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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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April 13, 2019 Saturday Night Showdowns (Round 9)

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This past weekend was our first competition with the underpass of the Super-G Bridge that is presently under construction. Although we have been running this layout for the past month, the visual of the new prop seemed to make things a little different for everyone participating. This combined with our new Spec Tire, DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II seemed to change it all up enough to give it a new spin.

Just for fun we have made the Saturday Night Showdowns a point series. It’s all for fun and every participant receives points which will be used at the end of the year.

Points will be awarded as follows:
15 pts – First Place
12 pts – Second Place
10 pts – Third Place
8 pts – Forth Place
7 pts – Fifth Place (Remainder of Top 8)
6 pts – Participation Points

In recent months we (as well as others in the pits) have seen a rise in bothered competitors after they lose a battle. We have also noticed a decrease in the competitors interest/attention during the Driver’s Meetings. Coincidence? I don’t believe so. So this week I put into play rotating judges. Every week I will have new judges helping me out. Everyone thinks it’s easy, but I know everyone will be in for a surprise. In addition, it will help educate them on what the judges are looking for and in turn will make them better drivers. This week was Alan Benites as the guest judge and he did great!

The Finals – Ethan David (L) and Hao Huang (R)

New Spec Tire 2 weeks later:
The new Spec Tires, DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II have proven to be a great move for Super-G! Details to come.

This weeks top four had come down to Ethan David vs. Hao Huang for 1st and 2nd Place, and Tim Mulhmeyer vs. Joe Tam for 3rd and 4th spot! First up was Tim vs. Joe. Joe was piloting the new Rhino-Max chassis since he’s been curious as to how it’s going to perform in a comp setting. The battles were tight as expected and really what we are accustom to seeing in the Top 4! Unfortunately on the last clip on Joe’s lead run, he got a little too excited and over-rotated. It wasn’t bad, but it was enough to give Tim the win and lock in 3rd spot!

The Winners, 1st – Hao Huang, 2nd – Ethan David, and 3rd – Tim Mulhmeyer

When we got to the Main Event, we had 2 competitors who are no strangers to that top podium spot, Ethan and Hao. We knew it was going to be a great battle and they didn’t disappoint! Both Ethan and Hao laid down some serious leads! Nothing to complain about, that’s for sure! It really all came down to the chases. Ethan gave a great chase! One that would normally be enough to take the win, but this was Hao’s night, and he pulled an insane chase out! Every transition was within a hair of Ethan’s bumper, and he matched angle and went deeper on all the clips! Hao took the Top Podium Spot and Ethan locked down 2nd place!!! Great driving to the both of them, and congratulations to Hao for taking home the win!

Joe being sneaky sneaky with 4th and the Rhino-Max

Points Earned – 4/13/19:
1st. 15 pts – Hao Huang
2nd. 12 pts – Ethan David
3rd. 10 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
4th. 8 pts – Joe Tam
5th. 7 pts – Aydin Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Sam Angulo
5th. 7 pts – Sam Taylor
5th. 7 pts – Steve Fujita
9th. 6 pts – Alan Benites
9th. 6 pts – Karlo Malabanan
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza

Point Standings – 4/13/19:
1st. – 80 pts – Hao Haung (15)
1st. – 80 pts – Alan Benites (6)
3rd. – 78 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (10)
4th. – 62 pts – Aydin Angulo (7)
5th. – 58 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
6th. – 57 pts – Manny Campalans
7th. – 54 pts – Joe Tam (8)
8th. – 52 pts – Josh Espinoza (6)
9th. – 48 pts – Sam Angulo (7)
10th. – 40 pts – Ethan David (12)
11th. – 39 pts – Colin Chambers
12th. – 37 pts – Nick Lepisto
13th. – 36 pts – Karlo Malabanan (6)
14th. – 35 pts – Kevin Motter 
15th. – 32 pts – Steve Fujita (7)
16th. – 25 pts – Sam Taylor (7)
17th. – 21 pts – Shilun Gu 
17th. – 21 pts – Alfredo Chan III
19th. – 19 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
20th. – 17 pts – Mikko Yang
21th. – 12 pts – Andy Orozco
21th. – 12 pts – Brian Kroells
21th. – 12 pts – Jose Aleman
21th. – 12 pts – Jelani Robinson 
21th. – 12 pts – 
Travon Yancy 
26th. – 7 pts – Tyler Hill
26th. – 7 pts – Dennis Caroza
26th. – 7 pts – Jose Sanchez
29th. – 6 pts – Shaine Collins
29th. – 6 pts – Jayson Ragasa
29th. – 6 pts – Juan Duran
29th. – 6 pts – Jian Allen
29th. – 6 pts – AJ Caroza
29th. – 6 pts – Chris Lagasca
29th. – 6 pts – Dan Aguada
29th. – 6 pts – Rynne Degala
29th. – 6 pts – Erick Gonzalez
29th. – 6 pts – 
Danny Aguilar
29th. – 6 pts – 
Kris Steele
29th. – 6 pts – 
Alex Dagondon
41st. – 0 pts



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!

3/23/19 Saturday Night Showdowns (Round 7)

This entire week had been really busy, so we didn’t know what to expect on Saturday. Were people really going to come out all 3 days? As it turns out, yes they did! We were missing a few regulars, but Tech1Drift came out again and seemed they were determined to make their mark on the Saturday Night Showdowns.

Just for fun we have made the Saturday Night Showdowns a point series. It’s all for fun and every participant receives points which will be used at the end of the year.

Points will be awarded as follows:
15 pts – First Place
12 pts – Second Place
10 pts – Third Place
8 pts – Forth Place
7 pts – Fifth Place (Remainder of Top 8)
6 pts – Participation Points

Judging for the evening was Colin Chambers, Shaine Colins, and myself. Thanks for the help guys!

After Comp Session

This was the first competition on the new Super-G layout! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since this is the only layout we had previously that we brought back, I was really hoping it would work out for a comp. I was glad to find out it worked really well and with the additional lines we have made provisions for, it should prove to be a long-term winner.

The Top 4 came down to Kevin Motter vs. Manny Campalans for 3rd and 4th spots, and Alfredo Chan III vs. Colin Chambers for 1st and 2nd. Both put down some serious runs, but in the end Kevin came out victorious being deeper in the clips and holding more angle for the 3rd spot on the podium. Manny grabbed a respectable 4th. Then it was time for the Main Event, Alfredo vs. Colin. On the first round both Alfredo and Colin had some issues with making contact. We had to call it even and go for a OMT (One More Time)! It was clear both these guys wanted to take home the win, so out of the gate Alfredo threw some mad speed at Colin! Colin answered back by keeping great proximity and keeping in line with his chase! Then it was Colin’s lead and Alfredo was hot on his door! Then it happened, Colin over-rotated and it was all over! Alfredo took home the Top Spot!!! Colin took a hard fought 2nd place, but he mentioned something about it still being a win since he beat Kevin. Ha!

1st Place – Alfredo Chan III, 2nd Place – Colin Chambers, 3rd Place – Kevin Motter

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!

Manny Campalans with the 4th Place Sneak

Points Earned – 3/23/19:
1st. 15 pts – Alfredo Chan III
2nd. 12 pts – Colin Chambers
3rd. 10 pts – Kevin Motter
4th. 8 pts – Manny Campalans
5th. 7 pts – Hao Huang
5th. 7 pts – Alan Benites
5th. 7 pts – Mikko Yang
5th. 7 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer
9th. 6 pts – Josh Espinoza
9th. 6 pts – Karlo Malabanca
9th. 6 pts – Joe Tam
9th. 6 pts – Sam Taylor
9th. 6 pts – Andy Orozco
9th. 6 pts – Shaine Collins
9th. 6 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
9th. 6 pts – Jayson Ragasa
9th. 6 pts – Nick Lepisto
9th. 6 pts – Juan Duran

Point Standings – 3/23/19:
1st – 68 pts – Alan Benites (7)
2nd – 62 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (7)
3rd. – 58 pts – Hao Haung (7)
4th. – 49 pts – Manny Campalans (8)
5th. – 48 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (6)
6th. – 46 pts – Joe Tam (6)
7th. – 43 pts – Aydin Angulo 
8th. – 40 pts – Josh Espinoza (6)
9th. – 39 pts – Colin Chambers (12)
10th. – 35 pts – Sam Angulo
11th. – 30 pts – Nick Lepisto (6)
12th. – 28 pts – Kevin Motter (10)
13th. – 25 pts – Steve Fujita
14th. – 24 pts – Karlo Malabanca (6)
15th. – 21 pts – Alfredo Chan III (15)
15th. – 21 pts – Ethan David
17th. – 18 pts – Sam Taylor (6)
18th. – 17 pts – Mikko Yang (7)
19th. – 13 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
20th. – 12 pts – Jelani Robinson 
20th. – 12 pts – 
Travon Yancy 
22nd. – 7 pts – Tyler Hill
22nd. – 7 pts – Dennis Caroza
22nd. – 7 pts – Jose Sanchez
25th. – 6 pts – Andy Orozco (6)
25th. – 6 pts – Shaine Collins (6)
25th. – 6 pts – Jayson Ragasa (6)
25th. – 6 pts – Juan Duran (6)
25th. – 6 pts – Jian Allen
25th. – 6 pts – Brian Kroells
25th. – 6 pts – AJ Caroza
25th. – 6 pts – Chris Lagasca
25th. – 6 pts – Dan Aguada
25th. – 6 pts – Rynne Degala
25th. – 6 pts – Erick Gonzalez
25th. – 6 pts – Jose
25th. – 6 pts – 
Danny Aguilar
25th. – 6 pts – 
Kris Steele
25th. – 6 pts – 
Alex Dagondon
25th. – 6 pts – 
Shilun Gu 
41st. – 0 pts

Super Showdown Round 3

This past weekend was Round 3 of the  Super-G SuperShowdown point series. The SuperShowdowns are the Super-G Monthly Competitions which are open to anyone at any time during the season. The points will only count at the end of the season. Everyone who competes will accumulate points.

The point series is run in the background of the monthly comps and at the end of the season, at the Super-G Anniversary Session the West Coast King of Drift will be crowned.

Don’t fear if you missed the first one. We (the official judges) have been ironing out the details, and we have decided since everyone has an off day, people get sick, and basically life happens, each competitor will have their 2 worst event scores dropped. What this means is, you can miss up to 2 events and still not be penalized. Beyond 2, and you are on your own.

Points are as follows:
15 pts – First Place
12 pts – Second Place
10 pts – Third Place
9 pts – Forth Place
8 pts – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points)
2 pts Bonus – Top Qualifier

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

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

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

The birthday boys and ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Results for Super Showdown Round 3

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

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

Just for fun we have made the Saturday Night Showdowns a point series. It’s all for fun and every participant receives points which will be used at the end of the year.

Points will be awarded as follows:
15 pts – First Place
12 pts – Second Place
10 pts – Third Place
8 pts – Forth Place
7 pts – Fifth Place (Remainder of Top 8)
6 pts – Participation Points

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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