Haha, that's kind of funny. I played it once in 150cc before I got online so I knew what to expect. With the abundance of mushrooms there are some really easy and useful shortcuts at the end that you can learn to help you catch up.
I don't know if I am observing this the wrong way, but I get the impression that the main Super Mario Wiki community in this game is barren? It seems the some people prefer to host their own tournaments rather than to use the Super Mario Wiki one.