24 Oct 2018

France's Killian Rousseau, 14, wins the 2018 FAI Drone Racing World Cup

Congratulations to French drone ace Killian Rousseau, 14, on winning the 2018 edition of the FAI Drone Racing World Cup!

The teenage drone pilot claimed the top spot in this year’s competition after seeing off no fewer than 668 other competitors hailing from 41 different countries.

Joining him on the podium are Poland’s Jan Wielgosz, also a Junior competitor, in second place, and David Spacek of Czech Republic in third. Of the first eight pilots, six are Juniors.

Drone racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and this latest edition of the FAI Drone Racing World Cup was the biggest yet.

Played out over 22 events in 17 different countries around the world, it kicked off in Bali, Indonesia in April and closed with the Phoenix World Cup event in Prilep, Macedonia earlier this month.

This year’s competition involved a total of 669 pilots from 41 countries, up from 435 pilots from 37 countries last year.

Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to the local organisers for making this an incredible FAI Drone Racing World Cup!

The top 10

Rank Competitor Country Score
1 ROUSSEAU Killian (Junior) FRA 161 points
2 WIELGOSZ Jan (Junior) POL 144 points
3 SPACEK David FAI (CZE) 144 points
4 CHOI JoonWeon (Junior) KOR 140 points
5 PETERSONS Tomass LAT 138 points
6 LASZCZAK Pawel (Junior) POL 135 points
7 GROUT Thomas (Junior) FRA 133 points
7 MAXIMOV Platon (Junior) RUS 133 points
9 FERREIRA André POR 122 points
10 PETERSONS Kristaps LAT 117 points

Photo credit: FAI/Marcus King