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SuperShowdowns The Final Throwdown – Super-G 5 Year Event

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

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

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

The Vegas Fam In The House!

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

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

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

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

Who’s Going First? Mikko GOT ‘EM!!!

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

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

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

Qualifying:
1 – Kevin Motter – Top Qualifier

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

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

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

Picture Time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great job guys!

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

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

Year 5 Update Oct. 18-19, 2019

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18:
This will be the kick off for the Super-G 5 Year Event. There will be plenty of time for Open Session Driving since we are opening early. In the evening we will be hosting a SuperTwin Team Tandem Competition. There will be a small raffle immediately following the Competition where we will be raffling off an Overdose Galm among other prizes to be announced. Super-G will also have many sales running, so make sure to stock up on those items you have been wanting to pick up. Friday is meant to be very casual, as the SuperTwin has always been a light mood Competition. It’s all about fun!

WHAT IS THE SUPERTWIN?
The SuperTwin Competition is a team tandem comp. Teams of 2 do their best lap and battle other teams for the best lap. They are judged on the overall run. (Think best dance routine) Judges will be looking at Style, Proximity, Line, Etc. Really the only hard rules being, No Crashing, Spinning, or Excessive Contact. Notice, Speed is not a consideration.

DETAILS:
Spec Tire – DS Racing RWD FFFF Zero Mark II or Yokomo DRC for Open Session / SuperTwin Comp
SuperTwin Entry – $30 / Team (Includes Track Fee)
Track Fee – $10

4:00pm – Open Session
8:00pm – Registration Closes for SuperTwin
8:30pm – SuperTwin Team Tandem Competition
Overdose Galm Raffle and Open Session to IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW!!!
1:00am – Close

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19:
The Official Super-G 5 Year Event! This will be a day of Open Session, Sideways Fun! There will be GIVEAWAYS ALL DAY LONG! Food will be provided by our our NorCal Fam, Limited Traction! When these guys get on the grill, it’s some serious grub going on! Toward evening we will be hosting our SuperShowdown Final Throwdown! This will be our 5 Year Comp, but also will be the final round of our year long points series and we will be crowning the SoCal Drift King!

Trophies will be awarded for:
Rookie Class – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Expert Class – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
SuperShowdown Series – SoCal Drift King, 2nd, and 3rd

The Super-G Mega Raffle!
The Sponsors for the event have really stepped it up this year and generously donated to the event! This is their way of supporting and giving back to the community, so remember that the next time you need to pick something up. Support the companies that support you, the Drift Community!

Special Shout Outs to:
Overdose, Futaba, Pandora, Acuvance, Topline, Tetsujin, ScaleReflex, APlastics, Yokomo, Vertex RC, Tamiya, D-Like, and our favorite tire company – DS Racing!!!


The the astounding amount of prizes donated, the raffle will be very fast paced. So make sure to pay attention. Details at the event.

The Tsuiso Battles:
We will be running the competition as we always do for our SuperShowdown Comps. So for those of you who have taken part in any of them throughout the year, it will be very familiar.

Official Rules Here

Qualifying:
This will be a single run format. Each competitor will have 2 qualifying runs. Each lap will start at the starting line, and will be signaled in by the judges. Each lap will be scored by the judges and the best of the 2 will be your final qualifying score. Classes (Rookie and Expert) will be decided by the judges during qualifying.

We will be using the Super-G Bracketing System, whether we have Top 16 or Top 32, depending on the turnout, the last spot will be up for grabs for the lower qualifying competitors. Example: If we have 19 entries, the Top 15 will be seeded, the remaining 16-19 qualifying spots will battle in a lower bracket for the 16th spot. This means everyone will still have a chance to work their way up, even with a bad qualifier.

Tech:
Spec Tire – DS Racing RWD FFFF Zero Mark II All Around
(2 Rear Included In Entry Fee) More can be purchased if needed.
1100g Max Weight at the rear wheels

Details:
Spec Tire – DS Racing RWD FFFF Zero Mark II (Required to be on the track)
SuperShowdown Entry Fee – $35 (Includes Track Fee & 2 Rear Tires)
Track Fee – $10

1:00pm – Open Practice
6:00pm – Registration for SuperShowdown Closes
6:30pm – Drivers Meeting / Qualifying / Tsuiso Battles / Award Ceremony
Super-G Mega Raffle and Open Session to IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW!!!
3:00am – Close

Subject to change

We hope to see you all there!

October 5, 2019 SuperShowdown Round 10

IF YOU WEREN’T HERE FOR SUPERSHOWDOWN ROUND 10, YOU MISSED OUT!!!

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

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

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

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

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

We Used The Entire Track:
For the final 2 rounds we decided to run the entire Super-G lower level track, under the bridge and all. I had to set up cameras for that, but once it was set, we were ready to go.

Qualifying:
As always, the qualifying is impressive. It’s apparent it’s been figure out that you need to get on the board with a decent run, then try to lay down the best you can do to shoot for that Top Qualifier position. There was no doubt there was at least one run from most everyone that was meant to be the run of runs! In the end, Kevin Motter threw down a ridiculous set of qualifiers that left little room for anyone to top. Mad angle, deep in every clip, and all but touching every rail possible. Congratulations to Kevin for a well deserved TQ of the event!

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Mikko Yang
3 – Alan Benites
4 – Tim Mulhmeyer
5 – Manny Campalans
6 – Shaine Collins
7 – Jason Fordyce
8 – Ethan David
9 – Sam Angulo
10 – Nick Lepisto
11 – Daniel Tragner
12 – John Brasko
13 –
Corey Carlstrom
14 – Josh Espinoza
15 – Hao Huang
16 – Jason Walker
17 – Manny Castaneda

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. This month we had 17 competitors, so the last qualifiers battled for the 16th spot in the top 16. Manny Castaneda came out victorious and grabbed that last spot!

This month we were missing our third judge, Colin “Cool Breeze” Chambers, so it was left to Shaine Collins and myself. Again, since we have the Super-G Replay System, there was no issues with judging with two. Really it comes down to the judges having a firm grasp on the rules and what applies where. The rest is on the replay for everyone to see. The Super-G Replay System is a very necessary judging tool, as we have found the human eye misses quite a bit.

The Top 16:
When I started by saying if you weren’t here, you missed out, I wasn’t kidding! These guys all came out swinging! The mood in the pits prior to the battles was light and friendly as always, but when it came down to throwing down against friends, the gloves came off. Was it the double points? Was it that everyone was feeling their tune? Whatever it was, these guys were out for blood this time around! This weekend was full of the tightest transitions, closest proximity, insane wall rides, and the most aggressive driving we have seen thus far. After each battle, it was back to hanging out with the homies. In all seriousness, this is what we want to see.


The Top 4:
After some wicked battles, the Top 4 came down to Corey Carlstrom vs. Jason Fordyce for 3rd and 4th, and Kevin Motter vs. Alan Benites for 1st and 2nd! Tension was high since all these drivers had been on fire all evening. We knew we were in for some serious battles!!!

First up was Corey vs. Jason. Long time friends from different teams, Corey representing Team DStyle and Jason representing RawFew. The first run was very interesting. Corey was on the lead, Jason on the chase. Corey had a great lead going on, and Jason was right his door with a spectacular chase. Coming into the Super-G Roundabout, Corey went right to the rail, and Jason answered with a smooth bumper drag along the pickets on the rail. We as judges were impressed as we heard the clicks, but the pass was smooth! Then the unthinkable happened, Corey over-rotated and it caused a spin. Jason cruised to a clean finish. Then it was Jason’s turn to lead. The run was clean on both sides since both these guys put down a great lap!

It was obvious who won since Corey had spun on his lead, but as judges and since we have access to the Super-G Replay System, we wanted to make sure what we saw was really what took place with that super sick bumper drag.

Not wanting to take any chances of cheating anyone out of a win, we hit the replay. Keep in mind, there wasn’t a single person who thought there was anything out of the ordinary until the spin, but the replay ended up telling a different story! Upon review, Jason cleanly dragged the first 2 pickets on the rail, but the third caught his rear bumper just enough to bounce his car back. Definitely enough to be deemed a crash. This negated Corey’s spin which happened after Jason’s crash and effectively ended the run.

This gave Corey the win and 3rd place for the night!

Then it was time for the Final Battle! Kevin vs. Alan! Both these guys are capable of putting together some serious runs. This would turn out to be a crazy battle for 1st and 2nd!

First out was Kevin leading and Alan chasing. Alan put serious pressure on Kevin down the straight, forcing Kevin out of his comfort zone and causing him to make contact with the rail on the first hairpin earning him a Zero on his lead run. Something we rarely see from Kevin. Next up was Alan’s lead. In typical fashion, Kevin puts the pressure on Alan, and as fate would have it, Alan makes contact on the rail coming into the hairpin, earning him a Zero for his lead as well. Both chases were about the same length, so it was all about the OMT for these guys!

First – Kevin Motter, Second – Alan Benites, Third – Corey Carlstrom

This time around these guys weren’t playin’! Kevin puts down a flawless lead, and Alan answered back with one of the most amazing chases we have seen here at Super-G! Then it was Alan’s lead, and Kevin gave him no room to one up him. The runs were nothing short of AMAZING, and worthy of the battle for 1st in our Double Point Round. Unfortunately for Alan, he had been just a tad too aggressive on the first straight and inhibited Kevin’s initiation into the hairpin. This was enough to be deemed a crash caused by Alan, giving him a solid 2nd Place finish, and putting Kevin at the Top Podium Spot with First Place!!!

The Winners – 1st Kevin Motter, 2nd Alan Benites, 3rd Corey Carlstrom

Congratulations to Kevin Motter for landing Top Qualifier of the event, and also earning First Place!!! The field of competitors he needed to work his way through were without a doubt some of the best SoCal has to offer!

Congratulations are also in order for the remainder of the Podium winners as they too had to fight through some insanely good driving!

If this is any indication of what is to come for the Finals on October 19th, it’s going to be MINDBLOWING!!! Come out and test your skills against the best SoCal has to offer!

October 5, 2019 Brackets – SuperShowdown Round 10
Full Results
Jason sneaking in on the 4th spot!
(Corey being Corey!)

Official Point Standings:
1. 151 ptsKevin Motter (1st – 30 pts + TQ – 4 pts = 34)
2. 112 pts– Mikko Yang (5th – 16 pts)
3. 98 pts –Jason Fordyce (4th – 18 pts)
3. 98 pts – Manny Campalans (9th – 16 pts)
5. 95 pts– Tim Mulhmeyer (9th – 16 pts)
6. 92 pts– Alan Benites (2nd – 24 pts)
7. 86 pts – Shaine Collins (5th – 16 pts)
7. 86 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th – 16 pts)
9. 79 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th – 16 pts)
10. 75 pts – Hao Huang (9th – 16 pts)
11. 74 pts – Mark Santa Cruz
12. 70 pts – Sam Angulo (9th – 16 pts)
13. 69 pts – Colin Chambers
14. 51 pts –Alfredo Chan III
15. 49 pts – Aydin Angulo
16. 48 pts – Ethan David (5th – 16 pts) 
16. 48 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
18. 44 pts –Cory Carlstrom (3rd – 20 pts)
19. 30 pts – Jeff Yang 
20. 26 pts – Daniel Tragner (9th – 16 pts)
21. 24 pts – Jelani Robinson
21. 24 pts –Jason Ragasa
21. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez 
24. 22 pts – Travon Yancy 
25. 21 pts – Albert Martinez
26. 16 pts – John Brasko (5th – 16 pts)
26. 16 pts – Manny Castenada (9th – 16 pts)
26. 16 pts – Jason Walker (17th – 16 pts)
26. 16 pts – Philip Lucas
26. 16 pts –Jeremy Meyer 
26. 16 pts –Don Hadix 
26. 16 pts –Juan Duran 
26. 16 pts –Karlo Malabanan 
34. 8 pts – Kris Steele
34. 8 pts – Mike Underwood
34. 8 pts – Don A
34. 8 pts –Jay Jay Ragasa
34. 8 pts –Jian Allen 
34. 8 pts –Tyler Hill 
34. 8 pts –Michael Markentin 
34. 8 pts –Matt Caputo 
34. 8 pts –Alex Dagondon 
43.