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Judging – Bad Calls?

Here at Super-G we have been using the Super-G Replay System for close to 2 years now and it has really changed how we judge. The accuracy and the transparency it provides is really second to none.

In the past there were always calls the judges made that would leave a lot of people feeling raw. Depending on where you were watching from, if you were really paying attention, and even if what you thought you saw is really what happened, people would have different opinions of what really happened.

If you want to get the most of this post, don’t go back and try to figure things out. Just watch the footage ONE TIME and make the call as if you are a judge. Remember, you are watching in real time, and you only get one shot at it.

Remember, ONLY ONCE! That’s how the judges get to see it live.

Did you catch it? What is the call? Remember, this could be someone’s one and only chance to win. Making the wrong call could possibly rob someone of their only victory. A OMT when someone rightfully earned the win is the same as robbing them. Oh the pressure of being a judge.

Did you make a call? Ok, go back and watch it again. Did you make the right call?

The biggest difference in judging with or without the reply system is how the judges think about each instance. For example, if a judge sees contact, they will make a mental note that there was contact made and who was at fault. That needs to be processed as it happens. I had seen it happen so many times where the judges would stop paying attention after contact was made, the rest of the run wasn’t even worth watching. Their decision was already made, and there was nothing more to see.

With the replay system, the judges will make a mental note that something happened at that point and they will need to review it. The run continues and the judges will watch the run in it’s entirety.

When the run is complete, the judges will decide if there are any areas that need to be looked at from different angles to confirm what they through they saw was indeed what actually happened.

Ok, let’s take a look at it from a different angle:

How did you do? Did you make the correct call? Were you confident you saw exactly what happened?

Did you make the correct call? Whether you called it correctly or not, without the Super-G Replay System, you would never be able to say the call was correct 100%. Also, there would never be a way to put the competitors minds at ease if they didn’t agree with your call.

In this particular instance, we felt the Chase Car made contact at the point where the sweeper starts to transition to a tighter hairpin. This caused the Lead Car to be knocked off line and ultimately over-rotate. Since we wanted to be certain that is what happened, we went to the replay to see it from a different angle. Without this angle, the call would have gone in favor of the Lead Car.

Due to the fact we have the replay system at our disposal, the call actually went the other way, in favor of the Chase Car who was just doing as they were supposed to.

This is just one instance where the Super-G Replay System was the only thing standing between the correct call and a bad call. Seeing how often things appear differently than what actually happened, it’s very obvious why there were so many upset competitors and why they would feel so strongly about how bad the judges were. I can’t really say I blame them.

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

What the Judge! Part II

We all know how it is when we are in a comp. Sometimes the calls seem to go our way, and other times it seems like the judges were just blind or the call felt biased. Even before judging, I always felt I needed to trust the judges call, otherwise it would just ruin the fun for me. More than that, I knew there was no way I could see everything that is happening, AND concentrate on my driving. I’m just not that good and I’m not sure if anyone really is.

Then suddenly there’s a fool-proof method to make sure the calls are correct! Have your buddy bust out his phone and get the runs on video! This way you can review it later and see if the judges were just picking on you, or if you really did lose. I mean, video doesn’t lie.

Since we have been doing our Weekly Fun Comps, I will get people asking me the day after why they lost, or someone will feel they were singled out and the judges were out to get them. Nothing could be further from the truth. We all know even one biased call can ruin everything and kill the fun forever. However, I can see why it’s easy to feel that way. Especially when some people aren’t quite clear on the rules and how the judging works. Add to that video proof to back their feelings, and it’s basically impossible for them to believe otherwise. I mean, you can hardly blame them at that point.

It’s really hard to explain to someone why, when they have video that shows something that could have or should have had a different outcome. I will state for the record, every time I have gone back to review a questionable call based on this type of scenario, it always comes back that the judges were right. I’m not saying we can’t and wont make mistakes, I’m simply saying that every time this has happened, it’s is proven we made the correct call.

With that being said, please check out this video for a perfect example of why having video for the purpose of double checking the judging may upset you for no reason. In fact, you may be ruining the experience for yourself, depending on how seriously you take it. Remember, in the end, it’s all about fun. We are all doing this to have a good time and get away from the every day grind.
Disclaimer: The video is a little dry and boring, but it’s meant to be informative over entertaining.

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.

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!

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
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)