Invictus Racing League – Pre-season One – New game, same Spain

 

 

We opened our account on this years new iteration of the Formula One game, F1 2019 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. The circuit hosted an official calendar race last season where we saw some close on-track action, and equally some varying strategies that if put into action correctly can make the races a real mouth-watering climax as drivers fought back on faster tyres.

No Assist

The No-Assist league was first up on Monday night, and with the prospect of not only a full grid, but possibly the biggest group of competitive drivers yet, the league looks in good shape to be its most exciting yet.

It was a turbulent start as many drivers found themselves in first lap incidents with the likes of team-mates white-fountain and LR_Archy colliding at turn five, whilst the opening lap also saw issues for the likes of SJD1988, mj_coop and his Red Bull team-mate Megglugpy who all made early stops for new front wings.

The early stages of the race were controlled by reigning champion, but rookie driver to the league FPL_Charlie had started magnificently, and by lap six was able to sweep past Scott for the lead, and with the soft tyres starting to fall-away for the drivers who qualified on the softest rubber, the likes of Charlie and Scopefielder on the medium compound started to find the race suiting them.

A puncture for Samuthepito on lap seven dropped the Spaniard out of contention, and as BoyBetterKnow committed to the two-stop strategy, the Williams of Charlie and Haas of Scopefielder looked to run longer and go for the one-stop. However, with Scott flying through the field and clawing back time, by lap 14 had re-built a six second gap at the head of the pack, but with Charlie and Scope now on-track until the end it seemed that the race would come back towards the Williams and Haas.

However, a spin for Charlie at turn 12 on lap 20 dropped him into third behind Scope, and back to within striking distance of Scott after the Englishman made his second and final stop, with the Mercedes making his move on Charlie on lap 26 of 33 to re-take second position.

It left Scott six laps to catch the Swedish driver, but with the laps diminishing it eventually ran out as Scope took a deserved and well earned pre-season win ahead of Scott, whilst it was mixed emotions for Charlie, who albeit the spin could have possibly pushed for a debut win.

 

Performance League 

The Performance League looks at its strongest ever this season, with a league full of former race-winners and ex-champions. The race in Spain on Tuesday night saw a wash of strategies, pace and daring as the grid took to the track.

The two leagues have now been amalgamated into one, and the competitiveness subsequently sky-rocketed, but with no clear leader amongst the pack, this will be a mega season.

Scopefielder had lined up on pole looking to continue his form from Monday night, but it was the third placed man who got the best launch off the line as the two-time Performance League champion SkyZii blew by the pole-sitter and elevated the Frenchman into the lead.

The top three of SkyZii, Scope and LR_Archy made a slight break-away in the early stages as the three fought hard to gain the early momentum, whilst last seasons runner-up AaronjSpence maintained good pace in fourth.

SkyZii was the first to pit on lap eleven, but on a clear track and able to make the over-cut work to their advantage, Scope and Archy both jumped the Frenchman after the round of stops, and by the time the pack had all shuffled back into place, SkyZii had gone from the lead to four seconds off of the lead, and with ten laps left to run Scopefielder looked well placed to make it successive wins to start the week.

It turned out to be a dominant win for Scope as the Swede held his nerve, and equally looked after his tyres better than anyone to come across the line over ten seconds ahead of Archy in second, who was able to fend off SkyZii late in the race.

Scope controlled the race as soon as he hit the front, and where we saw retirements down the order for the likes of Jos, Sab and SirSpud. The top three on Tuesday look to already have thrown their name in the hat to be talked about as potential champions come the end of the season.

 

Equal Performance 

F1 

Wednesday night in F1 was the VSR_Marqueses show, as the Williams driver proceeded to blow away the competition. He took pole ahead of reigning champion Scopefielder, whilst CPI_Alex and Ben Muskett would line-up on the second row in a good showing for the pair.

The race however was totally dominated by Marqueses, not only winning by a comfortable margin, he did it on a three-stop strategy, and utilising a huge gap in the early stages, plus the unfortunate retirement from Scope which caused a virtual safety car, he was able to pit for a new set of the mediums and immediately go after the then race leaders of Alex and a charging Samuthepito.

Marqueses second stint was something to be applauded, as he drew out a 36 second lead which gave him the opportunity to make a second, and even then third stop for soft tyres as the Williams cruised to the chequered flag ahead of Sam and a happy FoxyRed2000.

Sheer dominance from Marqueses, and an ominous benchmark set for the field in F1.

F2

A strong lap from Partridge99 on the medium compound put him on the front row alongside pole-sitter Warislander, but with the pole-sitter and third placed man Craig on the softest tyre compound, they would be fast in the early stages.

Although the pair were able to keep the pace in the early stages, once the soft tyre started to lose grip, the duo would fall into the hands of the chasing drivers, and with Partridge making the move for the lead on lap five, both Warislander and Craig dived into the pit-lane.

This promoted AaronJSpence and Captain_Stiff up into a podium place, but as the stint wore on, Stiff was caught and passed by ColinJ. The current F3 champion Stiff pitted first, but after being caught in traffic on the exit fell further behind in his attempt at the under-cut and ultimately out of contention for a podium.

It was a perfect race for Partridge, and after being held up by Warislander briefly Aaron was unable to catch up to the Renault as he took the flag and first pre-season race victory. AaronJSpence and ColinJ would make up the podium, whilst it was a much more positive race for mj_coop in the Red Bull after his first race on Monday, as he ended up in seventh, but a big confidence boost for the new no-assist driver.

F3

For the second season in a row, F3 will start its calendar without a reigning champion, and with plenty of drivers on the grid well placed to step up, a victory in pre-season is the perfect way to gain a psychological advantage over your rivals.

After a dramatic end to qualifying, Sab7786 took pole-position with the last lap on track as the Alfa Romeo driver returned to the series with a bang.

However, an error strewn race from a number of drivers including the pole-sitter Sab effectively gifted the race victory to FerociousDan, and with Syncronously and Bren_Ons picking up podiums behind, the field will now look to stop Dan’s momentum next week in Mexico, with the McLaren driver already an established multi-time F3 race winner, he looks to be a threat for the championship.

F3 is always unpredictable, so we cannot wait for the season to begin in two weeks.

 

 

We head to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City next week for the second and final pre-season race, join us for another three nights of fantastic racing! 

 

Season Eight is announced!

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, we announced the details about the upcoming eighth season of the Invictus Racing League on the Formula One 2019 game. The F1 leagues have grown from strength to strength recently, and it is with your support that we continue to improve and provide our community and members a mature, competitive, but ultimately fun place to race.

The stream provided news on the dates of the season, major rule changes, race calendar and team and car allocations which will be detailed below.

 

Rule changes and New Features

No-Assist league 

  • To rewards drivers who run fully no-assist (racing line is allowed) a new points system will be implemented to appropriately reward drivers that are using no assist, that will be a +4 point increase on every position, in comparison to those running with the racing line who will pick up the standard Invictus points scoring method.
  • This will be monitored using a ‘weighbridge’ system, each week a randomly selected driver(s) will be asked to provide video evidence of their race to prove that they are running without the racing line. If the driver is unable to supply this video evidence then the standard points scoring will be applied.

Pre-race threads and Forum posts

  • Pre-race threads will no longer be a mandatory requirement for all drivers before the race, and from this season we will be randomly selecting one to three drivers per race to answer interview questions, they will then be written up and added to the Invictus website homepage as a news story.
  • To promote community engagement, pre-race questions will still be added to the site, but members are encouraged to send in questions for the weeks interviewees, this can be anything regarding their thoughts on the race, previous races, rivalries etc, as long as the questions aren’t of a negative or inflammatory position.
  • Members are encouraged to also stay active on the web-site by positing clips, race reviews or highlights in their specific leagues ‘Paddock area’

“The Invictus”

  • Invictus Racing League has growing ambitions about how to rewards its members, not only on the track but off.

That’s why we have decided to create a season-by-season subscription service that we can then use to improve the facilities that members enjoy here at Invictus Racing League, and it is called “The Invictus”. We are starting the subscription at £5 / €5.60 / £6.30 per/season, once we have a sustainable uptake, we will look at increasing the available perks/tiers. If you are interested in supporting the league, please see “The Invictus” tab on the homepage menu where more details are explored.

 

Season Eight Calendar

This is the official season calendar that will run from the week commencing 8/7/19 to the w/c 14/10/19. Please remember to inform your Admin team with as much time possible if you are planning on missing any races in that time.

  • Also, please be aware that pre-season will be run slightly differently, as weather will be set to dry for all leagues to assess true pace and connection stability

The Performance league will also be set to “Equal” performance for the Admin team to correctly allocate for round one.

 

  • Pre-season 1 – Spain – Barcelona                        (8th July)
  • Pre-season 2 – Mexico – Mexico City                    (15th July)

 

  • Round One – Austria – Spielberg                          (22nd July)
  • Round Two – Monaco – Monte Carlo                     (29th July)
  • Round Three – France – Le Castellet                     (5th August)
  • Round Four – Japan – Suzuka                             (12th August)
  • Round Five – Brazil – Interlagos                           (19th August)
  • Round Six – Belgium – Spa-Francorchamps           (26th August)
  • Break                                                                                (one week)
  • Round Seven – Australia – Melbourne                   (9th September)
  • Round Eight – China – Shanghai                         (16th September)
  • Round Nine – Bahrain – Sakhir                             (23rd September)
  • Round Ten – Singapore – Marina Bay                   (30th September)
  • Round Eleven – Canada – Montreal                      (7th October)
  • Round Twelve – Germany – Hockenheim              (14th October)

 

 

 

Car/Team Allocations 

As announced on the Invictus Podcast, we will post below each leagues team-mates and the constructor that the pairing will be racing for the upcoming season. If you have any questions about allocations, please speak to your Admin team, however please be aware that all allocations will have been done to be as fair as possible ensuring that the majority of drivers got a car within their top three choices.

 

Key 

(R) – Rookie to Invictus Racing League

(P1) – Promoted as Champion

(P2) – Promoted as Runner-up

(RC) – Reigning Champion (Drivers)

(RCC) – Reigning Constructors Champions (If team stayed together)

 

No-Assists – Monday

  • BoyBetterknowSB (RC/RCC) and Joel (RCC) Mercedes
  • Speed_Queen80 and CPI Alex – Ferrari
  • FTL Charlie (R) and Phil_mcfc – Williams
  • Dreygeo and Mdoran09 – McLaren
  • Tony-Y and Humbostone – Toro Rosso
  • White-Fountain and Xd Archy – Renault
  • NickLJThomson and SJD1988 – Alfa Romeo
  • Mj_coop and Megglugpy – Red Bull
  • Scopefielder and Samuthepito – Haas
  • Nikki9095 – Racing Point

 

Realistic Performance – Tuesday

  • Scopefielder and SkyZii (RC)Maserati
  • Sab7786 and TL44S_ – TLSabs
  • MrP_80 and LukeBailey14 – PB Racing
  • TonnAlbanach and AaronJSpence – Lotus BMW
  • Megglugpy (RC) and Jos_Heinssie – Team JMR
  • BoybetterknowSBand Xd_Archy – Scarchy
  • Nitrogash and xMikexSI – ( Antiquity Motors*)
  • SJD1988 and energydan – Rick Astley Racing
  • Briggsy500 and Dreygeo – (Drey500 Sport*)
  • ColinJ and SirSpud72 – Sir Colin

 

Equal Performance – Wednesday

F1

  • Scopefielder (RC/RCC) and Jos_Heinssie (RCC)Renault
  • Samuthepito and Ben Muskett – McLaren
  • FOXYRED2000 and xd_Archy – Alfa Romeo
  • Megglugpy and TonnAlbanach – Red Bull
  • A_Singh99 and CPI_Alex_B – Racing Point
  • Speed_Queen80 and White-Fountain – Toro Rosso
  • xRossi21 and MrStim96 – Haas
  • Philip_mcfc and Npyne_35 – Mercedes
  • Nikki9095 and mdoran09 – Ferrari
  • X_Marqueses_X – Williams

 

F2

  • NickLJThomson (RC) and xMIKExSI (P2)Ferrari
  • Craig8728 and Humbostone – Haas
  • Captain_Stiff (P1) and AaronJSpence – McLaren
  • MrP_80 and The_Warislander – Alfa
  • Steen-13 and TinusssOptioneel – Williams
  • SirSpud72 and ColinJ – Mercedes
  • Tony-Y and Tanker903 (R)Racing Point
  • Partridge99 and VictorHas_1108 – Renault
  • Mj_coop and NoFudge_4U – Red Bull
  • Ozone_NeverMiss and RudiMandragorex – Toro Rosso

 

F3

  • Booje89 and thewillo_97 – Renault
  • FlybyNight (R) and Dmac-108 (R)Racing Point
  • Nitrogash and Bren_Ons – Haas
  • Sab7786 and Tejuarr86 – Alfa Romeo
  • SnoopMarky and Steelbl66 – Toro Rosso
  • Achterlyken_eu (R) and Hixxy123 (R)Williams
  • FerociousDan and F1Richard67 – McLaren
  • Osteven002 and Briggsy500 – Ferrari
  • Syncronously and Luke Bailey14 – Red Bull
  • SHABZ_EN (R) and BWAClyde – Mercedes

 

 

If you have any questions regarding the allocations, or of any of the information above, please contact the Site Directors via the ‘Get in Touch’ tab on the homepage.

 

Good luck and we can’t wait to see you all on the grid very soon! 

Announcement stream tonight!

 

 

Are you as excited for the new season on F1 2019 as we are?!

 

The announcement stream will be live tonight at 8pm presented on the Invictus Podcast with Gareth and Sab, the podcast usually discusses the goings on in Formula One, but we will front-load tonight’s episode with the news you’ve all been waiting for;

  • Race Calendar
  • Team-mates
  • Car Allocations
  • Rule Changes
  • New features

 

Join the boys tonight as they go live and get your thoughts in about a whole host of things from the start of season eight to the Austrian Grand Prix and the BIG Question, where Sab is given one minute to answer a question and his reasoning for it!

 

Remember, you can subscribe to the channel and get notified immediately when we go live, and if you use Amazon Prime, you are able to give a one-month free subscription where you don’t pay a penny, but we get the subscription fee as a benefit!

 

We go LIVE at 8! 

 

Provisional driver line-up’s announced

Formula One 2019 is fast approaching, and with a few weeks before release the work behind the scenes to build next seasons league layout is well underway. We now have the provisional line-ups that were first announced on the Invictus Podcast on Tuesday night with Gareth and Sab.

Invictus’ Formula One leagues always produce some awesome action, and with five leagues next season all looking mostly full, it will be a competitive and intense season ahead!

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

There are still limited spaces left in some leagues, if you want to get on the grid. Check out the apply to race tab on the website menu!

 

Driver List*

No Assists (Monday 8pm)

  • Nikki9095
  • Delange93
  • BoybetterknowSB
  • GP1_ALEX_B
  • Philip_mcfc
  • xd_Archy
  • mdoran09
  • Speed_Queen80
  • dreygeo
  • mj_coop
  • J03L-v520v-
  • samuthepito
  • FPL_Charlie
  • NickLJThomson
  • Scopefielder
  • white-fountain
  • SJD1988
  • Humbostone (TBC)
  • Megglugpy (TBC)
  • TONY-Y (TBC)

No-Assist Commentary Teamhttps://www.twitch.tv/invictusf1noassistleague

  • Gareth (Captain_Stiff)
  • Sab  (Sab7786)

 

 

Realistic Performance (Tuesday 8pm)

  • SirSpud72
  • Jos_Heinssie
  • TonnAlbanach
  • Briggsy500
  • TL44S_
  • AaronJSpence2017
  • ColinJ1411996
  • Megglugpy
  • Scopefielder
  • Mister_SkyZii
  • Nitrogash
  • Lukebailey14
  • xMIKExSI
  • energydan
  • dreygeo
  • xd_Archy
  • SJD1988
  • Sab7786
  • F1_MrP80
  • BoyBetterKnowSB

(Reserve list x5 drivers)

Performance League Commentary Teamhttps://www.twitch.tv/wwfc_07 

  • Malc (F1WWFC_07)
  • Tim (Forever24_JG)

 

Equal Performance F1 (Wednesday 8pm)

  • Megglugpy
  • TonnAlbanach
  • A_Singh99
  • mdoran09
  • Jos_Heinssie
  • Scopefielder
  • Samuthepito
  • BenMuskett_
  • FOXYRED2000
  • Nikki9095
  • MrSt1m96
  • xd_Archy
  • xRossi21
  • Philip_mcfc
  • white-fountain
  • GP1_ALEX_B
  • X_-Marqueses-_X
  • Speed_Queen80
  • Npyne_35
  • (Open)

 

F1 Commentator – https://www.twitch.tv/invictusf1league

  • Tim (Forever24_JG)

 

Equal Performance F2 (Wednesday 8pm)

  • NickLJThomson
  • mj_coop
  • Craig8728
  • Colinj1411996
  • AaronJSpence2017
  • TONY-Y
  • Partridge99
  • Victor_Has1108
  • Ozone_NeverMiss
  • SirSpud72
  • The-Warislander
  • RudiMadragorex
  • Humbostone
  • Tanker903
  • Captain_Stiff
  • xMIKExSI
  • TinusssOptioneel
  • Steen-13
  • F1MrP80
  • NoFudge4U_PL

 

F2 Commentatorhttps://www.twitch.tv/invictusf2league

  • Dan (energydan)

 

 

Equal Performance F3 (Wednesday 8pm)

  • Sab7786
  • osteven002
  • BooJe89
  • Lukebailey14
  • FerociousDan
  • Tejuarr_86
  • dmac_108
  • Bren_Ons
  • Briggsy500
  • Steelbl66
  • Nitrogash
  • Hixxy123
  • the_willo97
  • F1Richard67
  • SnoopMarky
  • Shabz_EN
  • Achterlyken_EU
  • Sycronously
  • FlyByyNightt
  • BWAClyde

(Reserve Drivers x1)

F3 Commentatorhttps://www.twitch.tv/invictusf3league

  • Malc (F1WWFC_07)

 

 

 

* (All lists are currently provisional and subject to change, we aim to keep this information as current as possible)

End of season awards

 

 

 

You’ve all had your say, and voted in the end of season award survey posted into the league chats and via social media, and the results are in!

Once again, congratulations to all who participated in this season and created some awesome on-track action for the rest of the community and watching viewers to see. We saw six leagues with a mixture of multi-time passes for races wins, strategic battles, intense defending and even a drag side-by-side to the line for a race victory.

Below are the results of the poll and who you think deserved to be given recognition.

 

 

Most Exciting League 

1st – F3

2nd – F2

3rd – Realistic Performance 1

 

F3 comes away with a runaway victory, with double the votes of F2 in second, whilst that beat off RP1 by one vote on the final day of the survey. The F3 league always provides fun, intense and exciting action and it seems the fight between Captain_Stiff and xMIKExSI caught your eye as the league is voted the ‘Most Exciting’ of the season. 

 

Commentator of the Year

1st – Gareth (Captain_Stiff)

2nd – Malc (F1WWFC_07)

3rd – Tim

 

We’ve seen some excellent commentary over the F1 2018 game, and whether it be from newcomers like Sab and Dan to experienced voices like Malc, they are the people who bring your races to life. We applaud all of our commentators who take time out of their week to provide a service for you all, and show their enthusiasm for not only Formula One, but for often leaving their comfort zone to bring you weekly commentary whether solo or as part of a team. However, it’s Gareth who narrowly beats Malc to ‘Commentator of the Year’ after his work on Monday night’s in the No-Assist league, on his own in season one, but subsequently joined by Sab in season two. 

 

No-Assist Driver of the Season 

1st – BoyBetterKnowSB

2nd – Speed_Queen80

3rd – Scopefielder

 

Scott enjoyed a superb season in No-Assist and not only claimed a first single drivers title accolade, but in-turn garnered the highest points total for a single driver not only this season,but since the records show with a massive 129 points after six victories. Speed_Queen comes in second, but after a win-less season will look to bounce back next season, whilst Scopefielder will be on the hunt after picking up a few votes in third and standing on the podium seven times this season.

Realistic Performance 1 Driver of the Season

1st – SkyZii

2nd – AaronJSpence2017

3rd – BoyBetterKnowSB

 

It’s the Frenchman SkyZii who takes a winning margin of 29% of the vote, and with votes spread out throughout a number of drivers, the race was close, but SkyZii edged out Aaron to top spot as the runner-up claimed 19% of all votes. SkyZii finally broke his win-less duck in Silverstone and picked up that elusive first Invictus victory.  BoyBetterKnowSB comes in third, and along with Tom_444 and Captain_Stiff were the three drivers to record more than one victory. 

 

Realistic Performance 2 Driver of the Season

1st – Megglugpy

2nd – Scopefielder

3rd – NickLJThomson

 

Runaway champion Megglugpy takes a equally sized voting chunk as he dominated not only the season, but your votes at the end. His hat-trick of wins propelled him into the lead, and from there he never looked back. He wins your driver of the season award, ahead of Scope in second and championship runner-up Nick in third, whilst votes also came in for mj_coop and Jos.

 

Equal Performance F1 Driver of the Season 

1st – Scopefielder

2nd – Megglugpy

3rd – Nikki9095

 

After taking a third and second place in the votes his races on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, the Swede makes it the full sweep of podium places and ends with a whopping 65% of the votes and the winner by a clear distance. He takes the W after winning his first ever top-tier title in the fastest Formula at Invictus, and with six wins on the way to championship gold, he certainly warranted being the driver of the season. Megglugpy was voted in second after a positive first season in F1, whilst Nikki9095 was back to winning ways in F1 and comes third. 

 

Equal Performance F2 Driver of the Season 

1st – NickLJThomson

2nd – mj_coop

3rd – SirSpud72

 

Champion NickLJThomson is given the honour of the driver of the season to go in tandem with his F2 championship crown. He was involved in a superb season long battle with the likes of mj_coop and in the latter stages white-fountain, but with an electrifying end to the season which saw him win four of the last six, and take a podium making it five trips to the rostrum in six weeks. mj_coop finishes second and F2 newcomer SirSpud endured a tough introduction to F2, but once up to speed was able to pick up some credible results and gets enough votes to be your third placed vote. 

 

Equal Performance F3 Driver of the Season 

1st – Captain_Stiff

2nd – xMIKExSI

3rd – osteven002

 

Captain_Stiff saw an impressive switch in fortunes, and after joining the league a year ago has seen him go for fighting for the final point to being a deserved winner in F3. Eight podiums with three victories gave him a first taste of Championship glory, whilst Slovenian rival xMIKExSI finishes with 18.42% of the votes in second after a strong end to the season. The season saw many new drivers provide excellent results such as Steelbl and Briggsy500 with debut podiums, but it’s osteven who continues to improve and almost triples his best ever seasons returns. 

 

Congratulations to all the winners! We hope you have as much success in the next season, the provisional driver lists are being finalised and we will be posting the league participants here when the information is released.

We will be providing a new season recap Podcast soon, with the Invictus ‘Inside Track’ being transferred over to Gareth and Sab for the coming season. Make sure you check out all social media announcements, league chats and on here for any news on the F1 2018 Invictus season review.

The Champs are here!

 

 

It’s been a long season; we’ve seen countless battles, a plethora of over-takes and some heart-stopping on-track action across 15 weeks of season seven of the Invictus Racing League.
However, with the season now over, the dust has settled and we have confirmation of the six drivers who can call themselves a champion for their respective leagues.

 

No-assists

The line-up in the No-Assist League at the first round of the season proved there was always going to be a fascinating title chase for a number of drivers. Speed_Queen had gone into the season on the back of a third title claimed in season six, but with the likes of BoyBetterKnow, Samuthepito and Scopefielder all gunning for her crown, it would prove to be a whirlwind of a season.
The season opened with two victories for Scott (BoyBetterKnow) who enjoyed a frenetic battle with the Williams of Samuthepito. The Spaniard would then go on to dominate the next four races and stand upon the top step of the podium as Sam completed a four race sweep until the season break after Silverstone.
It was at this point on that we saw a tight-knit fight over position, and with Sam moving to a wheel and unfortunately falling off the pace, it allowed Scott and Speed_Queen to duel it out, not only in the standings but regularly on the track as the two shared epic fights at the likes of Australia and Italy.

However, with Scott’s victories in Belgium and Abu Dhabi, it meant that he would go into the final race of the season only needing one point to secure a first-ever No-Assist championship title, and he duly delivered after finishing second on-track in a race that saw Speed_Queen suffer a contact induced spin and fall out of contention.
As the chequered flag dropped, it confirmed that Scott would finish the season on an insurmountable 129 points and highest points tally for a single driver across the entirety of Invictus this season.
The constructors championship had equally been a tight battle, and coming into the final race split by three points, the team of Speed_Queen and Nikki9095 had a disastrous race and ended up falling at the final hurdle, as Scott and Joel in the Mercedes overtook their points tally and made it two trophies heading back to Brackley and Brixworth.

 

Realistic Performance 

Realistic Performance 1

The Realistic Performance league always throws up interesting out-comes and results due to the nature of animal that is realistic performance. This was proved as Captain_Stiff opened the season in Bahrain with his first ever league-race win, the next five races saw four different winners and by the season break after Silverstone it seemed it was AaronJSpence, team-mate Captain_Stiff and reigning champion SkyZii would be the ones who seemed best placed to contest the title with the three having picked up three of the first six race victories between them, especially with reigning champion SkyZii picking up a much over-due race win at the 18th attempt in Silverstone.

The second half of the season wasn’t as successful for the team of Racing AaronStiff, and although a double podium in Australia seemed to give them an advantage, poor races for both over the next three rounds which saw WaveIntel and Tom_444 pick up victories dropped Aaron behind SkyZii, who after three consecutive second place finishes sealed the title with a race to go at Monza as he edged out season stand-out AaronJSpence.
SkyZii became the only driver to retain their title out of all leagues this season, with the surprising record of only one victory in 24 races yet two driver’s championships, a testament to the consistency of the Frenchman to pick up good results weekly.

The battle went down to the wire in the constructors, and at the final race in China it saw the BMW Jordan Team of SkyZii and WaveIntel overcome their rivals as Racing AaronStiff couldn’t claw back the points required after a poor second half to the season, and allowed BMW Jordan to claim a first constructors title as a team in a successful season for the two.

 

Realistic Performance 2

This season was a slight air of redemption for Megglugpy, as the Brit looked to come back after missing out on the Performance title last season by a fine margin.
It was apparent from the opening races that he was determined to make sure he ended up with the top spot in the championship, but after a dreadful start in Bahrain, he then went on to grab a hat-trick of wins and a runner-up spot in Canada to cement his place at the top of the standings as we headed to the season break.
A late retirement in Australia gave the others hope, but with Jos, Nick and Scopefielder all struggling in the following races, it allowed Megg to keep picking up points, and with two podiums in Belgium and Abu Dhabi he closed in to the Performance League 2 title.

It was in Monza where his fourth place sealed the title, and with Jos needing to win and hope Megg finished down the order, the Dutchman could only finish third and thus giving Megg a sizable enough lead that would confirm him as season seven Performance League 2 champion.

The constructors battle however ended in dramatic fashion, and with the championship coming down to the final race and it seemingly being out of reach for Meggacoop Racing, the two managed a sensational comeback as a second win of the season for mj_coop and fourth placed Megglugpy meant the two matched the KamiKaze Pilots F1 Team of Jos and Scope, and with both teams level on 5 wins, the count-back to second place finishes saw three to MeggaCoop, to one for KamiKaze F1.

So it’s MeggaCoop Racing who snatch it away off the international dream-team of Jos and Scope, as Megg doubles up the silverware for the season.

 

Equal Performance

F1

After starting with an incredible drag to the line for the first win of the season mdoran09 was unfortunately not able to see the same success that he showed by opening the season in breath-taking style, it was the Swedish driver Scopefielder who then won four of the next five races, and with a strong lead at the mid-point of the season it was only Nikki9095 and Samuthepito who seemed to be able to keep pace with the Renault.

F1 debutant this season Megglugpy enjoyed a positive first season in the highest formula with several podiums, but it was the likes of the returning Odemz, Nikki and Scope who won the remaining races, and with Scope’s third place in Abu Dhabi he locked in a first-ever Equal Performance league championship.
He then ended the season in style by dominating in Monza and left nearest rival Nikki a comfortable gap away coming away at the end of the season.

After losing their Realistic Performance 2 constructors championship title at the death on the final race day, the pair of Scope and Jos shared the F1 constructor’s title as the Renault team celebrated with their dominant drivers and made up for the disappointment the two may have felt.

F2

The F2 title twisted and turned throughout the season, and the season provided some of the most enthralling action in Invictus, as the lead changed in the standings almost every week.
Rookie driver GooDStuff had started the season well, and after opening the season with a win in Bahrain and Austria at round four, it seemed like he would be well-placed for an attack at the F2 title, but he wasn’t alone in that charge for F2 glory.

Race wins in Japan for NickLJThomson and Canada for mj_coop along with several podiums for the two in the first half the season kept the British pair well in the fight, and by the half-way point it seemed like the three would be neck and neck to the final race.
However, after two poor results at round five and six for Nick, he then went on an incredible run of form winning four of the final six races of the season, and wrapped up the title in Abu Dhabi in style with his fifth victory of the season.

It was contrasting fortunes for his mid-season rivals, with mj_coop and GooDStuff dropping off the pace and unable to keep up with the Ferrari, it was coops Red Bull team-mate White-fountain who benefited, as the Belgian used an electric turn of pace to finish in the top two in all but one of the final six races to come from no-where and finish runner-up in the final championship table.

There was drama in Monza in the final race of the season, and with champion-elect NickLJThomson crashing out, the one-three finish for Red Bull saw Coop and White-fountain snatch the constructors away, as what looked like a two horse race between Ferrari and Haas was blown apart as the Red Bull’s strong finish to the season stole to trophy back to Milton Keynes.

It was a magnificent season in F2, and White-fountain will feel he’s well placed to make a challenge for the title next season, but don’t count out the likes of coop, GP1 Alex and several others. However this season belonged to Nick, and he showed with his second half of the season that he deserved to be the F2 champion.

F3

Opening the season with a close finish between Sab, Booje, Captain_Stiff and F1Richard it was already evident that the landscape in F3 was sure to be ever changing and that we would see a fascinating season.
The next race saw Stiff take a first ever Equal Performance league race win in torrential rain in Spain after putting into action the perfect strategy, and although FerociousDan took the lead of the standings after victories in Japan and Austria the Williams of Stiff stayed in contention.

The tide in the championship seemed to turn at Silverstone, and with the constructors rivals Dan and Tejuarr involved in an early collision that retired both, and F1Richard suffering damage which dropped him down the field/ Stiff would go on to take the lead in both the driver’s and constructors championship. Another win in the rain at Mexico in addition to one in China gave the shock leader a gap over the field, but quietly a new challenger had emerged in xMIKExSI, and the Slovenian veteran started putting almighty pressure on the relatively inexperienced leader.
The Ferrari of Mike finished the season with two wins in Abu Dhabi and the final race in Monza, along with second place finishes in Mexico and Belgium, but coming to Monza, Stiff only required a fifth place finish after standing on the podium in five of the last six races, and with a fight through the field from sixth to second took his first ever championship victory. He had only seen one podium in his previous three seasons at Invictus, so it highlights a remarkable change in fortunes for the Brit.
It was a double delight for Williams as they fought off the challenge from McLaren, as Tejuarr and Captain_Stiff made it a successful season for the Oxfordshire based team.

 

 

Official Drivers Championship Winners (Invictus Racing League F1 2018 Season 2)

No – Assist Champion – BoyBetterKnowSB

Realistic Performance 1 Champion – SkyZii

Realistic Performance 2 Champion – Megglugpy

Equal Performance F1 Champion – Scopefielder

Equal Performance F2 Champion – NickLJThomson

Equal Performance F3 Champion – Captain_Stiff

Official Constructors Championship Winners ((Invictus Racing League F1 2018 Season 2)

No-Assist Champions – Mercedes (BoyBetterKnowSB and Joel-v520v)

Realistic Performance 1 Champions – BMW Jordan (SkyZii and WaveIntel)

Realistic Performance 2 Champions – MeggaCoop Racing (Megglugpy and mj_coop)

Equal Performance F1 Champions- Renault Sport F1 Team (Jos_Heinssie and Scopefielder)

Equal Performance F2 Champions – Red Bull Racing (mj_coop and white-fountain)

Equal Performance F3 Champions – Williams F1 (Captain_Stiff and Tejuarr)

 

Congratulations to all of our champions, and as we close the book on F1 2018 we look to the future, and that of the stories we will see created on the track. Can our current crop of reigning champions go back-to-back, or will we see new or re-invigorated drivers come to the head of the table come the end of the F1 2019 first season. We all aspire to be crowned champion at the end of the season regardless of the league. The nature of competition is to be the best, however these six drivers can say they were the best that Invictus Racing League had to offer this season.

We can’t wait to see you all on track on F1 2019! If you can’t shake that competitive nature, get on the GT Sport or Project Cars 2 grid, or now on the pitch for FIFA 19!

In memory – Niki Lauda (1949 – 2019)

We were struck in the Formula One community this morning after the sad passing of former three-time Formula One Champion (1975, 1977 and 1984), Non-Executive Chairman of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and one of the all-time greats in the world of Motorsport, Niki Lauda.

Niki had an incredibly passionate love for racing, and even in his older age would speak to drivers and the media in absolute brutal honesty, but with a sense of class and desire to maintain Formula One as the pinnacle of world-class Motorsport.

Famously involved in his rivalry with James Hunt, he was immortalised in Hollywood film after the movie ‘Rush’ was released in 2013, this depicted the worlds apart that the two drivers may have lived their lives, but how their on-track battles and championship fights brought the two together as friends.

After winning his first World Title in 1975, Niki survived a horrendous crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix which saw his Ferrari engulfed in flames, and after being given the ‘last rites’ in a hospital bed with severe burns and lung damage, the remarkable Austrian driver recovered and only missed two races, returning at the Italian Grand Prix less than six weeks later where he was immediately back on the pace, and even in excruciating pain came home fourth. Then going on to take a second championship a season later in 1977 and then again in 1984 as part of McLaren.

It’s this story, that for me cements Niki Lauda as the single greatest ‘comeback’ story in sporting history, on the track or off.

From the virtual world to the real-world Formula One, Invictus Racing League and it’s community sends its sympathies and positive thoughts to the friends, family and colleagues of Niki.

The Formula One world has lost another legend, but Niki was an incredible man who accomplished incredible things.

May he rest in peace.

Invictus Racing League – Round nine in review – The season hots up in Mexico City!

 

 

 

Mexico City offers a unique driving experience for Formula One, add one of the longest straights on the calendar, a dash of high braking zones and a pinch of sweeping corners and you get the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

We’ve had nine rounds so far this season, and with three to go, the end to not only the season, but of Formula One 2018 is fast approaching.

Six races, three days and a plethora of action took place this week. Who could set themselves up for a late push towards championship glory, or could our point’s leaders hold onto top spot before we head to Belgium next week?

 

No – Assist

A number of new drivers made a late debut into the league, as we saw a surge of new talent take to the track looking to take the fight to the established stars in the no-assist league.

Two of those rookies coming in were that of F2 league driver’s white-fountain and xd_Archy who after joining the Force India team got out of circuit and immediately introduced themselves to the league in a big way.

The two saw a debut session finish with them sitting in second and third place respectively, and only being beaten by the returning Scopefielder the Force India’s were delighted with their pace around the hot Mexican circuit.

Scopefielder took pole, and after some time away managed to give himself the best seat in the house for the run to turn one, whilst BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) finished in fourth and well ahead of current championship leader Samuthepito who could only qualify tenth for the Williams team.

However, after a superb start from the Force India’s they led the field away over the opening laps, and not until Scopefielder and Scott managed to pass them a third of the way into the race did white-fountain and xd_Archy look like they would be giving anyone an easy time, but after a lightning out-lap after his first pit-stop Scope was able to move past and in to a net lead.

Speed_Queen had a relatively quiet first stint, and as one of the only drivers to attempt the one-stop, she found herself at the front with 12 laps to go, but with Scope, Scott and the Force India’s chasing her down. It seemed only a matter of time before she would be demoted down the field.

The move for the lead happened on lap 28 as Scope breezed past Speed_Queen into turn one, and with Scott replicating the move two laps later, she fell into the clutches of the waiting white-fountain who duly dispatched her moments later.

The final laps saw Scott desperately try to make up time to Scope ahead, but it was to no avail as the returning Red Bull driver came home for the race victory.

It was a shock behind as Scott dramatically dropped off the podium after time penalties, and after being overtaken in the dying laps for second position, the Mercedes dropped back to fourth and with Speed_Queen fifth on circuit but with no penalties, she assumed a podium position in what was a coup for the Ferrari driver.

It was another superb race from Scope, which is something we’ve become accustomed too recently in Invictus. White-fountain impressed hugely in his debut, equally xd_archy although disappointed with fifth was running well until the final laps.

Scott takes the lead in the championship after Samuthepito could only come home sixth after a furious last lap battle with mdoran and Joel, and with Speed_Queen continuing her staggering run of top four finishes, all is to play for over the final three races.

 

Realistic Performance

Performance 1

Coming to Mexico, Realistic Performance 1 saw the battle between current champion SkyZii and AaronJSpence almost level, and with the in slower cars, it would open up the race to a new winner unless they could show some almighty pace.

Qualifying was under the hot Mexican sun, and with the softest compound tyres ‘Hypersoft’ available to the drivers, it was Tom (TL44S) who put his Renault on pole, ahead of the Sauber of Scott (BoyBetterKnowSB).

Championship contenders SkyZii and Aaron would line up seventh and ninth, whilst outside for the championship Captain_Stiff started outside of the top ten in eleventh.

The race started perfectly for Scott as he got ahead of Tom and controlled the first stint in the Sauber, although behind it was a disastrous start for Stiff, contact with Ben Muskett into turn two severely damaged his front wing and a pit-stop later and he was 40 seconds down on the rest of the field.

Tonn Albanach (WaveIntel) had endured a season to forget in Performance 1 this calendar, and after becoming used to podium finishes, the Scotsman hasn’t found any rhythym so far this season and languishes way down the order. His day wasn’t to get any better after starting in third, and overheating the tyres on his Toro Rosso, Tonn spun three times in one lap on the way to an early retirement.

Blue skies had turned grey, and the threat of a brief rain shower came across the airwaves of each driver. The rain began on lap 20 and with several drivers trying to brave it on worn tyres, the elements quickly turned against them and they dived into the pit-lane.

This is where chaos begain for the Sauber team, who fell foul of the dreaded pit-lane stall glitch as SkyZii found himself held and thus stuck in his pit-box. This not only affected the fifth place man, but race leader Scott one lap later who was equally caught and subsequently forced to retire.

The two Saubers suddenly opened up the race to the rest of the field, and it was Tom who was able to make use of the Sauber’s woes, as the Renault came across the line and took a jubilant first victory in the performance league. Ben Muskett followed him home three seconds off the leader, whilst it was a welcome return to the podium for Craig8728 as the Scot drove a magnificent race from tenth to a podium.

It was a poor race for Aaron and Stiff who could only manage seventh and eighth, with Stiff slightly ahead. The two even came into contact under the wet weather, but with SkyZii dropping points, Aaron maintains his lead in RP1. Equally, Racing AaronStiff build their lead at the top of the constructors after Tonn’s retirement.

We go to round ten next week with the championship wide open, can Aaron stretch his lead more or will SkyZii, Stiff or even Scott look for a late challenge?

 

Performance 2

Megglugpy had started the first half the season in red-hot fashion taking three wins, and one second place. But, a fifth in Britain, followed up by a retirement in Australia had opened the door for the likes of NickLJThomson and Jos Heinssie for a late push at championship glory.

Megg had been looking at getting his performances back on track, and a pole position in Mexico was just the way to do it! The McLaren swept across the sunny Mexican circuit and stole pole from Nick at the death of qualifying and made it a scintillating front row.

Scopefielder lined up third, and after his exploits on Monday would be high on confidence, whilst mj_coop in fourth gave himself a good shot at finally ending what has been a torrid season for the Englishman.

Nick got the jump of Megg into turn one, and over the first stint built a comfortable three-second lead. It was mj_coop who had made moves on the field, and using the one-stop strategy he stayed well-away from any potential battles until late in the race. This meant he was able to get his head down and put in fast laps, knowing that after his pit-stop others around him would be much quicker.

Lap 14 saw a turn in the race for Jos, after looking strong in the early stages; the Williams got out of shape exiting turn six and hit the retaining wall. This allowed Megg, Scope to stay clear of the Dutchman, whilst NickLJThomson used Jos’ lack of downforce to scythe past into turn one.

Mj_coop had made his stop, and seemed to be enjoying his time in Mexico as he caught and passed Nick for the lead on lap 23 with Nick coming in for his final stop a few laps later. Coop then enjoyed huge gap over his rivals, with the Force India circulating six seconds ahead of Nitrogash in the Ferrari and well over twenty seconds ahead of F1MrP80 who was currently holding down third in the sister Force India.

That was all to change however in what was a vicious battle for position. MrP seemed to be relentless in his attempts at holding the podium position, and engaged in a titanic battle with Megglugpy, Scopefielder, Jos and Nick. Megg was the first to catch the Force India, and with the two having a duel on track which saw the both on numerous occasions dive and bang wheels in a very fiery affair.

The action almost boiled over on the main straight with five laps remaining, Megg had made his way past MrP, but with DRS and overtake mode activated the Force India looked at coming back at McLaren but in the process almost ran Nick into the wall and then off-track at turn one in what would have been an incredibly dangerous accident for all involved.

Mj_coop stayed well ahead of all the commotion behind, and finally broke his duck and took the chequered flag, it was an absolutely dominant performance from coop who was delighted to take the win. Nitro made it another podium finish, whilst Scopefielder was the on the final podium step in third.

MrP managed to jump Megg on penalties, which will irk the championship leader, although with Jos crashing out late into the race and Nick suffering a post-race DSQ for track infringements it turned into a better day for the McLaren than first thought.

The stewards didn’t take too kindly to the battle between both Mr P and Megg, both received reprimands for their actions, with Mr P’s upgraded to an official warning after his transgressions with Scopefielder earlier in the race.

It was a dream race for mj_coop who was elated to take the victory, while Nitro took his best result of the season, and third podium in nine races.

Using Nick and Jos’ no-point scoring, Scope now assumes second in the championship and looks up at Megg with a twelve point gap between the two. He has three races to close that gap, is it now a two-horse race or will we see more twists in the tale of RP2 this season?

 

Equal Performance 

F1

You never know what you’re going to get in F1, but this week we saw a masterclass from Marqueses as he dominated the race in Mexico.

He didn’t have it all his own way in qualifying after being pushed all the way by Williams driver A_Singh99 with the two split by 0.05 of a second at the end of the 18 minute session.

Although it’s Scopefielder who leads the way in F1 currently, and the Swede kept up the pressure after missing the last two races by putting his Renault on the second row, over half a second ahead of Ben Muskett in the Ferrari.

In his first season of F1, Megglugpy has been impressive and has finished on the podium three times already this season, but starting in tenth, the Red Bull would have to do a lot of move up through the field.

Blue skies were clouded throughout the majority of the race, but that didn’t stop the field from enjoying what was a competitive race across the group of twelve on track.

Marqueses drove an impeccable race start-to-finish, and even with an extra pit-stop was able to overhaul the rest of the field pack and come home for a first win in F1 this season, after mistakes in races earlier this season that cost him potential wins, he was happy to finally come across the line to the ticker tape and coloured flares in the old baseball stadium and crossed the line first.

Second was a delighted Megglugpy, who after starting tenth drove a tactical and measured race, making sure that the one-stop would see him through to the end in Mexico City, whilst Scopefielder made it a third podium of the week in third place.

Scope’s lead at the helm of F1 is cut marginally by Megg who now sits in third, but with Nikki9095 only able to manage sixth it was a good result for Scope who now owns a 15 point lead over his title rivals heading to Spa-Francorchamps next week.

 

 

 

F2

The top of the standings in F2 this season has been anything but stable as the lead has changed seemingly race-to-race for the past five races.

GooDStuff, mj_coop and NickLJThomson all seemed to be vying over the F2 title, but with four races left of the season and the three split by fractional points difference, every point in the final races could prove crucial.

It was damp and drizzly conditions for qualifying and it certainly upset several drivers who had already set the car up to run in the dry, the field saw a number of drivers struggling with the likes of mj_coop way down the order in ninth place.

However it was the Belgian driver white-fountain who after impressing on Monday, took pole position in the Renault, over six tenths of a second ahead of Nick in second.

RudiMandragorex had another good qualifying and would line up third and he was accompanied by GooDStuff with the German hoping to make up for the last two races which saw him lose the title lead and drop behind.

A super start for pole-sitter white-fountain saw him fire away off the line and within three laps already hold a two second lead over Nick, who after briefly dropping to third managed to make it back up into his starting position.

It took until lap 12 for a swap for the lead, and with white-fountain on much more worn tyres than Nick, the Ferrari driver was able to pass for the lead into turn six and move ahead over the next laps.

Lap 15 saw white-fountain make his stop, and that released the top three in the championship into the provisional podium places, and with Nick, coop and GooDStuff all following each other, all eyes were on to see if fireworks would start.

All race long we saw drivers struggling with high tyre wear, and thus overheating issues and one of the main culprits was mj_coop who was really struggling with rear end grip in the Red Bull, and with the top three all tyre saving, the battle was mainly neutralised.

Nick led with five laps remaining, but with second to fifth split by less than four seconds, he knew that one mistake could spell the end for his chance at making it a hat-trick of wins.

Mj_coop had looked at a thirteen lap stint on the hypersofts, but with two laps remaining the Red Bull pitted after losing several positions struggling with the tyre temperatures. This really alleviated any pressure on Nick who came across the line to make it three in three.

Humbostone had seemingly had a quiet race, but made his way into second after late moves past GooDStuff and coop, but crossing the line dropped to third behind white-fountain, with the Belgian using his two-stop strategy and clean racing to jump GoodStuff and Humbo into second.

It was a day to remember for Nick who makes it three races in a row on the top step, after two poor races earlier in the season he has recovered remarkably and now leads the way by fourteen points to mj_coop, who in contrast will look to move on quickly from Mexico after a DSQ for track infringements had made his challenge for the title that little but harder.

 

F3

It’s been a strange season in F3 this season, we’ve seen some epic racing, intense battles and surprise winners. However, looking at how Mexico turned out really emphasised the mantra for not giving up.

Captain_Stiff had led the field coming to Mexico, and with Williams team-mate Tejuarr in-tow, the two have built a lead in the constructor’s championship. However since a slow start xMIKExSI has been “Mr Consistent” and has been in the top four over the past five races.

FerociousDan was looking to be Stiffs main rival, but after a retirement in Australia, his gap to the leader became a little harder to bridge.

However, at the end of F3 qualifying it was the pair of Mike and Dan who would share the front row, and with the likes of Nitrogash and osteven putting in excellent laps to start on the second row, it seemed that we could be in-store for a very interesting race.

Championship leader Stiff had looked to the radar before qualifying, and seeing that it was due to rain for the entirety of the race, a wet set-up was added to the car and therefore the lack of speed, saw him at the back and 2.5s off the pace.

As predicted it was a wet start for the race, and with intermediates the tyre of choice it was a nervy start for the field as they cautiously made their way around lap one. It was a dream start for Steven who had the perfect release off the line for the Force India as he muscled his way into second into turn two.

It was also a good start for Stiff who after starting twelfth found himself in sixth by lap three and all over the gearbox of F1Richard and after dropping behind Briggsy briefly, the two cleared Richard, but with Briggsy making a daring move on Nitro, Stiff was able to make a sublime move around the outside of the stadium section and then quickly past Nitrogash as the Williams found himself in fourth.

It seemed the majority of the field were planning on the two-stop strategy, but Mike and Stiff had other ideas and using the fresh track ahead were able to look after their tyres and with Stiff making a move into second on lap 14, he then set upon catching up the fourteen second gap to Mike.

He cut that to seven seconds over the next six laps, and with Mike pitting on lap 19 and Stiff on lap 21, somehow Stiff appeared only four seconds off of the Ferrari. The two knew they had the advantage on the now leader osteven and FerociousDan who would need to pit again, and by lap 26 the two were set free back into the top two places.

Stiff, knowing he was sitting on a three-second penalty then chased down the Slovenian, and finally on lap 31 made a brave lunge into turn one, knowing that Mike wouldn’t give any quarter in battle.

Behind, there was an excellent battle between osteven and Dan who appeared to have been joined by the hip all race long. The sleeper driver for the race was that of SnoopMarky, last week’s race winner had a spin on lap one, and after recovering through the field somehow found himself in third position and comfortably ahead of Nitro in fourth.

Stiff crossed the line and took home a third win of the season, and with that made it 42 points from 45 since the mid-season break. Mike dropped off in the final lap but picked up a best result of the season in second, whilst Snoop added to his increasing points tally in third.

A post-race penalty for Briggsy after a collision with Nitrogash demoted him from fourth to sixth, this promoted Nitro into a best of the season fourth. Whilst it was another poor race for Dan, who dropped to eighth after a fun battle with Steven saw the two get tangled and both lose time.

Stiff now sits upon a 21 point lead in F3, and with races running out can anyone catch the Williams in his breakout season. This could be one of the most impressive turnarounds for a driver, but can Stiff close it out. Mike and Snoop are now 21 and 28 points adrift, but one DNF for either of them could blow the championship wide open.

 

Join us this week for round ten of the Invictus Racing League championship as we blast through the Ardennes Forest at the iconic circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Invictus Racing League – Round seven in review – Fortune in China?

 

 

 

After the teams enjoyed a one week break, it was back to action on track for Invictus Racing League as the teams arrived in Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Often a track which provides several spots for over-taking, the Shanghai International Circuit punishes the tyres and meant that set-up and strategy would play a crucial part in the results at the end of the week.

There are six rounds left in the six championships and with plenty of points left on the table, who would be the first to lay down a marker for the second half of the season?

 

No-assist

Current points leader Samuthepito was absent from the race in China this week, but with a comfortable gap back to the likes of Speed_Queen and BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott), even with a win for either, the Spaniards lead would be unaffected leaving China.

Qualifying saw a number of drivers struggling for grip, and with the likes of Phil_mcfc, Speed_Queen and Humbostone all struggling early on in the session, it allowed the Renault of Gavpig to set a provisional pole time on the ultra-soft tyre compound.

The rest of the field opted for the harder yellow soft tyre compound, and whilst Gav was unable to improve his pole time, the front row would become incredibly close. This was due to an outstanding lap from GP1_Alex as the Sauber put himself into P2 on the grid with a time one thousandth of a second slower than Gav.

It was an incredible end to qualifying, whilst Scott would be joined by Humbostone as they made up row two as he looked to take advantage of Speed_Queens mediocre session after she placed her #58 Ferrari in sixth behind the second Mercedes of Joel-V520.

Gavpig was unable to make the start due to a power issue, and in-turn would give Alex a free run down to turn one, and with the cars all seemingly getting a clean getaway, it was Joel who had a rocket of a start as he moved from fifth into second and passed his team-mate into turn two.

Lap four had seen Scott move back ahead of Joel and challenge for the lead, and after a side-by-side battle for a number of corners, the Mercedes moved into the lead of the race for the first time. Alex then started to struggle in the pack behind as he was quickly passed by Joel and then had to deal with constant pressure from Speed_Queen over the next four laps as he admirably kept her behind.

As the pit-windows opened it allowed the runners of the soft compound to pit, and as the only driver not to set a time Phil_mcfc had made superb progress in the first stint on the medium compound, and as we arrived at lap 18 he came out onto the track on the softer and faster soft compound, and would then engage in an epic fight with Scott for the lead of the race for the next eleven laps.

In the race for third, there was a four car battle between Joe, Speed_Queen, Nikki and Alex who were all eyeing up a podium position, and after an audacious move past two cars into the turn fourteen hairpin, Alex was able to move back up into third, whilst the two Ferraris and Mercedes of Joel kept up the pressure behind.

Phil was really struggling with the stewards as he was slapped with not only two-track extension penalties, but a pit-lane speeding penalty from a few laps previously had seemingly gifted Scott the race victory, and even as the two swapped places numerous times in the closing laps, Scott was able to come across the line first and won his third race of the season after a titanic battle with Phil.

Phil would devastatingly drop off of the podium after the post –race penalties were administered which promoted a delighted Nikki9095 into second, whilst Alex was able to salvage a podium after losing out to Nikki late on in the race for what was then third place.

Scott took the full complement of 15 points, and in turn closes the gap to Sam massively, but with Speed_Queen not far behind, it’s apparent the championship is only going to get hotter as we move to Australia next week.

 

 

Realistic Performance

Due to PSN issue on the evening of the race, both Performance leagues were postponed and will be run the week after the main calendar ends, we are anticipating a race on Tuesday 28th May 2019.

 

 

Equal Performance

F1

Scopefielder leads the way in F1, and missing the race on Wednesday would see his lead cut slightly as his opponents look to make ground on him coming into the second half of the season.

Highly touted driver NPyne_35 was making his debut in China, and after a slick qualifying session from the Scot saw him take a front row position in second in the McLaren there were some eyebrows raised that we may be seeing a new threat for race victories this season.

However it was celebrations in the Toro Rosso garage for Megglugpy who took home pole position ahead of NPyne, whilst Jos was able to make it onto the second row in third and with current second placed man Nikki9095 only able to qualify eighth, the likes of mdoran, TonnAlbanach (Formely WaveIntel) and Megg would all be looking at taking points away from the Red Bull driver.

It was a disastrous start for Megglugpy as he ran wide into turn one and dropped to the rear of the field, this allowed the McLaren of NPyne to soar down the inside and take turn three unchallenged as he led the field away over the first lap.

He was kept honest in the opening laps by Jos as the Renault looked to challenge for the lead, but as the laps increased Jos was frustratingly unable to get close enough to challenge the leader. The two started dropping the rest of the field at a rate of knots, and by lap ten already enjoyed a six second lead back to xd_Archy in third and an even bigger lead back to the rest of the pack.

Megglugpy had been on the fightback since his first lap excursion and by lap eleven moved into sixth as he moved by Tonn, and with points on his mind closed up to the rear end of the Sauber of mdoran and after Megg made a stop on lap 12 his one lap undercut on the drivers ahead meant he fractionally beat the Sauber out of the pit-lane as the undercut strategy worked perfectly.

NPyne made his stop and controlled the race across the final portion of the race as he came across the line to take race victory on debut for the McLaren. It was a sizable eight second gap back to Jos who seemingly couldn’t keep up with the McLaren on the medium compound.

In slight redemption a fantastic race from Megglugpy saw him move into a podium place and finishing in third he would regret his first lap mistake which made every think what could have been if he could have gone with NPyne for the race victory.

Megg moved level with Samuthepito on 44 points, whilst a late retirement from mdoran holds him back in the attempt to claw back ground on the top three. Nikki9095 had a quiet race to come home fifth, and the six points mean he now sits 12 behind Scopefielder as the league prepares to ehad down under. Can anyone catch Scope, and can NPyne continue his winning form next week after starting the league in such dominant fashion?

 

F2

The F2 season so far has seen three leaders in GooDStuff, NickLJThomson and mj_coop, and with the three drivers having shared five of the first six race wins; they enjoyed breathing space over the tight battle in the table from fourth to seventh.

GooDStuff had gone back to the top after winning in Silverstone, whilst Nick dropped a huge amount of ground due to a disqualification in the race, whilst mj_coop struggled to keep the Red Bull on track and could only pick up sixth. The battle between the top three has been fascinating all season long so far and doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon.

That proved to be the case in China as we saw more twists and turns in the F2 story, and with mj_coop taking a blistering pole position, he gave himself the best confidence boost heading into the race. It was F2 debutant and recent F3 call-up ColoMan who after taking two wins in F3 previously introduced himself to the grid by a front row start as Red Bull locked out the top end of the grid.

Nick would line up third alongside GP1 Alex who after his good run on Monday looked to have another strong result in F2. It wasn’t as good fortune for GooDStuff as the German only managed eighth in the Haas and with a lot of work to do during the race.

The race was a masterclass of close quarters driving as Nick made his way up into second ahead of Colo and challenged coop for the lead, the two enjoyed a supreme fight, and with a bad night for GooDStuff becoming even worse, he crashed out in the early stages.

GP1 Alex hadn’t given up the idea of a fight for the lead, but coop somehow managed to keep both behind until the penultimate lap where Nick was able to make a daring move into the hairpin, and with one lap left it was heartbreak for coop who wouldn’t force a way back past.

Nick crossed the line first and vanquished the bad luck which saw him pick up zero points from the previous two rounds. He moved up to within three points of second, whilst mj_coop reassumes the lead but with a much healthier ten point advantage of GooDStuff.

As mentioned previously , it’s a seismic battle for fourth currently as white-fountainn,Nismax, Humbstone and now GP1 Alex are split by less than four points with five rounds remaining.

It looks to be a three car fight for the F2 title this season, but we’ve seen the lead change so much, who knows where it will be by Monza at the close of the calendar!

 

F3

Similarly to F2, the F3 league is enjoying a fun battle at the top with Captain_Stiff and FerociousDan fighting for top spot in the title-race. The two have both tasted victory this season, and with six races left in the season, the two are evenly matched. It has been a somewhat successful season for both drivers as they finished last season joint on 49 points, so for both have almost surpassed that by round six is an achievement to applaud.

Qualifying was blitzed by the McLaren of FerociousDan, as he set a great lap on the ultra-soft tyre comfortably ahead of Briggsy who was unable to make the start after his good front row qualifying session. While behind, it was a super session for the likes of DanielFN (formely DboyDan) Osteven and Nitrogash as they all produced their best qualifying efforts to line up inside the top five.

Stiff managed to get himself inside the top ten on the medium compound with a time only fractionally off the faster soft compound runners as he showed that he would possibly be a threat late in the race.

It was a great start for Tejuarr as the Williams driver launched perfectly off the line, and scythed his way from sixth on the grid to second as he looked to challenge Dan, with the collision in Silverstone not long in the memory of either. His team-mate Stiff had also started really well and by the end of the first lap was already into sixth.

It had been a solid start for both osteven and Nitrogash, but with Stiff closing in on the pair, Nitrogash made an error at turn thirteen as he lost the rear end of the Red Bull and after hitting the grass started to spin back across the track directly into the path of the unfortunate DanielFN who took the full force of the accident ending both drivers races, somehow the two were missed by F1Richard who kept the pedal down as he just missed being caught up in the crash.

This brought out the safety car, and very early on brought amongst others, FerociousDan into the pit-lane to remove the ultra-soft tyres. This promoted SnoopMarky into the lead, whilst Stiff had made it into second on the medium tyres.

After the safety car period it was Stiff and Snoop who would fight over the lead, and on lap ten the Williams made the move into the hairpin and took to the lead for the first time, but with FerociousDan now locked into a two-stop strategy, the fight would inevitably come down to an on-track battle.

Stiff led the field away until his stop on lap 16, but as he reappeared behind SnoopMarky the fresher and faster soft compound allowed the Williams to cruise up to the Sauber and with Dan’s second stop made on lap 17 the two would fight over the effective lead.

It was a mirror manoeuvre behind as Tejuarr and Steelbl66 in the second Williams and Sauber cars were engaged in a fantastic battle in seventh and eighth with the both not giving any quarter in the fight.

Controversy mired the 18th lap as Stiff and Snoop fought over second on track, but with Stiff looking like he had the move made heading around turn seven, the two came into contact which spun the Williams into the gravel and down to fifth position. Snoop was able to recover and held onto the effective lead of the race but having a lost a couple of seconds to the likes of Dan and Mike behind.

This seemed to fire up Stiff who for the final ten laps was a man on a mission and in the next five laps passed both Notorious and Mike to move back up into second and firmly set his eyes on championship challenger Dan who had a three-second lead.

It was lap 25 when Stiff caught Dan, and after the two swapped positions twice over lap 24 and 25, Stiff was finally able make use of a mistake from Dan into turn one as he took the lead and pulled away from his McLaren rival.

After a second pit-stop had dropped him back to ninth, Snoop had done well to recover back to sixth, but with Tejuarr ahead the Williams driver made his car as wide as possible and halted Snoops charge, the battle for the midfield had really intensified, and with fifth to ninth all split by three seconds it was a close end to the race.

Stiff crossed the line almost four seconds ahead of Dan after a truly dominant display in China, after recovering from the spin he was able to close down and pass his championship rivals, and with xMIKExSI picking up another third placed finish the top three in F3 all stood on the podium.

Credit goes to Notorious who came home fourth in a much more positive result for the Irishman, whilst it was disappointment for osteven who looked so promising for a good result. The late pit-stop allowed the field to catch the Force India and even with fresh tyres he was unable to hold onto position as he eventually came home ninth.

Stiff adds to his lead in F3 and it now stands at seven points back to Dan, whilst Mike is fourteen off the leader, but with at least eight drivers in F3 all potential podium placers F3 is competitive as ever.

 

Join us in Albert Park, Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix this week. The eighth round of the league calendar is a circuit which punishes mistakes and is notoriously hard to over-take around. Who can produce a bonza lap around the street circuit and give themselves the advantage for the race?

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!