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Incredible drone race sees British team beat competition leaders thanks to help from nine-year-old pilot

A nine-year-old boy helped a British drone racing team close the gap on the Champions League leaders following a pulsating contest in Brussels.

Pilot Adam Blackburn of the British-billed NEXXBlades team is the youngest entrant of the Drone Champions League which sees drone races held across the globe.

On Saturday, NEXXBlades defeated overall leaders FPVRacing.CH from Switzerland by 250 to 220 points in the third round of the contest in the Belgian capital.

Breathtaking footage shows drones racing around the park in Mont des Arts square at speeds of up to 120mph.

The British-billed NEXXBlades defeated overall leaders FPVRacing.CH from Switzerland

Drone pilot Adam Blackburn is the youngest entrant in the Drone Champions League

Hundreds of spectators watched remote-controlled aircraft dive over flowerbeds and whizz down tree-lined avenues and through hoops and gates.

There are six race meetings in the series with a trip to the caves of Romania’s Salina Turda next.

After three rounds, FPVRacing.CH lead with 660 points with NEXXBlades in second with 450.

Developed in 2014, drone racing sees pilots race radio-controlled aircraft at 120mph speeds around circuits in the quickest time possible.

Hundreds of spectators watched the race in Brussels

Drone racing sees pilots race radio-controlled aircraft at 120mph speeds around circuits in the quickest time possible

Drones are equipped with cameras to provide pilots with a first person view of what’s in front of the object while a live stream of the camera feed is projected onto screens for spectators.

With experts predicting drone racing will become the “world’s next big sport”, professional leagues have been formed with $1 million prize money up for grabs.

Sky Sports started airing the Drone Racing League (DRL) last October.


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