Invictus Racing League – Round six in review – Leaving Britain with the best deal in the championship

 

The season hit its half way point in Silverstone this week as the iconic British circuit hosted an array of incredible races across the week. Often a fan-favourite, Silverstone offers up a quick and sweeping circuit where drivers will be on the edge of grip, whilst battling the unpredictable British weather conditions.

The track is a regular attraction on the Invictus calendar, and with the prospect of a one week break after round six, it would be certain that all drivers would be looking at finishing the first half of the season on a high.

 

No-assist

Coming into round six, it was Williams driver Samuthepito who was in red-hot form after taking the last three race wins, and in-turn a commanding lead in the drivers’ championship.

Silverstone is a much different circuit to the likes of Canada and Austria where Sam had been so dominant, with sweeping sections and heavy braking zones confined to the start and end of the lap, it would be all about following the driver ahead and punishing mistakes and it was a damp and drizzly start to qualifying for the field which only added to the difficulty when looking at keeping the car within the white lines on the exit of turns like Abbey or Copse.

Sam has been very impressive in the wet sessions so far this season; however it was his closest rival in the championship Scopefielder who set the fastest time of the session on the intermediate tyres. The Red Bull drove a super lap to be the only driver to dip under 97 seconds as his 1m36.996 was easily good enough to fight off the likes of Scott (BoyBetterKnowSB) into second, whilst Sam would share the second row alongside reigning champion Speed_Queen80.

Although lining up third, Sam had a rocket of a start off of the line as he took the lead into turn two, whilst Scott managed to jump the pole-sitter Scope. Scott would then make an audacious move around the outside of Sam into Maggotts as he somehow took the lead off the Spaniard in a jaw-dropping move.

The top three ran nose-to-tail over the opening four laps, but disaster for the Mercedes of Scott on lap five as the leading two collided into the loop at turn four and spun Scott around as the rest of the field streamed past, the contact also allowed Scopefielder through as he resumed first on track after losing it so quickly off the line.

Lap eleven saw the first retirement after Stifler1980 lost control of the McLaren on the exit of Copse and hit the wall, but luckily staying off track meaning only a localised yellow flag was brought out, whilst next lap saw a strange accident for NeverMiss00 who suffered a technical fault in the Sauber as he ran off-line at the Wellington straight and directly into the wall on the entry to Brooklands, in what looked a very nasty crash for the young driver.

This brought out the Virtual Safety Car which had worked perfectly for the pair of Sam and Speed_Queen who had stayed out longer than Scopefielder, and using the slowed pace were able to resume the top two positions with a comfortable lead over Scope. However the man on the move after the VSC was Scott, his early spin had dropped him down the order, but using excellent pace around Silverstone he had been able to claw back time on the rest of the field, and by lap twenty was already back into sixth.

At the head of the pack Samuthepito had kept Speed_Queen at a comfortable distance, and after she started to build up some pressure on the Williams, he seemingly just turned it up another gear and steadily pulled away from the Ferrari in the remaining laps.

The chequered flag was out as the cars completed lap 26 and Sam made it four-in-a-row for Williams and continued to build a huge gap in the driver’s standings.  Speed_Queen once again had a strong showing with another podium, and with the top two not yet finishing lower than fourth this season gave an idea to the consistency required to excel at this level.

Scott had done a superb job to climb back into a podium place by the end of the race after late overtakes on nikki9095, Scopefielder and GP1 Alex, however a penalty would relegate the Mercedes back off the podium. The surprise addition to the top three was that of GP1_Alex, the Sauber drove a fantastic race and although finished fifth on track, his calm driving ability saw him promoted to a second third place finish in three races.

Sam’s dominance once again sees him open up a 24 point lead over Speed_Queen in the overall standings, and taking a 26 point lead over Scopefielder in tier 2. Whilst almost single-handily taking control in constructors, as Williams lead Ferrari by three points.

It’s been a storming start for Sam, and with Speed_Queen, Scope and Scott all with a lot of ground to reclaim if they are to challenge him come the end of the season, perhaps the one week break comes at the wrong time for him?

 

Realistic Performance

Performance 1

In what was possibly one of the most exciting Performance League races in recent memory, the depleted field of ten drivers made up for it in what was a thrilling race at Silverstone.

It was an all Red Bull front row in qualifying as the team-mates of ColinJ and SirSpud both locked out the front row in a well needed result for the Sir Colin Racing Team. Whilst current points leader AaronJSpence lined up third with championship rival SkyZii in fourth.

It was a good start for Colin who got away well, but team-mate Spud lost the rear on the entry to turn two running wide and having to drop well down the order, subsequent contact with Mike into Brooklands would then add to his frustration as he pitted on lap one.

Colin had led the field away, but an excellent move from SkyZii saw the Sauber take the lead at Luffield, as Colin was then quickly passed by Aaron on lap two allowing Aaron and SkyZii to enter a race long battle for the win.

WaveIntel has seen a share of struggles in his attempt to win another Performance league championship, but with a move on Colin on lap seven, he was able to move into a podium position and begin what was a fascinating three car battle for the lead over the next ten laps. However contact between the three on lap 14 would see WaveIntel pick up minor damage and effectively halt his chances as he retired the next lap.

Ten laps were left in the race and Aaron and SkyZii continued to trade first and second almost every lap, and as they counted down a new threat started to emerge, as the Ferrari of Fascone who after starting on fresh tyres was showing mighty pace in the final third of the race, and by lap 20 was well onto the rear end of the leading two.

In the fight for fourth, we saw an unbelievable final six laps from the quintuple of Tom444, SirSpud, xMIKExSI, Captain_Stiff and Benjym214 and with the five all circulating within two seconds of each other, something was brewing that would impress everyone.

Ahead, Fascone caught the Haas of Aaron, and with his attention away from SkyZii briefly he went on the defensive in the vain attempt at holding the Ferrari behind, however lap 23 saw Fascone make his move into second as the Ferrari power was just too much for Aaron.

It all came down to the final lap! Two battles, one for the podium places and the other for fourth to eighth. Fascone was on the tail of SkyZii for the whole lap, but low of useable energy he did not have power to pass the Sauber allowing SkyZii to come home and finally pick up his first victory in the Performance league at the eighteenth attempt. Whilst Aaron had to settle for third as the top three were split by one second.

It didn’t stop there for action, as behind the fight for fourth saw an incredible four wide drag down the Wellington Straight with a brave Captain_Stiff making a move on the three into Brooklands, and whilst there was banging of wheels into Luffield all drivers escaped unscathed and pushed hard over the final two sectors, and on aging tyres SirSpud who had seen himself in fourth briefly lost time on the Hangar Straight and crossing the line had seen fourth become eighth.

Mike was the eventual owner of fourth, whilst Stiff and Benjym came from no-where to claim fifth and sixth, whilst seventh and eighth went to Tom and Spud who suffered with late penalties.

It was a breath-taking race in Performance 1 on Tuesday, and the drivers will hope to continue with the same pace in China in two weeks. What a race.

 

Performance 2

Megglugpy leads the way in Performance 2 as we reach the half way stage in the championship, and with a healthy 15 point advantage back to NickLJThomson in second, he will be looking at building on his early season success in a fortnight in Shanghai.

After his hat-trick of wins was halted by Nick in Montreal, the championship leader had looked to maintain a strong performance leaving Silverstone.

Mj_coop’s fortunes in the performance league this season are yet to match his F2 campaign as fifth is his current best finish this season, but with pole position at Silverstone, he would look to vanquish those woes and give a late kick-start to his season.

He had Sab alongside him on the front row, and with the likes of Nick and Megglugpy in fifth and seventh respectively, the main challenger in the early part of the race would come from Scopefielder in third.

However it turned out to be a disappointing race for Sab, after starting well and running high up the order he lost the car on the exit of Copse and at such speeds had little to no chance at stopping the car, as the Red Bull hit the wall and ended his race prematurely.

Whilst the pack were filtering into the correct positioning in the early stages, Tejuarr had made steady progress into the top five until contact with mj_coop effectively ended both driver’s races, and ended a torrid start to the season for coop in a championship that he would have looked at challenging for in the pre-season.

Scopefielder made his way to the front, and there he stayed for the duration of the race. The Swedish driver was looking for better fortunes on Tuesday than his Monday night race, and as he crossed the line to the chequered flag he could finally breathe a sigh of relief, as not only did he pick up the victory in Britain, but his 15 points now puts him one point behind Nick and sixteen behind Megg for the overall driver’s championship.

Nick was able to make it two podiums in succession with a second place finish, whilst Jos_Heinssie made it a fourth third place in sixth races, and sits on forty points after non-scoring in Bahrain and Japan.

Megglugpy was well off the pace in the Williams tonight, and finished 45 seconds off the leaders in fifth, and with his team-mate coop’s retirement, they give up the lead in the constructors back to Scopefielder and Jos who take a six point advantage into the break.

It’s been a solid start to the season for Megglugpy, he’ll be hoping for more of the same from round seven; however Nick, Scope and Jos will all be looking at a charge late in the calendar.

 

Equal Performance

F1

Swedish supremo Scopefielder made it a fourth win from the six races so far this season, and with championship rival Samuthepito absent from the race, the Renault driver looked in great shape to extend his championship lead in F1.

It has been Nikki9095 who has benefitted from Sam missing the race, as a number of excellent drives this season has seen him overhaul the Spaniard in the championship standings. He now makes it a third podium in a row, and after coming home second in Silverstone moves into second, but with an 18 point deficit to Scopefielder, he and the rest of the pack have a huge task to catch the current favourite for the title.

Scope enjoyed a perfect evening in Silverstone, as he went from flag to flag in first position after a superb pole lap gave him the best possible run down to Abbey at turn one. He started alongside Megglugpy, who was looking at a good result after a strong qualifying session, and at the end of the 26 laps, although dropping behind Nikki on track was able to make it a second podium finish of the season.

After dominating around Silverstone, Scope will look at stretching his lead in the second half of the season and putting the F1 title out of reach for everyone else as early as possible. Renault own a 29 point advantage in the constructors battle, as Scope and Jos have built a comprehensive lead over the likes of Red Bull and Mercedes.

It’s a game of catch-up in F1 for the next six races, can anyone make up the gap to Scopefielder, or will it be a debut Equal Performance championship for Scopefielder?

 

F2

Coming into the sixth round of the season, Formula Two has been engaged in a superb battle at the top of the table, but with mj_coop, NickLJThomson and GooDStuff all vying over top spot, the eyes will firmly be on a close battle in the second half of the season.

Qualifying went well for the Ferrari of Nick, and with the chequered flag out at the end of the 18 minute session he sat in second place behind the McLaren of Humbostone, but as the final car to cross the line he set a blistering lap to claim pole and place him in the perfect position on the grid.

GooDStuff managed to jump up onto the second row alongside debutant Partridge99, whilst mj_coop couldn’t improve and slipped to sixth behind white-fountainn.

It was a great launch for Nick from P1, but chaos immediately ensued from P2 as Humbostone lit the rear tyres up and slid across the track, after clipping the rear of GooDStuff the German was lucky to escape, however the McLaren then hurtled back across the track directly into the path of GP1 Alex and Steen, with Steen suffering most and retiring before even getting to turn one.

Double disaster for McLaren saw NeverMiss00 spin at Abbey as both McLarens dropped to the tail of the pack early in the race.

An early safety car shook the field up, and with the leader Nick the only one to pit, he would go onto the durable but much slower super-hard compound, and with drivers ahead like ColinJ and Partridge equally going for the blue walled tyre, it would be a real test for the Ferrari to climb back up the order.

There was controversy on lap eight as both Nick and GP1 Alex were given the black flag by the stewards for not serving a drive-through penalty. The misdemeanour would prove to be huge come the end of the race and as Nick pulled into the garage he knew that his championship chances took a huge hit.

As the pit window opened, it was GooDStuff who had been leading, but with the likes of Partridge and ColinJ on the tyres to the end, GooDStuff would need to clear the leading pair if he was to reclaim the lead in the race.

Mj_coop had been in a relatively quiet race, and as the laps started counting down the 20 mark, he started closing in on the Renault of white-fountainn for fourth place, the Red Bull driver knew that with GooDStuff at least picking up a podium, he would need as many points as possible to keep in touch with the Haas car.

A change for P2 on lap 22 saw GooDStuff move past Colin, who was starting to really struggle on the very worn super-hard tyres, and with three laps remaining it looked though Partridge would be picking up a debut victory in the Force India.

A final lap push from GooDStuff proved to be decisive, and with Partridge across the line with nine seconds of penalties, the Haas in second place came across the line and snatched the victory by one tenth of a second!

A late battle, saw ColinJ slip behind white-fountainn, whilst coop really strggled with time penalties and dropped from fourth at the line to sixth, and in the process saw the lead at the top of F2 disappear with GooDStuff now back in charge.

It was a fantastic race for Colin to come home fourth from a 15th place start, but he will be disappointed to have lost the podium place so close to the end.

A fantastic penalty free run from GooDStuff launches him back into the lead in F2 leaving Great Britain, and with coop and Nick both dropping a huge amount of points, he takes a 7 point lead going into the break.

Coop sits on 49, whilst Nick’s DSQ drops him well within reach of Nismax and white-fountainn. Whilst in the constructors, Haas are comfortably ahead on 81 points, with Red Bull, Ferrari and Renault fighting out over second currently.

 

F3

After a game glitch ruined the first attempt of F3, the field took another go at running the race during the one week break, and with a slightly smaller field of drivers in Silverstone for the second attempt, it would give the 12 involved a great chance at picking up some valuable championship points.

FerociousDan led the way in the title by 4 points to Captain_Stiff, but xMIKExSI, F1Richard and Tejuarr were all well aware that a good result could elevate them well into a championship fight for the second half of the season.

Last race we saw the debut of Coloman, and the Renault took the victory in Canada at a canter, and after strong pace in the first attempt would certainly be the man to beat in F3.

It seemed to be a case of de ja vu for F3 as Coloman absolutely dominated the field, and took pole position by a staggering margin to FerociousDan, and with the fast starting SnoopMarky and F1Richard in third and fourth, Colo would have to ensure he had the perfect getaway on lap one.

A good start for Colo saw him maintain the lead, whilst behind, contact from Dboydan and then from Steelbl66 put championship challenger Stiff into a spin at tun one, and as the pack all streamed by the Williams dropped to the rear of the field and with a lot of work to do if he was to claim points.

Tejuarr had made a great start in the sister Williams, and on lap three was all over the rear end of Snoop’s Sauber, but with the two catching the McLaren of F1Richard ahead, the three car battle for third would see Snoop take the place from Richard entering Stowe on lap four.

Snoop then immediately went on the hunt for FerociousDan for second, and with the two fighting over second it brought Richard, Tejuarr and the impressive Steelbl into play. The cars entered lap five and was Snoop went for the move on Dan, the second McLaren of Richard was unsighted in the breaking point and the two collided with Richard losing front aero from the McLaren front wing.

However the controversial moment in the race happened one sector later, and with McLaren and Williams locked in a battle for the constructor’s championship. FerociousDan and Tejuarr came into contact, with both spearing off into the gravel on both sides of Maggotts! The two would ultimately retire, but the chaos continued in the Woking team’s garage, and with Richard struggling with a damaged wing, he hit the sidepod of Bren_Ons Red Bull and this time not only losing more front wing, spun on the loop section and when recovering to the track, the Toro Rosso of Dboydan lost control avoiding the McLaren and hit the wall ending his race. It was a crazy start, but with everything going on behind, the leader Coloman had built a solid four-second lead.

The incident strewn race had worked into the favour of Captain_Stiff, and after his lap one spin, the Williams was back into the points and nose to tail with the improving xMIKExSI as the two exited the pits, the chance for fourth was the goal.

At the front of the field Coloman had built an eight second lead to SnoopMarky, and turned the car down to coast home for his second consecutive victory in F3, he was followed home by the two Saubers as Snoop and Steelbl celebrated  a superb double podium, and best ever result for the third placed Steelbl66.

Mike overhauled Bren in the closing laps, but a spin on the last lap also dropped Bren behind Captain_Stiff and the Williams took a very unlikely fifth placed finish.

Even with a smaller grid, the action on track was frenetic, and with a disasterous race for McLaren, not only does Dan lose his lead in the drivers’ standings to Stiff once again, but Williams have tied it up in the constructors after six rounds.

Coloman was rewarded after his dominance with a call up to F2, whilst the news in the paddock was that ColinJ of F2 would replace him at Renault for the final six rounds.

It was another great rounds racing at Invictus Racing League, and with six rounds completed and 50% distance in the championship marked off, the tables are slowly starting to take shape, who can make a late season charge and look to get their name on the winner’s trophy at the end of the season.

 

Join us in Shanghai for round seven, as we tackle the Chinese Grand Prix. The track allows varying set-ups, unpredictable weather conditions and promotes close racing and over-taking!

Invictus Racing League – Off-track – 77th Goodwood Members Meeting

 

 

We’re back for another story about our driver’s off-track activities, and this week it’s my own! Yes Gareth, otherwise known as Captain_Stiff.

On April 6th I was fortunate to be given a ticket to Goodwood Racing Circuit in West Sussex for the 77th Goodwood Members Meeting. This event brings hundreds of racing enthusiasts together, and those who are lucky enough to race their own ‘classic’ and heritage cars sign up months in advance to drive around the track.

It was a sunny day in Sussex, but the wind was making it an interesting few laps for the drivers on track, but with the likes of 1970s Saloon cars, 1950s GT racers, 1960s F3 cars and pre-1930s single seat cars. There was a plethora of incredible machinery to watch all day long.

It was a long day from a 8am start to a 7.30pm finish, all startingwith a demonstration from McLaren and their road cars, but with drivers such as David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Bruno Senna all behind the wheels of cars all day long, the track was lit up with exceptional top level talent.

If anyone has the opportunity to attend Goodwood for the MM, Revival or Festival of Speed, it is certainly well worth it and you get the chance to get up close and personal with not only fellow racing enthusiasts, but with some amazing feats of mechanical engineering. It was an ace day, and having grown up down the road from Goodwood, it was good to finally attend an even there!

 

 

 

 

Have you got anything special going on outside of Invictus? Let us know! We want to spotlight our fantastic communities hobbies and interests whether it on the track or not. Speak to Gareth or an admin for any details!

 

Twitch affiliated channels – How you can help!

 

 

Recently two of our Twitch channels for our leagues became ‘Twitch-affiliated’  that’s a requirement that mean we can take donations to the league via a number of methods.

Congratulations are to Malc for his personal channel to which he streams Performance 1, and to Gareth and Sab for their No-Assists channel as both are now available for community support.

 

This is where you all come in!  

Twitch is owned by Amazon, and as part of Amazon Prime (if you are signed up) you are given a free 30-day ‘Twitch Subscription’ This can be used to monetarily support any chosen channel on the streaming site for free. The subscription passes onto the channel the value of the subscription for a 30-day period and give you the benefit of a paid subscription. All funds go directly into the league to help with running costs (website hosting, potential trophies for champions etc) and generally making your driving and user experience better. The subscription would need to be cancelled at the end of the month or a rolling support of £7.99 goes to the league.

Other benefits of Twitch Affiliation is our enhanced profile on the site, we will be pushed higher up the list of current streamers which will allow us to possibly gain more viewers, and equally you can support in the chat by ‘cheering’ with “Twitch Bits” these are essentially a tip jar and can be purchased for various amounts (aka 100 bits is equivalent to £1.48), subscriptions allow users to watch all videos advert free, and will be highlighted on stream as a supporter of the channel.

 

If you are not an Amazon Prime user, you can still support the league by a standard Twitch subscription where you can support with either a £4.99, £9.99 or £24.99p/m

 

It is a purely voluntary suggestion, but we would massively appreciate as much support as possible in any medium from donating, subscribing or following the streams and adding to the numbers. It shows the support in community from yourselves that we have been able to reach this stage, of course we want to grow our audience so please continue to support the leagues with views, channel follows and subscriptions!

 

The link to find out more is herehttps://www.twitch.tv/prime 

 

The links to our affiliated channels are as follows 

No-assist (Mondays at 8pm)https://www.twitch.tv/invictusf1noassistleague

Malc – Performance 1 (Tuesdays at 8pm)https://www.twitch.tv/wwfc_07

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Gareth via PM on the site or PSN and I can answer any queries as best as possible.

Invictus Racing League – Round five in review – Mixed conditions in Canada

 

 

Montreal in Quebec, Canada has seen numerous action filled races on the Invictus calendar in recent seasons. The circuit is home to the infamous “Wall of Champions” on the exit of turn 13, and is an ever present reminder of how unforgiving the final chicane can be.

The six leagues have all so far this season provided some thrilling action, and with five of twelve rounds completed the championships are now starting to take shape.

 

No-assist

Williams driver Samuthepito had taken race victory in the last two outings in the no-assist league, and after a superb start to the season for the Spaniard he led the way in the title race ahead of Scopefielder, but with the likes of BoyBetterKnow and Speed_Queen80 still in with a chance of the title, the race would be highly competitive and really put the field to the test.

Although the drivers’ enjoyed a dry qualifying session, the prospect of a fully wet race was well on the minds of the fifteen cars that took to the track on Monday evening. The majority of the field all elected to use the Hypersoft tyres, and it was the McLaren of Phil_mcfc who continued his impressive one lap pace in qualifying as he blew the field away and set a time in the 1m7’s comfortably ahead of championship leader Sam who dragged his Williams into second.

However, it was a poor session for BoyBetterKnow who could only place his Mercedes in thirteenth, whilst team-mate Joel V520 even lower in fifteenth. The Renault team were delighted as their driver’s would start fourth and fifth behind Speed_Queen, but wary that the pair would have championship challenger Scopefielder for company early in the race.

As expected it was a treacherous and difficult track for the race, highlighted by pole-sitter phil hitting the wall on the formation lap, and with standing water across the track, it would make the early stages very spray heavy and difficult to pass  with the danger of aquaplaning a real threat.

Sam took the lead off the line and from there looked in a class above as he stretched a four-second gap in first five laps, whilst behind Phil, Scopefielder and Speed_Queen all tried to keep up with the Spanish driver.

The battle for fifth had been close in the early laps, and after team-mate Nismax had struggled in the opening lap and dropped down the order, the second Renault of Gavpig struggled to keep hold of the top five place, and on exit of turn thirteen hit the “Wall of Champions” and with GP1_Alex and Humbostone in close quarters behind, all three were caught in the accident and retired, not only strewing car parts and carbon fibre across the track, but in turn bringing out the Safety Car.

Even under the neutralised race there was controversy, as race leader Sam hit the “Wall of Champions” and lost a significant portion of his front wing, whilst BoyBetterKnow came into contact with team-mate Joel and picked up a big penalty.

Staying out on a broken wing Sam masterfully kept the field behind until his stop, but even with the added time to repair the wing, it never deterred the current leader as he fought his way back through the pack, and moving into second place he knew that then leader Nikki9095 would be receiving a post-race penalty for track extension, therefore with Nikki crossing the line first after a very good race for the Ferrari driver, he was inevitably jumped by Sam, who apart from his own incident under the safety car drove a flawless race.

Nikki held onto second and a much-needed podium after a long time away from the rostrum, whilst SJD recovered after a similar wing change to Sam after contact with Speed_Queen, and after his victory in the wet in France last season proved that he seems to enjoy the rainy conditions.

Sam now takes a 17 point lead to Silverstone ahead of Scope who only placed in ninth after a disastrous mistake from the Red Bull pit-crew held him in the pit-lane for almost 90 seconds. His second place is now under threat from Speed_Queen who’s fourth place finish moved her within four points of Scope.

 

Performance 1

Captain_Stiff had assumed the Performance One lead after victory in Austria, but it’s his team-mate AaronJSpence who’s the one looking more likely for a title run this season, and as both came to Montreal in the Renault and Force India cars respectively, the two would be looking to pick up solid points for both drivers and constructors championships.

It was a pleasant day in Montreal for qualifying, and it was the Alfa Romeo Sauber’s of LoZac97 and Benjym214 who would end up battling over pole position, and after early season bad luck for LoZac, he finally managed to grab pole position after a stunning lap on the ultrasoft tyres ahead of rivals on the faster hypersofts.

It was a good session for WaveIntel who has seen his season not yet left first gear and sits way off the pace on the standings, but after a third place in qualifying would give himself a good shot for a good result. Whilst the current champion SkyZii who is still awaiting that elusive first win in the Performance league managed fifth in the Williams.

The race started well for LoZac as he built an early lead over Ben in second, whilst SkyZii was managing remarkable pace in the Williams and by lap seven was running well in third.

The man on the mission in the early part of the race was current championship leader Captain_Stiff, the Renault had started in eleventh, but after passing WaveIntel on lap seven had already moved up to sixth place, and as the race went on, team-tactics at Racing AaronStiff would see the two team-mates trading positions in the attempt at using slip-stream to make up ground on the top five.

As the race progressed, it looked increasingly likely that LoZac would win at a canter, but an accumulation of penalties was making the final laps increasingly intriguing, and with Benjym closing the gap it would be tight finish between the two Sauber’s.

LoZac was able to hold on, and even with 12 seconds of penalties managed to pick up his first Invictus Racing League win in a fantastic result for the Swiss driver.

Behind, the battle for the podium had gone down to the wire, and the Toro Rosso of WaveIntel and Force India of AaronJSpence traded positions across the final two laps. The Toro Rosso eventually crossed the line ahead of Aaron, but penalties would demote WaveIntel off of the podium and into fifth place. This gave Aaron another podium and the championship lead once again leaving Canada.

Racing AaronStiff build a 17 point lead in the championship, and as we almost reach half distance in the season give themselves the best possible chance at a first constructor’s championship.

 

 

Performance 2

Championship leader Megglugpy had taken the last three race victories and a dominant lead in Performance 2, and with the likes of NickLJThomson and Scopefielder unable to keep up, the Englishman is already looking well on track to win his first performance championship after missing out last season by four points.

However, it was Nick who would take pole in the Renault, but an ominously fast lap from Megg saw him join Nick on the front row on the slower ultra-soft compound tyre.

Nick started well and led the likes of Megg and third placed man Luke Bailey in the Ferrari, but it was Jos in the Sauber who was starting to make in-roads on the top three, and by lap eight Jos was able to overhaul Luke into the final corner.

Having started on the Hypersofts, Nick was the first of the front-runners to pit, but a strong first stint saw him appear in fifth and able to use the fresh rubber to lay down some blistering out laps, this would help propel him back above Megg after the Sauber’s pit-stop, and with Jos the last to pit on lap 22 Nick was able to re-take the lead and it’s there he stayed for the next 12 laps.

Lap 34 of 35, and Megg had caught the Renault ahead and superbly used the second DRS zone to zip around the outside of Nick into turn eight. It started to look like ‘de ja vu’ and that Megg would make it a fourth win in five races, but Nick was un-relenting and kept on the rear end of the championship leader.

It paid off perfectly for Nick, who found out that Megg was due to be given a penalty and only needed to stay within six seconds of his on-track rival. He did as such and finally broke the winning streak of Megglugpy who could only manage second.

It was a good race for Jos as he made up several positions to pick up his third 3rd place of the season, whilst Luke Bailey’s fourth meant he joins Jos on 30 points for the season.

Megg now owns a 21 point lead over Nick and with seven races left it will be a hard task for the others to catch him.

 

Equal Performance

F1

It’s three wins in five for Scopefielder as he picked up victory in Canada on Wednesday in mixed conditions. After missing the last round his lead in the title race had been cut by no-assist rival Samuthepito, but with the two looking over their shoulders at the likes of Nikki9095 and mdoran09 who are still not out of the fight.

Scope was looking for a much more positive result after Monday’s disappointment, and that only spurred him onto taking a great win in Canada.

However Sam is only four points behind in the championship, and his second place on Wednesday keeps up the pressure on the Swedish driver and maintains intrigue heading into the sixth round of the championship.

After Nikki9095 picked up the win in Austria, he added another podium and a glimpse at challenging for the F1 championship. Whilst mdoran09 had a gutting retirement, which will really harm his chances at catching the likes of Scope and Sam.

 

 

F2

GooDStuff had maintained his excellent form in qualifying as he claimed another pole position; he was joined on the front row by Tony-Y who was delighted after a difficult start to the season saw him on four points from four races.

White-fountain already has a race win to his name this season, and his lap on the harder ultra-soft tyres was superbly rewarded with a fourth place start.

Rookie driver Victor had made a lightning start from seventh, and by lap seven was starting to put GooDStuff under intense pressure for the lead, he made the move stick into turn twelve and looked in great shape to take a debut podium in F2.

However, the shock of the round was the stunning start of mj_coop, who after starting sixteenth found himself passing the pole-sitter for second on lap eight. He would seemingly be a man on fire as he then passed Victor for the race lead of lap eleven as the Red Bull flew around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The race had started in the worst possible way for championship challenger NickLJThomson, who after picking up wing damage on lap two found himself tumbling down the order as he came in for a stop on lap three that effectively rule him out of a podium chance.

The field saw a number of different strategies in play on Wednesday, and by the time lap 22 of 35 was crossed off, it was mj_coop who was looking likely to re-take the lead from Victor, who himself had stopped eight laps prior, and into the final corner on lap 23 coop made his move for the effective race lead with twelve laps remaining.

Nismax7 had made quiet and steady progress in the Sauber from P16 on track, and with ten laps in the race remaining had made his way superbly into second place, and with the laps counting down started to become a real threat to coop for the win, with the two streaking ahead of the rest of the pack.

GooDStuff had endured a torrid evening, and that was compounded on lap 27 after an incident saw himself and GP1 Alex both retire well down the order, serving a huge dent to both driver’s championship ambitions.

As the race came to its conclusion coop had managed to stave off the attack from Nismax, but knowing that he would be due a penalty it would be a nervy and tentative end of the race, and whilst coop would cross the line ahead of Nismax, the South African driver managed to overhaul coop on post-race penalties and took what was a truly spectacular win.

Tony-Y was able to shrug off what has been an awful start to the season and picked up a very credible third place in the Ferrari. Whilst a late retirement for Nick meant his run of good results in F2 stopped abruptly in Montreal.

The F2 championship was blown wide open this week with the dramatic retirements of GooDStuff and NickLJThomson. The two had traded the lead in F2 over the opening races, but its mj_coop who now sits on 44 points at the top – three ahead of GooDStuff and five ahead of Nick.

 

F3

FerociousDan and Captain_Stiff had started the season on fire, and after the opening four rounds the two were split by five points and fifteen ahead of their nearest rivals, while going into Canada, their respective constructors were only split by two points with McLaren currently edging out their British rivals Williams in second.

It was a dark and miserable qualifying session, and with the heavy rain unrelenting for the entirety of the 18 minutes, it would be up to the drivers to get the best time out of the soaking wet track surface on the extreme wet compound.

It turned out to be a shootout between four drivers as the_willo, debutant Coloman, Booje89 and Captain_Stiff all set purple times in the tricky session. However it was the_willo who prevailed and placed himself on the front row, whilst Coloman impressed in second.

It was a good start for the front four, as all got away well and joined by SnoopMarky in fifth made an early breakaway in much sunnier conditions. The two McLarens in F1Richard and FerociousDan had both struggled during qualifying, and wing damage from Richard early into the race only exacerbated the pace issue as he struggled in the high-speed corners, as his team-mate had his own issues after starting in 12th place.

Contact between Booje and Stiff saw the latter receive wing damage and require a longer first stop, and coming out into traffic would effectively end his podium challenge, but it was willo and Coloman who would battle for the race lead over the first stint.

As the race progressed, Colo was able to move past willo for the lead of the race on lap 23, and with SnoopMarky at the time in a clear third it seemed they would romp away to this week’s podium finishes.

There was drama late into the race, and with Captain_Stiff making his second stop, he re-appeared on track directly into the battle between his team-mate Tejuarr, the Red Bull of Bren_Ons and F1Richard in McLaren as the three fought over sixth, the four cars banged wheels over lap 27 and 28 all jostling for position, but after slight contact between Tejuarr, Stiff and Bren into the hairpin on lap 29 it was the hypersoft tyres of Captain_Stiff who eventually emerged ahead.

xMIKEXSI has been making steady progress this season after a slow start, and after picking up good points last week in Austria, he found himself running a very strong one-stop strategy and by lap 32 was running in fourth, within striking distance of willo after the Haas made his second stop.

Coloman spent the final laps on his own, and subsequently came home to win his first ever race in Invictus in convincing style, he blew the field away with his pace and in the process left a number of championship contenders in his wake.

SnoopMarky drove a superb race in second, whilst penalties denied the_willo a podium as he was demoted to fourth, which in turn promoted a thrilled Mike into third and elevated him well into the championship conversation.

Captain_Stiff was able to overhaul Booje into fifth, and with championship leader Dan struggling into ninth place, the battle at the top closes to two points! Mike jumps into third ahead of Tejuarr, but with seven rounds left in F3 this one are far from over in what has been a fascinating season so far.

 

Next week we go to the “Home of British Motorsport” as Silverstone hosts round six of the championship, and the 50% distance in the Invictus calendar. The league will take a one week break where drivers’ can relax and prepare for the final run-in, and if the season continues as thus far, we are in store for another spectacular six weeks of racing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invictus Racing League – Round four in review – Gone in almost 60 seconds

 

 

 

Round four of this season’s Invictus Racing League came to the beautiful hills of Austria, as the six leagues all looked at climbing to the top of their respective mountains and come away from our brief stop-over in Europe with maximum points.

The track has only eight real corners, and plenty of options when it comes to strategy, it allows the racing to be furious and unpredictable. It signals the 25% distance in all championship’s, but with plenty of racing left to go this season, who would come out on top before we make our way to Canada for round five.

 

No-assist

Last week’s race winner Samuthepito had taken the lead in the championship, but with Scopefielder only a point behind the title looks wide open in the early stages. BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) gave up his lead after a technical failure in Japan caused a dramatic crash at 130R, but he and the likes of Speed_Queen80 still have strong title ambitions moving forward.

Qualifying was contested in full wet conditions, and with drivers struggling to adapt to the extreme wet tyres it was championship leader Sam who would annihilate the field with a time over eight tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival as GP1_Alex set a superb late lap to start alongside Sam on the front row.

The race session was due to be dry, so the field knew that they would be starting on fresh dry tyres that would give them all choice as to what strategy to utilise come race-time.

The top four made a breakaway in the early portion of the race with Sam, Alex, Scope and Speed_Queen all building a gap over the rest of the field, but by half-distance Scopefielder had leapt Alex into second and looked to chase down the Spanish driver.

Scott had struggled with pace in the first stint, but using a good undercut he managed to catch and would engage in a fantastic battle with Speed_Queen over fourth and fifth for the remaining fifteen laps. Whilst further down the grid Nikki9095 and Gavpig both fought over seventh and eighth in a fun battle between the two.

Late into the race and with six laps remaining Scope made a move for the lead, the Swede would look at keeping his rival at arm’s length, but a mistake from Scope on lap 32 let the Williams back through and a clear run to the line. Sam would eventually meet the chequered flag and collect a second win on the spin, and in the process extending his lead in the championship to four points.

Scopefielder came home second and made it four podiums in four, whilst it was a superb race for GP1_Alex who picked up a debut no-assist podium in third as the Sauber team celebrated on the pit-wall.

Scott and Sam both sit on two wins this season, who will be the first to three or will we see Scopefielder make his run of podiums become an elusive first win of the season?

 

 

 

 

Realistic Performance

Performance 1

BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) had taken the lead of the Performance 1 title race after victory in Suzuka; he was being kept honest by AaronJSpence who sat just behind him in second place.

The Ferrari of SirSpud72 dominated qualifying, and took pole position ahead of ColinJ in the Red Bull, whilst a strong lap from Captain_Stiff in the Mercedes would set him up on row two on the supersoft tyres.

It was a disastrous start for championship leader Scott who starting well down the order, went deep into turn one and collided with Benjym214 and retired a few moments later. Whilst at the front, Spud had a poor getaway off the line, and by the end of the first sector had disappointingly dropped to sixth place. However, it was SkyZii who had a rocket of a start and muscled his way through into the lead by the end of the first lap. The Frenchman had the perfect launch off the line in the Sauber, and whilst others jostled for position he swiftly made his way through and led the field around the first laps.

Aaron and Craig8728 were both enjoying a close fight in the Haas cars as the two fought over fifth and sixth places after the pit-stops, whilst the likes of SJD and Mike went wheel-to-wheel for the final few points paying positions.

SkyZii had used the undercut to re-take the lead from Stiff, but the Mercedes proved too powerful for the French driver to keep behind and the two swapped positions again, SirSpud had been slowly making his way back through the pack after his slow start, and after dispatching SkyZii for second it supplied us with a fantastic battle with Stiff for the win in the final eight laps.

The two traded the lead numerous times in the final laps, but after a second three-second penalty was applied to Spud, he dropped off and it allowed Stiff to come home and pick up his second win of the season.

Spud maintained second, whilst ColinJ used an effective two stop strategy to finish on the podium, in the battle of the Haas’ it was Craig who crossed the line ahead of Aaron, but a pre-existing penalty from Japan for Craig would frustratingly drop him well down the order in his attempt to claw back some points in the title race.

Stiff returns to the top of the table with 30 points, with the top seven split by nine points.

In the constructor’s title race, Racing AaronStiff takes the lead in the standings after a disappointing outing for Know Nothing Racing for Craig and Scott who fall eleven points back.

 

Performance 2

Megglugpy had taken the last two wins in Spain and Japan and looking for the hat-trick in Austria, he would have to get it done in the considerably lower powered Sauber.

The qualifying session started in controversy as Wesleyvanrens stopped at the end of the pit-lane after a mix up in the garage and was subsequently disqualified from the session.

Out on track, high on confidence the session was ruled by Megglugpy, the Sauber driver put himself on pole, he was joined by the impressive Nitrogash in the Mercedes who was happy after his good performance in Japan last week to keep a strong pace.

Wesleyvanrens was due to start at the rear of the field due to his disqualification in the previous session, but this meant he would start on fresh tyres in a field of driver’s on used tyres, and using this advantage the Dutch driver quickly moved forward through the field in the early part of the race.

The Force India found his way to the front, and using good pace in the aerodynamically strong machine led the field around after jumping the leader Megglugpy, who looked to have settled for second.

It was a disaster for NickLJThomson, who had to make a second stop late in the race that dropped him way down the order and well out of contention for a good result, in what looked like a real blow to his attempts to keep pace with Megg.

Wesley would cross the line to the chequered flag, but penalties demoted him to second with Megglugpy able to overhaul the Force India and subsequently take home the coveted hat-trick of victories.

He takes a 13 point lead in the championship after Scopefielder was unable to make the grid, Wesley’s second puts him fourth in the title race, whilst Jos_Heinssie was happy to take the sister Sauber to a second podium of the season, but with Jos already 28 points behind Megg in the title race, the Dutchman has a lot of work to do to reel him in.

 

 

Equal Performance

F1

Wednesday night in F1 was the VSR_Odemz show, as the Irishman totally dominated both sessions by an alarming rate. The Haas driver set pole on the middle compound supersoft tyres almost half a second ahead of the nearest rival Jos_Heinssie in the Renault on the ultrasoft tyres.

This translated to race pace for Odemz, who after a good start ran away from the field and even on the two stop strategy was unable to be caught and in the process set the fastest lap of the race over one and half seconds faster than anyone else.

Controversy mired the mid-point of the race as Tombombtank, who had already been involved in a tense battle with Foxyred that had caught out an innocent WaveIntel, spun on the exit on turn one, and as he recovered Megglugpy was exiting turn one, and with Tom focused on turning around, drove into the Toro Rosso of Megg ending both driver’s races with terminal damage in a very messy showing for Tom in the Sauber.

Obviously spurred on after his mistake in Japan last week, Odemz strolled to the race victory in Austria by well over fifteen seconds, whilst behind the action was somewhat closer and with several drivers all in close quarters, it was a much feistier battle for the points. Nikki9095 continued his recovery run after not scoring in the opening two rounds, as the Red Bull driver made it into second ahead of Jos_Heinssie in third.

Point’s leader Scopefielder was absent for the race, and with the rest of the field able to make up ground, he now only owns a one point leader to Samuthepito, whilst it’s 15 points for Odemz as he looks to recover lost ground after a rocky start to the championship.

Scope will look to get back winning ways next week in Canada, but if Odemz is in the form that we saw on Wednesday then we may have some serious fireworks in store for round five.

 

F2

After losing the lead in the championship to NickLJThomson last week, GooDStuff was desperate to have a good night in Austria. The Haas driver celebrated with team-mate GP1_Alex as they locked out the front row in a supreme showing for the American outfit.

Current leader Nick was only able to make it into fifth in the Ferrari, and sat six tenths off of his German rival GooDStuff as both knew that a good start would be crucial. It was contrasting starts for both Haas cars as GooDStuff launched perfectly off the line and left a big gap between himself and Alex in second, which was filled by the Red Bull of mj_coop, whilst RudiMandragorex somehow got his Sauber back on track after taking the inside line from fourth as he soared across the pack into turn one and somehow missed collecting the pole-sitter, as Rudi used the run off to cheekily recover to second ahead of coop.

Alex had a poor start from second and dropped to fifth and was subsequently under pressure from Nick, but with the retirement of Rudi moments later who seemed to cause his own incident promoted the field up one position.

From there GooDStuff protected his lead in the race, and slowly started pulling away from the field, and with mj_coop and Alex having to navigate a lot of traffic on different strategies, it only further allowed the leader to stretch his lead, and by the time the pit-stops had all taken effect he owned a lead of almost nine seconds and a clear track ahead.

Ferrari team-mates of Nick and Tony-Y had been given the all clear to fight and the two swapped positions for fifth and sixth on lap 28 of 36 as Nick recovered back to his starting position and what could be vital extra point come round twelve.

GooDStuff kept his lead over the final five laps and completed a dominant flag to flag victory, whilst mj_coop will be disappointed to drop behind Alex on penalties at the end of the race, as Alex made it a Haas one-two in Austria and the maximum 27 points for the constructors, who now take a commanding 18 point lead.

Winner GooDStuff returns to the top of the standings with a two point advantage heading to Canada, but with three podiums in four races mj_coop is not one to sleep on, the battle is only starting to heat up in F2.

 

F3

FerociousDan had won last week in Suzuka, and in the process significantly closed the gap to surprise early leader Captain_Stiff, and with a track with a lap time fractionally over 65 seconds, it would be a fast and furious paced qualifying session.

That was only intensified with the threat of rain at the end of the session, and with cars flooding on track early, it was Dan who would set the fastest lap on the ultrasoft tyres, but with Booje and willo less than seven hundredths slower in second and third, the race was poised to be ultra-competitive.

Stiff had seen success on Tuesday night, and equally high confidence in Austria, put his car on row three on the supersoft tyres. As the session concluded in wet conditions the top six were split by a quarter of a second meaning the start would be huge for those using the purple walled ultrasoft tyres in what was looking to be a very competitive field.

A perfect start from Dan maintained his lead, but with Steelbl running into the side-pod of Booje into turn two, the Renault lost ground to McLaren allowing willo through. Steel struggling with a lack of downforce went wide at turn three, and with team-mate SnoopMarky then spinning from fourth, both Saubers went from a top five start to last in a blow to their constructors hopes.

Dan and willo looked on course to use the two stop strategy, whilst Booje and Stiff stuck to the one stop, and this provided real excitement with the two stoppers having to cut their way back through the field twice, and as the second stop for Dan and Willo brought them out fractionally behind the two Williams, the action would real start to intensify.

Dispatching Tejuarr on lap 25 both cars then set upon catching then second place Stiff, who finally relented to Dan on lap 29. However, willo would not fair as easily against his Williams counterpart who on older, harder tyres impressed by re-passing the Haas several times un-willing to give up the podium.

Willo finally prevailed on lap 31, but the battle had brought the flying Ferrari of xMIKExSI into the fray, as he desperately tried to find a way past the Williams in the closing laps.

Up at the front, Booje had driven a strong and commanding race after recovering well from his turn two incident, and with one lap remaining led by five seconds, but two early penalties proved to be his downfall as he was overhauled by Dan who took a second consecutive race win and the effective championship lead.

Stiff was able to fractionally keep Mike at bay as he picked up a third podium in four races due to multiple penalties demoting willo to seventh, and with team-mate Tejuarr in fifth, the Williams team keep up with McLaren in the constructors with the two split by two points, forty ahead of the rest of the pack.

Dan now owns a three point lead over Stiff heading to Canada, but Booje will bemoan his poor luck in rounds two and three as he sits on 27 points and sixteen off Dan. Can Dan extend his lead in Montreal or will we see the likes of Tejuarr, Willo or F1Richard try to make up lost ground to the leaders?

 

Next week we head to North America and the Canadian Grand Prix, with the infamous “Wall of Champions” an obstacle that has caught out many in it’s time, who can attack the track and leave Montreal with all 15 points. The conditions are always variable, so prepare for every eventuality! It could be our most exciting race yet!

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Invictus Racing League – Off-Track – Silverstone success for Scott

As reported last week, No-assist and Performance One driver BoyBetterKnow kicked off his season last weekend in his new Ford Fiesta in the BRSCC Saloon Car Trophy.

It was Scott’s first outing in the new car, but that didn’t hold him back as he went from eighth on the grid to a fifth placed finish, whilst taking the overall win in the Fiesta class in a wet race around the famous British circuit.

Invictus Racing League send our congratulations to Scott, and wish him continued success in the trophy over the 2019 season.

All details of his next race will be published on the site. If you’re in the local area and wish to go and support Scott then relevant ticket websites will be linked.

 

 

 

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A message to all Invictus Racing League driver’s – 18/03/2019

Hello all,

 

After discussion with the Site Directors and league admin team, Invictus Racing League are joining with many of our friends and fellow racers in other leagues as we suggest to our communities to drive this weeks league action with a predominately black helmet in memory of F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting.

A one minutes pause will also be held at the start of all qualifying sessions, therefore qualifying will be 17 minutes long this week. We ask you all to please respect the moments quiet before qualifying.

 

Thank you for your continued support, for any questions please speak to your league admin team.

 

– Invictus Racing League

Invictus Racing League – Round three in review – Iconic corners and eye catching battles

 

 

 

The ‘Land of the rising sun’ played host to round three of the Invictus Racing League this week, as Suzuka in Japan was the next stop on the 12 round calendar.

Bahrain and Spain had already produced so scintillating action, and with the prospect of the fast figure eight circuit highlighted by the iconic 130r, which sees the cars take the fast left hand turn at well over 190mph.

Japan has a tricky first sector, and only with one corner taken at less than 62mph, it is a fast and circuit that requires the upmost concentration for the whole duration of the 27 lap distance.

 

 

No Assist

BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) had taken the first two wins of the season and led the driver’s standings by eight points to Scopefielder with the Swede having taken consecutive podiums behind the Englishman.

Qualifying saw a battle between team-mates as Delange93 and Scopefielder traded fastest lap times in the Red Bull. It was the Swede who would win out, but the two lock out the front row for Red Bull. Whilst behind the returning Philip_mcfc set a sparkling lap on the harder soft compound to qualify third ahead of Canadian Force India driver RickWR88.

The race started without a hitch for the majority of the field, and with Scopefielder building a two second lead over the first lap it seemed ominous for the rest of the grid to catch him.

The second lap saw a disaster for Delange as contact from Rick put the Red Bull into the wall and out of the race, Rick’s Force India then spun into Dunlop curve at collected the Renault of Nismax7. That seemed to unsight the second of the Renaults, as Gavpig and Stifler1980 came into contact and narrowly missed the stricken Force India.

Scopefielder stretched a lead out over the field, but without the rear gunner of Delange, it had allowed Phil, Scott and Speed_Queen to fight over the podium positions. They continued their battle throughout the pit-window, but much to their surprise the Williams of Samuthepito came up from 11th place and used the reverse strategy to move into second and well in striking distance of Scopefielder.

Moving onto the soft tyres Sam had optimal pace versus the mediums of Scopefielder as he quickly reeled in and passed the leader. He would then control the race from the front and gap a lead in excess of ten seconds over Scope who seemed to settle for second.

Scott had been fighting with Phil and Speed_Queen over what was now third to fifth, however a late mechanical failure saw the Mercedes hit the wall on the exit of 130r and retire in a damning blow to his early championship aspirations.

Sam would come across the line and take a dominant first victory within Invictus Racing League; he did superbly well to move up from eleventh, whilst Scopefielder and Speed_Queen made up the final places on the podium, with Speed_Queen using a late penalty for Phil to jump the impressive McLaren onto the podium.

In a race that saw six retirements, it was a masterful display from the Spanish driver. Sam has shown great speed since joining the league and the win seemed almost inevitable, but with Scott non scoring it blows the championship wide open as we head back to Europe and the Austrian Grand Prix.

 

Realistic Performance

Performance 1

Racing AaronStiff had shared both wins in the first two rounds of the season, but Craig8728 led the championship after a strong start to the season. The potential for a race to remember was definitely on the cards for the Performance 1 league, and with a number of drivers capable to win the race, it was a guessing game early on to decide who would be on the podium by the end of Tuesday night.

Using another excellent lap in qualifying, Aaron made it consecutive pole positions as he topped the timing sheets in his Force India. The team were delighted with his pace, but with the likes of BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) alongside him in row one, and with SJD in third on the soft compound they looked to be a real threat to the pole-sitter.

The race began well for Aaron and Scott who get away well off the line, but a bad line into turn one disastrously dropped SJD back down to 12th position as the majority of the field streamed by the Renault. Scott made a move for the lead early on, and after getting his Toro Rosso to the front of the pack would stretch a two and half second lead early into the race.

Current driver’s leader Craig had started on the back row after a fault in qualifying, and after a group of cars ahead all caused chaos into the final chicane, Betrayer46 had come away with wing damage and as he tried to enter the pit-lane he collided with the tyre wall and with no-where to go, both Craig and Captain_Stiff careened into the rear end of the Haas with all three retiring abruptly on lap four.

xMIKexSI had made his way towards the front in the Ferrari, but contact with SirSpud early into the race had ended the Red Bull’s evening early at the final chicane. Mike shook off the initial remorseful reaction and got back on the pace and through the mid-point of the race made a move on Aaron for second position into turn one, and after contact with the Force India he muscled his way through.

Scott had a commanding lead at the front, and would come home unchallenged for his first win in Performance 1; the Toro Rosso didn’t put a foot wrong all night and made up for his disaster in No-Assists one night previous to take all 15 points.

Mike picked up a first podium of the season in the Ferrari ahead of SJD who will be happy with his third place after his disappointing start to the race.

Scott takes the lead in the championship after Craig and Stiff both retired, Aaron sits in second four points off the leader. Whilst in the constructors, it’s as you were with Know Nothing Racing leading Racing AaronStiff, but the pack is starting to catch up to the early leaders.

 

Performance 2

A small grid on Tuesday would only intensify the talent that was still on show. Scopefielder had set the early pace as he looks to retain his Performance 2 title, however it was Megglugpy who won last week in Spain, and the Brit would look at continuing that form after a poor round one saw him pick up only three points.

Qualifying saw a return to form for Nitrogash after what seems like months of bad luck, the experienced British driver dropped his Mercedes on pole alongside Scopefielder.

Megglugpy had been the only driver to start of the medium compound, and with drivers around him struggling for tyre wear late into the first stint, he was able to keep up and eventually take the lead after the round of stops.

He would eventually break a three second lead over F1_MrP80 who had a superb session in the Haas to pick up a debut podium, whilst Nitrogash finally celebrated a podium which has long eluded him. It was well received by all and the ten championship points are a huge boost in the championship.

Scopefielder could only manage fourth in the Williams, but the result still maintains his lead in the race for the title, but with the gap back to Megg now only at two points. The grid will start to notice possible cracks in the armour of the Swedish driver.

 

Equal Performance

F1

Mdoran09 was leading after the first two races in the championship, but with Scopefielder having picked up the victory in Spain last week, the Swedish driver was high on confidence, and after a good performance in the Performance league the night before, Scope would go into round three with his sights firmly set on a second win.

However qualifying was set alight by A_Singh99 in the Williams after a fascinating battle with the lightning fast VSR_Odemz in the Haas, the two traded fastest laps but with time running out on the session it was Singh who was able to take pole position by five hundredths of a second.

Bright blue skies in qualifying were replaced by a damp and drizzly circuit for the race, the pack knew that they would need to be incredibly careful into the first sector and that grip would be at a minimum.

Odemz blasted past Singh off the line, the pole sitter had a shocker as he spun the wheels on the greasy surface, he then ran wide into turn one and by the end of the first sector had already dropped to fourth.

The leader began to stream away from the field, and by lap six had already accumulated a nine second lead over Scopefielder in second. Whilst behind a superb battle ensued over sixth as a number of cars including WaveIntel, Betrayer and mdoran09 fought over the position.

Looking almost unbeatable, the Haas driver of Odemz made a very early stop on the intermediate tyres, but immediately started making up lost ground as he passed Megglugpy for fourth and with the move done before 130r he looked in fine shape to chase down the top three, but in the blink of an eye around 130R he touched the run off area and speared into the wall and out of the race.

The track had started to dry up and on lap ten WaveIntel was the first one to brave a dry tyre choice, this turned out to be a poor decision for the Scot, with no traction available into turn ten he ran his Toro Rosso into the wall and out of the race, this seemed to spark a mad minute in F1 as both Tombombtank and Singh retired along with Betrayer and Samuthepito all hitting different walls, as the cars struggled on the worn intermediate tyres.

Scopefielder had driven a perfectly executed race, and moving onto the medium tyres at the right time, he would come home and take another victory in F1 and a statement making result in the championship. He would come ahead of Foxyred and Megglugpy who fought hard over the final stages on the race, but it would be the McLaren of Foxy who would win out ahead of the Toro Rosso on time penalties.

Scope assumes the championship lead as we head to Austria, but if Odemz is able to make a regular showing in the season then we the field may have a real battle to keep the championship competitive to round twelves. That isn’t understating Scope’s win, and after two on the bounce for the Renault driver, he looks well placed early on to be a front-runner in the F1 title race.

 

F2

Invictus rookie F2 runner GoodStuff had won the first race in Bahrain, but a late problem in Spain dropped him off the podium and made the gap between him and the field much smaller as we came to Japan. The likes to NickLJThomson, Humbostone and mj_coop would all be on high alert in Suzuka, with all of them aware that a win could propel them into top spot in the standings.

Qualifying was contested under an overcast and dreary day in Suzuka, and with the ever present threat of rain, the paddock knew that laps on the board early would be important.

Time was counting down in the session, and although GP1_Alex and Humbostone looked well placed to battle over pole position, they would be surpassed by an excellent lap from Craig8728 in the Toro Rosso. It proved to be unbeatable as time expired in the session, as Craig took a fantastic pole position ahead of Humbostone and GP1_Alex. Whilst title leader GooDStuff was in sixth on the harder soft compound tyre compared to the drivers ahead.

It was a superb launch off the line for the McLaren of Humbostone in P2 as he thundered past a helpless Craig into turn one as the rest of the field made their way through cleanly.

NeverMiss00 had seen a superb start and moved up from fourteenth into ninth in the second McLaren, whilst it was a frustrating start for Nismax who picked up damage on lap one and had to stop on lap one and dropped to the back of the pack.

Craig started to struggle on the older supersoft tyres, and by lap seven had already dropped to fourth behind Nick and Alex, whilst GooDStuff and mj_coop were certainly starting to swarm the rear end of the Scot’s gearbox.

We saw a brief flurry of retirements and incidents early in the race, with Vintinho coming into contact with Jamie6328, whilst Steen retired abruptly on lap seven with NeverMiss having also dropped way down the order.

Last week’s race winner White-Fountain wasn’t fairing as well in Japan, and whilst fighting in the midfield, a clash of wheels at 130r with Humbostone put the Renault into the wall and then the unfortunate Tinuss would be a passenger as the White-Fountains cars rebounded back on track ultimately ending both drivers’ races on lap 12 in a disappointing end for both drivers.

Disaster for the pole-sitter Craig on lap 18, a spin into turn one would drop him way down the order, and with his race going from bad to worse, he would find himself last of the runners in eleventh place with less than ten laps to go.

At the head of the field NickLJThomson made a move for the lead on Humbostone, and with three laps remaining he pushed hard to stretch a three second lead to negate a penalty, but it wasn’t to be for the Ferrari who although crossing the line first would drop behind Humbostone in the race classification. GP1 Alex equally found the stewards at his detriment as penalties would relegate him off the podium and promoted a relieved mj_coop who after a zero point score last week needed a return to form.

Pending a steward’s enquiry after the incident with white-fountain, Humbostone closes the gap to GooDStuff, but it’s NickLJThomson who sits behind the leader by one point. However, he will move into first if Humbostone is awarded a penalty for his part in the incident. F2 is going to be close this season, and mistakes could prove costly by the time we go to Monza for round twelve. Who can keep their nerve?

 

F3

After taking 27 from a possible 30 points early in the season, Captain_Stiff was F3’s unlikely leader and with an eleven point margin back to team-mate Tejuarr, both Williams drivers would be looking at maintaining their good starts early in the season.

However qualifying didn’t go to plan for either, and with Stiff not posting a competitive lap and Tejuarr only able to make it into fifth both would have work to do. It was a much more productive session for the_willo97 in the Haas who scored a brilliant pole position ahead of pre-season title favourite FerociousDan.

The race started well for willo off the line and leading the pack away he was able to keep both McLarens and last week’s second place man Briggsy500 at bay. In contrast at the back, the trio of Stiff, Booje and Fascone were all caught out by a spinning Steelbl66 and with severe wing damage to all three, it would require very early stops and effectively rule them out of contention.

Booje had gone into the season along with Dan and Richard as the favourites for the F3 title, but after a poor showing in Spain in the wet the Renault was looking at clawing back some points in the title race, he certainly wasn’t expecting to be retiring early on in Japan, but unfortunately that’s exactly how it transpired, and with Fascone equally retiring after his pit-stop both will see themselves as incredible unlucky so early into the season.

Throughout the early part of the race, willo did very well as the McLaren of Dan added relentless pressure, whilst the Woking based outfit were delighted as Richard sat in third ahead of SnoopMarky in fourth. The pit-stops saw the top three mimic each other and go for the ultra-aggressive supersoft-soft tyre strategy, and it would see them having to really take care across the bumpy circuit.

A slow exit from the final chicane on lap 18 from Willo would line up Dan perfectly, and the McLaren who never needs a second invitation soared down the inside into turn one into the lead. The two would continue to battle, but with tyres fading and willo knowing that he was due a time penalty, it became a race of preservation as he slowly started dropping back from the McLaren.

Dan crossed the line and took McLaren’s first race win of the season, and with the constructor behind Williams in the title race, it was a much needed and celebrated win. Willo held on for second, whilst SnoopMarky celebrated a second career F3 podium in third after overhauling F1Richard.

It was a sublime battle between Dan and Willo who both deserved the applause of the fans, but more importantly for Dan, he recovers a huge amount of ground in both the drivers and constructors. The Williams suffered all race long, with Tejuarr unable to make up ground in sixth and Stiff recovering from his early contact into eighth, Williams and McLaren now sit joint top on 51 points after three races.

The title race has been blown wide open now after Dan outscored Stiff by 12 points, and he now sits only two points off Stiff, but with Austria next, a track which promotes close racing and overtaking, we look to be instore for another high quality F3 race.

 

 

Join us in Austria for another round of superb F1 action, we will be at 25% distance in the calendar and will start to see who can put themselves into contention for a championship run. Check out @InvictusRL for all stream links and details on next week’s racing

Invictus Racing League – Off Track – Catching up with Sab in Melbourne

In today’s Off-Track, Invictus Racing League admin, commentator and driver Sab7786 gives us a quick update into his first week out in Australia before he attends the first race of the season this weekend.

After a very early flight from Manchester to Perth last week, he has been enjoying time catching up with family living in Australia, but after making it to Melbourne early this week, he was able to join up with his friends in the McLaren Papaya+ membership group as they toured the Albert Park circuit before the crowds descended on Thursday.

Turn 15 before the final corner in Melbourne

 

It was Thursday where he really got to explore the paddock, and flanked by an increasing number of passionate F1 fans all looking to see and photograph this seasons cars and drivers. He was fortunate enough to be guided around the circuit on a tour by representatives of the Australian Grand Prix, along with the chance to meet and chat with Toro Rosso drivers Alexander Albon and Daniil Kyvat.

McLaren were then gracious enough to invite their membership VIP’s into the McLaren paddock facility where they could look around the inner workings of a F1 weekend, and later to the team hotel for a meet and greet with Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz just a few hours before the two would jump into the car and roll out on track for the first time in an official race weekend session in 2019.

Unfortunately, he was at the track when news broke about the passing of Race Director Charlie Whiting, a hush and solemn atmosphere had swept across the paddock and in the famous Melbourne Walk area. The tributes to Charlie have been pouring in, and it is wonderful to see that his life is being properly celebrated this weekend by so many.

On the ‘Melbourne Walk’ , he’s already had the chance at photo opportunities with the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Charles Leclerc and the Haas drivers of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and with the weekend only beginning, I’m sure he will get the chance to see many more!

 

 

‘Sab’ and this seasons #4 Lando Norris

 

We hope Sab is enjoying his time out in Melbourne, and we will catch up with him after the race on Sunday to find out how he found his Australian Grand Prix 2019 experience. Thanks to Sab for providing us with photo permission and we can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

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In memory – Charlie Whiting (1952-2019)

 

 

 

Today we wake up to the saddest of news from Melbourne, as Formula One race director and long serving member of the Formula One paddock has sadly passed away suddenly at the age of 66.

Whilst we play on the virtual representation of the sport that we all love dearly, Charlie Whiting was instrumental in the implementation of several safety measures, along with the sign off for some now much-loved Formula One calendar circuits that we race on.

The season is due to start tonight at 00.30am so to lose an instrumental member of the Formula One community so close is a tragic loss and bitter blow to all within the community whether online or off.

Invictus Racing League extends our deepest sympathies and condolences to Charlie’s friends and family, and positive thoughts to all in the Formula One community while we celebrate the life of the iconic Charlie Whiting.

Rest well Charlie, your work was immeasurable and will be remembered forever. We thank you.

 

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