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17 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 17/06/17 12:16pm

Drone Racing is back for 2017 and it begins at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, presenter Abby Hornacek takes around the course

Drone Racing League is back for 2017, bigger and better than ever with new venues culminating in the World Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace.

With faster drones on bigger courses and with new pilots it promises to be the most thrilling instalment yet of the DRL – the global leader of First Person View (FPV) drone racing.

Weighing just 900 grams, the Racer 3 can reach a top speed of 90mph taking under a second to go from 0-80mph and the DRL’s team hand build more than 600 identically designed drones.

Featuring a cast of 16 elite pilots from across the globe with each flying a custom-designed, hand-built drone, through complex, thematic, three-dimensional racecourses that have been compared to a real-life video game.

Jet is the defending champion and the American will line-up again this year with other pilots from the United States joined by contenders from the UK, Canada, France and Germany.

2017 DRL Season

  • All 16 pilots compete in 3 of the 4 regular season races
  • A Championship elimination round will eliminate the bottom two pilots
  • Total points will determine which 12 pilots advance to the Play-Offs
  • Remaining six compete for the title of DRL World Champion.
  • Eight pilots advance from Play-Offs to London’s World Championship
  • Winner-take-all championship and a six figure salary

16 pilots will start the season and battle it out for the title world champion

16 pilots will start the season and battle it out for the title world champion

For 2017 the venues have changed with only Miami remaining but a more competitive field this year will see the introduction of semi-final and final runs making every race important as the pilots battle it out to be the best.

Miami Nights kicks off the 2017 coverage which will also take in Atlanta, New Orleans and Boston before heading to Europe for the first time with the play-offs taking place in Munich before the World Championship final comes to London’s Ally Pally.

will show all of the action beginning with the first races of the season at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, which you can see from 10pm on June 21 with the finals race following on June 22.

DRL First Person

DRL 2017 on Sky Sports Mix

Episode Stage
1 – Miami Nights Semi-Finals June 21 (10pm)
2 – Miami Nights 2 Finals June 22 (10pm)
3 – Atlanta Aftermath Semi-Finals June 29 (9pm)
4 – Atlanta Aftermath 2 Finals July 2 (10pm)
5 – Mardi Gras World Semi-Finals June 5 (10pm)
6 – Mardi Gras World 2 Finals July 6 (10pm)
7 – Boston Foundry Semi-Finals July 12 (10pm)
8 – Boston Foundry 2 Finals July 13 (10pm)
9 – Munich Play-Offs Round One July 19 (10pm)
10 – Munich Play-Offs 2 Elimination Round July 21 (9pm)
11 – Season Recap Season Highlights July 26 (9.30pm)
12 – World Championship Championship Elimation Round TBC
Miami Hard Rock Stadium DRL

Miami Hard Rock Stadium DRL

Miami Hard Rock Stadium DRL

Follow the Drone Racing League on Sky Sports Mix, beginning with the first race on Wednesday June 21 from 10pm


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