Ro­tocross rac­ing

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend - Drone Cham­pi­ons League, to­mor­row 6am. ●

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.

Photo: Getty Images

Drone rac­ing cham­pi­onships are now a thing — they are known as ro­tocross.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.