Another Scandinavian hits the top as Finn Jomppalainen crowned IRL F1 Champion

 

 

Jomppalainen has clinched the IRL F1 Drivers Championship at the Mexican GP with victory over title rival vlHercules. Jomppalainen pulled off a mesmerizing drive to defy the odds in an incredible race of strategy that put the two title contenders in a head to head battle. The Finnish driver completed a stunning debut season at Invictus where at one point most thought his Red Bull rival had the pace and momentum to topple the Finn at the final race, but there was a final twist in the story as over 30 YouTube viewers watched the season long championship leader pull off a strategy masterclass.

Heading into the race, 3 points separated the two stand out drivers in the top tier at IRL, and with another stunning pole position for vlHercules, it seemed the German driver would be unstoppable with the momentum that saw him win the previous three races. And as the lights went out it was the Haas of white-fountain who jumped the Red Bull driver into turn one, but the German soon managed to dispatch the Haas, and with Jomppalainen down in 5th, it seemed a formality. But a mid race safety car shuffled up the pack, and with Hercules pitting for the hards, but Jomppalainen the mediums, a fascinating race unfolded with Jomppalainen passing Hercules on the main straight for the lead. As the race progressed, Hercules picked up two crucial time penalties which gave the Finn an easy run to the flag and the title.

“Yeah, I’m really happy with that, and it was my preferred strategy from the start pretty much, regardless of the safety car, when the safety car came out it played into my hands, and from there on I knew I had a good chance of winning”

 

 

 

The season started out well with back to back wins in Hungary and Germany for the Finn, and with the others scratching their heads how to catch the Racing Point, vlHercules joined the league from round 3 in the Red Bull and immidiately set a marker with victory in Silverstone and further wins in USA & Bahrain. But just when the community was questioning Jomppalainen’s form, a win in Azerbaijan and a crucial head to head win over Hercules in Monza really put Jomppalainen back in the driving seat. A stunning run of three back to back wins in Singapore, Austria & Brazil reeled Herciules back into the fight, and heading into Mexico it seemed the momentum was with the German. But in an incredible final twist, Jomppalainen fought back when it mattered and gave us all what we really wanted in a head to head fight with Hercules to claim the title.

Which race stood out for the F1 champion this season?

“This one, or Italy I think”

A man of few words, but he seemed to save the best for last.

 

 

Hercules will no doubt look back and think that absences in Russia & Azerbaijan may have cost him the title, as well as a late start to the league, but one thing for sure with both drivers signed up to Season 10 in IRL F1, we can expect more of the same come lights out in Round one in a few weeks time.
Hercules left us with one aim for next season:

 

I will try to be a bit faster next season

 

Congratulations from everyone at Invictus Racing League to Jomppalainen on a stunning debut season and we look forward to more next season

Record Breaker LoZac crowned IRL F2 Champion in Austria

The first IRL F1 2019 Season 9 champion has been crowned as Swiss driver LoZac97 claimed victory in Austria and with it the IRL F2 drivers Championship. The Racing Point driver was unchallenged as he converted Pole Position to victory in what was a record breaking 7th win of the season. LoZac becomes the 23rd IRL Driver Champion and looks ever likely to be racing in the top tier of IRL for Season 10.

News broke in the lead up to the race that team-mate and title contender Tb230791 was handed both a DSQ for the previous race in Singapore, plus a race ban in Austria. This meant a fifth place would be enough to secure the title. His third pole position of the season put him in prime position, and after a tricky start, it was the Red Bull of Eesti Mats leading heading towards turn 3. But the Swiss driver re-took the lead a handful of laps later, and after playing safe with the soft to hard one stop strategy, and not a safety car in sight he crossed the line 5.7 seconds ahead of second place Delange93 to head into the Invictus record books.

“The hards (tyres) at the end were a bit dead, but it was very nice to get the strategy right. I was a bit scared because all of the other guys are going with the mediums, and then I kept asking myself if the hards were a good choice, but I guess in the end yes”
“I had gone off very wide a few times at turn one, in fact I got some penalties, but it felt very good, no big errors, no big mistakes..maybe with a little more practice I could go a little faster”
“It has been a great season for me, some downs in the races, but yeah I think that next season (in IRL F1), I had to practice a bit more with no ABS, but I think I can race with the guys of the F1 league. It will be very fun..”

 

The season started out in incredible form, with a comprehensive victory in the opening race in Hungary beating the two Alfa’s, and wins in Germany & Britain, but the season looked anything but a formality with McLaren’s FerociousDan leading the fightback running LoZac close in both Germany & Britain. With LoZac missing in Russia, it gave the field chance to close up and team-mate Tb230791 took victory backing up podiums in the previous two. The Swiss driver returned with victory in USA, and although mechanical issues meant a poor result in Azerbaijan, another win in Bahrain against the odds where either of the Renault drivers should have taken the win meant the title was already looking likely. A rare blip in Italy handed the driver a DSQ due to track extensions, but victory in Singapore racked up his 6th win of the season and the maths were simple heading to Austria.

With a record breaking 7 wins this season how does it feel to be in the record books?

“It feels great, because in some races it was very close between 1st to second to third, in Germany with Aaron & Tb, and also in Bahrain, to claim those two victories in those two races was really good because I wanted this record, and I kept thinking about it from 5 wins, 6 wins and today the seventh..I hope more come!”

Congratulations from everyone at Invictus Racing League to LoZac97 on an incredible record breaking season and we look forward to his arrival in the top tier of IRL

Super swede Scopefielder crowned equal F1 Champion in Singapore

Renault’s Scopefielder clinched his third consecutive F1 equal league drivers championship with 2nd place in the Singapore Grand Prix. The super swede drove a controlled race to claim a record 53rd career podium to cement his place in the Invictus Racing League record books with back to back F1 championships and a record equalling 3rd career Invictus Championship. Scope joins the likes of Speed_Queen80 & Sambamkid as 3 time Invictus champions in a season that has yielded 5 wins and could yet equal the record of 6 wins in a season.
Scope finished 10 seconds behind race winner Harry_B in a race where he started 5th and dropped to 8th after a cautious start, but with drama ahead of him, he steadily made his way up to 3rd place, before a pass on Nevermiss elevated him to 2nd before the pit stops. An undercut on then race leader white-fountain gave Scope a net 2nd place into the 2nd stint, and with Harry making a late stop on the 2 stop strategy, Harry caught and passed Scope. But the Swede didn’t fight it as 2nd place was enough to secure the drivers crown.

“I’m really pleased for winning the championship today…I can kinda relax for the last two races now. Yeah, it feels good. I had a good race today. With the crashes in front of my at the start. Overall I think had good pace. Harry was really quick with the 3rd (career) win for him”

“Obviously I wanted to win the race, but I got stuck in traffic early on, I don’t know how many laps, I saw Harry go into the pit early so I knew he was on a 2 stopper, that he would gain that gap very quick whilst I was stuck in traffic, so that was a bit of an issue so I knew that would come back to hurt me later on. He was really fast anyway I’m not sure if I would have been able to challenge him if I didn’t have that traffic”

 

The season started out in stunning fashion for the swede with Victory in the first four races in Austria, Monaco, France & Japan, with the rest of the field scratching their heads on how to challenge the Renault driver. A 5th place at Spa and with the introduction of FPL_Charlie to the league brought an end to the winning streak, but bouncing back in Brazil with another win put the championship virtually out of reach for the rest. A 4th place in Australia followed by a lacklustre 8th in China gave his rivals a glimmer of hope, and his absence in Bahrain offered a further lifeline to his rivals. But with the maths simple coming to Singapore, with a podium to clinch the title, the swede drove a calculated race whilst others in front lost their heads and claimed the podium he required.

With an incredible 5 wins this season to his name and even more records in his sights, how will Scope approach the final two races?

“I think I can be a bit more aggressive, like today and at the start, I was really, like I didn’t want to lose a front wing so I lost a few positions there, so which in the end there cost me a chance to fight with Harry, I got stuck in the train… yeah I think I’m gonna be a bit more aggressive now the title is clinched, so hopefully I can get a win before the season ends”

Congratulations from everyone at Invictus Racing League to Scopefielder on an incredible season for the Swede as he clearly remains the man to beat

GT Sport Season 2 Announced

 

The details for Season 2 of the GT Sport league have been revealed and it is a battle of the manufacturers! After the inaugural season here at Invictus was a huge success, season two looks to build on that with more drivers and more close clean racing. The calendar as well as the drivers and teams lineups have also been revealed.

Season 2 Calendar

Calendar for Season 2 of the Gran Turismo Sport GT3 league has been announced. The season will run for 8 weeks beginning 8th August through to 26th September. Dragon Trail serves up the season opener whilst the iconic Suzuka Circuit will be the double points season finale. Visits to iconic circuits Mount Panarama, Interlagos & Brands Hatch are new to the calendar. The Pre-season race on 1st August will be at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Season 2 GT Sport GT3 Calendar

  • Pre-season 1/8 Austria
  • Round 1 8/8 Dragon Trail Gardens
  • Round 2 15/8 Lago Maggiore
  • Round 3 22/8 Kyoto Driving Park
  • Round 4 29/8 Interlagos
  • Round 5 5/9 Blue Moon Infield A
  • Round 6 12/9 Mount Panarama
  • Round 7 19/9 Brands Hatch
  • Round 8 26/9 Suzuka (Double points)

Season 2 GT Sport driver & teams lineup

This season we will be once again be racing with the GT3 class cars, but instead of identical spec cars, we will be using 4 different manufacturer cars, all built to the same specs. We have 5 teams of 3 split into Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Honda. Drivers will compete as usual for the Drivers title, but also the drivers in each manufacturer we race for the manufacturers title. And with double points in the final race, it looks a mouth watering season.

  • Mercedes:
    • Tejuarr, Gazzaman, Will_m78
  • Porsche:
    • WWFC, SirSpud, TonnAlbanach
  • Audi:
    • Stim, Tamworthfox, Higgins
  • BMW:
    • Dosis, Souske, R2R_Manta
  • Honda:
    • RallyMathie, SpeedQueen, R2R_Mao

Season 2 stream

This season we will be streaming all of the races LIVE. Our new commentator is Alex (Ozone_NeverMiss) and you can catch all the action direct from our twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/invictusracingleagues

 

We look forward to season two and who will come out on top!