The past two years has witnessed the rise of FPV racing in Malaysia with the Ecoworld Multi Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur being the latest event in a fast-growing sport that is attracting a rapidly growing fan base in the country.
The Ecoworld Multi GP Kuala Lumpur which concluded recently at the Bintang Convention Centre attracted over 50 pilots from Malaysia and neighboring countries including Brunei, Philippines and Singapore who battled it out in multiple qualifying rounds for top honors. In addition to that, the race was also a platform for selecting the top five Malaysian qualifiers for the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships.
The event in Kuala Lumpur, which is the championship’s first race for 2016, kickstarts a series of four grand prix races which will be held in various states in Malaysia. This includes Penang, Selangor and Johor.
At the top of the current Malaysian leaderboard is Muhammad Ariff Ghazali who leads with 10 points followed by Mohamad Sukirman Amirol Suhaili (6 points) and Stephen Price (4 points). The five Malaysian pilots who qualified for the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships are Muhammad Ariff Ghazali, Muhammad Adzlan Bin Abdul Saip, Mohamed Saiful Hairy Shahari, Ibsen Wong Xin Chi and Muhammad Alif Naiman Nordin.
Interestingly, this year’s championships ends on January 17, 2017 with the Eco Terrace Grand Prix in Penang. The next event in the Ecoworld Multi GP Malaysian racing calendar will be held at Eco Tropics, Pasir Gudang, Johor on October 1, 2016. To date, various big name sponsors such as 3D Robotics and Red Bull have shown support for the championships.