Organizer Korea Drone Race Agreement (KRDA) partnered with Korean Times (KT) to host the GIGA Drone Racing World Masters 2016 3 days ago on August 6 in Busan Haeundae, Korea. Two of the scenes youngest, but biggest names participated in the event. Luke Bannister hailing from the UK (the World Drone Prix 2016 champion), and Kim MinChan hailing from Korea (the Asia Cup Shanghai 2016 winner), along with 30 other pilots coming from a total of 12 countries competed under two categories. The first and most obvious is the standard racing category, where pilots measure their fastest lap times against each other. The second competition was the freestyle category, where racers perform their aerial stunts while flying through various obstacles.
The 12-year-old Kim Min Chan placed first in both the racing and freestyle categories, making him the youngest participant to prove himself an incredibly skilled pilot. Son Young Rok, a 17-year-old Korean pilot ended up finishing second in the race.
All three of these young pilots have only been flying drones for less than two years. Prior to their experience with the machines, they spent their time with RC helicopters and toy airplanes.
“Since last year, drone racing is taking the center stage as a next generation eSport,” said an official from KT. “Such remarkable performances by teenagers will certainly boost the popularity of drone sports.”
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