DRONE Racers from around Australia converged on Ballarat last weekend as the Ballarat Exhibition Centre hosted the Australian National D1 Drone Challenge & Expo.
A total of $15,000 in prize money was up for grabs across a range of categories including speed, maneuverability, weightlifting and freestyle. There was also be a drone photography competition. “We are really excited to be holding the Australian Drone National Championships this an exciting sport that is growing in popularity at a tremendous rate,” said David Sanders manager of the Ballarat Exhibition Centre and the event creator. “It is a sport that is thrilling for participants and spectators, the pilots have first person viewers that allow them to control the drones. This vision will be projected on large screens for all to see exactly what the pilot is seeing. These Drones reach speeds of 70kmh around a short controlled course so there will be plenty of excitement.” The event Expo contained a range of exhibitor stands where patrons could speak to drone experts and builders about drones and drone racing.
Simon Cox, who works for hobbyking.com, came from Sydney to take part in the challenge, bringing two American competitors with him.
Simon is a regular competitor at drone challenges and said the Ballarat event was very well run and the facilities were excellent.
“This weekend has been really, really good,” he said.
“We had minor issues because we have analogue video and a lot of drones flying at the same time, plus we are in a tin shed. We don’t have those issues when we fly outdoors but you can’t help those when indoors.”