The Drone Champions League comes home.  With a new racing concept, a new title sponsor, an increasing number of young and international pilots and a unique track, FPV racing drones took to the wet & sunny skies for the first drone race in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, home of DCL.

In front of thousands of live-spectators and millions of TV viewers watching from over 100 countries, a total of 32 pilots, 4 pilots from 8 teams, competed against one another for the FL1 GP Liechtenstein title.

FIRST LEG

2:1 was the result of a thrilling semifinal between CONRAD Racing team and NEXXBlades Racing.  The other semifinal featured NEXXBR Freeflow and the pilots from FPVRacing.CH. The Swiss team secured their seats in the final in front of their “home” crowd.

Two minutes before the final the skies opened it started pouring rain, which didn’t hinder the professional & highly skilled pilots to fight for the title in Vaduz.

Heiko Schenk from Conrad Racing led the flock of drones off the starting blocks and never looked back.  With only two of the eight drones surviving, Schenk dominated the big heat and brought home German racing team’s first trophy of the DCL 2017 season as they were crowned FL1 Grand Prix Liechtenstein champions!

Although rain threatened throughout the day, it did not influence the event, pilots and fans stood strong and cheered for the teams.  There were no technical issues connected to the weather.

SECOND LEG

On Sunday, the sun shined brightly on Regierungsplatz in Vaduz for the second leg of FL1 Grand Prix Liechtenstein.  The quarterfinals included several nail biting battles and it was NEXXBLADES Racing defeating Rotorama 2:1 for their seats in the Finale while NEXXBR Freeflow took down “home”town favorite FPVRacing.ch.

The finale was a battle of the two British teams.  The first two single heats were both won by NEXXBLADES racing with 12-year-old Ashton Gamble and just 10-year-old Adam Blackburn winning a point each.  Adam beat South Korean Youngrok Son by an eighth of a second! The following two single heats were won by NEXXBR Freeflow setting up a dramatic big heat.

With all pilots flying full stick (full throttle), there were several overtakes and crashes.  The young Adam Blackburn looked as though he was going to win but Alexandre Madroux swiftly pulled ahead and NEXXBR Freeflow was victorious on a beautiful Sunday evening in the heart of Liechtenstein!

Trophies were presented to the top 3 teams by Liechtenstein Sports Minister Daniel Risch, Prime Minister Adrian Hasler and Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein.

All in all, it was a complete and amazing two-day event grabbing the attention of those spectating onsite and online.