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A British teenager, 15-year-old boy,  has taken first place in the world's biggest drone-racing competition and won $250,000 in the World Drone Prix in Dubai. 

Luke Bannister from Somerset, known to his fans as BANNI-UK, piloted his drone to victory along an outdoor track, successfully steering the craft through a series of illuminated hoops. He raised the golden trophy over his head after the race, held with the looming skyscrapers of the Dubai Marina in the background. Bannister's team, Tornado X-Blades Banni UK, won a $250,000 purse, part of $1 million in prizes.

Dubai's World Drone Prix is one of the biggest events yet - with around 2,000 people turning up to see the teams compete. Drone pilots fly their racing craft in first-person, using special headsets to see as the drone sees, but for observers the footage can feel — and sound — like being strapped to the front of a particularly excitable wasp.

Cabinet-level minister in the United Arab Emirates also announced the start of the World Future Sports Games in December 2017. Those contests next year will include robotic swimming, running, wrestling and car racing.

March 27, 2016 Living photo: World Drone Prix Dubai

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