Changhyeon Kang from Korea is the new FAI World Drone Racing Champion crowned in Ningbo (CHN)

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Drone Racing web clip | 16-old Korean crowned as new World Drone Racing Champion in Ningbo (CHN)

Credits: World Air Sports Federation

The elite of drone racing took the challenge on the 630m long and 4m wide race track with 16 different kinds of obstacles and 25 flags, including bridges and tunnels. The pilots navigated by the help of a first-person-view video headset that transmitted real-time video images from the onboard video camera of the drones. More than 100 pilots from 31 nations competed for the World Champion title in the categories Overall, Women, Junior and Nation – as for a share of the total prize pot of $125,000US.

The talented young drone ace Changhyeon Kang fought off stiff competition to climb to the top of the podium in Xiangshan Ningbo, China, alongside Australia’s Thomas Bitmatta, 20, in second place and French pilot Killian Rousseau, 15, in third. Kang also scooped the Junior title and led his national team to victory in the Team category, in which last year’s winners Australia finished in silver medal position just ahead of host nation China.

In the Women’s classification, the winner was once again Wanraya “Milk” Wannapong of Thailand – who is just 12 years old. She successfully defended her title to finish ahead of Korean Siyun Park, 15, and Teng Ma, 34, of the USA.

Results

Overall

1. KANG Changhyeon (KOR)

2. BITMATTA Thomas (AUS)

3. ROUSSEAU Killian (FRA)

Women

1. WANNAPONG Wanraya (THA)

2. PARK Siyun (KOR)

3. MA Teng (USA)

Juniors

1. KANG Changhyeon (KOR)

2. KIM JaeJong (KOR)

3. HEEPS Sam (AUS)

National teams

1. Korea

2. Australia

3. China

16-year-old Korean wins the FAI World Drone Racing Championships 2019 in Ningbo (CHN) – Overall from World of Freesports on Vimeo.

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