Eighteen drone racers from 14 nations worldwide will compete from September 29-30 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria for the 2017 Red Bull DR.ONE title.
After Thursday training, all 18 drone racing pilots have to qualify for the heats on Friday with their fastest lap on the track. Places 1, 2 and 3 as well as 4, 5 and 6 and so on will be separated into three different groups.
“The seeding mode helps to create equally balanced groups, so every pilot has the chance to collect points on a similar competition level”, revealed Jörg Bumba – Race Director of Red Bull DR.ONE.
On the first Friday race day every group will race four heats with multiple laps overall – the first place of each heat earning ten points and the last place just one.
Another seeding round follows on Saturday based on the point ranking together with the final three heats.
Bumba added, “Because of this mode DR.ONE has a very strategic approach for the pilots. Even after a total loss for example because of a crash or a technical failure on Day 1 you can catch up and still take the win – a good strategy and cool mind provided.”
When the last three heats on Saturday have been completed, the six best pilots with the most points will start with a clear point account and race against each other in what are sure to be thrilling finals.
These two heats determine the overall winner of the race, who will be announced right after the end in a presentation ceremony.
About Red Bull. DR.ONE
A specially built outdoor obstacle course will challenge drone pilots to put their precision and dexterity to the test, all whilst racing over the heads of excited spectators. Racing against the clock, the teams need to use precision and strategy to manoeuvre around obstacles – inspired by earth, wind, water and fire – along the track to take the win.