IRL Podcast: Epside #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!

 

Invictus Racing League – F1 – Pre-season two – Feeling the heat in Mexico City

 

 

 

 

 

The temperature is rising not only on the track, but within the nerves of all drivers as the first race of the official calendar is almost upon us. The final obstacle in pre-season was the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, a track which splits opinion as it offers good over-taking opportunities, but with a tricky second sector leading into a very slow third sector, the drivers have to be on the limit to find every last fraction of a second from the car.

It was the Mexican circuit which would play host to the final preparations of all drivers, whether they be scouting the opposition, finalising set-ups or getting comfortable back in pack racing. However, with a number of drivers already well up to speed, the level of competitiveness and intensity showed no sign of being curtailed due to the lack of points on offer. This was about making a statement and taking the psychological edge leading into next week.

 

No-Assist

After opening pre-season last week in Spain Scopefielder was looking at making it a double on track with successive wins, however with the likes of reigning Champion Scott (BoyBetterKnowSB), Samuthepito and newcomer FPL_Charlie on the pace it seems, the likelihood for an all-time great season is truly expected.

The Renault’s of LR_Archy and White-fountain had impressed in their debut here last season, and it was the two once again who ended up at the front end of the grid, as the French manufacture was split by the Swede Scopefielder in his Haas after a superb qualification lap from Archy put him at the head of the pack.

The race began with a sparkle as we saw an immediate change for second as white-fountain moved past Scope and then embroiled himself in a fantastic three lap battle with team-mate Archy, but with white-fountain spinning on the exit of turn three on lap four, it opened up the race for the drivers on the medium tyre such as Scope and Charlie to come back late into the stint.

It seemed to be a race long battle for the likes of Sam, Scope and Charlie as the Haas drivers tried everything to keep the Williams behind, and with Scott struggling with wing damage after a collision with Charlie, it was left to the three to try and make a late charge to Archy who had a comfortable lead out front.

Penalties were the order of the day as drivers struggled to keep the cars within the white lines, and with several drivers picking up time penalties it made Archy’s race slightly easier as both Haas cars found themselves not only involved in a battle with each other, but against the stewards adding on time to their finishing position.

Archy completed the 36 laps in comfortable fashion and took a strong win, the Renault looked really strong in Mexico, and he himself as somewhat gone under the radar as a potential challenger for Scott’s title. The Haas of Scope and Sam finished on the podium after a fascinating battle with Charlie with all three making daring moves especially on the main straight.

It was a race to forget for Scott who retired late in the session after collecting the wall, and with perennial title challenger SpeedQueen also well off the pace in seventh, could we see a new driver leading the field over the next 12 weeks?

 

Realistic Performance

In a stacked season full of talent, hype and desire for victory, you need to be at your absolute best to stand-out. The driver who certainly did that on Tuesday evening was Frenchman SkyZii who although starting on the second row behind last weeks winner Scopefielder and No-Assist winner LR_Archy was able to come away with the victory after a fantastic battle with the pair ahead plus a charging Scott.

The Alfa Romeo pair of Scott and Archy went toe-to-toe with the Haas’ of Scopefielder and SkyZii, with the four cars giving us some magnificent action on track, and with it only being pre-season you could forgive the grid taking it easy to ensure they were ready for next week. This evidently wasn’t the case, and with SkyZii coming across the line second on track, a post-race penalty applied to Scott promoted the Alfa onto the top-step as the top four all finished within 1.6 seconds of each other.

Pre-season ends in spectacular style for the Performance league, but now the allocations will come into play! Who will be sitting on the grid at the Red Bull Ring and confident they can take the top step of the podium?

 

Equal Performance

F1

It’s a variable who’s-who of talent in F1 this season and with the likes of VSR_Marqueses, Scopefielder and LR_Archy all taking to the grid in F1, the season is shaping up to be as electric fast as ever.

The second pre-season race was won by TamworthFox, who after utilising the perfect strategy was able to cross the line well ahead of potential title winner Marqueses, who himself suffered with penalties during the race and was subsequently dropped from second to third in the standings promoting Scopefielder into second.

The last two races have both proved that we could have a number of different winners in F1 this season, and we certainly can’t count out the title going to the final race in Germany.

 

F2

AaronJSpence drove a masterclass in Mexico, and after a strong pre-season received a promotion to F1 with Partridge99 who equally after standing out in the first races in F2 will make the jump to the ‘Big’ league as F2 now re-assess where the potential champions may come from.

After starting outside of the top-10, Aaron flew through the field and after a battle at the head of the race with Partridge he was able to clear the Renault and finish just under ten seconds up the road.

This race had started however with a bang as Williams team-mates Steen and Tinuss collided on the start line as Steen struggled to get off the line as both cars retired within seconds of the lights going out. The opening laps saw a fantastic battle with the likes of Tony-Y, Warislander, NoFudge and Partridge (who had had a mega start from 13th to lead by the end of lap five), but as the race continued, it was Aaron who on fresh tyres at the start enjoyed the pace in the mid-part of the race.

He came across the line after the 36 laps ahead of Partridge, whilst NeverMiss jumped onto the podium after penalties in a surprise result for the Toro Rosso who certainly had his elbows out after slight contact in the early laps with multiple cars around him, but came through well to contend late in the race.

F2 is blown wide-open with the promotion of Aaron and Partridge to F1, leaving a big gap at the head of the pack to be filled. Who will be the first one to throw their hat in the ring at Austria?

F3

FerociousDan makes it two from two in pre-season as the McLaren driver stood on the top step of the podium in Mexico City. This was after rookie driver Shabz who had picked up pole in the Mercedes was the first driver to DNF in the race which saw another retirement from dmac. Whilst it was a strong race for the likes of Sab7786 and Luke Bailey who stood on the podiums in equal performance for the first time.

F3 is the only league this season without a reigning champion, and therefore leaves a huge gap that will be intensely fought over in the coming weeks, and with results for Dan, Sab and Luke like this, it will raise their hopes of not only a good season for the drivers crown, but the constructors too.

There is plenty to watch in F3 and it always provides edge of your seat racing, hopefully in Austria next week they can once again show why F3 is usually viewed as the most unpredictable on the Invictus calendar.

 

Pre-season is officially ticked off and now the real nerves kick in! The season starts next week at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Join us from Monday for the opening round of what is going to en an exhilarating season.