Saturday, January 19, 2019:
Saturday Night Showdowns week 2 It looks like we are back to our regular scheduled program for the Saturday Night Showdowns! As always, it was a great time here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. Even though we were missing a few of our regulars, it was still a decent group ready to bang doors and get their fun comp action on!
Alan Benites was coming in looking for his second win of the season, while it seemed everyone else was determined to not allow that.
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
Judging for the evening was Manny Campalans and yours truly. It’s always a plus when we can get more people involved in judging. You would be surprised how much you learn as far as what the judges are looking for, as well as gaining respect for the job the judges are doing for you. Great job Manny! Thanks for stepping up!
We had 18 competitors, so you know it was going to be good! Everyone battled King of the Hill style for qualifying. We then moved right into the Tsuiso Battles for Top 8. It came down to Mark Santa Cruz vs Hao Huang for 3rd and 4th spot. Hao managed to hold tighter proximity on his chase run when compared to Mark, giving him the win and securing the 3rd spot on the podium. Then it was Nick Lepisto vs Tim Mulhmeyer for 1st and 2nd! Nick has been really putting down some serious runs this season and Tim is no stranger to taking the top spot on the podium, so everyone anticipated a fierce battle! As expected, both drivers delivered! In the end, Tim was able to go deeper in 2 of the 4 clips locking down the win and the number one spot for the night! Nick took home a well deserved second!
Tim Mulhmeyer – 1st / Nick Lepisto – 2nd / Hao Huang- 3rd (Sorry Nick, I took 2 just incase. What are the chances)
Congratulations to our winners of the Saturday Night Showdowns week 2! Can’t wait to get it on next Saturday!!! See you then!
Mark Santa Cruz sneaking in on the Podium for 4th place!
Points Earned – 1/19/19: 1st. 15 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer 2nd. 12 pts – Nick Lepisto 3rd. 10 pts – Hao Huang 4th. 8 pts – Mark Santa Cruz 5th. 7 pts – Alan Benites 5th. 7 pts – Joe Tam 5th. 7 pts – Aydin Angulo 5th. 7 pts – Jose Sanchez 9th. 6 pts – Mark Solnyshkin 9th. 6 pts – Jelani Robinson 9th. 6 pts – Danny Aguilar 9th. 6 pts – Andy Orozco 9th. 6 pts – Sam Taylor 9th. 6 pts – Travon Yancy 9th. 6 pts – Kris Steele 9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza 9th. 6 pts – Sam Angulo 9th. 6 pts – Manny Campalans
Point Standings – 1/12/19:
1st. 27 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (15) 2nd. 22 pts – Alan Benites (7) 3rd. 16 pts – Josh Espinoza (6) 4th. 15 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (8) 5th. 14 pts – Joe Tam (7) 6th. 13 pts – Andy Orozco (6) 6th. 13 pts – Aydin Angulo (7) 8th. 12 pts – Nick Lepisto (12) 8th. 12 pts – Sam Angulo (6) 10th. 10 pts – Hao Haung (10) 11th. 8 pts – Kevin Motter 12th. 7 pts – Steve Fujita 12th. 7 pts – Jose Sanchez (7) 13th. – 6 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (6) 13th. – 6 pts – Jelani Robinson (6) 13th. – 6 pts – Danny Aguilar (6) 13th. – 6 pts – Travon Yancy (6) 13th. – 6 pts – Kris Steele (6) 13th. – 6 pts – Manny Campalans (6) 13th. – 6 pts – Colin Chambers 13th. – 6 pts – Alex Dagondon 13th. – 6 pts – Ethan David 13th . – 6 pts – Karlo Malabanca
Saturday, January 12, 2019:
Tonight was the first SNS of 2019. 2018 was exciting, but 2019 is looking to be even better. New people, new chassis, new season, it’s going to be exciting!
RawFew Driver Kevin Motter ended the official 2018 Season with 11 back to back wins, and Mikko Yang of Team D-Style was coming in with the last 3 back to back wins with 2 unofficial fun comps and the first SuperShowdown Round 1. We were anticipating a POSSIBLE continuation of either of these winning streaks. Consecutive wins are consecutive wins. Did either of them pull this off?
Since this was the first Saturday Night Showdowns of the season, I will give a rundown of the point system. Since it’s all for fun, the points are for fun too. Many were asking if we could do something like this just so they know how they are doing in the group. We have changed the point system a bit since we announced the series.
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
This particular Saturday was cold and raining, but that didn’t scare the die-hards off! Everyone came through to start off the year the right way! The mood was light and everyone was having a great time. The fun was definitely in the Fun Comp! There were a few of us testing / shaking down new chassis. It made for an interesting night!
A special thanks going out to Colin Chambers and Kevin Motter for stepping up and judging along side of myself for a pretty solid judge rotation.
As we worked our way up though the top 8, it came down to Kevin Motter vs. Josh Espinoza for 3rd and 4th spots. Josh was on it this weekend and was definitely going to make Kevin work for it. It seemed Kevin knew this, so on his lead run, he threw down some seriously deep lines. Unfortunately for Kevin, he tried to drag a wall a little too close and ended up making contact resulting in a good bounce! The crowd went silent. On the following run, Josh was on the lead, Kevin chasing. Josh without much effort, was able to navigate the course smoothly, locking him in for a solid 3 place on the podium!
Then it came down to Alan Benites vs. Tim Mulhmeyer for that top spot. First Alan was on the lead and Tim chasing. Alan gave Tim a good dose of that RMX speed, obviously making Tim work to maintain proximity. Both the lead and chase were solid! This brought us to the final run of the night with Tim leading and Alan chasing. Tim did Tim, running an amazingly deep line throughout the first 7/8 of the course. Alan was hot on Tim’s door the entire time, showing he had what it takes to keep the pressure on. Then on the last clip it happened. Tim knowing he needed to do something to give him that little edge, he decided to go deep in the last clip. Unfortunately his exhaust caught the rail and gave him a good jolt. This was all Alan needed to secure the top spot on the podium! Tim took a very respectable 2nd place for the night!
Alan Beniites – 1st / Tim Mulheyer – 2nd / Josh Espinoza – 3rd
Congratulations to our winners of the Saturday Night Showdowns week 1! Can’t wait to get it on next Saturday!!! See you then!
Point Standings – 1/12/19: 1st. 15 pts – Alan Benites 2nd. 12 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer 3rd. 10 pts – Josh Espinoza 4th. 8 pts – Kevin Motter 5th. 7 pts – Andy Orozco 5th. 7 pts – Joe Tam 5th. 7 pts – Mark Santa Cruz 5th. 7 pts – Steve Fujita 9th. 6 pts – Sam Taylor 9th. 6 pts – Colin Chambers 9th. 6 pts – Alex Dagondon 9th. 6 pts – Ethan David 9th. 6 pts – Sam Angulo 9th. 6 pts – Karlo Malabanca 9th. 6 pts – Aydin Angulo
This past weekend was the kick off for the Super-G SuperShowdown point series. The SuperShowdowns are the Super-G Monthly Competitions which are open to anyone at any time during the season.
The point series is run in the background of the monthly comps and at the end of the season, at the Super-G Anniversary Session the West Coast King of Drift will be crowned.
Don’t fear if you missed the first one. We (the official judges) have been ironing out the details, and we have decided since everyone has an off day, people get sick, and basically life happens, each competitor will have their 2 worst event scores dropped. What this means is, you can miss up to 2 events and still not be penalized. Beyond 2, and you are on your own.
Points are as follows: 15 pts – First Place 12 pts – Second Place 10 pts – Third Place 9 pts – Forth Place 8 pts – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points) 2 pts Bonus – Top Qualifier
We weren’t sure how the turn out was going to be for the first comp of the year, being as it was the same week as New Years, we expected the turn out to be small. It was on the smaller side, but still a decent amount considering the timing and the weather. (Cold and raining of course).
The spec tire for the event was Yokomo DRC all around. A pair of rear tires were supplied with every entry.
The first order of business was qualifying. The line was changed and the clipping points were a surprise for everyone since we laid them out just before we opened. It proved to be challenging for even the best of the drivers since the clips have been all outclips for the past month or so. We added a couple nose clips to spice it up a bit.
Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter 2 – Two-Way Tie – Alan Benites, Tim Mulhmeyer 4 – Two-Way Tie – Mark Santa Cruz, Mikko Yang 6 – Two-Way Tie – Colin Chambers, Hao Huang 8 – Jeff Yang 9 – Nick Lepisto 10 – Manny Campalans 11 – Two-Way Tie – Josh Espinoza, Shaine Collins 13 – Two-Way Tie – Albert Martinez, Jose Sanchez 15 – Sam Angulo 16 – Mark Solnyshkin 17 – Travon Yancy
For some reason everyone brought their best driving out for this event, and as the night progressed, the driving just got better and better.
Some of the highlights of the evening:
Tim Mulhmeyer vs. Colin Chambers in Round 3. Tim is no stranger to the podium and is a seasoned competitor here at Super-G. Colin has been steadily moving up and has become a real threat. Tim was leading first. Tim was out there doing Tim, super clean and smooth, just as we have become accustomed to. Colin was hot on the chase and really applying the pressure to Tim. Then disaster struck for Tim and he spun at the second to the last turn. Next up was Colin on the lead, Tim chasing. Colin put down a very respectable lead with Tim on his door, but Tim’s chase wasn’t enough to overcome the spin on his lead. This allowed Colin to advance.
The battle everyone seemed to be waiting for was Kevin Motter vs Mikko Yang. This happened in the semifinals. These are the 2 most winningest drivers here in SoCal, so we knew it was going to good! First up was Kevin leading and Mikko chasing. Kevin is notorious for extremely deep lines and tons of angle. Into the first clip Kevin does his normal super deep entry, Mikko answers back with an equally deep chase and incredible proximity. This time matching Kevin’s crazy angle as well! Kevin lays down a near perfect lead, if not perfect, and Mikko’s chase was about as good as it can get! Perfect chase? Why not! There I said it! Now it’s Mikko’s turn to lead and Kevin is chasing. Out of the gate Mikko throws some serious speed. Surprisingly, Kevin is able to keep with Mikko through the first straight and is right on his tail heading into the sweeper! Mikko throws it hard into the first clip and appears to have caught Kevin off guard! This forces Kevin to duck to the inside to keep from making contact and he takes a shallow line through the sweeper. For the remainder of the course Mikko pulls out a near perfect run. I say near since there’s small things that can be picked on, but we can call it perfect. Kevin’s chase was amazing, but the shallow line on the sweeper just wasn’t going to cut it. Mikko takes the decisive win! Both these guys put down what is probably some of the best driving we have seen here at Super-G!
The final battle for 1st and 2nd came down to Colin vs Mikko! Mikko was first to lead. Since this guy was on fire all night, it wasn’t surprising to see him pull off another amazing lead. Colin had some really really hot beef jerky just before his turn to drive, and he was still feeling the effects of it and the 2 tall cans of Arizona Ice Tea. We aren’t sure if it was the jerky or the tea, but Colin pulled off an great chase! Then it was Colin on the lead and Mikko on the chase. Colin pulled off a really clean lead and Mikko put down another amazing chase! Mikko’s proximity proved to be tighter than Colin’s. This was enough to lock down the top spot on the podium for Mikko, giving Colin a very respectable 2nd! Kevin Motter brought up the end of the podium with a 3rd place finish! Unofficially, (due to the unofficial fun comps at the end of 2018) Mikko has taken 3 CONSECUTIVE WINS here at Super-G! That’s no easy feat!
Congratulations to our winners, Mikko Yang, Colin Chambers, and Kevin Motter! Also a very special thank you to our Official Judges, Shaine Collins and Colin Chambers. Without you guys this would not be possible.
SUPER SHOWDOWN ROUND 2 – February 2, 2019! SEE YOU THEN!!!
The official results can be seen here:
Official Point Standings: 15 pts – Mikko Yang (1st Place 15 pts) 12 pts – Colin Chambers (2nd Place 12 pts) 12 pts – Kevin Motter (3rd Place 10 pts + TQ 2 pts) 9 pts – Alan Benites (4th Place 9 pts) 8 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (5th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (5th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Hao Huang (5th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Nick Lepisto (5th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Jeff Yang (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Manny Campalans (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Shaine Collins (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Albert Martinez (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Jose Sanchez (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Sam Angulo (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (9th Place 8 pts) 8 pts – Travon Yancy (17th Place 8 pts)
2018 was a great year for us here at Super-G to figure our what direction we want to go with our Official Comps and our Fun Comps. With the finalization of the Official Judging Guide and the implementation of the Super-G Replay System, we are very pleased with the level and accuracy of fair and unbiased judging we can provide.
Areas which make Super-G Competitions unique:
The Judging Guidelines are clearly posted for everyone to read.
The Super-G Replay System is a 8 camera system with 1 bird’s eye view and 7 other strategically placed cameras to give multiple angles of critical areas of the course.
When the judges review any questionable areas, everyone present can also view what the judges are looking at.
When a competitor contests a call, the judges can review the call in question, and everyone present can also view the same footage.
This has proven to ease the minds of many and has improved the quality of the judging immensely.
For the past few months we have been planning to put a new system into effect for 2019.
The Fun Comps are fun and the Official Comps are intense, but it has been expressed by more than a few that weekly and monthly wins are great, but what about overall. So what we have planned for this season, not much will change on the surface, but behind the scenes and for the end of the year, it should make things a bit more interesting.
Saturday Night Showdowns: This is the Super-G WEEKLY Competition.
The Saturday Night Showdowns will remain the same, with the winners of each Showdown receiving a placard. In addition to just winning for that week, each competitor will be awarded points that will accumulate throughout the year.
There will be 2 classes (2 or more competitors make a class) Beginner and Expert Beginner Class will be King of the Hill Style.
Participation Points will be awarded regardless of finishing position (8pts in this case.) Expert Class will be King of the Hill Qualifying / Tsuiso Battles for Top 8. Official Comp Rules apply.
**Saturday Night Showdowns may also consist of some different style competitions to be announced. At the conclusion of the series in November 2019 the winners of the series will be recognized.
Points will be awarded as follows: 15 pts – First Place 12 pts – Second Place 10 pts – Third Place 9 pts – Fourth Place 8 pts – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points)
There will be random events worth double points.
SuperShowdown: This is the Super-G MONTHLY Competition.
The SuperShowdown will take place on the First Saturday of each month and is our Official Competition Series. Winners will be awarded trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. In addition, each competitor will also be awarded points to be accumulated for the SuperShowdown Series throughout the year.
There will be 2 events during the year worth double points.
The Main Event to be at the Super-G Anniversary Event in November 2019. Formula D Final Bout Weekend. (Date to be announced)
Points will be awarded as follows: 15 pts – First Place 12 pts – Second Place 10 pts – Third Place 9 pts – Fourth Place 8 pts – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points)
Being a shop that sells R/C Drift exclusively, we get a lot people asking which chassis would be the best for them. Since most of this happens in store, we have the opportunity to break it down for them while taking a few factors into account. It’s a little more difficult when we see this same question posted online due to many factors. There is a lot of great advice out there, and there is a lot of bad advice as well. It’s up to you to decide which is credible and which is not. In fact, you should be asking yourself if I am even credible.
We encounter a few different types of buyers and each come with their own unique needs. What we first tell them is, they really need to be honest with themselves. The decision they make on their first setup can greatly affect the amount they spend in the long run. I believe right from the start, the first thing that should be looked at is what type of person are you? Are you the type that is content with just good enough, or are you the type to want all the good stuff? I fall into the later and ultimately could have saved quite a bit if I made the right choice at the start. If you are the type that will have everything upgraded in the next month or two, you should consider the kits that include some hop-ups already. You will save roughly 30% off your upgrade journey.
Although choosing the right chassis seems like a life decision, keep in mind most people seem to change chassis about once a year. Some keep them longer, some have multiple chassis throughout the year, but on average it seems to cycle around the 1 year mark.
If you are new to R/C Drift, (notice I worded it R/C Drift, NOT just R/C) Most likely even your past R/C knowledge will not be enough to get you where you want to be right away. R/C Drift is a different animal than any other discipline of R/C, so it’s not easy to just start out and be the superstar of the track. The main point I always stress is:
Find out what people are running where you plan to spend most of your time drifting, and go that route. There will be a ton of help and you will spend more time drifting, and less time being frustrated. You Will Need Help.
There is plenty of time to be unique later with the ultra rare chassis, but when you are first starting out, it will benefit you to be able to share tips and setups.
When choosing your first R/C Drift chassis, you will hear a ton of advice. Some good and some really bad. Some of the common, bad ones we often come across are:
1. Any chassis can be good. Yes and No.
YES – If you REALLY know what you are doing, AND you are ok throwing a bunch of money at it. NO – If both of those statements don’t apply to you. If you’re just starting out, this is a huge NO!
We have seen many people make their initial investment in a difficult chassis, struggle alone since there is nobody familiar with their chassis or how to set it up, and finally just disappear and blow out their full setup on Craigslist.
2. The clones are just as good, just cost less. NO – We have yet to see a good performing clone, Period.
Just don’t. Maybe later down the line when you are well versed in turning and you know exactly what you are after, then try to tackle a project like this, but for now, focus on a good, solid foundation.
Ready To Run (RTR)
Aimed toward the person who needs an entire setup. They don’t own a remote, electronics, etc. They are also trying to start out on a budget of sub $500.
The only RTR we can recommend at this time is the MST RMX 2.0 RTR.
Things to consider:
This is intended to get you going in R/C Drift. The chassis itself is the same as the regular RMX 2.0, with only a couple small differences that can be changed to be the same for a $50-$100.
It comes pre-built and tested from the factory. This means you don’t need to worry about all the small details of setting it up correctly. you just pull it out of the box and you are good to go. The tires even have a little wear on them from the test run at MST.
It comes pre-built, so you didn’t build it yourself. This means when something goes wrong (and it will), you will need to learn how to fix it. If you built it yourself, you would already be familiar with how the car works and goes together.
The RTR electronics are meant to just get you going. There are a lot of electronics out there that are better quality and more pricy. There is a reason why people are willing the drop the extra cash on them. The electronics included will get you up and going, but you will be upgrading soon. This is a key point.
You are not really saving money, you are just able to get started for a lower initial investment. It is the cheapest way to get into the hobby.
Base Kits: Yokomo YD-2E and YD-2S MST RMX 2.0s These chassis kits come in “kit” form. This means you build it yourself. We always recommend this route since knowing how it all goes together is invaluable. You will need to fix it on occasion, so either you become an expert from the start, or you struggle every time something goes wrong. All 3 are mainly plastic and are considered Entry Level. All 3 drive excellent out of the box and all 3 can be fully upgraded. Also note, these are all very capable chassis out of the box. That’s not to say the upgrades aren’t needed or don’t make a difference, because they do. It simply means in the right hands, there is no reason you wouldn’t see these very chassis on the podium at your local comp.
Yokomo YD-2E and YD-2S:
Yokomo is the larger of the 2 companies and as of recent, have really been pushing the development of their YD-2 line. They have been steadily releasing new upgrades. Some feel it’s too often, some like the innovation. The YD-2 line also has a lot of 3rd party support, but keep in mind, not all the 3rd party products are good or even tested. We have seen a lot of “upgrades” actually hurt performance. So buyer beware. If you like constantly changing and upgrading parts, Yokomo is really the clear choice of the two companies I am discussing.
Based on the original YD-2 design, it has a Low Center of Gravity (LCG) setup, with a standard gearbox and a low mounted motor. It was intended for standard to high-traction conditions.
It has introduced a tub style chassis and lay-down gearbox. The lay-down gearbox mounts the motor high, High Center of Gravity (HCG) giving it more “Weight Shift” and theoretically more traction for standard to low-traction conditions.
MST (Max Speed Technology) RMX 2.0s:
MST has been a player for a long time and has always put out high quality products. There is not a lot of 3rd party support, but MST always brings upgrades that work really well. They designed the chassis, they design the upgrades, it’s a winning combination. Their upgrades are some of the nicest I’ve seen, but typically come with a price tag to match. If you like upgrading once and sticking with it, MST is the way to go. They typically will release a couple versions of . upgrades, and then they move on. You can count on their upgrades making a difference and also being top quality.
In my opinion the RMX 2.0s was MST’s answer to Yokomo’s YD-2. The YD-2 S appears to be Yokomo’s answer to the RMX 2.0s. The RMX 2.0s comes with a bevel gear gearbox giving it a more compact design. It also allows you to chose between mounting the motor high or low, giving you a High Center of Gravity (HCG) and a Low Center of Gravity (LCG) setup in one chassis. It’s nice to be able to experiment and find what fits your driving style without having to commit to an entirely different chassis.
This is based on the many customers who come through our doors here at Super-G. We have worked with many people who have gone about this in so many different ways. We would just like to save you guys the frustration if possible.
For someone just getting into the hobby, the Yokomo YD-2 line and the MST RMX 2.0s are the leading choices. These are the most popular Rear Wheel Drive chassis with the most support and knowledge at the moment. I own both and can recommend them both very highly.
If you stick to these 3 or the upgraded versions, you will be on your way with a solid chassis. What you do from there is up to you, but you can feel confident it’s not your chassis holding you back. GOOD LUCK! KEEP DRIFT FUN!
Sunday, December 2, 2018 Costa Mesa, California – Orange County Fairgrounds
This was a RC Drift filled weekend, with the Super-G SuperShowdown (Monthly Competition) on Saturday, and StanceNation 2018 on Sunday. Although it was hectic, it worked out well since our Drift Family from NorCal (Limited Traction, Team Bushido/Fatlace, and Speed Junkies) were able to join us for the SuperShowdown as well.
Ever since the completion of StanceNation 2017, Super-G/RawFew have been planning with our guys from Limited Traction to go even harder this year. Although 2017 was insane, we must admit we were hurting a little in the scale prop department. We were determined to surpass last years display by a long shot!
Dennis from Limited Traction brought a trailer full of props and track pieces to add to the Super-G props. I have to say, the amount of props these guys have is mind blowing! Schaaaaaale!
Since word got out StanceNation was happening again this year, a few groups expressed interest. Of course a West Coast event would really put this event on the map. To commemorate this event, we got right to work on a West Coast Collaboration Shirt with all the participating teams and groups to have a presence on it. Since we had been using images of Josh Geeg’s incredible Skyline build for our banners and such for this event, it only seemed fitting to put it on the shirt!
The day of the event, we rolled in deep knowing we only had a few hours to transform a blank display area to a scale RC Drift Circuit. NorCal had what seemed to be 40+ people, but in reality was closer to 15. Limited Traction and Team Bushido / Fatlace provided the man-power to do all the heavy lifting. As soon as the layout was set, everyone went right to work creating a scale masterpiece! We had something like 40 feet x 80 feet to fill with scale madness, and we were up to the challenge. We worked right up til security check which took place at noon, with Max and Ian from SwiftSuns stepping in to save the day since Joe was struggling to get the wiring for some of the lighted props completed in time.
What can we say about the track that the pictures don’t? This was by far one of the most impressive tracks we have been a part of. Scale buildings, garages, track barriers, bridges, and even a real 1:10 scale car show inside of the car show! This was complete with official StanceNation Awards! With this size track, we were all grateful Limited Traction had brought their drivers stands. The extra height it provided allowed the drivers to get a good view of what was going on, even with all the props on the track. If the track looks a little empty, that’s because of the sheer size of the track. 40’x80′ is MASSSIVE and will make any setup look a little sparse.
1:10 Scale Car Show in the Car Show!
Some say this is the first “Real” 1:10 Scale R/C Drift Car Show in Cali. We aren’t sure if that’s true, but we are sure official StanceNation Awards were given! Best of Show, Best Team, and Best Daily Driver. (This award was sent to us later)
The Session / Demo:
We we first opened the track, the surface was really grippy. The cars were fast and needed a lot of throttle to keep sideways. Not the worst scenario, but different from what most of us are accustomed to. It wasn’t the best for keeping smooth tandems, but there was a lot of speed. A few expressed disappointment since they want to show R/C Drift is about style, not a sideways drag race. I assured them the speed would start to slow as we put some laps on it.
As the day progressed and the tires put more and more plastic on the surface, it started to become more slick. About mid event I would say the surface was perfect! Just the right amount of bite, but also enough slip to keep the speeds in check and the slides consistent. Tandems were getting good and and the RC Drift Demo was at it’s peak! Quite a few teams were paired up and throwing down some serious tandem laps. Even I was impressed with what I was witnessing. By the looks of the crowd and how much time people were spending watching and asking questions, I have to say without a doubt the demo was a hit! It has been estimated we had 60+ active drivers throughout the day!
SuperTwin II – Team Tandem Competition:
Toward the end of the event, it was time for the SuperTwin II competition. This is a team tandem competition where teams of 2 compete against other teams to see who can put down the best lap. It’s all about being able to drive together and keep everything in sync with your teammate. We had 11 teams take part in this competition. That’s 22 drivers. Not a bad turnout, but we are hoping to see more as this segment of R/C Drift continues to grow.
The teams were as follows: Genki Style – Mikko Yang / Shaine Collins Team 90’s – Chad Guyette / Nico Lozada Team LT Red Balls – Brian Lemi / Ryno Degala Team LT Blue Balls – BJ Caroza / Dennis Caroza Team Destruction – Michael / Ryan Aguiling Recking Kru – Mark Santa Cruz/ Joe Tam Team Halo – Hao Huang / Karlo Vanilla Cream – Max Wilkinson / Ian Sudduth Team Yomoko – Kevin Motter / Steve Fujita The Leftovers – Grant Agngarayngay / Ethan David Fatlace Crew – Dan Aguada/ Erick Gonzales
Just as the comp was starting, the weather became cold, the sun decided to be right at eye-level, and the track became really slick. Not that it mattered since everyone was up against the same struggles, but it did throw a wrench in the works, and added a little more stress than everyone was dealing with the entire day.
The competition was double eliminations giving everyone a chance to lose and still come back for the win. In the end, it was Team Yomoko vs Genki Style. This was quite fitting since Team Yomoko was comprised of Steve Fujita – Super-G Official Judge and Kevin Motter – Most winningest team driver for Super-G, and Team Genki was comprised of Shaine Collins – Super-G Official Judge and Mikko Yang – Most winningest team driver for GGT. We are all friends who drive and compete on a weekly basis, so this was all about fun, but let’s be honest, of course we all want to win.
The final battle was started and the driving was so close, an OMT (One More Time) was called by our panel of judges. This meant they could not determine a winning team. With the added pressure of the OMT, both teams set out to put down their very best! Team Yomoko (Kevin Motter and Steve Fujita) came out victorious, taking the win and brining it home for RawFew and Super-G R/C Drift Arena!
Team Tandem Competitions:
Super-G / RawFew / Limited Traction have been actively pursuing Team Tandem Competitions for a little over a year now. As much as we all love the Tsuiso style competition, we feel the Team Tandem style is a little different adds a different level of preparation and competition. It’s a different type of battle and a different type of fun. It allows you and your teammates to work on style, flow, and synchronizing your moves and transitions. Rather than to try to beat your competitor head to head, your team tries to do the very best performance they can pull off. Team effort vs. Individual performance. This past event was a good indication the Team Tandem is taking off. The winners this time were decided based on performance rather than who didn’t crash. We hope to see this style of competition catch on even more, as it will be a good addition to the standard Tsuiso battles.
Team Tandem Past Results: SuperTwin II – 12.02.18 Team Yomoko – Kevin Motter / Steve Fujita Team: RawFew
Super SmackDown – 8.18.18 LT Blue Balls – Dennis Caroza / Rynne Degala / Brian Lemi Team: Limited Traction
Triple Threat Team Tandem – 7.01.18 LT Blue Balls – Brian Lemi / Rynne Degala / Albert Matote Team: Limited Traction
Triple Team Tandem 3.17.18 RawThree – Mark Santa Cruz / Nick Lepisto / Joe Tam Team: RawFew
At the conclusion of the event, it was time to break everything down and pack it all up. I’m not sure who stayed and who left, but I will say I believe everyone who participated stuck around and helped with the tear-down and clean up.
We want to extend a very special thank you to our brothers from NorCal – Limited Traction, Speed Junkies, and Team Bushido/Fatlace for making the 300+ mile journey to do this collaboration with Super-G! You guys seriously put in the work. Speaking of work, I also want to point out during setup and teardown, it did not go unnoticed how much of the heavy lifting you guys handled. That along with Ian and Max of SwiftSuns, staying back and getting the wiring handled during setup was huge! Thank you! I cannot stress how much this has shown. Seeing everyone come together and work together to pull off such an epic R/C Drift demo, that’s the real story here. Also a huge thanks to Gio and Elvis of StanceNation for making this all possible!
This was the first of our monthly comp series, The SuperShowdown!
This has been started in response to the need to give the Drift Community regular competitions in addition to our weekly Fun Comps.
This just so happened to be a very special and unique event. To start, it happened to fall on the same weekend as StanceNation Costa Mesa. Super-G / RawFew had already been planning to host an R/C Drift Demo at StanceNation in collaboration with our drift family from NorCal – Limited Traction and Team Bushido / Fatlace. This meant we were going to have a pretty large turnout and all but guaranteed the top drifters from California would be present. In addition, the RawFew’s very own Kevin Motter was going for his 10th consecutive win here at Super-G. A tremendous feat since he rarely practices drifting other than the warm-up sessions before the comps. Nine back to back wins tells us it’s not just luck, but hitting double digits would just seal the deal.
The judges for the event would be Shaine Collins and Steve Fujita. The rules would come straight from the Super-G Judging Guideline. The spec tire for the event was Yokomo DRC.
Qualifying: As is to be expected, everyone brought their A Game this weekend. To kick off the qualifying, the first 5 or so competitors put down some seriously great runs. Each competitor was given 2 chances and their best score was kept. 10 points for each category, Line, Angle, and Style for a total of 30 possible points. Kevin Motter put down a blistering 29/30 to lock down the Top Qualifying Position!
The results for qualifying are as follows: TQ: Kevin Motter 2. Hao Huang 3. (3-way tie)
Mikko Yang 4. (4-way tie)
Tim Mulhmeyer 5. (2-way tie)
Mark Santa Cruz 6. Aydin Angulo 7. (3-way tie)
Sam Angulo 8. (3-way tie)
Ryno Degala 9. (2-way tie)
Tony Hickok 10. (2-way tie)
Mike Baroja 11. (2-way tie)
The Top 24 Tsuiso Battles: Moving to the Tsuiso Battles, everyone was bracketed according to their qualifying position. The format was Single Eliminations. The competition was some of the best we have witnessed thus far! It seemed every battle was very well matched. The ScaleReflex Cone (A cone placed at the apex of the final nose clip. Knocking it over would be an automatic Zero for the run) proved to be an exciting feature, almost claiming some of the top competitors as it’s victim.
It all came down to Dan Aguada vs Hao Huang for 3rd and 4th, and Kevin Motter vs Mikko Yang for 1st and 2nd. The battle between Dan and Hao (The winner of YDM last month) was intense! Both drivers pulled out the big guns and were determined to claim that spot on the podium! Both drivers narrowly missed knocking down the ScaleReflex Cone they were going so deep in the clips! In the end, it was Dan’s day to shine as he was able to hold the better line for the win, and 3 Place!
Next up was Kevin vs Mikko. Kevin has been on fire the last 3 months and has gone undefeated for the past 9 comps and events here at Super-G! This was not the first time for these two to square off against each other. Obviously Kevin wanted to get the back to back double digits, and Mikko having the skill to prevent this, most definitely wanted to cut Kevin’s winning streak off right here! Suddenly the mood became serious as Kevin and Mikko lined up at the gate. Kevin on the lead, Mikko on the chase! Kevin put down an extremely clean lead, going deep in the clips, holding more than the minimum expected angle, all with no corrections or change in direction. Mikko’s chase had great proximity, but he had made a slight miscalculation in the sweeper causing him to slightly stall and correct. Not a huge error, but an error none the less. Next was Mikko on the lead and Kevin on the chase! Talk about pressure! Mikko is known to have some really good speed, so we were all wondering what would happen. Surprisingly, Kevin was able to maintain even tighter proximity than the previous run, with no hiccups. Mikko’s lead was a run anyone would be proud to call theirs, but in the end, it would not be enough to match or beat Kevin’s amazing lead which he was deeper in the clips while holding more angle. Kevin takes TQ and First Place, as well as accomplished 10 BACK TO BACK WINS here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena, making his team, The RawFew and Super-G extremely proud!
Congratulations to the winners of the Super-G SuperShowdown December 2018! 1st Place and TQ: Kevin Motter (RawFew) 2nd Place: Mikko Yang (Team D-Style) 3rd Place: Dan Aguada (Team Bushido)
This past weekend Super-G was celebrating our 4th Year. We decided to do a 2 day event so we could launch a SuperTwin Team Battle Competition and still have a Tsuiso Battle and Session at the main event.
Yokomo / Vertex RC stepped up the main sponsor for the event, donating $400 – 1st Place, $200 – 2nd Place, and $100 – 3rd Place Yokomo Vouchers! This ensured everyone who’s anyone on the West Coast was here to take part in the Tsuiso Battles and claim their prize!
The custom fabricated Super-G hardware to go home with the winners!
We opened at 4pm to give the competitors adequate time to break in the spec tires for the comp. Yokomo DRC tires are the choice for Super-G R/C Drift Arena, so it only made sense to provide a rear set for each entry to ensure a level playing field. Well, as level as possible I suppose. A weight limit of 1100g measured at the rear wheels was also imposed, as well as the standard regulations regarding the chassis.
Before we even got started, Chito and Ethan had surprised everyone with Pizza! This helped take the edge off before the comp and allowed many to keep practicing instead of heading out to grab a snack before the comp. Thank you Chito and Ethan!
Again, Shaine Collins, Colin Chambers, and myself Steve Fujita were judges for the event. We feel very comfortable with these judges since we all share the same goal, to make sure we make the best and most accurate call possible. We have been judging together for the past 4-5 months (Maybe longer) and I can say without hesitation, I have not see one hint of any bias. Match this with the Super-G Replay System, and you have yourself a pretty strong double check on the calls. Anytime a replay is called for by the judges, the entire crowd, competitors included, can watch exactly what the judges are reviewing.
Drivers Meeting Before Qualifying PC: Dan A
After getting everyone signed in, it was time for the Single Run Qualifying. Each competitor would have 2 chances to run the course solo, while being judged on 3 main points: Line, Angle, and Style. Standard Competition Rules applied. Any contact with barriers, spin outs, or 2 wheels off track counted as Zeros for the run. To make it easy, as long as the competitor was able to get points on the board, they were automatically qualified for the Tsuiso Battle Competition. Basically, make it through the course without crashing or spinning, and you are in!
There were 33 competitors registered. Of the 33, 30 qualified for the Main Event. The Top Qualifier of the night, Kevin Motter with a score of 29 of a possible 30 points! On a side note, Kevin has gone undefeated for the past 4 Comps IN A ROW! He now has taken TQ. The top 3 qualifying spots for the event were all Super-G Locals, Kevin Motter- 1st, Hao Huang – 2nd, and a 4-way tie for 3rd – Aydin Angulo, Ethan David, Manny Campalans, and Mikko Yang. This set the mood for the competition and gave a good indication of who to keep your eye on.
Congratulations to Kevin Motter for TQ 29/30!
Qualifying Positions: 1. Kevin Motter *Top Qualifier 2. Hao Huang 3. (4-Way Tie) Aydin Angulo / Ethan David / Manny Campalans / Mikko Yang 7. (4-Way Tie) Dennis Caroza / Jon Mundo / Josh Espinoza / Ryno Degala 11. (4-Way Tie) Anthony Lim / Dan Aguada / Erick Gonzales / Jeff Yang 15. (3-Way Tie) Al Sayong / Andy Orozco / Ian Sudduth 18. (2-Way Tie) Brian Caroza / Ryan Aguiling 20. Tim Mulhmeyer 20 21. (2-Way Tie)
Albert Motate / Mark Santa Cruz 23. Nico Lozada 24. Shaine Collins 25. (2-Way Tie) Jaydan Aquada / Rick Mahaney 27. (2-Way Tie)
Jose Sanchez /Sam Angulo 29. Po Buckner 30. Jacob Castro DNF: Caleb Fowler
An interesting fact:
Of the 30 competitors who qualified, 28 were piloting Yokomo YD-2 Chassis. 2 were driving MST RMX 2.0s’. That’s a pretty high number of Yokomo YD-2s, and a good indicator of which way the scene is going, at least here on the West Coast. Coincidentally, Yokomo was the main sponsor for the event, so it only seemed fitting to see so many Yokomo chassis filling the competition.
The Tsuiso Battle Competition:
Due to the number of competitors, we went with Single Eliminations. Each competitor would be paired up for 2 runs before being judged. Each taking turns leading and chasing. Each of the leads and chases would be compared to decide a winner. The winner of each battle would advance, while the loser would be eliminated from the competition.
The Line Up After Qualifying
PC: Jeff Y
The battles were fierce and it was obvious from the very first round that everyone showed up to show their skills and take a piece of the Yokomo Purse!
One by one the competitors were eliminated as the competition progressed. It came down to the top 4, Ethan David vs Mikko Yang for 3rd and 4th Spot. A slight miscalculation by Ethan on his lead run allowed the seasoned professional, Mikko Yang to take advantage and easily secure his 3rd Place spot on the podium, and the $100 Yokomo Voucher! Then it was time for the battle for the top spot. Not only for the bragging rights, but also for the grand prize of $400 Yokomo Voucher. Second place would be going home with a $200 Yokomo Voucher. Both these drivers worked hard all night to get to this point.
Going into the first run, Kevin was on the Lead, Hao was on the Chase. As they entered the sweeper, Kevin was about as deep in as anyone could get, Hao was right on his door applying that pressure one would expect in the final round! As Kevin initiates for the hairpin, Hao was just a little too aggressive, putting him into Kevin’s door and basically locking in the Zero for his chase run. Kevin went on to complete his lead with amazing style and skill, dragging his rear bumper mere fractions of an inch off the Super-G K-Rails. Everyone was holding their breath, but he pulled it off with a smile. The second run, Hao was on the Lead, Kevin on the Chase! Hao answered back at Kevin’s Lead with a strong lead. Kevin rubbed the ScaleReflex Cone at the Hairpin, but it wasn’t enough to knock it down. The rest was history as they say. Hao’s Lead Run was strong, but not enough to take down Kevin’s Lead and Chase! Hao comfortably locked down 2nd Place, securing the $200 Yokomo Voucher!
Your Winners of the 4 Year Tsuiso Battles!
First Place – Kevin Motter, Second Place – Hao Huang, Third Place – Mikko Yang
Congratulations to Kevin Motter for taking 1st Place, and the Yokomo Grand Prize of $400 Yokomo Voucher! In addition, he was the Top Qualifier of the night, AND this was his 5th (FIFTH) 1st Place IN A ROW! Some say he’s unstoppable. (Maybe he’s just lucky? Naaaah)
PC: Jeff Y
After the Competition we went right into the Raffle. We want to give a huge thanks to our sponsors, Yokomo / Vertex RC, as well as Scale Reflex, Demiworks, MyTrickRc, Tetsujin, Tamiya, Gensace, Falcon Hobby, and Topline for all the great raffle prizes. The Grand Prize was a Yokomo YD-2s w/ Gyro donated by Super-G R/C Drift Arena! It seemed only fitting since Yokomo was bringing it with the impressive purse. After all was said and done, we gave away over $2500.00 in raffle prizes!
Some of the Raffle Prizes!
During this time, we had open session and the tandem trains were insane! So much talent under one roof, it was inevitable.
After the raffle, Peepsho (Mark Santa Cruz’s Bro), Ashknuckles, and Mike C jumped on the decks for a scratch session! Since we went over time, it ended up being a lot shorter than expected, but it was a important part of the celebration! Mad thanks to Peep, Ashknuckles, and Mike C!
NorCal’s Tony, Jaydan, Dan, and Erick
PC: Jeff Y
Dan , Tony, and Al from NorCal’s Limited Traction / Team Bushido were slaving away on our Taco Cart and BBQ all evening, so as soon as the comp and raffle were finished, there was a TON of great food waiting for everyone! Carne Asada Tacos, Dogs, and Watermelon! I was planning on jumping on the grill as soon as we finished the comp, but these guys saved me for the second time this weekend! Thank you guys, it makes a bigger difference than you can possibly know.
Dat and Josh Chillin in the GGT Pits
PC: Ryan A
I was really happy to see Dat and Josh from Vertex RC / Yokomo USA in San Diego, as well as Jeremy Meyer from Driftwell in CenCal Randy Beard from RareArtsUSA, and Anthony Requena from DriftNutZ making the trip to Super-G to celebrate with us! Thanks for the support guys! It means a lot when the owners of local (or not so local) shops take the time to share in these important moments and mingle in the RC Drift Community. We would also like to extend a huge thanks to NorCal – Limited Traction, Team Bushido, SpeedJunkies, Fatlace Crew, San Diego – Vertex RC, SoCal – SwiftSuns, Team DStyle, GGT Crew, DRFTNDM, DriftNutz, RareArtsUSA, and RawFew.
This weekend marked an important time for Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We have come from a small PVC Drift Track in front of our shop, Project-G, to converting our workshop to a full on R/C Drift Arena. We have implemented weekly Fun Competitions. Set up a standardized set of rules for Fun Competitions. Set up a standardized set of rules for Real Competitions. Finally, we are developing and streamlining our Super-G Replay System. All this because of the love and support the R/C Drift Community has shown us, and because Joe and I have always loved R/C. Joe has been into the R/C Drift Scene from it’s grassroots days, myself, about a year before Super-G was established, but R/C in general since I was knee-high. Thank you all for the great 4 years! We look forward to pushing even further in the upcoming months and years!
This past weekend Super-G was celebrating our 4th Year. Since we were pretty sure the entire West Coast was going to be involved, we wanted to make it a special event. Of course we wanted to have a Tsuiso Competition, but we also know just sessioning together is a huge part of it as well. For the past year of so, we have been discussing have a Twin Tandem Competition with our NorCal Fam, so we wanted to include this as well. We decided to try something we have never done before and we made this a two day event.
Friday we opened doors at 7pm and to our surprise a good number of people were waiting. The track was open for the teams to practice for the SuperTwin Competition later that evening. It was quickly apparent this competition was no joke! The winning team was taking home $100 Cash and a Super-G “Glass G” trophy.
NorCal in the house!
The weather app on my phone said perfect weather, but as we were opening, people were talking about lightning and pouring rain. The skys were clear here in Baldwin Park, so what do those people know? My phone said no rain. Just as we are getting ready to start the SuperTwin Comp, it starts pouring rain! I check my phone (I don’t know why) and it says it’s going to be clear. Suddenly it refreshes and wouldn’t you know it, RAIN! Thanks iPhone! Immediately Colin Chambers comes over and starts handling it. EZ Ups out and over the pits. Our guys from GGT were smart and had their EZ Ups already out, so everyone pulled together and made it all work! The most notable thing to me, NOT ONE COMPLAINT. Thank you guys! The rain added some serious stress for us, but the way you guys handled it put us at ease. What a great community.
The SuperTwin Competition:
There was a lot of talent in the Arena. We didn’t expect the turnout to be that great since it is the first time we are trying the Twin, but we were hopeful. It ended up being a huge turnout, with everyone hyped about competing. We ended up with 17 teams (34 drivers) ready for battle!
Team Blitz – Sam and Aydin LT Dark Sliders – Ryno and Bert LT Bright Sliders – Dennis and Brian Fatlace Crew – Dan and Erick Black Balls – Rick and Al SwiftSunz – Ryan and Ian Hao2Drift – Josh and Hao Plus Auto Club – Kevin and Colin Team Daigo Santos (TDS) – Mikko and Jon Mark X – Po and Jake Evo Twinz – Jeff and Max DRFTNDM – Tim and Kris RawTwo – Ethan and Steve Recking Kru – Mark and Joe Dirty Deeds – Manny and Stiles Alan & Jose – Alan and Jose ButterCups – Shea and Shaine
We went with a Double Elimination format having each team battle each other. This insured each team had more than one shot at the win.
The Judges for the SuperTwin were Shaine Colins, Colin Chambers, and myself, Steve Fujita. We were looking for Proximity, Style, and Overall Appearance, as well as watching for contact, staying on course, and any other errors which may occur in a standard competition.
The competition was a mix of teams who always practice together and people who just met and decided to form a team. You would think the new teams would not do as well as the teams who practice together, but that wasn’t the case at all. So that goes to show you never know what’s going to happen!
In the end it came down to LT Bright Balls (Dennis and Brian Caroza from Limited Traction) and Super-G’s very own Recking Kru (Mark Santa Cruz and Joe Tam from The RawFew)! I’ll just go ahead and just say it, LT Bright Balls PUT IT DOWN!!! The entire night Dennis and Brian were untouchable in the Style category. Mad angle, crazy lines, hard and synchronized transitions, just really what the judges and the spectators wanted to see. They earned a very decisive victory, $100 Cash, and the Super-G Glass G Trophy!
SuperTwin Winners! LT Bright Balls – Brian and Dennis Caroza
(Father and Son team. You can tell by how they close their eyes for the pic!)
After the competition, in the rain, Dan and Tony were manning the grill and BBQ and had some seriously good eats for everyone! I thought I was going to be cooking, but they really saved the day! With all the prep leading up to the event, Joe and myself were running on fumes. So having the food handled was HUGE! So Dan and Tony, thank you thank you!!!
Special thanks to Shaine Collins and Colin Chambers for taking the time to judge. I know it’s disruptive to the event, especially when you are competing, but you guys have become thee guys.
Fatlace / Team Bushido Dan!
Also thank you to everyone who came to watch or participate! We had Norcal – Limited Traction, Fatlace Crew, Team Bushido, SpeedJunkies, SoCal – GGT Crew, Team DStyle, SwiftSuns, Drftndm, RawFew. In addition, we had visitors from Vegas and Canada joining us.