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FPV Racing Tips with Captainvanover

FPV Racing Tips with Captainvanover

About damn time!  A post on FPV racing tips is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but just been too busy.  With Alex (captainvanover) joining the team, now is the time to do this.

Alex has competed all over the world with all of the fastest guys on the planet.  He will share his knowledge and experience of being a full time drone racer.

This FPV racing tips post will be spread out over several posts instead of one super long post/video.  Each post will focus on a single element in racing.  We’ll try to keep each post/video short and concise.  Each element will be broken down technically, tips from Alex and drills you can practice.

So far here are some of the elements we will be covering.

  • Tune/rates for racing
  • Slaloms
  • Dive gates
  • Jacob’s ladder
  • How to find the best lines
  • How to stay calm

I’ll be doing a video on his race builds and tunes once we get the R-Frames and Alex finalizes his setup.

Captainvanover’s Setup

Dive Gates Tips

The first episode in the FPV racing tips will cover dive gates.  I dunno about you guys but I cringe whenever I see a dive gate on the track.  I’ve broken more parts on dive gates than any other gate.  Dive bombing metal poles is rough on quads.

After filming this episode I realized the mistakes I’ve been making.  This video will cover the two types of dive gates, going down, going up and how to execute each properly.

Here’s a breakdown on how to hit dive gates:

  • Watch your entry speed.  Going in too fast will not give you enough time to correct for mistakes
  • Proper height – you don’t want to pop up too high before going down.  This will have an entry speed too fast and make it hard to correct and not slam into the ground.  Going in too low will not give you enough time to correct
  • There are three ways you can hit a down gate – toilet bowl, coming in at an angle or blind split S.  Each have advantages and disadvantages.
  • For up gates, just slow down and enter at the proper angle, tilting back slightly, then throttle up.  Also watch the entry speed

Slalom Gates Tips

Learn how the fastest pilots in the world blow through the slalom gates.

Slalom Gate Tips
  • Keep the flags in view
  • Use mostly roll with a little bit of yaw to move through the flags
  • Watch your entry speed.  Going in too fast will require you to air break and throw you off line
  • Start rolling before you hit the next flag

Jacob’s Ladder

There are two kinds of jacob’s ladder, going up and going down.  It doesn’t matter how many gates whether it’s 2 or 5, the technique is the same for all.

Jacob’s Ladder Tips
  • Watch your entry speed.  If you come in too fast you’ll blow out and get off line.
  • Keep the pole in your goggle view

Setting up Race Lines

Setting up race lines are one of the most important aspects in racing.  It helps you fly smoother, faster and more efficiently.

Tips for Setting up race lines
  • Use the three second rule – plan your lines three seconds ahead for the next gates
  • start lining up for the next gate before you pass the current gate

Stay tuned for the next episode next week as we cover how to stay calm under pressure.

Put in the comments below and let us know what other elements you’d like to see covered?

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2019-07-19T13:56:36-06:00 Basics, Quick Tips|3 Comments


  1. Michael Petale 05/22/2019 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Fantastic news guys! He´s a great pilot as is all your team!👌👌👌🏆🍾 I´ll be intently glued to what you endeavour to produce!

  2. Scott 05/29/2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Great video! New to racing and this was very helpful. Looking forward to seeing what you guys put out next. I would really like to see a video on how you approach the corkscrew Gates. Where they’re set up one right next to the other and what is the fastest method to get through them . Thanks


    • Mike Tseng 05/29/2019 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      thanks! i’ll put that in the list

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