April 13, 2019 Saturday Night Showdowns (Round 9)

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This past weekend was our first competition with the underpass of the Super-G Bridge that is presently under construction. Although we have been running this layout for the past month, the visual of the new prop seemed to make things a little different for everyone participating. This combined with our new Spec Tire, DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II seemed to change it all up enough to give it a new spin.

Just for fun we have made the Saturday Night Showdowns a point series. It’s all for fun and every participant receives points which will be used at the end of the year.

Points will be awarded as follows:
15 pts – First Place
12 pts – Second Place
10 pts – Third Place
8 pts – Forth Place
7 pts – Fifth Place (Remainder of Top 8)
6 pts – Participation Points

In recent months we (as well as others in the pits) have seen a rise in bothered competitors after they lose a battle. We have also noticed a decrease in the competitors interest/attention during the Driver’s Meetings. Coincidence? I don’t believe so. So this week I put into play rotating judges. Every week I will have new judges helping me out. Everyone thinks it’s easy, but I know everyone will be in for a surprise. In addition, it will help educate them on what the judges are looking for and in turn will make them better drivers. This week was Alan Benites as the guest judge and he did great!

The Finals – Ethan David (L) and Hao Huang (R)

New Spec Tire 2 weeks later:
The new Spec Tires, DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II have proven to be a great move for Super-G! Details to come.

This weeks top four had come down to Ethan David vs. Hao Huang for 1st and 2nd Place, and Tim Mulhmeyer vs. Joe Tam for 3rd and 4th spot! First up was Tim vs. Joe. Joe was piloting the new Rhino-Max chassis since he’s been curious as to how it’s going to perform in a comp setting. The battles were tight as expected and really what we are accustom to seeing in the Top 4! Unfortunately on the last clip on Joe’s lead run, he got a little too excited and over-rotated. It wasn’t bad, but it was enough to give Tim the win and lock in 3rd spot!

The Winners, 1st – Hao Huang, 2nd – Ethan David, and 3rd – Tim Mulhmeyer

When we got to the Main Event, we had 2 competitors who are no strangers to that top podium spot, Ethan and Hao. We knew it was going to be a great battle and they didn’t disappoint! Both Ethan and Hao laid down some serious leads! Nothing to complain about, that’s for sure! It really all came down to the chases. Ethan gave a great chase! One that would normally be enough to take the win, but this was Hao’s night, and he pulled an insane chase out! Every transition was within a hair of Ethan’s bumper, and he matched angle and went deeper on all the clips! Hao took the Top Podium Spot and Ethan locked down 2nd place!!! Great driving to the both of them, and congratulations to Hao for taking home the win!

Joe being sneaky sneaky with 4th and the Rhino-Max

Points Earned – 4/13/19:
1st. 15 pts – Hao Huang
2nd. 12 pts – Ethan David
3rd. 10 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
4th. 8 pts – Joe Tam
5th. 7 pts – Aydin Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Sam Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Sam Taylor
5th. 7 pts – Steve Fujita
9th. 6 pts – Alan Benites
9th. 6 pts – Karlo Malabanan
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza

Point Standings – 4/13/19:
1st. – 80 pts – Hao Haung (15)
1st. – 80 pts – Alan Benites (6)
3rd. – 78 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (10)
4th. – 62 pts – Aydin Angulo (7)
5th. – 58 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
6th. – 57 pts – Manny Campalans
7th. – 54 pts – Joe Tam (8)
8th. – 52 pts – Josh Espinoza (6)
9th. – 48 pts – Sam Angulo (7)
10th. – 40 pts – Ethan David (12)
11th. – 39 pts – Colin Chambers
12th. – 37 pts – Nick Lepisto
13th. – 36 pts – Karlo Malabanan (6)
14th. – 35 pts – Kevin Motter 
15th. – 32 pts – Steve Fujita (7)
16th. – 25 pts – Sam Taylor (7)
17th. – 21 pts – Shilun Gu 
17th. – 21 pts – Alfredo Chan III
19th. – 19 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
20th. – 17 pts – Mikko Yang
21th. – 12 pts – Andy Orozco
21th. – 12 pts – Brian Kroells
21th. – 12 pts – Jose Aleman
21th. – 12 pts – Jelani Robinson 
21th. – 12 pts – 
Travon Yancy 
26th. – 7 pts – Tyler Hill
26th. – 7 pts – Dennis Caroza
26th. – 7 pts – Jose Sanchez
29th. – 6 pts – Shaine Collins
29th. – 6 pts – Jayson Ragasa
29th. – 6 pts – Juan Duran
29th. – 6 pts – Jian Allen
29th. – 6 pts – AJ Caroza
29th. – 6 pts – Chris Lagasca
29th. – 6 pts – Dan Aguada
29th. – 6 pts – Rynne Degala
29th. – 6 pts – Erick Gonzalez
29th. – 6 pts – 
Danny Aguilar
29th. – 6 pts – 
Kris Steele
29th. – 6 pts – 
Alex Dagondon
41st. – 0 pts