Wanraya Wannapong

THA
Date of birth 
03 Feb 2018

Female FAI World Drone Racing Champion 2018 Wanraya Wannapong is one of the youngest competitive drone racers in the world.

The Thai schoolgirl, who lives in Bangkok with her parents, took up drone racing at just eight years of age. She was very happy with her win at the 2018 FAI World Drone Racing Championships, held in Shenzhen, China in November of that year.

“I loved this track a lot. I liked flying it at night, it was a lot of fun,” said Wannapong, who goes by the name “Milk” when she is racing.

Her other victories include the 2018 China Drone Racing Open, also held in Shenzhen in May 2018, where she was the overall winner.

“I am very happy,” she said after claiming the gold medal at that event. “I was nervous going into the final, especially as in the last minute my battery power died on my controller, so I had to plug in to a mains supply, that was nerve-wracking. But now I have won I am very happy.”

Wannapong’s racing style is “steady”, according to FAI Jury President Bruno Delor. “She flew consistently with no mistakes. Not going too fast, but steady,” he said of her performance at the 2018 China Drone Racing Open.

Her dream now is to become the overall FAI World Drone Racing Champion, a dream supported by her father, who practises with her in the family’s training field in Thailand.

And she certainly has the motivation to get there! “I fly every day, and all day when I am not at school,” Wannapong added.