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1/5/19 SuperShowdown Round 1

This past weekend was the kick off for the Super-G SuperShowdown point series. The SuperShowdowns are the Super-G Monthly Competitions which are open to anyone at any time during the season.

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

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

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

We weren’t sure how the turn out was going to be for the first comp of the year, being as it was the same week as New Years, we expected the turn out to be small. It was on the smaller side, but still a decent amount considering the timing and the weather. (Cold and raining of course).

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

Qualifying:
The first order of business was qualifying. The line was changed and the clipping points were a surprise for everyone since we laid them out just before we opened. It proved to be challenging for even the best of the drivers since the clips have been all outclips for the past month or so. We added a couple nose clips to spice it up a bit.

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Two-Way Tie – Alan Benites, Tim Mulhmeyer
4 – Two-Way Tie – Mark Santa Cruz, Mikko Yang
6 – Two-Way Tie – Colin Chambers, Hao Huang
8 – Jeff Yang
9 – Nick Lepisto
10 – Manny Campalans
11 – Two-Way Tie – Josh Espinoza, Shaine Collins
13 – Two-Way Tie – Albert Martinez, Jose Sanchez
15 – Sam Angulo
16 – Mark Solnyshkin
17 – Travon Yancy

Tsuiso Battles:
For some reason everyone brought their best driving out for this event, and as the night progressed, the driving just got better and better.

Some of the highlights of the evening:
Tim Mulhmeyer vs. Colin Chambers in Round 3. Tim is no stranger to the podium and is a seasoned competitor here at Super-G. Colin has been steadily moving up and has become a real threat. Tim was leading first. Tim was out there doing Tim, super clean and smooth, just as we have become accustomed to. Colin was hot on the chase and really applying the pressure to Tim. Then disaster struck for Tim and he spun at the second to the last turn. Next up was Colin on the lead, Tim chasing. Colin put down a very respectable lead with Tim on his door, but Tim’s chase wasn’t enough to overcome the spin on his lead. This allowed Colin to advance.

The battle everyone seemed to be waiting for was Kevin Motter vs Mikko Yang. This happened in the semifinals. These are the 2 most winningest drivers here in SoCal, so we knew it was going to good! First up was Kevin leading and Mikko chasing. Kevin is notorious for extremely deep lines and tons of angle. Into the first clip Kevin does his normal super deep entry, Mikko answers back with an equally deep chase and incredible proximity. This time matching Kevin’s crazy angle as well! Kevin lays down a near perfect lead, if not perfect, and Mikko’s chase was about as good as it can get! Perfect chase? Why not! There I said it! Now it’s Mikko’s turn to lead and Kevin is chasing. Out of the gate Mikko throws some serious speed. Surprisingly, Kevin is able to keep with Mikko through the first straight and is right on his tail heading into the sweeper! Mikko throws it hard into the first clip and appears to have caught Kevin off guard! This forces Kevin to duck to the inside to keep from making contact and he takes a shallow line through the sweeper. For the remainder of the course Mikko pulls out a near perfect run. I say near since there’s small things that can be picked on, but we can call it perfect. Kevin’s chase was amazing, but the shallow line on the sweeper just wasn’t going to cut it. Mikko takes the decisive win! Both these guys put down what is probably some of the best driving we have seen here at Super-G!

The final battle for 1st and 2nd came down to Colin vs Mikko! Mikko was first to lead. Since this guy was on fire all night, it wasn’t surprising to see him pull off another amazing lead. Colin had some really really hot beef jerky just before his turn to drive, and he was still feeling the effects of it and the 2 tall cans of Arizona Ice Tea. We aren’t sure if it was the jerky or the tea, but Colin pulled off an great  chase! Then it was Colin on the lead and Mikko on the chase. Colin pulled off a really clean lead and Mikko put down another amazing chase! Mikko’s proximity proved to be tighter than Colin’s. This was enough to lock down the top spot on the podium for Mikko, giving Colin a very respectable 2nd! Kevin Motter brought up the end of the podium with a 3rd place finish! Unofficially, (due to the unofficial fun comps at the end of 2018) Mikko has taken 3 CONSECUTIVE WINS here at Super-G! That’s no easy feat!

Congratulations to our winners, Mikko Yang, Colin Chambers, and Kevin Motter! Also a very special thank you to our Official Judges, Shaine Collins and Colin Chambers. Without you guys this would not be possible.

SUPER SHOWDOWN ROUND 2 – February 2, 2019!
SEE YOU THEN!!!

The official results can be seen here:

Official Point Standings:
15 pts – Mikko Yang (1st Place 15 pts)
12 pts – Colin Chambers (2nd Place 12 pts)
12 pts – Kevin Motter (3rd Place 10 pts + TQ 2 pts)
9 pts – Alan Benites (4th Place 9 pts)
8 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (5th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (5th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Hao Huang (5th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Nick Lepisto (5th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Jeff Yang (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Manny Campalans (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Shaine Collins (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Albert Martinez (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Jose Sanchez (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Sam Angulo (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (9th Place 8 pts)
8 pts – Travon Yancy (17th Place 8 pts)

4 Year Bash – Tsuiso Battles and Sesh Sponsored by Yokomo!!!

October 14, 2018

This past weekend Super-G was celebrating our 4th Year. We decided to do a 2 day event so we could launch a SuperTwin Team Battle Competition and still have a Tsuiso Battle and Session at the main event.

Yokomo / Vertex RC stepped up the main sponsor for the event, donating $400 – 1st Place, $200 – 2nd Place, and $100 – 3rd Place Yokomo Vouchers! This ensured everyone who’s anyone on the West Coast was here to take part in the Tsuiso Battles and claim their prize!


The custom fabricated Super-G hardware to go home with the winners!

We opened at 4pm to give the competitors adequate time to break in the spec tires for the comp. Yokomo DRC tires are the choice for Super-G R/C Drift Arena, so it only made sense to provide a rear set for each entry to ensure a level playing field. Well, as level as possible I suppose. A weight limit of 1100g measured at the rear wheels was also imposed, as well as the standard regulations regarding the chassis.

Before we even got started, Chito and Ethan had surprised everyone with Pizza! This helped take the edge off before the comp and allowed many to keep practicing instead of heading out to grab a snack before the comp. Thank you Chito and Ethan!

Again, Shaine Collins, Colin Chambers, and myself Steve Fujita were judges for the event. We feel very comfortable with these judges since we all share the same goal, to make sure we make the best and most accurate call possible. We have been judging together for the past 4-5 months (Maybe longer) and I can say without hesitation, I have not see one hint of any bias. Match this with the Super-G Replay System, and you have yourself a pretty strong double check on the calls. Anytime a replay is called for by the judges, the entire crowd, competitors included, can watch exactly what the judges are reviewing.


Drivers Meeting Before Qualifying
PC: Dan A

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Qualifying:
After getting everyone signed in, it was time for the Single Run Qualifying. Each competitor would have 2 chances to run the course solo, while being judged on 3 main points: Line, Angle, and Style. Standard Competition Rules applied. Any contact with barriers, spin outs, or 2 wheels off track counted as Zeros for the run. To make it easy, as long as the competitor was able to get points on the board, they were automatically qualified for the Tsuiso Battle Competition. Basically, make it through the course without crashing or spinning, and you are in!

There were 33 competitors registered. Of the 33, 30 qualified for the Main Event. The Top Qualifier of the night, Kevin Motter with a score of 29 of a possible 30 points! On a side note, Kevin has gone undefeated for the past 4 Comps IN A ROW! He now has taken TQ. The top 3 qualifying spots for the event were all Super-G Locals, Kevin Motter- 1st, Hao Huang – 2nd, and a 4-way tie for 3rd – Aydin Angulo, Ethan David, Manny Campalans, and Mikko Yang. This set the mood for the competition and gave a good indication of who to keep your eye on.

Congratulations to Kevin Motter for TQ 29/30!

Qualifying Positions:
1. Kevin Motter *Top Qualifier
2. Hao Huang
3. (4-Way Tie)
Aydin Angulo / Ethan David / Manny Campalans / Mikko Yang
7. (4-Way Tie)
Dennis Caroza / Jon Mundo / Josh Espinoza / Ryno Degala
11.  (4-Way Tie)
Anthony Lim / Dan Aguada / Erick Gonzales / Jeff Yang
15. (3-Way Tie)
Al Sayong / Andy Orozco / Ian Sudduth
18. (2-Way Tie)
Brian Caroza / Ryan Aguiling
20. Tim Mulhmeyer 20
21. (2-Way Tie)
Albert Motate / Mark Santa Cruz
23. Nico Lozada
24. Shaine Collins
25. (2-Way Tie)
Jaydan Aquada / Rick Mahaney
27. (2-Way Tie)
Jose Sanchez /Sam Angulo
29. Po Buckner
30. Jacob Castro
DNF:
Caleb Fowler
Eric Castanada
Kris Steele

An interesting fact:
Of the 30 competitors who qualified, 28 were piloting Yokomo YD-2 Chassis.  2 were driving MST RMX 2.0s’. That’s a pretty high number of Yokomo YD-2s, and a good indicator of which way the scene is going, at least here on the West Coast. Coincidentally, Yokomo was the main sponsor for the event, so it only seemed fitting to see so many Yokomo chassis filling the competition.

The Tsuiso Battle Competition:
Due to the number of competitors, we went with Single Eliminations. Each competitor would be paired up for 2 runs before being judged. Each taking turns leading and chasing. Each of the leads and chases would be compared to decide a winner. The winner of each battle would advance, while the loser would be eliminated from the competition.


The Line Up After Qualifying
PC: Jeff Y

The battles were fierce and it was obvious from the very first round that everyone showed up to show their skills and take a piece of the Yokomo Purse!

One by one the competitors were eliminated as the competition progressed. It came down to the top 4, Ethan David vs Mikko Yang for 3rd and 4th Spot. A slight miscalculation by Ethan on his lead run allowed the seasoned professional, Mikko Yang to take advantage and easily secure his 3rd Place spot on the podium, and the $100 Yokomo Voucher! Then it was time for the battle for the top spot. Not only for the bragging rights, but also for the grand prize of $400 Yokomo Voucher. Second place would be going home with a $200 Yokomo Voucher. Both these drivers worked hard all night to get to this point.

Going into the first run, Kevin was on the Lead, Hao was on the Chase. As they entered the sweeper, Kevin was about as deep in as anyone could get, Hao was right on his door applying that pressure one would expect in the final round! As Kevin initiates for the hairpin, Hao was just a little too aggressive, putting him into Kevin’s door and basically locking in the Zero for his chase run. Kevin went on to complete his lead with amazing style and skill, dragging his rear bumper mere fractions of an inch off the Super-G K-Rails. Everyone was holding their breath, but he pulled it off with a smile. The second run, Hao was on the Lead, Kevin on the Chase! Hao answered back at Kevin’s Lead with a strong lead. Kevin rubbed the ScaleReflex Cone at the Hairpin, but it wasn’t enough to knock it down. The rest was history as they say. Hao’s Lead Run was strong, but not enough to take down Kevin’s Lead and Chase! Hao comfortably locked down 2nd Place, securing the $200 Yokomo Voucher!


Your Winners of the 4 Year Tsuiso Battles!
First Place – Kevin Motter, Second Place – Hao Huang, Third Place – Mikko Yang

Congratulations to Kevin Motter for taking 1st Place, and the Yokomo Grand Prize of $400 Yokomo Voucher! In addition, he was the Top Qualifier of the night, AND this was his 5th (FIFTH) 1st Place IN A ROW! Some say he’s unstoppable. (Maybe he’s just lucky? Naaaah)


PC: Jeff Y


Final Results

After the Competition we went right into the Raffle. We want to give a huge thanks to our sponsors, Yokomo / Vertex RC, as well as Scale Reflex, Demiworks, MyTrickRc, Tetsujin, Tamiya, Gensace, Falcon Hobby, and Topline for all the great raffle prizes. The Grand Prize was a Yokomo YD-2s w/ Gyro donated by Super-G R/C Drift Arena! It seemed only fitting since Yokomo was bringing it with the impressive purse. After all was said and done, we gave away over $2500.00 in raffle prizes!

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Some of the Raffle Prizes!

During this time, we had open session and the tandem trains were insane! So much talent under one roof, it was inevitable.

 
Pryvet Peepsho

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After the raffle, Peepsho (Mark Santa Cruz’s Bro), Ashknuckles, and Mike C jumped on the decks for a scratch session! Since we went over time, it ended up being a lot shorter than expected, but it was a important part of the celebration! Mad thanks to Peep, Ashknuckles, and Mike C!


NorCal’s Tony, Jaydan, Dan, and Erick
PC: Jeff Y

Dan , Tony, and Al from NorCal’s Limited Traction / Team Bushido were slaving away on our Taco Cart and BBQ all evening, so as soon as the comp and raffle were finished, there was a TON of great food waiting for everyone! Carne Asada Tacos, Dogs, and Watermelon! I was planning on jumping on the grill as soon as we finished the comp, but these guys saved me for the second time this weekend! Thank you guys, it makes a bigger difference than you can possibly know.


Dat and Josh Chillin in the GGT Pits
PC: Ryan A

I was really happy to see Dat and Josh from Vertex RC / Yokomo USA in San Diego, as well as Jeremy Meyer from Driftwell in CenCal Randy Beard from RareArtsUSA, and Anthony Requena from DriftNutZ making the trip to Super-G to celebrate with us! Thanks for the support guys! It means a lot when the owners of local (or not so local) shops take the time to share in these important moments and mingle in the RC Drift Community. We would also like to extend a huge thanks to NorCal – Limited Traction, Team Bushido, SpeedJunkies, Fatlace Crew, San Diego – Vertex RC, SoCal – SwiftSuns, Team DStyle, GGT Crew, DRFTNDM, DriftNutz, RareArtsUSA, and RawFew.

This weekend marked an important time for Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We have come from a small PVC Drift Track in front of our shop, Project-G, to converting our workshop to a full on R/C Drift Arena. We have implemented weekly Fun Competitions. Set up a standardized set of rules for Fun Competitions. Set up a standardized set of rules for Real Competitions. Finally, we are developing and streamlining our Super-G Replay System. All this because of the love and support the R/C Drift Community has shown us, and because Joe and I have always loved R/C. Joe has been into the R/C Drift Scene from it’s grassroots days, myself, about a year before Super-G was established, but R/C in general since I was knee-high. Thank you all for the great 4 years! We look forward to pushing even further in the upcoming months and years!