Open Class Drone Racing

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Open Class Drone Racing

 

Fly any drone, any size, any propeller, any battery no limit (most pilots will be flying 5 inch 6s lipo battery racing drones)

25mw Power Output ONLY on Video Transmitter.
10mw Power Output ONLY on Crossfire Transmitter.

 

Prize Purses

$52,000 for Open Class Racing

 

  • 1st Place: $17,000
  • 2nd Place: $12,000
  • 3rd Place: $7,000
  • 4th Place: $5,500
  • 5th Place: $3,000
  • 6th Place: $2,500
  • 7th Place: $2,000
  • 8th Place: $1,500
  • 9th Place: $1,000
  • 10 Place: $500

 

Event Times:

 

The qualifying rounds will take place Thursday June 27th from 1:00 PM EST to 5:00 PM EST (start time is subject to change) and Friday June 28th 2019 from 9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST.

 

The semi-final will take place on Saturday June 29th 2019 from 9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST.

 

The finals will take place on Sunday June 30th 2019 from 9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST.

 

Race Format for Selecting Winners

 

  • Qualifying rounds consist of the (3) fastest consecutive laps
  • Pilots are selected using the table system and if their respective frequency is open, they qualify to fly
  • Only one of their quads will be allowed on the line at one time (there is a 6 battery-pack limit per day and the participant will receive more if IDRL allows)
  • Semi-final round will include the top 50 pilots if there are 100 or less pilots in total; it will include the top 64 pilots if there are above 100 pilots in total
  • Participants may fly any drone from 1 inch to 8 inches of the propeller diameter, which is limited to propeller-driven drones
  • The Final Round will include the top 24 pilots on a double elimination bracket ending with the “The Iron Man” Rule: If any one pilot wins all of their races, they are considered “The Iron Man” and only need to win 1 race in the Final Rounds to determine “The Golden Round” 2

 

 

Pilot Pit Area

 

A pilot pit area will be provided on the 3rd floor at the convention center, so pilots can test, fix hardware and software as needed. *Only Pilots, Pilot crew members, and IDRL personnel will be allowed in the room.*

 

Pilot Staging Area

 

Pilots will be staged in groups of 3 heats, (Flying, Spotting, On Deck) at the Pilot Staging Area in between the two identical qualifying tracks.

 

Spotters

You will be spotting for the heat prior to your flying heat. Please bring your drone with you with a fully charged battery ready to fly to the pilot staging area, once the heat you are spotting for lands you should be prepared to fly. Duties include:

 

  • Counting laps with fingers
  • Judging
  • Verifying pilot results
  • Keeping visual contact at all times of their assigned pilot
  • Emergency control of assigned pilot
  • Notifying Race Director of an unsafe situation 

Race Rules

 

Qualifying Rounds

 

  • All gates and flags must be flown as indicated by the course map
  • A pilot flying out of bounds will be scored with a DNF (Did Not Fly)
  • All pilots are responsible for spotting the heat before their heat
  • Pilots not ready to race after the 2-minute timer will be disqualified for that race at the Race Director’s discretion
  • Pilots who false start will incur a 15-second penalty added to their fastest lap for that race (penalty is enforced after a warning)
  • If an aircraft fails to launch the pilot is out of the race
  • Crashing into another aircraft disqualifies the pilot for that race
  • If a pilot loses video due to someone “plugging in on them”1, DVR (Digital Video Recording) footage will be reviewed and a rerun will be called at the Race Director’s discretion
  • Collapsed obstacles (gate, flag, etc.), fire on the track, people on the track, or any other unsafe condition will result in a restart at the Race Director’s discretion

 

Semi-Final Rounds

 

    • All Qualifying Round rules apply in addition to the below
    • If 2 or more aircraft don’t make it through the start gate, a restart will be called
    • Falling off a launch pad will be considered a false start
    • All false starts will result in a restart of that race
    • Pilots will be placed in a double elimination bracket
    • 6 remaining pilots will move on to Final Rounds
    • “The Iron Man” Rule:

 

  • If any one pilot wins all of their races, they are considered “The Iron Man” and only need to win (1) race in the Final Rounds to determine “The Golden Round” 2

 

 

Final Rounds

 

  • All Qualifying Round rules apply in addition to the below
  • If 2 or more aircraft don’t make it through the start gate a restart will be called
  • Falling off a launch pad will be considered a false start
  • All false starts will result in a restart of that race
  • The Golden Round:
    • First pilot to win (2) races is awarded 1st place and those after will be awarded 2nd through 6th place in the order in which they have finished
  • Tie Breaker Round:
    • If (2) or more pilots contest a finishing place the Race Director will defer to the timing system
    • If the timing system confirms a tie within +/- 0.001 seconds (rounded up) a 3-lap heads up tie breaker round will be conducted in order to determine the place that was tied