Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
American drone racers produce upset around virtual Great Wall of China.
American team Quad Force One shocked the reigning Drone Champions League team XBlades Racing to win at the third stop of the virtual 2020 season and take the title down to the wire.
Here is all you need to know:
– Quad Force One and Denmark’s APEX Racing were 70 points behind British outfit XBlades Racing after the first two stops in Vaduz, Liechtenstein and Proptown, USA.
– For the third stop, eight elite teams got to race around the Great Wall of China with developers spending 2,000 hours recreating the impressive Simatai landscape.
– Pilots faced tricky obstacles that tested the full range of skills, from tower plunges and crowded straightaways to blind corners and the DCL’s longest-ever track.
– The XBlades Racing pilots ranged from 12 to 16 with the eldest – superstar MinChan Kim – even having to go to school for an exam between the weekend’s races, which saw the British team sweep qualifying from the start in the virtual environment of Water Town.
– In Saturday’s race, XBlades dismantled the local Chinese wildcard team and Quad Force One before delivering perhaps the most dominant performance ever seen in a DCL Grand Final by getting vengeance for a recent loss to APEX Racing through crushing the Danish team 17-1 as Japan’s Raiden Racing came in third spot.
– On Sunday, Quad Force One downed APEX in the semi-finals to set up a fascinating Grand Final clash with XBlades where the Americans led 6-2 and then held off a valiant comeback from the mighty DCL champions to land a shock 10-7 triumph as APEX ended third.
– Key Quad Force One players Silas Aaron and Pawel Laszczak are 14 and 17 respectively, which made the result even more impressive heading into the final stop across October 3-4 at Lake Zurich & Laax, Switzerland with XBlades holding a 120-point lead over APEX and Quad Force One a further 20 points behind in third.