In Dubai over the weekend, Luke Bannister (UK) beat 150 other competitors from around the world to lead his team to victory at the first World Drone Prix, returning home with a cool US$250,000 in tow.
The inaugural World Drone Prix took place March 11/12th at Skydive Dubai on the world’s first racetrack built specifically for drones. In this drone racing competition, pilots wear virtual reality headsets and steer their vehicles around the race track in first person view.
Although a number of drone racing contests have popped up in the last 12 months, none quite match the generous purse of the World Drone Prix. A total of $1 million was on offer, spread out across freestyle and racing categories, with other prizes awarded for a crowd favorite, fastest lap and fastest local team from the United Arab Emirates.
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