In King of the Hill Events, the player competes in a basic race that adhere to the basic rules and gameplay mechanics of a Standard Race in Team Sonic Racing. As such, the player takes part in an all-against-all race where they compete by themselves without any teammates by their side. Up to twelve racers can compete in this Event at the same time. The player's standings during a race is displayed in the upper left corner of the HUD and is constantly updated. The racers are also allowed to pick up power-ups from the Item Boxes on the race tracks and use them against rival racers. The racers also cannot pull off any team maneuvers, such as the Item Box Transfer, Slingshot, Skim Boost, Rival Takedown and Team Ultimate.
In King of the Hill Events, the player competes against other racers for the first position in a race along a track which has no lap limit. The racer who manages to take the first position will begin collecting points automatically.
The amounts of points the racers have collected during the race, and the amount needed to win the Event, are displayed by a point gauge on top of the screen. Inside it is a growing yellow bar. This bar shows the amount of points the racer in the first position has gathered for themselves. The character icon on the right side of the yellow bar indicate which racer the bar belongs to. When a new racer takes over the first position in the race however, the yellow bar inside the point gauge will switch over to the yellow bar belonging to that racer and begin showing their progress. At the same time, the point gauge will also show how far the racer with the most points has gotten by displaying their character icon where they have gotten to on the point gauge.
A King of the Hill Event will be completed when the point gauge is filled up completely by a racer. That racer is then declared the winner of the Team King of the Hill. Also, after concluding a King of the Hill Event, the result screen will display the total time each racer spend in the first position.