Leyla Hasso

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Leyla Hasso, 2nd fastest player in the UK, and UK Women's Champion of Super Mario Kart SNES

Introduction

Leyla Hasso is a Super Mario Kart (SMK) (SNES) player from London, UK and is the niece of Sami Cetin. Leyla is currently the undefeated UK Women's Champion of Super Mario Kart Time Trial on both PAL and NTSC modes (former Women's Time Trial World Champion from 18th March 2012 - 9th February 2015*); she is also ranked the 2nd fastest PAL Time Trial player in the UK. Leyla is however the six time Women's World Champion on the Multiplayer World Championship results since 2012. She was historically known for her match against MKDD player Vincent van der Fluit in a SMK Grand Prix 150cc Mushroom Cup tournament for karters around their skill level in 2007. Leyla Hasso has been featured in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2013 for her Women's World Title at the time on Super Mario Kart SNES and also in the Guinness World Records 2014 and 2015 main books respectively. Outside of Super Mario Kart, she was also a keen Mario Kart Super Circuit player (Gameboy Advance), where she also holds a UK Women's title and made a good entry into Mario Kart 64 Time Trials.


Sami Cetin with Leyla Hasso, November 1999

Starting out with some games and introduction to Super Mario Kart

Leyla Hasso has been involved with Super Mario Kart since her very early years including assisting Sami Cetin with a Time Trial site update in late 1999. She played the SMK a little during Nursery time hitting some of her first lap times on Mario Circuit 1 and playing some GP Mushroom Cup. She also played various games on the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Game Boy Advance.


Sami Cetin with Leyla Hasso, in late 2001

In 2004, Sami decided to get Leyla her own SNES with Super Mario Kart and Super Mario All Stars. Shortly after putting together a full timeset on Super Mario Kart, she then officially joined the Super Mario Kart Time Trial World Records Site in Summer of 2004. Six months later, her initial competitor on Time Trials was 6 year old Tanja Huber of Germany (the younger sister of Former German Champion, Armin Huber). Tanja was a great contender and both karters exchanged ranks several times. Leyla eventually overtook her on Time Trials and passed a few more karters till she stopped playing for a while. By 2007 she had been learning how to drive with Bowser and reached 1'03" level on Mario Circuit 1 Time Trials.


Leyla Hasso winning her Tournament Final in Super Mario Kart vs Vincent van der Fluit

Leyla Hasso vs Vincent van der Fluit

A Tournament was organised by Leyla's Uncle Sami Cetin on Saturday 6th October 2007 and was also a big day for Leyla's SMK career. The Tournament included karters of the Intermediates to Beginners on SMK. Leyla joined 'Team UK' (as established by Jonathan Sifleet). 8 players entered which would be set on 150cc Grand Prix mode of Mushroom Cup.


Leyla had an early match vs Lindsay Molenaar of the Netherlands, advancing to the later rounds. Vincent van der Fluit defeated the remainder of UK players including John Barber, placing Leyla and Vincent in the final. After some great races Leyla won the cup. Here is the Final video of Leyla Hasso vs Vincent van der Fluit. Shortly after this Tournament she took a break from SMK, and played some Mario Kart DS on the side for fun plus some PC games.


Leyla Hasso Interviewed by Nintendo

In December 2008, Leyla had the opportunity to be interviewed by Nintendo for the Nintendo Wii Channel. Her uncle Sami Cetin also had a separate interview at the same time. The interview highlighted her success as a young gamer; reaching #1 on the Women's ranking in London and #2 in the UK on SMK and how participating in an international tournament went the year before. The video was featured on the Nintendo Wii Channel in early 2009. (Watch her Interview Video with Nintendo)


Leyla Hasso ready to enter the UK SMK Championships

Super Mario Kart UK Championships 2010 leading to big return in 2012

Leyla participated in the one time only UK Championships for Super Mario Kart. On 2nd October 2010 there was a huge event in Fairfield Halls, Croydon South London which had 28 competitors from all over the UK, even as far as Scotland. Leyla placed 16th overall in this event with the Time Trial one try mode being her strongest placing at 14th.

Another comeback in 2012 led Leyla to improve more of her weaker records in Time Trial. Eventually she managed to reach her first Women's World Record on 7th January 2012 on Choco Island 1 lap with 0'12"78 . Following this she continued to Time Trial between January to March working through all the weaker tracks, learning new strategies including platform jumps on Ghost Valley 1 and 3 and many Women's World Records were hit. Next, she challenged the records of the fastest female player in the UK at the time, Sue Cladingboel. On 11th March 2012 Leyla Hasso passed Sue to become the UK's Fastest Female Super Mario Kart player and ranked 2nd fastest female in the World on PAL. One week later Leyla's continued records helped her to pass Tanja Bronnecke (Germany) to become the fastest Female Super Mario Kart Player in the World for PAL version.


Leyla Hasso with her Team UK at the SMK World Championship 2012

Super Mario Kart World Championship 2012, France

Leyla Hasso made her debut at the Super Mario Kart World Championships in France in 2012. Her attendance was a surprise to many and she would enter the competition as Female World Champion for the first time. She joined her uncle Sami Cetin and six other Top members of Team UK for the Tournament and was up against 50+ of the best Super Mario Kart competitors from 8 countries around the World.

She placed 32nd overall which was a pleasing result considering limited experience in Match Race and some of the other modes. She did however place well in the Time Trial one tries and Battle Mode, up at 27th. Leyla was also one of few karters at the event who achieved all 20/20 zoom starts during the PAL Time Trial one try event.


Match Race Open at the Play Expo 2012, EventCity, Manchester, UK

Leyla Hasso and her Uncle Sami Cetin travelled to Manchester in October 2012 to attend the Play Expo 2012 event. A section was set up for a Match Race tournament that began with a Time trial one try qualifier; the Top 16 would then advance to the Tournament Bracket. Leyla reached 1st position on the qualifier then made her way through the bracket, losing a couple of races in the Quarter Final and eventually facing Paul Darbyshire, Liverpool's Super Mario Kart Champion in the Final, which she won 9-4. Leyla earned a Gold SNES pad for her win.

Leyla's Match Race Final vs Paul Darbyshire (Video)


NintendoLife article

The team over at NintendoLife who do articles and various Nintendo related news globally, kindly put together a summary on Leyla's achievements in Super Mario Kart and collection of videos:

See the NintendoLife Article on Leyla Hasso


Leyla Hasso in the Guinness Book of Records Gamer's Edition 2013

Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2013

Following her uncle Sami's entry in the Guinness World Record books the previous year, Leyla had the opportunity for an entry into the 2013 Gamer's Edition book for holding more Super Mario Kart World Records for a female gamer than any other. A photoshoot was done in 2012 and this has been included into the book with Leyla wearing a Luigi hat (or L for Leyla). She also later featured in the 2014 and 2015 books for her achievements.


Games Expo East Kent 2013 Match Race Challenge and Vanilla Lake 2 Women's World Record

Leyla attended the Games Expo East Kent 2013 event in Margate, UK with her uncle Sami on Saturday 23rd February to volunteer for running a Super Mario Kart Tournament for the visitors. There were 73 entries and the winner of the first final was Dave Kingston. A special exhibition match was set up between Dave and Leyla Hasso with most of the venue spectating. Dave, a Battle Mode Specialist put up a good match winning a couple of races on tactics and coming close on a few more. The final result was 10-2 to Leyla; Leyla Hasso vs Dave Kingston Match Race Video



Super Mario Kart World Championship 2013

Leyla Hasso attended the Super Mario Kart World Championship 2013 at La Suze-sur-Sarthe, near Le Mans, France between 20th - 25th August 2013 along with her Uncle Sami Cetin and the rest of Team UK. This was Leyla's 2nd Championship and following a year of hard Time Trialing and some multiplayer practice she was sure to improve greatly on the overall results. Leyla placed 16th Overall which was a big climb on the previous year!

150cc Grand Prix she had prepared for less, but some good driving helped her to reach the borderline for qualification into the Top 16. She had to face off vs Takashi Ogasawara of Japan to decide who goes through, and this was on Mushroom Cup 150cc, which Leyla comfortably won after getting a good lead from Ghost Valley 1 onwards. Leyla Hasso vs Takashi Ogasawara 150cc Grand Prix video

Match Race mode was tough on the groups, but following a good driving procedure and item use, Leyla entered the barrage face off match again, this time vs Samuel Gomez. She won this in style even getting a classic "UK Lightning" at the end on Ghost Valley 1 to officially reach the Top 16 there. Leyla Hasso vs Samuel Gomez Match Race Video

On the final day she decided to go for a live Women's World Record attempt on Vanilla Lake 2 PAL. You can view the live stream video of her 52.53 Women's World Record time that is also her first Top 15 time in the World.


Mario Kart 8 Promotions for Nintendo UK at EGX

With the release of Mario Kart 8 due on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014, Leyla has also partaken in some interviews along with her uncle Sami Cetin, filmed by Nintendo UK. This was also a good promotion of the upcoming new release and they were asked to have a demonstration of the game. This had taken place at EGX in London in late 2013 and the video was prepared for March 2014: Leyla Hasso and Sami Cetin try out Mario Kart 8


Super Mario Kart World Championship 2014

Leyla Hasso attended the Super Mario Kart World Championship 2014 at La Suze-sur-Sarthe, near Le Mans, France again between 12th - 17th August 2014 along with her Uncle Sami Cetin and the rest of Team UK. This was Leyla's 3rd Championship and she came armed with some NBT on basic tracks and improved tactics on the Multiplayer Modes.

Leyla made an awesome run on the Time Trial Mode running her most consistent one try set ever and 20/20 zoom starts. Her best hit was a 54 second one try on Vanilla Lake 2! She landed 9th there, marking her first single digit rank. She narrowly missed out on an opportunity to reach the Quarter Finals there with another VL2 run. However her potential shows she can go very far in future years. Match Race also went exceptionally well where she managed to tie many big rivals who are faster drivers and get some win points on key contenders. She also placed 9th for a second time running with a Top 16 exit in the bracket. Leyla also reached UK #2 on Time Trial one tries and Match Race for 2014.

Battle Mode wasn't Leyla's strongest though she gained more wins and draws than previous years and reached 17th place, a new height but missing out on the Top 16 by 1 point to her team member Chris Clark who qualified. 150cc Grand Prix she has trained less on but managed to reach 14th there. Leyla reached 13th overall at the SMK World Championship 2014, 3rd in the UK and retains all Women's titles on all of the Multiplayer modes.


Loss of Women's Time Trial World title to Alicia L'Hoest, 9th February 2015*

On the 9th February 2015, it was announced that former Time Trial World Champion, and current 4th fastest ever in the World on PAL and NTSC as of that date, Pierre L'Hoest of France, has had an identity change and will now be known as Alicia L'Hoest*. Following this change, Alicia (formerly Pierre) would now be included on the Women's World Ranking, taking all 40/40 records there on both PAL and NTSC. This change then moves Leyla into 2nd place again; and on NTSC Anna Moon of the UK and Yukiko Takada of Japan who held records on there have now also lost those to Alicia.


Leyla Hasso, 2nd fastest player in the UK, and UK Women's Champion of Super Mario Kart SNES

UK #2 Time Trial Rank on PAL

In summer 2015, Leyla Hasso made a return to Super Mario Kart PAL Time Trials to secure some key PRs. She broke the sub minute barrier on Mario Circuit 1 for the first time, and with these latest PRs, she was able to pass Ben Allen for the 2nd fastest Time Trial rank on PAL Super Mario Kart Time Trials in the UK.


Super Mario Kart World Championships 2015

Leyla had limited time to train for the 2015 championships but was determined to compete again in Super Mario Kart. She would face a stronger competition from Belgium's fastest female player, Sophie Jarmouni. Leyla would also compete for the first time as the UK #2 in Time Trial Mode which she achieved slightly earlier this year. Her final rank was 11th overall and 3rd in the UK (after Sami and Conor).

Time Trial had a bit of a struggle on some tracks for Leyla this year, and the competition was a lot fiercer, minus one or two previous competitors not taking part this year. She reached 9th in the groups and had a shot at the Quarter Finals, however a zoom start miss on Rainbow Road and a subsequent error on Ghost Valley 1 made her final rank 9th and elimination in the Top 16. Leyla however maintained UK #2 at Time Trial One tries for the second year.

Match Race was a confident mode for Leyla; and with the increased competition she landed a very high group stage position at 9th overall, with a notable 2-2 score on live stream vs World Champion, Florent Lecoanet. Leyla reached the Top 16 vs racing specialist Jeremie Clement, and put a good match in, but he edged it with tactics and a few extra zoom starts, eliminating Leyla 5-2.

Battle Mode was also the weaker mode for Leyla which she had limited time to train, so it would be an uphill battle. But she had a goal to try to reach the Top 16 which she had not achieved before in Battle Mode. She then reached 15th on the groups, skipping the barrages and was eliminated 5-0 by 2nd seed Florent Lecoanet in the Top 16.

150cc Grand Prix proved to be the toughest for everyone this year as more competitors would take part than ever before. Leyla had many near misses in the group stages, landing her at 17th. She faced USA's former National Champion, Joe Bernier in the Barrage on live stream on Mushroom Cup 150cc GP and Leyla took the win, advancing into the Top 16 there, marking the first time she reached the Top 16 at least on all of the modes. Leyla then faced 1st seed Geoffrey Label, losing 2-0 to him on cups who went on to win the Gold medal that night.


Super Mario Kart World Championships 2016

Leyla attended the World Championships in 2016 which were held in Strasbourg, France. She placed 11th in the Group Stage for Time Trials with a very narrow miss of reaching the Quarter Finals after reaching the Top 16.

Match Race performance went very well for her in the group stages, and Leyla managed to hold up well against the stronger players, reaching 9th there this year. She had a very close match against Jeremie Clement which she was able to win against this time, but then lost in the Top 16 to Aron Langerak 5-3 where she again had a good opportunity to reach the Quarter Finals.

Battle Mode proved very tough this year and Leyla had a lot of draws and losses which were previously wins or draws respectively. After the group stage she placed 21st. 150cc Grand Prix improved and even though it was a strong line up, Leyla reached the Top 16 and took on Dutch Veteran Martin van Haasteren in the Barrage. She won the Match 36-18 on the in game points and was eliminated by Julien Holmiere in the Top 16. Leyla reached 15th out of 52 players at the 2016 World Championships Overall.


Super Mario Kart World Championships 2017

Leyla returned for the 25th anniversary celebration year of Super Mario Kart at the World Championships 2017, held back at La Suze. She reached the overall rank of 11th out of 54 players this year despite the hard line up and lack of training.

Time Trial group stage went well and improved on last year as she placed 8th, but then was eliminated in the Top 16 to become 9th as her final rank. Match Race went exceptionally well as she delivered great results in the group stage placing at 6th there which is her highest result ever. A Top 16 match vs Algerian Champion, Salim Araissia started with him having a strong lead, she made a big comeback but narrowly lost 5-4.

Battle Mode was a solid improvement on the previous year with a 13th place position on the group stages, and she won the barrage match vs Dutch #2 Aron Langerak to reach the Top 16, which followed with a 5-1 defeat vs UK Team Member, Conor Wood. On 150cc Grand Prix Leyla kept the momentum up and managed to take on faster rivals helping her to reach 12th. She had a Top 16 match vs France's Geoffrey Label who is a former medallist. She won a cup after a good strategy involving a green shell on Vanilla Lake 1, but lost 2-1.


Leyla Hasso's PAL NBT Super Mario Kart Time Trial Videos

PAL New Boosting Technique (PAL NBT Times):


Leyla Hasso's PAL Non-NBT Super Mario Kart Time Trial Videos

PAL Non-New Boosting Technique (PAL Non-NBT Times):


Leyla Hasso's NTSC Non-NBT Super Mario Kart Time Trial Videos

NTSC Non-New Boosting Technique (NTSC Non-NBT Times):


Leyla Hasso's Multiplayer Tournament Achievements

Year Where Tournament Game or Mode Rank Notes
2017 UK.JPG Play Expo 2017 Super Mario Kart SNES Manchester Open PAL Match Race 1st 10-1 win vs Ashley Woodcock (Lancashire)
2017 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2017 Overall Result of 4 modes 11th Out of 54 Worldwide competitors
2016 UK.JPG Play Expo 2016 Super Mario Kart SNES Manchester Open PAL Match Race 1st 10-1 win vs Ashley Woodcock (Lancashire)
2016 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2016 Overall Result of 4 modes 15th Out of 53 Worldwide competitors
2015 UK.JPG Play Expo 2015 Super Mario Kart SNES Manchester Open PAL Match Race 1st 10-1 win vs Ashley Woodcock (Lancashire)
2015 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2015 Overall Result of 4 modes 11th Out of 56 Worldwide competitors
2014 UK.JPG Play Expo 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES Manchester Open PAL Match Race 1st 10-1 win vs Robert Ward (Manchester)
2014 UK.JPG EGX 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES Exhibition Match PAL Match Race 1st 19-1 win vs Stacy Needham (Oxfordshire)
2014 UK.JPG EGX 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES EGX Tournament PAL Match Race Grand Final 1st 10-1 win vs Chris Castledine (London)
2014 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2014 Overall Result of 4 modes 13th Out of 43 Worldwide competitors
2014 UK.JPG Games Expo East Kent 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES Exhibition Match PAL Match Race 1st 20-0 win vs Josh Wickenden (Margate)
2014 UK.JPG Games Expo East Kent 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES Exhibition Match PAL Match Race 1st 20-0 win vs Tom Harvey (Margate)
2014 UK.JPG Games Expo East Kent 2014 Super Mario Kart SNES Margate Open PAL Match Race Grand Final 1st 10-0 win vs Adam Mallett (Margate)
2014 UK.JPG Beckenham Super Mario Kart Exhibition Match PAL Match Race 1st 11-9 win vs Conor Wood (London)
2014 UK.JPG Beckenham Super Mario Kart Exhibition Match PAL Battle Mode 2nd 10-2 loss to Conor Wood (London)
2013 UK.JPG Play Expo 2013 Super Mario Kart SNES Exhibition Match PAL Match Race 1st 17-3 win vs Matthew Ward (Birmingham)
2013 UK.JPG Play Expo 2013 Super Mario Kart SNES Manchester Open PAL Match Race Grand Final 1st 10-1 win vs Robert Ward (Manchester)
2013 UK.JPG Eurogamer Expo 2013 Super Mario Kart SNES Tournament NTSC Match Race Grand Final 1st 10-1 win vs Andrew Pugh (London)
2013 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2013 Overall Result of 4 modes 16th Out of 35 Worldwide competitors
2013 UK.JPG London Anime Con 2013 Super Mario Kart SNES Tournament PAL Match Race Grand Final 1st 7-0 win vs Ian Wall (London)
2013 UK.JPG SMK Tower Meet Super Mario Kart Exhibition Match PAL Match Race 2nd 12-8 loss to Conor Wood (London)
2013 UK.JPG SMK Tower Meet Super Mario Kart Exhibition Match PAL Match Race 2nd 11-9 loss to Ben Allen (London)
2013 UK.JPG Games Expo East Kent 2013 Super Mario Kart SNES Margate Open PAL Match Race Grand Final 1st 10-2 win vs Dave Kingston (London)
2012 UK.JPG SMK Tower Meet Super Mario Kart Exhibition Match PAL Match Race Draw 10-10 draw to David Moll (London)
2012 UK.JPG Play Expo 2012 Super Mario Kart SNES Manchester Open PAL Match Race Grand Final 1st 9-4 win vs Paul Darbyshire (Liverpool)
2012 France.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2012 Overall Result of 4 modes 33rd Out of 51 Worldwide competitors
2010 UK.JPG Super Mario Kart SNES UK Championships 2010 Overall Result of 4 modes 16th Out of 28 UK competitors
2009 UK.JPG SMK Tower European Intermediates Tournament PAL Match Race 2nd 5-4 Loss to Jonathan Sifleet in Final
2007 UK.JPG Super Mario Kart European Intermediates (Fairfield Halls, Croydon) PAL 150cc GP 1st 5-0 win vs Vincent van der Fluit in Final
2005 UK.JPG SMK Tower Casuals 150cc Grand Prix Exhibition NTSC 150cc GP 1st 4-1 win vs Michael Pilkington

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(BOLD indicates players in Round 3)


Mario Circuit (A)
Zwartjes | Jones
Taylor | Fabien
Moritz | L'Hoest
Ellis | Sacco
Toad's Turnpike (E)
Bukrim | Garman
van Asselt | Stinson
Patricio | Tanzer
Duff | Manning
Sherbet Land (I)
Hantson | Sullivan
Pugh | Babjar
Meaks | Bunde
Biff | Booth
DK's Jungle Parkway (M)
G-Danzee | Christensen
Make That Jump | Jongbloed
Hoernemann | Hermanny
Brutus | Sargoth

Peach Beach (B)
Segas | Balch
JSX | DarkRoy
Lacey | mattniss
Stellmacher | Faria
Coconut Mall (F)
Tapani | Benny
Lokken | TB1
Ostro | Langerak
Luca | Huber
Sky Garden (J)
Bhoja | Gregor
Clark | STanney
Stevie | GAS
Holmiere | Finn
Peach Gardens (N)
Holy Moly | Barnard
Billingsley | ALAKTORN
BPA | Rudmarker
Weatherton | Habben

Riverside Park (C)
Leare | Smith
Liem | Dufault
Steel | Engelsman
Karlo | Pacino
Waluigi Pinball (G)
Vince | Welch
Hasso | chili
Needham | Laflamme
PYL | Fried
Koopa Beach (K)
Stelzig | Michorius
Kles | KVD
Honko | Pobre
Shelbourne | LPS
Moo Moo Breadows (O)
Rub | Flemmer
Schiering | Jongerius
NeoSMK | Cole
Sword | Boudreau

Kalimari Desert (D)
Dunkel | Darius
Pulsar | Whalls
Miller | White
Kmacc | TvL
Ghost Valley (H)
Ord | P@UL
Miss April | Marques
Happy | Borne
Gaffikin | Runnelid
Bowser Castle (L)
den Dulk | SEB
Bernier | Maaatthew
Math | Etch
Layne | Wonn
Rainbow Road (P)
Karlsson | Thingy
di Vano | Stoneman
Pabst | Sascha
Cooper | Oliver