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Super Drift Championship Round 3 (SoCal)

Super Drift Championship 2021 SoCal Round 3

April 10, 2021

What a weekend!!!
Super Drift Championship SoCal Region Round 3 is in the books! This was an amazing weekend for sure! We had 40+ competitors and all the driving was on point! As things begin to slowly open up here in SoCal and more and more people are getting the vaccine, it seems people are becoming more comfortable coming out.

Happy Birthday Alec!

We were lucky enough to have Alec and his girlfriend, Jasmine visit us all the way from Arizona to share Alec’s birthday with us! It was such an honor to be a part of their special day! Thank you guys for coming out! It made Round 3 that much more special!

A Few Changes
This round we implemented a few changes which were suggested during our Special Super Drift Championship Meeting we had a couple weeks prior. We held an early Driver’s Meeting to go over the line that would be expected and scored. Normally we do this at the Driver’s Meeting just before qualifying, but this made a lot more sense. Even with 2 Driver’s Meetings there was still some confusion with someone regarding the line. Just goes to show you can’t have too much information. We also went back to our fluorescent orange markings for the Clips and Zones. Thanks for Jelani for some great suggestions at the meeting!

The guys that make this all possible – Shaine Collins and Manny Campalans

The Judges for the evening
The judges for this round were the usual suspects. Shaine Collins (L) and Manny Campalans (R). After our Special Meeting, the competitors who attended we able to realize how the judging works here at Super-G, and most importantly, how there cannot be any bias since there are really no “Judgement” calls. All the rules for the Super Drift Championship Series are black and white. No grey area left for judgement calls. These 2 deserve a lot of credit for pushing the scene forward. Their job of being part of the judging panel makes every comp stressful work for them. They were both willing to sacrifice driving to preserve the integrity of the series. I insisted they drive, and have made it a goal of mine to spread our style of judging. Once everyone understands how it works, they will be able to make the calls before the official word is given.

Top Qualifier of Round 3 – The U.S. Drift King himself, Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team DStyle)

Qualifying
Qualifying this round was intense! We had gone with a line very similar to what we had in Round 2, but with a different start and a slightly different line. The competitors were vicious this time around! It seemed everyone stepped up their game and were in it to win it! In the end, Mikko Yang the U.S. Drift Kiing (Team ReveD / Team DStyle) threw down a blistering run and easily snagging Top Qualifier of the day! Mikko was on fire and was seriously the King of Smooth out there. Congratulations Mikko for a well deserved TQ!

Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin) vs. Nick Lepisto (Team Futaba USA / RawFew)

Tsuiso Battles
Then it was time what we had all been waiting for, the Tsuiso Battles! With 40+ competitors, we knew we were in for a treat, and they did not disappoint! The earlier battles were existing as always, but this round, the Top 8 was INSANE! These guys weren’t playing. As judges we got to observe the competitors playing and joking, but as soon as the lights started to count down, the game faces came out! It all boiled down to Nick Lepisto (Team Futaba USA / RawFew) vs. Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin), and Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) vs. Jason Fordyce (Team Futaba USA / RawFew).

First up was Alfredo vs. Jason for 3rd and 4th spot. It was a really close battle, but in the end it was Alfredo for 3rd place on the podium with a cleaner run!

Then it was time for the Final, Nick vs. Aydin! Both these guys were on fire all night! This had to be the most intense battle we have seen this season. Both drivers had contact cancelling them out and it was all about a OMT! The OMT was NUTS! Nick on his chase was right on Aydin’s door the entire run. This was the closest run this season! Then it was Nick’s turn to lead, and in zone 1 Aydin fell back just a bit. Nick was on a winning run, then it happened, Nick made contact right after Zone 2, giving Aydin the win! Aydin was killing it all night and definitely earned the win!



Congratulations 1st Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin), 2nd Place – Nick Lepisto (Team Futaba USA / RawFew), and 3rd Place – Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift)!

The Sportsman class was exciting as always! Great job Guys!

Congratulations 1st Place – Braxton Strickland, 2nd Place – Michael Gray, and 3rd Place – Gerald Maugeri!

Official Point Standings for the Super Drift Championship Series – SoCal Region:

Super Drift Championship Round 2 (SoCal)

March 13, 2021

Round 2 for the SoCal Region has just passed and it was an amazing event! We started earlier this time around and it seemed to make a big difference. I wish we could start even earlier, but it seems just about everyone in SoCal works on Saturdays. For a lot of people, it’s a stretch to get here in the evening.
DS Racing Comp III LF-5 - The Spec Tire of Super-G
After a stressful couple weeks leading up to Round 2, we got our second shipment of the new DS Racing – Comp III LF-5 tires. These are the new spec tire for Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We were extremely pleased with the new tires. A little less side-bite and forward-bite, but still extremely well balanced traction. The new tires are considerably more consistent in shape and handling characteristics through different temperatures, and break-in is very quick. Some have claimed 5-10 minutes, I have found after about 5 laps they are good to go.

The judges for the event were the usual suspects, Shaine Collins and Manny Campalans alongside of myself. They did an outstanding job as always. Huge thanks going out to these guys for making it happen.

Qualifying
The qualifying for Round 2 had some great runs! Even the beginners were putting down some good runs, but there were 2 that really stood out among the rest, Jason Fordyce (Team Futaba USA / RawFew) and Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style). Jason had pulled off TQ last round, so Mikko knew he needed to really turn up the wick this time. It was so close, we had a tie at 86 points each. We went to a single run tie-breaker. Jason put down a near perfect lap. It was really a mind blowing run! Next up was Mikko and he puts down an equally as impressive lap! Both were pulling off insane 90 deg wall-ride entries that were so close to the wall everyone was holding their breath, waiting to see that bounce that never happened.

This time around Jason turned up the intensity and went hard. Mikko answered back just as aggressively pulling off the same runs again! Unfortunately for Jason, he went a little too aggressive on his run and had some contact, giving Mikko an extremely hard fought for win and one of the most deserved TQs I think we have witnessed to date! It was nuts!
Winner of the most insane qualifying battle to date! Mikko Yang!

Tsuiso Battles
The Expert class came down to Alan Benites (Team Zenshin), Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style), Alfredo Chan II (Tech 1 Drift), and Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin) for your Top 4.

First up was Alfredo vs. Aydin battling for 3rd and 4th spot. Both put down great runs, but Aydin had some contact on his chase, giving Alfredo the win and 3rd spot on the podium!
Alan (Points Leader) vs. Mikko (2020 US Drift King)
Then it was down to Alan and Mikko. Alan was the winner of Round 1 and Mikko being TQ of the day and the US Drift King, we knew we were in for a treat! Mikko’ s lead was what was to be expected, a blistering run, with Alan hot on his door! Both drivers were well aware of what needed to be done in the next run. Alan takes the lead with Mikko on the chase! Alan puts down an amazing lead with Mikko giving him serious pressure! Then at the Scale Reflex Tire Stack (a barrier on the inside of a high-speed turn) Mikko made a very slight miscalculation and gave it a nudge. This was enough to give Alan the win, and Mikko a solid Second Place!

1st - Alan Benites, 2nd - Mikko Yang, 3rd - Alfredo Chan III
1st – Alan Benites, 2nd – Mikko Yang, 3rd – Alfredo Chan III

Congratulations to First Place – Alan (Team Zenshin), Second Place – Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style), and Third Place – Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift).

Sportsman Class was full of exciting battles as well! We all love watching the growth of our newer competitors as they earn their wings and become seasoned experts.

Sportsman Class 1st - Eddie Reyes, 2nd - Dennis Hemmen, 3rd - Jason Popp
Sportsman Class 1st – Eddie Reyes, 2nd – Dennis Hemmen, 3rd – Jason Popp

Congratulations to First Place and graduating to Expert Class – Eddie Reyes, Second Place – Dennis Hemmen, and Third Place – Jason Popp!

Round 3 SoCal Region is Saturday, April 10, 2021.
See You There!!!

Super Drift Championship Round 1 (SoCal)

February 25, 2021

This past weekend we finally kicked off the Super Drift Championship 2021 Series here in SoCal. With 2020 being what it was, and 2021 still falling inline with more of the same, we were sure what to expect. I can say I was surprised and impressed all at the same time.

Nick repping Team Futaba USA

Since we weren’t sure what the turnout would be, we prepared for a good sized group. We set up designated driving spots around the track at 6 feet apart. We were able to get 20+ driving spots while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Everyone respected this and throughout the day we noticed the group was self-policing themselves. Everyone wore their masks and sanitized often. Great job guys!

Team D-Style

The tires. As we approached the season opener, there was a surge of tire sales. Most likely due to tracks opening up around the nation. One of our other regions needed tires, and since we had another shipment on the way, we dipped into our stash to make it happen for them. I was tracking our shipment and it would make it to us with plenty of time to spare. As the days passed, I realized it wasn’t moving and it was stuck in Texas. I’m assuming due to the extreme weather conditions there. I contacted Jerell at Desert Hobbies and luckily he had a few sets he could sell us, but we only had a day to get them. (I was panicking). The homie Ted Britt (Team Bubblemilk / T.E.D. Totally Excellent Drifts) lives in Arizona where the tires were. I told him the situation and within hours he was picking up the tires and they were on the way to Super-G! Ted saved the day! Thanks Ted!

Team Zenshin flying the new 2021 colors

For those who are not aware, each of the rounds are separate competitions. Although we keep track of the points earned, they only come into play at the end of the season. So anyone can join the comps at anytime. For the SoCal Region we have 8 regionals scheduled. To qualify for the The Finals in October, you need to participate in a minimum of 6 if you want to qualify by participation. Also, each podium finisher in the Expert Class and the Regional Champion qualify as well.

The judges for the event were Shaine Collins and Manny Campalans judging along side myself. It was nice to get back at it. Huge thanks to Shaine and Manny, as anyone who has judged a comp knows how stressful it can be.

Tech 1 Drift

Qualifying

The qualifying rounds went really well and it was obvious during practice everyone knocked the cobwebs off and were back with some serious skills. Even the first timers were doing great! In the first sweeper we have a long zone that spanned the entire sweep, many had a hard time scoring full points in this area, but one person in particular nailed it! With an aggressive entry and riding the wall the entire zone, Jason Fordyce (Team Futaba USA / RawFew) landed TQ (Top Qualifier) with a blistering 95/100. Followed by Shaine Collins (Team D-Style) with a 87/100, and Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin) with a 81/100. Congratulations to Jason Fordyce for TQ of the event!

Top Qualifier – Jason Fordyce (Team Futaba USA / RawFew)

Tsuiso Battles

Alan Benites (Team Zenshin | MST RMX 2.0s) vs
Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style | MC-1)

The battles were intense for Round 1. If this is any indication of what is to come, there will be some world class drifting going on this season! Even the newer guys have stepped it up to a level that is unexpected.

The Top 4 came down to Alan Benites (Team Zenshin) and Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style) for 1st and 2nd, and Jason Fordyce (Team Futaba USA / RawFew) and Shaine Collins (Team D-Style) for 3rd and 4th.

First up was Jason vs Shaine. These guys threw down some amazing runs! It was really some of the best driving I have seen so far. On Shaine’s lead, he flicked extremely hard into the sweeper, but Jason was able to answer right back and was mere inches off Shaine’s door going in. Shaine’s lead was as close as you could get to a perfect lead, with Jason’s chase being about as good as a chase gets. Then it was Jason’s lead. Jason throws this HUGE initiation into the sweeper and is on the wall well before the sweeper even begins. Shaine was right on Jason’s door, but was unable to get on the wall to match Jason’s chase. The rest of Jason’s lead was as close to Shaine’s as it gets, but how Jason handled the sweeper both on his chase and lead gave him the edge, and the victory!

Then it was time for the finals, Alan vs. Mikko (The 2020 Drift King!) Both Alan and Mikko threw down some amazing lead runs. It all came down to the chases, and Alan was able to lock it down with a better chase and tighter proximity. This gave Alan the win and the lead in points for the SDC 2021 Series!

1st Place – Alan Benites, 2nd Place – Mikko Yang, 3rd Place – Jason Fordyce

Congratulations to
First Place – Alan Benites (Team Zenshin)
Second Place – Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team D-Style)
Third Place – Jason Fordyce (Team Futaba USA / RawFew)

Sportsman Class

First Place – Gerald Maugeri, Second Place – Jose Juarez, Third Place – David Sissum III

Congratulations to Gerald Maugeri for taking the win and graduating to the Expert Class!

First Place – Gerald Maugeri
Second Place – Jose Juarez
Third Place – David Sissum III