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May 4, 2019 SuperShowdown Round 5

What a weekend! Super Showdown Round 5 was very different from the previous 4 rounds. Every round we have let all the competitors know the judges are looking for smooth. It wasn’t until this round it seemed everyone took note and really cleaned up the driving! I have to say I feel SoCal R/C Drift has taken it to the next level!

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 any of the SuperShowdowns. 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

I really look forward to the Super Showdown events mainly due to the fact that it brings out our drift fam from all over SoCal. This weekend was no exception! Team DStyle, Tech1drift, SwiftSuns, RawFew, Drftndm, and Dory Dory all came together to throw down some sick battles.

The spec tire for the event was DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II all around. It seemed everyone has become used to them and as expected, the runs were smoother and tighter.

Qualifying:
From the very beginning we knew we were in for some serious driving. The better part of the competitors were putting down some serious qualifying laps! We also implemented the new Super-G Style of Qualifying where the top 15 qualifiers move to the top 16, and the remainder of competitors, regardless of their qualifying score battle it out for the 16th spot. Our man Karlo Malabanan fought his way up and took the 16th spot in the Top 16!

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Alan Benites
3 – Tim Mulhmeyer
4 – Mikko Yang
5 – Alfredo Chan III
6 – Corey Carlstrom
7 – Jason Fordyce
8 – Colin Chambers
9 – Manny Campalans
10 – Albert Martinez
11 – Mark Santa Cruz
12 – Shaine Collins
13 –
Sam Angulo
14 – Juan Duran
15 – Nick Lepisto
16 – Karlo Malabanan
17 – Aydin Angulo
18 – Josh Espinoza
19 – Don Hadix
20 – Jian Allen
21 – Tyler Hill

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. The driving this time was nothing short of amazing! The judging became extremely difficult since the large mistakes were far and few in between. It was coming down to who was running the “closest to perfect”, not who made the biggest error.

Speaking of judging, the judges for the event were Colin Chambers, Shaine Collins, and myself, Steve Fujita. Great job guys! This was not an easy one to judge.

As a judge we took a beating with the decisions coming down to the finer points of the runs. Luckily we were prepared with the Super-G Replay System as our main tool to clarify anything we may have missed.

Third and forth place were up first, with Tim Mulhmeyer battling Alfredo Chan III. Both guys were on point all day, so we knew this was going to be a great battle! We got a little hung up when Alfredo dragged his bumper on the rail of the sweeper which we allow, and Tim came in shallow and hot and rammed him. The issue was Alfredo MAY have been on the rail more than is allowed, but before the replay was able to show this, Tim came into the mix and hit him. Unable to determine if it was a crash on the rail or not, we went to a One More Time (OMT). In the OMT Alfredo put it down hard, his chase. With Tim not able to answer back, Alfredo was victorious and took home 3rd place!

Then it was the Grand Finale, Kevin Motter vs Jason Fordyce! Both teammates and both top level drivers. On Kevin’s lead, he had a decent correction coming into the first clip, but he was able to avoid contacting the dreaded curb which had claimed many victims over the past month. The rest of his lead was amazing, but he did leave himself open to be overtaken by Jason. Jason was able to give a near perfect chase, really applying the pressure to Kevin. Then it was Jason’s lead and right out of the gate you could tell these guys were serious. Both took the first 2 clips in perfect form, but as they rounded toward the 3rd clip, Jason’s line was tight and Kevin found himself on the inside line going straight for the corner obstacle meant to keep people from taking the inside line. He made a big correction avoiding contact. That paired with the correction from his lead run was enough to lock him into 2nd spot and giving Jason a hard fought 1st place!

Congratulations to Jason taking his second win in a row at the Super Showdowns since his return to R/C Drift last month! Also a huge congratulations to Kevin for taking 2nd place, and Alfredo Chan III for taking 3rd! All 3 of these guys are regulars on the top of the podium here in SoCal!

1st Place – Jason Fordyce, 2nd Place Kevin Motter, 3rd Place Alfredo Chan III
1st Jason Fordyce (c), 2nd Kevin Motter (r), 3rd Alfredo Chan III (l)

Special thanks to our judges of the night, Colin Chambers and Shaine Collins for judging along side of me. This one was an interesting one for sure!

Official Point Standings:
1. 60 pts – Kevin Motter (12 pts Second Place + 2 pts TQ)
2. 53 pts – Mikko Yang (8 pts 9th)
3. 46 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (9 pts Forth Place)
3. 46 pts – Manny Campalans (8 pts 5th)
5. 45 pts – Colin Chambers (8 pts 9th)
6. 44 pts – Alan Benites (8 pts 5th)
7. 38 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (8 pts 5th)
7. 38 pts – Shaine Collins (8 pts 9th)
7. 38 pts – Nick Lepisto (8 pts 9th)
7. 38 pts – Josh Espinoza (8 pts 17th)
11. 33 pts – Hao Huang
12. 32 pts – Jason Fordyce (15 Pts First Place)
13. 30 pts – Sam Angulo (8 pts 5th)
14. 25 pts – Aydin Angulo (8 pts 17th)
15. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez
16. 22 pts – Jeff Yang
16. 22 pts – Travon Yancy
17. 18 pts – Alfredo Chan III (10 pts Third Place)
18. 16 pts – Cory Carlstrom (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Albert Martinez (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Juan Duran (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Karlo Malabanan (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
23. 8 pts – Don Hadix (8 pts 17th)
23. 8 pts – Jian Allen (8 pts 17th)
23. 8 pts – Tyler Hill (8 pts 17th)
23. 8 pts – Michael Markentin
23. 8 pts – Jason Ragasa
23. 8 pts – Jeremy Meyer
23. 8 pts – Matt Caputo
23. 8 pts – Alex Dagondon
23. 8 pts – Jelani Robinson
23. 8 pts – Ethan David
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April 6, 2019 SuperShowdown Round 4

This was a weekend of change and surprises. This was the first SuperShowdown on the new Super-G layout. We have a few Fun Comps under our belt to ensure the flow is right and the clips work, but this was the real test. To add to the change of a new layout, we also officially launched our new spec tire, DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II all around. Each competitor received a full set (4) of our new spec.

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 any of the SuperShowdowns. 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

The weather was awesome this time around. We hope that is the last of the rainy comps for awhile. It was very comfortable and we were able to use the pit spaces out back.

Since it was Formula D weekend, we were lucky enough to have Jeremy Meyer and Michael Markentin from Driftwell R/C Drift Arena visting. It’s always a great time with they visit, not to mention the unique creations Jeremy always has to show. I was really impressed with his body that he engraved on the inside. It had a crazy 3D effect and looked like nothing I have ever seen. You have to see it in person to fully appreciate this man’s work.

Tech – Spec Tires / Rear Weight under 1100g / No Sound or Smoke Generators

The spec tire for the event was DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II all around. A full set of tires were supplied with every entry.

Jeremy Meyer’s Original Creation

Qualifying:
It was an interesting qualifying session this time around. Since we were on new tires, (Less sideways traction and forward bite) we weren’t sure what to expect. When I said it was a weekend of surprises, it really was. One of our O.G. RawFew Team Members and one of the guys who started the whole R/C Drift thing here at Super-G, even before there was a Super-G, Jason Fordyce, made his return after a 1.5 year break. In total, he had less than 1 hour of practice total, and he managed to earn himself TQ of the event! He won himself an Overdose Keychain donated by Overdose for this months SuperShowdown! Not so fast though! This was the first time we needed a tie breaker for TQ. Manny Campalans and Jason had both put down some amazing runs, so we needed to go to a tie breaker. Jason took it by a slim margin, but a win is a win!

Top Qualifier of the Event and Winner of the Overdose Prize – Jason Fordyce!

Top Qualifier – Jason Fordyce
2 – Manny Campalans
3 – Cory Carlstrom
4 – Hao Huang
5 – Alfredo Chan III
6 – Tim Mulhmeyer
7 – Nick Lepisto
8 – Mark Santa Cruz
9 – Shaine Collins
10 – Josh Espinoza
11 – Alan Benites
12 – Colin Chambers
13 –
Mikko Yang
14 – Jason Ragasa
15 – Jeremy Meyer
16 – Matt Caputo
17 – Jose Sanchez Jr.
18 – Juan Duran
19 – Michael Markentin
20 – Alex Dagondon
21 – Karlo Malabanan

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles is where all the real action happens. This is what it is all about, 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 exception.

Trophies for the event PLUS keychains donated by Overdose for each Winner!

This weekend the battles seemed to be even more exciting than usual, with the proximity of the cars being closer than it’s ever been, not to mention a lot smoother. The finals all came down to Alan Benites vs. Mikko Yang for 3rd and 4th place, and Jason Fordyce vs. Manny Campalans for 1st and 2nd place!

First up was Mikko vs. Alan. Both of these guys are no strangers to the podium spots. In the end, Mikko was able to hold it together and grab that 3rd spot!

Then it was the grand finale! Jason vs. Manny for all the marbles! Both these guys were on fire all night, and in fact these two were your TQ and 2nd Qualifier. The first round these guys went at were as close to identical as you can get, both on the lead and the chase. This forced us to go for a One More Time (OMT). This time both were warmed up and ready! Both put down some amazing runs on the lead and chase, but Jason committed and went DEEEEEEEP in all the clips, forcing a slight miscalculation on Manny’s part causing him to bump a K-Rail hard enough to seal 2nd Place for him. This meant Jason took the Top Spot on the podium!

Congratulations to Jason for winning right off of a 1.5 year break. Manny grabbed a clean 2nd Place, and Mikko taking 3rd!

1st Place – Jason Fordyce, 2nd Place – Manny Campalans, and 3rd Place – Mikko Yang
Manny Campalans and Jason Fordyce 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 was an interesting one for sure!

Official Point Standings:
1. 46 pts – Kevin Motter
2. 45 pts – Mikko Yang (3rd Place 10 pts)
3. 38 pts – Manny Campalans (2nd Place 12 pts)
4. 37 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (9th Place 8 pts)
4. 37 pts – Colin Chambers (17th Place 8 pts)
6. 36 pts – Alan Benites (4th Place 9 pts)
7. 33 pts –
Hao Huang (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 30 pts – Nick Lepisto (5th Place 8 pts)
8. 30 pts – Shaine Collins (5th Place 8 pts)
8. 30 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (9th Place 8 pts)
8. 30 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th Place 8 pts)
12. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez (9th Place 8 pts)
13. 22 pts – Sam Angulo
13. 22 pts – Jeff Yang
13. 22 pts – Travon Yancy
16. 17 pts – Aydin Angulo
16. 17 pts – Jason Fordyce (First Place 15 pts + TQ 2 pts)
18. 16 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
19. 8 pts – Cory Carlstrom (5th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Alfredo Chan III (5th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Juan Duran (9th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Michael Markentin (9th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Karlo Malabanan (9th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Jason Ragasa (17th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Jeremy Meyer (17th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Matt Caputo (17th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Alex Dagondon (17th Place 8 pts)
20. 8 pts – Jelani Robinson
20. 8 pts – Ethan David
20. 8 pts – Albert Martinez
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The Winners of the night – Jason Fordyce (M), Manny Campalans (L), Mikko Yang (R)
Alan Benites for the fourth place sneak!

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 

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)

 

1/5/19 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)

What Goes On During Judging

July 28, 2018

At our weekly Fun Comps, the Saturday Night Showdowns, judging has always, and will always be a complicated issue. I and a group of consultants have put in a lot of time and effort to come up with the best judging guideline we could. For myself, this has been a very stressful project, and although on the surface it may seem like only a few pages, but to get there has been a really huge task. I was glad to see our final revision put to the test and I have to say judging has never been easier or smoother. For those who were never a part of judging prior to this, all I can say is it was considerably more difficult. Imagine making a call based on 3 different sets of rules, and you get one person who insists on a rule that the other 2 never even heard of. Sometimes it wasn’t very pleasant and definitely was not consistent.

After the last Showdown, I was lucky enough to find myself in a conversation with someone who obviously felt a bit cheated on the judging. Of course I wanted to hear what their thoughts were and make any necessary adjustments if needed. The topic was based on their run and how they were penalized on something they felt nobody else was being penalized for. There can be a few reasons for this:

1 – After each round, we as the judges will announce what swayed the decision. “Tim advances due to Joe spinning out on his lead run”.
Or
2 – As they were listening in on the judging, they didn’t hear the penalty that applied to them come up other than when it was judged for their run.

EVERYONE INVOLVED NEEDS TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING:
We do not have a single person competing who is pulling off perfect runs. Not a single person.

So what does that mean? It still doesn’t address the issue of why someone lost for a reason not given prior to their run, and possibly even after.

In each run there are many different situations being considered at any given time. No two runs are identical, and the judges are making their decisions based on the most obvious or most heavily weighted errors. The more skilled drivers end up being scrutinized more severely than we’ll say a beginner. That does NOT mean they are judged any differently than the beginner, it means their mistakes will not be as big or as obvious.

*Note:
Every judge should go into every round fresh, knowing anything can and will happen. There should be no predetermined winner in mind, or any type of performance expected. Every round is anyone’s to win. First timer or seasoned veteran, you just never know.

Example A – The Beginner
The typical beginner may have a hard time holding the qualifying line. There will probably be a lot of corrections, erratic driving, slowing when they shouldn’t, shallow angle, missed clips, etc.

The judges will take this all into account when making their decision. Although all this is going on throughout the run, the statement of, “They made a huge correction in turn 3”  or “They missed clip 2” may be stated by one of the judges. Basically pointing out something that is probably going to sway things the most. This doesn’t mean that is the only issue, it simply means that’s the one that stands out the most.

When the results are announced, either reason will probably be given. The long, itemized list of other errors will not.

Example B – The Veteran
The typical Veteran will be able to pull off some very decent runs. Maintaining the qualifying line is probably not an issue. Hitting clips, not an issue. Maintaining angle, not an issue. However, there will be some mistakes being made. Depending on who is competing, these errors may come into play.

When evaluating the run of the Veteran, the same exact things are being considered in Example A and B. ALL THE SAME RULES APPLY TO BOTH. The main difference is, the Veteran isn’t having issues with the qualifying line or erratic driving, but they are still being judged on it. If the Veteran manages to pull off a near perfect run, you may hear something such as, “Their angle was a bit shallow on clip 4” or “They had to reach a bit for clip 1” These are the key points that MAY come into play on the following run. This doesn’t mean that is the only thing they were being judged on, it simply means these are the “Worst” incidents of the run.

If on the following run this same driver cannot maintain proximity with the Lead Car, when their loss is announced, the reason given will be “The Chase did not maintain proximity”. The other points aren’t given, they were just observations “Just in case”.

Example C – How This Is Applied
When 2 competitors are closely matched in skill and ability, the judges need to be very critical of the performance of both, especially if both are capable of laying down near perfect runs. For arguments sake, we will say both Lead and Chase runs are identical with the exception of Lead Car “A” ALMOST missing a clip while Lead Car “B” was as deep as possible in the same clip.

After an extremely clean lead and chase, you might hear, “The only thing I saw was “A” almost missed clip 1.” Basically looking for anything that might sway the decision if it comes down to that.

If a One More Time “OMT” is not an option, the decision would be based on Lead Car “A” not following the qualifying line as well as Lead Car “B”. This in no way suggests they were judged any differently than any other competitor during the entire comp, it is simply judged that way based on the level of performance of both drivers. Both were held to the same standard as the competitor in Example A, but the key factor was not a factor in Example A.

Being a part of judging and listening in can be very beneficial to everyone. Competitors will learn exactly what is being looked at and why certain decisions are made. There is a lot of reasoning behind certain calls, and it can greatly affect decisions made during their runs.

My personal take on the issue presented, before anyone feels the judging was unfair toward them,  they need to ask themselves a few questions:

  • Could it be POSSIBLE I did what the judges called me on?
  • If roles were reversed, would I feel losing would be the correct call for me?
  • Can I see everything that is going on, and concentrate on driving?
  • Am I so good, I can see what I’m doing and what my competitor is doing at all times?
  • Do I know the rules better than the judges?
  • Is my opinion completely unbiased?

Remember guys, judging is not easy. If you think it is, then you definitely are not ready to judge. If you aren’t ready to judge,
THEN PLEASE LEAVE THE JUDGING TO THE JUDGES.

OBSOLETE!!! PLEASE SEE NEW GUIDE.Competition Judging Guide – Super-G Fun Comps

Here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena we started doing “Fun Comps” approximately 3 years ago. The idea behind the Fun Comps was to give the community a place to come together for an informal  Comp. In the process, get everyone to sharpen their skills and get familiar with pressures of competing. Nothing at stake, no big investments, just some good ol’ competition among friends. We always said we wanted it to be like a game of street ball with your friends.

Well as everyone knows, that fun game of street ball is going to eventually get competitive. So as time progressed, skills came up, and the competition started to be a lot tighter. Gone are the days of judging based on who crashed the least. The time for more formal judging has come.

The Super-G Competition Judging Guide is a collection of rules which has grown and evolved based on the Fun Comps from our very first one when Katsumi was running them. It has purposely been kept simple, with a lot of room to tighten up as the level of competition advances.

In speaking with many competitors it was clear there was a need for some clear, solid judging guidelines, as well as detailed explanations and visual representations. We are not saying this is the ultimate judging guide, we are simply sharing what we do here at Super-G. Hopefully the people entering the comps will take the time to review what the judges want to see, and how the various scenarios will impact the outcome.

Special thanks to the consulting team:
Steve Fujita, Joe Tam, Mark Santa Cruz, Nick Lepisto, Katsumi Kuwakino, Kevin Motter, Colin Chambers, Victor Esquivel, John Brasko, Shaine Collins, Mikko Yang, Jeff Yang,  Daniel Aguilar, Dennis Caroza, Rynne Degala, Chris Lagasca, Manuel Campalans, Ching H Lu

Tuner Evolution East Meets West R/C Dori-Fest Weekend

January 13-14, 2018
Tuner Evolution SoCal Weekend!

Tuner Evolution SoCal – East Meets West R/C Dori-Fest
This past weekend the Super-G’s home teams, The RawFew and Team Nanashi teamed up with our NorCal Fam, Limited Traction, Team Bushido,  Speed Junkies, and Tengu Drift,  to set up an awesome drift track at Tuner Evolution SoCal at the Anaheim Convention Center. This was their first show in SoCal and also the season opener for the Car Show Scene.

We didn’t know what to expect since none of us had ever attended a Tuner Evolution Event, but we were all hopeful. Please forgive my lack of photos. This weekend was crazy and there was a lot going on that demanded my personal attention, so I didn’t get to snap as many shots as I would l have liked to.

Saturday Morning we all met up at 9am to start the day setting up what we hoped to be an epic track. This was the first time Super-G and Limited Traction were combining their props and track pieces for a single event. We didn’t know what to expect, but we knew it was going to be something special. Limited Traction had brought down a trailer full just for this event! Since everyone present is familiar with doing events, the setup was quick. After we were done setting up, everyone went to rest up for the Saturday Night Pre-Event Session at Super-G.

At 7pm we opened the gates for our Official Tuner Evolution East Meets West R/C Dori-Fest Pre-Session. All the major players were represented. Super-G R/C Drift Arena was packed with SoCal’s RawFew, Nanashi, 1.10_Drift, Rare Arts USA, Tech 1 Drift, SwiftSuns, Team D-Style, and NorCal’s Limited Traction, Team Bushido, Team Wallride, Speed Junkies, Tengu Drift, Team D.T.F., and CenCal’s Driftwell, and The Shop, and Arizona’s very own O.C.D. Products! (Forgive me if I forgot anyone which I’m sure I have.) EVERYONE’S driving was on point! This was a seriously fun session with Tandem Trains non-stop.

We didn’t get out of there til 3:30am! It was just too much fun banging doors with everyone.

Sunday, the actual event was seriously something not to be missed. If you weren’t here, I’m sorry to say, you missed out on an epic event! The Super-G/Limited Traction booth was on fire all day! I’m sure on average we pulled the largest crowds. Of course when the bikini contest started we got a little thin, but that was only a short amount of time. Ha! The surface was really good, with some good bumpiness to add to the realism. MST Golds seemed to be the ticket for some good bite and good sideways action. Again, all the driving was top-notch.

Our man Miguel from Tuner Evolution surprised us with trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. So we quickly decided the way to determine who’s taking these home was to do a 3 Car Tandem Battle and let the crowd be the judge.

The battles were awesome with each team getting 3 warm up laps and 1 official judged lap.

First place was won by Al – Limited Traction, Erik – Speed Junkies, and Josh – Vertex R/C. Second place – Dennis – Limited Traction, Steve – RawFew, and Ethan – RawFew. Third place – Nick – RawFew, Mark – RawFew, and Kevin – RawFew! Congrats to all the winners! It looks like 3 Man Team Tandems are going to be a thing here on the West Coast, so everyone better step up their Team Tandem Game!

Here’s the RawFew’s very own Ethan. He’s been coming to Super-G for a few months now and is just killin it! He just turned 11 (I think) and can slide with the best of them. We are proud to have him on the team. He did his part to take the win, but unfortunately Dennis and myself were only able to pull a second place win, but a win is a win, right? Expect to see more of Ethan in the future!

We here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support this event. We hope you all had a great time. I know we did. Keep an eye out for more events like this. It just keeps getting better guys!

Special thanks to: RawFew, Team Nanashi, 1.10_Drift, Drftndm, Rare Arts USA, Limited Traction, Team Bushido, Speed Junkies, Tengu Drift, Team WallRide, Team D.T.F., Tech 1 Drift, SwiftSuns, Team D-Style, DriftWell, The Ship, Vertex R/C, and O.C.D. Products!