Flyduino KISS Racing victory in Paris
On June 4th, traffic stopped along the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Not cars, but the racing drones of the 36 best FPV pilots in the world ensured a spectacular opening for the Drone Champions League 2017. Suspense and thrills weren’t the only offering to the 150,000 spectators, but a livestream ensured that the event and images could also be experienced around the world. The unique racing event was also broadcasted by TV channels in over 100 countries.
PARIS DRONE FESTIVAL: Not cars, but drones along the Champs-Élysées was the motto on Whitsunday: Paris gave the small aircraft their own festival for the first-time last year, and its great success rightfully called for a revival.
The integration of the Drone Champions League into the "Paris Drone Festival" brought perfect conditions for the organisers.
NEW RACE FORMAT: In the new race format, DCL focuses on the performance of the whole team. In contrast to the current race format, the so-called heats are easier to follow with only two team colours represented on the racetrack. Strategy and tactics are now among the new challenges of the teams, creating more tension and building rivalries. The new concept has proven itself as spectators experienced excitement and emotion at the opening event in Paris. For this race exclusively, the format was adapted as we had to give the Champs-Élysées back to Paris.
UNIQUE, SUSPENFUL AND SPECTACULAR: A unique track with different "obstacles" challenged the pilots to do everything they could. The race track was not only unique, but also very exclusive and extraordinary, with the drones passing through a 600-metre-long underground tunnel underneath the Arc de Triomphe. The favourites had to compete in "qualifiers", the team Flyduino Kiss Racing made the best time in the pre-race rounds.
GRIPPING FINALE: Tension developed during the earlier rounds, in which the race director had to prove his own exceptional nerves and stability. In the semi-final, teams NexxBR Freeflow and Rotorama fell to the finalists and the final came down to teams Flyduino KISS Racing and FPVracing.ch. In an exciting team battle, eight drones flew in a frenzy with the German’s outlasting their Swiss rivals.
FLYDUINO KISS RACING VICTORIOUS AT THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE: At last, team Flyduino KISS Racing was victorious against their tough competition in the final; their joy was immense. Lucas Wahl “Z” was the favourite of the team going into the final, but it was his teammate Niklas Solle "Upsidedown FPV" hit the crash gate first!
PILOTS SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER: The world's best pilots were mixed amongst the starter field of eight teams. Pilots engaged willingly with both fan and future fans of drone racing. They shared their enthusiasm for the growing sport of drone racing as they took pictures with and greeted the Parisians.