The BunDucksLiga is back in style with an updated race mode that brings more drama, excitement and jaw-dropping action from the Bundesliga ducks. Now out of the water, the ducks have learnt to fly – with the help of drones! The ducks will race at full-throttle around Borussia Mönchengladbach's magnificent Borussia-Park stadium to find the next BunDucksLiga champion!
How does the BunDucksLiga 2018 work?
It’s all very simple!
- There are three rounds, each containing six ducks (well, 15 ducks in total – Gladbach are represented by a foal, Wolfsburg by a wolf and Werder Bremen by a dwarf in a lifebuoy).
- The best two from each preliminary round make it to the final, where the top six go head-to head.
Watch: BunDucksLiga 2018 - best of the group stage
Bayern Munich are the defending champions, having whizzed around the whirlpool fastest in 2017. However, they only came second in their Group A qualifying heat, with Mainz storming away to a clear victory.
In qualifying Group B, Borussia Dortmund posted the fastest time overall and were the only club to finish the course in under a minute.
In the final qualifying round, 2016 champions Bayer Leverkusen cruised into the final ahead of Darmstadt.
In the final, however, Bayern were streaks ahead of the competition, taking the gold medal by a clear eight-second margin.
Watch: Click on the video below to watch the 2017 BunDucksLiga final!
The competition got off to a gentle start in 2016 as Darmstadt and Hertha Berlin floated into the final with the two slowest qualifying times.
Qualifying Group B was a real nail-biter and went right down to the wire, with Ingolstadt and Augsburg eventually getting their beaks in front to book a place in the title decider.
In the final heat, Leverkusen sent out a statement of their intent, recording the fastest time of the competition in 54.76 seconds.
Leverkusen went on to back up their performance in qualifying with another speedy display in the final to take the 2016 crown.
Watch: The 2016 BunDucksLiga final
The inaugural tournament began with a neck-and-neck race between Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach to win the first qualifying heat.
Mainz and Bayern didn't need to get out of second gear in the next qualifier, paddling into the decider with the slowest times of all finalists.
There was no taking it easy from Werder Bremen in the next race, however, as the Green-Whites went flat out for their place in the final and recorded the fastest time overall.
The final was a gripping affair and could scarcely have been any closer, with Hertha edging out Bayern by one tenth of a second to take the inaugural BunDucksLiga title.
Watch: The 2015 BunDucksLiga final
Stay tuned for the 2018 competition. With 14 cameras filming over 14 hours’ worth of high-tech thrills and spills, voiced by the inimitable Jon Hartley, in a Bundesliga cathedral, this is not a race to miss!