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Hoonigan – Super-G Mini-Comp Battles at the Bodega!

November 12, 2021

Not a bad turnout for a super last minute, early Saturday mini-comp

Every month at Hoonigan’s Tire Slayer Studios in Compton, California, Hoonigan hosts a Club Day. This month was Volkswagen / Audi themed. Although we were working on short notice, Super-G along with Hoonigan decided to host a R/C Drift Mini-Comp – Battles at the Bodega!

With COVID restrictions still in play, the number of competitors needed to be capped. We have done comps with less, so we knew it was going to be a blast regardless. The Club Day itself was packed with a bunch of Euro builds with the usual USDM and JDM hotness sprinkled in the surrounding parking areas.

The competition was a ton of fun! We made the best of the current layout and it was more than enough to get some good battles going. We forgot our ScaleReflex Starter Gate, but that was ok since this comp was going old school style – Ready, Set, Go! Along with old school style judging. Who had the best lead and chase, no replays, no super technical judging, just a lot of fun!

The format was King of Bodega. 3 Wins advanced the competitor to the top 4 to battle it out for the win. Austin Gregorio (the USA Drift King / Team Zenshin), Mitch Phillips (Team Zenshin), Sean Morgan (Nemurenai), and Jaycen Wong (Goonie Grom Squad).

Jaycen was able to fight his way thought the group and ended up the First Winner of the Battles at the Bodega! Hoonigan gave him his choice or any shirt or hat for taking home the win!

Overall, considering the limitations and the short notice, it was a seriously fun event! A few of the Super-G regulars came out, as well as the Goonie Grom Squad all the way from Vegas. Everyone who participated asked if this was going to happen again cause they had a blast. We can’t wait to do it again!

2021 Super-G Wrap Up

Of course last week would consist of some sort of happening to make this seem like a reaction post, but in reality, I had finally finished the 2021 Drift King write up and had planned our update post to immediately follow. It did give me some topics to cover though, so maybe it was meant to be.

Last Super Drift Championship Competition for 2021

2021 has been another crazy year here at Super-G. As the majority of us are well aware, the world is less than back to normal, and at this point we find ourselves wondering what normal actually is and will be as we look forward. 

Our main drive here at Super-G remains as it always has, to create something we have always wished existed. From the track, facility, store, events, and inventory, it’s what we wanted as a customer. This means we are always striving to improve since there is no such thing as perfect and we believe things can always be better. For Joe and myself, as quickly as we are moving, it’s never enough, and quite honestly, it’s frustrating.

The Super-G Pits (Excuse the mess)

A SYSTEM CHANGE
As things have been progressing, shortcomings in our system became apparent. Having an order or 2 per day online becomes a lot different as that number increases. We found many times an item would be purchased online, and when we would go to grab it from inventory, we would find it was sold while our physical store was open and we were not able to be checking the orders coming in online. In hopes to eliminate this issue, we started to migrate all our inventory into a single system. Now the majority of our items are online (Soon to be all), with correct available units indicated. Both Online and In-Store purchases go through he same system. Everyone has the same chance at purchasing any item we have in stock. Nothing leaves the facility unless it passes through our system.
Addressed:
Inventory online is now correct
Once a purchase is made, it is reserved for that customer. No surprise “back orders” for customer
Better customer experience

STORE LAYOUT CHANGE
As many of you know, we have always had everything accessible to the our customers. You could get right up on the products, hold them, inspect them, and compare. We wanted to create a place where you felt at home. A place you could come and know you are trusted. Yes, things would “Disappear” from time to time, but for the most part the community respected this trust and seemed to “keep an eye on things”. As the scene started to grow, more and more people would frequent the shop. We had spotted a recent “regular” stealing from us on more than one occasion. Yes, we know who you are. Rather than to pursue it (with video proof), we decided it was time to flip our display cases around, no longer giving our customers direct access to our inventory.
Addressed:
Cut inventory loss
Increased inventory accuracy
Gives customers more one-on-one interaction to ask questions

2021 Super Drift Championship USA Finals Layout

ADDED TEAM MEMBERS
With the increased number of orders, we had no choice but to bring on more help. We didn’t want to hire just anyone since R/C Drift is pretty specialized. So we added people from the community who were both good with people and also knowledgeable with R/C Drift and R/C in general. We went thought a growing phase where we had some issues with correct items being shipped, but with growth comes the need to new and different systems. We are now able to ship in stock items usually the same day they are ordered. If not, the following day. We have a mail pick up around 1:00pm, and then we make another mail run at 5:45pm. The second mail run is just because we want as many orders to ship as we possibly can make happen. We know everyone is anxious to get their products.
Addressed:
Faster turnout time
Same day shipping
Products available sooner (after arriving)
More quality help for our customers

End of the day Drop-Off. This is what we package after our normal 1:00pm Pick up

SHIPPING HAS IMPROVED, BUT IT’S NOT BACK TO NORMAL
Since the 15 days of the lock down to you know, flatten the curve, shipping had really become bad. We know everyone has been frustrated with it and some have just accepted it, and others continue to just be angry. I myself find I am impatient, but if I have learned one thing from all this mess, it’s to have patience. Life has just slowed down a bit and there is nothing we can really do about it. On the consumer side, shipping is considerably better. Delays are far less than a year ago. For our international shipments, it’s really a roll of the dice. We will get some shipments in 4-5 days, and others still take up to 3 months. There is no way to know which shipments will be the lucky or unlucky ones.

I would like to add, it would be a really good thing if everyone could realize that once we ship their order, it is out of our control. The postal service has its issues at the moment, but the packages do show up eventually for the most part. This has created a huge issue for us. Quite a few customers become very irate with us, even when we shipped their order in less than 24 hours. We do our part as best we can, yet end up with customers just letting us have it. Some even demand we ship another when the tracking clearly states it’s been delayed. Please understand, once we ship, we have done our part. If it get’s lost, that is a different matter, but when it says it’s still on its way, that usually means it’s still on its way.

The Super-G Body Wall

BACKORDERS
So what’s with the backorders. Here is exactly how this works and why we continue to offer products on backorder. The people who understand how this system works have requested we continue to offer this. We hope as more understand how this is working, it will make more sense to them. Our goal is to be fully stocked with every product we sell. Unfortunately, it’s a supply issue, not a purchasing issue. We physically cannot get our full orders fulfilled due to our suppliers not being able to meet our quantities ordered. In addition, we also have many products ordered and shipped, and are awaiting their arrival. They have been paid for and we are really at the mercy of the shipping companies. So when an item goes on backorder, we already have more on the way. Purchasing the item will secure this item for you, and will ship as soon as it is received. It never even goes into our available inventory, since it’s already sold.

You may see many items that seem to always be on backorder, this is because the demand is exceeding the supply. The majority of backordered items ship to the customer within a week, but sometimes it’s days or months depending on the product. People are receiving the backordered items all the time, but some products never make it to “Available Status” since there is still a backlog of orders that need to be fulfilled.

This is how it works:
Example 1:
5 people backorder Product A
5 Product A comes into stock
All 5 Product A ship out to the 5 people who backordered Product A
Product A still appears as a backorder item on the site since there are none that can be shipped immediately

Example 2:
5 people backorder Product B
4 Product B comes into stock
The 4 Product B’s will ship to the first 4 people who backordered Product B
Product B still appears as a backorder item on the site since there are none that can be shipped Immediately
4 more Product B comes into stock
1 Product B ships to the remaining person who backordered Prodcut B
3 Product B go into inventory and show on the site to be available for purchase

Basically, the backorder system ensures your place in line to get the product the soonest possible. We make it a priority to ship backorders ASAP since we know they have been paid for and are just waiting to be shipped. No waiting for payment, no back and forth messages and emails. They just ship as fast as is humanly possible. Most are not even in our possession for more than an hour or 2. This is also true for pre-orders. This happens everyday.

Many of the “They took 3 months for my order!” comments you read are from people who ordered back during the start of COVID when we asked the community if we are hurting our reputation by continuing to provide product during that time. That was a rough time for everyone involved.

Please keep in mind, nobody is saying you must backorder anything. If you don’t want to wait after you have actually purchased an item, and you would rather it ship as soon as you purchase, make sure it is not a backorder item. Just be aware, some items sell solely through backorder since people are willing to place their order and wait for it to ship.

Some backorder items appear to never be in stock but in fact, we sell hundreds. This is the reason you may hear, “All their stuff is always out of stock.” The reality on most of those items, there are just people lined up to get theirs. We get pretty large shipments daily, so most backorders are usually fulfilled sooner than expected. Again, shipping (to us) plays a major role in how quickly backorders are shipped out. Sometimes a day, sometimes a week or month(s).

One of our Yokomo Body Restock Shipements – Just having a lil fun
(We received an angry call after posting this. Customer stated we were messing around instead of shipping his “Damn Order” which was placed earlier that morning and shipped by the end of the day)

ORDER ACCURACY
Over the past 5 years our shipments have increased dramatically. As we implement new systems and bring on new team members, we unfortunately go through growing pains. It’s unavoidable, but we really do try our best. As of right now, we are experiencing on the high side, 1-2 errors per 500 orders. It may seem like there are a lot on social media, but keep in mind, the complaints you may hear over and over are an accumulation of years of orders and we have had a good amount of “made up” problems sprinkled in from people who don’t even appear in our system. Don’t get me wrong, we are striving to be 100% accurate and every error is unacceptable. We understand the percentage of errors in our shipments may be on the lower side, but for those who receive those affected shipments, it is a 100% fail to them. We understand their frustration and will continue to improve. We in no way feel any error is ok. It simply is not acceptable, but at the same time is the nature of the beast. Not even Amazon is perfect, but we will try to be even better than them.

2021 CHANGED R/C DRIFT FOR US
As many of you know, Joe and I started Super-G back when there were no dedicated R/C Drift facilities, shops, or tracks in our area. It was a struggle to find parts from over-seas and when you wanted them, it would cost an arm and a leg to ship them here and it would take forever. We really wanted all these things to exist and be more convenient. Super-G was born. This not only made it easier to bring people together on a more regular basis, but also gave us a spot to drift as well.

Jumping to 2021, we are still those same people who love R/C Drift, but since things have continued to grow, we have been forced to take on different roles. Keeping the business going and getting the products here and into your hands has taken priority over our time for our hobby. Just as it does (or should) for each and everyone of you, work must come before our hobbies.

Present day, as the product supply chain has become unpredictable and the demand has grown, Joe and I find ourselves answering questions and putting out fires constantly. The number of “Angry and demanding” emails and messages we receive daily from people who ordered less than 24 hours prior is staggering. It easily consumed 75%+ of our time daily. Messages between 3:00am – 5:00am requesting us to check on orders is a daily occurrence as well. This has forced us to set times to deal with emails and messages. We are not a multi-million dollar operation where we can hire a team dedicated handle messages and emails. We are just 2 guys trying to make it work, and hiring team members as it becomes possible. Does it make more sense to go back and forth with people who just placed their order and want to get crazy that their order hasn’t shipped within 2 hours, or ship out the orders to all those who have been patiently waiting? We are forced to chose our battles. We still end up taking our daily beatings from our more impatient customers, but now we do that at select times during the day.

THE CHANGE I SPEAK OF
2021 has cut my and Joe’s time to drive time to almost nothing. Answering messages, emails, and keeping things going has replaced our drifting time. Our local customers can attest to this fact. It’s a rare occasion for us to be able to hit the the track. Maybe we’ll get 10 minutes in during a session, but even that is rare now days. We really are sacrificing participating in the hobby we love to try to provide the very best service and experience we can for the community we are a part of. Contrary to popular belief, we are still one of the little guys just trying to make this work. We are just 2 guys who have dumped all our eggs into the R/C Drift basket. Write-ups, Reviews, Events, Competitions, etc. are all additional extras we provide on top of our normal grind. Our typical work week exceeds 80 hours each just for R/C Drift. We are the same people from the community who want to bring cool stuff to the scene. Unfortunately for us, the last 2 years have left us with little to no time to enjoy the hobby. We really hope the shop and track owners around the US understand why we haven’t made it out to visit them yet.

Joe and I could have taken on regular 9-5 jobs and be doing a lot better financially, and have a lot more personal time, but we made a conscious decision to pursue this full time to try to create something for everyone. This has never been about money, but for the love of this segment of R/C. We still believe this is the best R/C community around, and are grateful for all your support through out the years. We will continue to improve as long as the community wants us to.

LET’S MAKE 2022 EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER!!!
The Super-G Team

Presenting the Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King – Austin Gregorio (Team Zenshin)

On October 24, 2021 here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena in sunny Southern California, we hosted the Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals. The very best in the USA brought their A-Game to throw down and compete for the title of USA Drift King. There were a lot of heavy hitters and some really amazing driving, but of course there can only be one champion with the Title of USA R/C Drift King, and his name is Austin Gregorio of Team Zenshin.

The Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King!

This is one of those moments where there is so much to say, but also so little. As many of you know, there were definitely some favorites coming into the Finals for the 2021 Season, and we have all watched the battles both in competition and in points all season. Austin’s is a story that embodies the spirt of the Super Drift Competition Series. Not only can you qualify to compete at the Finals by winning regional competitions, but also though participation points. Coming into the Finals through any channel gives everyone an equal shot at the title. What this proves is, you don’t need to be a big name in the community to win all the marbles. You just need to simply join your regional competition, hone your skills, and bring it when it counts. (October)

Austin joined the R/C Drift Community last year and has been steadily growing his knowledge and skills throughout the 2021 Season. He took a crash course in R/C Drift when he landed a job here at Super-G. He had no choice but to learn about all the different products we sell, as well as all the ins and outs of tuning. Contrary to popular belief, nobody working at Super-G has any time to drive outside of the normal track hours (maybe sometimes, but not often), but being surrounded by R/C Drift all day everyday is going to rub off. Austin has taken advantage of being exposed to almost all the makes and brands available to the community today, and had made his choices very carefully.

Austin’s performance throughout the 2021 Season was really low-key and with the first 6 rounds consisting of 4 – 17th place and 2 – 9th place finishes, he definitely was not on anyone’s radar. However, he did wrap up the season with a 4th Place finish in Round 7, and a 5th Place finish in Round 8. Not too shabby, but even more so, was the huge improvement in Austin’s performance coming into the Finals. Breaking into the top 4 here in SoCal is no easy feat. He seemed to have found a setup that was working well for him – his Usukani PDS Mix, Acuvance ESC, Acuvance Fledge Motor, and Futaba 7PXR, Futaba GYD550 Gyro, and Futaba CT700 Servo. Of course his personal tune plays a huge role, which he does himself.

Although many may have been blindsided by Austin’s win and him earning the title of The Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King, I must admit from all my observation throughout the 2021 season, it was clear Austin had it in him to be able to be competitive at this level. There was no doubt all the competitions throughout the season had prepared him for the pressures of the Finals and facing the very best the US has to offer in R/C Drift.

L to R – Shaine Collins (Judge), Manny Campalans (Judge), Alfredo Chan III (2nd Place), Austin Gregorio (DK) Team Zenishin, Mikko Yang (3rd Place), Steve Fujita, Ted Britt (Judge), Joe Tam

Going into next season, Austin has stated he is ready to defend his title, but has also expressed great interest in diving into Non-Assisted (No Gyro) Drifting as well. There is no doubt with his tuning knowledge and know-how, he will be a force to be reckoned with in both.

Here is a look at Austin’s winning, “Close to stock” Usukani PDS Mix. Of all the various chassis we have available here at Super-G (which is pretty much all of them), Austin gravitated to the Usukani Mix. Not only is this one of the most overlooked chassis around, but bang for the buck it’s almost impossible to beat. Austin has found the PDS Mix to be pretty well setup out of the box. He has changed dampers to Yokomo Big Bores, and has opted for a Tamiya Gear Differential with upgraded drive cups. Other than that he has kept his chassis stock. For his electronics Austin has chosen, Acuvance Xarvis XX ESC, Acuvance Fledge Motor, Acuvance Blaze Capacitor, Futaba CT700 Servo, Futaba GYD550 Gyro, and to keep it all under control, a Futaba 7PXR Radio System. This is without a doubt a winning setup.

Holding the title of Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King, and being ranked the top driver in the US, you would expect a long history of R/C Drift accomplishments. For Austin, this is just the beginning. What a way to break into the ranks of the best! Congratulations to Austin Gregorio and his team, Team Zenshin! The reigning Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King!!!

Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals – Super-G R/C Drift Arena

October 24, 2021

The Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King – Austin Gregorio (Team Zenshin)
2nd Place – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech1Drift), 3rd Place – Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team DStyle)

This was a huge weekend for R/C Drift in the United States. For 3 days, the best R/C Drifters from all over the nation came together in Los Angeles, California for the Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals. Each competitor had to qualify in their region in one of 3 ways: 1 – Become the Regional Champion, 2 – Secure a Podium Spot in their regional competitions, or 3 – Participate in at least 50% of their regional competitions. This ensured the best players in the game would be able to compete for the title of Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King.

The Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals Layout

The Venue
Super-G R/C Drift Arena in Los Angeles, California hosted this event. This is a fully stocked dedicated R/C Drift Shop with just about every brand available for R/C Drift. There are roughly 56 permanent pit spaces indoors and for the event provided an additional 72 pit spaces in the back lot. This provided plenty of space for the 66 competitors, as well as the many who came to support, spectate, and participate in the drift sessions. The track itself is polished concrete and roughly 31 x 54 feet. The track was made slightly shorter than normal to allow more driver space around the track, and also slightly wider to change the timing and feel to throw the locals a curve. Super-G R/C Drift Arena is also outfitted with a second floor which provides the judges a birds eye view of all the action, along with 6 – 4k cameras for the Super-G Replay System. Luckily the weather this year was about as good as it gets for this time of year in sunny SoCal, with the temps in the mid to high 70s.

The Meet and Greet
On the Thursday before the event, Super-G hosted a Meet and Greet where all the competitors could spend a leisure, calm day talking and sessioning before the official competition got underway. Tacos and Churros were provided to all that attended. I believe there was 450 tacos, 130 churros, and 12 quesadillas served. The vibe was right and everyone seemed to fit right in immediately. The great thing about the R/C Drift Community is the abundance of positivity that is shared between the competitors. It was clear from the start, if you were here at the Finals, you were here to have a good time and share this awesome hobby we all love. There was no shortage of competitors helping each other and sharing tunes even before the competition even started.

The Spec Tire
For the Super Drift Championship Series, we have been using the DS Racing Comp III LF-5 tire. This has been the best tire we have used, but unfortunately there were some issues with the tire on rougher surfaces, and with the numerous complaints DS Racing received about this, the Comp III LF-5 tire was discontinued. Immediately, Super-G began working with DS Racing to come up with a solution since for our surface there is no better tire.

Super-G has now released the new TSG-007 tire which has the same properties as the Comp III LF-5, but with a few slight differences. The feedback was amazing and when compared back to back, the TSG-007 seems to be the preferred tire.

The Format
As many of you may know, the 2020 Finals took place on one day, Saturday. With the amount of competitors, the competition didn’t end until 4am. Having the best drivers in the US having to stay awake to compete just didn’t work out as it should, and seemed unfair to say the least.

This year, we announced in January we would be hosting the 2021 Finals over the course of 3 days, October 22, 23, and 24th. This was met with a lot of relief, especially for the people who planned to compete and are actually interested in watching the competition in it’s entirety. It was a shame a few had missed this crucial change in format, but a few still made the journey out to take part in the sessions and enjoy the camaraderie for a couple days at least. We will be announcing the dates for next season shortly, but you can definitely count on another 3-day event.

The man, the myth, the Legend – Shaine Collins, Manny Campalans, and Ted Britt – The Judges

The Judges
For the Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals, I had decided to take a backseat to allow a more diverse group of judges to oversee the event. I was present as another pair of eyes, but for the most part not involved in the judging.

The Judges for the event were:
Shaine Collins – SoCal / Team DStyle
Manny Campalans – SoCal / Team Super-G
Ted Britt – Arizona / Team Bubblemilk

We owe all three of these guys a huge thanks. For those who have never judged on this level, I can tell you it is brutal. You are in full concentration mode and doing math in your head as fast as you possibly can, and then needing to clear your mind for the next run. Great job guys!

Qualifying
Since qualifying takes the most time in a comp, we decided to spread qualifying over 2 days (Friday and Saturday). Day one, the top 16 competitors were to be seeded in the Top 32 and would not need to qualifying the following day. The following day the remainder of the competitors would compete for the remaining spots.

Day One (Qualifying)
It was clear right out of the gate that this group of drivers were some of the best we have seen. Everyone, regardless of score obviously belonged here at the Finals.

One of the most memorable moments from the entire weekend happened on Day One of qualifying. Team Super-G driver, Jason Fordyce had shown up late since he had work. He walked in during the last round of qualifying, and would be allowed to drive, but without being able to break in tires, or being able to even try the qualifying line on a track he had never seen before. When it was his turn, he was going to only be allowed one run since he missed the first round. Jason throws down a blistering qualifying run! A lot of speed with a TON of angle, deep in the clips and zones and smooth as eggs! THEN, at the last 1” of track, with the very tip of his diffuser, Jason made the slightest of miscalculations and contacted the fence! This was enough to take his awesome run to a Zero and putting him to the bottom of the list to be qualifying the following day.

Day Two (Qualifying)
On day two we had the second round of qualifying. it was more of the same with everyone displaying some serious skills. Competitors were competing for the Top 15 spots for the upcoming Tsuiso Battle rounds on Sunday. As always, the 16th spot would be left open for the winner of the lower bracket (Bottom 34).

Top 16 Day One
Qualifying Position – Qualifying Score / Driver Number – Name
1 – 78 / 1 – Mikko Yang (Day One Top Qualifier)
2 – 77 / 3 – Matthew Timmer
3 – 76 / 43 – Joe D
4 – 76 / 53 – Aydin Angulo
5 – 75 / 5 – Michael Keene
6 – 75 / 21 – Cristian DeFalco
7 – 74 / 59 – Alan Benites
8 – 73 / 23 – Don Hadix
9 – 72 / 45 – Hao Huang
10 – 72 / 13 – Austin Greene
11 – 71 / 34 – Nick Lepisto
12 – 70 / 32 – Justin Wilming
13 – 70 / 17 – Bret Trevino
14 – 68 / 24 – Alfredo Chan
15 – 67 / 54 – Mitchell Phillips
16 – 67 / 51 – Baden Hermann

TOP 15 Day 2
Day Two (Qualifying)

1 – 84 / 62 – Jason F (Overall Top Qualifier)
2 – 74 / 29 – John Brasko
3 – 74 / 42 – Ryno D
4 – 73 / 65 – Austin Gregorio
5 – 69 / 40 – Bryant M.
6 – 67 / 57 – Shaine Collins
7 – 67 / 58 – Manny Compalas
8 – 64 / 35 – Kris Steele
9 – 64 / 37 – Jelani R
10 – 64 / 44 – Al S.
11 – 63 / 10 – Zachary Keanaaina
12 – 61 / 41 – Deven Yasay
13 – 61 / 64 – Brian Lemi
14 – 60 / 28 – Jason Ragasa
15 – 58 / 46 – Eric Acosta

BOTTOM 34
16 – 58 / 47 – Robin D
17 – 58 / 49 – Juvani Balicoco
18 – 57 / 4 – Guy Marsh
19 – 57 / 60 – Stephen Phillips
20 – 56 / 15 – James Kotzbauer
21 – 56 / 19 – Joseph Maugeri
22 – 55 / 9 – Michael Cronhamn
23 – 55 / 52 – Sam Angulo
24 – 54 / 14 – Shawn Williams
25 – 53 / 36 – Phil Crawford
26 – 53 / 39 – Albert M
27 – 52 / 8 – Kalai Amanonce
28 – 52 / 25 – Nick Worrell
29 – 52 / 26 – Leeway Chang
30 – 49 / 16 – Adriano Vengoechea
31 – 48 / 30 – Fernando Cabrera
32 – 47 / 7 – Austin Lewis
33 – 45 / 38 – Dennis Hemmen
34 – 44 / 33 – Tom Erndt
35 – 42 / 20 – Ted Brandon Britt
36 – 42 / 50 – Paul Fregeolle
37 – 41 / 31 – Christopher Cruz
38 – 35 / 55 – Don Chang
39 – 35 / 63 – Lani Sabalboro
40 – 34 / 48 – Brennah Peepers
41 – 31 / 11 – Benjamin Fraley
42 – 30 / 18 – Gerald Maugeri
43 – 29 / 22 – David Sissum III
44 – 0 / 61 – Johnny G
45 – 0 / 2 – Brandin Guien-Armstrong
46 – 0 / 6 – Barton E Broze
47 – 0 / 12 – David Wessel
48 – 0 / 27 – Michael Dao
49 – 0 / 56 – Daniel Yribe

Brackets
As many of you know me, you know I’m as transparent as I can possibly be, and this will be no exception. The original method I had planned to use to do the bracketing, it just did not work out as my hasty thinking led me to believe. It was a huge mistake and one I will live to regret for a long time to come. It basically put the best qualifiers up against each other in round 2 and would knock out one half of the top qualifiers immediately. That is not the way qualifying should work and is 100% my mistake. I was caught between sticking to what I had originally envisioned, or making a change and making myself look like an idiot. I chose the later in the pursuit of giving the best possible event instead of trying to save face. There is a lot more to this, but in the end, we put everyone in the Top 32 into a single, Top 32 bracket in order of qualifying score, which I felt in the end was the best possible scenario given the situation.
On a side note: The competitors who had 2 days of qualifying vs. just 1 day only improved their scores on average of 1.158 higher than the previous day. So the scoring was pretty consistent between both days.

To all the competitors and the R/C Drift community in the U.S., I want to offer my most sincere apology for my mistake. We are doing this to try represent R/C Drift in the United States in a positive light, and I botched it big time. There is nobody harder on me than myself, and I don’t believe in excuses, but I do believe in learning from my mistakes. I promise to come back harder, stronger, and definitely wiser in the future. (Steve)

Tsuiso Battle Rounds
Sunday was the day we were all waiting for. It was what this entire season was all about. Everyone had a chance to drive and tune, and it was time to throw down. As we always do, the Super-G way is to leave one spot open in the Top Round for the winner of the lower brackets to advance and have a shot at the title.

The Bottom 34 battles were as good as any, and what you would expect from the best R/C Drifters in the nation. The story of the Bottom 34 was Joseph Maugeri! Joseph was able to battle all the way through 5 rounds to come out the victor of the Bottom 34 and move on in to the Top 32!!! It was amazing to watch.

The Top 32! If you made it to the Top 32, considering the company you were with, it should already be considered a win. With so many great drivers present, it was really anyone’s to take home. It seemed between day one and day three, the drivers vastly improved. On day one, there were definitely different levels of driving going on. By day three, all the drivers seem to be on the same page. Becoming accustomed to the surface, the tires, the line, and the tune, it was clear the playing field had been leveled.

The battles were insane! So many great runs. In the end, it came down to Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team DStyle) vs. Ryno Degala (Limited Traction) for 3rd and 4th, and Austin Gregorio (Team Zenshin) vs. Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech1Drift) for 1st and 2nd.

First up was Ryno vs. Mikko. Both runs were very close, but in the end, Mikko was able to pull off a better lead by going deeper in the zones than Ryno, and landing him 3rd place on the podium, and 3rd Best R/C Drifter in the US!!!

Then it was time for the Main Event! The moment the entire season had been leading up to! It was between Austin Gregorio (Team Zenshin) of SoCal, and Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech1Drift) also of SoCal. Austin has been an up and comer this season, and just recently landed 4th in the Regional Finals for SoCal. He’s been working his way toward a Podium Finish, and here he finds himself battling for the title of Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King. He was up against no other than Alfredo who just took the SoCal Regional Finals and is the reigning SoCal Drift King. Alfredo has been on fire and also took the title of Las Vegas Drift King! Double titles, we all knew who was the favorite going into this battle. (No offense Austin)

The first run was Austin’s lead and Alfredo’s chase! Alfredo was all over Austin as is Alfredo’s style. He is notorious for applying so much pressure, the lead driver cracks and ultimately loses. It was a great run! Then it was Alfredo’s lead and Austin’s chase. Alfredo pulled off a commanding lead run and Austin was keeping up, but definitely not keeping the proximity Alfredo was able to keep. On Austin’s lead, the judges had seen some abnormal movement at a particular section of the track, so they wanted to take another look before making the final call. Initially they thought Austin may have hit the barrier, but as they examined the replay on the Super-G Replay System, it was shown that not only did Austin NOT contact the barrier, but the abnormal movement they had spotted was Alfredo’s car bouncing back after making contact with Austin’s car. This was clearly the deciding factor, and landed Alfredo with a solid Second Place on the Podium, and making Austin Gregorio THE SUPER DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 USA DRIFT KING!!!

The Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King – Austin Gregorio (Team Zenshin)
2nd Place – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech1Drift), and 3rd Place – Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team DStyle)

Congratulations to Austin Gregorio the 2021 USA Drift King, Alfredo Chan III for a solid Second Place, and Mikko Yang on Third! You guys are the cream of the crop!

The Winning Chassis – Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King – Austin Gregorio’s Usukani PDS Mix
2nd Place – Alfredo Chan III’s Team RAZR, 3rd Place – Mikko Yang’s ReveD MC1

The Event
We here at Super-G would like to thank each and every one of you who attended the Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. This wasn’t about just coming to Super-G, but coming together as a community and sharing the hobby we all enjoy. It was refreshing to see that although we are all located in different parts of the nation, we share the same type of fun. It was amazing how well everyone got along and to see everyone working together to have a good time. The competitors would be talking and having a great time together, then put on their game faces, and immediately return to friend mode as soon as the run was finished. That is what this is about and what makes it so much different than other forms of R/C. We made some great friends and great memories. We can’t wait to do it all again for 2022.

A huge thanks to all that participated both here and in their respective regions.
To the tracks and organizations who hosted the regionals – Limited Traction, Slidelines, RC Powersports of Rolla, Team Saiko, Scale Science, Tandem RC, RC Garage, Dori Lounge, and RC Fight Club. This wouldn’t be possible without you.
I also can’t forget Team Super-G for really stepping up and putting in mad hours to prep for this event, Nick Lepisto, Mark Santa Cruz, Manny Campalans, Jason Fordyce, and Aydin Angulo.
Limited Traction (Super-G NorCal) for helping with the setup early every morning.
Shaine Collins, Manny Campalans, and Ted Britt for judging and all the consulting not only for the Finals but all season.
And finally all our sponsors – Futaba USA, Pandora RC, Acuvance, ScaleReflex, HobbyWing, Hoonigan, DS Racing, MyTrickRC, Demiworks, FusedRC, PowerHD, Usukani, RhinoMax, ProtekRC, MST, Outbreak, APlastics, Topline, and Yokomo. Your products and support is what is keeping the R/C Drift Scene growing.

More pics to come (Sorry it’s been a long few months and I’m pooped)

Assisted vs. Non-Assisted R/C Drifting

September 10, 2021

Assisted vs. Non-Assisted R/C Drifting
I should start by going on record stating I am in no way trying to take away from today’s style of R/C Drifting. Rear Wheel Drive R/C Drifting with a Gyro has come a long way and is a ton of fun. There is no arguing it has brought the R/C Drift Scene to a point many never imagined. Anything I state is not knocking Gyro users. I will however be expressing how I personally feel, and it may feel like an attack, but it in no way is meant to be taken as such. I will refer to Gyro and No-Gyro as Assisted and Non-Assisted Drifting since that’s really what it is.

Past Experience with Non-Assisted R/C Drift
As many of you may know, I have ventured into Non-Assisted R/C Drifting a couple times in the past. What is probably not so clear is why. To put it simply, I feel this huge disconnect while using a Gyro. Everyone told me the Gyro was necessary and I heard a ton of explanations as to what and why it does what it does. It simulates this, your brain can’t do that, etc. I just could not get past the fact that the car is doing stuff for me that I am not in control of.

When I first started out, I instinctively wanted to counter-steer. I had to unlearn this instinctive reaction. Isn’t that what drifting is at it’s core, getting your car to slide, and you counter-steer into the drift? We aren’t supposed to do that though because the Gyro is acting like a real car with the tendency to self-steer? This self-steering people speak of, does it also keep you from spinning out? At any rate, I’m sure we can all agree that the Gyro is at least PARTIALLY driving the car for us. On a side note, I kept thinking about the days of Off-Road and how I was able to drift around all the corners without a Gyro, easily. So why am I using a chassis specifically for drifting, but I NEED a Gyro to just drive around the track, even at slow speeds. It just doesn’t make sense.

Futaba GYD550 – Mindblowing Control, Overdose DAIS -So Good, Yokomo V.4 – Good and Simple

Dissecting the Gyro
I’ve always been the type to admit when I’m wrong and when it comes to what the Gyro does, I have to admit in my previous write-up I over-simplified the role the Gyro plays in Assisted Drift. When I was finally able to drive without it, it was clear the struggle was to keep a balance between the throttle and steering. What wasn’t so clear was just how far off I was from actually having it down well enough to make it a thing. This time around I had to break it down to it’s core, and I have to admit the Gyro is a technological marvel. It is doing more than what anyone is really giving it credit for, and also in my opinion the Gyro is what is driving the whole speed drifting thing. Seeing people practicing “backies” and “360 entries” is a indication that Assisted R/C Drift has become too easy for a lot of people. It seems a good number of people are in search of that next challenge.

So what is my point?
There is so much that is intertwined here, I think it will be best to break it down into sections. In my opinion, just about everything we have been doing up until now has been based on the Gyro and it’s limitations. The better the Gyros get, the more extreme the tuning gets. The more extreme the tuning gets, the faster the cars get. The faster the cars get, the slower of a tire is needed. So since Assisted Drift has begun, it has been a constant chase of the next slower tire. It’s just a vicious cycle. If you took a chassis from the start of RWD R/C Drift, and put the hardest tires we have available now on it, it wouldn’t even be able to get out of it’s own way. With a modern day chassis, you put those same tires on, you will be just a tad slower than the fastest guys. That’s technology at work.

My Journey
There are many moments that seem insignificant to most, but can spark something in others. This journey of revisiting Non-Assisted Drifting was triggered by a post Bob Rock had made a few months back. The topic was, What is next for R/C Drift? I posted Gyroless Drifting. Bob’s response,

”I think you may be on to something there. It’s going to be a big challenge to drift Gyroless and as much as my mind is telling me that it can’t be done, I really got to simply think back. When you do that, one realizes that there have been numerous difficult obstacles and challenges that have been overcome from a point where something was deemed impossible. So I think that perhaps now is the right time to explore Gyroless drifting. The advancement of drift tech and products may possibly make it easier to get this right. The process should definitely be documented to which I hope you would do so that we can follow your progress and then join in.” – Bob Rock

Up til this point the response has always been, “Meh, go ahead and try.” ::Rolling Eyes:: Finally, someone viewed it the same as I. To make a change, it’s not going to come easy, but it needs to be done if change is to happen at all. I knew at this point if I was going to make another push, I needed to document it. So to do this, I needed to really understand what was going on. Challenge accepted!

The Chassis
I wanted to choose a platform where I felt changes would be simple and quick. With my past experience, I was prepared to change my entire setup if necessary. At the same time I felt our tuning has gotten to a point where it’s pretty refined. I chose the Usukani PDS Mix for my starting platform. The main reason was I have been using this chassis as my personal driver and I really like the steering system and the ease of setup. I knew I could make quick changes which is essential to deciding which setting is better. I have it outfitted with Tamiya TRF dampers and N.E.R.D. Adjustable Piston/Shafts to further speed up my tuning. In addition, I choose the Acuvance Xarvis XX ESC and Fledge 10.5T Motor since I wanted the smoothest setup I could get. Finally, I chose the Futaba CT700 Servo to use with my Futaba 7PXR Transmitter so I could adjust all my electronics on the fly. My hope was my setup would be really close to what I need to start laying down some serious laps right out of the gate. WRONG!!!

The Format
Since my schedule is pretty stacked throughout the day, and our track is open just about every day now, trying to get any R&D time for something as unstable as this, is really tough. Trying to get on the track and figure this out would be highly disruptive to our customers and was not an option. So if I were to do this, the only way it was going to work was to show up an hour earlier in the morning and get my Non-Assist Drift session on. This worked out well. It allowed me to document my time into this, which would be a good indicator for others as to the difficulty level associated with making the switch. As much as I would have liked to put more time into it, it was limited. I believe the switch would have been much quicker as far as days are concerned, if I could have had solid 2-3 hour sessions, rather than the 1 hour sessions. Although I made a daily log of the journey, I will spare you the wrong paths I had gone down. (There are many) A few have made me want to quit, but as any tuner knows, you have those days where you make break throughs and others where you try to make one more step forward and you end up taking 10 steps back. You can’t enjoy the sweet without the bitter so they say.

Starting Out
Since my chassis was set up pretty well and I could kill it on our track, I removed my gyro, plugged directly in to my receiver, and I was good to go. At least that’s what I thought. Right away, it was comedy hour. Spinning, crashing, just overall struggling was going on. I realized my suspension was setup extremely light. I had a lot of snap-oversteer going on, and not much damping at all. I started to think about the progression we have made over the years, and looking back on when we started, we were all running stiff suspension and pretty heavy damping. There was a lot not making sense to me. I needed to really take a step back and figure out what was going on here. All I was certain about at this point was nothing made any sense.

The Colin Chambers Approach
A few years back my good friend Colin (who was active in R/C Drift and helped write the Super Drift Challenge Rules) used to come in after his 1:1 drift events with video of what he was doing out there. He was just starting out and he was always excited to show us his progress. Was it spectacular? Was it crazy? No, not at all. In fact, it was the opposite, but it always showed progress and how much fun he was having NOT being a pro driver. One day he came in and was excited about being able to finally tandem with is friend. It wasn’t like Formula D, but it was my friend having a blast. That’s what it’s all about, right? Having fun? Colin showed me you don’t need to be a superstar to have fun, and everyone needs to start somewhere. There’s no shame in that, and everyone needs to go through these stages before they get to the top. So why was I out here trying to pull Pro Driver Justin Pawlak type of laps, when I’m not even close to that level. I mean, I can’t even go down the straight cleanly. I should be taking it slowly and working my way up. Non-Assisted Drifting is something totally new it seems. It was time for the Colin Chambers Approach.

A New Perspective
Since I was now in the mindset of starting over and figuring this out from the ground up, I reflected on something my friend Randy had mentioned to me years back. I don’t even think he knew it even made an impression on me, but it did. He basically said, if you are having a hard time with a track, drive it slowly at first. Keep speeding up, and eventually you will be drifting it. This is exactly what I set out to do.

A Revelation
So I started out again fresh without any type of preconceived path. I started out slow with the goal of driving around the track slowly. I found I needed to go EXTREMELY slow. Slower than I would have thought. This again didn’t sit right with me. How slow do I actually need to go to make it around the track? Maybe a scale 5-10 mph. You mean to tell me I need a Gyro to drive at a moderate speed just to make it down the straight? It really felt as if I was driving on ice. WAIT!!! ::LIGHTBULB::

Do 1:1 drifters drive on ice? Of course I can’t drive around the track! I can drive any other R/C Car with no assist around the track with no problem, but I can’t drive my Drift Chassis around the track without a Gyro? With little to no traction it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible. Has the Gyro made the impossible possible? Yes, it definitely has. The modern day gyro is so good, it has made it possible for us to basically drift controllably on ice. Without a gyro I can’t make it down the straight, but with it I can go as fast as is physically possible with no issues. Still feel it’s not like auto-pilot? The gyro is driving the car down the straight, allowing an extremely hard flick into the corner, and keeping it in control the entire time. For me that would equate to auto-pilot. Something that is out of my control. Not just simply simulating some sort of auto-centering or auto-steering, but full on auto-pilot. At this point I am simply adjusting the direction and speed.

The Game Changer
After realizing we are basically trying to drift on ice, I spoke with Wee from DS Racing. I explained my findings and my theory that what has been hindering the advancement of No Assist Drifting is the tires. I felt I needed something with more traction than what we have been using, but still hard enough that we could slide them without too much effort. I gave him a few examples of what I was doing and what I felt I needed, and he said he had exactly what I was talking about. He sent 5 different compounds to try. My man! When I think of companies who support the R/C Drift scene, DS Racing is always among the top few.

Tires – The real game changer! DS Racing HF-1 and HF-2 are the magic compound for Super-G

TIRES (or more traction)
This was the missing link the entire time! The point where RWD R/C Drift started from, right after CS (Counter Steer) we were already headed in the wrong direction. Since we were dealing with AWD, the speeds were high, so we were already using slick tires to slow the cars down. Then when we went to RWD, we all threw on Gyros and slapped on slightly grippier tires, and we were on our way. That was already too slick! We already had considerably less traction than the old HPI T-Drifts. Everyone accepted the fact that RWD was going to be slower than AWD, but look at us now.

The DS Racing HF Series is the ticket!
They have a higher friction coefficient than what we have been using all along. This has made all the difference and now EVERYTHING makes sense. I don’t know of another tire that would make this possible since all the tires available are either grip or slip. DS Racing’s HF-1 and HF-2 for our surface has really opened this up. With the added traction, “Driving” the track is no problem at all now. My car feels like a normal R/C car that I can drift. With the change to the new tires, it has become obvious we have been tuning around the Gyro. The car now reacts very realistically. Remember how realistic Assisted RWD Drift was when compared to AWD? Non-Assisted vs. Assisted Drift is at least equal to that or even more. 

Chassis Setup
Now that we have a solid starting point and I can actually drive around the track like a normal car can, it’s time to start setting up to be Drift specific. The first thing I noticed is the chassis is very unstable. With the added traction it is even more apparent. Snap oversteer is huge. Soft rear springs, light damping, rearward weight bias, I can’t event come off a corner without the rear end snapping the opposite direction. Time to slow the suspension down and add more damping. In fact, things got a whole lot better as I stiffened everything up a bit. The bouncy, floating stuff just doesn’t play well without a Gyro compensating. I also went stiffer and slower on the springs and that added to the stability as well.

ESC and Motor
ESC and motor settings are also important. At least in the beginning stages, limiting the output is huge for me. I am running no boost and low turbo. I am finding I need to modulate the throttle quite a bit since I am basically steering with the throttle and making small adjustments with the steering (Like a real car), but when I want the back end to hang out, I go full throttle and have the turbo kick in and keep the wheels spinning. Too much turbo timing and it will induce a spin. Not enough and it won’t be enough to keep the back end out.

Drag Brake plays an important role as well. There is a sweet spot where it will pull the car back and save it from spinning. Too much Drag Brake and you’re spinning. Too little and you’re gripping up and going straight or fish-tailing out of control. I’m running a 13.306 FDR All this keeps the power delivery smooth and manageable. Maybe in the future I can turn things up, but for now, I need to keep it on the conservative side.


Servo
I have also played with servo speed and I have found with the Futaba CT700, a slightly slower overall speed seems to work well for me. Not a slow setting, but I definitely have taken the edge off. I found once I went too slow on the servo, it would want to spin very easily. Probably due to not being able to keep up with the angle.

Ackerman
I have played around a lot with parallel and positive ackerman and have concluded for myself that some positive ackerman works best for me. It allows me to continue to push the back end out, vs. trying to keep things balanced all the time. It’s working best for me right now, but who knows in the future. This has changed since the last time.

Weight
Weight plays a pretty big role as well. Since things are more and more like real 1:1, I am finding that I need some added weight to keep the car moving when it’s sideways. Too light and the chassis wants to stall pretty quickly. Too much weight and it wants to keep going. So there is a balance I still need to fine tune. More weight = more stability, but also more inertia. As far as weight bias, my current setup is 35/65 and it seems to work well. I briefly tried 50/50, but found it wanted to straighten out more. I did not try any tuning around this setup, so I would say closer to 50/50 weight bias has not be explored on my end yet.

Low Motor vs. High Motor
I always prefer Low, so this is what I have started out with. I recently set up a Yokomo SXIII and it seems to do well also. I will be experimenting more with that in the upcoming sessions to see where I am at with it. There are definitely some major differences and I’m not quite sure if it’s beneficial or not. 

Not there yet, but getting there.

The Video
With the limited time I have had as far as track time, I still get nervous when the camera comes out. I’m not about editing or putting together a video to show “how good I am”. If that was the case, I would keep doing takes til I put together some laps that are as smooth as if I were using a Gyro. Those times are more often than before, but not predictable enough where it wouldn’t take some serious effort to capture it. What I really want to show is how an average set of laps comes together for me at the moment. I will have days I’m smoother and days I am twitchier, but this is what I put down today. The twitchiness you see is not necessary, it’s just how I’m driving today for some reason. I am still experimenting with the setup, and I recently pulled one of those 1 step forward, 10 steps back tuning days.

Looking back, I wish I took video of my progress. It would show how much I struggled, but then overnight things just clicked. This video is with me having 17-20 hours of drive / tuning time. Right now it feels as normal as it could possibly get. This feeling came after about 7-8 hours of not touching a chassis with a Gyro. 

Comfort Zone
The reality of Assisted vs. Non-Assisted is the room for error. The use of a gyro allows you to be very free with and dare I say sloppy when compared to Non-Assisted. Any miscalculation without a gyro to make the impossible possible and you are going to crash. Coming in too short, you’re not correcting it. Committed to a shallow line, you are going shallow. Manji too hard, you’re fish-tailing out of control. Didn’t get the weight to transfer on your initiation, you’re going straight. Lift in the corner and you’re out of control. It’s really real world driving.

Conclusion
Now it’s really a matter of getting that seat time in, but that’s just not a possibility at the moment. 1 hour sessions broken up by days is a little rough. I can say with all seriousness, there has been nothing more satisfying than pulling a perfect lap without a gyro. Knowing it’s all me has me driven to be able to do that every lap. That challenge is addicting for sure. At the moment we have 4 people who can drive decently with no gyro. I actually believe this has real potential to become the next step. It just depends how many are up to the challenge.

Super Drift Championship 2021 SoCal Regional Champion!!!

September 11, 2021

Presenting The SoCal Super Drift Championship 2021 Regional Champion and Drift King
Alfredo Chan III
Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift

Your Champion for SoCal Super Drift Championship 2021 – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift)

If you have been a part of R/C Drift in the United States, you no doubt have heard of Alfredo Chan III and his team, Tech 1 Drift. He has been a part of the scene since the early days, back when Sprint 2s were all the rage. Maybe even before that when we were putting electrical tape on the tires. Since then, Alfredo has been traveling and winning comps just about everywhere he goes. The Super Drift Championship Series has been no exception. Alfredo is always up in the mix with his awesome R/C skills and ability to adapt to any situation. This season he really stepped it up and made a conscious decision to win. He obviously wasn’t joking and when he put his mind to it, he made it happen. In fact, he has been traveling between Super-G and Slidelines in Las Vegas and has been putting it down in both regions. Since SoCal was his first comp in the Super Drift Championship 2021 Series, this is where his points will stay, but it will be interesting to see if he can take double titles. This would be a first! He has already established he can take home the most Top Qualifier Titles, as well as accumulate the most points to take the title of 2021 SoCal Drift King! He has really left his mark on the scene for 2021 already! Congratulations to Alfredo on some huge accomplishments thus far!
Can he pull it off against the best the U.S. has to offer? We’ll answer this next month!!!

The Top 3 for SoCal – First Place – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift), Second Place – Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team DStyle), and Third Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba USA / Acuvance)

The Top 3 finishers for SoCal
The SoCal Regional Champion, The Drift King of SoCal – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift), 2nd Place – Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team DStyle), and 3rd Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba USA / Acuvance). All 3 of these guys have been putting on strong showings and pushing the limits of R/C Drift in SoCal. Congratulations guys on a hard fought season!

Super-G hosted the SoCal Regionals
The SoCal Regionals did not disappoint this year. Even with a rocky start with COVID and all, the turnouts were great! We watched many new comers greatly improve with each round! It was a very exciting season for R/C Drift in SoCal.

The Super Drift Championship 2021 U.S.A. Finals

The time is finally here. The regionals are wrapping up and the Super Drift Championship 2021 U.S.A. Finals are upon us! Since we announced the dates back in January of this year, we have been in contact with many who plan to come to Los Angeles to throw down with the best the U.S. has to offer. It’s all coming together and it appears everything is a go. This promises to be the event of 2021 for R/C Drift! The sponsors are really taking notice of the Drift Community, so make sure you don’t miss it!

The Official Super Drift Championship 2021 U.S.A. Finals Page

Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba USA / Acuvance) (L), Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift) (R)
The Final Battle of the 2021 SoCal Season
AMAZING DRIVING ALL SEASON BY THESE TWO GUYS!

9/11/21 Super Drift Championship 2021 Round 8 Regional Finals (SoCal)

September 11, 2021

This weekend was the Super Drift Championship 2021 Round 8 for the SoCal Region. This was the finals for SoCal and also the Double Points Round.

This round started off interesting to say the least. The weekend was hot so we made sure we had everything setup before the heat set in. As we hit 5:30pm and were ready to get things underway, we were struck with some technical difficulties. Our broadcast system was over-heating and so things didn’t want to get going as normal. We started 30 minutes late and there was a lot going on at that time. Our normal person who we have come to rely on for the Driver’s Meeting was not present, and I was pulled in all directions trying to get things going. Needless to say, I was not in the correct mindset to do the meeting and I must apologize to everyone in attendance. I had a lot to say being the last round, but I was so preoccupied I really fell short and forgot a lot of what I wanted to say. Again guys, I apologize.

As we kicked off the day it was clear everyone present was ready to really throw down. Double points meant this could really make or break the season for a few people. I had decided to use the track layout I had planned for The Finals in October to really put everyone to the test. It is a good combination of high-speed, low-speed, technical, and timing critical driving. It was no surprise the drivers were more than up to the task.

Mark handing business with the Scale Reflex Claw

The Judges
The Judges for the event were no strangers to the Super-G competitions. Shaine Colins (Team D-Style), Ted Britt (Team Bubblemilk), along with myself Steve Fujita would be overseeing the competition and enforcing the rules. We owe a huge thank you to Shaine and Ted for taking on the such a intense role in the comp. It wouldn’t be possible without them.

Qualifying
The Qualifying was as serious as it gets. There was no mistake, everyone was here to show their stuff. Even though there was a lot of great qualifying runs, there was one that stood above the rest. Jason Fordyce (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance) had a mishap on his first run, tapping the wall on his entry to the first sweeper earning him a zero for that run. I think everyone expected him to go conservative on his second (last attempt), but instead, in Jason style, he sent it! His confidence paid off and netted him Top Qualifier position, and the winner of the Hoonigan TQ of the day award! Jason has earned the reputation of one of the most dynamic drivers in the scene, and he did not disappoint! Congratulations to Jason for a job well done!

Hoonigan Top Qualifier for Round 8 – Jason Fordyce (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance

Tsuiso (Battles)
EXPERT

Next up was the what we had been waiting for all season! Next to the U.S.A. Finals, the SoCal Regional Finals is the biggest event for SoCal. It all came down to Kris Steel (Team Outbreak) vs. Jason Fordyce (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance) for 3rd and 4th, and Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift) vs. Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance) for 1st and 2nd. It was no surprise to see these guys all up in the mix for Top 4.

First up, Kris vs. Jason for 3rd and 4th. Both of these guys have been in it for a minute and have battled many times in the past. Everyone knew it was anyone’s to win. First out of the gate was Jason in the Lead and Kris on the Chase. Both these guys were on fire today and Jason put down an awesome lead run! Kris answered back was a really great chase! There was really nothing to knock about either of these runs. Then the switched and Kris was on the Lead and Jason on the Chase! Kris put down a great lead as well and Jason answered right back with a great chase! Overall, Jason was able to put together a better lead and chase and landed himself in the 3rd Place Podium spot! Kris locked down a very respectable 4th place!

The Top Guns – Aydin Angulo (L) vs. Alfredo Chan III (R)

Then it was the battle of battles, Alfredo vs. Aydin for 1st and 2nd! Both of these guys have been on the podium all season and everyone expected both of these guys to throw down. First up was Alfredo on the Lead and Aydin on the Chase! This run was NUTS! Both these guys have a ton of speed AND a ton of angle! Alfredo put down a blistering lead run with Aydin hot on his door! It was obvious this battle is what the entire season had been all boiling down to! Both of these drivers were right at home on the podium and both have had their share of TQ titles! Next was Aydin’s lead and Alfredo’s chase! They started by wishing each other good luck with a fist bump, knowing very well they were both very capable of taking home the win. The run was incredible to say the least! Aydin put down an equally impressive lead, and Alfredo was able to maintain even better proximity and positioning the entire run! HOWEVER, Alfredo had contacted the wall at the entry to Zone 1, and this landed Aydin on the Top Podium Position of 1st Place, and giving Alfredo a very hard fought 2nd!

First Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance), Second Place – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift), Third Place – Jason Fordyce (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance)

To say these runs were an amazing way to end the SoCal Regionals would be an understatement! The podium was no surprise to anybody and all who were present were witness to some of the finest driving we have seen so far!

Congratulations to First Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance), Second Place – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift), and Third Place – Jason Fordyce (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance) 

Super Drift Championship 2021 Round 8 Brackets (EXPERT)
Super Drift Championship Round 8 Results (EXPERT)

Sportsman
This round we had quite a few first time competitors which is always awesome! There’s only one way to get going in the comps, and that’s to just jump in and do the do. For Sportsman, we had Rykin Settle vs. Phil Sandoval for 3rd and 4th spot, and Cody Johnson vs. Michael Mendoza for 1st and 2nd. After some good runs, Michael grabbed 1st, Cody 2nd, and Rykin took home 3rd! Great job guys! Looking forward to seeing more of you in the future!

Congratulations to Sportsman First Place – Michael Mendoza , Second Place – Cody Johnson, and Third Place – Rykin Settle
Sportsman Brackets
Sportsman Results
First Place – Aydin Angulo, Second Place – Alfredo Chan III, and Third Place – Jason Fordyce

What an awesome way to wrap up the SoCal Regionals! The level of driving and camaraderie amongst everyone in the community was something to witness all season!

Congratulations to Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance), Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift) and Jason Fordyce (Team Super-G / Futaba U.S.A. / Acuvance) for taking the podium in the Super Drift Championship 2021 Regional Finals (SoCal)!!!

Futaba Hauler – The New Style!

August 26, 2021

The New Futaba Hauler!

I’m going to start by saying, I always struggle when it’s time to hit the other tracks, or go to events. I always like to travel with minimal bulk and the standard haulers are bit too heavy-duty for me. With all the wheels, extending handles, etc. the entire package gets to be pretty hefty. I always feel the hauler itself is adding most of the weight.

Boxes can be carried in the standard orientation, OR flipped on their sides to keep the chassis flat

Well it looks like Futaba was listening when they made their R/C Car Hauler. With 2 large main compartments to hold chassis, bodies, etc. and 1 smaller side compartment for a remote and smaller items, it seems to be just right. Right away I noticed the weight savings, and a quick check on the scale showed the Futaba Hauler to be a tick over 3 pounds lighter than my current hauler that has become the standard.

Small side compartment – Perfect for transmitters and other small items

I was pleased to find out I could easily carry everything I would need when visiting different tracks. 1 or 2 chassis, Transmitter, Tool Box, Charger, Batteries, and of course merch for giveaways. Saving 3 pounds overall will make a huge difference. I also has hoops on either side for a shoulder strap (Not Included) which will make it even nicer.

Fits standard drift bodies with no problem. A nice amount of extra space, but not excessive

As many have found, generic R/C haulers sometimes won’t fit our R/C Drift bodies. If they don’t, then what’s he point? The Futaba Hauler fits perfectly with just enough extra space to fit the longer bodies, as well as some extra cargo such as batteries, tires, tools, etc.

Nice padded and reinforced side compartment with plenty of space

The side compartment fits my Futaba 7PXR with the drop-down adapter and Scale Reflex Steering Wheel Grip. There is also enough space where I can carry my tool box, charger, batteries, and whatever else I want to throw in there. With the reinforced sides and bottom, I feel confident it will all be safe.

The New Futaba Hauler

In closing, I must admit I’m a fan. This is a product I have been hoping for. Light-weight, well thought out, and one of the biggest selling points for me, not branded with a chassis brand. I don’t change my brand of radio gear. I have been a loyal Futaba user from the age of 13-14. I have experimented with other brands, but I ALWAYS come back to Futaba. Now I can change chassis brands and not feel like my new chassis doesn’t belong in my old hauler. Another point I should point out is there is no nonsense going on. I never cared for a dedicated compartments to store tools in a strange configuration that I will never use. I always prefer to have my tools in a small box so I’m not continually going back into my hauler to get various tools. Get me and my gear to the track, and I’ll organize myself. I feel Futaba hit this one right. No nonsense, simple design, and at an affordable price. $119 MSRP is a smokin deal in my opinion.

Super-G will be getting their shipment in shortly. Don’t miss out!!!

Super Drift Championship 2021 Round 7

August 14, 2021

This past Saturday was the Super Drift Championship 2021 Round 7 for the SoCal Region. It sure seems like everyone is gearing up for the upcoming Regional Finals and the Super Drift Championship 2021 U.S.A. Finals in October! When I say the driving gets better every round, it really does. The skill level at the moment has surpassed any type of expectation I had at the onset of this season.

The Judges

Round 7 was the first comp in over 3 years here at Super-G where I was not a sitting judge. It was strange to say the least, but it allowed me to move about during the competition and see what else goes on. It was definitely needed and we have some plans to make it more pleasant in the upcoming rounds.

The Judges for Round 7 were Manny Campalans, Shaine Collins, and Ted Britt. If I could choose 3 people to judge, this would be it! Not only do they each have a deep understanding of the rules, but also why they have evolved into what they are today. All 3 also share the vision of serving the community and pushing the scene forward, so I could not think of a finer group to judge.

The Hoonigan TQ of the event – Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift)

Qualifying

This Round appeared to the the same layout as the previous round, but everyone quickly realized it was anything but. There were a few tweaks to the layout that visually have the same appearance, but completely changed the line and flow. The usual suspects were laying down some serious qualifying runs, but there was one who really put the smack down and landed himself the Hoonigan TQ of the event, Alfredo Chan III of Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift! If there is one thing Alfredo has shown everyone month after month is he can definitely throw down. With the next closest competitor 10 points behind, Alfredo had really established he was here and he meant business. Congratulations Alfredo for grabbing the TQ Title!!!

Tsuiso (Battles)

Congratulations to the winners of Round 7 – First – Alfredo Chan III, Second – Mikko Yang, and Third – Aydin Angelo

Round 7 was simply just an amazing display of R/C Drift Skills and drivers with nerves of steel. The battles were exciting as always and the skill was next level. By the end of the battles, it had come down to to Alfredo Chan III (Team RAZR / Tech 1 Drift) vs. Mikko Yang (Team ReveD / Team DStyle) for 1st and 2nd, and Austin Gregorio (Team Zenshin) vs. Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G / Futaba USA / Acuvance). First up was Austin vs. Aydin. Austin had been putting it down all night and appeared to really find his comfort zone. Going up against Aydin makes the best drivers nervous. Things were going great for Austin, but then it happened just as he was going to put the power down out of Zone 1, Austin had an unfortunate spin, handing over the win and a solid 3rd spot on the podium to Aydin!

Then it was time for the battle for 1st and 2nd with Alfredo vs. Mikko. Both of these guys are no strangers to the final battle. Mikko knew he had his work cut out for him as he was up against the TQ of the day, Alfredo! Out of the gate Alfredo was on the offensive with a extremely good lead run. Mikko had a decent stutter out of the gate and it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the run. With the title of TQ under his belt already, Alfredo was able to put together some great runs and lock down the win and First Place!!! Mikko took home a hard fought Second Place.

Congratulations to the Winners, First Place – Alfredo Chan III, Second Place – Mikko Yang, and Third Place – Aydin Angulo! Some amazing driving by all three!

Sportsman Class
The Sportsman Class was a little smaller this round, but that didn’t make it any less exciting. First up was Zach Watson vs. Alfredo Herrera. Alfredo was able to pull off the win, landing Zach in Third. Alfredo went up against Don Chang for the Finals. Don was able to land himself the win and First Place! Alfredo took home a respectable Second Place!

Congratulations to the Sportsman winners – First Place – Don Chang, Second Place – Alfredo Herrera, and Third Place – Zach Watson!!!

Congratulations to our Sportsman Class Winners – First – Don Chang, Second – Alfredo Herrera, and Third – Zach Watson

Next Round is the Regional Finals for SoCal! It is also the Double Points Round!
Talk about exciting. REMEMBER, there is still a chance to qualify for the Super Drift Championship 2021 U.S.A. Finals in October. Just come out to Round 8 and land a podium spot, or participate in 4 or more Regionals.

See you at Round 8!

SUPER DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 U.S.A FINALS

The Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals is quickly approaching
We know people are making plans to attend, so we wanted to provide a rough schedule for the week. Some of the details of the event may change, but what is happening on the dates has been set. There will be periodic updates here as we get closer to the event.

Update October 19, 2021:

Here we are, the week of the Super Drift Championship 2021 U.S.A. Finals / Championship! Super-G will be open special hours to allow testing and tuning for the upcoming competition this weekend. Keep in mind, Super-G’s surface is polished concrete and is one of the more slick surfaces around. Please allow time to tune for this.

COVID-19 – Los Angeles County requires us to enforce a MANDATORY Mask Policy. Masks will be required to be warn at all times while inside the venue. Keep in mind, we don’t like it any more than you do. SO PLEASE, do your part to make this easy for all of us. Let’s be grateful we are able to come together and share this great hobby we are all a part of.

Spec Tire – Since DS Racing had announced the discontinuation of the Super-G Spec Tire, DS Racing Comp III LF-5, we have been working with DS Racing to come up with a solution since the LF-5 was the best tire we had used to date. Being unsure of shipping these days, we couldn’t be certain the new Super-G Spec Tire – The TSG-007 would be in our possession in time for the finals. Fortunately, our shipment has landed and the new TSG-007 tire has met all of our expectations. To level the playing field, and further remove any home court advantage, we will be using the the new TSG-007 Tire for the SDC2021 USA Finals. They will be available starting today, Tuesday, October 19th.

New Track Layout. The layout for the SDC2021 USA Championship is now live. The qualifying line will be disclosed on Friday, October 22nd. Nobody other than myself is aware of the line that will be used for the Finals. Please don’t ask, cause I like being the only one who knows.


Remember, it’s all about having fun! Can’t wait to see all of you this weekend!!!

Update August 27, 2021:

  • Driver’s Meeting (In Depth) has been moved to Friday at 3:00pm
  • Start time of the qualifying rounds on Friday, and Saturday to 5:00pm
  • Open Session (Everyone) has been moved to 6:30pm – 12:00am Friday and Saturday
  • Competition Start Time changed to Sunday 2:00pm
  • Open Session (Sunday) changed to 5:00pm to 12:00am
  • Cost for the event added
  • Link for Official Rules for Super Drift Championship 2021 U.S.A. Finals added

We have made provisions for everybody to be able to session together, Competitors and Non-Competitors, on every day of Finals Week. So if you are considering coming out, but were not sure if you would be able to drive, rest assured there will be time. 

We have worked out special pricing at the Baldwin Park Courtyard Marriott for any of our out of town guests. Just follow the link to access this:
Courtyard Marriott – Project-G Corp. Special Pricing

WHO CAN COMPETE IN THE FINALS: 
There are 4 ways to qualify to compete in the Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals:
1 – Champion of your designated region (Super-G will provide your lodging)
2 – Any podium finish in your designated region
3 – Have participated in a minimum of 50% of your designated regionals (*revised as of 10/1/21)
4 – If you do not have a Super Drift Championship Regional with 200 miles of where you reside (Email Steve.superg@gmail.com to confirm)

Entry Fee:
$65.00 (Pre-registration also includes Dinner and Track Fee for Thursday, October 21)
Includes:

Track fee for Oct. 22, 23, 24. (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Spec. Tires (Set of 4)

FORMAT: (Depending on the number of competitors)
Qualifying
Round 1 (Friday) 
Every competitor will be given 2 qualifying runs
The Top 16 qualifiers of Round 1 will be seeded in the TOP 32 

Qualifying
Round 2 (Saturday) 
The remaining competitors (Not In Top 16) will be given 2 qualifying runs
The Top 15 qualifiers of Round 2 will be seeded in the bottom half of the Top 32
The next 31 highest qualifiers will be seeded in the Bottom 32
The remainder will be seeded in the Lower Brackets (If enough competitors permit)

Tsuiso (Battles)
Sunday
The Winner of the Lower Brackets will take the 32nd spot in the Bottom 32
The Winner of the Bottom 32 will take the 32nd spot in the Top 32 

The Winner of the Top 32 will be Crowned The Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Drift King!

OFFICIAL RULES HERE:

Schedule for the week of Finals:

Tuesday Oct. 19th
Practice Day 
(Standard Track Fee Applies)
3:00pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
11:00pm – Venue Close

Wednesday Oct. 20th
Practice Day
(Standard Track Fee Applies)
3:00pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
11:00pm – Venue Close

Thursday Oct. 21st
Opening Day / Meet and Greet 
12:00pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
7:00pm – Dinner provided by Super-G (Pre-Registered Competitors)
12:00am – Venue Close

Friday Oct. 22nd
Qualifying / Practice / Open Session 
12:00pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
1:00pm – Test/Tune/Practice (Competitors Only)
3:00pm – Drivers Meeting. In-Depth Coverage of Rules (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone competing in the Super Drift Championship Finals.
5:00pm – Qualifying Round 1

6:30pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
12:00am – Venue Close

Saturday Oct. 23rd
Qualifying / Practice / Open Session 
12:00pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
1:00pm – Test / Tune / Practice (Competitors Only)
5:00pm – Qualifying Round 2
6:30pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
12:00am – Venue Close

Sunday, Oct. 24th
Super Drift Championship 2021 USA Finals 
12:00pm – Practice (Competitors Only)
2:00pm – Drivers Meeting / Competition
Award Ceremony to Immediately Follow

5:00pm – Open Session (Everybody Welcome)
12:00am – Venue Closed

Information subject to change without warning. Super-G will not be held responsible for any expenses, damages, etc. incurred.