For some drones are a pain in the proverbial, for others it is seen as a new kind of motorsport and one that is capturing attention worldwide as pilots, remote in hand and wearing video goggles, fly against each other through a multi-dimensional course in the race to be first to the finish gate. The drone races first came into play in Australia as rotocross — a play on motocross — using racing quadcopters which are built for extreme speed, agility and durability reaching speeds over 140kph and capable of flying for several kilometres. This weekend enthusiasts head to Switzerland for the first time with the Drone Grand Prix Lake Zurich. If drones are still a little too real, then there’s the E-Sports. The GO ANZ Invitational includes reigning champions Grayhound Gaming. They are joined by teams from other wellknown esports organisations Legacy, Tainted Minds, Chiefs and Breakaway. After qualifying rounds, teams are now locked into five episode rounds weekly until October 25 followed by semifinals and a grand final on November 8. From the $10,000 prize pool, the winners will pocket $5000.
Drone racing championships are now a thing — they are known as rotocross.