14 Jun 2018

Full speed ahead for the epic FAI Drone Racing World Cup 2018

Attention drone racing fans: the sixth event on the FAI Drone Racing World Cup 2018 calendar, the 2018 WDR Paris World Cup, is approaching fast.

To be held in Bretigny-sur-Orge, France from June 16 to 17, it is another major milestone of this year’s epic line-up, which began with the 2018 Indonesia Drone Racing World Cup in Bali on April 7 and 8.

More than 60 pilots are expected to take part in races around the specially constructed course (see below), with organisers setting up a big screen, a BBQ and bar and an evening event to delight the up to 1,500 spectators the venue can accommodate.

Like the other 24 contests registered for 2018, the WDR Paris World Cup will attract some of the best drone pilots on the global stage, and will be run according to FAI Drone Racing World Cup rules - a vital part of ensuring that each participant has a fair chance of winning. 

A clear understanding of the rules is essential for all competitors, and will also help fans and spectators to follow this exciting event. So here they are...

The FAI Drone Racing World Cup

The FAI Drone Racing World Cup is a unique event offering fun and excitement for competitors and spectators alike.

It brings together drone racers from all over the world, and gives them a platform from which to show off their considerable skills, while pitting their drones against other top-flight pilots.

With contests in 19 different countries ranging from China to Finland, Brazil to France, and Russia to Australia, it also reflects the international popularity of drone sports.

FAI Drone Racing World Cup 2018 Rules

  • Only specific open international contests are eligible for the World Cup.
  • A maximum of two contests can be held per country per year (unless the country covers more than three time zones, in which case the maximum is four).
  • Only contests in which competitors from at least two countries have completed flights can count towards the World Cup rankings.
  • The number of World Cup points awarded depends on the number of pilots taking part in a contest.
  • The highest number of points a competitor can receive for winning a contest is 48.
  • A pilot’s total World Cup score is the sum of the points won from his or her best four competition results in different countries.
  • The winner is the pilot with the greatest total score.
  • In the event of a tie, pilots’ fifth and sixth best results can be taken into account to determine the final placings.

FAI Drone Racing World Cup 2018 Officials

Each World Cup event will be run by:

  • A contest director.
  • A starter.
  • A FAI Jury of three persons.
  • Drone racing judges (one for each pilot flying in the race) from different countries.
  • Local officials.

Full list of the 24 contests on the 2018 calendar.

Photo credit: FAI/Marcus King