25 MINUTE RACES
MICRO SIZED DRONES
Rules & Specs
Four teams of two Pilots each per race
Four rounds of racing
25 minute race length with pit stops
Switch teammates every race (skill parity)
1 individual point for every team you beat
Blades : up to 2.5"
Motors & Battery: no limit
vTX : 25mW dipole allowed Raceband 1, 3, 6, 7
All Up Weight: 175g with dipole antenna
185g with a CP antenna
60 MIN OF STICK TIME
Fly more, stage less.
Backyards are perfect. That is why we have so many people hosting.
X RAY TABLETS
Data is critical for team strategy. See where you stand and decide to protect your position or overtake.
Create a level playing field
Golf clubs around the world have used handicapping so why not drone racing?
By using handicapping we are truly racing against everyone at the event.
How does it work exactly?
Assume we have 3 pilots of equal ability and 1 pilot who is 50% slower. Now assume that each pilot will fly the same amount.
We use a simple formula to determine the projected number of laps each pilot will fly.
Then subtract the teams laps to determine the gap or “handicap” and spot them that many laps prior to the race start.
That’s it. Pretty simple.
One more step
Team racing involves pit stops which mean we really are not flying the full 25 minutes. So by backing out the pit stop time from the 25 minutes, we get a more accurate handicap.
Note that this example lowers the handicap by 1 lap from 8 laps to just 7 laps.
If everyone is equal, what is the secret to winning?
One key innovation with Mecca format is competing as a team but scoring as an individual. You will fly with no less than 4 different pilots each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Here are some pointers to win as an individual:
Don’t crash. They cost you 2 laps.
Positions are more important than speed. You get one point for every team you beat so either try to overtake the team ahead of you or protect your current position. Make that decision with 10 minutes left.
Show incremental improvement. Winning by 10 laps just gives your opponents more of a handicap.
The Origins of the Micro Mecca
My name is Gregg Novosad, founder of GoDroneX in Chicago. I have been running drone performance events since 2014. After spending 12 hours away from home and only getting 12 minutes of flying I lost all desire to attend any drone event.
I was coming home in a bad mood. My wife said “I don’t know why you do this. You always come home angry.” At that point I focused on what I enjoyed; scholastic and entertainment events. But I still longed for the endorphin fix of competing.
The current drone racing format was broken. So I sat down and wrote out all the problems from as many perspectives as I could.
After a lot of trial and error the Mecca format emerged.
The results speak for themselves:
60 minutes of stick time
real positional racing all day
compete as a team, scored as an individual
easy to organize
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