Betfair lets punters bet on Drone Racing League finale

James McMath

7 Jun 2017

Updated: 10 Nov 2023

Betfair has announced it will allow customers to bet on drone racing for the first time.

The bookmaker will offer a market on the Drone Racing League (DRL)'s final race of the Allianz World Championship circuit.

The event will take place on Tuesday June 13 at Alexandra Palace, London.

DRL CEO/Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski said: “Drone racing is a sport made for betting.

“It combines the raw thrill of short track racing with the complexity and strategy of motor sports.

"The Allianz World Championship race will be the first time a live audience will see the thrill of professional drone racing up close, and the inclusion of betting will make it that much more exciting for fans.

"We’re so excited to be able to bring this experience to drone racing with Paddy Power Betfair, a global leader in betting.”

The 2017 Drone Racing League season will broadcast in more than 75 countries around the world, on partner channels including ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1, Disney XD and OSN.

DRL’s 2016 season reached more than 75 million fans around the world, including more than 30 million broadcast viewers and more than 45 millio­­­­­n views of its digital content.

Stephen Mault, Head of Marketing for Betfair said: “This is a great opportunity and we’re excited to see how a partnership like this will play out for us in the future given the rise in popularity of the sport of drone racing.

"Innovation and technology are the lifeblood of everything we do at Betfair and we are committed to constantly finding ways of enhancing and improving the experience of our customers.”