An 11-year-old Thai girl, Wanraya Wannapong, has won the women’s title at the World Drone Racing Championships in Shenzhen, China.
The Thai drone ‘master’ beat 12 other women to become the youngest winner in the category and take home the US$8,000 prize (Bt263,000).
“I loved this track a lot. I liked flying it at night, it was a lot of fun,” said Wanraya.
She said a lot of her winning style had been due to the training she had had with her father – they practised on their own training course in Thailand.
Championship Jury President Bruno Delor remarked: “She flew consistently with no mistakes. Not going too fast, but steady.”
“I fly every day, and all day when I am not at school,” says Wanraya.
The competition is considered a prestigious event in the aviation industry and is certified by the world’s governing body for air sports, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).
Australia’s Rudi Browning, 15, became the world’s first overall champion, seeing off more than 100 other competitors of all ages from across the world to seal the title on the final fourth day of the series.
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