During the weekend of July 27-28, Nor-Cal Hobbies hosted their fifth annual Northern California Off-road Championship in Union City, California. Nor-Cal’s best drivers battled for the chance to win the belt. The track was designed and built by Nor-Cal’s own Kevin Jelich, who provided a fast and technical, sugared-prepped track. The race consisted of three rounds of qualifying on Saturday, with a fourth round and triple A Mains on Sunday.
Albano TQ’d overall in the 2WD Modified class with his JConcepts equipped Reedy/ProTek-powered, Centro-converted B4.2 by less than a second over A Main Hobbies’ driver Tyler Vik. A1 went to Vik because of a bobble out of Albano early in the race. In A2, they battled again for most of the race until a small gap was made towards the end that allowed Albano to take the win. With the overall win going to A3, the pressure was on. The two again battled for the one spot until Albano got a good lead over the rest of the field and took the overall. With a solid performance, Aaron Biner took the 3rd overall spot on the podium with his Kyosho outfitted with the JConcepts package.
Nor-Cal Hobbies pulled off another great event with 16 heats of close racing in all classes. The track proved to be one of their best, creating the grounds for some very close racing.