Invictus Racing League – Battling in Budapest – Round three review

Just 30 minutes from the picturesque cities of Buda-pest, the Hungaroring offers a strange mix of a fast flowing corners but with the feel of a street circuit in a tricky and enticing track layout which promotes close racing but hard overtaking opportunities.

The Hungaroring has provided some scintillating racing in previous Invictus Racing League seasons and with no reason to expect any different the feeling in the paddock was that of wary optimism.

Hungary can be highly rewarding to those who are brave but equally can punish the slightest mistakes with devastating results.

It was round three of the Invictus calendar and with two very competitive founds under the wheels of the drivers already. The expectation of another fantastic week of racing was on the mind of all involved.

No-assists

The no-assist championship had started with a bang over the previous two rounds. The championship lead was poised nicely between three drivers at the top as BoyBetterKnow, Scopefielder and Humbostone all vied for top spot in the standings before we head to France for the first race at Circuite Paul Ricard.

It was a beautiful blue skied day awaiting for qualifying and with the cheers of the crowd echoing across the circuit the cars started rumbling down the pit lane and onto the track surface.

Pole was taken in superb fashion by the Force India of Nikki9095 who just pipped current joint points leader Humbostone to second with BoyBetterKnow sitting just behind them.

It was a disastrous session for xMikexSI who crashed out early before setting a time and for Speed_Queen80 who set a time outside of the 107% time of Nikki meaning the Williams driver would have to ask for permission from the circuit stewards to line up on the grid. A dry race was forecasted and it was well received by the grid as 14 cars would be heading down to turn one.

The red lights went out and the man on the charge off the line was BoyBetterKnow who seemed to have lightning reactions off the line as he breezed past Humbostone and Nikki to take the lead heading into the first corner.

Nikki followed the Sauber closely through the initial laps as the top three made a break over the rest of the field and and they pushed hard to open up a three second lead over Joel who had equally made a good start to move up into fourth.

Scott lost the lead on lap three and was struggling to get his card slowed down for corners and at the end of lap three after losing control in sector two the decision was made by the Sauber pit-wall to retire to car as it seemed a hydraulic issue would put a premature end to the championship leaders race.

He wouldn’t be the only car on track struggling for grip as cameras picked up Joel losing control of his Force India at turn five which in turn dropped him to the back of the field in what has been a torrid start to the season for him.

It turned into a nightmare afternoon for Otmar Szafnauer as Nikki9095 lost control of the sister Force India, as he headed towards the wall on the exit of turn nine he collided with the unfortunate Humbostone as the McLaren pit-wall looked on in disbelief as their driver was forced into an early stop for a wing change whilst Nikki retired from the race after stalling the car trying to recover from a second spin just two corners later.

The man on the move was Mamafisher who had made a superb first stint work to move up from 12th to second as he followed Jos_Heinssie who had been promoted to the race lead with the two circulating at a good pace on the soft tyre.

Mamafisher made his only stop on lap 17 and used a superb one lap undercut to pass Jos for the lead of the race as the two were followed by Delange93 who had made a quiet but effective move to a podium position.

The race went down to the wire and Mamafisher drove brilliantly to keep Jos behind but after a time penalty was dropped into the lap of the race leader he knew that all hard-work to maintain the lead would most likely be in vain.

The two crossed the line with Mamafisher managing to hold off the dutch driver. However, it was Jos who was promoted to the race victory after the stewards placed the time penalties upon the initial winner.

DeLange93 took a fantastic third in the Haas as he continued his impressive start to the season

 

Delange93 picked up a fantastic third in the Haas whilst Speed_Queen80 came home fourth after a good display in the underpowered Williams. Humbostone fought back after his early tangle with Nikki and recovered to fifth and as the only driver of the three at the top of the standings before the race to pick up points he took a slender lead heading to France next week.

Scopefielder had a disappointing race and finished over 40 seconds down in 11th as the Toro Rosso struggled all race to find any pace in an off day for the Swede.

Humbostone leads the field in the championship by six points but with the top three finishing either out or down the order. It will certainly open up the championship to the rest of the grid.

 

Performance 1

After his victory in Bahrain, Renault driver Tejuarr was on the hunt for another positive result at the Hungaroring. The ultrasoft tyre was always going to be the dominant performer in qualifying and mj_coop was the driver who made it count when it mattered.

The Red Bull driver obliterated the rest of the field to take pole by over seven tenths ahead of LMC_Boogster in second who dragged his Sauber around superbly to get it on the front row.

The race was poised nicely as drivers such as AaronJSpence, Tony-Y and SirSpud were all starting further down the grid so would be in the mood for a charge early on.

As the race went green an immediate problem for Ferrari driver xMIKExSI saw the car spin the tyres and lose control as he found himself pointing the wrong direction ina  move that baffled the pit-wall leading to speculate about a fluid leak onto the tyres on the formation lap.

Ahead, mj_coop maintained the lead into turn one and it was last weeks winner in Tejuarr who got the jump into second position past Boogster who battled throughout the lap with the Renault into the penultimate corner. It wasn’t the outcome he wanted and after colliding with the Renault he lost the rear end thus dropping him back to the back end of the field.

Jamie_6328 had made a great start moving into third, but after a spin at turn five on lap two disaster struck. The Haas speared across the circuit into the wall and as it rebounded it was collected by the unfortunate SirSpud in the Renault as both drivers ended their races earlier than planned with terminal damage.

The two also caused Tony-Y to lose control of his Sauber and collide with the wall. It called the pit-crew into action early and dropped Tony to the back of the field effectively ruling himself out of a podium position.

A lap later and a mistake from Ferrari_LCFC10 saw him lose front aero components when he ran into the back of Skyzii into turn 15 and the wing change would cause him to lose precious time in the pit-window in what was a close knit start to the race.

mj_coop controlled the first half of the race and even after making his stop onto the medium tyre he breezed past SJD easily into turn one and quickly caught the Sauber of Boogster on lap 20 of 35 as the then leaders of Mike and Boogster pitted to make their first and second stops respectively. This freed up coop to push and extend his lead at the front with only SJD keeping up with the Red Bull.

Lap 22 saw the unfortunate end for Tejuarr as last weeks victor lost control of his car in sector two, after running well in the midfield early. It wasn’t to be for the experienced driver as he cut a frustrated figure in the post race interviews.

The race distance started to count down and with six laps left it was a comfortable lead for coop as SJD tried to keep him honest in second, Fascone who had found himself in third after a first lap pit-stop meant he was on almost 30 lap old tyres by the end as he saw the gap between himself and Boogster disappearing lap upon lap.

There was still time for controversy as another collision between Skyzii and FerrariLFC saw the two spin at turn two and ultimately fall back behind the recovering Tony. The two were immediately called to the stewards after the race to explain their sides of the story in what looks like a testy rivalry building between the two.

The chequered flag saw a perfect race finished off by mj_coop who took home the pole, victory and fastest lap as he gave us a dominant display in front of the passionate fans.

SJD came in second after starting seventh in a drive that saw plaudits from the paddock after the race. Fascone took provisional third ahead of Boogster who took a three second penalty for an earlier infraction demoted him back behind the Irishman who finished the race on 34 lap old medium tyres.

A post race dispute was raised by the Sauber team and after speaking with the stewards it was agreed to rescind the penalty and therefore promoted Boogster back into third.

mj_coop leads the championship heading to the Paul Ricard circuit next week with 15 points, but with a field who will all be eyeing up the title there is certainly no reason not to expect the lead to change come France.

 

Equal Performance 

F1

Sambamkid had started off this season in his usual style as he took race victory in the first two races and as the grid all made their way to the circuit the talk was all about how to stop his dominance.

Sam lead the way by 6 points to Jos_Heinssie and looked in fine form to continue his winning ways as qualifying began. However, an issue with the Mercedes in the garage confined him to start from the back of the grid and not set a time meaning a trip to the stewards to cover the 107% ruling would be undertaken.

In his absence it was mdoran09 who took pole position by the slightest of margins. The Toro Rosso set a time fractionally under seven hundredths of a second faster than Tamworthfox in second whilst Sam would have to pass the McLaren of Speed_Queen80 if he hoped to get himself back up the field.

The drivers woke up the next morning to a cold and wet track as they prepared for a much slipperier surface than qualifying and had to reassess their breaking points.

Mdoran lead the grid away from the line and kept his lead into turn one as the field tentatively made their way around the first lap.

Sambam moved past SpeedQueen but a brave move from the Mclaren saw her retake the position from Sam as they engaged in a fun battle of the next few laps.

The leader started lap four and with a lead of around a second it was looking like a close race was in store but the Toro Rosso pit-wall had their heads in their hands minutes later as their driver lost power and eventually drive as he rounded the final corners they made the decision to retire the car in a bitter blow to mdoran.

The rain had stopped and a drying line had quickly appeared on the track surface, this caused a rush of cars to flood into the pit-lane and with a mix of strategy through the field it eventually presented Foxyred2000 with the lead of the race ahead of Tamworth.

 

Sambamkid took another victory as he took his third consecutive victory to start the season

 

Speed_Queen80 and Sambam were still continuing their fight and finally on lap 8 Sam made the move on SQ and pulled away quickly and breezed past Jos on lap 10 as the Mercedes driver had already fought his way to third from last on the grid.

After pitting to remove the intermediate tyres the top two of Foxy and Tamworth had both put on a set of soft compound tyres which meant they would have to stop again, whilst Sam had used the medium tyre giving himself a chance at running them to the end. That was the case by lap 21 as both Foxyred and Tamworth were forced to stop and relinquish the lead to Sam.

As the race came to its crescendo Sambam was still leading but finding his lead being slowly etched away by Foxxyred and Tamworth who had both dispatched Speed_Queen for a place on the podium as they used the faster compound to move back through the field.

The laps ran out for Foxyred and the McLaren failed to catch Sambam who had driven a masterful race in changeable conditions to take the victory and a third win in a row from ninth and last on the grid.

Foxred2000 picked up a well deserved second whilst penalities demoted TamworthFox back behind Speed_Queen80 who picked up her second consecutive third place as she looks to get her season going and push towards a championship challenge.

Sambamkid maintains his lead at the top on 36 points with a perfect record so far. It is now up to the rest of the grid to play catch up but with drivers like Gamer_Da_Best262 waiting to return. Sam may not have it all his own way this season.

 

F2

Betrayer46 and WaveIntel were already reigniting their rivalry but this season in F2 as the two led the field after the first two races.

They wouldn’t have it easy though and with a returning Humbostone along with mj_coop and Benjym214 there were a plethora of drivers willing to push them off the perch at the top of the championship table.

Qualifying saw an almost even split as six drivers chose to start to the ultrasoft tyres whilst five decided for the soft tyre. It was only Kieran who decided against a time for the session and sat on row six at the back of the grid.

It was business as usual for the Red Bull team as Betrayer put his car on pole by two tenths to Humbostone in the Mercedes. Whilst out of the harder compound runners RickWR88 dropped ahead of mj_coop as the two started seventh and eighth.

WaveIntel could only make it into tenth and would find a very busy track ahead on the run down to turn one in a disappointing session for the Scottish driver.

Come race time it was a nightmare start for Betrayer, the championship leader didn’t get the best launch off the line and found himself swamped by the field as almost four cars battled for the lead into turn one.

After brief contact with Humbostone pushed both cars out wide both the Mercedes driver and Betrayer found themselves losing positions with Betrayer in sixth.

Fulchaa was the initial beneficiary of the start as he moved up from fourth on the grid to the race lead but with on the second lap the McLaren driver was already complaining of overheating tyres. This was evident as he was caught and overhauled easily by Humbostone and with the ultra soft tyres already struggling on Fulchaas car it from bad to worse.

He lost several positions to NeverMiss and Jamie but as he rounded the final corner he lost all grip and spun directly into the path of the recovering Betrayer. The two collided and although the the contact was minor it seemed Fulchaa would be forced to retire with an unknown issue.

Lap four saw the retirement of FerrariLFC10 who after picking up wing damage in a collision with Kieran found himself struggling for grip on the notoriously aero critical circuit and at turn five after running wide he was caught from behind by RickWr88 and Ferrari was put into the wall and therefore ended the race early for the Haas driver.

Mj_coop was the driver on the move early in the race and utilising the soft compound tyre to move up as the ultra soft runners began to stop on lap four. He was kept company by Kieran as the two tried to stretch a gap over the rest of the field.

As the race reached its half way point mj_coop was still in the lead on the soft tyres whilst Humbostone and Jamie had both move past NickLJ into podium positions. The drivers were made aware by the team weather reports that a prolonged rain cloud had moved into course with the circuit and on lap 17 the first drops of rain started falling.

This greatly impacted both Rick and Kieran who both pitted a few laps previously and would need to factor in another stop for the inevitable intermediate tyre.

Lap 18 saw chaos break out for the Ferrari team mates as NickLJThomson lost the rear end of the car at turn one and found himself facing in the wrong direction as he dropped out of a strong fourth back towards the end of the grid.

It would be a hard recovery for Nick as he struggled to get any temperature back into his old soft compound tyres on the slightly damp track surface.

The Maranello teams woes were then immediately compounded as their young driver promoted from F3 last season and championship challenger WaveIntel hit the wall at speed at turn four and ended his race much earlier than planned.

This was the time for the pit stops to happen and every driver came in on lap 19. The new tyres didn’t suit everyone however, NeverMiss00 who was looking at attacking Betrayer for fifth lost the rear end of his McLaren at the exit of turn three and added his name to the growing list on non finishers.

With ten laps to run the battle for the lead was between mj_coop, Humbostone and Jamie_6328 as the three all circulated within 1.5 seconds of each other. Coop started to look like he was in control of the race but on lap 28 the Red Bull driver made the slightest of mistakes which in the wet would always be punished as the leader dropped from first to third in one corner.

That promoted Humbostone into the lead and the Mercedes driver would now have the Renault of Jamie his main challenger for the race victory.

Lap 29 saw another retirement on circuit as Rick ended his race early in what was becoming a very difficult track surface and with five laps remaining there would only be seven runners left.

Jamie saw his opportunity on lap 32 as Humbostone make a mistake at turn five and he needed no invitation to send it up the inside for the race lead and he would go on to lead the final laps of the race.

Jamie crossed the line and took the provisional victory but a stewards penalty devastated the Renault driver as he dropped back to second behind Humbostone who would claim his first victory of the season. Mj_coop drew a frustrated air about him in the post race media discussions as penalties dropped him behind his team mate Betrayer who took an unlikely podium after a disappointing race.

Betrayer maintains the lead of the title and with WaveIntel non scoring it was a great result for the veteran English driver but with Humbostone, Jamie and Coop looking strong. This is not going to be a straight forward battle for anyone to claim the F2 championship.

F3

It was all change in F3 this week as Gazzaman96 and Paulo both saw themselves promoted to F2 whilst JamieMet92 joined the F3 league. The promotion effectively promoted BrenOns to championship leader and with a gaggle of cars behind all vying for points such as Fascone, Tejuarr and CaptainStiff it proved once again just how competitive F3 is.

Blue skies greeted the drivers in Hungary and with a dry race in store it would all be about who could connect up the perfect lap during qualifying.

As with most leagues it was a split grid of strategy calls as the drivers mixed between the soft compound and ultra soft and it was Fascone who set a blistering 1.16.9 on the ultrashort tyres who dominated qualifying to take pole position ahead of team mate xMIKExSI as the Toro Rosso drivers locked out the front row for the second time this season.

Osteven pipped SirSpud and CaptainStiff to third as the Mercedes of Spud was sat in between the two Renault drivers with F1Richard in fifth.

BrenOns had a poor session and after losing the rear end of his Sauber on the main straight with three minutes to go he had no time to recover and set another lap meaning it would be a charge from the back if he was planning on continuing his strong performances so far.

Fascone got a rocket of a start off the line and maintained his lead heading to turn one as Mike and osteven swapped positions for second and third. The Renault driver looked to be struggling early on the ultra soft tyres and by the mid point of the second lap had already haemorrhaged a three and a half second lead to Fascone.

Mike made a bold move back on Steven at turn 11 as the Toro Rosso moved back to a one-two position as the Renault started to lose a lot of time and after being passed by Spud down the main straight allowed his team-mate CaptainStiff past as the two split strategy.

The fighting in the midfield was intense and whilst F1Richard and JamieMet fought over fifth and sixth the battle behind was raging between the two Ferrari team mates in Craig8728 and Tejuarr. The two vastly experienced drivers were playing the team game and Tej made life easy for Craig as the two swapped places on lap four.

They immediately went on the offensive against F1Richard who had fallen back from his fight with Jamie and after a mistake from Richard saw his McLaren clip the wall at turn four he came back into the path of Craig who did masterfully well not to cause an accident which could have easily caught out four drivers.

However a mature drive from Craig saw him wait and move past Richard into turn 12 whilst his team mate Tej made a daring lunge into turn 13 as Richard started feeling the effect of a lack of aero as he started struggling to get the McLaren around the lap.

NotoriousLIP has had a disappointing start to the season in the Mercedes and that continued today as he retired early of after hitting the wall after turn three. The Irishman was tipped to do well this season but will hope the luck returns as we head to France before he starts to get left behind in the title fight.

Fascone and Mike had made their stops early to come off the used ultra soft as the two had started to come under threat from Spud and Stiff behind. The new race leaders then found themselves with free track ahead and Spud stretched his lead over Stiff who started to struggle on the tyres as JamieMet started to reel in the Renault.

 

Fascone was untouchable in Hungary and as hard as he tried, the Mercedes of Spud could not catch the Irishman

 

Jamie made the move on Stiff into turn one on lap eleven as the two fought over second. The quiet mover on the circuit however was BrenOns, he had started on the medium tyre and by lap 11 moved past Tejuarr into fifth as the current championship leader was starting to impose himself on the top five.

The race began plateau as it entered its mid point and with short battles taking over during the pit window it allowed Fascone to continue stretching his lead over SirSpud at the top of the field after Spud made his stop. The top five of Fascone, Spud, Jamie, Stiff and BrenOns had broken away from the rest of the field and it was championship leader BrenOns who had utilised a strong first stint on the mediums to move past Stiff on lap 28 as they two swapped fourth and fifth position.

The race came to its conclusion on lap 35 as Fascone came across the line to take a dominant victory having displayed a commanding lead throughout the entire race. He was followed by Spud who after two non finishes was delighted to be back on the podium as he looks to kick start his season.

JamieMet took a debut podium as the Red Bull came home in third ahead of BrenOns and Captain_Stiff as the two maintained more solid points scoring early in the season.

The Ferrari team-mates of Craig and Tejuarr had a race to forget as both tried the two stop but to no avail and with a spin from Tej early on into his second stint he would only recover to tenth place after a last lap over-take on the Renault of osteven who was frustrated after not transferring his qualifying pace over to race pace.

Bren_Ons maintains the lead in the championship but with Fascone now looking ominous behind after two strong races in Australia and Hungary he certainly will throw his hat in the ring for a battle for the title.

Behind it’s all to play for as Captain-Stiff, Tejuarr, Craig8728 are all looking up at the top two with the intent of putting themselves into title contention.

 

 

Once again it was another superb round of action in the Invictus Racing League. We depart Hungary and head to the Circuit Paul Ricard next week as we make our Invictus debut in France for the first time. The circuit will be a new challenge to all and with run off areas galore. It will be a fast paced and frenetic race packed with action from flag to flag.

 

 

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Invictus Racing League – Desert Duels – Round two review

As the sun set across the Kingdom of Bahrain bringing darkness to the sand dunes and local towns in Sakhir, the energy at the Bahrain International Circuit started to grow with every minute of the rising moon.

The buzz that had surrounded Invictus Racing League since its explosive round one outing in Australia last week created an excitement level in the air that was palpable and with the biggest amount of races due to take place this week in Bahrain the crowd were not disappointed.

Bahrain has seen some fantastic battles in previous seasons and has become a favourite for driver’s on the Invictus calendar, the circuit offers up great overtaking options with the added bonus of drivers’ having to be point perfect when it comes to riding kerbs and looking after their tyres.

The track has transitioned into a night race and with 495 floodlights giving off over 5,000 lumins in ‘daylight’ it has become a real spectacle to see to light glimmer off of the field of Formula One cars.

Once again it was the turn of No-Assists to trail blaze their way around the track surface and with a dusty start finish line leading down to a low-speed hairpin at turn one. We were due some fireworks…

 

The Bahrain International Circuit illuminates the night sky with hundreds of daylight bulbs providing a spectacular view from the air.

 

No-Assist

BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) had come away from round one in Australia with a confidence boosting victory, but it was the surprise package of Humbostone and Scopefielder that had shocked the paddock. The two tier two drivers had gate-crashed the party in what was expected to be a tight race at the top between the tier one drivers.

As the drivers’ sat in their cars and awaited the pit-lane light to go green there was a calm around the circuit which was only interrupted by the fans in the stand as they excitingly awaited the whir of the grid rolling out onto the dusty circuit under the bright lights.

It was Joel who got the session going in the Toro Rosso as he looked to improve on a difficult opening race in Australia and as a driver tipped for a title challenge in pre-season he was hoping for a much more positive result.

The qualifying session saw a mix of tyre calls as the grid worked out what compound would be most advantageous to start on. With three minutes remaining in the session an excellent lap from Malc saw him take take provisional pole  and as the driver’s finished their final laps it looked as if he would secure his first pole position of the season and a prime slot for the run down to turn one.

The Renault garage were delighted as time ran out but in cruel fashion Speed_Queen80, who herself was hoping at getting back on track after her race ending crash last week crossed the line as the final runner and took pole by just under two hundredths of a second.

It would be a nervy start as the driver’s knew how tricky it can be heading into turn one from such high-speed and they would have to approach with caution but as the lights extinguished it was a clean getaway for all. However, it was last weeks race winner in Scott who got a lightning start and went around the outside of Malc into turn one and two.

Further back in the Ferrari it was a nightmare start for Mike who found himself pointing in the wrong direction at turn one and on the slowest compound of tyre he would need a perfect first stint to regain the time.

As the race progressed, Scott sat in first but in a strategy call he decided to pit on lap 12 for the supersofts which locked him into the two stop window. This was not mirrored by the following Scopefielder and Humbostone who stuck on the one stop so it would be an uphill battle for Scott to regain the time lost in the pit-lane.

Speed_Queen who had not found the track position she wanted on exit of the pits was stuck following Joel as the pole sitter endured a frustrating start to her second stint as she desperately tried to force herself into the battle for a podium and kick-start her season.

However, it was Scopefielder who after impressing last week in Melbourne took the lead after the first round of stops and with 10 laps left he controlled the pack from the front.

Speed_Queen who had stopped on lap 10 and put on the softs was running in second position but was clearly starting to struggle, by lap 22 and she came under attack from Humbostone in the Renault who had been quietly making his way through the field and he squeezed past the Williams to move up into net second.

The Swedish driver Scopefielder took the chequered flag and a well deserved win, he has shown excellent pace in his introduction to the league and after a superb recovery drive in Australia his season has already been impressive. The tier two drivers have already proved that they are well matched for the league and cannot be counted against when looking at race winners over the coming races.

Humbostone picked up his second consecutive second place finish in a highly impressive showing once again as Scott came home third after overhauling the pace of Phil and Speed_Queen late in the race.

The field leaves Bahrain with a three way tie for first in the championship as Scopefielder, Humostone and Scott all sit with 20 points. It’s already shaping up to be a very interesting season but don’t count out a fightback from the rest of the field later in the season.

 

Performance Leagues 

After it’s postponement last week the drivers of the Invictus Performance Leagues would have a chance to open up their season. The gulf destination would be a perfect setting with the circuit offering differing strategy opportunities and sections which would favour different cars at all points creating some fantastic racing.

Performance 1

The drivers took to the circuit as they looked at being the first set down a marker for the season and give themselves the best points score before we head to the notoriously tricky over-taking circuit in Hungary next week.

As qualifying unfolded it would be Tejuarr in the Mercedes who used his superior straight line speed to set a provisional pole time of a 1.28.3s ahead of the Haas of AaronJSpence and Skyzii in third after a superb lap in the Sauber.

The cars poured out of the pit-lane en-route a final flying lap and with a flurry of action in the midfield the grid could not match the pace of Mercedes, as Jamie_6328 came closest with a time just under a tenth from Tejuarr as the two rounded out the front row ahead of Aaron and SJD1988.

The lights went out and immediately there was chaos as a slow starting Tejuarr moved to cover off the attack from Aaron in third. In an unfortunate turn the two missed the Force India of SJD who had moved to alongside Aaron in the process and it sent both the Haas and Force India into the wall.

Second place man Jamie had assumed the lead during the chaotic start and had been followed through by Ferrari_LFC10. Ferrari was in the mood for a lead change and he made his move down into turn one at the end of the first lap as the two swapped positions again by turn four.

At the end of lap two the top four was split by less than a second, with mj_coop making a spectacular three abreast move into turn one only to lose both places two corners later in an electrifying start to the race.

The pit-window opened and the one-stoppers all pitted off of the yellow walled soft tyres and onto the mediums and after the cars had shuffled back into place it was Skyzii in the lead, a quiet start saw him challenge for a potential victory. However, he wouldn’t have long to wait before he would have his mirrors full of silver as Skyzii came under attack from Tejuarr who was doing well to recover after his slow start.

 

Tejuarr breezed through the race on Tuesday night on his way to victory.

 

Tejuarr made his move for the lead on lap 23 and on three lap fresher tyres Skyzii had nothing to come back at the silver arrow as he immediately started to pull away.

It would turn into victory for Tejuarr as he opened his performance league account with a victory, he was followed home by Skyzii in second and Aaron moved up to third after penalties, which ended as a great result for the Haas team after his disappointing start.

Performance 2

The second performance league got underway simultaneously that evening and with 13 drivers on circuit the chance for points would be high.

BWAClyde would be the first to set the provisional pole time as Tom_444 and NeverMiss both sat almost three-quarters of a second behind the Scotsman.

As the session hit the half way point WaveIntel moved himself onto the first row with a solid lap as drivers such as Jos and Scopefielder could only manage sixth and seventh in the Williams as they bemoaned the lack of pace down the straights over the radio.

It would be Clyde who held onto first position ahead of WaveIntel as the two Scottish drivers locked out the front row ahead of Tom_444 and NeverMiss00. Scope and Jos were placed nicely behind on the soft compound compared to the red walled supersofts meaning there was all to play for come race time.

As the race started NeverMiss and Tom both got the jump on WaveIntel however last seasons champion re-took third off Tom with a brave lunge at the end of the second DRS straight on lap one.

The top three were starting to move away from the field as Clyde, Wave and NeverMiss all moved six seconds from NickLJThomson in fourth as the cars lapped for the sixth time.

 

WaveIntel had a superb outing in the Ferrari to pick up his first victory of the season.

 

The man on the move throughout the first stint was Ferrari driver osteven002, who took the fight to Nick for third place but after a deep lunge into turn one he lost time and dropped back behind Nick and Sab. The Ferrari driver wouldn’t be deterred and he ended up moving back past Nick and Sab using the Ferrari’s superior power around the circuit to move up onto a provisional podium position.

Ahead, the two Saubers of NeverMiss and WaveIntel were having a superb battle with the two swapping positions over lap seven before Wave blinked first and came in the pits in the attempt at the undercut onto the medium compound. The battle continued briefly after the pit stops until a mistake from NeverMiss saw an early retirement and sad end to a promising race.

Clyde who ran the two stop strategy would resume the lead and pulled a sixteen second lead over WaveIntel. This allowed him to make a second stop and appear just behind the Sauber driver. He enjoyed much fresher tyres and the increased grip allowed take the effective lead of the race on lap 25 with 4 laps left to run.

The race came to its climax with Clyde stretching his lead over WaveIntel as the two crossed the line to the fireworks and adulation of the crowd as a solid and consistent drive from osteven saw him pick up a well received third position as he took his second Invictus Racing League podium.

NickLJ and Jos would take the fight for fourth down to the final lap and it would be the Dutchman in the Williams who crossed the line half a second ahead of the Renault in fifth.

It was a strong showing for Scotland as the cold north picked up first and second on the podium whilst congratulations were due to Steven who drove an excellent race to get himself off the mark with a podium.

 

Equal Performance 

F1

Sambamkid made up for losing the race victory last week in Australia as he took the victory in F1 this week. The Mercedes driver lined up third on the grid and using an effective strategy with a strong start was able to move up and take himself to the top of the table in the standings.

He was followed by an impressive race from Jos who after struggling in the performance race the night before took his Haas from fifth into third to the delight of Haas team boss Gunther Steiner.

However, it was McLaren driver and multiple championship winner at Invictus, Speed_Queen80 who made the most of a poor grid position to take her papaya orange McLaren from 11th to third ahead of Mdoran who equally found himself moving up as he took fourth place after a seventh place start.

F1 has now got a small points leader in SamBam and the league will be aware not to let him get on a roll knowing how consistent he has been over the previous season and start to the current one.

 

F2

F2 started with a superb flag to flag victory for Betrayer46 last week in Australia and he would be hoping for the same again in Bahrain as the Red Bull team looked to build on their positive start.

However, it was WaveIntel who took his first pole position of the season ahead of Tony-Y in second place as Betrayer had to settle for fourth behind the returning RickWR83.

The top four were all due to start on the supersoft compound and with drivers like NickLJTomson and Hulkenburger behind on the softs it would certainly spice up the strategy choices half way through the race with a mix of one and two stops available.

As the lights extinguished and released the grid into the race it would be a drag race between WaveIntel and Tony into turn one. The pole sitter managed to just hold off the attack from Tony over the first lap which also saw Betrayer move up into third and go on the offensive for second position.

The leaders started to break a small lead over the rest of the field but the action behind them was no less entertaining as NickLJThomson made an exquisite move around the outside of Ferrari_LFC10 that gave him the inside line for the second DRS straight as he looked at moving up past the two Renault’s ahead.

Then on lap seven disaster struck as Nick and mj_coop who had both shown good pace over the start of the race in what seemed like poetry in motion lost control at turn 12 as both careened off the circuit and hit the wall with a shuddering thump which brought the end of both their races.

The proximity of both driver’s accidents caused controversy as a safety car was not released onto the circuit and with the potential for fluid on the racing line and debris off it there was a furore in the paddock after.

They were unfortunately joined in the media pen early by GeorgeSnipes as the Haas driver lost control whilst battling with Alga for tenth and suffered race ending suspension damage in a disappointing end to the race.

WaveIntel and Tony had gone for altering strategies and whilst Tony was maintaining the lead after his first stop it was WaveIntels pace on the mediums which caught the eye as he carved his way back through the pack and with Tony pitting for his second stop on lap 17 it promoted WaveIntel back to the top of the standings.

Last seasons F3 championship rivals in Wave and Betrayer played a game of cat and mouse over the following laps with Betrayer looking like he might challenge the Ferrari driver as WaveIntel worked well to keep him within arms reach.

Jamiemet92’s retirement from 7th place meant that we would only end up with nine runners and with five laps left the action had not slowed down. The Renault team mates of Hulkenburger and Jamie_6328 were doing well in third and fourth with Benjym214 in the Force India for company as the three circulated within a second of each other.

As the cars rounded lap 28 and started their final lap WaveIntel had stretched a 2.5 second lead over Betrayer who looked to have turned the engine down and set his eyes on Hungary next week.

WaveIntel crossed the line and won his first race of the season as the Ferrari team leaned over the pit wall to cheer their driver home. He was joined on the podium by Betrayer and Hulkenburger who did well to hold off the attack of both his team-mate Jamie, who in turn lost out on the final lap to Benjym for fifth place in a pulsating battle.

WaveIntel will be glad to get his season off and running with an early victory after he finishing off the podium in Australia.

Betrayer maintains his lead in the championship on 22 points as the current reigning F3 champion looks to add the F2 title to his glittering trophy cabinet.

 

F3

F3 have always provided some excellent racing with and we were treated with some more sumptuous action once again they provided a race full of superb overtakes and talking points.

Qualifying started with some real quality as Paulo and BWAClyde set a time which sat two thousandths of a second apart at the top of the classification. The majority of the field tried a harder compound in the attempt at a longer first stint but it was clear that the supersoft runners would have the advantage late in the session.

SirSpud and Captain_Stiff sat highest of the cars running the medium tyres in seventh and eighth as the top six all used the supersoft compound for their first time run.

As time ran out on the session the times were dropping and it would be a last lap masterclass from Paulo who would snatch the pole away from Clyde in second.

Sirspud was the highest of the harder compound runners as he put his Mercedes brilliantly on the third row in fifth ahead of Bren_Ons who has been very impressive in pre-season and the early stages of this season.

The final race to end the week started and with four wide down to turn one the Haas of Paulo managed to retain his lead but with Gazzaman96 making his way up into second as he jumped Clyde at turn one.

SirSpud found himself going backwards at the end of lap one after minor wing damage saw him passed by Stiff and Bren. He made the decision to pit that lap as to not lose any further time but as he arrived into the pit lane a visibly annoyed Spud just got his car stopped on the markers for his pit stall knowing it would be a huge ask to get back into the race.

Back on track, Captain_Stiff who had made a good start and jumped Bren_Ons were all over the rear end of ColinJ and the pressure showed as the Haas lost control at turn 12 and hit the wall as the race came to a premature end of Colin.

Stiff and Bren had an entertaining fight over laps four to eight as the two swapped positions at the end of turn one twice in quick succession. Bren in the Sauber was in good form and it was surprise package Captain_Stiff who sat with him as they started to make in roads on Tejuarrs Ferrari ahead.

Gaz and Paulo both pitted for the top two positions as they committed to the two stop. This allowed Tej, Bren and Stiff to fight over the top three positions.

Stiff’s Renault team mate osteven002 was not having the same luck as his counterpart and after losing the balance of the car on the vicious Bahrain kerbs he hit the wall and lost the front left wheel of the car.

The action up and down the grid was non-stop and whether it be a pirouette from Nitrogash or Bren, Tej, Stiff and Craig moving back up through the field on their one stop strategy there was always something going on in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining F3 races in a long time.

It was a race to forget to SirSpud who retired from the race on lap 14 as one of the pre-season favourites made it two retirements in two races. It’s a bitter blow for Spud who counts Bahrain as one of his stronger circuits but luck was not on his side and he will have his eyes next week in Hungary where he needs to bounce back.

Lap 16 started to see the race for the podium postions heat up as Tejuarr was trying to hold off a charging Bren_Ons but with their battle it started to draw Stiff back into contention. Bren made the move on lap 17 and after allowing a deep lunge from Tej go wide into turn four he would move past the Ferrari and up into fourth place.

Tejuarr and Captain_Stiff then engaged in a fantastic fight over the next three laps which saw the two swapping positions several times as the two went wheel to wheel over the majority of the lap. It wasn’t to be however and in an unfortunate racing incident on lap 21 the two came together on the exit of turn four and it was Tej who came off worse as he dropped back to seventh behind Craig.

Paulo and Gaz who had seemed in a race of their own on the two stop compared to the one stop driver’s had made their second and final stop on lap 20 and they wasted no time in catching and passing both Craig8728 and Stiff by lap 23.

Bren_Ons who whilst the group behind fought over position had slowly built himself a seven second lead. Gaz and Paulo both saw the opportunity for a race victory as they set off in chase of the Sauber on much older medium tyres.

As the laps counted down the Sauber team nervously urged their driver on and lap by lap the time between Bren and Gaz decreased as by the final lap it sat at just over two seconds.

The Red Bull of Gazzaman tried everything he could but it wasn’t to be for the Scotsman as Bren_Ons took his first F3 race victory of the season and thus proved his pace in pre-season was no fluke.

Gazzaman96 and Paulo followed him home for the podium places and Captain_Stiff came home a credible fourth after holding off a late charge from BWAClyde who managed to overhaul Craig in the closing laps.

It was a superb win for Bren_Ons who in lieu of Paulo and Gaz’s promotion to F2 directly after the race takes the de-facto lead of the championship. Tej, Fascone and Stiff make up the next three places in a title that will be wide open heading forwards.

 

 

 

Bren_Ons on his way to a superb victory

 

 

 

The Equal Performance leagues never fail to offer heart-stoppingly brilliant races with action galore up and down the grid. The season is now two races deep and there is a long way to go but if the season contains the action we were treated to this week then we are all in for some real entertainment.

Join us next week in beautiful Budapest at the Hungaroring, a notoriously difficult circuit to overtake which creates tight racing and with a chicane which can ruin a lap and even a race. The drivers will certainly have to be on their toes.

 

 

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Invictus opens down under – Round one review

The calm and breezy atmosphere of Melbourne’s Albert Park suddenly transformed with the stutter of an ignition switch as the first official races of the new Invictus Racing League season took place this week.

Pre-season had been tough for some drivers’ and successful for others but after gathering crucial race pace data it would be certain that the various Invictus formula grids would all be slowly starting to work out the early season favourites.

Australia is a tricky circuit to master and with slow tight corners in the first two sectors opening up into the fast and flowing turn 11 and 12. The track would see who was on the pace early in the calendar.

No Assists

Monday night saw the opening race for Invictus as the No-Assist championship arrived first at the Albert Park track in sunny Melbourne. Pre-season had seen the battle re-ignite between Speed_Queen80 and Sargent_009 but with driver’s such as Nikki9095 and J03L-v520v waiting to engage in motoring combat with the previous dominant forces within the league there was certain to be fireworks on a Monday night.

The league saw the added bonus of the tier two driver’s who were new to no-assists and would be making their competitive debuts. They certainly wouldn’t be looking at just making up the numbers and after strong performances in pre-season from driver’s such as Scopefielder and Humbostone. There was an added element of excitement as the cars waited for the green light to officially open the season.

Qualifying was accompanied by a beautiful blue sky and perfect track conditions for the drivers but it was the tier two driver of Tony-Y in the Mercedes who took a superb pole position over four tenths of a second ahead of another new tier two driver in Humbostone in second.

It was a disappointing qualifying from the Toro Rosso driver’s in Nikki905 and J03L-v520v who ended up in ninth and eleventh respectively with Scopefielder the only driver to not set a time after crashing out on his first quick lap.

The race started with a literal bang for Tony who had a terrible launch off the line and found his car slipping down the order as the cars hurtled towards turn one. The pole-sitter ran wide at turn one and his silver arrow came back across the circuit and unfortunately started a chain reaction which saw a number of driver’s in requirement for a new wing and set of tyres but luckily with no retirements.

Only a matter of laps later, Philip_mcfc making his return to the league was running well in second position lost the car on the exit of turn 12 and it was pre-season favourite Speed_Queen80 who was the unlucky party, as his Sauber came across the track it was directly into the path of the Williams as both driver’s retired with extremely damaged cars. Phil was taken to the on site health centre as a precaution but was released later that day with just a few bruises in what was a scary accident.

 

Philip_mcfc was involved in a nasty accident with the wall and then Speed_Queen80 that totally destroyed the car.

 

It was his Sauber counter-part BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) who made full use of Phil’s retirement as his move on Humbostone gave him the lead and ultimately he came away with a well deserved win after a superb race long battle with the Renault driver behind.

Scott picked up the first winner’s trophy and the lead in the championship as he was followed home by tier two driver’s Humbostone who had a hugely impressive first race to collect second but it was a storming drive from Scopefielder who came from the back row of the grid in 14th to third in a frenetic and highly enjoyable race.

The race saw a plethora of incidents and talking points that will no doubt bubble into interesting rivalries throughout the season but with Phil, Speed_Queen and Nikki9095 all non finishing they will certainly be on the attack in Bahrain next week.

 

Equal Performance F1, F2 and F3

After a postponement to the scheduled Tuesday night performance leagues it was the equal performance driver’s who would have to make up for it in style.

F1

F1 saw a first pole position for TamworthFox as the Ferrari driver set a blistering time that saw him duck into the 1m19s ahead of Ap0ll0 in second. Whilst some quick drivers were left further down the field such as Sambamkid and Jos_Heinssie they would be looking at making a charge through the field using the perfect strategy.

The race started well for Tamworth, however a huge snap of over-steer offset the car out of the final corner and into the wall allowing the rest of the field to go on the offensive.

The grouping caused chaos on lap five as Scopefielder who had assumed the lead took to the grass at turn 11 allowing cars through as further down the grid, the recovering Tamworth spun on the exit of turn 12 and hit the wall ending what had started as a very promising race. This brought out the virtual safety car and a battle of strategic minds as pit walls decided whether to pit under the VSC or use up the life of their tyres and push harder at the end of the race.

The battle came down between the three of Sambamkid, Apollo and Aleskiller150 who with three laps left were split by three seconds. It was the Toro Rosso driver in Aleskiller who made use of the front two battling into the final sector to cruise past the Mercedes of Sam and with one lap left to go all he had to do was follow Apollo home who had picked up a time penalty but with the Renault of Apollo leading into the final corner it would be a photo finish as the cars finished just one tenth apart.

 

Sambamkid and Apollo had a great battle but it would invite Aleskiller150 into the fight and ultimately after a collision into the final corners allowed him through

 

 

The penalties came back to bite Apollo as he dropped from a first place on the road to third but it was a first win of the season for Ales who had a magnificent race to make it from tenth on the grid to the win. Sam took second on the podium as he bids for another successful season behind the wheel of the Mercedes and Apollo who looked set to win the race brought his Renault team eight points for third.

F2

F2 was already shaping up to be a superb season even before the teams arrived in Australia but it was the newly promoted Betrayer46 who high on confidence after his championship winning campaign in F3 last season started with a flag to flag victory.

Having put himself on pole he ran a superb race to take the honours and another 1st place trophy to add to his growing collection. He was chased home by Humbostone, however as it was looking likely the lead would swap with two laps to complete Humbostone spun and allowed Betrayer a free run to take the chequered flag and the compliment of 12 championship points.

Kieran (FabulousChicken) came home in third in his return to Invictus whilst newly promoted WaveIntel drove to a well deserved forth position after hitting thr wall in qualifying meant he started the race in 11th.

The battle for between NickLJThomson and mj_coop was the highlight of the race as the two had a superb fight over fifth place with coop finally getting the move done on the final lap. Unfortunately for last seasons F3 driver a time penalty demoted him back behind Nick as the two engaged in an embrace after the race and jovially laughed that they couldn’t wait to re-engage what looks like a strong line up to this seasons championship.

 

F3

F3 may be the final of the leagues but after last season it proved that it offered some of the most competitive and exciting racing anywhere and that certainly was the case in Melbourne for round one.

Qualifying saw the Toro Rosso team mates of Fascone and Mike take home a one-two which delighted the pit wall. The betting odds on the title were wide open at this early stage but with driver’s such as Tejuarr, SirSpud and Gazzaman96 all within the top 10 it was due to be an explosive start to the race.

The top nine were split by less than half a second and top 14 by less than a second in a riveting qualifying session and as the cars lined up on the grid there were a lot of itchy fingers waiting to drop the car into first gear and be in the lead heading down into turn one.

The race started cleanly but a poor getaway for xMIKExSI saw him fall from second down to sixth with the rest of the field all fighting for position.

There was a disaster for the Renault team as a stationary Nitrogash was collected by oSteven002 who then became a roadblock for his team-mate in Captain_Stiff as the unlucky driver was a passenger and endured an early end to his race. Whilst Nitro and Steven would carry on and try to recover some distance after lap two pit stops.

 

Paul0_Pabl06 on his way to victory in F3 chased home by the Red Bull of Gazzaman96

 

He was joined in the media pen early on by one of the pre-season favourites in SirSpud72 who lost control on the exit of turn 12 and hit the wall resulting in an early blow to the Mercedes driver title chances. He was upset about his mistake but with Bahrain being a famously strong circuit for the Brackley team they will have their eyes firmly on the race in the desert next week.

On circuit after the stops it was Paul0_Pabl06 who had assumed the lead with a superb first stint which gave him prime opportunity going into the second half of the race. The Mclaren of FerociousDan and the pole-sitter fascone who had lost time after a long stint on the ultras sat behind him in second and third. However, a late mistake from Dan saw him drop out of the top three and well down the order.

The race came to an exciting conclusion as Gazzaman96 who had closed down Paulo superbly in the final laps but it was a tenth too far as the two were split by 0.118s at the line. Allowing Paulo to breath a sigh of relief and celebrate a excellent victory.

Fascone came home third with a strong race for the Toro Rosso driver and Tejuarr started to feel the rhythm early as he picked up fourth after a disappointing pre-season.

Credit was due to xMIKExSI who spent 26 laps on a set of soft tyres to come home seventh.

F3 joined the rest of the leagues by offering up some incredible races and with a near photo finish for the win in round one, it only sets the rest of the season up as must watch.

 

 

 

That rounds out Invictus’ visit to Australia for this season and it couldn’t have been a more impressive start.

The leagues were on top form and with unbelievable racing, overtakes and incidents galore it only proves that next week in the desert that you cannot miss a second of action as Invictus Racing League goes to the gulf state of Bahrain.

 

Join us next Monday at 8pm (UK) for No-Assists who wait for the five red lights to go out and start round two.

 

 

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Pre-season wrapped up.

In the midst of the beautiful Austrian hills, there was the initial sound of chatter. The chatter turned to cheering, the cheering turned into passionate roars of emotion and along with it was the accompaniment of a full grid of turbo hybrid V6 engines.

 

It was the beginning of pre-season for Invictus Racing League and with two races in Austria and Azerbaijan on the calendar before the season officially opens in Melbourne, it gave the driver’s the perfect opportunity to see the pace of the competition whilst gathering some important test data.

The racing opened with a highly competitive race in the no-assists league. It debuted it’s newest tier one and tier two variant with newer drivers to the league entering the no-assists at tier two whilst the more established drivers will compete alongside them for the No-assist championship.

 

The performance league debuted it’s second league, with Tuesday nights now running the Performance League 1 and 2. The cars take to the track and offer some of the closest racing anywhere on PS4. Previous seasons have seen a different winner in 11 of 12 races which demonstrates the competitiveness that Invictus has to offer.

Wednesday evenings are going to be alive with furious action as the equal leagues begin this week. The F1, F2 and F3 pre-season races were full of unbelievable action, overtakes and moments that did nothing but build the anticipation for the upcoming season.

 

The countdown to the new season is over and the teams have set up in the paddock in Albert Park as the Australian Grand Prix officially opens new Invictus Racing League season. We are set to have our biggest and most successful season yet and we hope you join us for it!

Join us tonight (Monday 15th October 2018) for the No-assist league where we see if Speed_Queen90, Nikki9095 and the rest of the grid can maintain their excellent pre-season form. The race will be streamed live on twitch.tv and the links can be found on our twitter page @InvictusRL 

 

 

Arrivabene Remains Positive Despite Austria Disappointment

Arrivabene Hopeful Despite Ferrari Failures

 

Arrivabene attends media conference after Austrian Pre-Season Practice

 

 

While attending a “rare” media conference, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene appeared upbeat despite Ferrari’s poor performance during the first pre-season race at the Red Bull Ring, Austria. Ferrari drivers Tom Wright and Craig Pinchbeck put in a strong Qualifying performance in Austria, locking out the second row behind Renault driver aaronjspence2017, a driver hotly-tipped for the Driver’s crown; and Force India driver gordow3497. Although qualifying 0.318s (Tom Wright US) and 0.452s (Craig Pinchbeck SS) Ferrari were expecting a strong showing in the race.

 

Ferrari’s expectations suffered a major set-back. Tom Wright, despite starting strong off the line, was spun from behind on the exit of Turn 1 by Mercedes driver notoriousL_I_P and then later suffered terminal damage after receiving contact from Williams Racing driver PAUL0_PABL06. Sky Sports F1 spoke with Tom Wright as he made his way back to the garage, “I felt that we’ve lost a crucial night of testing and data collection. I feel that I’m now one race behind everyone else”. 

 

 

Tom Wright tried to salvage his race after a Turn 1 incident with notoriousL_I_P

 

 

Ferrari driver Craig Pinchbeck, despite fighting for 2nd at the closing stages of the Austrian Grand Prix, experienced similar difficulties after making contact with McLaren driver f1richard67 at Turn 1. Craig was understandably disappointed as he hoped to set an early marker as he begins his F3 Championship claim. After suffering front wing damage, Craig was unable to hold onto a Podium finish and finally crossed the finishing line to take 7th.

 

 

Craig Pinchbeck enjoying a wheel-to-wheel battle with notoriousL_I_P in Austria

 

 

With both Ferrari drivers experience disappointment, many wonder why Ferrari team principle Maurizio Arrivabene remains positive and upbeat. When asked what her thoughts were after the pre-season race Arrivabene had this to say, “we have two very experienced and talented drivers here at Ferrari. They have both been through hardship before and have enough resilience to bounce back for Azerbaijan. Both Tom and Craig know what is expected of them at Ferrari and I’m certain that when we travel to Melbourne for Round One, they will be ready. We managed to collect enough data to know where the car and drivers are in comparison to our rivals. It’s going to make for a spectacular season, that’s for sure”.

 

Although speaking briefly with the media in the Red Bull Ring Paddock, both Tom and Craig have remained quiet, but rumours suggest that they are focusing on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and are looking to further test themselves at the Baku City Circuit.

 

 

 

 

 

Get involved in commentary with Invictus

 

 

At Invictus Racing League we are always on the look out for new and enthusiastic people to commentate on the leagues we are currently offering.

This season we are running an initial six leagues with potential for more so the requirement for a stream commentator has increased. We would love a two man team in the leagues for the best viewer experience and to give our excellent commentators the ability to capture as much action as possible.

The leagues are currently covered by at least one commentator but if you or know of anyone that would like to increase their confidence in media, talk from a driver’s perspective or just have a passion for motorsport and wish to bring enthusiasm to Twitch.tv then let us know!

All our streams are captured by the leagues commentary team and then the VoD’s are uploaded to the Invictus YouTube channel

 

Equally, if you are a driver and can spare an evening to assist in the box it is always appreciated! Our commentating team work hard behind the scenes creating the best experience for you all and any support is always welcome!

All of our commentated races are streamed live on Twitch.tv on the league specific channels at 8pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s. You won’t be thrown in at the deep end! coaching and support can be found within the community.

 

If this is something you are interested in then please contact Craig or Malc on;

Craig8728 – PSN

F1WWFC_07 – PSN (Malc)

 

Hopefully we will add to our strong commentating team and continue to provide you exciting and engaging commentary throughout the season! Let us know today to get involved!

Invictus looks forward to pre-season

Summer testing has been ongoing for the last three weeks and with each week we get closer to the opening race of the season in Albert Park, Melbourne.

The final summer test takes place the week commencing 24th September 2018 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi with all leagues participating in test sessions and invitational races.

The summer tests have given the league organisers some good pace data that will determine the locations for the driver’s into the correct ability leagues. We have seen movements from last season along with some new introductions into the leagues that promise to shake up the status quo and give the paddock new rivalries to talk about.

The driver’s are all readying themselves for a competitive 12 race season, and with the prospect of new champions and podium chasers on the horizon. You don’t want to miss a race!

 

Pre season race one

The week beginning the 1st October 2018 will see the first of two official pre-season races to be held. It will be the turn of the No-Assist drivers first on Monday 1st before the Performance Leagues (1&2) take place on Tuesday 2nd before the Equal Performance driver’sjump into their race seats for their Wednesday races.

The race will take place at the former Österreichring now Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The track has hosted races for Invictus in recent seasons and with a quick circuit which promotes close and fierce racing, we are certainly expecting an explosive first introduction to the grid.

The circuit which runs through the picturesque Austrian hills, offering 10 turns over a 2.6 mile/ 4.3km distance with a lap time that during qualifying will be brushing 65 seconds. The run to turn one is up a steep incline into a sharp right hand turn that will catch out those who brake a fraction too late.

 

The no-assist league see the return of Speed_Queen80 who will look to re-take her throne after Gamer_DA_Best262 ran riot last season. However, with Gamer only competing in Equal Performance F1 this season, it opens the title race wide open on Monday nights for those who want to grab the championship with both hands by the end of the season.

Throughout the leagues we see very interesting battles shaping up such as Jos_Heinssie, NoFudge4U and a possible challenger in Betrayer46 in the F2 championship and a very intense SirSpud72 vs AaronJSpence2017 fight brewing in F3 as both the Mercedes and Renault teams look poised to be close all season.

 

We only have one more week of summer tests before pre-season starts and that will officially begin the countdown to lights out in Australia. The league communities are already buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the season as the mind games start.

 

The Invictus Racing League is within sight of the opening race of the season. However, you can still sign up today and get involved in some of the most competitive and compelling racing anywhere on PS4

 

 

Success on track for Invictus driver

Invictus Racing League driver Scott Bugner (BoyBetterKnowSB) recently took to the track in his Ford Fiesta at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire and was rewarded with a successful return for his efforts.

The car which was sporting its brand new Invictus Racing League promotional decals took 4th overall in the race against strong competition.

However, it was a first in class finish for Scott as his Class F Fiesta took the top step of the podium and a trophy for the #99 car.

Huge congratulations go to Scott for his efforts and a well earned fruitful weekend at the MSV owned circuit. The whole team and community sends its warmest congratulations to Scott and we hope he will see the top step many more times!

The #99 proudly showing off the winner’s trophy for 1st in class at Cadwell Park

 

Scott is lined up to race this weekend (Sep 22/23) at Donnington Park in front of a 20,000 strong crowd in a support race for the highly competitive British GT and British F3 series, which are both known for launching young careers. The car will be on full show for all including the British racing media. We wish him the best of luck!

If you can, make sure you get down there to support him! And equally, if you also want to show off your support for Invictus, then visit our store for all merchandise!

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A win for Invictus on the circuit on game and real life shows what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Get yourself on the grid and start your journey today!

F1 2018 Season one calendar announced

F1 2018 has been out now for a few weeks and given the driver’s a taste of the new circuits and handling of the 2018 spec machines that will be making up the grid.

Earlier today the calendar was announced for next season and with some returning favourites along with brand new additions it is certain that we will see some electric racing throughout all leagues.

 

Pre-season

Pre-season will start at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The fast circuit in the Austrian hills will be a eye opener for the driver’s who will be looking to hit the ground running with a lap just over a minute long. We have seen some fantastic racing around the Red Bull Ring in the past and we can expect to see more of the same in the first pre-season test.

The second and final pre-season race moves 1795 miles east to Baku on the coast of the Caspian Sea. The recent addition to the calendar will test the drivers on their precision as they make their way around the ancient city. The now infamous castle section will see who is bravest and most daring.  Could we potentially see the safety car come in to effect with the pit crews working overtime?

 

Championship rounds

The first round of the season takes place in Melbourne, Australia as the cars and drivers will fight for points around the Albert Park circuit. The grid will have started to work each other out and it will be game-time as the visors come down and lights go out to open the season.

Round two will be hosted by the desert destination of Bahrain. The race has been a part of the previous two seasons and with tyre choices always varying it makes for a strategic nightmare for the race engineers when deciding on the qualifying tyre and the pit-stop strategy. Who can overcome the dusty circuit and take victory in the gulf?

The beautiful Budapest in Hungary owns round three of the championship as the cars take to the Hungaroring. We saw some stunning racing last season around the track that is notoriously difficult to overtake on. We hopefully get to see a repeat of last seasons explosive race once again.

Round four is the first visit in Invictus history to the Paul Ricard circuit in France, with the first of the new grand prix circuits added to the game. We can expect to see a fast and furious pace with potential for thrills and spills all across the vibrant circuit as Invictus rolls into town.

The fifth round takes place at the famous Monza Autodromo. The passionate Tifosi will be cheering along for the scarlett red Ferrari’s with nothing short of a win expected. The driver’s who get signed to the team this season will know how important that race victory is.

The final round of the first half of the season comes to the home of British motorsport at Silverstone. A track that is ever popular with fans and driver’s alike. The critical section of maggotts, becketts, aintree and chapel can either ruin or fire a driver into a perfect lap. The cars going around copse corner at flat out will mean it is not a race to be missed!

The league then takes its week long break and allows the grid to prepare for the second half of the season. We have seen late season charges catapult driver’s into championship contention so the break is never one to slow the grid down.

Round seven will go to Hockenheim as the German Grand Prix returns to the F1 and Invictus calendar. The now fast arena circuit is a far shot from the old track that disappeared into the forest but it is no less exiting. The overtaking opportunities are everywhere and we are sure to see a fantastic race.

Circuite Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada hosts round eight as the cars make their first trip to North America. The infamous ‘Wall of Champions’ looms for anyone who loses concentration and with a very popular following in Canada. The Canadian Grand Prix is always a exciting one to be part of whether in the car or out of it.

Spa-Francorchamps was given round nine as the teams attend one of the most famous circuits on the planet with possibly the greatest corner in racing in Eau Rouge and Raidillon. The Ardennes hills will be alive with the sound of turbo-hybrid engines as the drivers take to the track and prepare themselves for a mouth-watering thrill ride around the tricky Belgian circuit.

The penultimate round of the season gets a shot of red, white and blue as the Circuit of the Americas maintains its position on the calendar. The incredible city of Austin hosts what could possibly be an incredibly important race in the season. The stakes will be high but as the saying goes “Everything is bigger in Texas”

Our first season wraps up in Interlagos as Brazil will see the champion crowned and celebrated. The quick track with famously changeable conditions has seen some unbelievable races in recent Invictus seasons and we can expect the same again as the driver’s will look to finish out the season in style.

 

 

With the calendar announced we await the start of what is shaping up to be a spectacular season. The new driver line up’s and team contracts will be announced in the near future so check out the Invictus Racing League twitter @InvictusRL for all announcements on dates and relevant information.

 

The countdown to the new season is underway but you can still be a part of it! Applications are still open in our sign-up section for new members, so get yourself on the grid!

Preliminary driver line up announced

The first preliminary driver lists were announced for the Invictus Racing leagues last week and we see a strong returning force with a mix of new and hungry drivers.

We are running six leagues initially but with the prospect of a PC league and a rookie no-assist league in the pipework, that list is certainly about to grow.

There is potential for some spectacular battles throughout the grid with driver’s making a comeback to the league in hope of derailing some of the established stars on track. We are all hoping this proves to be the most successful season yet and with a strong community of driver’s providing superb racing, we cannot wait!

Current driver line ups*

No Assists (Monday 8pm)

  • F1WWFC_07 (Malc)
  • Nikki9095
  • Challenjer17
  • MeroD2
  • Speed_Queen80
  • BoyBetterKnowSB
  • ChielNijland
  • J03L-v520v-
  • xMIKExSI
  • RealHiroshi
  • Sargent_009
  • Mystic_Man22
  • Mamafisher
  • Tuomas53
  • Philip_mcfc

Performance League 1 (Tuesday 8pm)

  • mj_coop
  • SirSpud72
  • Tejuarr
  • Tony-Y-
  • Josepe04b
  • NotoriousL_I_P
  • aaronjspence2017
  • sjd1988
  • Jamie_6328
  • TUF_Shayo
  • Megglugpy
  • LMC_Boogster
  • Fascone0525
  • xMIKExSI

Performance League 2 (Tuesday 8pm)

  • BWAClyde
  • Delange93
  • Captain_Stiff
  • Jos_Heinssie
  • KaW_TacTiicZz
  • mrstim96
  • NeverMIss00
  • NickLJThomson
  • Nitrogash
  • osteven002
  • sab7786
  • Scopefielder
  • t_o_m_444
  • WaveIntel

Equal Performance F1 (Wednesday 8pm)

  • Sambamkid
  • Gamer_DA_Best262
  • mdoran09
  • Megglugpy
  • BoyBetterKnowSB
  • xlexand
  • jamesbraden99
  • FoxyRed2000
  • Nikki9095
  • Jajo105
  • Axeeri
  • XRL_Button
  • Orchard_David
  • TamworthFox

Equal Performance F2 (Wednesday 8pm)

  • Orchard_Socks
  • Scopefielder
  • Humbostone
  • Hulkenburger
  • TUF_Shayo
  • ChicKeN_OwNzzzz
  • Jos_Heinssie
  • Betrayer46
  • mj_coop
  • WaveIntel
  • Tony-Y-
  • NoFudge4U
  • Jamie_6328
  • Narayan94
  • Benjym214
  • NickLJThomson
  • FabulousChicken0

Equal Performance F3 (Wednesday 8pm)

  • aaronjspence2017
  • Bren_Ons
  • BWAClyde
  • colinj1411996
  • Craig8728
  • F1Richard67
  • Fascone0525
  • FerociousDan
  • Captain_Stiff
  • Gazzaman96
  • NeverMiss00
  • osteven002
  • Jakulat67
  • Nitrogash
  • NotoriousL_I_P
  • SirSpud72
  • xMIKExSI
  • PAUL0_PABL06
  • sjd1988
  • Tejuarr

*(All line ups are currently provisional and subject to change)

 

The leagues are looking extremely competitive and with multi championship winning drivers in several formula we are in store for a fantastic season.

Hopefully some of your favourites are back on the grid and you can support us by watching and following the Twitch.tv streams for each league.

 

The cars are in the final stages of preparation ready for pre-season to begin and the only thing next is to find out what teams have signed what drivers. We could see some strong partnerships and dark horses emerge giving us our best season yet!

To get involved in the league and add your name to these lists – check out the sign up page and leave your details!