IRL Podcast – Episode #16 – We make the rules!

Gareth and Sab have taken it upon themselves to revolutionise Formula One for the 2021 season, and discuss in the most recent Podcast how they would add to the overall show, in the weirdest and wackiest of ways. catch up with the episode and join in with the discussion.

Also featured is the build up to the Japanese GP, and the result from Round Eleven in Canada.

Remember, you can find the Podcast on;

YouTube 

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iTunes

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Super swede Scopefielder crowned equal F1 Champion in Singapore

Renault’s Scopefielder clinched his third consecutive F1 equal league drivers championship with 2nd place in the Singapore Grand Prix. The super swede drove a controlled race to claim a record 53rd career podium to cement his place in the Invictus Racing League record books with back to back F1 championships and a record equalling 3rd career Invictus Championship. Scope joins the likes of Speed_Queen80 & Sambamkid as 3 time Invictus champions in a season that has yielded 5 wins and could yet equal the record of 6 wins in a season.
Scope finished 10 seconds behind race winner Harry_B in a race where he started 5th and dropped to 8th after a cautious start, but with drama ahead of him, he steadily made his way up to 3rd place, before a pass on Nevermiss elevated him to 2nd before the pit stops. An undercut on then race leader white-fountain gave Scope a net 2nd place into the 2nd stint, and with Harry making a late stop on the 2 stop strategy, Harry caught and passed Scope. But the Swede didn’t fight it as 2nd place was enough to secure the drivers crown.

“I’m really pleased for winning the championship today…I can kinda relax for the last two races now. Yeah, it feels good. I had a good race today. With the crashes in front of my at the start. Overall I think had good pace. Harry was really quick with the 3rd (career) win for him”

“Obviously I wanted to win the race, but I got stuck in traffic early on, I don’t know how many laps, I saw Harry go into the pit early so I knew he was on a 2 stopper, that he would gain that gap very quick whilst I was stuck in traffic, so that was a bit of an issue so I knew that would come back to hurt me later on. He was really fast anyway I’m not sure if I would have been able to challenge him if I didn’t have that traffic”

 

The season started out in stunning fashion for the swede with Victory in the first four races in Austria, Monaco, France & Japan, with the rest of the field scratching their heads on how to challenge the Renault driver. A 5th place at Spa and with the introduction of FPL_Charlie to the league brought an end to the winning streak, but bouncing back in Brazil with another win put the championship virtually out of reach for the rest. A 4th place in Australia followed by a lacklustre 8th in China gave his rivals a glimmer of hope, and his absence in Bahrain offered a further lifeline to his rivals. But with the maths simple coming to Singapore, with a podium to clinch the title, the swede drove a calculated race whilst others in front lost their heads and claimed the podium he required.

With an incredible 5 wins this season to his name and even more records in his sights, how will Scope approach the final two races?

“I think I can be a bit more aggressive, like today and at the start, I was really, like I didn’t want to lose a front wing so I lost a few positions there, so which in the end there cost me a chance to fight with Harry, I got stuck in the train… yeah I think I’m gonna be a bit more aggressive now the title is clinched, so hopefully I can get a win before the season ends”

Congratulations from everyone at Invictus Racing League to Scopefielder on an incredible season for the Swede as he clearly remains the man to beat

IRL Podcast – Episode #14 – Are Ferrari back?

Gareth and Sab are back with the 14th episode of the F1 Podcast

This week they discuss the mini revival of Ferrari after a poor first half of the season, whilst talking who will be the driver(s) to take Ferrari forward in the future? They also review the recent Singapore Grand Prix and how the tyres affected the race race results, amongst much more.

In addition they review the ninth round of the Invictus F1 2019 season in Bahrain, and Sab’s Hot-Lap question asks him to reveal his dream line-up at Ferrari using all previous Ferrari drivers.

We apologise for the loss of introduction audio at the beginning, unfortunately we cannot explain why! However if you do enjoy the Podcast let us know, and equally if you would like to see anything different get hold of Gareth or Sab!

IRL Podcast: Episode #13 – Is Singapore the next “Jewel in the crown of F1?”

 

Join Gareth and Sab as they bring you the 13th episode of their F1 Podcast. This week they build up to the Singapore Grand Prix and discuss it’s draw, and if it could overtake Monaco as the street circuit that everyone wants to win. They also talk the moves in F1 with Haas retaining Romain Grosjean, Robert Kubica leaving Williams and what is next for Nico Hulkenberg, plus a quick round up for the round eight races at China this week!

Remember you can listen to YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud and iTunes. They record live on Thursdays at 8pm, and welcome questions from the community!

 

Now streaming on YouTube!

 

 

You may have realised that from this week we started streaming our races directly to YouTube. This is part of a new direction that the league is planning to move in, and we have a lot of very exciting developments that will hopefully be happening over the next few months. We have made this move to aid our outreach, whilst making it easier for our admin team to complete their roles behind the scenes and speed up the viewing process for our community.

We will currently continue with the same schedule of races as follows (all races start at 8pm UK);

 

Monday – No-Assist  (Gareth and Sab on commentary)

 

Tuesday – Realistic Performance  (Malc and Tim)

 

Wednesday – F1 (Tim)

– F2 (Dan)

– F3 (Malc)

 

Thursday – F1 Podcast with Gareth and Sab 

– GT Sport DTM League (Sam)

 

Sunday    – GT Sport LMP1 League (Billy)

 

To ensure the continual growth of the league we made this decision in good faith and hopefully it makes your experience post-race much easier. We are looking at upgrading and expanding our reach and look, and more details will be released when we have more information.

 

However, in the meantime, we would ask that if you can, to subscribe to the Invictus YouTube channel and either follow the league on Facebook or Twitter (links) This will help us look at where we need to improve and focus more attention. Although, if you do have any suggestions then please submit them to one of the admin team.

 

We hope you enjoy this change, and we will keep you all updated as to any further changes that are coming, but it is a very exciting time to be part of Invictus and we appreciate your time, patience, commitment and dedication whilst we make changes to enhance your experience here with us!

 

– The Invictus Admin Team

 

Invictus GT Sport DTM League: Round 5 – Blue Moon Bay Infield A

 

The GT Sport DTM League traveled to Blue Moon Bay for Round 5. The two mile circuit at the Blue Moon Bay Speedway hosts the 5th round of the Invictus GT Sport DTM League. The circuit features technical slow speed corners which is designed to deceive and trip up unprepared drivers.

 

Turn 1 does present a challenge to drivers, being a long curving bend with a late apex after the high-speed straight; drivers often find the need to “trail brake” and can be found often locking the brakes and under-steering. Sector 2 contains a “deceptive corner” at Turn 4 which is notorious for catching out unaware drivers. Although looking a shallow corner, it is a 90 degree turn. Turn 9 in sector 3 is very similar to Turn 4 although is taken entirely differently; taking a late apex, aiming to increase exit speed prior to the main straight.

 

Catch up with last nights action from Blue Moon Bay Speedway; commentary comes from I_sam_smith_I.

 

In memory – Anthoine Hubert (1996-2019)

 

 

 

Invictus Racing League is saddened to report on the tragic news after the passing of Anthoine Hubert this evening.

On lap two of the FIA F2 round nine Feature race, Arden driver Anthoine Hubert was involved in a violent multi-car incident after the Raidillon corner at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium which also involved the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz of Juan-Manuel Correa, amongst others.

After an agonising wait, the worst news was released by the FIA that unfortunately Anthoine had succumbed to his injuries and passed away the age of 22 and only three weeks before his 23rd birthday. Juan-Manuel Correa was airlifted to Liege Hospital where he was reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

Anthoine enjoyed a successful karting career where he often raced the likes of Dorian Boccolachi and Charles Leclerc, and in 2013 moved up to the French F4 Championship where he won the series at the first attempt. In the following years he took victories in the Formula Renault Championship alongside future F2 rivals Jack Aitken, Louis Deletraz and Nikita Mazepin. However it was when moving into GP3 in 2017 he started to show his true potential, and after a first season that saw him finish fourth in the Championship, in 2018 he won the last ever GP3 Championship as part of the French team ART, whilst being signed to the Renault Sport Academy, and in turn managed to get a drive for Arden in Formula 2 for 2019.

This season he took hugely popular victories at the Monaco Grand Prix and French Grand Prix Sprint races and was currently eighth in the driver standings with 77 points, and had been tipped to represent Renault in the future on the Formula One grid.

 

It has been a shocking and sad day for everyone involved in the Motorsport world, and we here at Invictus Racing League offer our sincerest condolences and positive thoughts to the family, friends, colleagues and sponsors of Anthoine Hubert.

A minutes silence will be held at the commencement of the next round of races in his memory.

 

Thank you for sharing your passion with us all Anthoine, may you rest well.

 

The Invictus Racing League community

 

GT Sport Season 2 Announced

 

The details for Season 2 of the GT Sport league have been revealed and it is a battle of the manufacturers! After the inaugural season here at Invictus was a huge success, season two looks to build on that with more drivers and more close clean racing. The calendar as well as the drivers and teams lineups have also been revealed.

Season 2 Calendar

Calendar for Season 2 of the Gran Turismo Sport GT3 league has been announced. The season will run for 8 weeks beginning 8th August through to 26th September. Dragon Trail serves up the season opener whilst the iconic Suzuka Circuit will be the double points season finale. Visits to iconic circuits Mount Panarama, Interlagos & Brands Hatch are new to the calendar. The Pre-season race on 1st August will be at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Season 2 GT Sport GT3 Calendar

  • Pre-season 1/8 Austria
  • Round 1 8/8 Dragon Trail Gardens
  • Round 2 15/8 Lago Maggiore
  • Round 3 22/8 Kyoto Driving Park
  • Round 4 29/8 Interlagos
  • Round 5 5/9 Blue Moon Infield A
  • Round 6 12/9 Mount Panarama
  • Round 7 19/9 Brands Hatch
  • Round 8 26/9 Suzuka (Double points)

Season 2 GT Sport driver & teams lineup

This season we will be once again be racing with the GT3 class cars, but instead of identical spec cars, we will be using 4 different manufacturer cars, all built to the same specs. We have 5 teams of 3 split into Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Honda. Drivers will compete as usual for the Drivers title, but also the drivers in each manufacturer we race for the manufacturers title. And with double points in the final race, it looks a mouth watering season.

  • Mercedes:
    • Tejuarr, Gazzaman, Will_m78
  • Porsche:
    • WWFC, SirSpud, TonnAlbanach
  • Audi:
    • Stim, Tamworthfox, Higgins
  • BMW:
    • Dosis, Souske, R2R_Manta
  • Honda:
    • RallyMathie, SpeedQueen, R2R_Mao

Season 2 stream

This season we will be streaming all of the races LIVE. Our new commentator is Alex (Ozone_NeverMiss) and you can catch all the action direct from our twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/invictusracingleagues

 

We look forward to season two and who will come out on top!

 

Invictus Racing League – Round One – Austria – Powered by Red Bull (Ring)

 

 

 

After two pre-season races for each league, the official Invictus calendar began this week as the cars and drivers made their way to Spielberg, Austria for the first round of the season.

All leagues are near capacity, but with a few spaces left on track now is the time to get yourself on the grid for the season by heading to the ‘Apply to race’ section above. However, the talent on show was more than enough excitement this week as we saw four fantastic races.

(Due to connection issues the Performance League was postponed and will be rescheduled.)

 

No-Assist

In an explosive opener, the No-Assist league once again provided a sumptuous nights entertainment with one of the best on track battles we have seen in several seasons.

Qualifying was led start to finish by the Renault of LR_Archy, who seemed untouchable in the French manufacture, as he claimed pole ahead of FPL_Charlie, who was making his official debut in the league.

Although losing the lead off of the start, Archy was able to come back at Charlie into turn three on lap two and from there he controlled the race from the front.

It was the battle behind which enthralled the viewers as we saw a magnificent fight, firstly between Charlie and Scott (BoyBetterKnowSB) in the Mercedes and the two Haas cars of Scopefielder and Samuthepito, which unfortunately was cut short after a mistake from Samuthepito as the Spaniard mis-judged his pit-entry and ended up cutting across a helpless Charlie, forcing him into an early spin and subsequent pit-stop.

As the race progressed Archy opened up a huge lead, and with the impressive No-Assist rookie NickLJThomson also running well in second, they both put themselves back on track after their stops with clear air and the ability to push to the end on fresh rubber.

The battle for second went down to the wire as both Haas cars, Scott, NickLJT and CPI Alex all ran nose-to-tail as the five swapped positions lap upon lap fighting for a podium position, the action was electrifying and highlighted by a superb move around the outside of turn four for Scopefielder on Scott.

However, the man of the day was Archy as the Renault crossed the line comfortably 20 seconds up the road from his rivals, as he started the season in dominant fashion. Scott came across the line in second, but was pipped on a penalty by Samuthepito, who himself would be visiting the stewards post-race. Scopefielder, Nick and Alex finished off of the podium, but played their part in a dramatic opening race.

Next up, Monaco.

 

Equal Performance

F1

It was business as usual once again for VSR_Marqueses as the Williams driver took full honours at the head of the pack for the entire evening around the Red Bull Ring. It was already well known that he had a significant pace advantage going into the session, but with the likes of Scopefielder and fast starting Partridge99 both looking to catch the impressively fast pole-sitter, it was all to play for.

However, it was immediately apparent that the task would be a tall order as he drove away from the pack, and by lap four already enjoyed a three second lead.

The battle ended up being for second in the early stages, but with Partridge collecting the Alfa Romeo of Foxyred2000 into turn three, it promoted Scopefielder into second and demoted the frustrated drivers to fourth and sixth respectively.

The beneficiary of the mistakes around him was AaronJSpence, who like Partridge was making his debut in F1, and by lap 14 had made his way into third place, and after making his stop was able to carve back through past the likes of Partridge and TamworthFox back into the podium positions.

At the front it was once again Marqueses who put on a clinic for the rest of the league as he crossed the line seventeen seconds ahead of nearest rival Scopefielder as the VSR driver claimed the first race win of the season.

The final podium position went to Aaron, who after making a mistake and dropping to fifth was able to keep in a small enough gap to be promoted via penalties to the podium, whilst a late spin for Partridge dropped him from fourth to sixth.

Great start from Marqueses and he will be happy with the pace tonight on a track he enjoys. Can he keep up this lightning performance for the next 11 rounds?

 

F2

There was a surprise in F2 this week as Tanker903 took the race win in Spielberg. The Austrian flagged driver had struggled in pre-season and not shown the pace that he unleashed on Wednesday, but he was a comfortable winner ahead of the first of two McLarens in the top four with Megglugpy in second on his return to F2.

The race had started him Megg on pole, but with Tanker overhauling him and keeping the McLaren at bay, it was the fight for second and third between Megg and another surprise in Steen-13, who only in his second year of sim-racing was able to go toe-to-toe with the multi-time champion in Invictus. Although he had to settle for third as he tried but unfortunately just couldn’t keep up in the late stages on very worn hard tyres.

The battles on track throughout the race were absolutely superb, and fighting from 15th meant that Captain_Stiff was in many of them, after a good start and consistent early pace, he engaged in a brilliant fight with Craig8728, and then a returning DeLange93 who was welcomed back to the league with a dazzling side-by-side fight with Stiff over the first two sectors as the two banged wheels and gave each other just enough room, whilst unrelenting in their pursuit to gain the position.

On the reverse strategy however it was Stiff who managed to stay ahead in the late stages, and with the McLaren’s amassing 20 points already, could they be a force in this seasons’ constructor’s championship?

Tanker will be delighted with his pace and no doubt with the winner’s trophy, but there are plenty of talented drivers in F2 this season, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see several different names visit the top step of the rostrum over the remainder of the calendar.

 

F3

FerociousDan has dominated pre-season in F3, and with the McLaren driver once again on form, he made it a first official win to add to his pre-season successes. He has pedigree for pace around the Red Bull Ring, and makes it a second season in a row of standing on the top step of the podium, as he utilised very quick early pace and then a perfect strategy call as the race suddenly became intermediate conditions after fourteen laps.

The race started well for Dan as he lined up alongside team-mate F1Richard, but with the race turning wet, the drivers that all started on the soft compound were struggling for grip, and for the unfortunate Richard, he stopped for hard tyres one lap before the rain hit and therefore lost around twenty seconds making a second stop two laps later dropping him well out of contention.

Luke Bailey had made solid progress through the field, and the Red Bull driver along with the Mercedes of BWAClyde both enjoyed large gaps and could cruise around for the remaining 14 laps and make up the podium for round one.

It’s another win for Dan who is surely the #1 favourite for the F3 after his win, but can he keep the consistency that he lacked last season, and with last season’s runner-up  xMIKExSI returning to F3 for the season at Monaco, perhaps the McLaren may have a slightly harder task than first thought?

There are plenty of drivers in f3 capable of winning, but who can step-up in Monte Carlo and take the fight to FerociousDan.

 

 

Join us next week as we return to the streets on Monte Carlo, Monaco for the first time in 18 months as the cars take to the tight streets of the glamourous principality in the south of France. Who can hold their nerve, and draw the winning hand as Invictus heads to the trickiest circuit on the calendar.

Premier League Fantasy Football is back!

 

It’s back for a second season!

The Invictus Racing League fantasy football league has been renewed and all community members are now free to create their teams and add them too the league!

After Gareth (Captain_Stiff) ran away with the league last season and took home the inaugural title, he is back to defend that crown! There was a strong fight over second to fourth late in the season, and we hope that we get even more participants joining the battle this year!

All members are invited and encouraged to join, and can do so just using this code (below link) on the ‘Join League’ section on the website.

Fantasy Premier League, Official Fantasy Football Game of the Premier League

Official Fantasy Premier League 2019/20. Free to play fantasy football game, set up your fantasy football team at the Official Premier League site.

Code – ocnyky

 

Good luck to all competitors!