Lately (this season) I feel like every time I talk to a team/driver/friend/fan they are talking about judging. Anyone who gets a close call just calls “foul” or fans get angry and “boo” and cook up conspiracies over some cheep beer. During Road Atlanta I logged every judging call Tony Angelo made and analyzed it. I figured this was more work than any conspiracy theorist had done about this “outrage.”
The funny story about reviewing Tony Angelo’s judging calls is that he never found favor with the Drift Alliance members that he is always accused of boosting/helping by others. The Top 32 battle against Odi and Vaughn is the closest thing you could even find from the whole day. Andy Yen and Tony Angelo called for Vaughn Gittin Jr. to take the win while the new judge Ryan went OMT. Even if Tony made a different call and went Odi/OMT he would not of been able to advance Vaughn Gittin Jr. but force a OMT between the two drivers. His call was also backed by the most veteran judge of the three guys on the stand.
One run to take note from was the Dennis Mertzanis Vs. Justin Pawlak battle that took place early in the main event. I felt like Dennis drove his way to a OMT and the crowd sure did as well. Once the official call came out that Justin Pawlak was moving on… the crowd roared into a frenzy of booing. Tony Angelo went against Justin Pawlak and flat out picked Dennis Mertzanis to move on. He didn’t soft up his call with a OMT but flat out went against Justin Pawlak. The other two drivers advanced Justin into the next round of the event. If any of them went OMT or picked Dennis the whole story would be a different one.
The same case happened later with Chris Fosrberg taking on Eric O’Sullivan in the Top 16. Tony Angelo picked Eric O’Sullivan flat out while Andy Yen went with Chris Forsberg and Ryan took the middle ground with a OMT. This ruling resulted in a One More Time call and a second run with this tandem pair. On the OMT all the judges voted for Chris Forsberg.
The only other call that wasn’t 100% unanimous from all judges was the Tyler McQuarrie Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. tandem run where Tony Angelo made a call for Tyler McQuarrie to advance into the Top 8. Instead, the other two judges favored Vaughn Gittin Jr. and let him advance on.
Here is all of the Drift Alliance related judging calls Tony Angelo Made Against Other Judges:
Cryus Martinez Vs. Chris Forsberg (Tony – Forsberg Andy- Forsberg Ryan- Forsberg)
Odi Bachkis Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Tony- Vaughn Andy – Vaughn Ryan- OMT)
Dennis Mertzanis Vs. Justin Pawlak (Tony- Dennis Andy – JTP Ryan- JTP)
Eric O’Sullivan Vs. Chris Forsberg (Tony- EOS Andy – Forsberg Ryan- OMT)
Eric O’Sullivan Vs. Chris Forsberg – The OMT (Tony- Forsberg Andy – Forsberg Ryan- Forsberg)
Tyler McQuarrie Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Tony- OMT Andy – Vaughn Ryan- Vaughn)
Justin Pawlak Vs. Ryan Tuerck (Tony- JTP Andy – JTP Ryan- JTP)
Chris Forsberg Vs. John Russakoff (Tony- JR Andy – JR Ryan- JR)
Daijiro Yoshihara Vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Tony- Dai Andy – Dai Ryan- Dai)
Darren McNamara Vs. Justin Pawlak (Tony- DMac Andy – DMac Ryan- DMac)