Originally Posted by mish
since a lot of people seem to have this problem i'll just tell you what i did that worked great for me.
at the beginning of the race stay out of first. cycle through items until lap 3 and get triple shrooms (very likely if you stay in 5th-7th), and hold them. take your best lines until you come to a shortcut, then use one to take first while you still have one/two shrooms. now you can simply dodge the blue shell if it comes (not to mention recovering from reds quickly). the later in the race you do this the better, since if you do it too early you will get the shrooms shocked off of you, that's why i recommend waiting till last lap.
hope this helps.
I've tried that a few times, and every friggin time the person behinds me gets a red. I can't hold shrooms to save my life, unless I get a 7th place box at the very beginning and draft to 1st.
I got majorly karma-owned...I was frontrunning Bowser's Castle, blued down to 2nd lap 3(what a shock). It was still close, but I realized I'd have to draft/snipe him to get ahead. Coming up on the final turn, I throw a banana that lands right on top of him(yea boi), and drifted to victory...only to take a 2nd blue 1/1000th of an inch before the finish line. Drat.