Two Bruneians place among Top 8 at drone race in S’pore

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TWO Bruneians placed in the top eight at the FutureME Aerial Drone Race 2016 at The Float in Singapore recently.

Five Bruneians competed at the event on March 27. Among them were Kamarul Reza Hj Ramli and Mohd Syafique Hj Mohd Hussain who placed fifth and eighth, respectively, out of 32 participants.

“It feels great as we weren’t expecting to place. We just wanted to gain experience and meet other communities,” said Syafique.

“One of the participants, Muhammad Nazirulhilmi Hanapi, clocked the fastest lap of 22.08 seconds in the event, however he didn’t place in the top eight,” he told The Brunei Times.

Syafique said the participants used (drone) frames that were designed and made in Brunei by a local entrepreneur.

He said the representatives who are a sub-group operating under Radio Control Aero-modeler’s Brunei (RCAB) Club were invited by the Singapore community to compete.

“We went together but enrolled individually. It was our first time competing overseas and we are definitely planning on joining more.”

Competing in the international event was an opportunity for them to change the perception of drones and their functions in Brunei. 

“Brunei has banned the drones that hover such as phantoms and other camera drones,” he said.

“Drone racers are smaller and for shorter distance and of course meant for racing.” 

“We hope to be the ones to create more awareness for the hobby and the guidelines for new aspiring racers – as there is a misconception and we need to change that.”

The other representatives that participated in the competition were Ak Mohd Daud Pg Hj Sulaiman and Mohd Khairul Hazmi Hj Munir.

Shafique said those interested in joining the group can reach out to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fpvbn.

Coming in first place for the competition was 11-year-old Axel Lengkong from Jakarta, Indonesia. 

The event was jointly organised by the RP Innovations SG and the i Light Marina Bay event series FutureMe and saw participation from several countries including Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, and Malaysia.

The Brunei Times