Invictus Racing League – Off track – BoyBetterKnow how to drive around Silverstone

No-assist and Realistic Performance 1 driver BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) will finally be back on track in a few weeks after a long winter break.

Scott races his Class F Ford Fiesta in the BRSCC Saloon Car Trophy championship, and using last years successful return including a win in class at Cadwell Park he will be hoping to step on the podium a lot more this coming season and look to emulate his season start online.

The next race is lined up for the 16th March 2019 at Silverstone, the home of British Motorsport. Make sure if you’re in the area to get down to the circuit and support a fellow community member as he takes to the track in the #9 Fiesta that last season proudly displayed the Invictus Racing League logo.

Tickets and information can be found here, and we would like to wish Scott the best of luck for the race!

 

 

 

 

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Season seven – Round one in review – A nail-biting finish!

 

 

 

 

Season seven of the Invictus Racing League made it across the desert sand after an explosive pre-season, and as the leagues readied up for Bahrain the excitement level in the paddock was palpable.

It proved to be a fantastic start to the season, and with the race taking place at night it certainly didn’t drop the temperature of the action on track which was red hot from Monday through to Wednesday evening.

One race saw what is yet to be confirmed the closest finish of all time in Invictus Racing League, whilst we saw shocks and surprises across the week with Invictus Racing League rookie winners and a first ever league race win!

 

No-Assist

It was a superlative-laden race on Monday night as the no-assists league kicked off-season seven for Invictus, in what was one of the best races in recent memory. We saw one of the closest on track battles for the race victory for several seasons and it did not disappoint.

Qualifying saw interesting team tactics from the Mercedes early on, but it would be the Force India of RICKWR88 who at the end of the session sat on pole after using the fastest super-soft compound, but eyebrows were raised by debutant driver Samuthepito who lined up alongside the Canadian on the harder soft tyres compound, he had out-qualified several drivers on faster tyres and ahead of the pre-season favourites of BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) and Speed_Queen80 who started third and thirteenth respectively.

The viewers were treated to an absolute classic after the lights extinguished and sent the grid rolling down to turn one, it was an unfortunate start for Rick as he struggled off the line and dropped to third by turn four, and after picking up wing damage early into the race would fall to the rear of the field and struggle to recover.

This allowed Samuthepito and Scott to make a break-away from the field and the two engaged in an enthralling battle for the entirety of the race, the two maintaining a gap within one second of each other for the 35 lap distance and traded the lead on several occasions.

Lap 15 saw a huge accident between Stifler1980 and Nikki9095 as the two battled over fifth and sixth, the Force India of Nikki seemed to stray into the McLarens line on the exit of turn two, and as the two hit the wall, Stifler was catapulted back onto the track surface directly into the path of the Ferrari of xMIKExSI who was desperately unlucky with no-where to go in such a short space of time as all three retired.

Ultimately it would be Scott who would cross the line two tenths ahead of his on-track rival who was unfortunate to pick up a time penalty with four laps remaining that really spoiled what was one of the best battles we have seen in a long time.

Scopefielder would come home in third, he had desperately tried to interject himself into the fight for the win, but the Mercedes team-mate of Scott in Joel-v520 would play the ‘team-game’ as he got ahead of the Swedish driver and held him up effectively ending his fight to make it a three car battle for the win.

Reigning champion Speed_Queen could only manage a fourth place finish, to which she will be happy after starting well out of the top ten in thirteenth.

It was a thrilling start to the season, but it only shaped up what was to become a great week of racing across all leagues. It was a race not to be missed and the commentary and viewers a-like left wanting more as the cars crossed the finishing line to the fireworks display.

 

 

Realistic Performance

Performance 1

As the Performance One grid rolled out onto the track for qualifying on Tuesday, it seemed a varying mix of strategy had been used across the field of drivers’ all looking at being the first race winner of the season.

The red-walled supersoft tyres were the fastest tyre to be on and it was just that compound which Tom_444 in the Haas would use to take the first pole position of the season. He was joined on row one by the Red Bull of ColinJ, both would their hands full in the early stint of the race as Craig8728 was on the soft tyres and looking very competitive in the Renault.

After the start, a boisterous BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) would make his way up and past a number of driver’s ahead, including reigning champion SkyZii, the French driver found himself off-line at turn two and tumbling down the order early as the cars rounded lap one.

Tom_444 pitted early allowing Craig to assume the lead, and with Scott, Spud and Colin for company, the four seemed to break-away from the main pack.

The man on the charge was Captain_Stiff in the Ferrari, whilst on the reverse strategy after starting on the mediums was really starting to close that gap. The pit-stops saw all the top four onto the mediums, but with Stiff still out on the older medium tyres, a superb in-lap from him would see him appear well in striking range for the win as he exited the pit-lane.

Stiff dispatched both Red Bulls in successive laps on the fresh softs, and in the following laps passed both Scott and then Craig for the race-lead with eight laps remaining.

The British driver would stretch his lead out to nine seconds over his Scottish counter-part and come home to take a first-ever league race win. Craig and Scott would make up the podium after consistent pace rewarded the two with season opening silverware ensuring their team Know Nothing Racing leaves Bahrain with 22 points and leads in the constructors’ championship.

 

Performance 2

It was a race to forget for pole-sitter The-Warislander in the first outing in Performance 2 this season, the Dutchman dropped all the way down to ninth by the end of the race and well over 70 seconds down on the eventual winner.

Swedish driver Scopefielder has already shown in pre-season that he is looking sharp and in-line for another championship run to add to his successful season last time out. The McLaren driver defied the odds in the under-powered manufacture to come from fifth on the grid and take the first race win of the season. He was joined on the podium by Sab7786 and NickLJThomson, Sab will rue a mechanical failure that possibly halted his battle for the win as the Red Bull suffered DRS failure for the first third of the race.

Nick was also aggrieved at the end of the race as contact with WesleyVanRens seemingly cost the Sauber the chance at taking the fight to Sab and Scope ahead. The two crossed the line split by one tenth of a second, but the Dutch driver of Wes was unable to recover the position after starting alongside team-mate Warislander on the front row.

Scope starts off the season in much the same way that he closed the last, he looks the man to beat on track, will his luck change in Barcelona next week?

 

 

Equal Performance

F1

Invictus Racing Leagues premier crop of drivers took to the track for their first race to the season on Wednesday night; the grid is stacked with talent, and with new drivers added to an already strong line-up, it seems this season could be as unpredictable as ever.

Reigning no-assist champion, Speed_Queen80 was the recipient of the first pole position of the season; she used the super-soft tyres to place her McLaren in the most sought after position on the grid. However, it wasn’t to be for the multi-time champion in Invictus, the two-stop strategy that she employed would eventually drop her down to a ninth place finish in what was a disappointing start for the experienced driver.

She had been joined on the front row by mdoran09, and the Irishman wasn’t going to let the same happen to him. However, Danestar_51 was well in the fight having started in fourth, and with nine laps left to go, the two would embrace in what was another incredible battle.

Trading places lap-on-lap, the two engaged in wheel-to-wheel combat across the dusty desert circuit wowing the fans watching. It all came down to a final lap showdown between the two, and as they exited the final corner it was neck and neck!

The two crossed the line side-by-side and after a photo finish checked the results, mdoran would win by fifteen thousandths of a second! This had Invictus officials looking through the record books to see if it was the closest finish of all time!?

It was a nail-biting end to the race and with the top two taking the headlines, but behind the battle for third was equally raging for BoyBetterKnowSB, once again involved in a battle with no-assist rival samuthepito as the two were separated by half a second across the line.

Scott and Sam seemed locked together this week, and in both races (No assist and F1) their combined gap at the finish was less than three-quarters of a second.

It was an unbelievable end to what was fantastic race, the top two put on an incredible show for the fans, equally Scott and Sam look like that could be a rivalry we may have to get used to across Invictus.

Special mention goes to WaveIntel, the young Scot celebrated his 18th birthday the day before with a superb race in the top league as he made his way up from eleventh to fifth, as he continues his remarkable ascent in pace.

 

F2

It was a perfect night for debutant German driver GooDStuff-7, the rookie F2 driver took a well-earned flag to flag victory ahead of South African Nismax7 who equally will enjoy his promotion from seventh to second during the race.

GooDStuff took pole in the Haas after utilising the super-soft tyres, and using the difficult super-soft to medium strategy, he was able to keep Nismax at bay with the Sauber four and half seconds back.

Mj_coop had started off well and his strategy had seen him jump the eventual winner and Nismax, but with GooDStuff making a superb move on the British driver, he then dropped behind the South African Nixmax on a post-race applied penalty, but managed to take away a podium and ten championship points.

Italian driver RudiMandragorex will be delighted with his race, a twelfth place start saw him charge through the field to take home eight championship points for a fourth place finish, whilst Craig8728 and NickLJThomson came home in sixth and seventh, both will be looking for a more positive result in Spain next week.

It was a risk well taken for GooDStuff who takes the first step towards a championship, but with a number of drivers over his shoulder, this season of F2 is far from a foregone conclusion.

F3

Booje89 was one of the drivers’ highly touted in pre-season for a successful season, and that was proved right as he took his first win in F3 on Wednesday night.

The Renault driver had started on pole, but after relinquishing the lead of the race to Sab7786 early in the race, it looked like the Mercedes would take the fifteen points as we left the gulf state, but devastatingly a pit-lane speeding penalty would demote Sab from the race win off the podium with the top four all finishing in close quarters.

The race saw an early spin for a fast-starting osteven002 after contact with xMIKExSI, whilst the pack saw a superb fight back for both Tejuarr in the Williams and FerociousDan in the McLaren. The two made their way from 16th and 17th respectively to a fifth and sixth place finish after both crashed out in the early stages of qualifying.

Booje would fight off the ever impressive F1Richard in the final laps, whilst on a high from his win on Tuesday, Captain_Stiff used the softer tyre at end of the race to move past Richard with two laps remaining as he made excellent progress after a ninth place start.

Sab was furious with the stewards ruling, and knows with the prospect of missing the next three races the point’s loss could be huge come the end of the season. Booje however would celebrate a first win ahead of Stiff and Richard. This seems to already be shaping up to a close fight, with the top six and many more eyeing up a potential championship challenge in not only the driver’s but constructors standings. As reported in pre-season, this could be the most competitive F3 season yet.

 

That’s round one in the books and what a start to the seventh season at Invictus Racing League! Next week we head to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix, the notoriously tricky circuit can catch out even the best of driver’s. Make sure you check out @InvictusRL for all news and announcements before round two! 

Season seven starts tonight!

 

 

It’s finally here! Invictus Racing League season seven begins tonight in Sakhir for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the race will be contested under the lights in the Gulf state and give our drivers’ a circuit which promotes over-taking and close battles. The action on track is sure to be as hot as the desert sun, can the field keep their cool once the lights go out and we charge down to turn one?

Make sure you tune in from 8pm tonight with Gareth and Sab for live commentary of the no-assist league, who as always kick off what is going to be an awesome week of racing!

No-Assist twitch channel 

Commentary team 

Gareth

Sab 

Invictus Racing League – Pre-season wrapped up in Hungary – Racing in review

 

 

 

Thirty minutes south-east of the beautiful and picturesque cities of Budapest is the Hungaroring circuit , comprised of several 180⁰  turns, elevation changes and a maximum down-force, almost street circuit like vibe.

A track that is notoriously difficult to over-take on, Hungary promotes close racing, strategic thinking and tyre management know-how.

This was the final pre-season race before we head out to Bahrain for round one of the Invictus calendar next week, it gave the driver’s one final race to assess the competition and properly prepare for the season.

 

No Assists

The no-assist league provided one of the most entertaining races in a long time for pre-season two in Hungary this week, the league saw numerous battles throughout qualifying and into the race leaving the viewers desperately awaiting next week’s round one race.

Having taken victory in the USA one week prior, Scott (BoyBetterKnowSB) was in high spirits as he got to the European track and that translated into strong early pace for the Red Bull driver.

He would spend the session trading fastest laps with rookie drivers’ Nismax7 and Gavpig in the Renault cars. The three would be joined by late lap from Humbostone in the Sauber; he would split the Renaults and finish just two thousandths of a second off of the front row.

Scott would come across the line with a matter of moments left in the session and take another solid qualifying result giving himself a clean track on the run down to turn one.

The first stint would see a fantastic battle between the top four, but as the ultra-soft tyres started to fade away the real beneficiary of this was current no-assist champion Speed_Queen80, she had started on the yellow walled softs and was starting to make her way through the pack picking off drivers one-by-one.

The pit-lane opened for the first runners to come off the ageing ultra-softs, this allowed Speed_Queen to assume the lead, which was a remarkable feat after starting just inside the top ten on the harder tyres.

Lap 13 saw a strange occurrence, after a good start RickWR88 unfortunately lost control at turn five and hit the wall, he was almost immediately joined by front runner Gavpig who in an almost carbon copy had the exact same incident. Stifler1980 in the Force India would survive the spin under yellow at the same corner and manage to re-join in what was evidently a true showing of how important tyre management is around the Hungaroring.

Speed_Queen had maintained her lead of the race after the pit-stops as she emerged half a second ahead of the chasing pack, but Scott would push her all the way to lap 32 of 35, when after a crash for Mike on the final corner saw a safety car released and give us the pleasure of a two lap shootout for the win.

Both lead drivers seemed to favour track position and stayed out, but the likes of Humbostone and Delange came in for a shot on the ultra-soft tyres. Bernd Maylander would only stay out for one lap with the re-start seeing a frantic end to what was a superb race.

Scott on much older tyres would go toe-to-toe with Speed_Queen, and after a controversial move around the outside of turn three took the lead with one and half laps remaining, Speed_Queen would then drop to third behind a flying Humbostone as they started the final lap.

Scott would come across the line first, but a mid-race penalty would relegate him back to second with Humbostone taking on a huge penalty and dropping from second to ninth, this promoted Speed_Queen up into the eventual race victory. Delange would also use a brilliant final two laps to climb up and make it a second consecutive podium in third.

It was a real classic to watch, it left the commentary team and the viewers in awe of what was a fantastic end to the race. The no-assist league was announced post-race that it would see equal performance continue throughout the season, and with races like this, it should be a superb championship.

 

Realistic Performance 

Performance 1

After last week’s strong start for WaveIntel, the Scot would be looking at finishing off pre-season on a high and going into the season with the most momentum possible.

However, with drivers such as BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott), LoZac and Betrayer all vying for the top step of the podium, it was going to be a true battle of attrition to see who could take the final win of the pre-season before round one.

The times in qualifying were steadily falling across the 18 minutes, and with less than a minute to go, SJD1988 would superbly drop a provisional pole time that would eventually go unchallenged.

It would be Scott alongside him on row one as he looked to continue his good form he showed in the no-assist league, whilst LoZac added another strong qualifying performance to sit in third alongside reigning champion SkyZii.

SJD lined up and as the five red lights were extinguished he was immediately swamped and passed by both the Red Bulls of Scott and SkyZii into turn one. The pole-sitter would struggle to hold onto the leaders are by lap three saw his Renault drop out of the podium positions with WaveIntel getting past.

The early stages of the race saw Fascone crash out early as the Irishman would bemoan a poor pre-season, but as a multiple race-winner, it is certain that you can’t count him out for a good haul of points over the full calendar season.

Scott started suffering on his ultra-soft tyres, and after a pit-stop dropped him down the order he caught up to the gearbox of Captain_Stiff down the main straight, but disaster struck for the Red Bull!

After trying to switch back on Stiff to get the inside line, he was pinched in between the Williams ahead and the Renault of LoZac emerging from the pitlane, and with carbon fibre and tyre tethers flying the race was over for Scott.

The race seemed to be causing drivers’ real problems with tyre temperature issues, and by lap 30 of 35 the race had seen six retirements. This included Benjym214 who would be disappointed not to build on his good result last week as he ended the race in the wall.

The race reached its climax with Betrayer46 having made up several positions taking the chequered flag at a canter, he never seemed to be involved in any fights but calmly made his way to the front and controlled the pace.

He was joined on the podium by SkyZii and SJD with both drivers happy with their results as Performance 1 rounded out its pre-season races.

It’s all up in the air about who will take the win in Bahrain next week; the allocations may make all the difference.

 

Performance 2

Tuesdays Performance 2 race became a real struggle to survive as only four of the eleven drivers finishing on the lead lap, the race saw five retirements leaving the grid guessing to who will be the pace-setter at round one.

Scopefielder recovered from a slightly off colour showing in the no-assist league to take pole position, he was joined by Jos_Heinssie who made it an all Renault front row as the French manufacture cheered on their success.

The race as afore-mentioned saw several retirements, drivers like Sab7786, mj_coop and NickLJThomson all fell off track and saw their pre-season end earlier than expected. At the front it was Jos who made his one-stop strategy work best as he took the race win by almost twenty seconds to Humbostone who recovered after Monday’s disappointment to take second place.

Pole sitter Scopefielder would only come home third, he had a massive gap between himself and fourth place, with the top three almost 45 seconds ahead of the rest of the field as the grid struggled with the tricky kerbs and tyre degradation in the hot Hungarian sun.

The driver’s eagerly await the allocations for the first race in Bahrain, it is a circuit which benefits the more powerful cars, who will make the most of their race and take the opening victory in round one?

 

Equal Performance

F1

It was an all-star cast in F1 for the final pre-season race, and with the prospect of a full grid heading to Bahrain next week, the drivers would have to use this final race as the perfect preparation before next week’s big opener in the gulf state.

F1 saw the debut of VSR_Odemz, a prolific winner across many F1 leagues and equally the very fast Samuthepito would enter into the league in Hungary, both would look for a positive way to start off their Invictus careers.

However it was Dutch driver Jos_Heinssie who would take pole position in the Renault after a blistering lap of 1.16.554 saw him beat out mdoran to second place with the Irishman just over one and half tenths away.

None of the top drivers selected to start on the ultra-softs, which meant it would be a battle of the one stop strategies, and as the race played out it was soon becoming aware that VSR_Odemz was going to immediately install himself in the conversation as championship favourite. The Haas driver utilised a superb two stop strategy after starting from last pace to come home and take the race victory ahead of fellow debutant Samuthepito.

It was WaveIntel would claim the third spot on the podium, only continuing to spotlight the incredible talent the young Scot possesses after his promotion to the top tier of equal performance.

F1 is absolutely stacked with race winners and potential highlights this season, it looks like qualifying session in Sakhir may be one of the most competitive we’ve ever seen.

 

F2

Pole position in F2 was split by less than two hundredths of a second as Humbostone edged out Tony-Y for the prime run down to turn one.

The league sees a number of new drivers’ on the mix this season alongside a healthy amount of experienced returning Invictus members and it only adds to build the excitement for the opening race.

The race would see Tony-Y go for the very tricky one stop after starting on ultra-softs and unfortunately for the Scot it did not pay off, he would finish down the order in sixth, whilst his front row compatriot in Humbostone would only manage to bring his Sauber into third after he struggled with tyre wear before he made his first of two spots.

Their places would be taken by the ever consistent mj_coop who took home the final pre-season race winner’s trophy ahead of Nismax7 who made up several positions to get onto the second step of the rostrum.

F2 is anyone’s guess when it comes to deciding on a favourite, but one thing is for sure, come race time in Bahrain, there will be a full grid of full determined drivers ready to taste the victory and take home a bottle of rose-water.

 

F3

The field in F3 this season looks wide open this season, with a number of drivers in the mix for a championship challenge, along with the assumption of multiple race winners, the championship looks like it may go down to the wire.

FerociousDan had a perfect start to his pre-season the USA last week with a comfortable victory, but with McLaren team-mate F1Richard looking strong this season, the McLaren garage could possibly see a hotly contested battle. It’ll be interesting to see if team tactics come into play or if the two will be allowed to fight on track.

Dan would go on take pole in Hungary on the fastest ultra-soft tyres ahead of the Ferrari of xMIKExSI who equally used the fastest compound to see himself start on the front row.

The grid saw a number of strategy calls in qualifying and with Captain_Stiff sneaking into the top ten on the mediums; he would possibly give himself a good chance at a push for the front later in the race.

Dan led the field away to turn one, however Mike was no so fortunate, his Ferrari bogged down off the start-line and by the entry to the first corner he found himself back down in eighth place and with a lot of work to do.

It was Sab7786 who would utilise a very strong first stint on his yellow walled soft tyres to move into the lead after Dan’s stop meant he would have to fight his way back into contention. The Mercedes of Sab would proceed to maintain his lead; he kept F1Richard at bay with superb late pace and crossed the line to take a debut win in F3.

The two McLarens would round out the podium with Dan managing to stave off a late charge from Captain_Stiff. It was a good day for both the McLaren and Williams team who saw both cars finish in the top five, could that be our battle for the constructors this season?

The F3 paddock is full of hungry and excited drivers ready to do battle in the gulf next week, and with the prospect of a multi race-winner season. This is shaping up to be the most fun and compelling season yet.

 

 

That’s pre-season done and dusted in Invictus, the drivers now have one week to prepare for round one next week as the team pack up ready to roll out to the desert. There are some tantalising battles building and the excitement levels will hit critical as we await that final fifth red light illuminating in Sakhir. Join us from next Monday at 8pm for the return of the Invictus Racing League!

Invictus Racing League – Off Track – McLaren MCL34 Car Launch

The McLaren #MCL34 on show for the first time.

 

 

In a section we call Invictus – Off Track, we look to highlight some of the awesome things that our members get up to away from Invictus.

Today we look at multi-race winner, league admin and commentator Alan Sabatino (Sab7786).

To all that follow Sab on social media will know of his love for the famous Formula One manufacture McLaren. Sab has been a part of an exclusive McLaren members club that is associated with Papaya+, which allows him the opportunity to get up, close and personal with the workings of the McLaren team. Whether that be paddock visits, exclusive merchandise or special outings, the Papaya+ team are always very well looked after by the Woking based outfit.

Sab has followed McLaren through the years across several races, with tracks like Melbourne, Hungaroring and Silverstone under his belt, he is a devout fan through thick and thin.

Last week, he was given the opportunity to visit the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey with his membership group, and invited to see the launch of the new McLaren MCL34 on February 13/14th.

After a tour of some of the MTC, time to see and take photos of the array of legendary McLaren cars on show, the group were then treated to a huge surprise! That they would be some of the first people to see the new car in its 2019 livery.

They were joined at the reveal by none other than driver’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris, the two drivers answered questions and engaged in a photo shoot with the team and left everyone, including Sab speechless at how lucky they were.

Below are a few photo’s from the day, and I am sure we are all incredibly jealous of the opportunity Sab was extended.

We can’t wait to see more from this years McLaren, and in a very smart papaya and electric blue livery, it is sure to be one of the smartest looking cars on the 2019 grid and a favourite of driver’s when F1 2019 is released.

 

Say Cheese! Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris pose for photos with the Papaya+ VIP crew.
(Sab – back row, 3rd from left)

 

Many thanks to Sab for providing photos from his time at the MTC, you can follow him on Twitter here @AlanSabatino for extended highlights of his visit and his exploits following McLaren, including his upcoming visit to the Australian Grand Prix.

If you are a member at Invictus Racing League and you visit any kind of racing, on the track yourself or are lucky enough to attend a Grand Prix this season, let us know! Drop a PM to either Craig or Gareth and you can get your story told!

 

Pre-season race one review – Grand Prix of the USA

Pre–season kicked off on Monday night at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, USA. The circuit opened in 2012 and was the first purpose built race track for Formula One, it entails a tricky first sector, fast second sector and fun corners in the third sector that promote close racing and over-taking. Invictus Racing League were here only a few weeks ago for round eleven of season six, which meant there would be no excuses for poor form from the experienced drivers.

This season see’s a lot of returning driver’s to the league with a good amount of Invictus rookies join the field to add that element of the unknown back into the leagues.

 

No-assist

The No-assist league as always opened the new season, it was debutante OnyxMer who took the pole with a blisteringly fast time, but he would be kept on his toes by both the Force India’s of BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) and RickWR88.

Reigning overall champion Speed_Queen80 and tier 2 (racing line on) champion Scopefielder would struggle during qualifying and would line up eighth and ninth respectively.

The race saw a superb battle between OnyxMer and Scopefielder unfortunately ended after the debuting Dutch driver spun on turn two. This left Scopefielder chasing down race leader Scott in the final laps. Scott was able to keep the Swedish driver behind him in the final laps as he used his much better straight line speed to keep ahead of the quick cornering Renault.

They would come across the line with Scott taking the victory by 0.422 of a second, made slightly more open by a post-race three second penalty added to Scope’s time.

The battle for the podium equally went to the wire as Speed_Queen just missed out on a third place finish with Delange93 staying above the incumbent champion by another 0.4s margin. SJD had finished third on track but after the stewards disagreed with his idea of the track layout he was relegated back to seventh.

It was a good win for Scott who starts off pre-season with a hard-fought victory. Can he be the one who takes the fight to Speed_Queen this season and be the first in a while to de-throne her?

 

Realistic Performance 

Performance 1

A new paddock of drivers makes up Performance 1 this season, with a mix of youth and experience; almost all drivers have stood on the podium in their time at Invictus.

Pre-season is a crucial time for the performance league, it allows the admin team the perfect chance to look at driver’s pace in the attempt of placing them into the correct car for the next race. This meant pre-season would be run using equal-performance and it would be a straight between all for the top-step of the podium.

Benjym214 took the advantage as he planted himself on pole for the race, whilst drivers such as debutante LoZac97 who had shown much promise in out of season testing would also have a strong session.

WaveIntel missed out on retaining his Performance League 2 championship last season by a few points, but he would start off pre-season in the best way possible as he crossed the line to finish first at the end of a race which saw close action throughout the midfield.

AaronJSpence and ColinJ both suffered early exits with trips to the wall in the first sector in the opening laps; the two will certainly look to have a more positive race in Hungary next week.

WaveIntel was followed home by LoZac97 as he kept the Scottish driver honest in the final laps, and Betrayer46 who seems to be joined by a short rope to WaveIntel with the two continuing their season’s long battle.

 

Performance 2

Due to absences, Performance 2 only saw nine drivers take to the track on Tuesday for pre-season. There os plenty of talent in the league this season and along with Performance 1, the realistic performance leagues are looking absolutely stacked this season.

NickLJThomson opened up his account with pole position in the Alfa Romeo Sauber and looked strong in the early stages of the race. However, it wasn’t to be for the British driver who lost the lead of the race to Jos_Heinssie. The Dutch driver is no stranger to the podium and once again took to the top step at the culmination of the race; he benefited from passing Nick and The-Warislander having a poor race to move up from third on the grid and in the process took the advantage heading into Hungary.

Nick would ultimately end up in second, whilst third was taken by Megglugpy. There is a plethora of talent in the league this season so this looks like anyone’s guess to who will take the win each week.

 

 

Equal Performance

 

F1

F1 is looking stacked with talent this season; the grid is looking full of drivers who can make a real challenge at the title come the end of the season. A number of drivers have been promoted from F2 after last season and they join the newcomers and experienced F1 drivers such as Speed_Queen80 and Nikki9095.

One of those promoted drivers was WaveIntel, and fresh off of his win in the performance league last night he took pole by 15 thousandths of a second to what is looking like multi league rival LoZac97. The two were not alone with quick times as both Danestar_51 and mdoran09 sat less than .2 of a second behind the pole-sitter and made it an exciting looking grid for pre-season one.

It would turn into a fantastic week for WaveIntel who went from flag to flag and took a first win in F1 albeit pre-season, nether less he beat several experienced top tier drivers. The young Scottish driver will be delighted with his weeks return and will be cautiously hoping to move this good form he’s been in recently into the season.

Mdoran09 and Benjym219 made up the rest of the podium with the latter moving up from 12th on the grid to take an unlikely podium.

F1 started off with a great race in pre-season and that only waters the mouth ready for next week in Hungary. Can WaveIntel take another step towards being a real contender for the top title and finally end his hoodoo of finishing behind Betrayer46 in the equal league standings.

 

 

F2

A new landscape in F2 sees a multitude of challengers all vying over the now vacant title. The previous champion Betrayer46 is now in F1 and has left a group of hungry driver’s all wanting to take away the F2 championship after we leave Monza in round 12.

Qualifying saw a superb battle between mj_coop and rookie driver Nismax7 with the two battling over provisional pole. NeverMiss00 had attempted to interject himself into the fight for pole but eventually it was Nismax who snatched pole with a late lap to demote coop into second.

Coop would beat nismax off the line, and in the early laps a six car fight for the lead opened up but after contact between Jamie_6328 and Humbostone caused the latter to retirem, it would put the focus back on leader coop who was battling bravely to keep Nismax7 and NickLJThomson behind.

It wasn’t to be for the British driver as he suffered a DRS failure and struggled to keep the field at bay, he came into slight contact with Jamie after running deep into turn 8 which gave NickLJT the impetus to push on as he used the following laps to pass the two drivers ahead.

Nick would go on to win the race and take the first major mental advantage over the rest of the field heading to Hungary. Coop would finish in second on track but was relegated to third after stewards awarded a post-race track limit penalty. Nismax was the beneficiary of the stewards rulings for the majority of the top five as he saw a fifth place finish become second as the South African driver took a debut podium in F2.

Nick will be happy to come away with the win but has plenty of competition moving across to Europe for pre-season race two. Special mention goes to White-Fountain who on debut made a superb strategy work as he went from a 14th place start to finishing just off the podium in fourth.

 

F3

The F3 looks wide open this season, and with the grid full of drivers that are more than capable of a championship challenge, it would be a very interesting pre-season.

Even with a number of driver’s missing the race, the qualifying session saw one of our closest finishes in several seasons with pole position taken by debutant the_willo97 by five thousandths of a second, edging out the Renault of Booje89 by the smallest of margins.

The race saw a chaotic start after contact from SteelBL66 and F1Richard67 into turn one on the front runners caused several drivers to collect wing damage. The drama continued into turn two as the Toro Rosso of rookie driver DboyDan22 speared into Captain_Stiff putting the Williams driver in the wall and out of the race before the third corner.

The battle for the top three positions raged in the early stages, with FerociousDan and Booje trading places lap upon lap for the lead. F1Richard67 had caught up after some superb early pace, and with one use of the DRS zone on lap seven moved past both cars ahead to take the lead.

Disappointingly for Richard, he would eventually drop out of the session and down the order which promoted Dan back into the lead, and after a much stronger start to the second stint he pulled away from Booje and finished the race with a lead of eight seconds over the Renault who took home second.

Pole-sitter the_willo97 made a fantastic recovery after an early incident saw him require a new wing and drop to the back as he fought through the order and came home for a debut podium.

It was a dominant start for Dan who was almost untouchable after the pit-stops, but his team-mate will be looking at a good result next week as the two battle for team supremacy, and with a number of drivers returning F3 could be anyone’s to win!

Invictus Racing League – Twitch channels

 

Invictus Racing League is looking at its biggest season ever, and with six confirmed PS4 leagues and one XBOX league (in final stages of development) we will have plenty of action across the site for you to get your fill of all the exciting action.

Each league will have its own Twitch.tv channel and each league will see live commentary catching the full qualifying and race sessions. To ensure our growth and to support the league, please follow as many channels as you can to keep up to date with when all streams go live. The races will then be uploaded to our YouTube channel with weekly reviews appearing on the website throughout the season.

 

Click here for all league channels and stream links!

No-assists  – Monday Night

Performance 1 – Tuesday Night

Performance 2  – Tuesday Night

F1 – Wednesday Night

F2 – Wednesday Night

F3 – Wednesday Night 

 

 

Invictus Racing League YouTube

 

We are expecting our biggest season yet, and with the XBOX league soon to be finalised, we will see a league on a Saturday evening for the first time! Check here or on our social media channels for all news and updates in the Invictus community!

Calendar and car allocation announcements made!

Following this evenings announcement stream, we are now proud to announce our full 12 round calendar, team-mates and car allocations for the upcoming season 7 of the Invictus Racing League.

Firstly we start with the calendar, as previously noted pre season will begin next week in the USA before Hungary sees the second and final pre-season race. This will give our drivers a good idea of their pace in comparison to their opponents and equally any balancing issues will be addressed before round one.

 

Invictus Racing League – Season 7 Calendar

  • Round One – Sakhir, Bahrain                        (Week commencing 25/2)
  • Round Two – Barcelona, Spain                     (Week commencing 4/3)
  • Round Three – Suzuka, Japan                      (Week commencing 11/3)
  • Round Four – Spielberg, Austria                   (Week commencing 18/3)
  • Round Five  – Montreal, Canada                   (Week commencing 25/3)
  • Round Six – Silverstone, Great Britain           (Week commencing 1/4)
  • Mid-Season Break (One week) 
  • Round Seven – Shanghai, China                    (Week commencing 15/4)
  • Round Eight – Melbourne, Australia                (Week commencing 22/4)
  • Round Nine – Mexico City, Mexico                   (Week commencing 29/4)
  • Round Ten – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium     (Week commencing 6/5)
  • Round Eleven  – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  (Week commencing 13/5)
  • Round Twelve  – Monza, Italy                           (Week commencing 20/5)

 

Season Seven Driver Entry List*

No-Assist – Monday Night 

Commentator – Gareth (Captain_Stiff) and Alan (Sab7786)

  • Mercedes – BoyBetterKnowSB and Joel-v520v
  • Renault – Nismax7 and Gavpig
  • Haas – Humbostone and Renner9
  • Force India – RickWR88 and Nikki9095
  • McLaren – Sargeant009 and Stifler1980
  • Red Bull – Delange and Scopefielder
  • Ferrari – Speed_Queen80 and xMIKExSI
  • Toro Rosso – Tony-Y and SJD1988
  • Williams – MeroD2 and Samuthepito
  • Sauber – GP1_Alex_B and NeverMIss00

 

Realistic Performance – Tuesday Night 

 

Performance 1

Commentator – Malc (F1WWFC_07)

  • xMIKExSI and Fascone – Beer Monsters F1
  • SirSpud72 and ColinJ – SirColin
  • Craig8728 and BoyBetterKnowSB – Know Nothing Racing
  • AaronJSpence and Captain_Stiff – Racing AaronStiff
  • SkyZii and WaveIntel  – BMW Jordan
  • SJD1988 and LoZac97  – Rick Astley Racing
  • Benjym214 and Tom_444
  • Betrayer46

 

Performance 2

Commentator – Mark (SnoopMarky)

  • LukeBailey14 and F1_MRP80  – PB Racing
  • Jamie_6238 and Nitrogash – Jamgash Racing
  • Wesleyvanrens and The-Warislander  – The Flying Dutchies
  • Megglugpy and mj_coop – Megacoop
  • BWAClyde and Sab7786 –  BS Racing
  • Jos_Heinssie and Scopefielder – Kamikaze F1 Pilots
  • NickLJThomson and Humbostone –  NickStone F1

 

 

Equal Performance – Wednesday Night

 

F1

Commentator  – Luke and F1_MrP80

  • McLaren – FoxyRed2000 and Speed_Queen80
  • Haas – Axeeri and LoZac97
  • Williams  – Xx_WhiTeShAdowzZ and AzR_Westie
  • Red Bull – Nikki9095 and xd_DiNNo
  • Mercedes  – BoyBetterKnowSB and GP1_Alex
  • Toro Rosso – WaveIntel and Megglugpy
  • Force India  – Real_ItsDanester and xRossi21
  • Ferrari – Betrayer46 and Benjym214
  • Sauber  – Mdoran07 and Tombombtank118
  • Renault  – Scopefielder and Jos_Heinssie

 

F2

Commentator – Dan (energydan)

  • Toro Rosso – Craig8728 and Jamie_6328
  • Mercedes – SirSpud72 and ColinJ
  • Ferrari – NickLJThomson and Tony-Y
  • Red Bull – Mj_coop and AaronJSpence
  • Williams – TinusssOptioneel and Steen-13
  • McLaren – Humbostone and NeverMiss00
  • Renault –  WhiteFountain and JamieMet92
  • Haas – GoodStuff
  • Sauber – Nismax7 and RudiMandragorex

 

F3

Commentator – Malc (F1WWFC_07)

  • Ferrari – xMIKExSI and Fascone0525
  • McLaren – F1Richard67 and FerociousDan
  • Sauber – SnoopMarky and SteelBL66
  • Williams – Captain_Stiff and Tejuarr
  • Renault – Booje89 and Kollaa
  • Haas – The_Willo97 and Whiteagle
  • Mercedes – Sab7786 and BWAClyde
  • Force India – osteven002 and NotoriousL_I_P
  • Red Bull – Bren_Ons and Nitrogash
  • Toro Rosso – Briggsy500 and Dboydan22

 

 

*All lists are currently provisional and subject to change before the season commences.

 

We can’t wait for the season to start and we are only a few days away from pre-season kicking off. Make sure you join us from Monday at 8pm where we start our week with the no-assist pre-season race one in the USA. Join Gareth and Sab in the commentary box for live action as we begin practice for season seven!

 

Tune in for the big announcements!

Make sure you tune in tomorrow (Friday 8th February 2019) for the announcement live-stream for the upcoming Invictus Racing League season seven!

Site directors Craig and Malc will bring you all the news, details and everything you need to know about what to expect from Invictus as we build up to our biggest season ever.

The stream will see the announcement of;

  • Full 12 race calendar
  • Provisional driver entry list for all leagues
  • Team mate announcement for all leagues
  • Car allocations for equal performance (F1,2 and 3)
  • Any major rule changes

 

Make sure you tune into the live-stream by clicking here! We go live at 8pm! We hope to see you all there.

 

Pre-season races announced

Last night the agreement was made regarding the two pre-season races that will occur before the start of the new Invictus Racing League F1 2018 season.

 

Pre-season is scheduled to commence on the week commencing February 11th and the no-assist league will be the first on track as we return to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin for the USA Grand Prix that will be followed by Performance 1+2 on Tuesday 12th and F1/F2/F3 on Wednesday 13th.

The second and final pre-season race will see a much different race circuit as the long trip for Austin to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix as the fast and open circuit of COTA is replaced by the almost street circuit like Hungaroring.

 

Hungary and USA both appeared on last seasons calendar with Round 3 and 11 respectively, and have always provided close and strategic races. The main calendar will be revealed on the team-mate and car allocation announcement stream, so make sure you keep up to date on our social media channels for all announcements on dates and times! It’s not far away!

 

 

 

 

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