Drone Racing League Season 2

Drone Racing League is back for 2017, bigger and better than ever with more powerful drones, bigger and better courses, big broadcasting deals with ESPN and SKY SPORTS, Allianz and Amazon partnerships, 16 pilots and more!

Made up on six races featuring iconic venues from around the world, 16 of the world’s best drone pilots and a big fleet of 600 Racer3 drones.

  • 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

2017 DRL Season

The second season premieres on June 20th, on ESPN 2 at 8PM ET and June 21, on Sky Sports Mix.

Level 1: Miami Nights will be the opener, taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins, with one amazing racecourse built to full scale in the great NFL arena.

This season progresses to more unique venues, with dramatic vertical lines and new obstacles to test pilots’ skills, and push the limit of the Racer3. Following Miami, the 2017 season moves to Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston, and Munich, culminating in the World Championship in London, set in the historic Alexandra Palace. 

The 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship will air around the world on the following channels:

  • North and South America – ESPN, ESPN2, TSN, Disney XD and ESPN Deportes
  • UK and Italy –Sky Sports
  • Germany, Austria and Switzerland – ProSieben
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Top 8 Pilots

JET

JET is the DRL 2016 World Champion. He possesses a unique blend of highly consistent flying and careful racing strategy.

 

Location: United States / Fort Collins, CO

FPVProvo

Provo has flown in DRL longer than any other pilot. That experience shows in his racing, balancing clean lines with bold passes when the opportunity presents.

Location: United States / Provo, UT

JAWZ

Jawz earned his spot by winning the 2017 DRL Tryouts, a tournament held using the DRL simulator. Already shown digital skills translate into real life flying.

Location: United States / Zionsville, IN

Dunkan

From Provence, France, dunkan is a world-renowned remote controlled helicopter and plane pilot. Recently begun flying FPV, his tremendous natural talent has shown through.

Location: France / Pertuis, Vaucluse

gab707

Born in Switzerland, Gab707 is a dominant force in racing. His intense focus and unflappable poise while racing strikes fear into other pilots.

Location: Canada / Quebec

Wild Willy

Student of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. His sense of humor makes him a fan favorite, but he’s all business on the racecourse, finished 3rd overall in DRL.

Location: United States / Atlanta, GA

a_nub

An distinguished drone designer and self-taught engineer, A_Nub’s mastery of complex race lines has earned him more podium finishes than any other DRL pilot.

Location: United States / Fort Collins

McStralle

 

Mcstralle’s flying style is aggressive. Quick off the start podiums and always pushing the limits, he sets course time records and can often take others out.

Location: Germany / Frankfurt am Main

JET | Defending Champion

After competing against the top FPV drone racers in the world, JET emerged victorious to be crowned the first DRL World Champion.  The defending champion will line-up again this year with other pilots from the United States joined by contenders from the UK, Canada, France and Germany.

Meet JAWZ, the first video game player to turn professional pilot at DRL

Bringing home a $75,000 contract for the 2017 DRL Season, JAWZ, aka Jacob Schneider, was the first video game player to turn professional pilot. See more HERE.

CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski Discusses Drone Racing League

Watch two good interviews with CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski talking about DRL new season, drones and business model.

Blog Posts

Schedule

Season 2 Schedule (ESPN – US)

  • Tue, June 20 8 p.m. Drone Racing: Miami (Semi-Finals) ESPN2
  • Wed, June 21 9 p.m. Drone Racing: Miami (Finals) ESPN2
  • Tues, June 27 8 p.m. Drone Racing: Atlanta (Semi-Finals) ESPN2
  • Wed, June 28 8 p.m. Drone Racing: Atlanta (Finals) ESPN2
  • Tues, July 4 9 p.m. Drone Racing: New Orleans (Semi-Finals) ESPN2
  • Wed, July 5 8 p.m. Drone Racing: New Orleans (Finals) ESPN2
  • Wed, July 12 12 a.m. Drone Racing: Boston (Semi-Finals) ESPN2
  • Wed, July 12 10 p.m. Drone Racing: Boston (Finals) ESPN
  • Tues, July 18 8 p.m. Drone Racing: Playoffs (Round 1 – Munich) ESPN2
  • Wed, July 19 7 p.m. Drone Racing: Playoffs (Elimination Round – Munich) ESPN2
  • Tues, July 25 11 p.m. Drone Racing: Road to the Championship ESPN2
  • Fri, July 28 9 p.m. Drone Racing: 2017 Championship (Elimination – London) ESPN
  • Fri, July 28 10 p.m. Drone Racing: 2017 Championship (Final – London) ESPN

Season 2 Schedule (Sky Sports Mix – UK)

  • June 21 10 p.m. Drone Racing: Miami (Semi-Finals)
  • June 22 10 p.m. Drone Racing: Miami (Finals)
  • June 29 9 p.m. Drone Racing: Atlanta (Semi-Finals)
  • July 2 10 p.m. Drone Racing: Atlanta (Finals)
  • July 5 10 p.m. Drone Racing: New Orleans (Semi-Finals)
  • July 6 10 p.m. Drone Racing: New Orleans (Finals)
  • July 12 10 a.m. Drone Racing: Boston (Semi-Finals)
  • July 13 10 p.m. Drone Racing: Boston (Finals)
  • July 19 10 p.m. Drone Racing: Playoffs (Round 1 – Munich)
  • July 21 9 p.m. Drone Racing: Playoffs (Elimination Round – Munich)
  • July 26 9.30 p.m. Season Recap | Season Highlights
  • TBC Drone Racing: 2017 Championship (Elimination – London)
  • TBC Drone Racing: 2017 Championship (Final – London)