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC GP 150cc 2015 3rd 12-8 loss to Garro in Semi
2015 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Match Race 2015 3rd 13-7 loss to Karel in Semi
2015 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Battle Mode 2015 8th 10-5 loss to Kart_King in Quarter
2015 UK.JPG Mario Kart 64 GP Tournament at Four Quarters, Peckham, London GP 100cc 5th Eliminated in Quarter Final
2014 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL 150cc GP 2014 2nd 17-3 loss to Julien Holmiere in Final
2014 UK.JPG Street Fighter II SNES Tournament at 3Compasses League 2nd 2nd out of 9 in league
2014 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Match Race 2014 2nd 13-7 loss to Julien Holmiere in Final
2014 UK.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES Tournament at 3Compasses PAL Match Race 1st 1st Place of 32 competitors
2014 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Battle Mode 2014 4th 10-5 loss to Geoffrey Label in Semi
2014 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2014 Overall Result of 4 modes 2nd Three Silver Medals and 5th Battle Mode
2014 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC 150cc GP 2014 2nd 12-8 loss vs Karel van Duijvenboden in Final
2014 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Match Race 2014 2nd 13-11 loss vs Karel van Duijvenboden in Final
2014 UK.JPG Games Expo East Kent 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES Match Race Head Start Exhibition Win 14-6 vs Josh Wickenden (Margate)
2014 UK.JPG Games Expo East Kent 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES Match Race Head Start Exhibition Draw 10-10 vs Tom Harvey (Margate)
2014 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Battle Mode 2014 6th 10-5 loss vs Kart King in Quarter Final
2013 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL 150cc GP 2013 1st 15-5 win vs Wayze in Final
2013 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Match Race 2013 1st 11-9 win vs Karel van Duijvenboden in Final
2013 UK.JPG RetroCollect Tournament Play Expo 2013 Diddy Kong Racing one try time attack 1st Win on Ancient Lake
2013 UK.JPG RetroCollect Tournament Play Expo 2013 Mario Kart 64 NTSC one try time attack 1st Win on Bowser Castle
2013 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Battle Mode 2013 5th 10-7 loss to Drew Blumfield in Quarter
2013 UK.JPG RetroActive Leicester F-Zero SNES One Try Time Attack Tournament 1st Win on Mute City 1
2013 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2013 Overall Result of 4 modes 2nd Wins 1st 150cc Gold Medal vs Florent Lecoanet
2013 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC 150cc GP 2013 1st 12-8 win vs Drew Blumfield
2013 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Match Race 2013 2nd 12-8 loss to Julien Holmiere
2013 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Battle Mode 2013 7th 10-4 loss to Julien Holmiere in Quarter
2012 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL 150cc GP 2012 2nd 12-8 loss to Karel van Duijvenboden
2012 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Match Race 2012 3rd 12-10 loss to Karel van Duijvdenboden in Semi
2012 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Battle Mode 2012 6th 10-9 loss to Erik Petterson in Quarter
2012 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2012 Overall Result of 4 modes 1st 4th Gold Medal at Match Race & 2nd Time Trial
2012 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC 150cc GP 2012 1st 13-7 win vs Wayze
2012 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Match Race 2012 1st 16-4 win vs Drew Blumfield
2012 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Battle Mode 2012 5th 10-5 loss to Stephen Harloff in Quarter
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Choco Island 1 Match Race League 1st Won 15-0-3
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Ghost Valley 3 Match Race League 1st Won 15-0-0
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Mario Circuit 2 Match Race League 1st Won 18-0-0
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL 150cc GP 2011 3rd 13-7 loss to Drew Blumfield in Semi
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Match Race 2011 3rd 11-9 loss to Geoffrey Label in Semi
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament PAL Battle Mode 2011 7th 10-1 loss to Drew Blumfield in Quarter
2011 UK.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES UK Championships 2011 Overall Result of 4 modes 1st 3 Gold Medals, 1 Silver
2011 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2011 Overall Result of 4 modes 2nd 3rd Gold Medal at Match Race
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC 150cc GP 2011 2nd 13-7 loss to Julien Holmiere
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Match Race 2011 1st 15-5 win vs Geoffrey Label
2011 Snesot.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES Online Tournament NTSC Battle Mode 2011 1st 10-9 win vs Garro
2010 UK.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES UK Championships 2010 Overall Result of 4 modes 1st 3 Gold Medals, 1 Silver
2010 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2010 Overall Result of 4 modes 2nd 2nd Gold Medal at Match Race
2009 UK.JPG SMK Tower European Open Super Street Fighter IV 5th Loss to Patrick Wessels in Quarter-Final
2009 UK.JPG SMK Tower European Open Super Mario Kart Match Race PAL & NTSC 3rd Loss to Karel van Duijvenboden in Semi-Final
2009 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2009 Overall Result of 4 modes 2nd First Gold Medal at Time Trial & Match Race
2008 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES European Championships 2008 Overall Result of 4 modes 4th Debut at Official World Championships
2008 Belgium.JPG Super Mario Kart Belgian Exhibition Match Races PAL Match Race 1st 16-4 win vs Mathieu Jaspard
2008 Belgium.JPG Super Mario Kart Belgian Exhibition Match Races PAL Match Race 1st 16-4 win vs Jean-Francois Schepers
2008 Belgium.JPG Super Mario Kart Belgian Exhibition Match Races PAL Match Race 1st 14-6 win vs Geoffrey Ewbank
2007 Norway.JPG Next Level Gaming (NLG) Championship Norway 2007 Super Mario Kart Match Race World Open 2nd 10-5 Loss to Florent Lecoanet in Final
2007 Norway.JPG Next Level Gaming (NLG) Championship Norway 2007 Mario Kart 64 Match Race World Open 8th 5-2 loss to Tom Gaffikin
2007 Norway.JPG Next Level Gaming (NLG) Championship Norway 2007 Super Street Fighter II Turbo (PS2) 4th Loss in Semi-Final to Harold Christensen
2007 Norway.JPG Next Level Gaming (NLG) Championship Norway 2007 Street Fighter III : Third Strike (PS2) 8th Loss in Quarter Final to Patrick Wessels
2007 France.JPG International Fun Cup 2007 Super Mario Kart Match Race Exhibitions 2nd 13-7 Loss to Pierre L'Hoest in Match Race
2007 UK.JPG SMK Tower Street Fighter Alpha 3 UK Training Exhibition Street Fighter Alpha 3 Random Character Exhibition 2nd 102-98 loss vs Jonathan Sifleet
2006 UK.JPG SMK World Meet London, July 2006 Super Mario Kart Match Race Exhibitions 2nd 12-8 Loss to Pierre L'Hoest in Match Race
2006 UK.JPG SMK UK Meet, London, April 2006 Super Mario Kart Match Race Tournament 1st 13-7 Win vs Matthew McCarthy in Match Race
2005 UK.JPG SMK Tower Fighting Game Exhibitions Super Street Fighter II Turbo PS2 Anniversary Challenge 2nd 9-7 loss vs Jonathan Sifleet
1994 UK.JPG SMK UK Meet, London, March 1994 Super Mario Kart Match Race Tournament 1st Win vs Jonathan Cem Pulleine in Match Race

External Links



The 2006 Karter Contest
Complete Bracket | Prediction Contest | Matchups & Results

Penev Land
Penev | Roodhorst/TvL
Trystan | Grandjean
Karel | Huber
Szabo | Karlo
Jongerius | Everett
Usher | Joe Bernier
Moritz | Lacey
L'Hoest | Karlsson

Jones Land
Wonn | Tanney
Mollenhauer | Taylor
S. Gutierrez/Clark | Jones
Gaffikin | Make That Jump
Lewis | Berger
Miller | Barbetta
Cooper | Halford
White | Dunkel

Liem Land
Cromwell | Ihnatenko
Bunde | Laflamme
Piet/Olivier P | Liem
Whalls | Blumfield
Zwartjes | Hukkelaas
Rodriguez | Sully
Fried | Brauninger
Pobre | Nai

Cetin Land
v/d Fluit | Toch
Habrich | Marcelo
Stinson | TB1
Runnelid | Booth
Bukrim | PYL
Ségas | LPS
Steel/Hedley | Sami
Stelzig | Balch