A new event format called 'FAI World Drone Racing Championship' has been defined in order to be better attractive for media. The  FAI World Drone Racing Championship concept is based on a World Cup with two Series of events (Masters and Challenger), completed by the World Championship Grand Final at the end of the year. In 2019, the FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final will take place from 11 to 14 December in Xiangshan Ningbo, China.

World Cup events are FAI second category events (Open Internatonal) based on individual participation (no national team representing a NAC). Any person holding a valid FAI Sporting Licence or FAI Drone Permission can be eligible for the World Cup ranking.


The aim is to have a limited number of events per year in the Masters Series (3 to 4) organized on different continents (America, Asia, Europe, ...) with guarantee of a high quality level for the competition, production for TV live steaming and broadcasting and presence of a large public.

The top placed competitors in the current World Cup ranking (based on a sliding 12 months period) will be invited to participate to each Masters Series event. More bonus points for the World Cup ranking will be allocated in each Masters World Cup event in order to encourage those competitors to participate.

In addition, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed competitors in a Masters Series event will be directly qualified to participate as individual competitors to the World Championship Grand Final.

There has been finally only one Masters World Cup event organized in 2019.

Note: MultiGP President has informed FAI on July 11 that they have decided to run as an US MultiGP event - and so not as a FAI event - the North American Masters Drone Race  in Hamburg, NY, USA (10th - 11th August, 2019). So, this event has not been sanctioned as a FAI Masters Series event.

Website and/or Facebook Code
FAI  Jeonju World Drone Masters Jeonju (Korea) 1-3 November



Masters KOR


Two Challenger World Cup events may be organized every year for any country. For a country which extends over more than three time zones, one Challenger World Cup event may be organized within each time zone of the country with a maximum of four events for the country.

23 Challenger World Cup events from 19 different countries have been hold in 2019.

Note: Click on the link in the 'Event' column to access FAI database information for a specific contest.

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Race Of Drones Oulu Oulu (Finland) 12 March https://rod.oulu.com/ FIN
MajFlaj Skopje (North Macedonia) 11-12 May http://majflaj.mk MKD-1
World Cup Drones FAI F9U El Yelmo El Yelmo, Andalucía (Spain) 31 May-2 June http://www.fiaelyelmo.com/drone-world-cup-el-yelmo-2019/ ESP-1
Seoul Drone Race World Cup Seoul (South-Korea) 1-2 June http://www.kfpvracing.com/ KOR-1
World Cup Latvia Drone Racing Cesis (Latvia) 15-16 June http://f9u.lv/ LAT
Partouche Drone Race World Cup Forges-les-Eaux (France) 6-7 July https://www.senart-multirotor-racing.com/worldcup FRA
German Drone World Cup Nördlingen (Germany) 13-14 July https://team-noe.de/German-Drone-World-Cup-F9U/index.php/ GER-1
Belgium FAI Drone Racing World Cup Gouy-lez-Pieton (Belgium) 20-21 July https://www.facebook.com/DRWC2019 BEL
Belarus Drone Racing World Cup Minsk (Belarus) 10-11 August


Moscow Cup Moscow Region (Russia) 17-18 August http://fai.rcpilots.pro/ RUS
German Drone Championship Crailsheim (Germany) 17-18 August https://team-noe.de/German-Drone-Championship-and-FAI-World-Cup-F9U/index.php/ GER-2
UK Drone Racing Open International Barkston Heath, Grantham (United Kingdom) 24-25 August



F9U World Cup Italy Magreta di Sassuolo, Modena (Italy) 7-8 September http://f9u.it/events/event/2019-f9u-world-cup-italy/ ITA
EPFL Drone Racing Cup Lausanne (Switzerland) 13-15 September



Mazovia Drone Racing Warsaw (Poland) 14-15 September



Pam Cup Plovdiv (Bulgaria) 14-15 September http://www.pamcup.com/ BUL
Daegu Drone RaceWorld Cup Daegu City (South-Korea) 21-22 September   KOR-2
Lithuania Drone Racing World Cup Vilnius (Lithuania) 21-22 September



Phoenix Drone Racing Prilep (North Macedonia) 12-13 October http://fpvphoenix.prilepcup.info/ MKD-2
Sevilla Drone World Cup Sevilla (Spain) 25-27 October http://odema.es/drone-world-cup/ ESP-2
Drone Tokyo 2019 Racing & Conference Tokyo (Japan) 1-2 November https://dtrc-ali.tokyo/ JPN
FAI Hong Kong Open Drone Racing Championship (World Cup) Honk Kong 17 November   HKG
TIRT Drone Racing World Cup Gaoyuan (Chinese TAipei) 7-8 December https://www.facebook.com/DroneFighter TPE

Note: For any contest, all available documents (Bulletin -  FAI Jury Report - Official results) may be uploaded in the 'DOCUMENTS' section at the bottom of this page.

566 competitors from 46 countries  (ARG, AUT, BEL, BLR, BRA, BUL, CHI, CHN, COL, CRC, CZE, DEN, ESP, EST, FIN, FRA, GBR, GEO, GER, HKG, HUN, INA, IRL, ITA, JPN, KOR, KUW, LAT, LTU, LUX, MAC, MKD, NED, NOR, PHI, POL, POR, RUS, SIN, SRB, SUI, SWE, THA, TPE, UKR, USA) including 149 juniors and 15 women have been placed in at least one World Cup contest, compared to 435 from 37 countries last year.

The total World Cup score for each participant is the sum of their best four contest results (numbers of points). For each participant, one contest result per organising country can count towards his or her World Cup placing (with higher points awarded if he or her scores in two contests in any one organising country).

2 juniors are on the podium of the overall ranking and 6 juniors are in the 10 top places.

Rank Competitor Country Score
1 PETERSONS Tomass LAT 191 points
2 PARK SungJu (Junior) KOR 177 points
3 LASZCZAK Pawel (Junior) POL 151 points
4 SPACEK David CZE 141 points
5 PETERSONS Kristaps LAT 134 points
6 CHOI JoonWeon (Junior) KOR 133 points
7 WIDELL Nikolas FIN 131 points
8 LASZCZAK Bartlomiej (Junior) POL 127 points
8 RAUDINS Oskars LAT 127 points
10 ROUSSEAU Killian (Junior) FRA 124 points

Tomass Petersons from Latvia - Winner of the 2019 FAI Drone Racing World Cup