2022-23 DRL Algorand World Championship Season

The 2022-23 DRL Algorand World Championship Season featured the world's 12 best drone pilots racing the fastest drones across IRL, in esports and in the metaverse.


A Level is a single racing event that is part of the season-long competition. The top pilots overall at each Level earn Season Points. At the end of the season, the pilot with the most points is the World Champion.


In real life (IRL) racing takes place live and in person at venues across the world. Pilots fly 3D courses using the Racer4 drone.


SIM racing is made up of Levels flown on unique maps on the DRL SIM.

Seeding for Semifinals

For IRL racing:

Ranking Rounds take place the day before the first Level at a specific course and determine seeds in the Semifinals. Pilots, based on their best Ranking Round heat finishes, are ranked 1 - 12, then seeded into the following groups:

Group 1 - Pilots ranked 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 11
Group 2 - Pilots ranked 1, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 12

For all subsequent Levels at the same course, and for all subsequent SIM Levels, the overall finish order from the previous Level seeds the pilots into the Semifinal groups of the next Level.
For SIM racing:

Time Trials is 30 minutes allotted for all Pilots to learn and practice the course, and to record their best heat time ahead of the first SIM Level of the season.

After the Time Trials, pilots are ranked 1 - 12 and seeded into Semifinal Groups.

For subsequent SIM Levels, Pilots will be seeded into Groups based on their overall finish in the previous Level. Seeding will take place as follows:

Group 1 - Pilots ranked 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 11
Group 2 - Pilots ranked 1, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 12


There are two groups of Semifinals. The top 3 pilots from each advance to the Finals.

Semifinal group 1 competes in 3 regular heats. Pilots who place first automatically advance to Finals. If three different pilots did not win a heat, a Sudden Death heat takes place. Semifinal group 2 repeats this process to determine which 6 pilots advance to Finals.

Sudden Death

Sudden Death is a single heat at the end of a Semifinal group that ensures Finals have a full roster of six pilots.

Sudden Death takes place only if fewer than three pilots qualify for Finals. Pilots who have not won a Semifinal heat participate in Sudden Death. The Pilot who finishes first in Sudden Death always advances to Finals, and if one pilot wins all three regular heats, then second place in Sudden Death also advances.

If three separate Pilots win a regular heat, Sudden Death is not needed.


In Finals, six pilots race six regular heats and a Golden Heat that determines the Level winner.

All pilots with a first place finish in at least one Finals regular heat advance to the Golden Heat. Additionally, pilots who have two second place finishes advance to the Golden Heat.

If a single Pilot wins more than one Finals heat, the number of pilots in the Golden Heat reduces. The pilot with the most regular heat wins in the Finals gets the front Start Podium for the Golden Heat.

Golden Heat

The Golden Heat is a single heat that determines the Level Winner.

The finish order for the remaining Pilots in the Golden Heat is the same for the Level, all based on fastest finish or who crossed the farthest checkpoint node.

The Pilots who did not qualify for the Golden Heat are ranked and awarded points based on their best finish(es) in the Finals.


Pilots are awarded points based on their overall finish at each Level as follows:


1st Place: 25 Points
2nd Place: 20 Points
3rd Place: 16 Points
4th Place: 13 Points
5th Place: 11 Points
6th Place: 9 Point
7th Place: 7 Points
8th Place: 5 Points
9th Place: 3 Points
10th Place: 2 Points
11th Place: 1 Point
12th Place: 0 Points


1st Place: 12 Points
2nd Place: 9 Points
3rd Place: 7 Points
4th Place: 6 Points
5th Place: 5 Points
6th Place: 4 Points
7th Place: 3 Points
8th Place: 2 Points
9th Place: 1 Point
10th - 12th Place: 0 Points
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