Presenting Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Drift King Mikko Yang Team Reve D and Team D-Style
Proud doesn’t begin to describe the feeling I have being able to write something like this about a long time friend I have met through R/C Drift. Mikko Yang has been into R/C Drift for what seems like forever. When we opened doors here, he was part of the very first group who gave us the drive to pursue what the world has come to know as Super-G.
Mikko has participated in just about every competition we have held here at Super-G since the very beginning, only missing very few when it just wasn’t possible for him to get here. He has even flown back early from a golf tournament in Las Vegas just a couple hours before the start of one of our comps. It just goes to show his level of dedication to the hobby.
I like to think of Mikko as Mr. Consistent. He is always ready for the next competition, and even on his worst days, you will most likely find him finishing the competition on the podium.
Back a few years, Mikko picked up a Yokomo Factory Team Sponsorship. I can say just about all of SoCal felt a sense of pride knowing one of our own was able to land a sponsorship from quite possibly the biggest name in R/C Drift. I know all of us here at Super-G did.
More recently, Mikko picked up a ReveD Factory Team Sponsorship which again, the SoCal community can’t help but feel proud of Mikko once again. We all appreciate all the help Mikko provides with his knowledge of their products, not to mention the undeniable skills and driving style he brings with him.
At the start of this year, the Super Drift Championship 2020 Series kicked off. Of course Mikko was a part of it and as everyone expected, he was consistently on the podium. Consistently as in every round! Mikko was able to secure 2 – 3rd Place finishes, 1 – 2nd Place finish, 1 – 1st Place finish, and 1 – TQ (Top Qualifier). This gave him enough points to also take the title of SoCal Regional Champion as he entered into the Super Drift Championship Finals.
Super Drift Championship 2020 Finals All of Mikko’s hard work had boiled down to the SDC2020 Finals here at Super-G. With the SoCal Regional Champion title under his belt, I knew he was coming in with his confidence high. It was obvious Mikko knew what was on the line and he wasn’t taking it lightly.
Throughout the entire competition, Mikko threw down some amazing runs. Even battling his very own teammate, Shaine Collins and beating him by the narrowest of margins. The list of people Mikko had to battle was basically a group of drivers very familiar to the Podium. Jason Ragasa, Shaine Collins, Colby Bradley (TQ of the Finals), Hao Huang, and finally Chris Lagasca. These are all heavy hitters in the R/C Drift game. There was no doubt the title was not just given to him.
For 2021 season, it’s clear Mikko is the man to beat. I can not think of a better person to wear the crown for the very first Super Drift Championship Series. He has been putting in the work and has been proving himself time and time again. Can Mikko pull it for for 2 seasons in a row? Who’s going to step up and put him to the test? We’ll all find out next year at the 2021 Finals!
Congratulations Mikko (2020 USA Drift King). I think the US can be proud of what you have accomplished thus far.
Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Finals at Super-G R/C Drift Arena in Baldwin Park, CA
This past weekend Super-G hosted the Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Finals at our new facility here in Baldwin Park, CA. As we all know, 2020 has thrown us all curveball after curveball, but most of us are just trying to make the best of it. With all the lockdowns and closures being extended and everything being so uncertain, we thought 2020 was just a loss for the SDC2020. Suddenly we started seeing various regions hosting their regionals and working towards the finals, and we knew we needed to make it happen. The passion in the R/C Drift Community is strong!
Competitors from all over the US met under one roof to compete and find out who really is the best the US has to offer. It was clear everyone brought their A game with them to throw down with the best of the best. Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Missouri, Michigan, and of course California all had their Regional Champions present to show what they had.
Friday The official first day was open practice and also our Special Qualifying Round for those who did not get to pre-qualifying in their respective region. Most obvious was how the drift community, no matter where they reside, are really the same type of people. People who are passionate about their hobby, and genuinely enjoy sharing the hobby with other enthusiasts. I have noticed the one big difference between the R/C Drift Community and we’ll say the R/C Racing community, everyone wants to help everyone do better. It just makes for a better environment. I made me wish the weekend was going to be longer since I was able to put faces to the names I see online on a daily. Being one of the people throwing the event, I had very little time to sit and visit with everyone. For Joe and myself, it was just an ongoing task of putting out fires the entire weekend.
The sessions both before and after the SQR were nothing short of amazing! With all the skills in the house, it was a normal sight to see 15+ car trains forming at any given time. It made for some serious driving and a ton of fun!
Special Qualifying Round (SQR) The Special Qualifying Round was designed to accommodate those who did not have a region they could compete in, or did not meet the requirements to qualify for the Finals. We lowered the requirements due to various changes 2020 brought with it. For the SQR each competitor was given 2 chances on Friday to put down a qualifying score, and an additional 2 chances on Saturday before the competition started, giving them the chance to participate. We had 4 of the 5 additional competitors qualify for the Finals!
Saturday The Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Finals were underway. We had a solid 4 hours of practice and clearly everyone had figured out their tune for the competition later that evening. Everyone was busy getting that last minute practice in, and breaking in their tires. Again we saw some great driving going on.
We were unsure of what type of turnout we would have for the Finals with all the uncertainty of this year. We chose to not do a pre-registration as we have done this in the past with little to no success. Next season we will definitely be having pre-registration to keep the surprises to a minimum. We had 50+ competitors which was amazing to us. Proof R/C Drift is strong in the US.
Tech For this event Nick Lepisto and Manny Campalans performed Tech for all the competing chassis. Going over and taking measurements of 50+ chassis is no easy task, but Nick and Manny were up to the challenge. They paid extra close attention to the condition of the tires to make sure there was no strange wear on them. The Spec Tire for the Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Finals was the DS Racing FFFF Zero Mark II. A huge thank you to DS Racing for providing us with the spec tires with the Super Drift Championship logo on the sidewall! Tech was intense, so we all need to give thanks to Nick and Manny for stepping up and making it happen for all of us.
The Judges One of the most important aspects of the Super Drift Championship Series is the judges. Shaine Collins and Manny Campalans along with myself would be the judges for the event. I have the highest level of confidence in both Shaine and Manny as we have judged literally hundreds of battles together. It was a long competition and is mentally draining being judges. The level of concentration is immense, so we all owe Shaine and Manny a big round of thanks!
Side Note – The judges here at Super-G rarely need to make “judgement calls”. Since we utilize the Super-G Replay System, the judges are simply the ones who have a firm understanding of the rules, and give the official ruling. Any call that can be questionable, the replay is used to confirm the correct call will be made while abiding by the Official Super Drift Championship Rules.
Qualifying Saturday we started out with the last of the SQR. Of the 5, 2 had previously qualified. We added another 2 for a total of 4 of the 5 qualifying for the Finals. We went straight into the qualifying. For qualifying, the judges carefully watched for control and consistency to determine which competitors would compete in Sportsman or Expert Class. The winner of Sportsman would advance to the last spot in Expert for a chance at the title of Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Drift King!
We were lucky to have a Special Guest Judge for Qualifying. Professional Formula D Driver, Justin JTP Pawlak was our judge for the style aspect of the qualifying. If you have ever seen JTP drive, you know he’s the perfect guy for the job! Thank you Justin for coming out and judging, and also displaying your demo car. It was an honor to have you judging at a Super-G event!
The qualifying line was a little difficult to many, but being the Finals with the best of the best, it was to be expected. The first clipping zone was at the start of the sweeper at the end of the first straight. Excellent speed, timing, and full commitment was needed to fill the zone completely. The last clipping zone was located at the end of another straight just before the finish line. Again, excellent line, speed, timing, and commitment was needed to fill this zone completely. Of the 50+ drivers a good handful were able to nail these zones, but one stood above the rest for their qualifying runs. Colby Bradley (Team Zenshin) nailed his qualifying runs and easily locked down TQ (Top Qualifier) for the Finals! Congratulations Colby for putting down an amazing run!
Sportsman Class We started out with the Sportsman Class. There was some really good driving going on! It all came down to Adriano Vengoechea vs. Alex Maas for 3rd and 4th Place, and Jaxsen Pawlak vs. David Wessel for 1st and 2nd Place. First up was Adriano vs. Alex. Adriano was able to hold it down and land himself 3rd Place! Then it was Jaxsen vs. David for 1st and 2nd Place. Jaxsen was able to put it down and secure 1st place and also move into the Expert Class to battle it out for the title. David secured a respectable 2nd Place finish!
Congratulations to the winners, First Place – Jaxsen Pawlak, Second Place – David Wessel, and Third Place – Adriano Vengoechea! Great job all of you!
Jaxsen Pawlak For those who are wondering, Jaxsen is JTP’s 8 year old son and had competed in Round 1 of the SoCal Regional. We have seen him a couple times between then and now and he needed to qualify in the Special Qualifying Round to be in the Finals. He laid down an amazing run in the SQR, but had some issues in the Official Qualifier which landed him in Sportsman Class. He battled from the bottom of the Sportsman Class brackets to First Place and into the Expert Class! We expect to see great things from Jaxsen!
Expert Class Now it was time for the Main Event! Super Drift Championship 2020 Finals! The road of the US Drift King ends right here! With 50+ drivers, the competition promised to be intense. This was the best R/C Drift in the US has to offer for 2020!
After a long competition, it all came down to Zerek Fewell (Slide Ti) vs. Hao Huang (Team Wallride) for 3rd and 4th Place, and Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style) vs. Chris Lagasca (Limited Traction) for 1st and 2nd Place.
First up, Hao vs. Zerek. Hao leading and Zerek chasing. Into the sweeper, Zerek had a problem and spins out earning a zero for his chase. Next was Zerek leading and Hao chasing. Hao was having a great chase then on the final turn went wide and contacted the wall earning them a OMT (One More Time). On the OMT runs, Hao’s lead was great with Zerek keeping decent proximity. Then it was down to Zerek’s lead and Hao’s chase. Zerek’s lead was a bit off line compared to Hao’s, and Hao put down a chase that was incredibly close! It was an exciting way to round out the battle for 3rd and 4th Place! Hao clearly won with a better lead and better chase this time around giving him the 3rd spot on the podium!
However, Zerek contested the judges call, as he indicated Hao had made contact with his car on 3 occasions with so much impact it had pushed him off line. All 3 judges were absolutely certain there was no contact made. If it were not for the Super-G Replay System, this situation would have gone down in history as a very controversial call. Zerek and his friends insisting there was 3 points of contact made, while the judges were certain there was not.
Note – The importance of making the correct call vs. just simply going to a OMT is monumental. If someone rightfully earns a win, but someone wrongly contests the call and forces a OMT, if the winner rightfully earned the win, they can potentially be robbed of a legitimate win, or be forced to earn the win twice. For some, this may be the one and only time they have earned a win. It can possibly be a once in a lifetime event. This is not a situation we take lightly.
So of course the judges needed to refer back to the Super-G Replay System to review their call. In doing so, the entire audience would also be able to review exactly as the judges were. After all was said and done, and carefully reviewing each point where Zerek claimed there was contact, there was indeed space between the cars, no contact was made. The call stands, and Hao took the well deserved 3rd Place on the podium!
Then it was time for what we were all here for, the battle for 1st and 2nd, and the title of Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Drift King! It was Mikko vs. Chris. Both are no strangers to the podium or the competition setting. Everyone present knew either one could pull this off. First was Mikko on the lead and Chris on the chase. Mikko puts down one of the better lead runs of the night. It was clear he meant business and he was so close he could taste it. Chris put down a really good chase. Obviously Chris wanted it just as badly. Then it was down the the final run, Chris on the lead, Mikko on the chase! Chris pulls of an awesome lead, but Mikko wasn’t about to be outdone. Mikko throws down as close to a perfect chase as possible, clearly earning him the Top Podium Spot and the title of Super Drift Championship 2020 USA Drift King! Chris secured a hard fought for 2nd Place, and Hao taking home 3rd!
Congratulations to Hao Huang of Team Wall Ride, (3rd), Chris Lagasca of Limited Traction (2nd), and Mikko Yang of Team ReveD and Team D-Style – The first Super Drift Championship USA Drift King!!! These are the Top Guns of the US for 2020!!!
Most of all, thank you to each and every one of you who supported and participated in the Super Drift Championship 2020 Series! Without your support, this could have never happened. 2020 has been a year of craziness and uncertainty, but the R/C Drift Community has stood strong. Here at Super-G have been struggling along, but trying to keep things positive as is our motto, and regardless of circumstances, trying to keep pushing forward. We had all but given up on the 2020 series, but when we started to see regions pick up again and work toward the finals, we knew we couldn’t let the community down. With the short notice and many companies having a hard time with shipping and stock, many who wanted to sponsor just could not get the product in our hands in time. 2021 promises to be better. Again, thank you all.
As we always say, Super-G has the best supporters!
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!
Super Drift Championship in SoCal Resumes: With all the uncertainty that everyone has been going through this year, we have been waiting for things to stabilize before making any moves. We have had to make a few changes to our plans, but we are doing our best to make this happen.
Major Requirement Changes: Due to the limited rounds possible for the different regions, we are changing the “Qualifying by Participation” of 75% of the regionals to 50% to be automatically qualified for the Finals in October. It appears most regions will be hosting 4 rounds. If you have participated in 2 of the 4, you will qualify to enter the Finals Competition.
Walk-On Qualifying: For those who did not meet the following requirements to be automatically qualified to participate in the finals by the following: a) Placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd for your region b) Participating in 50% or more of your region’s series You will be allowed to enter the Finals, but will be subjected to an additional qualifying round to determine if you will advance to the next stage.
The NEW date for the Super Drift Championship Finals: October 23 and 24, 2020. We unfortunately had to push the date back due to the closures we have experienced over the past year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
With all that we have been going through this year, I hope we can all come together for a huge Drift Bash to wrap up this season.
SoCal Regionals: Round 3 – September 26, 2020 Round 4 – October 10, 2020 (Regional Final)
March 7, 2020 This past weekend was the Super Drift Championship Round 2 for the SoCal Region here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We had a great turnout with 37 competitors, many new faces, and a lot of serious skills.
The judges for the event were Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), Manny Campalans (RawFew), and myself, Steve Fujita.Joe Tam was emcee for the night, as well as running our audio/visual and live stream. He really is a one-man entertainment center.
In Round 1 we ended up running really late and qualifying took forever. So for Round 2, we offered to do early qualifying in hopes of speeding up the actual competition. When we announced it, there were no responses, so we just went on as planned. I later found out there were a couple people interested, but hardly enough to warrant breaking up practice for.
The reverse layout proved to be challenging for many, but we always try to switch it up for every comp. This round we went with more inside clips than outer. This seemed to push everyone to dig deep for those skills they normally don’t use heavily.
Qualifying: This round us judges decided we would not discuss the qualifying runs after each run, but rather write down our scores and add them at the end. This helped to move the qualifying right along and was a better overall way to run it. I was pleased to find when checking the scores, all three judges were within a couple points of each other. Further reinforcing the fact our point system is working and is consistent.
Futaba Top Qualifier! Futaba has generously donated to sponsor the Super Drift Championship here at Super-G and this round the winner of the Futaba Top Qualifier went to Manny Campalans from (Team Futaba USA / RawFew). He had his choice of the new CT700 Servo or the GYD450. He chose the GYD450 Gyro! Congratulations Manny on a awesome qualifying run!
Tsuiso Battles: I know I say it every time, but when the driving is at this level, it really deserves to be mentioned again. The driving skills demonstrated here in Round 2 were really top notch. Most of the battles were won or lost based on some of the smallest margins we have seen. What this means for the future is, competitors really need to step up their game and pay attention to the finer details now.
In the finals, it was Mikko Yang vs. Albert Martinez for 3rd and 4th position, and Aydin Angulo vs. Victor Romo for 1st and 2nd. First up was Mikko vs. Albert. Mikko had a great lead run and Albert had a great chase. They switched positions and this time Albert was leading, Mikko chasing. On the first clip Albert had gone wide and hooked his wing on the fence and an extension cord that was behind that. This gave Mikko an easy win, and the 3rd spot on the podium. Then it was time for the big dogs, Aydin vs. Victor for 1st and 2nd. On the first run, both Aydin and Victor made contact and forced a OMT (One More Time). On the second run, it came down to the first clip and who did it better. This time around it was Aydin who put it down for the win and the top spot on the podium! Victor took home a very respectable 2nd place!
Congratulations to First Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin), Second Place – Victor Romo (Sell Out Boys), and Third Place – Mikko Yang (Team Reve D-Style)
February 26, 2020. A quick turnaround trip to Vegas is always a good time, and this weekend was no exception. Good people, good food, good slides, good vibes, and an exciting comp all came together to make for an awesome event!
This past weekend Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas, NV kicked off their Super Drift Championship Regional Series. In addition, they paired it up with their One Year Anniversary Event. Of course Super-G wanted to be there to celebrate with our brothers in the next state over. We weren’t sure how we could make it all happen since there is a lot going on here at home, but it looked like a turnaround trip could do it.
Joe and I booked a flight for Saturday morning and we were off to Vegas for some slides! We met up at Slidelines with our SoCal Fam: RawFew: Nick Lepisto and Jason Fordyce, Team Zenshin: Mike Underwood and Daniel Yribe, Team DStyle: Mikko Yang and Shaine Collins, Swift Suns: Max Wilkinson, Tech1Drift: Alfredo Chan III, And Ted. Quite honestly, it felt as if were were back at Super-G. SoCal had a strong showing for this one!
When we arrived there were a few pits set up out front under some EZ Ups, so we all decided to pit there. Within minutes, it starts pouring rain! I could only feel the pain Bret, Dillon, and Eddel were feeling as I’ve been through that exact same ordeal. Big event and rain! Luckily it passed quickly and nobody really skipped a beat.
The comp was some serious fun! I had a horrible qualifier and actually crashed on both my runs. I figured I was done for the day, but I later found out they were using qualifying for the purposes of bracketing, not so much for qualifying or not. I battled my way up from Last (Probably) and ended up in a battle for 3rd against my fellow Super-G Judge, Shaine Collins. I knew Shaine was going to put it down, but I also knew we would be able to have clean battles. We both frown upon tactical driving, so it was all about just putting down the very best we could. The first round ended in a OMT! That just made it that much better. I ended up coming out on top for the next round, but I’m sure it could have gone either way really easily.
I got to battle Mike Bolanos, Nick Lepisto (Team Futaba Teammate), Mark Tecson, Alfredo Chan III, and finally Shaine Collins. It was a great time!!!
Congratulations to the winners, Alfredo Chan III on taking the win! Mike Dedmon taking Second Place. It was an honor to share the podium with you guys!
The event was a huge success and everyone had a great time. A huge thanks to Bret, Dillion, Edel, and Mike for putting on such an awesome event! It was just too much fun! We can’t wait for the next one!!!
The Super Drift Championship Round 1 for SoCal is in the books and it was nothing short of an amazing event! There were a lot of new faces jumping in for their first comp, so the road to the finals in October is already being paved.
The SoCal Region is hosting a 9 part point series to determine their Regional Champion. The Regional Champion will automatically be entered into the Finals in October and will also be given lodging for the finals weekend.
There are 3 ways to make it to the Finals in October: Champion of the Regional Series (Lodging Provided for Finals Weekend) Place 2nd or 3rd for the overall series Compete in 75% or more of the series (regardless of standings)
Points are awarded as follows: 15 points – First Place 12 points – Second Place 10 points – Third Place 9 Points – Forth Place 8 Points – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points) 2 Points – Top Qualifier (TQ of the event)
We will also be dropping everyone’s 2 lowest scores which basically means you can miss 2 events in the season and not be penalized.
There will also be 2 DOUBLE POINT rounds. This will keep it interesting.
What this translates into is, no matter how you finish, the worst you can do is equal to 5th place. This means even toward the end of the series, you will still have a good shot at a podium spot.
This was the kick off event for the season. After witnessing the level of driving, it’s clear SoCal is going to be bringing the heat to the Finals.
Doors opened at 4p Saturday and right away competitors got to breaking in tires and learning the line for the competition. Nick Lepisto (RawFew), Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), and Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) laid out the line for this months round.
The Return of the Champ After a commanding win in the 2019 series, Kevin Motter (RawFew) The SoCal Drift King had disappeared from the R/C Drift Scene. It left everyone wondering if he would return for the 2020 season. Just as we were about to open, Kevin shows up to talk about his 4 month break. We were all glad to see he was alive! Ha! We were equally glad to hear he planned to compete, but a little concerned since he had not touched his car in 4 months. Tunes have changed, newer chassis have been released; could he still be competitive?
By the time we were ready to start qualifying, we had 34 competitors signed up. Many were new faces and quite a few were first timers. This is a good sign for the R/C Drift Community since we are seeing growth.
Qualifying: This season we have implemented a new style of qualifying. I felt it worked very well but it did slow us down a bit since we needed to get into the groove of things. Once we became familiar with the scoring, it started to go a lot quicker.
The Futaba Top Qualifier of the event was Kevin Motter with a score of 94. There was a 3 way tie for TQ between Kevin Motter, Alan Benites, and Jason Fordyce. It came down to the score of their secondary runs. Kevin (87/94), Alan (81/94), and Jason (0/94). Congratulations to Kevin for putting down some great qualifying runs and landing TQ.
As always, we had the lower scoring qualifiers battle it out for the last bracket position. Kris Steele was able to fight his way up into the Top 32! Ultimately finishing in a 4 way tie for 5th place.
We also had the honor of having one of our good friend Justin Pawlak’s son, Jaxsen Pawlack enter his first R/C Drift Comp here at Super-G! He’s just 7 years old and he put down a qualifying score of 32, landing him in 27th position!
Tsuiso Battles: The season opener has given us much promise as to what is yet to come. The skill level here in SoCal is running high, even the competitors who have just a few months under their belts are really putting down some serious runs.
The Final 4 came down to Josh Espinoza (Team Zenshin) vs. Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd and 4th position, and Kevin Motter (RawFew) vs. Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 1st and 2nd. First up was Josh vs. Alfredo. On Josh’s lead run, he had an unfortunate over-rotation on the second clip, securing the win and 3rd spot for Alfredo!
Then it was time for the battle for 1st and 2nd. Kevin vs. Mikko! Kevin was leading, Mikko on the chase. These two are no strangers to this situation, so the pressure was on. Out of the gate, it’s business as usual. Kevin putting down a clean run with a lot of angle and as deep as he usually is. Mikko bringing that tight proximity. Then it happened, Kevin knocks over the ScaleReflex Cone at the Inside Clip on the chicane. Kevin scores a Zero for his lead. Mikko’s chase was on point. They switch it up and Mikko is leading, Kevin chasing. Out of the gate Mikko is running a clean line, Kevin is applying that pressure! Mikko is putting down a great lead, Kevin’s chase is the very definition of pressure at it’s highest. Coming into the last turn, it happens. Mikko clips the last cone sending it flying, and effectively scoring him a Zero for his lead as well. An unbelievable turn of events, and cause for a OMT (One More Time).
OMT Time! Kevin takes the lead position again, Mikko on the chase. Kevin proceeds to really turn up the heat and lays down a close to flawless run, if not flawless. Extremely deep, filling each clip as completely as possible and with a much angle as possible. Mikko was right on his tail, giving that pressure that makes even the most seasoned drivers feel it. This time around Kevin was cone free. Then it was Mikko’s turn to lead and Kevin chasing. Mikko puts down a clean lead and Kevin puts down some serious proximity following Mikko’s line to a T. Again, clean run! After reviewing, the winner was clear. Kevin pulled off great proximity on his chase without sacrificing line, where Mikko had to go shallow on the first clip to maintain proximity. Then on the leads, Kevin rode the outer line at the limit for the entire course, including the last roundabout, where Mikko had shallowed up in the initiation. Both competitors pulled off some amazing runs, but in the end, Kevin’s runs had that edge and enough to land that Top Podium Position!
Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew), the winner of the Super Drift Championship Round 1 SoCal Regional and TQ! Also to Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 2nd, and Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd.
Special thanks to the judges for the event. Shaine Collins, Manny Campalans!
ROUND 2 – MARCH 4, 2020 SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!
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