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.

 

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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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Champions crowned!

Season one of F1 2018 has reached its conclusion and the final standings are now in the books. Across all six leagues there were some unbelievable races and mouth-watering action.

Six champions were crowned last week after we wrapped up season 6 of Invictus Racing League in Interlagos, Brazil.

No-assists

The no-assist league saw two champions announced after its final race, Speed_Queen80 took the overall no-assist championship along with the Tier 1 title (no racing line). She finished the season with one win (Italy) and five podium finishes across the season. this included four consecutive second place finishes which would ensure she would hurdle the challenge of nearest rival Scopefielder.

Scopefielder, who himself was the recipient of the inaugural Tier 2 (racing line on) no-assist champion. Managed to overhaul Humbostone in the final two races with dominant displays in both the USA and Brazil, as he came home with three wins (Bahrain,USA, Brazil) along with three additional podiums.

The constructor’s championship went to Delange and Scopefielder, who had an exceptional first season as team-mates to blow the field away as they amassed 150 points.

Speed_Queen makes it another Invictus championship trophy to add to her growing collection, and no doubt installs herself once again as the bookies favourite heading into next season!

 

Performance League

Performance 1

Performance 1 was a hotly contested championship from start to finish. The title race saw ten winners from twelve races with only Megglugpy and mj_coop dual winners throughout the season.

However, it was Performance League debutante in Skyzii who came away with the championship trophy. Surprisingly, he was the only driver of the top six to not pick up a race victory but his six podium finishes and 100% race completion rate in the points meant he would beat his opponents into submission with excellent consistency.

He wrapped up the title in Brazil with a seventh place finish, staving off the challenge of Megglugpy who would finish the season 4 points behind the Frenchman.

MeggaCoop Racing of Megglugpy and mj_coop were the constructors champions, their 128 was good enough to seal the title ahead of the Prost Team of Skyzii and Tony-Y by nine points.

 

Performance 2

In the closest points finish out of all this seasons Invictus leagues, Performance 2 was settled by a solitary point as Scopefielder added to his No-assist Tier 2 title with the Performance 2 crown. He narrowly beat reigning champion WaveIntel in what was a nail-biting finish in Brazil.

Both drivers achieved six podiums along with one win, Scopefielder was on top in France, whilst WaveIntel would survive the street circuit of Singapore, but ultimately it was WaveIntel’s two retirements in Australia and Germany that would signal the end to his championship reign as he lost vital points.

A second place finish in Brazil ahead of WaveIntel’s fourth for Scope secured the title, as the two ended their season long battle for supremacy.

Scope would also take away the constructors title as part of JS Racing with Jos_Heinssie. They eventually would comfortably finish ahead of BS Racing (Sab and Clyde) by over 40 points.

 

Equal Performance

F1

It was another F1 title for Sambamkid, he retained his title in much more relaxed fashion compared to last seasons battle with Gamer_Da_Best262. He dominated the season with a 30 point gap back to Scopefielder in second, adding five race victories and four podiums to his tally in what was another strong season for Sam.

After starting the season with three straight wins he would have to wait until the final two races to stand on the top step of the podium once more, but strong results combined with his opponents inconsistency would make his retention of his F1 title much easier than expected.

Scopefielder and Speed_Queen were equal on points heading into the final round, but with Scope taking second to Speed_Queens third place in Brazil, the Swedish driver beat his no-assist opponent by two points and achieved the runners-up place in the championship. This result would mean that Scope has either won or been the runner-up in each league across Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

McLaren walked away from this season with the constructor’s championship, as Speed_Queen and Foxyred_2000 beat the Haas and Mercedes to pick up some silverware for the Woking based team.

Sam takes away another title from Invictus and remains the bar for all aspiring Equal Performance drivers, will he be challenged next season or will it be history repeating itself again in a few months time?

 

F2

After his driver’s title in the debut F3 season last year, Betrayer46 was high on confidence as he headed into this season. The confidence showed from the veteran driver, who collected a consecutive drivers crown with well-deserved four point advantage over seemingly perennial rival WaveIntel.

WaveIntel seemed out of the battle after two consecutive early season retirements, but three races wins to end the season saw him just miss out on a championship. Wave will be bitterly disappointed to only come in second after taking five race victories over the season, as he tied with Sambamkid for most race wins in the season.

Betrayer would only pick up one win at the opening race of the season in Australia, along with six other podiums would see him take the title and maintain his winning run into season 2 of F1 2018. A string of four straight second places would all but ensure he would add to his F3 title from last season with his name etched of the F2 trophy but was made to sweat somewhat by a late charge from the Scottish driver WaveIntel.

A double DNF for Red Bull in Brazil and 22 point swing for Ferrari meant the Tifosi would get the celebrate a constructors title coming home to Maranello as NickLJThomson and WaveIntel would make what was looking unlikely possible in the final three races as two consecutive 1-2 finishes promoted them into the lead and eventually crowned constructor champions.

 

F3

 

In what was a truly spectacular moment in Invictus this season, the F3 title race was decided with 7 corners left in the final race of the season. ColinJ and SirSpud went into round 12 level on points, it would be a straight shoot-out for the win and with one lap to go it seemed Colin had it in the bag.

That would all come heartrendingly unraveled as the Haas driver crashed from a podium position, retiring with just a few hundred metres to go. Spud had struggled and was running in 9th and looked resigned to defeat in his hopes of a first drivers title.

He would assume 8th after Colin’s dramatic end and take an emotional championship win, he showed great sportsmanship and empathy for his rival as the two congratulated each other on a fascinating wheel to wheel season.

After a poor start to the season, Spud blew the competition away in the final six races with three race wins and a second place, this would make sure Colin had the rival into round 12 and ultimately the 3 point winning margin.

The constructor’s championship was a tie, Red Bull and McLaren took home a share of the spoils after a JamieMet penalty from Singapore was applied to his USA result. This meant FerociousDan’s debut F3 win would make sure that McLaren would catch and tie with the Red Bull teams points tally.

F3 was a season of ups and downs but SirSpud would emerge victorious, in what is Invictus’ most unpredictable league, we were not disappointed and next season is due to keep gifting us results like this.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all drivers and constructors champions across this season, all titles were duly deserved and the racing was of the highest standard.

We hope everyone enjoys the off-season and we will be back for pre-season in the week commencing 11th February 2019.

 

The illustrious F1 Driver’s title awarded to Speed_Queen_80, Scopefielder,Skyzii, Sambamkid, Betrayer46 and SirSpud72. Congratulations to all!

Invictus Racing League – It’s coming home – Round six review

As we reached the half way point of the season, it would be time for Invictus to ‘come home’ as the league made its regular appearance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Britain is one of only two countries which has hosted a Formula One Grand Prix since its inception in 1950, and whilst Brands Hatch, Aintree and Donnington have all hosted the race, it is the famous former World War airfield Silverstone which has played host to the race since 1987.

Silverstone is one of the most popular circuits on the race calendar for both drivers and viewers and offers up some high-octane entertainment across its challenging but fast track. The much emulated but never duplicated complex of Maggotts and Becketts always keep the cars on the edge of grip limitation, but with the right line and equal bravery it’ll fire you down the long Hangar Straight.

This would be round six of the Invictus Racing League F1 2018 season one, and across the six races over the week there was much to be battled for as drivers looked to go into the season break on top of their respective leagues.

 

No Assists

Speed_Queen80 had finally overcome her dry spell from the podium in an emphatic way as she took the win in Italy one week previously. The problem would be maintaining that good form as the league headed to Britain, but with Humbostone and BoyBetterKnow (Scott) on the grid for company, it was far from a foregone conclusion.

Qualifying saw a slightly overcast day in the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire split circuit, and with the soft, medium and hard tyre compounds available for use in the session, it would be a real battle to see who could get most out of the harder compounded rubber.

The soft compound was the tyre of choice for the majority of the field, and Delange93 was the driver who utilised it to its optimum as he placed his Haas on pole position for the race. The Dutch driver set his best lap with over six minutes remaining in the session but the rest of the field were unable to beat his time with Tony-Y the closest in the Ferrari, as the manufacture engine couldn’t get the extra tenth to beat the Ferrari customer engined manufactured Haas.

Speed_Queen and Nikki9095 made it an all Force India second row, with previous race winners Scott and SJD on row three.

Malc in the Mercedes was the only driver on track to set a flying lap on the medium tyre, he would line up in eighth place but with a different strategy in mind versus the rest of the field.

The start saw everything! As the cars felt like they were left for an eternity the five red lights were finally switched off. Perhaps the delay hindered the field as it was a nightmare for pole-sitter Delange who spun the rear tyres and was slow off the line.

He was swarmed by the Force India’s into turn one but contact saw fourth placed Nikki spear off the track and luckily just out of harms way of the unforgiving armco barrier.

The chaos at the start saw an unlikely challenger for the lead in Scott who had made his way from fifth into second as his Toro Rosso and the Ferrari of Tony went side-by-side into the loop section.

Speed_Queen had also suffered a poor start after being tangled up with Nikki and by the end of the first sector was well down the order in seventh, whilst Humbostone was the man who had benefited from this all as he made a lightning start from a seventh place start into third.

The lead changed on lap two as Scott made the move on Tony into Brooklands and immediately started building a lead over the Ferrari.

Speed_Queen and Joel had been having a superb battle over the opening laps, the McLaren of Joel was doing everything to hold back SQ who was desperate to recover lost ground and she finally looked to have made the move into the loop section on lap five.

However, unaware that the McLaren was still on her outside, she collected the front right wheel of Joel’s car and her Force India as like Nikki’s on lap one was sent pointing in the wrong direction.

Renner9 had been making moves in the Mercedes and found himself in third position after opportunistic moves on Delange and Humbostone. He was aware that Scott and Tony were currently fighting over the lead and knew he would start catching them lap-by-lap if he continued his current pace.

 

Malc would see a brilliant alternate strategy work perfectly to take a shock victory

 

Malc had driven a quiet race in the Mercedes after starting to the medium compound, leading the race on lap 15 after being promoted due to strategy made his stop and came out on the yellow walled soft tyres.

He would proceed to set the track alight, the British driver would over-take Humbostone and Renner9 in consecutive laps and with six laps remaining he would become a real threat to the leaders.

Tony would be next to relinquish a position to Malc who used a mistake from the Ferrari driver to get the move down into second through Brooklands.

Although leading the race, Scott had an impending three-second time penalty due to add-on to his race time and with Malc closing in behind and unaware of his opponents penalty, the two would battle over the final two laps. The charge would not be enough to get the victory on track as the cars crossed the line fractionally apart.

The time penalty to Scott was administered and with none to Malc it meant it was a first win for the Mercedes driver and jubilation in front of the British crowd. Malc had endured a tough season and the victory was well deserved after a superb strategy call from the Brackley teams pit-wall.

Scott would pick up second with Tony-Y coming in third, Humbostone and Speed_Queen would round out the top five whilst a late collision between Renner9 and Nikki9095 would demote the second Mercedes of Renner from fourth to eighth.

A second place finish would see Scott take the lead of the championship into the season break ahead of Scopefielder, Humbostone and Speed_Queen. However, it is very much all still to play for once we re-engage in Germany.

 

Realistic Performance

 

Performance 1

The fight for supremacy with Performance 1 was in full swing with Skyzii, SirSpud and LMC_Boogster all within striking distance of each other, but with four winners from four races so far, it would only prove how unpredictable this league can be.

Qualifying saw a number of cars use the harder medium tyres to set their fastest time. AaronJSpence, Fascone and championship challenger spud would all start outside of the top ten and have prime tyre choice come the race.

The pole time was set by Haas driver Tony-Y, who fresh after his front row start and podium in the previous days race would take to the top of the standings by two tenths of a second ahead of mj_coop in the Force India.

Skyzii would also qualify on the medium and finish tenth, whilst debutantes Apiradical and The-Warislander would line up alongside each other on the fourth row.

It was a great lap from Scottish driver Tony-Y, but mj_coop would certainly have an eye on his second race victory of the season.

ColinJ had started the F3 season very well as he looked to transfer that pace across to Tuesday nights and with a fifth place in Italy in his first performance race could not be counted out come the chequered flag.

As the lights went out a great start from coop saw him up and past Tony as the cars entered the first complex of corners. Skyzii was the only driver on the mediums who made moves off the line as he used a good start to rocket past Warislander and Tejuarr before the cars reached Brooklands and Luffield, only for Tej to cheekily scythe back past after Copse corner.

Then on lap two, Disaster! On the exit of Copse, the pole-sitter Tony-Y lost control of the car as it hit the inside wall with a sickening thud, his Haas was sent flying back onto the track surface where it was collected in scary fashion by the McLaren of Apiradical.

The two would emerge unhurt from the cars in an extraordinary feat of engineering, the grid was placed under the virtual safety car, which whilst the carnage was recovered giving the grid a brief rest-bite to what had been an explosive opening duo of laps.

As the cars regained speed in the green flag period, it was the Red Bull of Tejuarr who seemed to relish the early laps as he launched down the inside of ColinJ into Stowe and move into fourth place.

Lap 12 saw the last of the soft compound starters make their pit-stop as mj_coop and Megglugpy battled out for the race lead eventually mirrored each other into the pit-lane, this allowed Skyzii and Fascone to briefly move up into first and second, whilst AaronJ ad Spud battled between themselves for then third position.

After their stops Skyzii and ColinJ found themselves battling in seventh and eighth and for two sector were side-by-side, but as they rounded the final corner the two came together and it was the unfortunate Skyzii who came off worse as his Williams spun into the wall breaking his front wing and effectively ending his challenge for the race victory.

The laps were counting down and it was Megglugpy who wrestled the race lead away from mj_coop. The two stayed firmly together on track but were joined by SJD1988, and with three laps to go the viewers were treated to a three car battle for the victory.

It wasn’t to be for the trailing cars however, as Megglugpy picked up his first victory of the season in the Renault car. Mj_coop would follow him through for second and SJD would finish a second behind in third.

A good result for Tejuarr saw him come home in fourth, whilst the drivers that ran the mediums first could not quite get the pace required to keep up and Fascone could only manage fifth.

It was a fantastic race for Megg as he moved up from sixth onto the top of the rostrum by the race end, but with another race winner once again, it keeps the title picture wide open as we enter the season break.

Spud would bemoan a poor race and only pick up three points for eighth and with Skyzii no-scoring due to the earlier incident. The field is well and truly ready to due battle once again for the final six rounds.

 

Performance 2

As in Performance 1, there was no clear leader as the league came to Britain for its latest round of the Performance 2 championship. Drivers such as Scopefielder, Delange and Jos_Heinssie had all staked a claim to be the championship favourite but no-one was taking any bets yet.

However, it was Sauber driver MrStim96 who would claim pole by almost three tenths of a second. He set a superb lap in the under-powered manufacture that would beat Delange93 and KaW_TactiicZz into second and third respectively.

Reigning champion WaveIntel has picked up solid points so far this season but was yet to stand on the top step of the podium, and he could only manage fourth in the sister Sauber. Whilst a poor session from Captain_Stiff and Sab would see them both starting at the back of the grid on row six.

Stim would get a dream release off the line and lead into Abbey, KaW would jump Delange into second but further back it was a wayward Nitrogash that would cause a problem for the rest of the field.

After joining wide at Abbey, Nitro struggled with under-steer throughout the first sector and into the loop he would slide into the direction of the pack as they streamed by, and it was the unfortunate NickLJThomson and BWAClyde who would come off worse with both suffering front aero damage and setting them both back for the remainder of the race.

Delange would eventually move back past KaW as the two became separated, Delange would spend the following laps cruising up to Stim and on lap six made the move for the lead of the race.

The two would stay in tandem throughout the pit-window, and whilst Delange would make it out ahead of traffic, Stim would shuffle into the pack behind Stiff and Nitro, making a clumsy move on Stiff into Village that would cost both drivers time as he looked to stay with Delange.

Eventually moving past the Renault and Mercedes, Stim would move back into second and the two would once again battle over the race lead as the lap counter ticked over to lap 12.

The race would neutralise over the following laps as minor moves around the grid such as NickLJ overtook Clyde for tenth, as both fought for the final point after the first lap incident with Nitrogash.

Three laps remained and Delange held a comfortable three-second advantage over Stim, while behind it was a battle for third as WaveIntel had closed up to KaW and was pressuring the Renault as they moved into the final lap.

Delange would ultimately hang on for victory at Silverstone as the Dutch driver recorded his first win of the season, MrStim would have to accept second and the fastest lap of the race.

KaW_TacticZz would hold onto third ahead of WaveIntel to round off the podium, while the biggest mover on track was the Red Bull of Sab7786, he would see a twelfth place start result in a seventh place end.

The first half of the season wraps up for Performance 2 with another different race winner and sees WaveIntel head up the title picture with Jos, Delange and Scopefielder close behind.

 

Equal Performance 

F1

The shock retirement from championship leader Sambamkid in Italy one week ago seemed to have provided the catalyst for change within the F1 league.

Having dominated the first half of the season with three wins and a second place, Sam faced his first retirement in a while for Invictus, this allowed debutante Kardanov23 to take the win and automatically insert himself into the conversation for a late season charge up the table.

As in Monza, Sam was pushed from a front row start with Kardanov taking a second consecutive pole position. He would be joined on the first row by Aleskiller150. On row two, Sam would have the fast starting Speed_Queen80 alongside him for company.

Kardanov has been unstoppable since joining the league – Is the tide turning in the chase for F1 glory?

 

Last weeks runner-up Jakeeboy98 unfortunately did not fair as well this week as he could only manage 12th in qualifying before an incident during race would see him retire early.

A scrappy race for Sam would see him drop down and eventually come home in fifth position with both Speed_Queen and mdoran09 the beneficiaries.

However, the race was once again dominated end to end by Kardanov23. The driver in his second race for Invictus F1 has taken a maximum 24 points from his two races and added two pole positions.

Speed_Queen would come home second in her best race to date this season, and mdoran07 would finally be back on the podium after a rough start to the season.

Sam would still come away leading the title but after six points over two races, his perch at the top of the standings seemed to be for the first time this season looking like it could be under threat if Kardanov could keep up this pace.

The two would meet again in Germany in two weeks, this would give Sam the chance to go one on one with his new rival for the F1 title.

 

F2

The majority of the field is certainly starting to play catch up with Betrayer46 as we enter the mid-point of the season, only Humbostone has been able to keep tabs with the Red Bull driver. The two entered round six of the F2 season separated by one point and with a good chance of extending their advantage over their nearest rivals.

Betrayer was without a win since the opening race of the season in Australia, whilst it was RickWR88 who had taken the last two race victories in France and Italy, and the Canadian racer looked to continue his good form coming into Silverstone.

Pole would be sought after in what is a very competitive field, although the league see’s two drivers in the lead of the standings, we have been treated to four winners in five races. The grid would peel out on circuit knowing that they were in for a real fight to be the first one into Abbey on lap one.

It was young Scottish driver WaveIntel who would claim pole for the race after a strong performance in qualifying. He edged out RickWR, who once again showed great pace in his third week back into competitive action.

WaveIntel would then go on to take the race win, after a hard fought battle with Betrayer46 and Humbostone who came in second and third respectively. He managed to keep the Red Bull behind, as last seasons enthralling battle between WaveIntel and Betrayer seemed to re-engage once again.

The podium finishers would enter the season break on a high knowing that they were starting to break away from the rest of the field. WaveIntel has taken 22 from a possible 24 points over the last two races and it has inserted him back into the title picture as we look forward to round seven.

Betrayer maintains the lead in the F2 standings, he will be delighted with his performance over the first six rounds, but it is not time to get lackadaisical if he wants to make it two successive driver’s crowns in equal performance.

The pressure is now on to continue what is going to be a fascinating season.

 

F3

The F3 championship has really started to heat up as we reach the mid-point of the season, and with a number of cars on the grid capable of taking the victory, the race for pole and the win would be a must-watch.

Craig led the championship, but with minimal points back the rest of the field, he would be hard pushed to make it a third consecutive win.

Qualifying began at Silverstone, but with the threat of rain in the air as the session climaxed, it would be about getting laps in early for the best track conditions that would influence the final standings.

Pole would be set with around one minute remaining! Alga in the Haas sat at the top of the board, but a late decision not to set a further lap time meant his team-mate ColinJ was able to use a brilliant lap to drop his counter-part off of provisional pole as the two American owned cars would lock out the front row of the British Grand Prix.

Points leader Craig would only manage a third place finish in the Ferrari, whilst he was joined on row two by fast-starting JamieMet92.

There was late controversy in the Toro Rosso garage as Fascone found himself in what looked like very harsh trouble with the stewards after the Irishman was run into in the pit-lane entry by the Sauber of Bren_Ons. The stewards deemed it the fault of the Toro Rosso for driving excessively slowly, and he would be given a five place grid-penalty that would demote him from eighth to thirteenth.

As Tejuarr made up the final place on the grid, the lights would work up to five and extinguish sending thousands of turbo-hybrid horsepower down towards Abbey for the first time.

Alga made the jump on Colin into turn one but the cameras attention was caught by the Mercedes of Notorious sliding spectacularly wide after contact, the Irish driver was incensed under the helmet after his best qualifying result was nullified to being at the bottom of the order and by the end of the first lap almost 30 seconds off the lead.

As the race progressed, the undercut would work wonders for ColinJ as he utilised his fresh rubber to move back past team-mate Alga and back into the lead of the race. Alga would also find himself behind JamieMet who was once again impressing in F3, the Red Bull sat under three seconds from the race leader and meant that Colin would not be able to have a moment to think as he looked at taking his first race win of the season.

The race would enter its final stages and it seemed as ColinJ would have enough to hold off the charging Red Bull behind but with five laps left to go there was always a chance for Jamie to capitalise on a mistake.

Down the order and Craig was holding on in fourth position, with Force India of Booje in a solid fifth but with an eye on the Ferrari ahead.

The race reached its crescendo with Colin maintaining the lead of the race ahead of Jamie. However, with only two laps remaining, the battle for the lead was between both Haas cars and the Red Bull split by less than a second!

Jamie would make a move for the lead of the race into Stowe on lap 24 and immediately use his two lap fresher tyres to stretch a gap over the two Haas cars. Alga wet on to pass Colin but a final lap distaster for the Italian driver saw him lose control at Abbey and it the wall, ending his race with less than one tour of the famous circuit left.

Jamie would cross the line to win the F3 British Grand Prix ahead of ColinJ and a delighted Booje89, the Force India passed Craig in the dying laps and with Alga’s retirement saw himself take an unlikely podium.

Craig would drop down behind F1Richard, who once again had a superb race but drivers such as SirSpud and Captain_Stiff would rue poor race as they only came home in ninth and eleventh respectively.

 

JamieMet92 would take a superb victory after a late overtake on race-leading ColinJ, The Milton Keynes manufacture were delighted with his pace all session long and celebrations went on long into the night.

 

Jamie once again picked up some great points and adds another 12 points to his growing tally. having only joined the league in round three he has already put himself well into the campionship challenge for the second half of the season.

It looks like Craig, Colin and Jamie could all be in a good position for the next six races, but will we see a resurgence from Spud, Tej or even F1Richard who seems to be picking up steam.

F3 goes into the season break with the title picture wide open!

 

Invictus Racing League – Magnificient Monza delights Invictus fans – Round five review

The Italian Grand Prix has been a staple on the Formula One calendar since its conception in 1950, and in that time has become on of the most famous circuits on the planet.

The famous Tifosi are the passionate Ferrari supporting fans that offer some of the most incredible noise when the historic scarlet prancing horse cars take to the track.

Monza has always offered up a plethora of wheel to wheel racing in previous seasons, and with the prospect of six more electrifying races around the Italian circuit this week, the odds were looking good for another great week of racing.

The cars hit a top speed of around 227mph on the way down to the Rettifilio chicane at turn one and two. This, along with DRS assistance means we were in store to see some superb battles down the famous straightaway. The circuit promotes over-taking throughout the lap, and with the cars at full throttle for 75% of the lap the drivers would have to make sure they were on the limit of car control to get every split-second of time out of the track.

 

No-assist

Humbostone, Scopefielder and BoybetterknowSB (Scott) were all fighting it out over the overall points lead in the no-assist championship, but with Humbostone unable to get the car on circuit at Monza, it would appear we would have a new championship leader by the end of the week.

The cars rolled out on circuit with the least amount of down-force possible, the grid knew that the power advantaged cars would be mightily hard to beat today so the Mercedes, Ferrari and Force India manufactures would all be looking at positive results come the end of the session.

The early pace was set with Tony-Y in the Ferrari delighting the home fans with provisional pole whilst the Toro Rosso of BoyBetterKnow was looking very handy in second place as he looked at making the most of Humbostone’s absence,

Malc had made a good start to qualifying, and utilising his Mercedes engine had dragged himself into contention as he sat in third half way through the session, whilst Scopefielder and last weeks winner SJD not far behind.

With time for one final run remaining, the cars streamed out on circuit as time counted down, the advantage of being last on track would be huge as track evolution had seen the surface become faster and faster throughout the session, after the clouds parted and the sun started to warm the Italian circuit.

It was the Mercedes of Malc who would ruin the Tifosi’ day by beating Tony-Y to pole position, as the Ferrari could only manage second. SJD and Scott would round out row two, and with Scopefielder and Speed_Queen on row three it was certain that we would see some fiery racing in the session ahead.

As the lights went green and sent thousands of horsepower down towards turn one Malc led the grid away, however, this was until they approached turn one when SJD locked up and ran into the back of the Mercedes as he pushed the pole sitter offline costing him several positions, SJD took to the escape road and took a huge hit to his race before the first corner.

This freed up Scott and Speed_Queen who had made use of the incident at turn one to move into second and the two went side by side down Curve Grande and proceeded to have a superb opening lap exchange with one another.

The battle for the midfield positions was intense and with almost a four car battle across the first laps, it was anyone guess to who would come out ahead by the end of the first stint.

The first major talking point of the race came on lap three as Malc who was slowly recovering after his unfortunate start was blindsided by the spinning Renault of Mamafisher. The Renault lost control on the exit of Ascari whilst battling with Joel and as he speared back across the track he collected the Mercedes and the two ended up in the wall. Tony-Y who had also lost out at the start and found himself down the order was inches away from joining the Mercedes in the wall.

 

Malc had a fantastic qualifying result to be on pole, but an incident early on would end the race for him.

 

Mamafisher was able to recover, but it was a race ending incident for the pole sitter and a disappointing end to what was looking promising race for the English driver.

The battle at the front was raging on and with Speed_Queen finally getting the move down on Scott along the pit-straight of lap six the two would continue going wheel to wheel for the next couple of laps.

Lap eight saw Ascari claim its second victim as Renner9 in the other Mercedes hit the wall on exit of the corner, this meant both Mercedes would be out of the Grand Prix and Toto Wolff would have a lot to digest from his teams poor race. Renner was despondent in the paddock interviews after the race, he dropped from what was a strong fourth position and once again saw himself crashing out of a good points position.

The pit-window opened for the leaders, and both took the opportunity to stop for the medium tyre on lap 11. This promoted Scopefielder into the lead of the race whilst still out on his initial supersoft compound.

Scope made his stop and went for a much more aggressive strategy pitting onto the soft compound, this allowed him to start crawling up to the back of Scott, who had dropped off from the rear end of Speed_Queen.

Lap 13 saw the end for two drivers in quick succession as both Jos and SJD had their races ended early. Jos after struggling with suspension failure due to a ride over the curbs a lap earlier saw him lose control twice at Della Roggia, the team were forced to retire his car and end a disappointing race for the Dutchman.

SJD was victim number three of Ascari, he had only just left the pit-lane on fresh tyres and last weeks race winner was visibly furious at himself after throwing away good points.

Ascari once again claimed its next victim, and again Mamafisher lost control of his Renault and the car had no-where else to go but the wall and his race ended ten laps earlier than planned.

Over the final ten laps the battle was on for second as Scott and Scopefielder traded places lap upon lap. The two had a fantastic fight with the Toro Rosso of Scott finally getting the move done on Scope and kept the Swedish driver behind for the remainder of the race.

Their battle ensued that Speed_Queen would take her first race win of the season and by a comfortable margin. She drove a superb race in the Force India and took a deserved win. Scott and Scope rounded out the podium as the three would celebrate valuable points to their championship tally.

 

Performance 1

After his victory last week, LMC_Boogster was looking for another promising result in the performance league. He would be under threat from others like SirSpud and AaronJSpence who would be in with a great chance at picking up their first wins of the season.

The prospect of a rain affected race was on the horizon, but with a dry qualifying in store. It would be all out for everyone to get themselves as high up the grid as possible before the race.

The aforementioned SirSpud did use the straight-line speed of the Force India to take pole position ahead of Mike in the Ferrari, the home fans would celebrate a front row start for their favoured manufacture and hope it would translate to a podium or even a race victory.

As expected, it was a wet and miserable start to the race session. The weather played its part in the start as the cars struggled to slow down for the first chicane. Spud had led the grid away but it was Mike to had the inside line into turn one. The two briefly touched wheels and this caused both to bounce across the kerbs on the chicane.

Skyzii would make the most of the front row clashing as the Toro Rosso driver moved up into the lead of the race. Whilst behind the battle raged between Spud, Coop and Megglugpy over the final podium position.

The rain-clouds parted and the sun started to break up the weather in what was a huge relief for the grid. The track was becoming dryer and dryer with each lap and SJD was the first to make the jump on lap 13 onto the dry tyres.

It was only a lap later when everyone poured into the pit-lane and equally joined SJD on the soft compound but the Renault had made a perfect call on strategy and moved up three positions and found himself in the top six.

It was a disappointing race for Tony-Y who after a mistake strewn session was forced to retire on lap 16 when the Renault team called him into the pit-lane with an underlying issue, it appeared the team were looking at saving the engine as a precaution so it would last before the season break after next weeks race in Britain.

In devastating news for championship hopeful mj_coop, a crash at the exit of Ascari ended the race for the French Grand Prix winner and made it successive retirements in the performance league.

SirSpud had made his way past Mike early in the second stint and had hauled down the leader of Skyzii, he had led the race from the start and looked to be walking away with it. Ultimately his lead would be whittled down lap on lap and it was on lap 25 that Spud would make his move.

The Force India driver passed the race leader down the back straight into the Parabolica and went on to win is first race of the Performance 1 season.

Skyzii looked dejected after missing out on the victory in the final laps but came home in second, whilst Mike managed to hold onto third and give the Tifosi something to cheer as a Ferrari would appear on the podium.

It was a superb race for Spud who overcame the collision on lap one to come back and take the victory in the dying laps. He was delighted with his recovery after the two different weather periods made racing very tricky but takes 12 valuable points away from Monza.

 

Performance 2

WaveIntel led the way after the first two rounds of Performance 2, the Scottish driver had amassed consecutive podiums and would be clambering to take home a first victory for the season.

The likes of Scopefielder, Jos and BWAClyde were on his toes behind but with a strong grid expected for the race, it would be a battle of straight line power that would ultimately be the decisive factor.

Qualifying saw Toro Rosso driver Scopefielder take pole position ahead of Jos_Heinssie, who had driven a superb lap to get his Williams on the front row of the grid.

WaveIntel would start in seventh, whilst Sab7786 would be the only driver to try a lap on the soft compound of tyre and would line up at the rear of the grid, along with Clyde and Nitro who would all have tyre choice going into the race.

A poor start from Scope and Jos was countered by KaW TacTicZz who left his grid position like a rocket, his Renault moved up into first by the Rettifilio. MrStim was equally making gains and the McLaren challenged for second as they exited the first chicane before losing the position back to Jos into Della Roggia, as the Williams looked to regain lost ground.

The first laps saw KaW stretch his lead to over three seconds, but the battle for second was heating up lap upon lap.  Jos, Scope, Stim and a charging NickLJThomson all started vying for a podium and it was on the exit of the Parabolica on lap four that all cars were split by a fraction of a second. The group almost ran four wide down the straight, however it was Nick who made the move up into second as they entered turn one.

They continued swapping positions over the following laps with Delange93 in the Haas joining the now 5 cars battle for second place.

Disaster struck the race leader on lap six! The Renault driver lost the rear end of the car on the exit of Ascari and had a short trip to the barrier and even quicker end to a race that looked like was well in reach. KaW was visibly furious with himself as he threw the steering wheel out of the cockpit and kept his helmet on as he made his way back to the paddock.

This promoted Scope back into the lead of the race, he had passed Nick earlier that lap and after his early pace in the Sauber, Nick was becoming under increasing pressure from Delange, Stim and WaveIntel.

As the leaders pitted it briefly promoted Clyde and Sab into the front of the procession but it was short-lived as they both made their stops by lap 17.

The fight for position wasn’t confined to just the lead, NeverMiss and Tom_444 both pushed each other extensively over the 19th lap with NeverMiss havign made a wonderful pass around the inside into Della Roggia a lap previous.

Five laps were left remaining and Scope was still leading the race ahead of MrStim in second and NickLJ in third. The lead couple were nose to tail on lap 22 and it finally paid off for Stim who made the move on Scope into Ascari and assumed the lead.

Stim would start to bridge a gap between the two drivers as the race started to reach its conclusion. The real battle on circuit was still raging between NeverMiss and Tom over eighth place as the two had a stunning battle in the final laps with nothing between the Williams of NeverMiss and Renault of Tom.

The chequered flag dropped and ended a thrilling race in Performance 2 and first win of the season for MrStim, he was followed home by Scopefielder and WaveIntel. WaveIntel made use of a late penalty to Nick to move up into third and take another podium in his fight to go for another Performance league title.

In the battle of Tom and NeverMiss, it was Tom who made the move on NeverMiss into Ascari and kept it across the line as the two ended a superb battle in eighth and ninth respectively.

WaveIntel maintains his lead at the top, but with Scope keeping up with last seasons Performance champion and others well within striking distance, it is going to be a long and challenging season if he is to retain his crown.

 

Equal Performance 

F1

 

After a dominant start to the season for SamBamKid saw him on 46 out of a possible 48 points, it seemed like more of the same would be on the cards for the prolific winner within Invictus.

The league had seen some new faces join from Monza, with Kardanov23, Bruno Alves FC and Jakeeeboy all making their debuts in F1. The added competition can only benefit the grid as they attempt to stop Sam from running away with this seasons F1 title.

Qualifying saw the desired effect for the new drivers in the field as Kardanov and Jake locked Sam off of the front row as the championship leader could only manage third place alongside Bruno.

Last seasons No-assist champion Gamer_da_best262 was also back after missing parts of the early season. He would be a non starter in qualifying meaning a 13th place start would see him have to fight his way to the front.

It would be a perfect start to the league for Kardanov who would go on to take a flag to flag victory in the Williams, he was followed home by debutante Jake who was happy to come home on the podium for his first race.

However, it was a different story for Sam who suffered a retirement after his pit-stop, the non finish would certainly give others hope that he is catch-able if they can string together some good results. His non finish helped Scopefielder into a podium position after the Swede started in eighth ending a very strong race and a second consecutive podium.

Sam maintained his lead in the standings but with the three letters next to his race result of DNF he would certainly have to look at bouncing back next week in Britain.

F2

The F2 league always provides so excellent racing, and with Betrayer46 currently leading the way on 37 points ahead of Humbostone on 32 as we came to the home of Ferrari in Monza there was fireworks in store for the race.

RickWR88 has re-entered the league earlier this season and has been getting stronger and stronger each week. This was confirmed as he took pole position ahead of WaveIntel, it meant the Canadian driver would have a free track on the run down to turn one, but with the always fast starting WaveIntel next to him, both would have to be cautious heading into the Rettifilio.

GP1 Alex and MrStim made up the second row whilst Betrayer could only put his Red Bull in sixth with team-mate mj_coop in ninth as the two would look for a much more positive result in Monza compared to last season where both drivers struggled.

It was a dream race for Rick, who converted his pole into the race victory. He took a popular victory in the paddock and he was greeted onto the top step of the podium with cheers from the Italian fans.

 

RickWR88 on his way to victory for the jubilant Racing Point Force India team

 

WaveIntel added ten valuable points to his season tally after two devastating retirements previously and Humbostone kept up the pressure on Betrayer coming from seventh on the grid to third at the chequered flag.

Championship leader Betrayer suffered his worst result of the season so far and dropped from sixth at the start to seventh due to Humbostones progression through the field.

After an excellent start to the season, are the cracks showing in Betrayers title challenge? Humbostone is hot on the heels of the experienced driver and the two look to be the odds on favourites for the title come the final race in Brazil.

F3

After his debut victory in France last week, Craig8728 was full of confidence as we headed to his team’s home circuit. The Tifosi were brimming with excitement as they expected a strong result from both Ferrari drivers.

Championship leader Bren_Ons had opened his season account with four great results, but as he transitioned to lower driver assists for this round, the Sauber driver wasn’t confident that he would be able to continue as pace setter for the F3 league.

Unlike many of the other leagues seeing most drivers opt for the softest super-soft tyre to qualify on, a number of drivers attempted to set their fastest lap on the middle compound, this would potentially give them the edge come the race by allowing them to run slightly longer than the red striped super-softs.

Qualifying saw a superb late lap from Fascone beat Craig to pole by less than five hundredths of a second. Fascone already had a race victory to his name this season in Hungary, and with a podium in Australia it ensured he would be one to watch out for.

SirSpud once again set a stunning lap time on the yellow soft compound tyre to finish third ahead of the softer compound users Dan and Alga, amongst others.

Tejuarr didn’t have the session that team-mate Craig was having and with traffic on circuit, combined with a lack of pace saw the Ferrari driver sit 12th on the grid, however, Tejuarr is known for his fast starts and the crowd would all be waiting to see his progress into turn one.

A superb start off the line saw Fascone and Craig both maintain the top two positions, but it was Spud who struggled to get the power down in his Mercedes which bogged down off the line allowing Alga and F1Richard67 past.

Richard had made a scintillating getaway in the McLaren as moving up from sixth into fourth ahead of team-mate Dan as the two looked at Alga’s Haas ahead.

Dan headed up an almightly battle across the first two laps, as he along with the Mercedes of Spud and the Red Bulls of JamieMet and Clyde, with the four of them almost going four wide into the Parabolica. Their battle introduced Captain_Stiff into the fray as the Renault driver made use of a good start to move from eleventh into eighth and eyeing up a fight with the cars ahead.

It had been a disaster start for xMIKExSI who lost all traction at the start of the race and lost control into the path of Notorious as the two would be forced to make early stops and almost rule them out of the running for points before they had even crossed the start line.

Lap three saw the lap change as Craig made the move past Fascone for the lead of the race into turn one, he then preceeded to start building a lead over the Irishman as Fascone started to struggle on the tyres. In a cruel turn for the pole-sitter, he would exit the race prematurely after an accident at Ascari combined with a slow stop indicated that there was more to the issue than damage, it was a real shame for Fascone who had been running well in second at the time.

The battle for the midfield was extraordinary, Spud had moved away into a clear third but left the two McLarens, two Red Bulls, Captain_Stiff and ColinJ all vying over fourth place.

The two McLarens had swapped positions several times over the first five laps and equally the Red Bulls kept Christian Horners heart-rate up as they traded places.

The battling kept the Renault of Stiff well in range of an attack on the harder tyres and that is what happened on lap eight. After Jamie ran wide out of Ascari Stiff made the move past him and then made the move on the second Red Bull into Curva Grande on lap ten. This promoted him into fourth, with both Red Bull’s and McLarens making their stops for the medium tyres.

Lap 16 saw the whole grid having finally stopped with all running either the medium or soft compound, that was apart from the Renault drivers, they had stretched out their initial stint and both put on the fastest super-soft tyres. This would give them both a huge time disparity on lap-time and it was Stiff who would make the most of it as he quickly closed up the gap between himself and Richard for fifth.

 

 

 

Craig sent the Tifosi into wild celebrations as the Scotsman came home for the win at the Maranello teams home race.

 

The battle for second had seen Spud, Alga and Dan all fighting down the main straight as the cars entered lap 19 with the Mercedes of Spud finally moving into second. He would slightly build a lead as the cars headed onto lap 21.

However, the race was about to take a very dramatic turn.

Alga and Dan fought over third and fourth down the main straight with the McLaren of Dan gaining the advantage. Alga would attempt to tuck back into the rear end of him as they entered the Rettifilio but would miss his braking point wildly, the two came together and speared across the chicane into the path of the innocent Spud.

The cars all hit the wall on the exit of turn two and suffered significant damage. It would end Spuds race in agonising fashion and he was as expected incandescent with anger. He has suffered terrible luck in the first few races and had a great opportunity at catching the race leader today.

Alga and Dan would both recover with minimal damage, whilst Richard and Stiff would benefit immensely from the incident and both move up into podium positions.

Dan would drop from fourth to sixth quickly with ColinJ making an audacious move around the inside to outside of turn one and two past both the Mclaren and Red Bull of JamieMet.

As the race reached its climax, the final podium positions were yet to be decided and with four laps remaining and on much faster tyres, Captain_Stiff made the move past Richard for second.

Craig would end up taking a comfortable victory and a consecutive top step celebration that would catapult him into the title conversation. His lead was cut by four seconds in the final laps but Stiff would come home for a jubilant first podium in Invictus as the Renault team cheered on their driver across the line.

It was a dramatic finish for third as ColinJ moved up to third by three hundredths of a second ahead of Richard after a penalty was administered. It was heartbreak for Richard but a superb final ten laps for Colin.

It was an explosive race in F3 this week which was rightly highlighted, the battle for superiority swings once again towards Ferrari with Craig8728 taking maximum points over the previous two races.

JamieMet is slowly creeping up the table, whilst Captain_Stiff will certainly have an eye on a top three finish if he can keep up the good run of form.

 

 

It was another fantastic week in the Invictus Racing League at Monza, we were treated to some breathtaking action across the three days racing.

Next up is the Grand Prix of Great Britain at the famous Silverstone circuit, the track offers one of the most famous corner complexes in world racing and always promotes close racing.

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Editors note – I apologise for the lack of the race reviews over the December period. Technical and workload issues, combined with the festive period made it hard to watch through and write out in time. Hopefully 2019 will see these make a regular return!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from Invictus!

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We thank you all for your continued support in making Invictus a positive, enjoyable and professional place to race, whilst building friendly relationships with the rest of the community. Invictus is going from strength to strength and you are all a huge part of that.

Please enjoy your festive season break and we can’t wait to see you all back on the grid in 2019!

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Invictus Racing League – Invictus says bonjour to France – Round four review.

For the first time in Invictus Racing League history a race from France would be on the calendar. The Paul Ricard circuit has previously been used for junior formula and tyre testing by Formula One, but after leaving Magny-Cours in 2008 it has been a decade since a French grand prix has been run.

The circuit offers up fast and technical corners, and with the famous Signes corner at turn ten a mouth-watering opportunity for some wheel to wheel action across the vibrant and colourful track layout.

The circuit is littered with colourful run off areas, and is punishing when attacking track limits ensuring drivers would have to be on their best behaviour to stay out of trouble with the track stewards.

The no-assist championships as usual were first up on Monday evening and they would be the trailblazers around the new track layout.

 

No Assist

It was a cold and misty start to qualifying as the cars poured out onto the track surface, and with the threat of rain in the air it certainly added incentive to get a lap time on the board early.

Humbostone, Scopefielder and BoyBetterKnowSB were all vying for the top of the standings heading into round four but with BoyBetterKnow an absentee from this week’s event it gave a real opportunity for the rest of the field to throw their proverbial hat into the ring for a championship challenge.

Pirelli had brought the ultrasoft, supersoft and soft tyre compound to the track, and with a weather report offering changeable conditions for the race it left the drivers and their race engineers in discussion about what tyre they would prefer to start on, knowing that a move to wet tyres was inevitable.

Qualifying was dominated by the Force India of Joel, who left the field six tenths of a second away. He populated the front row with ChielNijland who recorded his best qualifying effort of the season in the McLaren, whilst SJD1988 and Nikki9095 made up row two.

Scopefielder and Humbostone could only manage eighth and tenth respectively so it would be a tall ask for them to move back up the order come race time.

The rain was already starting to threaten as the formation lap started, and with race engineers furiously calculating alternate strategies for their drivers, the potential for an upset was well and truly on the cards.

It was a perfect release off of the line for Joel as the Force India raced down towards turn one with a comfortable lead over ChielNijland who equally maintained his second position as the two rounded the first lap.

The pack spent the early laps trying to make the most of the grip but with rain falling and track temperatures plummeting the need for intermediate tyres was definitely on the horizon, after his good start it seemed that Chiel would be the first to start feeling the effects of the greasy track surface as his McLaren ran wide on the entry to turn five allowing Nikki9095 and SJD to move past and demote the Dutchman from second into fourth.

Nikki was enjoying the changeable conditions on track and within a lap hauled in Joel and passed the leader before the sweeping turn ten. The rain started to fall heavier and was really affecting the grip levels, with Nikki and Joel both driving for Force India it was Joel who was called into the pit-lane first as the now leader of Nikki9095 along with SJD and Speed_Queen among others stayed out for another lap in what looked like very difficult conditions.

The extra lap destroyed any advantage that Nikki had built on Joel for the lead and not only did he come out of the pit-lane almost eight seconds down; he was also jumped in the pit-lane by the Red Bull of SJD who moved up into second.

Lap seven saw the premature end for last weeks winner Jos who ended up in the wall and with terminal damage and it seemed to open the floodgates as Mike and Phil_mcfc both then suffered retirements as we went down to 11 runners.

The rain came down heavier and heavier with each minute of the race, whilst there was chaos behind with Delange and Humbostone tripping over each other on the entry to the pit-lane, the time was right for the extreme wet tyres.

In contrast to the first stop where he got his strategy call spot on, Force India driver Joel spent one lap extra on the intermediate tyres compared to SJD on the wet tyres, he was made to pay as he skated around the final sector allowing SJD to cruise past down the main straight as Joel pitted.

The man who was struggling the most was ChielNijland who had dropped well back in the wet and found himself battling with Delange and Malc for 8-10th places.

As the race crossed into two-thirds distance with the rain not looking on slowing down, the leader SJD was stretching out his advantage to around six seconds whilst Speed_Queen and Scopefielder were both starting to make up ground on the grid as both circulated in fourth and fifth respectively.

Team boss Christian Horner was ecstatic as his car driven by SJD took a brilliant first win of the season, he made perfect decisions in regards to strategy all race long and using excellent pace in the treacherous conditions took a storming win.

He was followed home by the two Force India cars of Joel and Nikki who will rue bad pit-stops that potentially cost them a race victory.

It was a poor result for Humbostone who could only manage ninth place and with Scott missing the race due to a scheduling conflict it meant that Scopefielder would insert himself well into the battle for a title challenge as he moved onto 27 points and one behind leader Humbostone.

Next week would be much different with a trip to Monza giving the drivers a plethora of passing opportunities and ensuring that we were in store for another fantastic race.

 

Performance League 

Performance 1

Mj_coop led the way at the top of the standings heading to Paul Ricard and with the British driver full of confidence after his race victory in Hungary in the previous race, it would take a strong performance from the rest of the field to deny coop another positive result.

Coop was running in the Renault Sport team for the debut in France and the home crowd were delighted to see him put the french manufacture on pole position. He marginally edged out Spud in the Red Bull who took second ahead of LMC_Boogster and Megglugpy, who was disappointed to only be on the second row of the grid.

Only nine drivers took to the circuit for the race so the battle for a top three position would be much more achievable for the rest of the field. However, the overnight rain had become a deluge. The track surface was covered in puddles and huge areas where aqua-planing could become a real issue. The conditions certainly shook up the field as it would certainly become a test of confidence and patience on the unpredictable surface.

It was a disaster start for the pole sitter, coop’s Renault bogged down off the line as it struggled to gain any traction on the drenched surface. He was already in fourth position by turn one as Boogster and Spud had made the best getaways leading the pack away with Skyzii moving well up into third.

A mistake from Spud saw him drop back behind Skyzii and the two McLarens were already starting to stretch a gap over the field in the first two laps.

By lap three, a quick shift in weather saw the rain stop, and almost immediately a dryer line started to appear on the track allowing cars to start to come off the extreme wet tyre and onto the more adaptable intermediate tyre.

The race evened out as the drivers became more confident in the ever-changing conditions, the two McLaren drivers circulated in first and second with Boogster in a comfortable lead ahead of Skyzii. Megglugpy had moved up into third position by the half way point whilst mj_coop had endured a torrid race and was well down the field, and ultimately the day ended as badly as possible for coop as he retired from the race on lap 18.

The weather continued to dry out and SJD was the first to test out slick tyres, it was a little too early for the Sauber who struggled to get any temperature into the red walled Supersoft tyres on exit and spent the next two laps battling to keep his car pointing in the right direction.

Skyzii appeared out of the pit-lane ahead of Spud who had planned his stops perfectly to minimise time lost in the pit-lane and he made third place his own with the Mclaren ahead being out of reach. The two McLaren cars had both pitted onto the dry tyres and maintained their lead with four laps remaining.

 

 

In difficult conditions in France, LMC_Boogster took the victory for the Woking based team and 12 valuable points in the championship.

 

 

Zak Brown was left speechless in euphoria as he saw both his cars come across the line to take a one-two finish ahead of the Red Bull of Spud in third.

Megglugpy dropped to fourth after missing out on strategy calls in comparison to Spud, whilst the retirements saw Coop and Mike suffer a frustrating session.

Boogster would take a slim one point lead over Skyzii into the next race in Monza, but with three winners in three races so far it is not over in Performance One.

 

Performance 2

After his victory in round one BWAClyde led the table ahead of WaveIntel and osteven002 as the teams headed to France. The rest of the field were aware that the French Grand Prix was much less of a power circuit and more about corner speed and technicality, this would open up the grid for multiple challengers come the chequered flag.

Qualifying saw a storming lap from Delange93 in the Force India take the pole ahead of NickLJThomson, who along with Scopefielder made use of their raw pace to put their under-powered Sauber and McLaren cars into second and third position.

KaW rounded out the second row alongside Scope whilst other pre season favourites WaveIntel and Jos would make up the third row.

However, it turned into a race to forget for both Delange and Nick as the front row qualifiers could only manage fifth and sixth in the race. Scopefielder made the most of their disappointment as he took the race victory. His victory was slightly out-shone by the fantastic display from Sab7786 who after starting at the back in 13th position battled through the field missing all the drama to come home in second position.

WaveIntel maintained his strong start to the season, he added another podium to his tally and took the lead in the championship, but with a hungry pack all looking to knock the Scotsman off his perch, he will certainly have to keep up the pace that has seen the young driver so successful in a short career.

 

Equal Performance 

F1

 

Sambamkid had opened his F1 account this season with three consecutive wins, he was comfortably ahead in the standings and with Jos and Speed_Queen both finding themselves off of the podium once each in their first three, it had given Sam a superb early opportunity to impose himself as the front-runner for this seasons F1 drivers champion.

Former Invictus champion Gamer_Da_Best262 has been absent for two of the first three races, he had only picked up tenth in Bahrain after a difficult race, but today was another story for the Mercedes driver.

Gamer took pole ahead of Sam, who could only line up alongside his team-mate as Mercedes cars locked out the front row. The second row saw Aleskiller and Speed_Queen paired up, the two would hope that Mercedes would trip up over each other into the first chicane.

It wasn’t to be for the rest of the field and come the end of a hard race that saw both Plexitz and Aleskiller take retrospective penalties from the stewards, Gamer would convert pole into the win and break the dominance of Sam who could only watch his team-mate pick up the winners trophy from the second step on the podium.

Scopefielder moved up three places from sixth into third whilst Speed_Queen had to digest another frustrating session as she dropped from fourth to eighth.

Sam-ster007and Megglugpy are both drivers who will hope to kick-start their season after both have suffered from poor starts to their debut seasons in F1.

 

SamBamKid could only manage second in France but extends his lead at the top of the standings after four races.

 

Sam maintains a healthy lead in the title race with 46 points with nearest rival Jos_Heinssie 20 points behind the Mercedes driver. It is going to take a monumental effort for someone to catch Sam this season, he is well on the way to another Invictus drivers championship and enforcing himself as one of the fastest, if not the fastest within the Invictus community.

 

 

F2

 

Red Bull may have believed they had struck gold after they signed the promoted F3 driver last season to a contract with the Milton Keynes based team, and Betrayer46 had not let them down so far this season.

He has taken a first,second and third in the first three races and leads the championship on 28 points ahead of Humbostone and WaveIntel.

The veteran driver would look to continue his good form at the top of the standings before we head to Italy next week, and a strong performance in France was on the mind of the entire Red Bull pit-wall.

There was a hint of rain in the air for qualifying and with pockets of rain showers appearing on the radar, it would be a rush to get out and set a competitive time.

It was Mercedes driver Humbostone who took pole position fractionally ahead of KieranT in second, there was just 52 thousandths of a second between the front row in what was an electric end to qualifying.

NickLJThomson and RickWR88 would line up on the second row with Ricks time of a 1m30.4 on the supersoft tyres saw him well ahead of drivers on the faster ultrasoft compound showing off the pace ability of the Canadian.

A problem with the electrical system kept championship leader in the garage all session long along with MrStim who’s Haas was sidelined with a hydraulic issue, both drivers would make up the final row of the grid in 13th and 14th places.

The threat of rain became more apparent for the field come the start to the race session and whilst it would be a dry start, the drivers were well aware that they would be entering changing conditions whilst racing.

As the lights went green, a good release from both Humbostone and Kieran saw the two battle into the first corner and then proceed to fight over the lead for the first laps of the race.

The expected rain started falling on lap six but with the warm track temperature allowed the cars to maintain dry running for the first half of the race even though the track surface was becoming trickier every lap.  LAP 16 saw a mix of dry tyres and intermediates tyres seen across the grid as drivers battled to find the best strategy.

The slick tyres started to lose traction and that gave intermediate runners the edge heading into the mid part of the race but not until 18 was DRS disabled. This indicated dry compound tyres would be totally ineffectual and the last cars to pit then came in for the grooved tyres.

The weather intensified on lap 20 and caused those who had just pitted for the green intermediates to once again dash into the pit-lane for the extreme wet tyres. However, in a huge mix up, both the Haas and Toro Rosso teams were caught out by late calls to pit and with both cars double stacked and the Haas team blocking the exit of the Toro Rosso box, it would be a frustrating wait for Gaz and Tony whilst the Haas pit-crew scrambled to bring out 2 sets of the blue walled tyres.

The varied strategies had worked out perfectly for Rick, who had found himself in the lead after the stops for wet tyres, he was being followed home by Humbostone as the pole-sitter looked to recover lost time after being displaced at the top of the running. Humbostone was slowly starting to reel in the Force India ahead, but after losing traction on the kerbs, the Mercedes driver found himself pointing in the wrong direction and now under threat from mj_coop who had enjoyed a much more positive race and found himself in third.

Rick would eventually come home and take the chequered flag and a victory for the Force India team. Humbostone held off the challenge from coop as they made up the podium whilst Betrayer had driven a great race in difficult conditions as he brought his Red Bull home in fourth after starting 14th.

It was a tace to forget for other championship challengers as WaveIntel and NickLJThomson both retired earlier in the race. Their downfall played perfectly into Betrayers hands and he would extend his gap at the top of the standings before we head to Monza next week.

 

F3

 

Unlike the rest of the leagues this week in France, it seemed F3 had the most luck as they were bathed in bright sunshine upon their arrival at Paul Ricard. The lead in the championship was held by Bren_Ons after his excellent start to the season but he was by no means alone at the top. Fascone, Captain_Stiff and Tejuarr all looked quick behind him and as we make our way through the first half of the season, it will all be about consistency for the grid when achieving points scoring every race.

The first foray onto the French Grand Prix circuit saw the session end with a surprise as pole was superbly taken by Booje in his debut race in Invictus. He crossed the line last of everyone on circuit and as one the two cars to use the ultra-soft tyre, he took pole for the Force India team.

Craig8728 lined up second after an excellent lap on the supersoft tyres, whilst BWAClyde and ColinJ would make up the second row and have an eye on getting a fast start on the leaders ahead.

Bren could only manage seventh and it was another nightmare session for Spud, he has struggled hugely over the first few races and a hydraulic issue kept the Mercedes in the garage for the entirety of the session. The British veteran would be forced to start from the back and make up a lot of places if he was to make anything of the race.

It was another glorious day in southern France for the F3 drivers, with no rain in the air and only blue skies forecasted it would give the field the best opportunity at wheel to wheel racing.

Ferrari driver Craig was the fast starter and utilising a perfect release off of the line, he would make his way into the lead of the race ahead of Booje who dropped to second, with BWAClyde and Tejuarr in third and fourth.

A race ending incident on the first lap for ColinJ after contact with FerociousDan and Captain_Stiff running deep into turn four and then subsequently losing front aero after contact with Mike highlighted the fast and furious opening laps.

 

 

Craig8728 was absolutely dominant to pick up his first victory in the F3 league. He lead the field from lap one and took a statement making win.

 

Craig started building a gap over Clyde, who had been promoted into second after BooJe made a very early stop to come off of the ultra-soft tyres. This promoted Tejuarr onto the provisional podium as the Ferrari team garage looked on in delight.

JamieMet has shown great pace in his second F3 race and after a lap five overtake on Tejuarr into the chicane at turn 8 saw the Red Bull ease into second place.

The fight in the mid-field was captivating for the viewer, as Mike, Dan, Booje and Clyde all fought over eighth place and it was two laps of pure nose to tail racing. It ended abruptly for Clyde and Mike who made contact at turn three, this allowed the four to split up.

Craig had built a comprehensive lead over the field after the pit-stops and with a 14 second gap back to F1Richard who had used a superb over-cut to move up past Tejuarr and Bren_Ons. Lap 18 saw JamieMet on the faster super-soft tyres become a real threat for the podium and he breezed past Tej for third a lap later.

It was lap 21 when Jamie finally moved back up into second position and after dispatching both Bren and Richard he would go about trying to cut down the lead to Craig. However, the Scottish Ferrari driver was in a class of his own around Paul Ricard and it would certainly take a monumental effort for the Red Bull to catch and pass him.

Captain_Stiff had endured a terrible race after two first lap problems saw him at the rear of the field by 26 seconds. He pushed a set of soft tyres 17 laps which gave him the prime ultra-soft tyre for a final seven lap dash to the line.

Appearing out of the pit-lane in 13th the Renault driver had an explosive first three laps on his fresh rubber and the British driver drove out of his skin and found himself ninth after some excellent power laps which also gave him the fastest lap of the race.

The laps wound down and it was a comfortable victory for Craig, he drove a masterful race after a very strong performance all evening long. He picked up his first win of the season and a well deserved kick-start to his season. Jamie and Bren_Ons picked up second and third respectively which maintained a strong start for both drivers in the title challenge.

Bren_Ons extended his lead in the title, but with Jamie and Craig both looking strong it will not be an easy ride for the Sauber.

SirSpud finally looked to have garnered some luck as he came home in fifth after a torrid start to the season for the Mercedes driver. Booje couldn’t match his qualifying lap to race pace and came home seventh.

The F3 grid once again provided fast paced action from flag to flag and with positions changing all race long up and down the field it proved just how unpredictable and competitive F3 has become.

 

 

Join us next week for the Italian Grand Prix at the famous Monza, we have seen some fantastic racing there in the past and are with no doubt in store for some more.

Italy never fails to provide close battles and upset results, with cars hitting 227mph down the famous straight. It is not one to miss!

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