Australian pilot wins World Drone racing champion

SHENZHEN, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — Rudi Browning from Australia beat 127 other racers in four days competition to win the first FAI World Drone Racing championships title here on Sunday.

The 15-year-old pilot stunned three other drone pilots in a fast-paced final. Bastian Hackl from Austria won the silver medal and Karlie Gross from Latvia won bronze.

“I dreamed of this, and it is incredible that it has come true. I couldn’t be happier.” Browning said.

Wanraya Wannapong, an 11-year old girl from Thailand won the Women’s FAI World Drone Racing Championship.

“I loved this track a lot. I liked flying it at night, it was a lot of fun.” she said.

“I fly every day, and all day when I am not at school,” she added.

Oscar Nilsson from Sweden won the Juniors title. In teams competition, Australia won the gold medal, with Sweden taing silver and South Korea settling for bronze.

Switzerland’s Timothy Trowbridge hit an average speed of 114.2382 kilometers per hour across two separate runs of the 100m track, setting the new FAI world record.

As the inaugural edition of FAI World Drone Racing Championships, the event held in China’s tech-hub and “Capital of drones” Shenzhen attracted more than 10,000 spectators.

The race track, built in the shape of a “Chinese knot”, was 650 meters long and featured three levels. The track was decorated with 7,000 meters of LED lights, creating unique visual experience for both pilots and audience.

“We have enjoyed great hospitality from Shenzhen Municipality and Kaiser Group, and ASFC, it was a perfect cooperation. It is the best drone racing competition I have ever seen,” Susanne Schodel, Secretary General of the FAI said.

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