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September 7, 2019 SuperShowdown Round 9

Wow wow wow!!! This past weekend had some insane driving going on! I know I usually say the driving was exceptional, but this weekend in particular was full of incredible runs. I have to say, if you want to test your skills, Super-G SuperShowdowns are definitely the place.

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 Battle for 1st and 2nd – Jason Fordyce vs. Kevin Motter

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

New Layout and Judging Aids
Since we have been seeing such good driving recently, I has thought it could be due in part to running a familiar layout. So this round we changed it up and also added some magnetic cones to help with judging some of the harder to see areas. Simple and straight forward, knock over a cone, you are too far out of bounds.

Qualifying:
The qualifying rounds this weekend were impressive. The majority of the drivers were within a few points of each other. However, the Top Qualifier of the event was a full 2 points above the nearest competitor. Jason Fordyce threw down an AMAZING pair of qualifying runs. Both were enough to lock down TQ, but his final run outdid his previous which had everyone left speechless. Congratulations Jason for a commanding TQ!

Top Qualifier – Jason Fordyce
2 – Kevin Motter
3 – Mikko Yang
4 – Tim Mulhmeyer
5 – Aydin Angulo
6 – Manny Campalans
7 – Hao Huang
8 – Sam Angulo
9 – Mark Santa Cruz
10 – Nick Lepisto
11 – Jeff Yang
12 – Alfredo Chan III
13 –
Josh Espinoza
14 – Mark Solnyshkin
15 – Corey Carlstrom
16 – Shaine Collins
17 – Alan Benites
18 – Philip Lucas

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. This month we had 18 competitors, so we made a Top 18 bracket.

YouTube Coverage Here:

This month we were a little short on the judging with Colin “Cool Breeze” Chambers MIA. So it was left to Shaine Collins and myself. Since we have access to the Super-G Replay System, we didn’t skip a beat. Not only can the judges review the runs from multiple angles and in real or slow-motion speed, but the spectators and competitors can also see what the judges are reviewing. At this point, everyone is pretty clear on who and why, and the judges just give the final say. The Super-G Replay System is a very necessary judging tool, as we have found the human eye misses quite a bit.

Kevin Motter and Jason Fordyce prepared for battle – The Final Round

The Top 4:
I usually start my recap at the Top 4, but this weekend the battle between Kevin Motter and Mikko Yang to decide who battles for 1st and 2nd were the most intense! It was so close, we had to go to OMT (One More Time) twice! It came down to reviewing on the Super-G Replay System to finally make the call. without the replay system, it would have been impossible to see the deciding factor. In the first clip, Kevin fills the entire clip for the full length. Mikko entered the clip, then his line takes him outside of the clip, then back in to complete the zone. Both appeared to fill the clip, but from the Birdseye view it was clear Kevin deserved the win.

So for the Top 4, it was Josh Espinoza vs Mikko Yang for 3rd and 4th, and Jason Fordyce vs Kevin Motter for 1st and 2nd.

First up was Josh vs. Mikko! Josh threw down a great lead and Mikko answered back with a great chase. Then on Mikko’s lead, he put down a really clean lead run and Josh actually had better proximity, but as fate would have it, he was a little too close on one of the transitions, interfering in Mikko’s transition and giving Mikko the 3rd spot on the podium.

Then it was time for the finals! Jason vs. Kevin. These 2 are no strangers to battling it out for the top spot. Great friends and teammates, these 2 really put on their game faces when it comes to winning. They both act like they don’t care, but we all know better! Ha! First out was Jason on the lead. Being TQ of the night we expected to see a great run and he didn’t disappoint. Deep in the clips with a lot of angle! Kevin did his usual and was right on Jason’s door for the entire run. Amazing run! Then it was Kevin’s lead. As expected, Kevin went deep and Jason was right there within mere millimeters. Unfortunately Jason had a miscalculation and had slight contract with Kevin, then found himself having to let off to avoid contact, allowing Kevin to pull away with a smoother line and also the Top Podium Spot! Jason takes home a well earned 2nd, and his teammate Kevin takes home the win!

Congratulations to our winners, First Place – Kevin Motter, Second Place – Jason Fordyce, and Third Place – Mikko Yang!

The Winners – First – Kevin Motter, Second – Jason Fordyce, Third – Mikko Yang
Congratulations To Our Winners – 1st Kevin Motter, 2nd Jason Fordyce, and 3rd Mikko Yang
SuperShowdown Round 9 Brackets
SuperShowdown Round 9 Full Results
Josh Espinoza sneaking in for 4th

Official Point Standings:
1. 117 ptsKevin Motter (1st – 15 pts)
2. 96 pts– Mikko Yang (3rd – 10 pts)
3. 82 pts – Manny Campalans (5th – 8 pts)
4. 80 pts –Jason Fordyce (2nd – 12 pts / TQ – 2 pts = 14 pts)
5. 79 pts– Tim Mulhmeyer (9th – 8 pts)
6. 74 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (5th – 8 pts)
7. 70 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th – 8 pts)
7. 70 pts – Shaine Collins (17th – 8 pts)
9. 69 pts – Colin Chambers
10. 68 pts– Alan Benites (9th – 8 pts)
11. 63 pts – Josh Espinoza (4th – 9 pts)
12. 59 pts – Hao Huang (5th – 8 pts)
13. 54 pts – Sam Angulo (9th – 8 pts)
14. 51 pts –Alfredo Chan III (5th – 8 pts)
15. 49 pts – Aydin Angulo (9th – 8 pts)
16. 48 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (9th – 8 pts)
17. 32 pts – Ethan David
18. 30 pts – Jeff Yang (9th – 8pts)
19. 24 pts –Cory Carlstrom (17th – 8 pts)
19. 24 pts – Jelani Robinson
19. 24 pts –Jason Ragasa
19. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez 
23. 22 pts – Travon Yancy 
24. 21 pts – Albert Martinez
25. 16 pts – Philip Lucas (9th – 8 pts)
25. 16 pts –Jeremy Meyer 
25. 16 pts –Don Hadix 
25. 16 pts –Juan Duran 
25. 16 pts –Karlo Malabanan 
30. 10 pts – Daniel Tragner
31. 8 pts – Kris Steele
31. 8 pts – Mike Underwood
31. 8 pts – Don A
31. 8 pts –Jay Jay Ragasa
31. 8 pts –Jian Allen 
31. 8 pts –Tyler Hill 
31. 8 pts –Michael Markentin 
31. 8 pts –Matt Caputo 
31. 8 pts –Alex Dagondon 
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August 3, 2019 Super Showdown Round 8

This past weekend was SuperShowdown Round 8 and it seemed like everyone was ready for a comp. The weather was pretty warm when we opened, so it seemed like waiting till it cooled down a little was the trend. There were a few people anxious to break in their tires, so we were glad we were open early.

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

This month our good friend Jeremy Meyer from Driftwell in Fresno, CA was able to come and join us for the comp. He’s a Super-G regular and no stranger to our comps. We were also lucky enough to have Philip Lucas, the owner of Skyhunter Hobby in Lancaster, CA come and get some slides on with us! They have a R/C Drift Track in their store and often host fun comps on Sundays, as well as being well stocked on drones and off-road R/Cs! Check them out if you have a chance.

SuperShowdown Round 8

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

The Previous Layout Returns
Since last month seemed to catch everyone a little off guard, we decided we would run the same layout and same line as last month. We expected to see everyone well adjusted and able to put together some good runs. We were not disappointed! The driving this month was top-notch!

Qualifying:
Qualifying was smooth as always. This time around everyone’s driving was on point, with 11 drivers within a couple points of each other. The end of the straight had the tricky semi U-turn with wall ride, but everyone seemed to take to it comfortably this round. Jason Fordyce, last month’s TQ threw an amazing entry and wall ride, but it wasn’t enough to lock down TQ again this month since Kevin Motter went ahead and laid down a near perfect run on the entire course. Congratulations to Kevin for being Top Qualifier of this round!

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Jason Fordyce
3 – Has Huang
4 – Mikko Yang
5 – Nick Lepisto
6 – Tim Mulhmeyer
7 – Manny Campalans
8 – Mike Underwood
9 – Sam Angulo
10 – Aydin Angulo
11 – Shaine Collins
12 – Alan Benites
13 –
Josh Espinoza
14 – Kris Steele
15 – Jelani Robinson
16 – Ethan David
17 – Alfredo Chan III
18 – Jason Ragasa
19 – Mark Santa Cruz
20 – Philip Lucas
21 – Colin Chambers
22 – Jeremy Meyer
23 – Don A
24 – Mark Solnyshkin

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. This month we had 9 people to battle it out for the last spot in the Top 16. The Super-G Bracketing System has been working well for us. In qualifying the top 15 are seeded in the Top 16, the remainder of competitors are put into a separate bracket to battle for the 16th spot in the Top 16. This month Colin Chambers was victorious and went on to battle this month’s TQ, Kevin Motter!

YouTube Coverage Here:

The Judges for this event were the usual gang of thugs, Colin Chambers, Shaine Collins, and myself (Steve Fujita). Shaine and Colin always do such a great job. I go back after every comp and review the calls to improve our judging and also to see if we missed anything. I am proud to say we have been on point now for what is probably approaching 80 or so comps. Great job as always guys! We the community, owe these guys a huge thanks for always providing the best and most unbiased judging I have ever seen.

Kevin Motter and Manny Campalans ready to do battle!

The Top 4:
This month battling for 3rd and 4th was Mikko Yang vs. Tim Mulhmeyer. Both drivers had great lead runs, almost equal. However, these battles were decided on the chases. Mikko was able to maintain great proximity and matching Tim’s angle. Tim had great proximity, but at one point Mikko started to get away from Tim and so Tim shallowed on the Super-G Round-about to keep up, sealing his fate and giving Mikko the win! Congratulations to Mikko Yang for a solid and well deserved 3rd Place!!!

Then it was time for the finals, Kevin Motter vs his RawFew Teammate, Manny Campalans. This isn’t the first time these guys have gone head to head, and I personally think they both make each other nervous. First run, Kevin lays down his signature lead, deep deep deep in every clip, pinpoint accuracy piloting his car within mere millimeters of the rails, and all while holding mad angle! Manny snapped back with some great proximity for the entire run! Then it was Manny’s turn to lead. Out of the gate and to the straight things were looking great! The suddenly as Manny goes for the wall ride at the end of the straight, he made a slight miscalculation and hit the wall. The rest as they say is history. Kevin Motter takes home another First Place win! Manny had to be happy with his solid 2nd Place spot on the podium.

1st Place – Kevin Motter, 2nd Place – Manny Campalans, 3rd Place – Mikko Yang

Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew) for bringing home the win once again, as well as Top Qualifier for this month! To Manny Campalans for bringing home 2nd Place with some impressive runs, and last but not least, Mikko Yang for taking home 3rd Place! Definitely not an easy task when you have a house full of skills like we had this past weekend! These guys were on their game and deserved their spots on the podium!

Congratulations to our winners – 1st Place, Kevin Motter. 2nd Place, Manny Campalans. 3rd Place, Mikko Yang.
Super Showdown Round 8 Top 16 Brackets
Super Showdown Round 8 Full Results (Top 16)
Tim Mulhmeyer Sneaking in for 4th spot

Official Point Standings:
1. 102 ptsKevin Motter (1st – 15 pts + TQ 2 pts = 17 pts)
2. 86 pts– Mikko Yang (3rd – 10 pts)
3. 74 pts – Manny Campalans (2nd – 12 pts)
4. 71 pts– Tim Mulhmeyer (4th – 9 pts)
5. 69 pts – Colin Chambers (9th – 8 pts)
6. 66 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (17th – 8 pts)
7. 64 pts –Jason Fordyce (5th – 8 pts)
8. 62 pts – Nick Lepisto (9th – 8 pts)
8. 62 pts – Shaine Collins (9th – 8 pts)
10. 60 pts– Alan Benites (5th – 8 pts)
11. 54 pts – Josh Espinoza (9th – 8 pts)
12. 51 pts – Hao Huang (9th – 8 pts)
13. 46 pts – Sam Angulo (5th – 8 pts)
14. 43 pts –Alfredo Chan III (17th – 8 pts)
15. 41 pts – Aydin Angulo (9th – 8 pts)
16. 40 pts – Mark Solnyshkin (17th – 8 pts)
17. 32 pts – Ethan David (17th – 8 pts)
18. 24 pts – Jelani Robinson (9th – 8 pts)
18. 24 pts –Jason Ragasa (17th – 8 pts)
18. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez 
21. 22 pts – Jeff Yang 
21. 22 pts – Travon Yancy 
23. 21 pts – Albert Martinez
24. 16 pts –Jeremy Meyer (17th – 8 pts)
24. 16 pts –Don Hadix 
24. 16 pts –Cory Carlstrom 
24. 16 pts –Juan Duran 
24. 16 pts –Karlo Malabanan 
29. 10 pts – Daniel Tragner
30. 8 pts – Kris Steele (5th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts – Mike Underwood (9th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts – Philip Lucas (17th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts – Don A (17th – 8 pts)
31. 8 pts –Jay Jay Ragasa
31. 8 pts –Jian Allen 
31. 8 pts –Tyler Hill 
31. 8 pts –Michael Markentin 
31. 8 pts –Matt Caputo 
31. 8 pts –Alex Dagondon 
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May 4, 2019 SuperShowdown Round 5

What a weekend! Super Showdown Round 5 was very different from the previous 4 rounds. Every round we have let all the competitors know the judges are looking for smooth. It wasn’t until this round it seemed everyone took note and really cleaned up the driving! I have to say I feel SoCal R/C Drift has taken it to the next level!

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

I really look forward to the Super Showdown events mainly due to the fact that it brings out our drift fam from all over SoCal. This weekend was no exception! Team DStyle, Tech1drift, SwiftSuns, RawFew, Drftndm, and Dory Dory all came together to throw down some sick battles.

The spec tire for the event was DS Racing – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II all around. It seemed everyone has become used to them and as expected, the runs were smoother and tighter.

Qualifying:
From the very beginning we knew we were in for some serious driving. The better part of the competitors were putting down some serious qualifying laps! We also implemented the new Super-G Style of Qualifying where the top 15 qualifiers move to the top 16, and the remainder of competitors, regardless of their qualifying score battle it out for the 16th spot. Our man Karlo Malabanan fought his way up and took the 16th spot in the Top 16!

Top Qualifier – Kevin Motter
2 – Alan Benites
3 – Tim Mulhmeyer
4 – Mikko Yang
5 – Alfredo Chan III
6 – Corey Carlstrom
7 – Jason Fordyce
8 – Colin Chambers
9 – Manny Campalans
10 – Albert Martinez
11 – Mark Santa Cruz
12 – Shaine Collins
13 –
Sam Angulo
14 – Juan Duran
15 – Nick Lepisto
16 – Karlo Malabanan
17 – Aydin Angulo
18 – Josh Espinoza
19 – Don Hadix
20 – Jian Allen
21 – Tyler Hill

Tsuiso Battles:
The Tsuiso battles are the core of what the Super Showdowns are all about. The driving this time was nothing short of amazing! The judging became extremely difficult since the large mistakes were far and few in between. It was coming down to who was running the “closest to perfect”, not who made the biggest error.

Speaking of judging, the judges for the event were Colin Chambers, Shaine Collins, and myself, Steve Fujita. Great job guys! This was not an easy one to judge.

As a judge we took a beating with the decisions coming down to the finer points of the runs. Luckily we were prepared with the Super-G Replay System as our main tool to clarify anything we may have missed.

Third and forth place were up first, with Tim Mulhmeyer battling Alfredo Chan III. Both guys were on point all day, so we knew this was going to be a great battle! We got a little hung up when Alfredo dragged his bumper on the rail of the sweeper which we allow, and Tim came in shallow and hot and rammed him. The issue was Alfredo MAY have been on the rail more than is allowed, but before the replay was able to show this, Tim came into the mix and hit him. Unable to determine if it was a crash on the rail or not, we went to a One More Time (OMT). In the OMT Alfredo put it down hard, his chase. With Tim not able to answer back, Alfredo was victorious and took home 3rd place!

Then it was the Grand Finale, Kevin Motter vs Jason Fordyce! Both teammates and both top level drivers. On Kevin’s lead, he had a decent correction coming into the first clip, but he was able to avoid contacting the dreaded curb which had claimed many victims over the past month. The rest of his lead was amazing, but he did leave himself open to be overtaken by Jason. Jason was able to give a near perfect chase, really applying the pressure to Kevin. Then it was Jason’s lead and right out of the gate you could tell these guys were serious. Both took the first 2 clips in perfect form, but as they rounded toward the 3rd clip, Jason’s line was tight and Kevin found himself on the inside line going straight for the corner obstacle meant to keep people from taking the inside line. He made a big correction avoiding contact. That paired with the correction from his lead run was enough to lock him into 2nd spot and giving Jason a hard fought 1st place!

Congratulations to Jason taking his second win in a row at the Super Showdowns since his return to R/C Drift last month! Also a huge congratulations to Kevin for taking 2nd place, and Alfredo Chan III for taking 3rd! All 3 of these guys are regulars on the top of the podium here in SoCal!

1st Place – Jason Fordyce, 2nd Place Kevin Motter, 3rd Place Alfredo Chan III
1st Jason Fordyce (c), 2nd Kevin Motter (r), 3rd Alfredo Chan III (l)

Special thanks to our judges of the night, Colin Chambers and Shaine Collins for judging along side of me. This one was an interesting one for sure!

Official Point Standings:
1. 60 pts – Kevin Motter (12 pts Second Place + 2 pts TQ)
2. 53 pts – Mikko Yang (8 pts 9th)
3. 46 pts – Tim Mulhmeyer (9 pts Forth Place)
3. 46 pts – Manny Campalans (8 pts 5th)
5. 45 pts – Colin Chambers (8 pts 9th)
6. 44 pts – Alan Benites (8 pts 5th)
7. 38 pts – Mark Santa Cruz (8 pts 5th)
7. 38 pts – Shaine Collins (8 pts 9th)
7. 38 pts – Nick Lepisto (8 pts 9th)
7. 38 pts – Josh Espinoza (8 pts 17th)
11. 33 pts – Hao Huang
12. 32 pts – Jason Fordyce (15 Pts First Place)
13. 30 pts – Sam Angulo (8 pts 5th)
14. 25 pts – Aydin Angulo (8 pts 17th)
15. 24 pts – Jose Sanchez
16. 22 pts – Jeff Yang
16. 22 pts – Travon Yancy
17. 18 pts – Alfredo Chan III (10 pts Third Place)
18. 16 pts – Cory Carlstrom (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Albert Martinez (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Juan Duran (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Karlo Malabanan (8 pts 9th)
18. 16 pts – Mark Solnyshkin
23. 8 pts – Don Hadix (8 pts 17th)
23. 8 pts – Jian Allen (8 pts 17th)
23. 8 pts – Tyler Hill (8 pts 17th)
23. 8 pts – Michael Markentin
23. 8 pts – Jason Ragasa
23. 8 pts – Jeremy Meyer
23. 8 pts – Matt Caputo
23. 8 pts – Alex Dagondon
23. 8 pts – Jelani Robinson
23. 8 pts – Ethan David
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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!