Switzerland’s Timothy Trowbridge is the holder of the new FAI world record for speed over 100m with a racing drone. The drone racing pilot hit an average speed of 114.2382 km/h across two separate runs of the 100m track, which was specially constructed for the FAI World Drone Racing Championships here at the Shenzhen Universiade Center-Stadium.

It feels brilliant,” he said. “The race was a lot of fun. When you get a good start you can just go full throttle all the way to the end.”

A total of 62 pilots signed up to get the chance to become a world record holder and claim a $3,000 cash prize.

The top four then took part in a final in which they raced in one direction before stopping, resetting and then racing back in the other direction, allowing judges to calculate their average time over two runs.

FAI Aeromodelling Commission President Antonis Papadopoulos said: “We ran the final in this way because FAI rules state that pilots must fly in both directions when they are participating in a world record attempt.”

Competitors agreed that mastering the start was the key to getting a fast time.

Finalist Michael Isler of Switzerland said: “It’s a completely different form of drone racing that is really all about the start.”

“Getting the start right is definitely the hardest thing,” added Korean pilot YoungRok Son, also in the final. “I like this format and would love to try it on a longer track of say 200m or 300m in the future.”

Source: Press Release

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