A 15 years old Australian teen 15 years has won the Drone Racing World Championships. Rudi Browning beat more than 120 competitors at the event organized by the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) in Shenzhen, China.
His victory also gave the Australian team the group title. It won ahead of Sweden and South Korea.
An 11-year-old racer from Thailand, Wanraya Wannapong, won the women’s title.
What Exactly is Drone Racing?
Drone racing is a championship where participants steer crafts at high speed around a race course with obstacles.
Pilots control the drones through special headgear connected to their craft’s cameras.
It is a new sport that is experiencing quick development. Broadcasters ESPN and Sky also televise the US-based Drone Racing League, a professional division.
Mr. Browning beat three other pilots in a final on Sunday to win the gold medal for overall champion. He also received a $24,000 (£18,000) cash prize.
‘I’m still shaking actually. I have had a lot of ups and downs in races, like everyone, and this is definitely one massive high,’ he said after the race, according to a statement from the FAI.
Wanraya Wannapong was one of 13 female contestants in the competition and had been coached by her father.
‘I fly every day, and all day when I am not at school,’ Miss Wannapong said in a statement.
Drone racing is one of the world’s fastest growing sports, says the FAI. There are a number of different competitions staged around the world.
Races for the inaugural FAI Drone Racing World Championships were streamed online and broadcast across China’s Tencent network.