Results Of The First Round Of World Drone Prix 2016
” The multi-million-dollar World Drone Prix stumbled today in it’s much-hyped but hastily organized Dubai premier event , as technical problems delayed races and left livestream viewers struggling to follow the competition. “
” But there is still another day of races before top finishers collect on a $1 million prize pool – and still time for the World Drone Prix to boost professional drone racing to new heights.
14 teams advanced to tomorrow’s finals by placing in the top two in four-team races: KT D Rush Team, Dubai Dronetek, Tornado X-Blades Kent, VS Meschcheriakov, Team Awkbots, Freybott, No Longer Noob, Vincbee Team, Tornado X-Blades Dronsky, TBS United Kingdom, Dutch Drone Race Team SQG, Rotor Riot Nowak and Tornado X-Blades Metal Danny.
Organizers will redo Race 2, where Autek Racing and D1 came in on top today, to round out the final 16 teams.
The first of eight races today began over two hours behind schedule and with spotty livestream audio. On-board HD broadcast cameras initially tilted up so that those trying to watch the livestreamed FPV feeds saw only sky and the occasional flash of LED-illuminated gates. Organizers scrambled for fixes as afternoon dimmed into night, angling the quads’ broadcast cameras back down, restarting Race 3 after resolving telemetry issues, and presumably briefing the hapless English-language commentator – who saw his first drone race today and apologized to viewers for the audio problems.
The last race of the day began past 1 AM Dubai time, and the sole remaining live feed cut off just as they were announcing the race’s runner-up.
“ In my humble opinion, from a streaming point of view, this is a disaster,” wrote Reddit user cww256 on the r/Multicopter subreddit. “I watched through to the race that had the Rotor Riot team with Steele on it. There was no commentary, no FPV footage, no identification of which quads were on what team. There were four unique colors but no way to know which pilot was piloting which color.”
The crowded bleachers thinned as some spectators, who paid the equivalent of up to USD 400 to attend the event, gave up in the face of the delays.
But those patient fans who stayed enjoyed the world-class drone racing we have been anticipating, as assembled teams cheered on others’ fine flying in an atmosphere of bonhomie. The Dubai event, the first in the new World Drone Prix competition, has become as much about bringing together a far-flung community of drone racing talents as the competition itself. Friendly competitors – who have been trading online gripes and rumors with each other in the lead-up to the event – mugged it up for the cameras and updated fans on their journey through social media.”