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3/16/19 Saturday Night Showdowns (Week 6)

Now that we are back to our normal schedule again, it was time for another night of Saturday Night Showdowns! There were a few 1:1 motorsports events this past weekend so we anticipated the turnout to be a little low. Even a few of our team members weren’t able to make it since they were out doing the full scale thing. Surprisingly, the turn out was good as was the driving!

We had a special visit from Tech1Drift and one of their own fought their way into the Top 8! It was Tyler Hill’s first comp and he did it with style.

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

Judging for the evening was Manny Campalans and myself. Thanks Manny for stepping up and helping out.

The real story was the after session. It was non-stop trains 9-11 cars and everyone was on point! I kept wanting to stop to go live or get some video footage, but I ended up in front and was having just too much fun. I don’t think anyone wanted to stop. Ha!

The King of the Hill battles were awesome with a few first-timers making their debut here at Super-G! They did great and got to feel the pressure of competition. That’s what the Saturday Night Showdowns are all about, get used to competing and feeling comfortable, with really nothing at stake. Just come out and run with your friends!

The Top 4 came down to Mark Santa Cruz vs. Alan Benites for 3rd and 4th spots, and Ethan David vs. Manny Campalans for 1st and 2nd. Mark and Alan put on a good show with some really great driving. Both did what was needed to win, but Alan was able to put together a better overall chase and keep better proximity to lock down the win and 3rd spot on the podium!

First Place – Ethan David, Second Place – Manny Campalans, Third Place – Alan Benites

Then it was time for the Main Event, Ethan vs. Manny for that top spot and winner of the night! First to lead was Manny and as is expected, he pulled out a great lead! Deep in the clips with great angle. Ethan answered back with a great chase, matching angle, and tight proximity! The pressure was on and it was Ethan’s turn to lead. Both these guys were obviously feeling the pressure since they both did so well in the first run. Out of the gate Manny was all over Ethan’s bumper! That didn’t seem to shake Ethan and he threw down a great lead. This was an identical run to the first, THEN IT HAPPENED. On the transition from the second to the last clip to the last, Manny made a SLIGHT miscalculation putting him in position to impede Ethan’s transition and cause contact and throw Ethan’s line off. Ethan takes the win over Manny and takes home the win! Manny takes a hard fought 2nd place which is no easy feat against Super-G’s very own Ethan!

This weeks Top 8
Mark sneaking in at that 4th spot

Points Earned – 3/16/19:
1st. 15 pts – Ethan David
2nd. 12 pts – Manny Campalans
3rd. 10 pts – Alan Benites
4th. 8 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
5th. 7 pts – Tyler Hill
5th. 7 pts – Sam Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
5th. 7 pts – Aydin Angulo
9th. 6 pts – Alfredo Chan III
9th. 6 pts – Jian Allen
9th. 6 pts – Joe Tam
9th. 6 pts – Brian Kroells
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza
9th. 6 pts – Sam Taylor
9th. 6 pts – Karlo Malabanca

Point Standings – 3/16/19:
1st – 61 pts – Alan Benites (10)
2nd – 55 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (7)
3rd. – 51 pts – Hao Haung (6)
4th. – 43 pts – Aydin Angulo (7)
5th. – 42 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (8)
6th. – 41 pts – Manny Campalans (12)
7th. – 40 pts – Joe Tam (6)
8th. – 35 pts – Sam Angulo (7)
9th. – 34 pts – Josh Espinoza (6)
10th. – 27 pts – Colin Chambers
11th. – 25 pts – Steve Fujita
12th. – 24 pts – Nick Lepisto
13th. – 21 pts – Ethan David (15)
14th. – 18 pts – Karlo Malabanca (6)
14th. – 18 pts – Kevin Motter 
15th. – 13 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
16th. – 12 pts – Sam Taylor (6)
16th. – 12 pts – Jelani Robinson 
16th. – 12 pts – 
Travon Yancy 
19th. – 10 pts – Mikko Yang
20th. – 7 pts – Tyler Hill (7)
20th. – 7 pts – Dennis Caroza
20th. – 7 pts – Jose Sanchez
23rd. – 6 pts – Alfredo Chan III (6)
23rd. – 6 pts – Jian Allen (6)
23rd. – 6 pts – Brian Kroells (6)
23rd. – 6 pts – AJ Caroza
23rd. – 6 pts – Chris Lagasca
23rd. – 6 pts – Dan Aguada
23rd. – 6 pts – Rynne Degala
23rd. – 6 pts – Erick Gonzalez
23rd. – 6 pts – Jose
23rd. – 6 pts – 
Danny Aguilar
23rd. – 6 pts – 
Kris Steele
23rd. – 6 pts – 
Alex Dagondon
23rd. – 6 pts – 
Shilun Gu 

Super Showdown Round 3

This past weekend was Round 3 of 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 points will only count at the end of the season. Everyone who competes will accumulate points.

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

Could it possibly be NO RAIN this comp day? Believe it or not, there was no rain this time. It was the first time since last year I think. Hopefully we get back to our normal SoCal weather now.

The spec tire for the event was Yokomo DRC all around. A pair of rear tires were supplied with every entry.

It was a special Super Showdown for us this round with 2 of our regulars celebrating their birthdays with us! Jeff Yang and Kevin Motter were both adding another year.

The birthday boys and ?

Qualifying:
The first order of business was qualifying. As everyone’s skills are coming up and people are learning the rules and what the judges are looking for, the qualifying is becoming more and more intense! Congratulations to Kevin Motter for putting down some of the best laps we have seen in qualifying, giving him the Top Qualifier position for the comp!

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Hao Huang
3 – Mikko Yang
4 – Colin Chambers
5 – Tim Mulhmeyer
6 – Mark Santa Cruz
7 – Alan Benites
8 – Jeff Yang
9 – Aydin Angelo
10 – Manny Campalans
11 – Nick Lepisto
12 – Sam Angulo
13 –
Shaine Collins
14 – Travon Yancy
15 – Josh Espinoza
16 – Jelani Robinson

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles is where all the real action happens with the head to head competition. The best of what SoCal has to offer come together here at Super-G to show was they have. This round was no excepetion.

The battles were awesome with a lot of great driving! It came down to the Top 4 with Tim Mulhmeyer vs. Alan Benites for 3rd and 4th spot, and Kevin Motter vs Mikko Yang for 1st and 2nd spot.

First up was Tim and Alan. On their first battle, both drivers were on point. So much that we could not determine a winner and we had to go for an OMT (One More Time). On the OMT Battles, again these two were very close. By the narrowest of margins, Alan pulled off the win by being more consistent on his chase and maintaining slightly better proximity. This was a perfect case of winning by squeezing out the very last of what you can possibly do. Alan locked down 3rd place in a hard fought battle!

Then it was the finale, Kevin vs. Mikko for that Top Podium Spot! This is a battle we are all familiar with and there’s no telling what will happen with these guys. Both put down some amazing runs making the judging extremely difficult, but for the top spot, we would expect nothing less. It came down to the very first clip (and the most difficult) with Kevin leading and chasing deeper and with more angle to seal the win once again!

The top 4 battles were so close, the decisions came down to the finer details of each run. When the competition hits this level, the Super-G Instant Replay System really shows its worth! Without being able to go back and review at multiple angles, there would be no way to make the correct call. This in turn would rob someone of the win they had rightfully earned. With the replays in place, the spectators and judges can feel comfortable in the calls being made!

Congratulations to Kevin Motter for taking 1st place in a very competitive field, as well as Mikko Yang taking 2nd and Alan Benites taking 3rd!

1st – Kevin Motter, 2nd – Mikko Yang, and 3rd – Alan Benites
Your winners for Super Showdown Round 3!
Kevin Motter (L) vs. Mikko Yang (R) for First and Second Place

Special thanks to our judges of the night, Colin Chambers and Shaine Collins for judging along side of me. This one really put us to work!

Official Results for Super Showdown Round 3

Official Point Standings:
1. 46 pts – Kevin Motter (1st Place 15 pts + TQ 2 pts)
2. 35 pts – Mikko Yang (2nd Place 12 pts)
3. 29 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (4th Place 9 pts)
4. 28 pts – Colin Chambers (5th Place 8 pts)
5. 27 pts – Alan Benites (3rd Place 10 pts)
6. 26 pts – Manny Campalans (9th Place 8 pts)
7. 24 pts – Hao Huang (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 22 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (5th Place 8 pts)
8. 22 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 22 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 22 pts – Sam Angulo (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 22 pts – Jeff Yang (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 22 pts – Shaine Collins (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 22 pts – Travon Yancy (17th Place 8 pts)
15. 17 pts – Aydin Angulo (5th Place 8 pts)
16. 16 pts – Jose Sanchez
16. 16 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
17. 8 pts – Jelani Robinson
17. 8 pts – Ethan David
17. 8 pts – Albert Martinez
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2/23/19 Saturday Night Showdowns

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Saturday, February 23, 2019:
Saturday Night Showdowns week 5
This week the Saturday Night Showdowns were extra special since we were joined by the rest of our drift family from NorCal! Anyone who has been here at Super-G when our guys come down knows there is no better place to be! This Saturday was no exception!

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

Judging for the evening was Colin Chambers and myself. Thank you Colin for stepping up for the difficult task of judging.

We had 20 competitors this week, so you know it was going to be good!

Couldn’t fit the entire train, but you can bet it was EPIC!

The Top 4 came down to Hao Huang vs Alan Benites for 1st and 2nd place, and Mikko Yang vs Manny Campalans for 3rd and 4th place. I must apologize for my lack of coverage of the finals. I wasn’t feeling well, and as I am writing this I realized I have no recollection of how the battles went down.

In the end, Hao took 1st place, Alan 2nd, Mikko 3rd, and Manny bringing up the end at 4th place! Congratulations to Hao Huang on a well deserved win! Originally from NorCal, Hao says he seems to drive better when his NorCal backup is in the house! I personally think he always drives well, but the wins do prove it! We also witnessed the changing of the leader in our points series!!! Alan Benites is the current points leader! The man is a beast!

1st – Hao Huang, 2nd – Alan Benites, and 3rd – Mikko Yang
Manny up in the mix for 4th!

Points Earned – 2/23/19:
1st. 15 pts – Hao Huang
2nd. 12 pts – Alan Benites
3rd. 10 pts – Mikko Yang
4th. 8 pts – Manny Campalans
5th. 7 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
5th. 7 pts – Dennis Caroza
5th. 7 pts – Colin Chambers
5th. 7 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
9th. 6 pts – AJ Caroza
9th. 6 pts – Dan Aguada
9th. 6 pts – Chris Lagasca
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza
9th. 6 pts – Joe Tam
9th. 6 pts – Nick Lepisto
9th. 6 pts – Rynne Degala
9th. 6 pts – Erick Gonzalez
9th. 6 pts – Steve Fujita
9th. 6 pts – Jose
9th. 6 pts – Sam Taylor
9th. 6 pts – Sam Angulo

Point Standings – 2/23/19:
1st – 51 pts – Alan Benites (12) **NEW LEADER**
2nd – 48 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (7)
3rd. – 45 pts – Hao Haung (15)
4th. – 36 pts – Aydin Angulo 
5th. – 34 pts – Joe Tam (6)
5th. – 34 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (7)
7th. – 29 pts – Manny Campalans (8)
8th. – 28 pts – Josh Espinoza (6)
8th. – 28 pts – Sam Angulo (6)
10th. – 27 pts – Colin Chambers (7)
11th. – 25 pts – Steve Fujita (6)
12th. – 24 pts – Nick Lepisto (6)
13th. – 18 pts – Kevin Motter
14th. – 13 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
15th. – 12 pts – Jelani Robinson
15th. – 12 pts – 
Travon Yancy
15th. – 12 pts – 
Karlo Malabanca
18th. – 10 pts – Mikko Yang
19th. – 7 pts – Dennis Caroza
19th. – 7 pts – Jose Sanchez
21st. – 6 pts – AJ Caroza
21st. – 6 pts – Chris Lagasca
21st. – 6 pts – Dan Aguada
21st. – 6 pts – Rynne Degala
21st. – 6 pts – Erick Gonzalez
21st. – 6 pts – Sam Taylor
21st. – 6 pts – Jose
21st. – 6 pts – 
Danny Aguilar
21st. – 6 pts – 
Kris Steele
21st. – 6 pts – 
Alex Dagondon
21st. – 6 pts – 
Ethan David
21st. – 6 pts – 
Shilun Gu


2/9/19 Saturday Night Showdowns (Fun Comp Series)


Saturday, February 9, 2019:
Saturday Night Showdowns week 4
The Saturday Night Showdowns are always a blast, and this past weekend was no exception! I have to say even the after session this past weekend was off the hook! Trains were getting sick! I did 3 batteries non-stop cause it was too good! I hope this trend continues.

Since we were coming off our SuperShowdown weekend, the vibe was light and all about fun! Aydin Angulo was gunning for his second in a row.

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 Colin Chambers, Kevin Motter, and myself. Thank you Colin and Kevin for taking the time to help judge!

We had 12 competitors this week. It was a bit slow, but people seemed to be showing up late.

Manny Campalans Purple/Green vs. Hao Huang Gold for 1st and 2nd

The Top 4 came down to Kevin Motter vs. Aydin Angulo for 3rd and 4th, and Manny Campalans vs. Hao Huang for 1st and 2nd! All 4 of these guys were ON FIRE ALL NIGHT! First up was Kevin and Aydin. Aydin puts down an amazing lead! Deep deep in the clips! Of course Kevin on the chase was answering back as deep as Aydin could dish out, with some insane proximity to boot! Then Kevin takes the lead and was so close to the barriers you would swear he’s doing some sort of magic trick to keep from actually making contact. Aydin was hot on his tail the entire run, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Both these drivers drove amazingly. At this level, smoothness and corrections were the focus, and Kevin took home the win and 3rd on the Podium!

Next up was Manny vs. Hao for 1st and 2nd spot! Out of the gate you could tell both these guys wanted it bad! Manny put down an amazing lead and Hao was right on him the entire run! We knew it was going to be a tough one to call with driving like this! Then Hao takes the lead and out of the gate Manny is on him! Through the first straight it was tight, but unfortunately Hao had a miscalculation on his entry to the sweeper causing him to have pretty severe contact with the barrier on the first clip. That was all she wrote, giving Manny the Top Podium Spot, and taking home 1st! Hao took home a well earned 2nd place!

1st Place – Manny Campalans, 2nd Place – Hao Huang, 3rd Place – Kevin Motter
Aydin gettin in on the 4th place sneak!

Points Earned – 2/9/19:
1st. 15 pts – Manny Campalans
2nd. 12 pts – Hao Huang
3rd. 10 pts – Kevin Motter
4th. 8 pts – Aydin Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
5th. 7 pts – Alan Benites
5th. 7 pts – Colin Chambers
5th. 7 pts – Joe Tam
9th. 6 pts – Sam Angulo
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza
9th. 6 pts – Jelani Robinson
9th. 6 pts – Steve Fujita

Point Standings – 2/9/19:
1st. – 41 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (7)
2nd. – 39 pts – Alan Benites (7)
3rd. – 36 pts – Aydin Angulo (8)
4th. – 30 pts – Hao Haung (12)
5th. – 28 pts – Joe Tam (7)
6th. – 27 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
7th. – 22 pts – Josh Espinoza (6)
7th. – 22 pts – Sam Angulo (6)
9th. – 21 pts – Manny Campalans (15)
10th. – 20 pts – Colin Chambers (7)
11th. – 19 pts – Steve Fujita (6)
12th. – 18 pts – Kevin Motter (10)
12th. – 18 pts – Nick Lepisto
14th. – 13 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
15th. – 12 pts – Jelani Robinson (6)
15th. – 12 pts – 
Travon Yancy
15th . – 12 pts – 
Karlo Malabanca
18th. – 7 pts – Jose Sanchez
19th. – 6 pts – 
Danny Aguilar
19th. – 6 pts – 
Kris Steele
19th. – 6 pts – 
Alex Dagondon
19th. – 6 pts – 
Ethan David
19th. – 6 pts – 
Shilun Gu

2/2/19 Super Showdown Round 2

This past weekend was Round 2 of 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 points will only count at the end of the season. Everyone who competes will accumulate points.

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

Of course it rained again for our comp. It has rained 4 comps in a row so far. We plan to be ready for the next one, but that being said, it will most likely never rain again for us. A few people let us know it was just too dangerous to make the trek out for the event, so the low turnout was expected. We still had 18 competitors which isn’t bad by any means.

The spec tire for the event was Yokomo DRC all around. A pair of rear tires were supplied with every entry.

Qualifying:
The first order of business was qualifying. I wasn’t present for the first half due to some personal business I had to take care of, but the judges are more than capable of functioning without me. Since we all spit out the same numbers for every qualifying run, there was no need for concern. Congratulations to Kevin Motter for laying down the 2 best qualifying runs of the night, earning him Top Qualifier of the event!


Our Official Sponsor of the Super Showdown Round 2 was Scale Logic Garage. They have been producing some really nice quality exhausts for our builds. If you are like myself, and you appreciate nice quality, hand crafted products, Scale Logic Garage will not disappoint. Everyone seemed to be genuinely impressed with their quality. AJ Caroza from Scale Logic Garage donated one for our Top Qualifier (TQ) of the competition, and also 3 more for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners! Thanks Scale Logic Garage for the generous donation! We know the time and effort it takes to produce these one-off products.

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Tim Mulhmeyer
3 – Mikko Yang
4 – Manny Campalans
5 – Hao Huang
6 – Ethan David
7 – Alan Benites
8 – Josh Espinoza
9 – Jose Sanchez
10 – Nick Lepisto
11 – Aydin Angulo
12 – Mark Santa Cruz
13 –
Colin Chambers
14 – Sam Angulo
15 – Jeff Yang
16 – Shaine Collins
17 – Mark Solnyshkin
18 – Travon Yancy

Tsuiso Battles:
It looks like as always, the official competitions bring out the best in everyone. The driving was some of the best we have seen, and even some of the people who have been a little shaky in recent months really put down some great runs! Although he didn’t win his battle, Mark Solnyshkin came out of nowhere and displayed some amazing driving! This is what we are always talking about, you just really don’t know what is going to happen.

The battles were awesome with a lot of great driving! It came down to the Top 4 with Manny Campalans vs Aydin Angulo for 3rd and 4th spot, and Kevin Motter vs Tim Mulhmeyer for 1st and 2nd spot.

First up was Manny and Aydin. Manny pulled off a great lead while Aydin gave him a great chase! Both did what they needed to do in the first run. Then in the second run with Aydin leading and Manny chasing, both were doing a great job once again, but on the last clip, Aydin made a slight miscalculation and over-rotated causing him to all but stop. Manny was able to avoid contact and basically locking down 3rd Place!

Then it was the finale, Kevin and Tim for that Top Podium Spot! Both of these guys are no stranger to the podium and I have to say are notorious for being consistent and smooth as eggs. First out of the gate was Kevin leading, Tim chasing. Kevin pulled off another one of his amazing lead runs, being smooth with a lot of angle, all while keeping on the qualifying line with very minimal corrections (if any at all). Tim gave a great chase with some awesome proximity! Obviously some top notch driving going down! No mistakes! Next up, Tim on the lead and Kevin on the chase. Tim throws down an amazing lead. Deep deep deep in the clips just as Kevin did on his lead. Great angle, great line, just all around exactly what he needed to do! It seemed as if Kevin knew what he was up against, and if he was going to beat Tim, he was going to have to pull something amazing out of his bag of tricks. He did just that, and brought it with some super smooth, but also super tight proximity! Although Tim and Kevin’s leads were close, Kevin’s chase was something to witness. It was more than enough to secure the win, and 1st Place! Tim took a very respectable 2nd.


Your Winners for the Super Showdown Round 2!
1st – Kevin Motter, 2nd – Tim Mulhmeyer, and 3rd – Manny Campalans

Special thanks to our judges of the night, Colin Chambers and Shaine Collins for judging along side of me. Also a huge thanks to our sponsor for the evening, AJ Caroza / Scale Logic Garage for some amazing prizes!

SUPER SHOWDOWN ROUND 3 – March 9, 2019!
(PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH)
SEE YOU THEN!!!

The official results can be seen here:

Official Point Standings:
29 pts –
Kevin Motter (1st Place 15 pts + TQ 2 pts)
23 pts –
Mikko Yang (5th Place 8 pts)
20 pts –
Tim Mulhmeyer (2nd Place 12 pts)
20 pts –
Colin Chambers (9th Place 8 pts)
18 pts –
Manny Campalans (3rd Place 10 pts)
17 pts –
Alan Benites (5th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Hao Huang (5th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Jose Sanchez ( 5th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (9th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Sam Angulo (9th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Jeff Yang (9th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (9th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Shaine Collins (17th Place 8 pts)
16 pts – Travon Yancy (17th Place 8 pts)
9 pts – Aydin Angulo (4th Place 9 pts)
8 pts –
Ethan David (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts –
Albert Martinez

1/26/19 Saturday Night Showdowns (Fun Comp Series)


Saturday, January 26, 2019:
Saturday Night Showdowns week 3
It was another great weekend here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena! The competition at the Saturday Night Showdowns is getting good! The mood has been light and it looks like everyone is getting comfortable with competing. That’s the objective of the SNS.

Tim Mulhmeyer was shooting for his second win in a row, but as always, the competition is always fierce!

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 Colin Chambers and myself. Thank you Colin for taking the time to help judge!

We had 16 competitors this week, Shilun Gu (Allen) joined us from NorCal which is always fun! The Top 4 came down to Hao Huang vs Alan Benites for 3rd and 4th, and Mark Santa Cruz vs. Aydin Angulo for 1st and 2nd! Both Hao and Alan have some mad speed and they both used it for their final battles! Although both put up a great fight, Hao straightened in a couple area giving Alan the edge, and also 3rd Place on the Podium! Then it was Mark vs. Aydin for the Top Spot! Great runs by both competitors, but Mark had made contact with one of the barriers, securing his 2nd place spot. Aydin emerged the winner taking 1st Place for the night! Congratulations Aydin!


Aydin Angulo – 1st / Mark Santa Cruz – 2nd / Alan Benites- 3rd

Congratulations to our winners of the Saturday Night Showdowns week 3! Can’t wait to get it on next Saturday!!! See you then!


Hao Huang getting in on his 4th place pic!

Points Earned – 1/26/19:
1st. 15 pts – Aydin Angulo
2nd. 12 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
3rd. 10 pts – Alan Benites
4th. 8 pts – Hao Huang
5th. 7 pts – Colin Chambers
5th. 7 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
5th. 7 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
5th. 7 pts – Joe Tam
9th. 6 pts – Nick Lepisto
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza
9th. 6 pts – Sam Angulo
9th. 6 pts – Jelani Robinson
9th. 6 pts – Shilun Gu
9th. 6 pts – Steve Fujita
9th. 6 pts – Karlo Malabanca
9th. 6 pts – Travon Yancy

Point Standings – 1/26/19:
1st. 34 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
(7)
2nd. 32 pts –
Alan Benites (10)
3rd. 28 pts –
Aydin Angulo (15)
4th. 27 pts –
Mark Santa Cruz (12)
5th. 22 pts –
Josh Espinoza (6)
6th. 18 pts –
Nick Lepisto (6)
6th. 18 pts –
Sam Angulo (6)
6th. 18 pts –
Hao Haung (8)
9th. 13 pts –
Steve Fujita (6)
9th. – 13 pts –
Mark Solnyshkin (7)
9th. – 13 pts –
Colin Chambers (7)
12th. – 12 pts –
Jelani Robinson (6)
12th. – 12 pts –
Travon Yancy (6)
12th . – 12 pts –
Karlo Malabanca (6)
13th. – 8 pts –
Kevin Motter
14th. – 7 pts –
Jose Sanchez
15th. – 6 pts –
Danny Aguilar
15th. – 6 pts –
Kris Steele
15th. – 6 pts –
Manny Campalans
15th. – 6 pts –
Alex Dagondon
15th. – 6 pts –
Ethan David
15th. – 6 pts –
Shilun Gu (6)

 

1/19/19 Saturday Night Showdowns (Fun Comp Series)


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

1/12/19 Saturday Night Showdowns (Fun Comp Series)


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

1/5/19 SuperShowdown Round 1

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.

Qualifying:
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

Tsuiso Battles:
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)