Keep your eyes on what items the AI gets. If you see a Blue Shell, be ready to slam on the breaks and let one NPC pass you lol. Unless of course you're almost at the finish line, in which case you're probably screwed.
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"Getting first place" as it stands is really not a big feat. You just need to drive remotely well and take advantage of most of your opportunities to mini-turbo, and avoid excessively falling off of the track. If you do poorly enough, a star or bullet bill will go a long way in helping.
Depending on the way your AI opponents play, coming in second or third place doesn't necessarily hurt your standing when it comes to winning the entire cup, either.
An infant sea turtle is actually capable of killing an adult African bull elephant. It does, however, require a substantial amount of surprise.
TC, my tips for you are as follows. the CPU is cheap and has been proven to cheat. Get cheap on them, drift every corner for power slides . Press R to jump at the edge of each ramp, this also includes bumps in the road, it will boost you indefinitely. You can literally create a boost by pressing R for the slightest bump in the road .Most importantly play with 3D mode on, I have found that it dumbs the AI for some reason, it's a fact see for yourself.