There have been some questions going into this weekend about the specifics of the Super Drift Championship Finals this upcoming weekend at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. I will try to address them here.
I Decided I Want To Compete In The Finals, Can I Enter? YES. We are hosting a Special Qualifying Round. This is ONLY for people who have not met the requirements to automatically be qualified for the SDC2020 Finals. First Round of Special Qualifying starts at 8:00pm Friday Night Second Round of Special Qualifying starts at 5:00pm Saturday. Spec Tires are required for this round of qualifying.
Who Needs To Qualify and When? Did You: 1. Finish as Regional Champion 2. Finish your regionals as 2nd or 3rd 3. Compete in 50% or more of your regionals If so, your qualifying round is on Saturday for bracket position.
IF NOT: You will be able to enter the competition on Friday. There will be a Special Qualifying Round on Friday at 8:00pm. You will be given 2 chances to qualify for the competition on Friday, and one more chance on Saturday before the competition starts. This gives you a total of 3 chances to achieve a qualifying score. Qualifying score TBA.
How Do My Points Work In The Finals? They don’t. The Point Series was for the sole purpose of deciding Regional Placement and qualification to participate in the Super Drift Championship U.S.A. Finals. Everyone comes in at the same level.
Chassis Requirements (These Specifications supersede any existing guides regarding the Super Drift Championship U.S. Finals) Please become familiar with these rules and make sure you meet the requirements. No exceptions will be allowed.
• EVERY CAR MUST RUN THE DESIGNATED SPEC TIRE ALL AROUND. (Handout tires will be supplied on competition day) • Modifying, grinding down, scuffing tires on non-track surface is prohibited. If tires show signs of unusual wear or scuffing, the competitor MUST PURCHASE a replacement set of the Designated Spec Tire. Once the competition has started, modified tires will be an instant disqualification. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. • Body must be 1:10 scale, non-open wheel • All chassis must be RWD • Lighting is optional. Judges may request they be turned off if they are distracting • Metal bumpers and crash bars are not allowed outside of the body • Maximum weight fully loaded with body is 1100g measured at the rear wheels • Wheel Base – Min. 240mm / Max. 275mm • Overall Width including body – Max. 230mm • Overall Length including body – Max. 490mm • Maximum Height of any part of the car / spoiler – 150mm • Front bumper / core support – Maximum height measured from surface to bottom of panel 20mm • Rear bumper / core support – Maximum height measured surface to bottom of panel 25mm • Maximum “poke” of tires measured from the edge of the driving surface of the tire to the top outer edge of the wheel arch 5mm. (Temporary fender flares will not be allowed) • Protrusions beyond the rear-most panel of the body cannot exceed 25mm (Including spoiler) • All bodies must be painted. Windows must be clear or translucent • Dark colored wheels ARE allowed. There must be at least 1 highly visible radial line painted in a contrasting color. Judges approval required • Absolutely no sound generators allowed. This includes zip ties, long screws, or anything intended to generate noise. This is your responsibility, not Tech.
Presenting The SoCal Regional Champion! MIKKO YANG!!! Team ReveD / D-Style
Mikko is one of our local drivers who religiously participates in our competitions and events. He’s been with us since Super-G opened doors 6 years ago! So it’s very fitting with all his hard work and dedication to the hobby to see him as our first SoCal Regional Champion. He battled the best SoCal has to offer, and he came out on top! Mikko has fought hard this entire season and has been consistent in landing podium finishes for every round this year! He has traveled overseas to Japan multiple times to compete at the world renown Yatabe Arena, and has toured many of the world famous drift circuits as a well. In recent years he landed a Team Yokomo Sponsorship and more recently a Team ReveD Sponsorship, this alongside of his Team D-Style he has been a part of for as long as I can remember. We are all proud of his accomplishments and this is just another notch in his belt! Congratulations Mikko!!!
The Top 3 Drivers: 1st – Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / D-Style) 2nd – Manny Campalans (Team Futaba USA / RawFew) 3rd – Shaine Collins (Team D-Style)
These are the Top 3 Drivers SoCal has to offer! Being Top 3 is no easy task, and these 3 worked hard for it! The upcoming Finals promise to be exciting and something not to be missed!!! Keep an eye on these guys! They have shown they have what it takes to step up and not cave to the pressure. Congratulations Mikko, Manny, and Shaine!!!
October 10, 2020 This weekend was the conclusion of the Super Drift Championship Regionals for SoCal. With COVID upending just about everything in life, it’s been a challenge to keep things straight to say the least. Originally we had 9 rounds scheduled, but after round 2 we had the brakes slammed on us and everything went into lockdown. We had all but lost hope to continue the series, but then suddenly other parts of the nation started to open up and we started to see other regions pick up where they left off and start their regionals again. We didn’t want to disappoint, so we started moving as fast as we could to get our region going again as well.
Modified Requirements Due to the changes beyond anyone’s control, we had to make changes to the requirements to qualify for the finals. Most notably, the requirements to qualify for the Finals here at Super-G on October 24, 2020. The new requirements: 1. Champion for your region 2. Podium Finish (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) 3. 50% participation in your region. (Changed from 75%)
THE SUPER DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP USA FINALS October 24, 2020 Super-G RC Drift Arena
October 24, 2020 Super-G will be hosting the Super Drift Championship USA Finals here in Baldwin Park, CA. Due to COVID, we will be hosting a Special Qualifying Round for those who did not meet the minimum requirements to be entered into the Finals. Schedule to be announced at a later date.
Special Qualifying Round: Friday: You will have 2 attempts to achieve a qualifying score to be entered into the Final Competition. Saturday: (Before Finals qualifying) You will be given 1 more attempt to achieve a qualifying score to be entered into the Final Competition.
This means, if you wish to participate in the Finals here at Super-G, but did not have a region near by, or did not participate in the required 50% of the regionals, you can still participate by achieving a qualifying score at the event.
Final Point Standings for Super Drift Championship SoCal Region
October 10, 2020 What a weekend here at Super-G! I know I always say it just keeps getting better, but this weekend was nothing short of amazing! Most notably, the vibe was very upbeat and exciting!
This weekend there was a lot at stake for a lot of people. Not only was this Round 4 of the Super Drift Championship Series for the SoCal Region, but the final round to accumulate points for the series. This meant not only was there the standard podium trophies up for grabs, but also the Regional Champion title! We had an all new layout for this round just to keep it interesting.
Coming into this weekend, Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / D-Sytle) was coming in as your points leader with a 3 point lead over the next closest competitor. Although a lead is a lead, everyone was well aware that anything could happen in the next few hours, and nothing was for sure. The next closest competitors were Nick Lepisto and Aydin Angulo, both tied for 2nd! The reality of the situation was there were approximately 15 competitors that had a shot at the title.
The Judges A huge thank you to the judges for the event, Shaine Collins and Manny Campalans for judging along side of myself. It is extremely distracting to judge and compete, but these guys do it event after event. I could not be more proud of these guys, as they always put the good of the community before themselves. Thanks for making this all possible guys!
Qualifying We started off the competition with our standard qualifying. It was clear this round everyone knew what they needed to do. With the new layout it seemed most were taking it easy, but making sure to stay off the walls and get in those clipping zones.
Everyone was really putting down some great runs, but then Shaine Collins (Team D-Style) was up and he threw down a truly amazing first run! Exactly what the judges want to see. Full commitment and fully filling the clipping zones at the correct angle, and with speed to match. Shaine was able to pull off this pace for the entire run, easily locking down the Top Qualifier (TQ) of the event! TQ is awarded 2 extra points which are very important at this point in the game. Congratulations Shaine!
Tsuiso Battles (Rookie) First up we had the Rookie Class! This is a seriously exciting class to watch. Especially if you have been to the last 2 rounds. The Rookie Class has a good amount of competitors and watching them grow into expert is awesome! The 805 Drift and the VCRC Street Rides guys are hitting the scene hard! These guys have RC skills no doubt and are doing GREAT!
It came down to the Top 4, Gerald Maugeri vs Eddie Reyes for 3rd and 4th, and Michael Gray and Joseph Maugeri for 1st and 2nd! The winner of the Rookie Class moves up to Expert and gets to attempt to battle their way up to the top.
First up was Gerald vs Eddie. It was an exciting battle! So exciting the first round end in a OMT (One More Time). The next run, Eddie really put it down on both his lead and chase. Gerald did great as well, but it wasn’t enough to hold Eddie off. Eddie locked down 3rd spot on the podium. Then it was time for the finals for the Rookie Class. Michael vs Joseph. Joseph really turned up the wick on this run and really applied the pressure. Then it was Joseph’s lead and Michaels turn to chase. Obviously Joseph was feeling it as his driving was literally transforming before our eyes. Michael had a little mishap coming into the last clip allowing Joseph to claim his spot at the top of the podium, and Michael securing a strong 2nd place.
Expert Class It all boiled down to the Expert Class for the SoCal Regionals, and everyone who showed up meant business. SoCal’s best had shown up and were looking to take home the title of the Super Drift Championship Regional Champion! The competition was intense and Mikko Yang was aware of what needed to be done. The question was, could he hold on to the points lead and take home the title.
The competition was fierce with everyone fighting for that podium finish! Manny Campalans (Team Futaba USA / RawFew), Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), Jason Ragasa (Tech1Drift), and Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / D-Style) all fought their way though the other competitors to find themselves in the Top 4! With the points being as close as they were, and nobody being confident in their math skills 😜 we went into the finals not knowing what was really at stake. What we did know is the Top 4 were on fire, and Shaine was coming in off his TQ run!
It all came down to Mikko vs Jason for 3rd and 4th, and Manny vs Shaine for 1st and 2nd! It was intense as we all knew Mikko needed to pull off the win to still have a chance at taking home the title.
First was Mikko vs Jason for 3rd and 4th! Mikko unleashed a wicked lead and put some real distance between them out of the gate! Jason quickly made up that gap and gave a great chase from that point forward. Then it was Jason’s lead. Right out of the gate Mikko was hot on Jason’s bumper! He was able to maintain tight proximity throughout the entire run. With a better lead and chase, Mikko landed himself a solid 3rd Place run!
Then it was the Finals, Manny vs Shaine! First to lead was Shaine with an amazing lead run! Something we had come to expect from him all day. Manny was on the chase and keeping good proximity until the crossover where he lost a little ground and had to take a shallower line. Now all that was left was Manny’s lead and Shaine’s chase. They both had their work cut out for them, as they are both aware anything can happen at this point, and it usually does. Manny is out of the of gate with Shaine mere inches off his bumper through the first clip. As they enter the second clipping zone, Shaine makes a slight miscalculation on speed and causes contact with Manny. That was enough to secure the win and the Top Podium Spot for Manny! Shaine took home a very hard fought 2nd Place, and Mikko took home 3rd!
Congratulations to Manny Campalans for really throwing down and showing what he is capable of as he takes home 1st Place! Also to Shaine Collins for the amazing TQ run and wicked 2nd Place run! Finally to Mikko Yang for always bringing the mad skills and landing on the podium every single round this season!
This past weekend was the restart for the Super Drift Championships here at Super-G for Round 3. It has been a long road for us since the start of the pandemic and our move from our original location. We literally hung our last security camera 30 minutes before opening. Talk about cutting it close!
With so much going on in the world right now, it wasn’t a surprise we were missing a few people who started the series with us earlier this year. At the same time, we gained quite a few more and a good amount of rookies as well. Eleven to be exact.
The judges for the event were Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), Manny Campalans (RawFew / Team Futaba USA), and your’s truly, Steve Fujita. It was good to be back at it, and surprisingly we were able to get right to it without skipping a beat. When we finally compared our scoring for Qualifying, we were all within a point or two which was typical when we were doing comps regularly. Great job Shaine and Manny! Judging is no easy task, so we all owe these guys a huge thanks!
Qualifying: Everyone did really well, even the guys who were in the Rookie Class. For many it was the first time ever driving alone with people watching, but everyone stepped it up and did great! Depending on the skill level we as judges separated the Expert and Rookie Classes. This has been working well for us. The winner of the Rookie Class automatically advanced to the last spot in the Expert Class Brackets.
For the Expert Class, there was a tie for Top Qualifier, Mikko Yang (Team ReveD/Team D-Style) and Colby Bradley (Team Zenshin) with a score of 94/100. Both these guys were on fire all day! They both got one more qualifying run each as a tie-breaker, no scoring, just who could put down the best qualifying run. Mikko Yang ran a near flawless run to take the Top Position and the Slide Ti Top Qualifier of the event!
Tsuiso Battles (Rookie) Next up was what everyone was waiting for. The Tsuiso Battles. First up was the Rookie Class. The idea being the Rookie class is to get the guys together to battle it out against others with similar skill sets. Not quite ready to battle the hardened experts. This class had proven to be exciting and fun to watch!
It came down to Austin Gregono vs David Sissum III for 3rd and 4th spot, and Andrew Jun and Michael Gray for 1st and 2nd. First up with Austin vs. David. Both were having good runs but on the last hairpin Austin spun, giving David the clear victory. Then it was time for the Rookie Finals, Andrew vs. Michael! Again these were some pretty good runs, but right at the end at the tricky hairpin, Michael spun, giving Andrew the well deserved win, and First Place! This also allowed Andrew to move into the last position in the expert class. Congratulations to Andrew!
Expert Class This is where the best SoCal has to offer come to show their skills. This round was no exception! The constant evolution of driving never ceases to amaze. When all was said and done, it came down to the Top 4. Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style) vs. Karlo Malabana (Team WallRide) for 3rd and 4th, and Nick Lepisto (RawFew / Team Futaba USA) vs. Colby Bradley (Team Zenshin). The Top 4 was no surprised to anyone, but looking at the driving in the Top 16, anyone in that group would have been right at home in the Top 4!
First up was Mikko vs. Karlo. Both drivers pulled off some amazing runs, but in the end, Mikko managed to hold a cleaner line throughout the course, securing 3rd place and his spot on the podium!
Finally it was down to the last two men standing, Nick Lepisto vs. Colby Bradley for the top podium spot! First was Nick on the lead and Colby on the chase. Nick lays down a near perfect lead run and Colby was right on him the entire time! It was top level driving at it’s finest. Then It was Colby’s turn to lead and Nick’s time to chase. Colby puts down a great lead, and Nick answers back with even tighter proximity on his chase than Colby was able to put together on his chase. This was enough to put Nick over the top and onto the top spot on the podium! Both drivers did amazing!!!
Slide Ti Zerek (Slide Ti) generously gave a sick Slide Ti Titanium Turnbuckle Wrench to the TQ of the day, Mikko Yang, and a serious Slide Ti Tool Kit for the Top Podium Winner, Nick Lepisto! The took kit has everything you need for your trackside adjustments and repairs, all with that distinctive Slide Ti look!
Congratulations to Nick Lepisto (RawFew / Futaba USA), Colby Bradley (Zenshin) and Mikko Yang (ReveD / D-Style) for holding it down in SoCal! All 3 had some fierce battles to overcome to rise to the top!
Special Thanks to Brandon (Ted) Britt (Ritmo), Shane Mikula, Juan Gonzales, and Austin Blines (Team Nostalgic), Don Coles, Eddie Reyes, and Michael Gray (805 Drift), and Gerald Maugen, Joseph Maugen, and David Sissum III (VCRC Street Rides) for making the trip out here to join us! We know it’s a ways for all of you!
February 18, 2020 was Another Level Racing’s 1st Annual Drift Comp in Merced, Ca. The owner Jay has recently opened doors at his new facility and we were impressed. He has an onsite hobby shop, plenty of pit space, and a huge P-Tile track. In my opinion, probably at the limit of how big you would want to go. Any bigger and you would need an elevated drivers stand to see what you are doing.
The Weekend The mood at Super-G in the weeks leading up to the comp was a bit complicated since things are extremely hectic with The Super Drift Championship qualifying rounds getting ready to kick off, but we all wanted to go and support Jay. At the last minute rooms got booked and rides were arranged. We knew our NorCal Super-G Fam (Limited Traction and Team Bushido) were already going, so that was an even stronger draw. So we rounded up the guys RawFew – Jason, Mark, Manny, Joe, and myself, and Team Zenshin – Mike, Sam, Aydin, Alan, and Daniel, and headed out Friday night.
We all met up on the way up and proceeded to our hotels. In the morning Joe, Mark, Manny, and myself met up at Marie’s Mexican Kitchen in downtown Merced.. It wasn’t bad. In fact it was better than I expected. It looks like their claim to fame is their enchiladas, but none of us tried them.
We were all coming into the comp a bit tired since we had just received a nice package from the Super-G Team Sponsor, Futaba USA! I didn’t get to sleep til after 5am since I had to get my new 7PXR ready for battle! I have to say I didn’t think it could get better than the 7PX, but the R proved me wrong. It has a slightly better feel all around. Lighter weight, newly designed drop down, offset trigger, and for some reason a smoother overall feel. I was blown away!
Another Level Racing We finally got to Another Level Racing and everything was already in full swing. It was a full house! We walked in and it was like we were at home. All familiar faces, live DJ, and everyone just having a good time doing what we all do.
We immediately signed up for the comp and grabbed a pit space. It was a different feel for Joe and I, since we are usually the ones stressing over the event. We got to sit back and enjoy the hobby that we both love. Honestly we missed being in the mix. It’s been a good while.
Food and More Food Jay had arranged for some food. There was some burgers and empanadas. It was really good food! About an hour later they announced lunch. I thought we had just had lunch, but it turns out it was a snack! Ha ha! Talk about taking care of his customers! I should have grabbed some pics of the food, but I got caught up in the moment and was just enjoying the event.
Unfortunately Joe and myself needed to cut out as soon as the comp was over, since he was flying out at 5am the following morning. We needed to get back to LA and get things ready for the week before he took off. We didn’t get to stick around for the raffle or the announcement for Best of Show, but I’ll add that later.
Congratulations to the winners, First Place – Dennis Caroza (Team Futaba USA / Team Super-G), Second Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G), and Third Place – (I didn’t catch his name)
We had a great time at Another Level Racing! It was all about chillin with the homies from ALR and our NorCal Fam – Limited Traction and Team Bushido!!! Huge thanks to Jay for a great event! Thank you for the hospitality and all the hard work you put into this!
We had heard Another Level Racing was open for late sessions. We got here at 1:00am, but looks like we missed everyone. We figured everyone would be resting up for the next day’s event, but we gave it shot since it was a couple minutes from the hotel. GOOD TIMES!
The time is here! Super-G has been working hard for the past 3 years to make this series a reality, and it’s finally materialized. 2020 is the year!
Super-G, along with our partners across the U.S. are hosting a series of competitions with the goal of bringing the best of the best together to compete in October 2020. Each region will hold a series of competitions to determine their respective Regional Champion.
Each Regional Champion will automatically qualify for the Super Drift Championship Finals in Los Angeles, California.
Each Regional Champion will be awarded FREE LODGING for the Final Event Weekend.
There are 3 ways to qualify for the Finals: 1. Champion of any Regional Series 2. Podium Finish in any Regional Series 3. Compete in 75% of the Series competitions in your region
*If you are located in an area where there are no Regional Competitions and wish to compete in the Super Drift Championship Finals, please contact us here at Super-G for possible arrangements. Overseas competitors are welcomed
Every round is it’s own Comp. Regardless if you are trying to qualify for the Finals in October, or just in it for the fun, Trophies will be awarded to all Podium Finishers in each round.
Any type of point accumulation happens behind the scenes and does not come into play until the very last Comp.
Regions as of January 6, 2020: Southern California – Super-G R/C Drift Arena Feb. 1 / Mar. 7 / Apr. 4 / May. 2 / Jun. 6 / Jul. 4 / Aug. 1 / Sep. 5 / Oct. 3
If the 2019 Finals is any indication of what is to come for 2020, this will be the event of the year for the United States. 50+ competitors and over $4k in prizes and giveaways was incredible! Sponsors are already jumping on board for this coming year!
October 18-19, 2019: This past weekend was the Super-G 5 Year Anniversary Event. We hold this annual event every year on the same weekend as Formula Drift has their Final Bout at Irwindale Speedway. (Just in case you want to plan for next year) We are overwhelmed by the tremendous support the community has shown us here at Super-G! So much so, I found myself speechless yesterday. I needed to take a day to gather my thoughts before doing my recap.
The format for the weekend: Friday was a huge open session, then in the evening we held our SuperTwin Team Tandem Battle. Teams of 2 paired up and ran their best lap against competing teams.
Saturday was another open session, then in the evening we held a huge Tsuiso Battle. This was not only our annual competition, but also the finals for our year long series, The SuperShowdowns.
The Event: This weekend was all about bringing the R/C Drift Community together to celebrate our 5th year. When we started doing R/C Drift in the parking lot in front of Project-G (Our Miata Business) it was just something we were doing on the weekends for fun. We had no idea it would become what it has over the past 5 years. It has been slowly growing, and the more the community grows, the more we are seeing the bigger manufacturers taking notice.
Huge Shout Out to the Event Sponsors: Overdose, Futaba, Pandora R/C, Acuvance, Tamiya, Topline, Tetsujin, ScaleReflex, APlastics, D-Like, Vertex R/C, Yokomo, and last but definitely not least, DS Racing for providing the Super-G Spec Tire – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II. We have found this tire to provide the perfect balance of forward and side bite, while keeping the speeds down.
Remember these names when you are choosing your gear. These are the companies who are taking notice of the R/C Drift Community and are giving you new and exciting products. They have all generously donated to our event knowing ultimately their prizes would end up in your hands. The future is your’s to decide. If you want R/C Drift to continue to grow, you need to make sure to support the companies who support the growth of the scene. It really is as simple as that.
We had a Mega Raffle that spanned the course of 2 days and consisted in over $4000.00 in prizes!!! These were all generously donated by the event sponsors to show support for the R/C Drift Community.
The West Coast Family: This year seems to be a milestone for Super-G, and the West Coast Drift Community. Here at Super-G we have been working toward bringing the community together for awhile now. This year many of the West Coast teams had an actual hand in putting on this event. The RawFew had been heavily involved in planning this event. They also had helped a lot with the behind the scenes prep and put in a lot of work to make this happen. Limited Traction single handedly handled the food for both days. Ryan Smoov from SwiftSuns jumped on the decks to provide some live DJ music on Saturday. Last but not least, Shaine Collins from Team D-Style has been one of 3 judges (along with myself and Colin Chambers – RawFew) to refine our judging rules and guidelines for the past 2 years now, not to mention judging the actual competition. Team Bushido and Team WallRide, part of our NorCal family also came down to support and were available for anything and everything we needed help with. Much love going out to you guys for pulling together to make our best event so far happen!
Food Food Food!!! When we all get together, somehow it seems like Drift and Food go hand in hand! This time was no exception. Dennis and Al from Limited Traction were manning the grill and stuffed us all with some wicked Tri Tip, Hot Links, and Dogs on Friday. I don’t know if the food or the drifting was better, but since it was a weekend for drifting, I’m going to have to say the food was almost as good as the drifting. Saturday was all about burgers, hot links, and dogs! Feeding that many people is a huge job. I have to say other than a couple minutes a few times during the event, I didn’t see Dennis or Al. I have to assume that was an all day task. Thank you guys for handling that!
That wasn’t all! Chito, Lexter, and Ethan (RawFew) had also picked up a TON of pizza and cookies for everyone as the event started! Everyone must have been hungry cause within minutes there were just a bunch of empty pizza boxes stacked in the corner! Thank you so much Chito, Lexter, and Ethan!!!
The SuperTwin Team Tandem Battles: We have been working closely with Limited Traction in getting some sort of Team Tandem Competition going. We started with a Triple Team, but we found it difficult for some to gather a team of 3. So we have gone with the Twin since teams of 2 have been easier to round up. However, it may be time to go with 3 man teams again. Stay tuned for more details.
Twenty Teams / Forty Drivers – SuperTwin Madness!!! The SuperTwin Battles were as they always are. A little lighter mood than a full on comp, definitely less serious, and really a whole lot of fun! In Japan, the Tsuiso Battles are serious business, so the Team Tandem comps are really all about fun. It depends what you are in the hobby for, which will appeal to you more. Most of us love both.
We had teams from California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas! Everyone really put on a good performance. What was very impressive was the fact that many had never run on polished concrete, so this was a all new experience for them. Yet, when it came to competition time, EVERYONE was running as if they were a Super-G Local. This just demonstrates the type of skill we are talking about here.
Congratulations to the winning team, Kevin Motter and Ryno Degala – Limited Few! This was a collab team of Kevin from RawFew and Ryno from Limited Traction. Both top notch drivers and they formed a winning team. They really deserved the victory with some truly amazing runs! I personally teamed up with Dennis Caroza from Limited Traction to form the team Super Balls. (Don’t ask, cause I don’t know) Ha ha! Although we had a pretty good run, we started celebrating a little early. When I say early, I mean about 5 feet before the finish line!!! Needless to say, we got eliminated. We still had a blast!
The Tsuiso Battles: With 50+ competitors coming together to compete, this was an exciting weekend for the Super-G locals, as well as anyone who enjoys Competition. The best of the best had all come together to throw down and see who really has what it takes take home the goods. This was also the final round for our 2019 Series – SuperShowdowns! Not only were First, Second, and Third for the comp taking home trophies, but First, Second, and Third for the Rookie Class, and we were also Crowning the SoCal Drift King (First), Second, and Third place for our SuperShowdown Series! It almost felt like trophies for everyone!
Congratulations to Kevin Motter from RawFew Series Leader for the entire SuperShowdown Series Winner of The SuperShowdown Title of SoCal Drift King First Place AND Top Qualifier in the SuperShowdown Final Throwdown! Truly an amazing feat considering the drivers he was competing with every month. It needs to be known, there is no shortage of great drivers here on the West Coast! The title was up for grabs all the way to Round 10.
Also Congratulations to the winners:
Tsuiso Battles – Rookie Class: 1st Place – Nico Lozada (Swift Suns) 2nd Place – Michael Vasquez (Limited Traction) 3rd Place – Mike Chronhamn (Team Slidelines)
Tsuiso Battles – Expert Class: 1st Place – Kevin Motter and Top Qualifier (RawFew) 2nd Place – Tim Mulhmeyer (Privateer) 3rd Place – Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA)
SuperShowdowns 2019 Point Series: 1st Place / SoCal Drift King – Kevin Motter (RawFew) – 175 Points 2nd Place – Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA) – 116 Points 3rd Place – Jason Fordyce (RawFew) – 112 Points
Everything aside, this weekend was really all about coming together for good company, good eats, good times, and good slides. We had drivers from Orange County, San Diego, Palmdale, Fresno, San Jose, Santa Clara, Salinas, Las Vegas, Arizona, and Texas. Everyone converged here in Los Angeles at Super-G R/C Drift Arena to share this hobby we all love, R/C Drift!
Joe and I, along with the RawFew and Limited Traction would like to say thank you for a great five years! Super-G is committed to pushing the R/C Drift Scene here in the U.S. to the next level for 2020.
Thus far, Super-G has established a solid judging guide and rule set we have been refining over the course of 80-100 comps.
We have developed our Super-G Replay System which has revolutionized our judging accuracy, and ensuring there is no bias and minimal margin for error. This system has allowed us to correctly make calls that would otherwise have gone the other way, and undoubtedly would have been bad calls Last, but definitely not least, Super-G will be hosting a R/C Drift Series which will NOT limited to Super-G in SoCal in 2020. Stay tuned for more information to be released shortly!
Shout Outs to: RawFew, Limited Traction, Team Bushido, Team Wallride, Team D-Style, Tech1Drift, Team Tekno, Swift Suns, Coyote Racing, Proximity Pals, Dirty Dancers, and Team Slidelines for your ongoing support!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 Rookie Class Winners: 1st Place – Nico Lozada 2nd Place – Michael Vasquez 3rd Place – Mike Chronhamn
Great job guys!
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!
October 18, 2019: This year at the Super-G 5 Year Event, day 1 consisted of a day long Open Session and a SuperTwin Competition in the evening. For those who are not familiar with the SuperTwin, it is a Team Tandem Competition where teams of 2 compete against each other to see who can put down the best lap. This competition is structured differently than normal Tsuiso Comps in the way it’s approached and judged. The idea is to allow the teams the freedom to perform what they feel will be the best the course. The judging is based on how “cool” it looks. Proximity, Transitions, Style, and Line are just some of the factors taken into account. Basically, make it look better than the team you are up against and advance to the next round.
This time around we had many visitors from outside of the area. Teams from Orange County, San Diego, Palmdale, Fresno, San Jose, Santa Clara, Salinas, Las Vegas, Arizona, and Texas had all shown up to take part in the SuperTwin!
Personally what I really liked was seeing new teams being formed on the fly. People who wanted to compete, but didn’t have a partner to do so were making friends and partnering up to join in the battle. What an awesome way to meet new people!
Twenty Teams of Two! Team Mark and James – Mark / James Team RawRide – Jason / Allen Rev-Doc – Chris / Lemi Team UBE/Taro – Nick / Nico Team Aces – Alfredo III / Alfredo Jr. Coyote Racing – Ron / Jordan Super Balls – Dennis / Steve Team Vegas – Michael / Kenny Swift Suns – Jeff / James Team FC Fried Chicken – Karlo / Alan Team Toyo Style – Mikko / Shaine Limited Few – Kevin / Ryno Team Ramit – Brian / Kenny Sr. Bushido – Dan / Tony Sky Hunter – Philip / Vaughn Drift & Wallride – Tim / Hao 4 Door Man Whores – John / Joe Team Shake and Bake – Nick / Manny Scale Logic – AJ / TJ Team EJ – Ethan / Josh
The Competition We had 3 awesome judges step up to handle the task. Keep in mind we don’t have any real solid rules, so a lot of this is what the judges themselves decide are the better runs. They did a fantastic job and I have to say that I would have made the very same calls they did. So a huge thanks going out to Mark Santa Cruz (RawFew), Corey Carlstrom (Team D-Style), and Rick Mahaney (Limited Traction)! for a difficult job well done!
For the sake of time, we decided to go with a random bracket order, single elimination. The mood was definitely light and the vibe was all about fun! A lot of joking and some trash talking was going on, all in good fun! I was told by a few that they preferred the Team Tandem Competition over the regular competitions. Others said it was fun, but doesn’t really replace the head to head battles they are use to. Whatever your take, it was a good time!
In the end, It came down to Team RawRide (Jason Fordyce (RawFew) / Allen Gu (Team Wallride)) vs. Limited Few (Kevin Motter (RawFew) / Ryno Degala (Limited Traction)). Both teams put down some insane runs leaving the crowd wondering what the judges would come up with. In the end, Limited Few had run a better line (deeper and more difficult) and that was enough to sway the judges!!!
Congratulations to Limited Few – Kevin Motter and Ryno Degala for a hard fought and well deserved win!!!
After the competition, we went straight to the Super-G Raffle (Part 1)! A lot of people walked away with some great prizes, including a Overdose Galm Kit!