Interview: Mr. Steele and Chad Nowak about the Dubai World Drone Prix 0 604

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As most of you know, the World Drone Prix was recently held in Dubai and it featured a 1 million dollar total cash prize. The participants were selected by sending a personal clip of their flight.

Two of the most popular and charismatic guys around have made it really high in the rankings. They’re Chad Nowak and Steele Davis from the Riot Rotor crew.

Chad Nowak

Our favorite Australian racer and a connoisseur of the art of flying.

You can watch more of his videos on FinalGlideAus youtube or on his facebook page.

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Steele Davis

Also known as Mr. Steele on his youtube channel. One of the most daring and the best mustache owners around!

You can check his youtube channel for some insanity!

To better set you up for the atmosphere at the event, here’s an intro to the Dubai World Drone Prix, featuring both Steele Davis and Chad Nowak:

The interview

Let's start with the basics: Can you guys tell me what was your build for the speed race and for the freestyle race?
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Paul Archer
Interviewer
For the race I was under the impression that we were suppose to be running a 7Km track.

So I built:When I landed in Dubai on Friday March 4th Running a 4S 2200. I could get about 7-8 minutes of flight time cruising so for the 10-12 minute track I only had to make one pit stop battery change.
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele
Racing was 6" Alien with Lumenier 2206 2000kv motors, Kiss 24a esc, Kiss FC, IRC 200mw vtx, HQ 6x4.5 prop.
Chad Nowak
Finalglideaus
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360 video of the WDP course - By Chad Nowak

For freestyle I just brought along a few 5" aliens with me. My typical 2206 2350kv kiss 24 kiss FC. And HQ 5040x3 props.
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele
Freestyle was 5" Alien, EMAX RS2205 2300kv motor, Kiss 24a esc, Kiss FC, HQ 5x4x3 prop, IRC 600 mw vtx.
Chad Nowak
Finalglideaus

Chad's Drone Prix Freestyle video

Now, could you tell me please what places did you get in the overall ranking for all the races?
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
Not sure about what position I came as they didn't get specific out side the top 4. I placed 3rd in qualifying, won my top 32 race and was leading my top 16 race before clipping a gate, breaking a prop and not being able to continue.Freestyle I came 4th but the music I used was cut after only 30 seconds which disrupted my routine.
Chad Nowak
Finalglideaus
20 rd
qualifying race
20 th
Freestyle Race
For freestyle I just brought along a few 5" aliens with me. My typical 2206 2350kv kiss 24 kiss FC. And HQ 5040x3 props.
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele
20 th
Speed Race
20 nd
Freestyle Race

Dubai World Prix winner places for both races

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Track Race

  1. Banni UK
  2. Dubai Dronetek
  3. VS Meshcheriakov
  4. Dutch Drone Race Team SQG
  5. Team Awkbots
  6. No Longer Noob
  7. Vincbee Team
  8. DroneXLabs

Freestyle

  1. Minchin Kim
  2. Steele Davis
  3. John Schaer
  4. Chad Nowak
  5. Banni UK
Was putting in good lap times and was in first second place during the race but made a mistake staying too low in the big tower gate punch and fell to my doom.. Only one broken prop... Let me state that I would like DALs to be band from all events lol. It's like cheating
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele

Here’s another interview I did some time ago…

Now, could you tell me please what places did you get in the overall ranking for all the races?
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
I spent 0$. The only money I spent out of my own pocket to prepare for Dubai was about 300$ on wall adaptors for my phone and computer and then a huge 130L piece of luggage.All the costs were covered by our sponsors and Rotor Riot.
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele
Who was your favorite racer, both in speed and freestyle (besides yourselves, haha)?
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
Hahaha "besides myself ". What an arrogant dick that guy, Lol. Umm I really like Ethan Gulnac. Aka a 15 year old from HAWAII.
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele

Go check Ethan’s Youtube Channel!

I was keen to race with Luke. I've always known he was fast as I have been friends with him online for a while and mentored him in some areas like the physiological side of racing last year when he first started competing. I was very pleased to see him do well at Dubai.
Chad Nowak
Finalglideaus
"do well" might be an understatement lol. He got big media coverage thanks to his win.
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
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I always live by the rule that when someone wins just know they had both skill and luck on their side, but so did you if you win, so be understanding when someone else wins yet be humble when you do.
Chad Nowak
Finalglideaus

Chad Nowak: be understanding when someone else wins yet be humble when you do.

You're an incurable philosopher! And we love it! I must say I was pretty surprised when Luke, the 15 year old guy won the competition. Kudos to him!
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
Other than that Stingersswarm aka Kevin Doughtry. And, yes, Luke is a great pilot. I life Skitzo too. Love*
Chad Nowak
Finalglideaus
That was no mistake. Skitzo is love Skitzo is life! Lol.
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
Having someone that is as passionate about something as you are close by is amazing. And he's a really cool dude. So yeah. Without him I wouldn't be in the position I am today
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele

You might want to take a break before reading the final question…

How did the Dubai experience affect you and what do you have in plan for the future?
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
I was very impressed with how the race panned out and hope to work with the organizers to make next year even more impressive. I think quad racing is alive and well. My plan now is a few weeks off and then planning for future Rotor Riot episodes.
Chad Nowak
Finalglideaus
The event was epic. It had some issues, but this industry is in its teething stages it only gets better from this point on. In the future I plan on expanding the hobby in many ways, through Rotor Riot and through attending as many world wide events as I can. I think there is a European Rotor Riot Tour coming up very soon so we will see what that brings to the table.
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Steele Davis
Mr Steele
Wow, can't wait for that! Many thanks to both of you for taking your time to talk to me and my audience. Let's hope more and more people will discover this beautiful hobby with its bells and whistles!
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Paul Archer
Chief Gator
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