One of the world’s largest drone-racing leagues is hovering into a brand new season with some high-flying improvements.
The Drone Champions League as we speak introduced the launch of its 2021 season with a hybrid of digital and in-person drone racing.
Offering break-neck speeds of as much as 99 mph, the races will span seven venues around the globe and kickstart the DCL’s Women’s Cup.
The World Championship is off and operating (effectively, flying) on June 20 with a match set within the digital venue of “Proptown, USA.” In July, racers will zoom by way of digital fortress landscapes depicting Reutte, Austria adopted by a web-based race on the Great (Virtual) Wall of China. In September, the digital flying continues in “Olibando, USA” adopted by races in Laax, Switzerland and China (TBA).
Racing groups will lastly meet in Mexico City in November to duel for the championship crown. All races will likely be streamed dwell on Twitch and IQIYI.
This 12 months’s schedule will see a change in format as every Drone Grand Prix will start with spherical robin competitors, fairly than seeded brackets.
A DCL spokesperson notes:
“Across a number of tracks in all, pilots from seven opposing groups will conflict, two by two, in small heats. The two groups with the best scores will face the final word showdown within the Grand Final, whereas these with the third- and fourth-best outcomes will race for the final podium spot in their very own closing. Both podium finals will embrace a climactic massive warmth, with all pilots flying on the identical time.”
New crew, new pilots
Joining the DCL lineup in 2021 is Spain’s SDT EUROFLYTEC crew coming off an unbelievable season, touchdown the Spanish nationwide title obtainable.
“While followers can stay up for seeing DCL favorites like MinChan Kim, Luke Bannister and MinJae Kim again in motion, the groups have additionally recruited new faces. The DCL Draft provides everybody the prospect to grow to be an expert drone racing pilot by displaying their abilities in DCL – The Game, and after weeks of in-game grinding, 100 candidates superior to the crew choice section. The drafted pilots are already at work with their new groups.”
“We are thrilled to start out DCL’s 2021 marketing campaign, which would be the first-ever hybrid season in drone racing. With each digital and real-life races on the calendar, we’re so completely happy to deliver the game of drone racing to our followers throughout the globe once more in these difficult occasions,” Benedikt Brandmeier, DCL Head of Sales and Business Development, stated.
“The development in viewers and engagement all through our digital season final 12 months confirmed us that combining each worlds would fascinate not solely our groups and ourselves, however in the end our group. Taking this to a different stage is our purpose for this season, and we are able to’t wait to kick it off.”
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