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Super Drift Championship Round 2 (SoCal Region)

March 7, 2020
This past weekend was the Super Drift Championship Round 2 for the SoCal Region here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We had a great turnout with 37 competitors, many new faces, and a lot of serious skills.

Super Drift Championship Round 2 SoCal Region

The judges for the event were Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), Manny Campalans (RawFew), and myself, Steve Fujita. Joe Tam was emcee for the night, as well as running our audio/visual and live stream. He really is a one-man entertainment center.

In Round 1 we ended up running really late and qualifying took forever. So for Round 2, we offered to do early qualifying in hopes of speeding up the actual competition. When we announced it, there were no responses, so we just went on as planned. I later found out there were a couple people interested, but hardly enough to warrant breaking up practice for.

The reverse layout proved to be challenging for many, but we always try to switch it up for every comp. This round we went with more inside clips than outer. This seemed to push everyone to dig deep for those skills they normally don’t use heavily.

Qualifying:
This round us judges decided we would not discuss the qualifying runs after each run, but rather write down our scores and add them at the end. This helped to move the qualifying right along and was a better overall way to run it. I was pleased to find when checking the scores, all three judges were within a couple points of each other. Further reinforcing the fact our point system is working and is consistent.

Congratuations to Manny Campalans for taking TQ for the event!!!

Futaba Top Qualifier!
Futaba has generously donated to sponsor the Super Drift Championship here at Super-G and this round the winner of the Futaba Top Qualifier went to Manny Campalans from (Team Futaba USA / RawFew). He had his choice of the new CT700 Servo or the GYD450. He chose the GYD450 Gyro! Congratulations Manny on a awesome qualifying run!

Tsuiso Battles:
I know I say it every time, but when the driving is at this level, it really deserves to be mentioned again. The driving skills demonstrated here in Round 2 were really top notch. Most of the battles were won or lost based on some of the smallest margins we have seen. What this means for the future is, competitors really need to step up their game and pay attention to the finer details now.

Victor Romo vs. Aydin Angulo – 1st and 2nd Place Battles!

In the finals, it was Mikko Yang vs. Albert Martinez for 3rd and 4th position, and Aydin Angulo vs. Victor Romo for 1st and 2nd.
First up was Mikko vs. Albert. Mikko had a great lead run and Albert had a great chase. They switched positions and this time Albert was leading, Mikko chasing. On the first clip Albert had gone wide and hooked his wing on the fence and an extension cord that was behind that. This gave Mikko an easy win, and the 3rd spot on the podium. Then it was time for the big dogs, Aydin vs. Victor for 1st and 2nd. On the first run, both Aydin and Victor made contact and forced a OMT (One More Time). On the second run, it came down to the first clip and who did it better. This time around it was Aydin who put it down for the win and the top spot on the podium! Victor took home a very respectable 2nd place!

Congratulations to the winners! 1st – Aydin Angulo, 2nd – Victor Romo, and 3rd – Mikko Yang!

Congratulations to First Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin), Second Place – Victor Romo (Sell Out Boys), and Third Place – Mikko Yang (Team Reve D-Style)

SoCal Region Official Point Standings

Super Drift Championship Round 1 SoCal Regional

The Super Drift Championship Round 1 for SoCal is in the books and it was nothing short of an amazing event! There were a lot of new faces jumping in for their first comp, so the road to the finals in October is already being paved.

The SoCal Region is hosting a 9 part point series to determine their Regional Champion. The Regional Champion will automatically be entered into the Finals in October and will also be given lodging for the finals weekend.

There are 3 ways to make it to the Finals in October:
Champion of the Regional Series (Lodging Provided for Finals Weekend)
Place 2nd or 3rd for the overall series
Compete in 75% or more of the series (regardless of standings)

Points are awarded as follows:
15 points – First Place
12 points – Second Place
10 points – Third Place
9 Points – Forth Place
8 Points – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points)
2 Points – Top Qualifier (TQ of the event)

We will also be dropping everyone’s 2 lowest scores which basically means you can miss 2 events in the season and not be penalized.

There will also be 2 DOUBLE POINT rounds. This will keep it interesting.

What this translates into is, no matter how you finish, the worst you can do is equal to 5th place. This means even toward the end of the series, you will still have a good shot at a podium spot.

Super Drift Challenge Round 1 – SoCal Region

This was the kick off event for the season. After witnessing the level of driving, it’s clear SoCal is going to be bringing the heat to the Finals.

Doors opened at 4p Saturday and right away competitors got to breaking in tires and learning the line for the competition. Nick Lepisto (RawFew), Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), and Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) laid out the line for this months round.

The Return of the Champ
After a commanding win in the 2019 series, Kevin Motter (RawFew) The SoCal Drift King had disappeared from the R/C Drift Scene. It left everyone wondering if he would return for the 2020 season. Just as we were about to open, Kevin shows up to talk about his 4 month break. We were all glad to see he was alive! Ha! We were equally glad to hear he planned to compete, but a little concerned since he had not touched his car in 4 months. Tunes have changed, newer chassis have been released; could he still be competitive?

By the time we were ready to start qualifying, we had 34 competitors signed up. Many were new faces and quite a few were first timers. This is a good sign for the R/C Drift Community since we are seeing growth.

Qualifying:
This season we have implemented a new style of qualifying. I felt it worked very well but it did slow us down a bit since we needed to get into the groove of things. Once we became familiar with the scoring, it started to go a lot quicker.

The Futaba Top Qualifier of the event was Kevin Motter with a score of 94. There was a 3 way tie for TQ between Kevin Motter, Alan Benites, and Jason Fordyce. It came down to the score of their secondary runs. Kevin (87/94), Alan (81/94), and Jason (0/94). Congratulations to Kevin for putting down some great qualifying runs and landing TQ.

As always, we had the lower scoring qualifiers battle it out for the last bracket position. Kris Steele was able to fight his way up into the Top 32! Ultimately finishing in a 4 way tie for 5th place.

We also had the honor of having one of our good friend Justin Pawlak’s son, Jaxsen Pawlack enter his first R/C Drift Comp here at Super-G! He’s just 7 years old and he put down a qualifying score of 32, landing him in 27th position!

Qualifying Scores – Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew) for TQ of the event.

Tsuiso Battles:
The season opener has given us much promise as to what is yet to come. The skill level here in SoCal is running high, even the competitors who have just a few months under their belts are really putting down some serious runs.

Kevin Motter (R) vs. Mikko Yang (L) for 1st and 2nd Place

The Final 4 came down to Josh Espinoza (Team Zenshin) vs. Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd and 4th position, and Kevin Motter (RawFew) vs. Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 1st and 2nd. First up was Josh vs. Alfredo. On Josh’s lead run, he had an unfortunate over-rotation on the second clip, securing the win and 3rd spot for Alfredo!

Then it was time for the battle for 1st and 2nd. Kevin vs. Mikko! Kevin was leading, Mikko on the chase. These two are no strangers to this situation, so the pressure was on. Out of the gate, it’s business as usual. Kevin putting down a clean run with a lot of angle and as deep as he usually is. Mikko bringing that tight proximity. Then it happened, Kevin knocks over the ScaleReflex Cone at the Inside Clip on the chicane. Kevin scores a Zero for his lead. Mikko’s chase was on point. They switch it up and Mikko is leading, Kevin chasing. Out of the gate Mikko is running a clean line, Kevin is applying that pressure! Mikko is putting down a great lead, Kevin’s chase is the very definition of pressure at it’s highest. Coming into the last turn, it happens. Mikko clips the last cone sending it flying, and effectively scoring him a Zero for his lead as well. An unbelievable turn of events, and cause for a OMT (One More Time).

OMT Time! Kevin takes the lead position again, Mikko on the chase. Kevin proceeds to really turn up the heat and lays down a close to flawless run, if not flawless. Extremely deep, filling each clip as completely as possible and with a much angle as possible. Mikko was right on his tail, giving that pressure that makes even the most seasoned drivers feel it. This time around Kevin was cone free. Then it was Mikko’s turn to lead and Kevin chasing. Mikko puts down a clean lead and Kevin puts down some serious proximity following Mikko’s line to a T. Again, clean run! After reviewing, the winner was clear. Kevin pulled off great proximity on his chase without sacrificing line, where Mikko had to go shallow on the first clip to maintain proximity. Then on the leads, Kevin rode the outer line at the limit for the entire course, including the last roundabout, where Mikko had shallowed up in the initiation. Both competitors pulled off some amazing runs, but in the end, Kevin’s runs had that edge and enough to land that Top Podium Position!

Jeff Yang from 7demo7 got some great footage of the battle for 1st and 2nd place here:
7demo7 YouTube Channel

1st Place – Kevin Motter (RawFew), 2nd Place – Mikko Yang (Team Reve D), 3rd Place – Alfredo Chan III.

Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew), the winner of the Super Drift Championship Round 1 SoCal Regional and TQ! Also to Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 2nd, and Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd.

Special thanks to the judges for the event. Shaine Collins, Manny Campalans!

ROUND 2 – MARCH 4, 2020
SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

SoCal Region Point Standings

RawFew BBQ and Game Day

November 16, 2019
Leading up to this weekend has been hectic for Joe and myself, as we are doing some serious remodeling here at Super-G. We are in the process of adding a lot more retail space for our store, and at the same time increasing our permanent pit space. The Team RawFew had approached us with a plan to host a BBQ and have a few tests of skill. The idea was to have a fun session with some fun games. Nothing serious going on.

The menu for the day was burgers, dogs, and hot links! Manny took on the grilling tasks. I don’t think I saw him leave the grill the entire time. He really killed it as the grill master.

Gettin it on! Busted out the Recking Kru Team Bodies.
Mark Santa Cruz and myself getting some Team Tandem slides on.

The session was really good and the vibe was very relaxed. Just some good food and friends sliding together. There seemed to be a lot of team tandem practicing going on, which was really good to see. I think 2020 should be the year we start to see some serious team tandem comps going on.

After everyone was done eating, Nick jumped on the mic and got the games going. Nobody was quite sure what they had in store, but you know how it is, everyone was down to give it a shot. The first round was a drift gate type of contest. They had set up a movable cone and gave everyone about 1.25 car length space to drift through. As long as you were drifting it and didn’t knock down the cone you were good. How fun was it? I wanted to go a few more rounds! Everyone lined up and took a shot at it. If you made it you got back in line to try the smaller gap. We finally got down to 3 people going through an opening less than a car length. While holding a high speed shallow drift, Alan Benites showed us all what it’s about and took the win!

Drift Park – Aydin won with less room than this!

Next up was the Drift Park. The objective was to drift into the parking spot between 2 cars while not going past them. After every round the cars were moved closer and closer. It finally came down to 2 people, Sam and Aydin Angulo! It was a father and son battle. Aydin squeezed in perfectly with less than half an inch at the front and back of the car!!! Sam almost had it as well, but tapped at the last moment. Aydin Angulo took the win!

The Winners of the Games – Alan Benites (Drift Gate), Aydin Angulo (Drift Park)
Scale Reflex Light Kits to the winners!

After the games, it was mentioned to me by more than a few that they wanted more of this type of event. I have to agree. We knew going into it that it would be fun, but I don’t think anyone really expected the level of fun that it really was. Not a single complaint, nobody getting bent, just good fun with the family.

I’m sure The RawFew will be going another soon. Trust me, when they do, you definitely do not want to miss it!

Thanks to the RawFew Members – Nick Lepisto, Mark Santa Cruz, Jason Fordyce, and Manny Campalans for making this happen. It was a great success and more importantly, a ton of fun! Looking forward to the next one!

SuperShowdowns The Final Throwdown – Super-G 5 Year Event

October 19, 2019:
The year long series, SuperShowdowns here at Super-G have come to an end at the Super-G 5 Year Annual Event! This season has been exciting to say the least, but more than that, we have seen HUGE improvement all around. The driver’s skill has increased tremendously over the past year. In addition to the drivers themselves, our judging, rules, and efficiency have grown beyond our expectations. Finally, our Super-G Replay System has come to the point where we feel very comfortable with how everything is working together. All this combined has made for a Competition Series we can all be proud to be a part of. 2020 promises to far exceed 2019.

SuperShowdowns are a monthly competition, each separate from the rest with trophies awarded for the podium finishers. We have also been running a points series in the background. The points would only come into play at the final competition of the series, where we would add the points and crown the SoCal Drift King. To keep things sane, we decided to drop each competitors 2 lowest rounds, allowing for missed rounds without blowing the series. If you missed more than 2, you were on your own.

Judging
For the entire series, myself, along with Colin Chambers and Shaine Collins were the Official Judges. I need to give a special thank you to both Colin and Shaine for not only being the most reliable judges, but for showing a true passion for judging fairly. For myself, I consider each and every person who comes through the doors of Super-G to be “one of my guys”. So I would love to see everyone win. However, for Shaine and Colin, they are both very good friends with a couple of guys who were always battling for the top positions. I can say without reservation, I never once witnessed even the slightest hint of favoritism or bias. Our desire to make the correct call far surpassed any type of loyalty or friendship. Having the entire crowd watching any of the replays we were reviewing ensured there was no funny business going on. So on behalf of Super-G and the SoCal Drift Community, I would like to give a huge than you to Colin Chambers and Shaine Collins. Two of the finest judges in the game today.

The Vegas Fam In The House!

The Points
Coming into the Finals, Kevin Motter had secured 1st Place at the conclusion of Round 10, but the real battle was for 2nd Place! Mikko Yang and Jason Fordyce were tied in points for 2nd, but the reality was everyone in the Top 13 could possibly land 2nd or 3rd place. Needless to say, coming into the finals was exciting!

Qualifying
Since the Finals were held at the Super-G 5 Year Event, the entries were more than usual! 50+ competitors over the weekend was no joke. We decided to create 2 classes. We originally called them Rookie and Expert Class, but we will revise that for any upcoming events. Everyone ran their 2 qualifying laps, and the judges decided who belonged in Rookie or Expert based on their performance. There were many key factors, and in the end it seemed to be the right call. There are people who are ready to compete at the expert level after a month, and there are people who should be competing in Rookie in their second year. Let’s keep it fun!

RawFew’s very own Ethan. The only people who don’t sweat this guy are the people who just don’t know. He’s a little terror in a box.

I normally try to keep my personal feelings out of the recaps, but I need to get personal on this round. It was obvious to me that everyone came to put down their very best for the Finals. Mikko seemed to bring out the big guns this round and pulled off what I feel is his best qualifier ever! I was pretty confident he was taking TQ with 2 back to back blistering runs. I always try to keep an open mind as a judge, but I just couldn’t help but feel that was the best we were going to see for this round. A few runs later, it was Kevin Motter’s turn. Knowing how focused Kevin can get, I knew there was a slight chance he could pull it off, but replaying Mikko’s run back in my mind, I new it wasn’t going to be easy, if not impossible. Wouldn’t you know it, Kevin pulls off an amazing first run! Equal to Mikko’s. I couldn’t say better, but I could easily say it was equal. Kevin’s second run is another amazing run! Better than Mikko’s? We all felt they were just about all the same runs. ALL 4 RUNS WERE BASICALLY THE SAME!

Who’s Going First? Mikko GOT ‘EM!!!

It was down to one more qualifying run for each of them. Mikko won the Rock, Paper, Scissors match, so he chose to go first. Amazingly, he was able to put together another insane run! Then it was Kevin’s turn and in typical Kevin fashion, turned it up a notch and cut his margin of safety in half. There was no denying he was going to the limit in each clip, earning him the Top Qualifier Position!

My Man Shaine Clowning! But only after qualifying 3rd!!!

For myself, a very notable happening this round was my fellow judge Shaine Collins and his qualifying. For the entire season, he has been finding himself on the lower end of the qualifying, but he pulled it together this round and pulled off a 3rd Place qualifying run! I could not be more proud of him. Great job Shaine!

Qualifying:
1 – Kevin Motter – Top Qualifier

2 – Mikko Yang
3 – Shaine Collins
4 – Alan Benites
5 – Hao Huang
6 – Tim Mulhmeyer
7 – Jordan Crawford
8 – Chris Lagasca
9 – Charlie Munro
9 – Alfredo Chan III
11 – Brian Lemi
12 – Nick Lepisto
12 – Rick Mahaney
14 – Ethan David
15 – Jason Fordyce
16 – Ryno Degala
17 – Manny Campalans
18 – Max Wilkinson
19 – Ron Wyllie
20 – Michael Dedmon
20 – Allen Gu
20 – Levon
20 – Mark Santa Cruz
24 – TJ Dasalla
25 – Karlo Malabanan
26 – Victor Ho
27 – Bret Trevino
28 – Dan Aguada
29 – Jesse Brattain
29 – Coreu Carlstrom
31 – Tony Hickok
32 – Cody Ramirez
32 – James Anderson
34 – Eddel Veloso
35 – Jose Sanchez
36 – Andrew Mendez
37 – Mark Solnyshkin
38 – Josh Espinoza
39 – kenny Dedmon Jr.
40 – Ryan Aguiling
40 – Al Sayong III

ROOKIE CLASS
1 – Nico Lozada
2 – Mike Chronhamn
3 – Michael Vasquez
4 – Michael Sales
5 – Nick Lozada
6 – Kenny Dedmon Sr.
7 – Don H

***Some of the qualifying positions have changed after comparing the second score. We have taken the highest of the two runs to establish qualifying position. In the event of a tie, the second run score is taken into account. For Listing Purposes ONLY.

Picture Time!

The Tsuiso Battles
There was a lot going on with these battles and we ended up with more battles than we anticipated. In the end, these battles are what this day was about, and we had a lot of trophies that needed to find new homes!

Quite honestly, by the time we got to the Semi Finals, my brain was fried. I cannot for the life of me recall any of the runs. I’m sorry for keeping this short, but it took everything I had to stay focused on the individual battles. In the end, it was Bret Trevio (Team Slidelines) vs. Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA) for 3rd and 4th. Mikko came out victorious landing him on the 3rd spot on the podium, while Bret took a very respectable 4th Place!

First Place Battle – Kevin Motter (RawFew) vs. Tim Mulhmeyer (Team Rhino)

Then it was time for the Finals, Kevin Motter (RawFew) vs. Tim Mulhmeyer (Team Rhino). Kevin ultimately came out on top, landing him at the Top Spot on the podium for First Place! Tim took a hard earned and very deserved 2nd!

The Winners of the Super-G SuperShowdown Final Throwdown!
1st – Kevin Motter (RawFew), 2nd Tim Mulhmeyer (Team Rhino), and 3rd Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA)
SuperShowdown Final Throwdown Top 32 Brackets
Full Results
Bret Trevio in for the 4th Place Sneak!
Owner of Slidelines Las Vegas holding it down and taking a solid 4th!

The Rookie Class Winners:
1st Place – Nico Lozada
2nd Place – Michael Vasquez
3rd Place – Mike Chronhamn

Great job guys!

Rookie Class Winners: 1st Place – Nico Lozada (Swift Suns), 2nd Place – Michael Vasquez (Limited Traction), 3rd Place – Mike Chronhamn (Team Slidelines)
SuperShowdown Point Series Winners!
1st – Kevin Motter (RawFew), 2nd – Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA), 3rd – Jason Fordyce (RawFew)
Final Points for SuperShowdowns Point Series 2019
Kevin Motter (RawFew) The Man, The Myth, The Legend!
Kevin cleaned house this past weekend:
First Place SuperTwin Team Tandem Competition
Top Qualifier Tsuiso Battles
First Place Tsuiso Battles
First Place SuperShowdowns Point Series 2019
Kevin Motter:
First Place SuperTwin
First Place Tsuiso Battles
First Place SuperShowdown Point Series 2019

Congratulations to all the winners this past weekend! Everyone displayed an amazing level of skill! We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!

September 7, 2019 SuperShowdown Round 9

Wow wow wow!!! This past weekend had some insane driving going on! I know I usually say the driving was exceptional, but this weekend in particular was full of incredible runs. I have to say, if you want to test your skills, Super-G SuperShowdowns are definitely the place.

REMEMBER – IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE POINT SERIES:
OCTOBER 5 – SuperShowdown Round 10 = DOUBLE POINTS!!!
OCTOBER 19 – SuperShowdown Finals = DOUBLE POINTS!!!

Monthly Competition (Point Series is separate)
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 Battle for 1st and 2nd – Jason Fordyce vs. Kevin Motter

The spec tire for the event was DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II all around. 

New Layout and Judging Aids
Since we have been seeing such good driving recently, I has thought it could be due in part to running a familiar layout. So this round we changed it up and also added some magnetic cones to help with judging some of the harder to see areas. Simple and straight forward, knock over a cone, you are too far out of bounds.

Qualifying:
The qualifying rounds this weekend were impressive. The majority of the drivers were within a few points of each other. However, the Top Qualifier of the event was a full 2 points above the nearest competitor. Jason Fordyce threw down an AMAZING pair of qualifying runs. Both were enough to lock down TQ, but his final run outdid his previous which had everyone left speechless. Congratulations Jason for a commanding TQ!

Top Qualifier – Jason Fordyce
2 – Kevin Motter
3 – Mikko Yang
4 – Tim Mulhmeyer
5 – Aydin Angulo
6 – Manny Campalans
7 – Hao Huang
8 – Sam Angulo
9 – Mark Santa Cruz
10 – Nick Lepisto
11 – Jeff Yang
12 – Alfredo Chan III
13 –
Josh Espinoza
14 – Mark Solnyshkin
15 – Corey Carlstrom
16 – Shaine Collins
17 – Alan Benites
18 – Philip Lucas

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. This month we had 18 competitors, so we made a Top 18 bracket.

YouTube Coverage Here:

This month we were a little short on the judging with Colin “Cool Breeze” Chambers MIA. So it was left to Shaine Collins and myself. Since we have access to the Super-G Replay System, we didn’t skip a beat. Not only can the judges review the runs from multiple angles and in real or slow-motion speed, but the spectators and competitors can also see what the judges are reviewing. At this point, everyone is pretty clear on who and why, and the judges just give the final say. The Super-G Replay System is a very necessary judging tool, as we have found the human eye misses quite a bit.

Kevin Motter and Jason Fordyce prepared for battle – The Final Round

The Top 4:
I usually start my recap at the Top 4, but this weekend the battle between Kevin Motter and Mikko Yang to decide who battles for 1st and 2nd were the most intense! It was so close, we had to go to OMT (One More Time) twice! It came down to reviewing on the Super-G Replay System to finally make the call. without the replay system, it would have been impossible to see the deciding factor. In the first clip, Kevin fills the entire clip for the full length. Mikko entered the clip, then his line takes him outside of the clip, then back in to complete the zone. Both appeared to fill the clip, but from the Birdseye view it was clear Kevin deserved the win.

So for the Top 4, it was Josh Espinoza vs Mikko Yang for 3rd and 4th, and Jason Fordyce vs Kevin Motter for 1st and 2nd.

First up was Josh vs. Mikko! Josh threw down a great lead and Mikko answered back with a great chase. Then on Mikko’s lead, he put down a really clean lead run and Josh actually had better proximity, but as fate would have it, he was a little too close on one of the transitions, interfering in Mikko’s transition and giving Mikko the 3rd spot on the podium.

Then it was time for the finals! Jason vs. Kevin. These 2 are no strangers to battling it out for the top spot. Great friends and teammates, these 2 really put on their game faces when it comes to winning. They both act like they don’t care, but we all know better! Ha! First out was Jason on the lead. Being TQ of the night we expected to see a great run and he didn’t disappoint. Deep in the clips with a lot of angle! Kevin did his usual and was right on Jason’s door for the entire run. Amazing run! Then it was Kevin’s lead. As expected, Kevin went deep and Jason was right there within mere millimeters. Unfortunately Jason had a miscalculation and had slight contract with Kevin, then found himself having to let off to avoid contact, allowing Kevin to pull away with a smoother line and also the Top Podium Spot! Jason takes home a well earned 2nd, and his teammate Kevin takes home the win!

Congratulations to our winners, First Place – Kevin Motter, Second Place – Jason Fordyce, and Third Place – Mikko Yang!

The Winners – First – Kevin Motter, Second – Jason Fordyce, Third – Mikko Yang
Congratulations To Our Winners – 1st Kevin Motter, 2nd Jason Fordyce, and 3rd Mikko Yang
SuperShowdown Round 9 Brackets
SuperShowdown Round 9 Full Results
Josh Espinoza sneaking in for 4th

Official Point Standings:
1. 117 ptsKevin Motter (1st – 15 pts)
2. 96 pts– Mikko Yang (3rd – 10 pts)
3. 82 pts – Manny Campalans (5th – 8 pts)
4. 80 pts –Jason Fordyce (2nd – 12 pts / TQ – 2 pts = 14 pts)
5. 79 pts– Tim Mulhmeyer (9th – 8 pts)
6. 74 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (5th – 8 pts)
7. 70 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th – 8 pts)
7. 70 pts – Shaine Collins (17th – 8 pts)
9. 69 pts – Colin Chambers
10. 68 pts– Alan Benites (9th – 8 pts)
11. 63 pts – Josh Espinoza (4th – 9 pts)
12. 59 pts – Hao Huang (5th – 8 pts)
13. 54 pts – Sam Angulo (9th – 8 pts)
14. 51 pts –Alfredo Chan III (5th – 8 pts)
15. 49 pts – Aydin Angulo (9th – 8 pts)
16. 48 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (9th – 8 pts)
17. 32 pts – Ethan David
18. 30 pts – Jeff Yang (9th – 8pts)
19. 24 pts –Cory Carlstrom (17th – 8 pts)
19. 24 pts – Jelani Robinson
19. 24 pts –Jason Ragasa
19. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez 
23. 22 pts – Travon Yancy 
24. 21 pts – Albert Martinez
25. 16 pts – Philip Lucas (9th – 8 pts)
25. 16 pts –Jeremy Meyer 
25. 16 pts –Don Hadix 
25. 16 pts –Juan Duran 
25. 16 pts –Karlo Malabanan 
30. 10 pts – Daniel Tragner
31. 8 pts – Kris Steele
31. 8 pts – Mike Underwood
31. 8 pts – Don A
31. 8 pts –Jay Jay Ragasa
31. 8 pts –Jian Allen 
31. 8 pts –Tyler Hill 
31. 8 pts –Michael Markentin 
31. 8 pts –Matt Caputo 
31. 8 pts –Alex Dagondon 
40.

August 3, 2019 Super Showdown Round 8

This past weekend was SuperShowdown Round 8 and it seemed like everyone was ready for a comp. The weather was pretty warm when we opened, so it seemed like waiting till it cooled down a little was the trend. There were a few people anxious to break in their tires, so we were glad we were open early.

Monthly Competition (Point Series is separate)
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

This month our good friend Jeremy Meyer from Driftwell in Fresno, CA was able to come and join us for the comp. He’s a Super-G regular and no stranger to our comps. We were also lucky enough to have Philip Lucas, the owner of Skyhunter Hobby in Lancaster, CA come and get some slides on with us! They have a R/C Drift Track in their store and often host fun comps on Sundays, as well as being well stocked on drones and off-road R/Cs! Check them out if you have a chance.

SuperShowdown Round 8

The spec tire for the event was DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II all around. 

The Previous Layout Returns
Since last month seemed to catch everyone a little off guard, we decided we would run the same layout and same line as last month. We expected to see everyone well adjusted and able to put together some good runs. We were not disappointed! The driving this month was top-notch!

Qualifying:
Qualifying was smooth as always. This time around everyone’s driving was on point, with 11 drivers within a couple points of each other. The end of the straight had the tricky semi U-turn with wall ride, but everyone seemed to take to it comfortably this round. Jason Fordyce, last month’s TQ threw an amazing entry and wall ride, but it wasn’t enough to lock down TQ again this month since Kevin Motter went ahead and laid down a near perfect run on the entire course. Congratulations to Kevin for being Top Qualifier of this round!

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Jason Fordyce
3 – Has Huang
4 – Mikko Yang
5 – Nick Lepisto
6 – Tim Mulhmeyer
7 – Manny Campalans
8 – Mike Underwood
9 – Sam Angulo
10 – Aydin Angulo
11 – Shaine Collins
12 – Alan Benites
13 –
Josh Espinoza
14 – Kris Steele
15 – Jelani Robinson
16 – Ethan David
17 – Alfredo Chan III
18 – Jason Ragasa
19 – Mark Santa Cruz
20 – Philip Lucas
21 – Colin Chambers
22 – Jeremy Meyer
23 – Don A
24 – Mark Solnyshkin

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. This month we had 9 people to battle it out for the last spot in the Top 16. The Super-G Bracketing System has been working well for us. In qualifying the top 15 are seeded in the Top 16, the remainder of competitors are put into a separate bracket to battle for the 16th spot in the Top 16. This month Colin Chambers was victorious and went on to battle this month’s TQ, Kevin Motter!

YouTube Coverage Here:

The Judges for this event were the usual gang of thugs, Colin Chambers, Shaine Collins, and myself (Steve Fujita). Shaine and Colin always do such a great job. I go back after every comp and review the calls to improve our judging and also to see if we missed anything. I am proud to say we have been on point now for what is probably approaching 80 or so comps. Great job as always guys! We the community, owe these guys a huge thanks for always providing the best and most unbiased judging I have ever seen.

Kevin Motter and Manny Campalans ready to do battle!

The Top 4:
This month battling for 3rd and 4th was Mikko Yang vs. Tim Mulhmeyer. Both drivers had great lead runs, almost equal. However, these battles were decided on the chases. Mikko was able to maintain great proximity and matching Tim’s angle. Tim had great proximity, but at one point Mikko started to get away from Tim and so Tim shallowed on the Super-G Round-about to keep up, sealing his fate and giving Mikko the win! Congratulations to Mikko Yang for a solid and well deserved 3rd Place!!!

Then it was time for the finals, Kevin Motter vs his RawFew Teammate, Manny Campalans. This isn’t the first time these guys have gone head to head, and I personally think they both make each other nervous. First run, Kevin lays down his signature lead, deep deep deep in every clip, pinpoint accuracy piloting his car within mere millimeters of the rails, and all while holding mad angle! Manny snapped back with some great proximity for the entire run! Then it was Manny’s turn to lead. Out of the gate and to the straight things were looking great! The suddenly as Manny goes for the wall ride at the end of the straight, he made a slight miscalculation and hit the wall. The rest as they say is history. Kevin Motter takes home another First Place win! Manny had to be happy with his solid 2nd Place spot on the podium.

1st Place – Kevin Motter, 2nd Place – Manny Campalans, 3rd Place – Mikko Yang

Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew) for bringing home the win once again, as well as Top Qualifier for this month! To Manny Campalans for bringing home 2nd Place with some impressive runs, and last but not least, Mikko Yang for taking home 3rd Place! Definitely not an easy task when you have a house full of skills like we had this past weekend! These guys were on their game and deserved their spots on the podium!

Congratulations to our winners – 1st Place, Kevin Motter. 2nd Place, Manny Campalans. 3rd Place, Mikko Yang.
Super Showdown Round 8 Top 16 Brackets
Super Showdown Round 8 Full Results (Top 16)
Tim Mulhmeyer Sneaking in for 4th spot

Official Point Standings:
1. 102 ptsKevin Motter (1st – 15 pts + TQ 2 pts = 17 pts)
2. 86 pts– Mikko Yang (3rd – 10 pts)
3. 74 pts – Manny Campalans (2nd – 12 pts)
4. 71 pts– Tim Mulhmeyer (4th – 9 pts)
5. 69 pts – Colin Chambers (9th – 8 pts)
6. 66 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (17th – 8 pts)
7. 64 pts –Jason Fordyce (5th – 8 pts)
8. 62 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th – 8 pts)
8. 62 pts – Shaine Collins (9th – 8 pts)
10. 60 pts– Alan Benites (5th – 8 pts)
11. 54 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th – 8 pts)
12. 51 pts – Hao Huang (9th – 8 pts)
13. 46 pts – Sam Angulo (5th – 8 pts)
14. 43 pts –Alfredo Chan III (17th – 8 pts)
15. 41 pts – Aydin Angulo (9th – 8 pts)
16. 40 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (17th – 8 pts)
17. 32 pts – Ethan David (17th – 8 pts)
18. 24 pts – Jelani Robinson (9th – 8 pts)
18. 24 pts –Jason Ragasa (17th – 8 pts)
18. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez 
21. 22 pts – Jeff Yang 
21. 22 pts – Travon Yancy 
23. 21 pts – Albert Martinez
24. 16 pts –Jeremy Meyer (17th – 8 pts)
24. 16 pts –Don Hadix 
24. 16 pts –Cory Carlstrom 
24. 16 pts –Juan Duran 
24. 16 pts –Karlo Malabanan 
29. 10 pts – Daniel Tragner
30. 8 pts – Kris Steele (5th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts – Mike Underwood (9th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts – Philip Lucas (17th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts – Don A (17th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts –Jay Jay Ragasa
31. 8 pts –Jian Allen 
31. 8 pts –Tyler Hill 
31. 8 pts –Michael Markentin 
31. 8 pts –Matt Caputo 
31. 8 pts –Alex Dagondon 
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July 6, 2019 Super Showdown Round 7

Being as this was a holiday weekend, we anticipated a small showing for the SuperShowdown Round 7. Much to our surprise, most of the usual suspects were present, so it would prove to be a really great event full of some exciting runs and some serious skills being put on display!

Monthly Competition (Point Series is separate)
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

This month we were joined by one of our good friends, Daniel Tragner from Spain! He didn’t have his car with him, so earlier in the week we let him spend some time with our various chassis to find one that he would run for the SuperShowdown. He finally chose one of our Overdose Galms as his weapon of choice. This would prove to be a good move later that weekend. After deciding on the Galm, Daniel proceeded to get some practice laps in, and quickly his skills became very obvious. He’s no stranger to competition and R/C Drift. We were all excited for the comp!

Daniel Tragner (Grey Shirt) and The RawFew L to R – Nick Lepisto, Mark Santa Cruz, Steve Fujita, Manny Campalans, Kevin Rambo Motter, Colin Chambers, Jason Fordyce, and Joe Tam

The spec tire for the event was DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II all around. 

New Layout and New Direction:
Since we have started this year with the SuperShowdowns, we have been running a clockwise direction, and always running into the Super-G Sweeper. This month I decided to give some of our comp regulars something a little more familiar. Since our friends from Team DStyle and Tech1Drift are used to driving counter-clockwise, I decided to reverse our direction and go with a straight into a lazy hairpin, something they are definitely more accustomed to.

Qualifying:
The qualifying was interesting to say the least. Even with the change up in direction and track style, everyone stepped it up and took to the new layout pretty quickly. The straight off of our sweeper allowed for some pretty decent speeds which made the entries to the hairpin exciting. Kevin Motter pulled off a near flawless qualifying run, but without warning, Jason Fordyce threw down an amazing lap with a blistering entry to the hairpin, narrowly avoiding contact with the wall by less than an inch. We felt this was enough to lock down the Top Qualifying position, but that was only Jason’s first pass. On Jason’s next pass, he came down the straight even more aggressively, and ended up dragging his rear bumper along the wall on the hairpin. The judges were speechless as we awarded Jason the Top Qualifying spot!!! I’m still not sure what I witnessed. Congratulations Jason Fordyce on TQ for the event!

Top Qualifier – Jason Fordyce
2 – Kevin Motter
3 – Mikko Yang
4 – Manny Campalans
5 –Hao Huang
6 –Daniel Tragner
7 –Albert Martinez
8 – Nick Lepisto
9 – Colin Chambers
10 –Jelani Robinson
11 –Alan Benites
12 – Ethan David
13 –
Josh Espinoza
14 –Sam Angulo
15 – Mark Santa Cruz
16 – Shaine Collins
17 – Aydin Angulo
18 – Don Hadix
19 – Alfredo Chan III
20 – Mark Solnishkin
21 – Tim Mulhmeyer

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. This month with the new layout, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just knew it was going to be good. A few of the big guns had issues in qualifying, but they still had a shot since we have implemented the Super-G Bracketing System. The top 15 qualifiers are seeded and the lower qualifying drivers then battle in the lower bracket for the 16th spot.

The Judges for this event were the usual gang of thugs, Colin Chambers, Shaine Collins, and myself (Steve Fujita). Shaine and Colin always do such a great job. I go back after every comp and review the calls to improve our judging and also to see if we missed anything. I am proud to say we have been on point now for what is probably approaching 80 or so comps. Great job as always guys! We the community, owe these guys a huge thanks for always providing the best and most unbiased judging I have ever seen.

The Top 4:
First up was Hao Huang vs Daniel Tragner. Daniel being the new guy must have taken a lot of people by surprise. He was up against some of the podium regulars, and had successfully worked his way up to the top 4. Daniel was first on the lead, and he put down a great run! Hao doing what he does best, was right on his door for the majority of the run. These guys were definitely worthy of the top 4 group! Then it was Hao’s lead, and it was almost the same as we had just witnessed. Hao with a great lead, and Daniel right on his door for the chase. The deciding factor was Hao had a slight stall entering the sweeper, giving Daniel a better lead run and locking in the 3rd Podium Spot.

Then it was time for the finals, Kevin Motter vs his RawFew Teammate, Jason Fordyce. Both of these cats are no strangers the Top Spot, and both seemed determined to not let the other take the win. On Kevin’s lead, Jason was a little cautious entering the hairpin, causing him to lose a little proximity on an otherwise perfect chase. Then on Jason’s lead, Kevin was right on Jason’s door the entire time. That is until the final turn where he miscalculated and ended up slightly shallow. The judges decided this was going to be a OMT. For the next runs, both Kevin and Jason threw down some serious runs! Amazing if you ask me, but there was one difference. In the first clipping zone that seemed to not really matter, since the excitement was at the other end of the course, Kevin filled that clip as much as possible with a ton of angle, while Jason on his lead was barely skimming it. Both got the clip fully, but Kevin displayed his dominance, leaving no question as to who was going to put down the better run. This was confirmed by the use of the Super-G Replay System. We (the judges) along with the rest of the attendees, were able to watch the replay to confirm that indeed Kevin was deeper than Jason on that clip.

Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew) for a hard fought victory, and the Top Podium Spot! Congratulations to Jason Fordyce (RawFew) for putting up an amazing fight, and landing Second Place, and the Top Qualifier Spot!!! Last but definitely not least, congratulations to Daniel Tragner for having the least experience here at Super-G and driving a strange chassis, but claiming the Third Spot on the Podium!!! Now that is SKILL!!!

Congratulations to the winners – 1st Place – Kevin Motter, 2nd Place – Jason Fordyce, 3rd Place – Daniel Tragner
SuperShowdown Round 7 Top 16
SuperShowdown Round 7 Full Results
The Top 4 – Hao Sneaking in! 

Official Point Standings:
1. 85 ptsKevin Motter (1st – 15 pts)
2. 76 pts– Mikko Yang (5th – 8 pts)
3. 62 pts – Manny Campalans (9th – 8 pts)
3. 62 pts– Tim Mulhmeyer (17th – 8 pts)
5. 61 pts – Colin Chambers (5th – 8 pts)
6. 58 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (9th – 8 pts)
7. 56 pts –Jason Fordyce (12 + 2 TQ = 14 pts)
8. 54 pts – Shaine Collins (17th – 8 pts)
8. 54 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th – 8 pts)
10. 52 pts– Alan Benites (9th – 8 pts)
11. 46 pts – Josh Espinoza (5th – 8 pts)
12. 42 pts – Hao Huang (4th – 9 pts)
13. 38 pts – Sam Angulo (9th – 8 pts)
14. 35 pts –Alfredo Chan III (9th – 8 pts)
15. 33 pts – Aydin Angulo (17th – 8 pts)
16. 32 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (17th – 8 pts)
17. 24 pts – Ethan David (9th – 8 pts)
17. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez 
19. 22 pts – Jeff Yang 
19. 22 pts – Travon Yancy 
21. 21 pts – Albert Martinez (5th – 8 pts)
22. 16 pts – Jelani Robinson (9th – 8 pts)
22. 16 pts –Don Hadix (17th – 8 pts)
22. 16 pts –Jason Ragasa
22. 16 pts –Cory Carlstrom 
22. 16 pts –Juan Duran 
22. 16 pts –Karlo Malabanan 
28. 10 pts – Daniel Tragner (3rd – 10 pts)
29. 8 pts –Jay Jay Ragasa
29. 8 pts –Jian Allen 
29. 8 pts –Tyler Hill 
29. 8 pts –Michael Markentin 
29. 8 pts –Jeremy Meyer 
29. 8 pts –Matt Caputo 
29. 8 pts –Alex Dagondon 
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May 11, 2019 Saturday Night Showdowns (Round 11)

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Just coming off a NorCal trip and jumping right into the SuperShowdown the following weekend made for a little hectic return. At least this week we are back to our normal schedule with Saturday Night Showdowns kicking it off!

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

Your winners – 1st Tim Mulhmeyer, 2nd Hao Huang, 3rd Albert Martinez
Jelani was on fire tonight! He’s on the 4th place sneak!

Points Earned – 5/11/19:
1st. 15 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
2nd. 12 pts – Hao Huang
3rd. 10 pts – Albert Martinez
4th. 8 pts – Jelani Robinson
5th. 7 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
5th. 7 pts – Karlo Malabanan
5th. 7 pts – Jason Fordyce
5th. 7 pts – Kevin Motter
9th. 6 pts – Colin Chambers
9th. 6 pts – Ethan David
9th. 6 pts – Alan Benites
9th. 6 pts – Manny Campalans
9th. 6 pts – Joe Tam
9th. 6 pts – Sam Angulo
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza

Point Standings – 5/11/19:
1st. – 117 pts – Hao Haung (12)
2nd. – 103 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (15)
3rd. – 98 pts – Alan Benites (6)
4th. – 69 pts – Aydin Angulo 
5th. – 65 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (7)
6th. – 65 pts – Josh Espinoza (6)
7th. – 63 pts – Manny Campalans (6)
8th. – 62 pts – Sam Angulo (6)
9th. – 60 pts – Joe Tam (6)
10th. – 51 pts – Colin Chambers (6)
11th. – 49 pts – Kevin Motter (7)
12th. – 46 pts – Ethan David (6)
13th. – 43 pts – Karlo Malabanan (7)
14th. – 37 pts – Nick Lepisto
15th. – 32 pts – Sam Taylor
16th. – 32 pts – Steve Fujita
17th. – 21 pts – Alfredo Chan III
18th. – 21 pts – Shilun Gu 
19th. – 20 pts – Jelani Robinson (8)
20th. – 19 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
21st. – 17 pts – Mikko Yang
22nd. – 12 pts – Andy Orozco
23rd. – 12 pts – Brian Kroells
24th. – 12 pts – Jose Aleman
25th. – 12 pts – 
Travon Yancy 
26th. – 10 pts – Albert Martinez (10)
27th. – 7 pts – Jason Fordyce (7)
28th. – 7 pts – Dennis Caroza
29th. – 7 pts – Tyler Hill
30th. – 7 pts – Jose Sanchez
31st. – 6 pts – Shaine Collins
32nd. – 6 pts – Jayson Ragasa
33rd. – 6 pts – Juan Duran
34th. – 6 pts – Jian Allen
35th. – 6 pts – AJ Caroza
36th. – 6 pts – Chris Lagasca
37th. – 6 pts – Dan Aguada
38th. – 6 pts – Rynne Degala
39th. – 6 pts – Erick Gonzalez
40th. – 6 pts – 
Danny Aguilar
41st. – 6 pts – 
Kris Steele
42nd. – 6 pts – 
Alex Dagondon

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 20, 2019 Saturday Night Showdowns (Round 10)

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This will be short and sweet since this is the weekend we took a trip to NorCal to join the rest of Super-G at CarNvl. Saturday Night Showdowns went on as planned, but I have nothing to reflect on since I was not present.

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

The Winners of the Night – 1st Hao Huang, 2nd Alan Benites, 3rd Tim Mulhmeyer
4th Place Sneak and I have no comment. Ha!

Points Earned – 4/20/19:
1st. 15 pts – Hao Huang
2nd. 12 pts – Alan Benites
3rd. 10 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
4th. 8 pts – Sam Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Josh Espinoza
5th. 7 pts – Aydin Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Kevin Motter
5th. 7 pts – Sam Taylor
9th. 6 pts – Colin Chambers

Point Standings – 4/20/19:
1st. – 95 pts – Hao Haung (15)
2nd. – 92 pts – Alan Benites (12)
3rd. – 88 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (10)
4th. – 69 pts – Aydin Angulo (7)
5th. – 59 pts – Josh Espinoza (7)
6th. – 58 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
7th. – 57 pts – Manny Campalans
8th. – 56 pts – Sam Angulo (8)
9th. – 54 pts – Joe Tam
10th. – 45 pts – Colin Chambers (6)
11th. – 42 pts – Kevin Motter (7)
12th. – 40 pts – Ethan David
13th. – 37 pts – Nick Lepisto
14th. – 36 pts – Karlo Malabanan
15th. – 32 pts – Steve Fujita
15th. – 32 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



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