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Invictus Racing League – Desert Duels – Round two review

As the sun set across the Kingdom of Bahrain bringing darkness to the sand dunes and local towns in Sakhir, the energy at the Bahrain International Circuit started to grow with every minute of the rising moon.

The buzz that had surrounded Invictus Racing League since its explosive round one outing in Australia last week created an excitement level in the air that was palpable and with the biggest amount of races due to take place this week in Bahrain the crowd were not disappointed.

Bahrain has seen some fantastic battles in previous seasons and has become a favourite for driver’s on the Invictus calendar, the circuit offers up great overtaking options with the added bonus of drivers’ having to be point perfect when it comes to riding kerbs and looking after their tyres.

The track has transitioned into a night race and with 495 floodlights giving off over 5,000 lumins in ‘daylight’ it has become a real spectacle to see to light glimmer off of the field of Formula One cars.

Once again it was the turn of No-Assists to trail blaze their way around the track surface and with a dusty start finish line leading down to a low-speed hairpin at turn one. We were due some fireworks…

 

The Bahrain International Circuit illuminates the night sky with hundreds of daylight bulbs providing a spectacular view from the air.

 

No-Assist

BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) had come away from round one in Australia with a confidence boosting victory, but it was the surprise package of Humbostone and Scopefielder that had shocked the paddock. The two tier two drivers had gate-crashed the party in what was expected to be a tight race at the top between the tier one drivers.

As the drivers’ sat in their cars and awaited the pit-lane light to go green there was a calm around the circuit which was only interrupted by the fans in the stand as they excitingly awaited the whir of the grid rolling out onto the dusty circuit under the bright lights.

It was Joel who got the session going in the Toro Rosso as he looked to improve on a difficult opening race in Australia and as a driver tipped for a title challenge in pre-season he was hoping for a much more positive result.

The qualifying session saw a mix of tyre calls as the grid worked out what compound would be most advantageous to start on. With three minutes remaining in the session an excellent lap from Malc saw him take take provisional pole  and as the driver’s finished their final laps it looked as if he would secure his first pole position of the season and a prime slot for the run down to turn one.

The Renault garage were delighted as time ran out but in cruel fashion Speed_Queen80, who herself was hoping at getting back on track after her race ending crash last week crossed the line as the final runner and took pole by just under two hundredths of a second.

It would be a nervy start as the driver’s knew how tricky it can be heading into turn one from such high-speed and they would have to approach with caution but as the lights extinguished it was a clean getaway for all. However, it was last weeks race winner in Scott who got a lightning start and went around the outside of Malc into turn one and two.

Further back in the Ferrari it was a nightmare start for Mike who found himself pointing in the wrong direction at turn one and on the slowest compound of tyre he would need a perfect first stint to regain the time.

As the race progressed, Scott sat in first but in a strategy call he decided to pit on lap 12 for the supersofts which locked him into the two stop window. This was not mirrored by the following Scopefielder and Humbostone who stuck on the one stop so it would be an uphill battle for Scott to regain the time lost in the pit-lane.

Speed_Queen who had not found the track position she wanted on exit of the pits was stuck following Joel as the pole sitter endured a frustrating start to her second stint as she desperately tried to force herself into the battle for a podium and kick-start her season.

However, it was Scopefielder who after impressing last week in Melbourne took the lead after the first round of stops and with 10 laps left he controlled the pack from the front.

Speed_Queen who had stopped on lap 10 and put on the softs was running in second position but was clearly starting to struggle, by lap 22 and she came under attack from Humbostone in the Renault who had been quietly making his way through the field and he squeezed past the Williams to move up into net second.

The Swedish driver Scopefielder took the chequered flag and a well deserved win, he has shown excellent pace in his introduction to the league and after a superb recovery drive in Australia his season has already been impressive. The tier two drivers have already proved that they are well matched for the league and cannot be counted against when looking at race winners over the coming races.

Humbostone picked up his second consecutive second place finish in a highly impressive showing once again as Scott came home third after overhauling the pace of Phil and Speed_Queen late in the race.

The field leaves Bahrain with a three way tie for first in the championship as Scopefielder, Humostone and Scott all sit with 20 points. It’s already shaping up to be a very interesting season but don’t count out a fightback from the rest of the field later in the season.

 

Performance Leagues 

After it’s postponement last week the drivers of the Invictus Performance Leagues would have a chance to open up their season. The gulf destination would be a perfect setting with the circuit offering differing strategy opportunities and sections which would favour different cars at all points creating some fantastic racing.

Performance 1

The drivers took to the circuit as they looked at being the first set down a marker for the season and give themselves the best points score before we head to the notoriously tricky over-taking circuit in Hungary next week.

As qualifying unfolded it would be Tejuarr in the Mercedes who used his superior straight line speed to set a provisional pole time of a 1.28.3s ahead of the Haas of AaronJSpence and Skyzii in third after a superb lap in the Sauber.

The cars poured out of the pit-lane en-route a final flying lap and with a flurry of action in the midfield the grid could not match the pace of Mercedes, as Jamie_6328 came closest with a time just under a tenth from Tejuarr as the two rounded out the front row ahead of Aaron and SJD1988.

The lights went out and immediately there was chaos as a slow starting Tejuarr moved to cover off the attack from Aaron in third. In an unfortunate turn the two missed the Force India of SJD who had moved to alongside Aaron in the process and it sent both the Haas and Force India into the wall.

Second place man Jamie had assumed the lead during the chaotic start and had been followed through by Ferrari_LFC10. Ferrari was in the mood for a lead change and he made his move down into turn one at the end of the first lap as the two swapped positions again by turn four.

At the end of lap two the top four was split by less than a second, with mj_coop making a spectacular three abreast move into turn one only to lose both places two corners later in an electrifying start to the race.

The pit-window opened and the one-stoppers all pitted off of the yellow walled soft tyres and onto the mediums and after the cars had shuffled back into place it was Skyzii in the lead, a quiet start saw him challenge for a potential victory. However, he wouldn’t have long to wait before he would have his mirrors full of silver as Skyzii came under attack from Tejuarr who was doing well to recover after his slow start.

 

Tejuarr breezed through the race on Tuesday night on his way to victory.

 

Tejuarr made his move for the lead on lap 23 and on three lap fresher tyres Skyzii had nothing to come back at the silver arrow as he immediately started to pull away.

It would turn into victory for Tejuarr as he opened his performance league account with a victory, he was followed home by Skyzii in second and Aaron moved up to third after penalties, which ended as a great result for the Haas team after his disappointing start.

Performance 2

The second performance league got underway simultaneously that evening and with 13 drivers on circuit the chance for points would be high.

BWAClyde would be the first to set the provisional pole time as Tom_444 and NeverMiss both sat almost three-quarters of a second behind the Scotsman.

As the session hit the half way point WaveIntel moved himself onto the first row with a solid lap as drivers such as Jos and Scopefielder could only manage sixth and seventh in the Williams as they bemoaned the lack of pace down the straights over the radio.

It would be Clyde who held onto first position ahead of WaveIntel as the two Scottish drivers locked out the front row ahead of Tom_444 and NeverMiss00. Scope and Jos were placed nicely behind on the soft compound compared to the red walled supersofts meaning there was all to play for come race time.

As the race started NeverMiss and Tom both got the jump on WaveIntel however last seasons champion re-took third off Tom with a brave lunge at the end of the second DRS straight on lap one.

The top three were starting to move away from the field as Clyde, Wave and NeverMiss all moved six seconds from NickLJThomson in fourth as the cars lapped for the sixth time.

 

WaveIntel had a superb outing in the Ferrari to pick up his first victory of the season.

 

The man on the move throughout the first stint was Ferrari driver osteven002, who took the fight to Nick for third place but after a deep lunge into turn one he lost time and dropped back behind Nick and Sab. The Ferrari driver wouldn’t be deterred and he ended up moving back past Nick and Sab using the Ferrari’s superior power around the circuit to move up onto a provisional podium position.

Ahead, the two Saubers of NeverMiss and WaveIntel were having a superb battle with the two swapping positions over lap seven before Wave blinked first and came in the pits in the attempt at the undercut onto the medium compound. The battle continued briefly after the pit stops until a mistake from NeverMiss saw an early retirement and sad end to a promising race.

Clyde who ran the two stop strategy would resume the lead and pulled a sixteen second lead over WaveIntel. This allowed him to make a second stop and appear just behind the Sauber driver. He enjoyed much fresher tyres and the increased grip allowed take the effective lead of the race on lap 25 with 4 laps left to run.

The race came to its climax with Clyde stretching his lead over WaveIntel as the two crossed the line to the fireworks and adulation of the crowd as a solid and consistent drive from osteven saw him pick up a well received third position as he took his second Invictus Racing League podium.

NickLJ and Jos would take the fight for fourth down to the final lap and it would be the Dutchman in the Williams who crossed the line half a second ahead of the Renault in fifth.

It was a strong showing for Scotland as the cold north picked up first and second on the podium whilst congratulations were due to Steven who drove an excellent race to get himself off the mark with a podium.

 

Equal Performance 

F1

Sambamkid made up for losing the race victory last week in Australia as he took the victory in F1 this week. The Mercedes driver lined up third on the grid and using an effective strategy with a strong start was able to move up and take himself to the top of the table in the standings.

He was followed by an impressive race from Jos who after struggling in the performance race the night before took his Haas from fifth into third to the delight of Haas team boss Gunther Steiner.

However, it was McLaren driver and multiple championship winner at Invictus, Speed_Queen80 who made the most of a poor grid position to take her papaya orange McLaren from 11th to third ahead of Mdoran who equally found himself moving up as he took fourth place after a seventh place start.

F1 has now got a small points leader in SamBam and the league will be aware not to let him get on a roll knowing how consistent he has been over the previous season and start to the current one.

 

F2

F2 started with a superb flag to flag victory for Betrayer46 last week in Australia and he would be hoping for the same again in Bahrain as the Red Bull team looked to build on their positive start.

However, it was WaveIntel who took his first pole position of the season ahead of Tony-Y in second place as Betrayer had to settle for fourth behind the returning RickWR83.

The top four were all due to start on the supersoft compound and with drivers like NickLJTomson and Hulkenburger behind on the softs it would certainly spice up the strategy choices half way through the race with a mix of one and two stops available.

As the lights extinguished and released the grid into the race it would be a drag race between WaveIntel and Tony into turn one. The pole sitter managed to just hold off the attack from Tony over the first lap which also saw Betrayer move up into third and go on the offensive for second position.

The leaders started to break a small lead over the rest of the field but the action behind them was no less entertaining as NickLJThomson made an exquisite move around the outside of Ferrari_LFC10 that gave him the inside line for the second DRS straight as he looked at moving up past the two Renault’s ahead.

Then on lap seven disaster struck as Nick and mj_coop who had both shown good pace over the start of the race in what seemed like poetry in motion lost control at turn 12 as both careened off the circuit and hit the wall with a shuddering thump which brought the end of both their races.

The proximity of both driver’s accidents caused controversy as a safety car was not released onto the circuit and with the potential for fluid on the racing line and debris off it there was a furore in the paddock after.

They were unfortunately joined in the media pen early by GeorgeSnipes as the Haas driver lost control whilst battling with Alga for tenth and suffered race ending suspension damage in a disappointing end to the race.

WaveIntel and Tony had gone for altering strategies and whilst Tony was maintaining the lead after his first stop it was WaveIntels pace on the mediums which caught the eye as he carved his way back through the pack and with Tony pitting for his second stop on lap 17 it promoted WaveIntel back to the top of the standings.

Last seasons F3 championship rivals in Wave and Betrayer played a game of cat and mouse over the following laps with Betrayer looking like he might challenge the Ferrari driver as WaveIntel worked well to keep him within arms reach.

Jamiemet92’s retirement from 7th place meant that we would only end up with nine runners and with five laps left the action had not slowed down. The Renault team mates of Hulkenburger and Jamie_6328 were doing well in third and fourth with Benjym214 in the Force India for company as the three circulated within a second of each other.

As the cars rounded lap 28 and started their final lap WaveIntel had stretched a 2.5 second lead over Betrayer who looked to have turned the engine down and set his eyes on Hungary next week.

WaveIntel crossed the line and won his first race of the season as the Ferrari team leaned over the pit wall to cheer their driver home. He was joined on the podium by Betrayer and Hulkenburger who did well to hold off the attack of both his team-mate Jamie, who in turn lost out on the final lap to Benjym for fifth place in a pulsating battle.

WaveIntel will be glad to get his season off and running with an early victory after he finishing off the podium in Australia.

Betrayer maintains his lead in the championship on 22 points as the current reigning F3 champion looks to add the F2 title to his glittering trophy cabinet.

 

F3

F3 have always provided some excellent racing with and we were treated with some more sumptuous action once again they provided a race full of superb overtakes and talking points.

Qualifying started with some real quality as Paulo and BWAClyde set a time which sat two thousandths of a second apart at the top of the classification. The majority of the field tried a harder compound in the attempt at a longer first stint but it was clear that the supersoft runners would have the advantage late in the session.

SirSpud and Captain_Stiff sat highest of the cars running the medium tyres in seventh and eighth as the top six all used the supersoft compound for their first time run.

As time ran out on the session the times were dropping and it would be a last lap masterclass from Paulo who would snatch the pole away from Clyde in second.

Sirspud was the highest of the harder compound runners as he put his Mercedes brilliantly on the third row in fifth ahead of Bren_Ons who has been very impressive in pre-season and the early stages of this season.

The final race to end the week started and with four wide down to turn one the Haas of Paulo managed to retain his lead but with Gazzaman96 making his way up into second as he jumped Clyde at turn one.

SirSpud found himself going backwards at the end of lap one after minor wing damage saw him passed by Stiff and Bren. He made the decision to pit that lap as to not lose any further time but as he arrived into the pit lane a visibly annoyed Spud just got his car stopped on the markers for his pit stall knowing it would be a huge ask to get back into the race.

Back on track, Captain_Stiff who had made a good start and jumped Bren_Ons were all over the rear end of ColinJ and the pressure showed as the Haas lost control at turn 12 and hit the wall as the race came to a premature end of Colin.

Stiff and Bren had an entertaining fight over laps four to eight as the two swapped positions at the end of turn one twice in quick succession. Bren in the Sauber was in good form and it was surprise package Captain_Stiff who sat with him as they started to make in roads on Tejuarrs Ferrari ahead.

Gaz and Paulo both pitted for the top two positions as they committed to the two stop. This allowed Tej, Bren and Stiff to fight over the top three positions.

Stiff’s Renault team mate osteven002 was not having the same luck as his counterpart and after losing the balance of the car on the vicious Bahrain kerbs he hit the wall and lost the front left wheel of the car.

The action up and down the grid was non-stop and whether it be a pirouette from Nitrogash or Bren, Tej, Stiff and Craig moving back up through the field on their one stop strategy there was always something going on in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining F3 races in a long time.

It was a race to forget to SirSpud who retired from the race on lap 14 as one of the pre-season favourites made it two retirements in two races. It’s a bitter blow for Spud who counts Bahrain as one of his stronger circuits but luck was not on his side and he will have his eyes next week in Hungary where he needs to bounce back.

Lap 16 started to see the race for the podium postions heat up as Tejuarr was trying to hold off a charging Bren_Ons but with their battle it started to draw Stiff back into contention. Bren made the move on lap 17 and after allowing a deep lunge from Tej go wide into turn four he would move past the Ferrari and up into fourth place.

Tejuarr and Captain_Stiff then engaged in a fantastic fight over the next three laps which saw the two swapping positions several times as the two went wheel to wheel over the majority of the lap. It wasn’t to be however and in an unfortunate racing incident on lap 21 the two came together on the exit of turn four and it was Tej who came off worse as he dropped back to seventh behind Craig.

Paulo and Gaz who had seemed in a race of their own on the two stop compared to the one stop driver’s had made their second and final stop on lap 20 and they wasted no time in catching and passing both Craig8728 and Stiff by lap 23.

Bren_Ons who whilst the group behind fought over position had slowly built himself a seven second lead. Gaz and Paulo both saw the opportunity for a race victory as they set off in chase of the Sauber on much older medium tyres.

As the laps counted down the Sauber team nervously urged their driver on and lap by lap the time between Bren and Gaz decreased as by the final lap it sat at just over two seconds.

The Red Bull of Gazzaman tried everything he could but it wasn’t to be for the Scotsman as Bren_Ons took his first F3 race victory of the season and thus proved his pace in pre-season was no fluke.

Gazzaman96 and Paulo followed him home for the podium places and Captain_Stiff came home a credible fourth after holding off a late charge from BWAClyde who managed to overhaul Craig in the closing laps.

It was a superb win for Bren_Ons who in lieu of Paulo and Gaz’s promotion to F2 directly after the race takes the de-facto lead of the championship. Tej, Fascone and Stiff make up the next three places in a title that will be wide open heading forwards.

 

 

 

Bren_Ons on his way to a superb victory

 

 

 

The Equal Performance leagues never fail to offer heart-stoppingly brilliant races with action galore up and down the grid. The season is now two races deep and there is a long way to go but if the season contains the action we were treated to this week then we are all in for some real entertainment.

Join us next week in beautiful Budapest at the Hungaroring, a notoriously difficult circuit to overtake which creates tight racing and with a chicane which can ruin a lap and even a race. The drivers will certainly have to be on their toes.

 

 

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Invictus opens down under – Round one review

The calm and breezy atmosphere of Melbourne’s Albert Park suddenly transformed with the stutter of an ignition switch as the first official races of the new Invictus Racing League season took place this week.

Pre-season had been tough for some drivers’ and successful for others but after gathering crucial race pace data it would be certain that the various Invictus formula grids would all be slowly starting to work out the early season favourites.

Australia is a tricky circuit to master and with slow tight corners in the first two sectors opening up into the fast and flowing turn 11 and 12. The track would see who was on the pace early in the calendar.

No Assists

Monday night saw the opening race for Invictus as the No-Assist championship arrived first at the Albert Park track in sunny Melbourne. Pre-season had seen the battle re-ignite between Speed_Queen80 and Sargent_009 but with driver’s such as Nikki9095 and J03L-v520v waiting to engage in motoring combat with the previous dominant forces within the league there was certain to be fireworks on a Monday night.

The league saw the added bonus of the tier two driver’s who were new to no-assists and would be making their competitive debuts. They certainly wouldn’t be looking at just making up the numbers and after strong performances in pre-season from driver’s such as Scopefielder and Humbostone. There was an added element of excitement as the cars waited for the green light to officially open the season.

Qualifying was accompanied by a beautiful blue sky and perfect track conditions for the drivers but it was the tier two driver of Tony-Y in the Mercedes who took a superb pole position over four tenths of a second ahead of another new tier two driver in Humbostone in second.

It was a disappointing qualifying from the Toro Rosso driver’s in Nikki905 and J03L-v520v who ended up in ninth and eleventh respectively with Scopefielder the only driver to not set a time after crashing out on his first quick lap.

The race started with a literal bang for Tony who had a terrible launch off the line and found his car slipping down the order as the cars hurtled towards turn one. The pole-sitter ran wide at turn one and his silver arrow came back across the circuit and unfortunately started a chain reaction which saw a number of driver’s in requirement for a new wing and set of tyres but luckily with no retirements.

Only a matter of laps later, Philip_mcfc making his return to the league was running well in second position lost the car on the exit of turn 12 and it was pre-season favourite Speed_Queen80 who was the unlucky party, as his Sauber came across the track it was directly into the path of the Williams as both driver’s retired with extremely damaged cars. Phil was taken to the on site health centre as a precaution but was released later that day with just a few bruises in what was a scary accident.

 

Philip_mcfc was involved in a nasty accident with the wall and then Speed_Queen80 that totally destroyed the car.

 

It was his Sauber counter-part BoyBetterKnowSB (Scott) who made full use of Phil’s retirement as his move on Humbostone gave him the lead and ultimately he came away with a well deserved win after a superb race long battle with the Renault driver behind.

Scott picked up the first winner’s trophy and the lead in the championship as he was followed home by tier two driver’s Humbostone who had a hugely impressive first race to collect second but it was a storming drive from Scopefielder who came from the back row of the grid in 14th to third in a frenetic and highly enjoyable race.

The race saw a plethora of incidents and talking points that will no doubt bubble into interesting rivalries throughout the season but with Phil, Speed_Queen and Nikki9095 all non finishing they will certainly be on the attack in Bahrain next week.

 

Equal Performance F1, F2 and F3

After a postponement to the scheduled Tuesday night performance leagues it was the equal performance driver’s who would have to make up for it in style.

F1

F1 saw a first pole position for TamworthFox as the Ferrari driver set a blistering time that saw him duck into the 1m19s ahead of Ap0ll0 in second. Whilst some quick drivers were left further down the field such as Sambamkid and Jos_Heinssie they would be looking at making a charge through the field using the perfect strategy.

The race started well for Tamworth, however a huge snap of over-steer offset the car out of the final corner and into the wall allowing the rest of the field to go on the offensive.

The grouping caused chaos on lap five as Scopefielder who had assumed the lead took to the grass at turn 11 allowing cars through as further down the grid, the recovering Tamworth spun on the exit of turn 12 and hit the wall ending what had started as a very promising race. This brought out the virtual safety car and a battle of strategic minds as pit walls decided whether to pit under the VSC or use up the life of their tyres and push harder at the end of the race.

The battle came down between the three of Sambamkid, Apollo and Aleskiller150 who with three laps left were split by three seconds. It was the Toro Rosso driver in Aleskiller who made use of the front two battling into the final sector to cruise past the Mercedes of Sam and with one lap left to go all he had to do was follow Apollo home who had picked up a time penalty but with the Renault of Apollo leading into the final corner it would be a photo finish as the cars finished just one tenth apart.

 

Sambamkid and Apollo had a great battle but it would invite Aleskiller150 into the fight and ultimately after a collision into the final corners allowed him through

 

 

The penalties came back to bite Apollo as he dropped from a first place on the road to third but it was a first win of the season for Ales who had a magnificent race to make it from tenth on the grid to the win. Sam took second on the podium as he bids for another successful season behind the wheel of the Mercedes and Apollo who looked set to win the race brought his Renault team eight points for third.

F2

F2 was already shaping up to be a superb season even before the teams arrived in Australia but it was the newly promoted Betrayer46 who high on confidence after his championship winning campaign in F3 last season started with a flag to flag victory.

Having put himself on pole he ran a superb race to take the honours and another 1st place trophy to add to his growing collection. He was chased home by Humbostone, however as it was looking likely the lead would swap with two laps to complete Humbostone spun and allowed Betrayer a free run to take the chequered flag and the compliment of 12 championship points.

Kieran (FabulousChicken) came home in third in his return to Invictus whilst newly promoted WaveIntel drove to a well deserved forth position after hitting thr wall in qualifying meant he started the race in 11th.

The battle for between NickLJThomson and mj_coop was the highlight of the race as the two had a superb fight over fifth place with coop finally getting the move done on the final lap. Unfortunately for last seasons F3 driver a time penalty demoted him back behind Nick as the two engaged in an embrace after the race and jovially laughed that they couldn’t wait to re-engage what looks like a strong line up to this seasons championship.

 

F3

F3 may be the final of the leagues but after last season it proved that it offered some of the most competitive and exciting racing anywhere and that certainly was the case in Melbourne for round one.

Qualifying saw the Toro Rosso team mates of Fascone and Mike take home a one-two which delighted the pit wall. The betting odds on the title were wide open at this early stage but with driver’s such as Tejuarr, SirSpud and Gazzaman96 all within the top 10 it was due to be an explosive start to the race.

The top nine were split by less than half a second and top 14 by less than a second in a riveting qualifying session and as the cars lined up on the grid there were a lot of itchy fingers waiting to drop the car into first gear and be in the lead heading down into turn one.

The race started cleanly but a poor getaway for xMIKExSI saw him fall from second down to sixth with the rest of the field all fighting for position.

There was a disaster for the Renault team as a stationary Nitrogash was collected by oSteven002 who then became a roadblock for his team-mate in Captain_Stiff as the unlucky driver was a passenger and endured an early end to his race. Whilst Nitro and Steven would carry on and try to recover some distance after lap two pit stops.

 

Paul0_Pabl06 on his way to victory in F3 chased home by the Red Bull of Gazzaman96

 

He was joined in the media pen early on by one of the pre-season favourites in SirSpud72 who lost control on the exit of turn 12 and hit the wall resulting in an early blow to the Mercedes driver title chances. He was upset about his mistake but with Bahrain being a famously strong circuit for the Brackley team they will have their eyes firmly on the race in the desert next week.

On circuit after the stops it was Paul0_Pabl06 who had assumed the lead with a superb first stint which gave him prime opportunity going into the second half of the race. The Mclaren of FerociousDan and the pole-sitter fascone who had lost time after a long stint on the ultras sat behind him in second and third. However, a late mistake from Dan saw him drop out of the top three and well down the order.

The race came to an exciting conclusion as Gazzaman96 who had closed down Paulo superbly in the final laps but it was a tenth too far as the two were split by 0.118s at the line. Allowing Paulo to breath a sigh of relief and celebrate a excellent victory.

Fascone came home third with a strong race for the Toro Rosso driver and Tejuarr started to feel the rhythm early as he picked up fourth after a disappointing pre-season.

Credit was due to xMIKExSI who spent 26 laps on a set of soft tyres to come home seventh.

F3 joined the rest of the leagues by offering up some incredible races and with a near photo finish for the win in round one, it only sets the rest of the season up as must watch.

 

 

 

That rounds out Invictus’ visit to Australia for this season and it couldn’t have been a more impressive start.

The leagues were on top form and with unbelievable racing, overtakes and incidents galore it only proves that next week in the desert that you cannot miss a second of action as Invictus Racing League goes to the gulf state of Bahrain.

 

Join us next Monday at 8pm (UK) for No-Assists who wait for the five red lights to go out and start round two.

 

 

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Pre-season wrapped up.

In the midst of the beautiful Austrian hills, there was the initial sound of chatter. The chatter turned to cheering, the cheering turned into passionate roars of emotion and along with it was the accompaniment of a full grid of turbo hybrid V6 engines.

 

It was the beginning of pre-season for Invictus Racing League and with two races in Austria and Azerbaijan on the calendar before the season officially opens in Melbourne, it gave the driver’s the perfect opportunity to see the pace of the competition whilst gathering some important test data.

The racing opened with a highly competitive race in the no-assists league. It debuted it’s newest tier one and tier two variant with newer drivers to the league entering the no-assists at tier two whilst the more established drivers will compete alongside them for the No-assist championship.

 

The performance league debuted it’s second league, with Tuesday nights now running the Performance League 1 and 2. The cars take to the track and offer some of the closest racing anywhere on PS4. Previous seasons have seen a different winner in 11 of 12 races which demonstrates the competitiveness that Invictus has to offer.

Wednesday evenings are going to be alive with furious action as the equal leagues begin this week. The F1, F2 and F3 pre-season races were full of unbelievable action, overtakes and moments that did nothing but build the anticipation for the upcoming season.

 

The countdown to the new season is over and the teams have set up in the paddock in Albert Park as the Australian Grand Prix officially opens new Invictus Racing League season. We are set to have our biggest and most successful season yet and we hope you join us for it!

Join us tonight (Monday 15th October 2018) for the No-assist league where we see if Speed_Queen90, Nikki9095 and the rest of the grid can maintain their excellent pre-season form. The race will be streamed live on twitch.tv and the links can be found on our twitter page @InvictusRL 

 

 

Season 5 – Championships Heating Up

Season 5

5 Championships Yet To Be Decided!!!

 

 

As our 5th Season reaches a dramatic end; with all 5 League Championships yet to be decided, Invictus Racing Leagues approached the Championship contenders to ask their thoughts on their Championship experiences and ambitions. We begin with the Invictus [F1] No-Assists League where there remains a 4-way battle for the Driver’s Championship crown between nikki9095, ChielNijland, Stifler1980 and J03L -v520v-. 

 

The top 3 drivers of the Invictus [F1] No-Assists League were approached, beginning with Championship leader nikki9095:

Invictus: “nikki9095, you currently lead the Driver’s Championship in the No-Assists League, securing two race wins, one 2nd place finish and one 3rd place finish. It’s fair to say you’ve earned the top spot with consistency – can you maintain this form in the second half of the season and secure the Driver’s crown”?

nikki9095: “I really hope so. I hope I can maintain my consistency until the last race of the season. And honestly it’s hard to get that consistency for every race”.

Invictus: “ChielNijland has been impressive on his debut season in the No-Assists League, while Mark isn’t too far off either, are you feeling the pressure from both Championship rivals? And what are you doing to handle this pressure”?

nikki9095: “Yes he is. ChielNijland is a really good driver and Mark also. Of course I’m worried to lose the championship by them haha. And there’s Gamer beside them who’s getting me worried also. I think it’s just practice to handle this pressure”.

Invictus: “We have 4 races remaining in this final season of 2017, what races are you feeling confident/anxious about”?

nikki9095: “I always feel anxious in every race to be honest. But I hope I can have a good performance there”.

 

 

CheilNijland, who occupies 2nd place in the Invictus [F1] No-Assists League and trails nikki9095 by 6 points had this to say:

Invictus: “ChielNijland, you’ve had an impressive debut season in the No-Assists League, currently sitting second in the Driver’s Championship – can you make up the 6 point gap to Nikki and go on to secure the Driver Championship crown”?

ChielNijland: “I hope so, Nikki is a great driver and I don’t know if I can reach his pace. I think I can make up the 6 point gap, but I really need to keep on pushing”.

Invictus: “You’ve been on the Podium 3 times this season, can you go one better and secure that elusive race win”?

ChielNijland: “The race win has been avoiding me, hasn’t it? I definitely think I’ll win a race once, but it’s just a matter of time. I don’t have much races left this season as I’m going on a holiday”.

Invictus: “It appears that consistency has been key to where you are in the Championship – can you maintain this form in the final stages of the season”? 

ChielNijland: “Consistency has definitely been the key to the success. I’ll just do the same as what I’ve been doing so far, so hopefully my consistency will keep the same as well. But as I said, I won’t be present for two weeks, so I might have to do something more to secure the championship win”.

Invictus: “Mark has now tied with you on points, joining you in 2nd place in the Championship; are you concerned about his current form and can you hold him off”?

ChielNijland: “Mark has been really fast in the past few races and he’s closed the gap. I think we are pretty much equal in pace, but if he maintains his current form of driving he’ll definitely have a chance of securing the championship lead”.

 

 

Stifler1980, who is joint 2nd alongside ChielNijland was next to share his thoughts:

Invictus: “Stifler1980, despite missing the Brazilian Grand Prix you are now joint 2nd with ChielNijland and are 6 points behind Championship leader nikki9095, what do you think of your chances in securing the Driver’s crown this season”?

Stifler1980: “Honestly, I don’t consider myself to be in the title race. The tracks coming up are not strong favourites of mine and I really feel the guys have all elevated their driving and pace to another level! I’ll race as hard and as fair as I can but I think performances may drop in the future”.

Invictus: “You’ve been in good form this season, finishing no lower than 5th and securing two 2nd places, can you secure that race win? If so, which track do you think that will be”?

Stifler1980: “As stated above, no, I don’t think I’ll get the win this year. I generally build results around a consistent pace rather than being the fastest out there and look to pick up points from others mistakes. There are a lot of talents fast drivers on the grid this year and I don’t think I have the package to match that at the moment”.

Invictus: “It’s fair to say that nikki9095 and ChielNijland have had a good season so far, what can you do to ensure that you finish the second half of the season stronger than them”?

Stifler1980: “Yes, they’ve both been excellent. Nikki has always been fast and fair but this season he has really elevated his pace. I’ll do what I can and try and stick with them but it wont be easy. I’ll focus on maximizing my performance and then see where everything falls when the flag comes down”.

Invictus: “After two good races J03L -v520v- has put himself within touching distance of you, are you concerned about him at this stage of the season”?

Stifler1980: “Very much so, he was lightning fast at Silverstone and Monza and has really made an impact. I think he has the momentum in his favour and has a great shot to take it to the top of the table guys. I’ll do what I always do, focus on myself and run the best race I can”!

 

 

The Invictus [F1] Performance League has witnessed another spectacular and unpredictable season, seeing 6 different race winners. As the Championship nears it’s conclusion Invictus was only able to contact one of the three drivers in contention for the Performance League Driver’s Title; nickLJThomson:

 

We begin with nickLJThomson who currently sits in 2nd in the Driver’s Championship:

Invictus: “After 7 races you sit 2nd in the Performance League Driver table, 1 point behind Megglugpy and 3 points ahead of Theboogster711; can you become the new Performance League Champion”?

nickLJThomson: “I really hope so, I had a good run in this league last season but fell away from contention towards the end of the season which was disappointing. But I learned a lot from that first season of league racing, so hopefully that experience will stand me in good stead and I can keep pushing towards the title. Theboogster is super quick and guys like Megglugpy, sjd1988 and mj_coop are still in the championship fight. It will be hard to keep ahead of them but if I can remain in form I feel like I’ll be hard to beat in this league”.

Invictus: “Although you’ve secured two 3rd place finishes, you have yet to stand on the top step of the Podium, what do you need to do to secure a race win, and is it vital to win races to win Championships”?

nickLJThomson: “Of course everyone wants to win, and it would be great to be able to win a race and would be fantastic for my season, but I don’t think it’s vital for winning the championship. By nature of this league the grid and podium can change drastically each week so scoring points in each race is more important I think. Not only that we have some very quick racers in this league, winning can be very difficult”.

Invictus: “With Theboogster711 not racing in the Chinese Grand Prix, have you been fortunate to sit where you are, and have you a strategy for the remainder of the season”?

nickLJThomson: “Yeah I’ve had a little bit of luck at this point, but in any championship you need a bit of luck to get the job done, so I’ll take whatever lucky breaks I can. I have tried to tweak my rota at work to ensure I have enough time to practice before each race, but that’s as far as my strategy goes just now! I know I need to remain consistent and maximise my result in each race and avoid any incidents. I’ve got some really quick guys around me, so I know any mistakes will be punished”.

Invictus: “4 races remain of this season, are there any tracks that concern you or are looking forward to, if so – why”?

nickLJThomson: “I like all of the tracks that we have left, I’ve had podiums at Hungary and Bahrain so I’ll be looking forward to those tracks. I really like Malaysia and USA too”.

 

 

We now focus on the Equal Performance Leagues, beginning with the F1 League. VSR_Charles currently leads the Driver’s Championship by 3 points over sambamkid, while gamer_DA_best262 trails by 6 points and VSR_Brady by 10 points.

 

Again we were only able to speak with one of the Chapoinship hopefuls; Sambamkid:

Invictus: “Sambamkid, you’ve had a very consistent season thus far, being within touching distance of VSR_Charles, though that race win still eludes you. Can you change that fact and get a race win under your belt”?

Sambamkid: “I would like to think I can just need some luck to go my way and I like some of the tracks coming up anything is possible”.

Invictus: “Your two main rivals are teammates, does this make it easier or harder for you and can you explain why”?

Sambamkid: “Both really as only one of them can get the better pit stop. And then if it a one way fight they can have a blocker to help his team mate. So it depends what’s happening in the race”.

Invictus: “We are nearing the end of the Season, have you given much thought on who you will partner with next Season”?

Sambamkid: “Not yet will do when this season is done”.

 

 

Sambamkid will be hoping to close the gap to VSR_Charles

 

 

The Invictus F2 League has really been a two horse race between mdoran09 and Megglugpy. Mdoran09 currently leads the Driver’s Championship by 6 points. Invictus recently spoke with Megglugpy with mdoran09 being unavailable for comment:

Invictus: “Megglugpy, it looks like it’s a two horse race for the title between yourself and mdoran09. Can you beat him”?

Megglugpy: “Mdoran09 is a rapid driver, and consistent in all conditions. It’s been tough to keep up at times, especially with his winning streak. But to be only a few points going into the final few races is exciting. It could come down to 1 DNF or mistake. Anything can happen! I am hoping I can do it and that McLaren can keep giving me a good car”!

Invictus: “You’ve managed to secure a race win, but just lost out in Singapore for your second. Can you secure another win, and if so what track will give you the best chance”?

Megglugpy: “Only 1 win is a little disappointing. Brazil was perfect. Pole, fastest in the race (albeit Mdoran09 was close) and full points was great. But Singapore was bittersweet – I had a terrible qualifying in the wet, but then had some great luck when I was able to pick through the debris after a major incident between several cars. I was then in 2nd, and chased down a decent gap on Mdoran09. I was hyped when I was able to pass him, and my confidence rose as I built a gap. But…at that point it started raining, and it gave Mdoran09 the chance to chase me back down with his superior pace in the wet. Was happy to be fastest in the dry, and to hold off Mdoran09 on track, but unfortunately the stewards deemed that I had a small time penalty for track limits which meant I was demoted behind Mdoran09. So close yet so far. I would love to get another win but to be fair Mdoran09 looks strong on all tracks and in all conditions. Given I won there last year, I would say Bahrain is my best chance”.

Invictus: “Like mdoran09, it’s likely that you will be promoted to the F1 League next season, how do you think you’ll do in the top tier League and have you identified a possible teammate”?

Megglugpy: “Being promoted would be a huge honour for me. The chance to test myself against some very fast drivers would be great. That said, I do fear that I will be towards the back of the grid given the insane skills and pace those guys and gals have. If I do get a drive though, someone experienced in the league would be a good teammate to take me under my wing, someone like Sambamkid”.

 

 

Megglugpy believes he can overcome mdoran09

 

 

The Invictus F3 League has witnessed Betrayer46 dominate while Aaronjspence2017 and WaVeIntel are tied in 2nd on 41 points each. We begin with Championship leader Betrayer46:

Invictus: “Betrayer46, as we approach the end of the F3 Season you have two race wins, three 2nd place finishes and lead the Driver’s Championship by 18 points; it doesn’t get much better than that surely”?

Betrayer46: “To be honest I’m disappointed not to have finished on the podium at Monza. Mistakes during qualifying cost me big time, had to start from the back. Apart from that yeah, fairly happy with how the season has gone. There are some quick drivers here plus MJ Coop has gone up 3 levels in recent weeks”. 

Invictus: “As well as leading the Driver’s Championship, yourself and Tom lead the Constructors by quite a margin; are you the perfect team combination, or is there room for improvement”?

Betrayer46: “Tom had a great start but he’s recently dropped off for some reason. He’s very competitive and fancies his chances on beating me which is good. Hopefully he can find form again and score not only podiums but wins as he’s more than capable as he’s proved in the past”.

Invictus: “With having an 18 point gap over challengers Aaron and WaVeIntel, are you in a privileged position now, being able to take less risks knowing you just need to manage the gap”?

Betrayer46: “That’s not me. I race to win all the time. I’ll still take risks and drive like I’ve always done. Sometimes though you have to hold your hands up and settle for what you have. Plus the guys are aware I’m gonna miss the last race of the season as I’ll be away on holiday. I’m not prepared to take my foot off the gas and to be honest I’m worried about mj_coop”.

Invictus: “It looks like you may have one hand on the Driver Crown this season, and are likely to move up to F2 next season; are you keeping one eye on F2 to prepare for next season’s competitors”?

Betrayer46: “I’m not sure what I’m gonna do next season. I’m just gonna concentrate on this season and try and bring the constructors home for Tom and hopefully the drivers for me”.

 

 

Betrayer46 stated that he will push every race

 

 

Aaronjspence2017, currently tied in 2nd place with WaVeIntel was next:

Invictus: “Aaron, you are currently tied for 2nd position in the Driver’s Championship, 18 points behind Championship leader Betrayer46; is 2nd the best you can hope for now, or do you think the title is still possible”?

Aaron: “Yes I still think the title is still a possibility however it will be tough to turn around 18 points however anything is possible with 4 races to go”.

Invictus: “We’ve seen a recent move, joining gazzaman despite securing three 2nd place finishes, can you go that one better and secure a race win this season”?

Aaron: “I hope so I have the potential and perhaps should have won Singapore if it was not for penalties”.

Invictus: “We’ve recently returned from the F3 mid-season break, how did you spend your time”?

Aaron: “Watching world cup mostly and spending time with my children and also trying to practice with a wheel for the first time”.

Invictus: “You are tied with WaVeIntel on 41 points with him securing two race victories when that is something you have yet to accomplish, does this give him a psychological edge over you, and can you dominate this battle between you both”?

Aaron: “I don’t think it gives him a physiological advantage however it does give him that little bit more of a edge if he is front as I have yet to do so we also have Coop who is hot on form at the minute so the second half of the season will be great to see how it pans out”. 

 

 

Aaronjspence2017 looking comfortable at Force India after his recent move

 

 

WaVeIntel who is tied with Aaron in 2nd place is our final driver in contention for the F3 Championship:

Invictus: “WaVeIntel, you are currently tied with Aaron for 2nd place with 41 points, 18 points behind Betrayer46 – is Betrayer46 uncatchable”?

WaVeIntel: “He’s not uncatchable, I will just have to push harder from here on out to secure higher finished than Betrayer does. If I can start qualifying higher that could help out a lot”.

Invictus: “You’ve secured two race wins this season. Although tied on points with Aaron who has yet to secure a race win, does those race victories give you an advantage over him – knowing what it takes to win a race”?

WaVeIntel: “If there is an advantage I don’t see it. Aaron is a quick driver and I expect him to win at least one race before the end of the season. I get the feeling Aaron already knows he can win and that in my opinion is the biggest hurdle to actually winning, it’s hard to win if you don’t think you can”.

Invictus: “You’ve recently lost your teammate nevermiss due to other commitments, does this put you at a disadvantage in the Driver’s Championship”?

WaVeIntel: “I don’t think this will have too big of an impact, obviously having a rear gunner can be a massive help but I haven’t needed one this far so I don’t think I will from here on”.

Invictus: “The F3 League recently returned from it’s mid-season break. How did you use your time to prepare for the second half of the F3 Season”?

WaVeIntel: “The same as for any other race, getting practice in a fair amount of the time but not stressing over lap times or anything of the like. The championship will be hard fought from here on, getting practice now is paramount”.

 

 

WaVeIntel is hoping to close the gap to Betrayer46

 

 

We’ve heard from most of the Championship contenders. However the Season comes to it’s conclusion, we will certainly have a cracking end to our 5th Season. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Pre-Season to Mexico – Who Will Succeed?

3 Drivers In Contention for Glory?

 

Season 5 promises to be the most competitive yet

 

As pre-season draws to a close in Albert Park, Melbourne drivers throughout Invictus Racing Leagues have begun turning their attentions to Round 1 – the Mexican Grand Prix. Our Invictus correspondent managed to speak with drivers who may have a strong chance of securing success this season; Jamie_6328, mj_coop and VSR_Charles.

We start with Equal Performance League 1 Championship hopeful VSR_Charles:

 

Invictus: You recently joined Invictus Racing Leagues, coming from a very reputable esports racing team and secured the win in Australia, beating last season’s F1 Champion by 11 seconds; surely you are the early favourite to secure the F1 Driver’s Crown this season”.

Charles: “Securing the win over Sam certainly means I’m in the conversation but let’s not forget that Brady had won the first pre-season race at Russia. I feel that if my form keeps up that I’ll definitely be a threat to the title”.

 

 

VSR_Charles completing Free Practice

 

 

Invictus: “Both yourself and your teammate at Williams, VSR_Brady are very quick drivers, will we see team orders at Williams or will you both free to race”? 

Charles: “We’re very quick but the agreement between us is Constructors first and once that’s sorted then we can begin fighting. Although if we break away from the pack in the early rounds there will definitely be some exciting battles between us”.

Invictus: “We have just completed pre-season testing. Was there anyone you have identified as a main rival”?

Charles: “Funnily enough my main rival isn’t the reigning champion. I feel as if his rhythm has been put off my mine and Brady’s pace so I’d definitely have to say my teammate is the one to beat. Head to head, it’ll be a good fight”.

 

We now focus on F2 returning driver Jamie_6328:

Invictus: “You return to Invictus Racing Leagues after a short absence, how have you been spending your time and how close to being ready are you for competitive online racing”?

Jamie_6328: “Well in recent months I took a break from driving F1 cars and have done a little racing in other categories, I’m glad to return to F1 though, I’m committed more than ever and look forward to getting back on track racing, in terms of being close to being competitive I’m as ready as I can be, I’ve won races in the past and I’m confident I will win again”.

Invictus: “You’re remembered as a consistently quick driver and good defender, have you improved on other parts of your driving and race craft”?

Jamie_6328: “Tyre saving I’d say is what I’ve improved on the most and of course just working on more consistency”.

 

 

Jamie_6328 putting in practice for Force India – but will we see him at Renault?

 

 

Invictus: “We see you as the sole driver at Force India, and yet there are rumours of a move Renault, can you substantiate these rumours”?

Jamie_6328: “Well anything is possible, at the moment both seats are currently taken, If one becomes available then of course I’d consider it but nothing is confirmed, Hulk is a an old teammate of mine from a previous league, we worked well together before and made a pretty strong team so all that would be considered should the opportunity arise, but at the moment I’m just focusing of getting ready for the season”.

Invictus: “With the F2 League being closer than ever, how do you rate your chances this season going up against tough competition”?

Jamie_6328: “I’ll take it each race at a time, there’s tracks I’m strong at and some I’m weaker at, same with everyone else, I’m looking forward to the close racing, the goal is to win races so hopefully I can make that happen”.

 

We now focus on the F3 League. Mj_coop was impressive in first season at Invictus; how will he perform this season?

Invictus: “You remain alongside similar drivers to last season, what did you learn about yourself and your competition in your first season at Invictus Racing Leagues, and how can you use that to your advantage this season”?

mj_coop: “I learnt that I have a lot to improve on! Last season was my first time in any form of competitive league racing, so it gave me a good indicator where I am, and where I need to improve. The competition helps in that you can see what others are doing and apply any gains to your driving, and the fact I remain racing amongst familiar driving makes me far more comfortable in the fact that I have learn which drivers I can trust racing wheel to wheel with. With the new drivers there is always so guess work”.

Invictus: “You showed very good pace in Qualifying last season and there were rumours that you almost made the F2 League, surely you must be a favourite to secure the Driver’s Crown this season in F3”?

mj_coop: “I myself know where I’m at with my driving, and I’m very happy to be in F3. I feel in F2 I would have been out of my depth a little, and confidence can drop when not competing at the front. So I’m happy and excited for the F3 season. Looking at the F3 grid, there are a lot of quick drivers here so I’m not writing anyone off yet. It should be a very close season, but of course you have to believe in yourself and I feel my pace has improved vastly so if I’m not competing around the front I’ll definitely be disappointed”.

Invictus: “You have teamed up with nitrogash this season at Torro Rosso, a very experienced driver. How do you intend to work together and have you learned anything from veteran nitrogash? Also you are the junior team of Red Bull racing – can you give the senior team a showing up”?

mj_coop: “It’s actually our second season together, as we were together last season also! I’ve already had a quick chat with Nitrogash and we both feel we need to work together better this season to get the best result for each other and the team. Setups and race strategy is something we’ll definitely be sharing together, but if I can learn more from his experience, that would be great! I’m not sure how strong the lineup of the sister team is, but yeah we’ll definitely be going to beat them”!

 

 

Although missing pre-season testing, mj_coop will be hoping for success this season

 

 

Invictus: “We have just completed pre-season testing. Have you identified an early rival – someone to be mindful of this season. And if so how can you ensure success for yourself and Torro Rosso”?

mj_coop: “I missed pre-season unfortunately, but I definitely have been working hard in the off season and kept an eye on the results. It seems Nevermiss is the man to beat right now, and Wave is fairly consistent, and Spud is always somewhere around. So I’ll be keeping an eye on those guys, but I think rivalries will develop as the season goes on. Success for me and the team is definitely going to be consistency and keeping out of trouble. If I can qualify near the front, then that should give me every chance of avoiding trouble & bagging good points for me and the team! Bring on Mexico”!

 

 

A Prelude to Pre-Season

Preparing for Pre-Season

A Driver’s Perspective

 

 

Martin Brundle caught up with our drivers ahead of pre- season practice

 

 

With a week to go until pre-season begins in Sochi, Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle managed to catch-up with some of Invictus Racing Leagues’ drivers; asking about how they’re preparing for Season 5 – we begin with Betrayer46.

 

Brundle: “Hi Jim and thank you for taking the time to speak with us at Sky Sports F1. Next season we see you return to an Equal Performance League, but changing to using No-Assists; how do you rate your chances going into the F3 League and what are your pre-season targets”.

Betrayer46: “The switch to using no assists is a massive challenge. I’ve been toying with the idea for a while now. When I first started in the performance league I realised very early I was too slow to mount any sort of challenge. For the first time ever I practised with medium T/C and found nearly a second a lap on all circuits. I noticed that some of the guys in the performance league use no assists, Nick and Coop being just two. It was then that I started practising off line with no assists. It brings the game to life IMO; totally different game. I have to concentrate big time just to keep the car in the grey stuff. As for my chances? Hmm to finish every race is the goal. I know I’m gonna be slower than when using assists but to finish all the races and even get some points is the goal. I’m realistic, I have no chance of winning the title”.

 

Betrayer46 practicing ahead of pre-season

 

 

Brundle: “Next season we see you joining Tejuarr, making you both the most experienced team on track, can you use this experience to give yourselves an ”edge” and if so; how”?

Betrayer46: “In all the years, I think its 8 now! of online racing in all the different leagues I’ve never had the pleasure of having Tej as a team mate. I see him as the No 1 in the team and I just hope I can score some points to help us challenge for the constructors. I don’t see us having an edge to be honest, its a young mans sport”. 

 

Brundle: “How prepared do you feel going into next season after changing to using no-assists? Is there anything you need to improve on”?

Betrayer46: “I’m making less mistakes off line, I don’t tend to bin it out the blue and my reactions are quite good now when the car does go. Car set-up needs to improve and finding the right braking points on some tracks. Overall I’m quite happy with how its going and I can only get faster!!”.

 

Brundle: “Have you identified anyone as a possible rival ahead of pre-season and have yourself and Tejuaar worked out a ”Season strategy”?

Betrayer46: “With me using no assists it makes Tom the instant team leader as he is gonna be faster. I don’t intend to be a Max Verstappen and screw Tej about. I will follow team orders and I will help Tom as much as I can”.

Brundle: “Thanks for taking time to speak with us”.

 

 

Current F2 Driver Champion NoFudge4U_PL was next:

 

Brundle: “You sit here the current F2 Driver and Constructor Champion, can you defend both titles next season”?

NoFudge4U_PL: “I saw some really rapid drivers so I will be going into the season hoping to defend the constructors title with P-3–“.

 

Brundle: “Have you identified any early rivals going into the F2 season, if so how can you give yourself an advantage over the competition”?

NoFudge4U_PL: “My target is to beat guys like Megglugpy, Nick and oli who I have raced last season, my advantage this season would have to go down to the tracks as there are some like Mexico, Singapore Japan, Hungary and USA which I really like”. 

 

Brundle: “We see you pairing up with P-3– again and we saw it had a winning formula last season, have you both planned and prepared for this season”?

NoFudge4U_PL: “For this season we will both be number 1 drivers and then depending our positions in the Championship we will make a decision to make one of us the number one driver”. 

 

Brundle: “There will be familiar and new faces in F2 this season, what’s your top 3 Predictions for the Driver’s Championship next season”?

NoFudge4U_PL: “From what i saw TomAJ91 is the clear favourite as even in sprint races his pace was ridiculous, for second place I would put my money on Megglugpy, he has consistency but not enough pace to challenge TomAJ91, for third place I will put down Rossi as I feel like he might struggle in some races when running no assists.

 

 

Current F1 Driver and Constructor Champion sambamkid was next:

 

Brundle: “Ahead of Season 5 you sit here the current driver and constructor Champion, can you do the double again next season”?

sambamkid: “I would like to make that happen again but will be difficult this time around”.

 

Brundle: “This season you have ended you partnership with gamer_DA_best262 and have now teamed up with Shortbread24, what was the thinking behind breaking up a Championship winning team”?

sambamkid: Gamer wanted the Ferrari and I wanted to stay in the Mercedes. I’m good mates with shortbread so it was a easy pick”.

 

sambamkid preparing to defend his title

 

Brundle: “The F1 League has seen some new faces join the League, what are your plans, strategy wise ahead of next season – will you be ”game playing any in pre-season”?

sambamkid: “Umm not sure atm we will wait and see on that one”.

 

Brundle: “You secured 2nd place in the last races of the season while gamer_DA_best262 won the last 4 race – what can you do to stop him”?

sambamkid: “Take him out haha, it’s really difficult to beat gamer he is stupid quick. But it’s really rewarding when you beat him”.

 

 

Invictus Racing Leagues – Meets the New Staff

Invictus Racing League

Meeting Our New Admin Members

 

 

 

As Invictus Racing Leagues prepare for it’s 5th Season, it was decided that now was the correct time to expand. During this expansion it was clear that Invictus Racing Leagues also had to expand the Admin Team. So we took some time to meet and introduce our new Admin members.

We begin with the Invictus [F1] No-Assists League. Nikki9095 becomes a co-admin alongside Sargent_009 and Speed_Queen80. We caught up with nikki9095 recently:

 

“You sit here a newly promoted admin of the No-Assists League, how are you feeling about this new responsibility”?

nikki9095: “I feel it’s an honour for me to be a Co-Admin in Invictus. I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I will do my best to not disappointing you guys”.

 

Invictus: “What personal touch would you like to add to the league and are there any idea(s) you have for improving the league or would like to see implemented”?

nikki9095: “I have some idea. How about if we can collect some money from all members to pay our commentators? I think the commentator job should get some credit because that was not an easy thing, and if they get paid they will think that is the real job. And they will improve and do it professional in every week. Once again this was just my idea. Maybe we can try with $4 or $5 for every months. But we don’t have to force every member to pay, it’s just a kind of voluntary thing. I’m sure there’s a lot of member wants to do that”.

 

Invictus: “How are you preparing for the new season as an admin and driver”?

nikki9095: “As an admin : I will wait until the season start because my responsibility is to help Sarge make a car allocations. As a driver : I have to practice harder so i can compete with F1 equal drivers because they all crazy fast”.

 

 

nickLJThomson is our next Admin member that we spoke with. NickLJThomson becomes co-admin of the F2 Equal Performance League with delange93. We posed the same questions to nickLJThomson after a recent practice race:

 

Invictus: “You sit here a newly promoted admin of the F2 Equal Performance League, how are you feeling about this new responsibility”?

nick: “I was quite surprised when I was asked to take on an admin role, but of course I had to say yes! I’m sure it’s not easy to run such a busy site with so many members, so I’m happy to get involved and do my part”.

 

Invictus: “What personal touch would you like to add to the league and are there any idea(s) you have for improving the league or would like to see implemented”?

nick: “I don’t think I need to add much at all, just hoping to continue the excellent atmosphere we have here at Invictus. The only idea I had thought of was possibly to reduce damage during the races, with the safety car being broken any early damage will almost certainly ruin your race, and it can make races very anti climactic, especially if you have put in lots of practice”. 

 

Invictus: “How are you preparing for the new season as an admin and driver”?

nick: “On the admin side I’m lucky to have Delange with me, he knows exactly what he’s doing. So just trying to make myself useful and do as much as I can and learn what I need to do from him as much as possible. As a driver I’ve bit the bullet and got myself a wheel and chair! So really hoping to improve and to possibly be in contention for the title again”. 

 

Invictus Racing Leagues sees a brand new Admin team taking control of the F1 Equal Performance League in the shape of gamer_DA_best262 and sambamkid, alongside Narayan. We were able to ask sambamkid on his thoughts, gamer_DA_best262 was unavailable for comment:

 

Invictus: “You sit here a newly promoted admin of the F1 Equal Performance League, how are you feeling about this new responsibility”?

sambamkid: “I am really happy to join the admin team for the F1 league. And look forward to helping the league grow”.

 

Invictus: “What personal touch would you like to add to the league and are there any idea(s) you have for improving the league or would like to see implemented”?

sambamkid: “I will wait to see how things are running first and then change things that need improving or need adding in”.

 

Invictus: “How are you preparing for the new season as an admin and driver”?

sambamkid: “Same as normal”.

 

 

Ahead of Season 5, Invictus Racing Leagues would like to wish all new Admin members the best of luck in their new roles and responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McLaren Mighty in Monza

Speed_Queen80 Secures Back-to-Back Victories

Is Back-to-Back Titles Possible?

 

 

Speed_Queen80 puts in a dominant performance in Monza

 

 

Last night’s Invictus [F1] No-Assists League race in Monza witnessed a totally dominant and commanding display from McLaren driver Speed_Queen. The current Invictus [F1] No-Assists champion made impressive progress towards securing consecutive No-Assists League titles. Although only able to secure 6th in Qualifying against tough competition, Speed_Queen was able to gain two positions on the run down to Turn 1; moving upto 4th position. Force India driver Mamafisher, who secured Pole Position maintained the race lead from the beginning while Haas driver Sargent_009 and Williams driver Stiffler1980 held onto 2nd and 3rd.

 

While Mamafisher battled with Sargent_009 for the lead early in the race, this allowed Stiffler1980 and Speed_Queen to edge ever closer. Sargent_009 took the lead on Lap 2 after Mamafisher suffered and incident, promoting Stiffler1980 to 2nd and Speed_Queen to 3rd. However, contact between Stiffler1980 and Sargent_009 on Lap 3 provided Speed_Queen with the opportunity to seize the lead of the race.

 

Although coming under early pressure from Mamafisher and Sargen_009, Speed_Queen successfully held them off and also gained advantage while Mamafisher and Sargent battled for position. Speed_Queens’s title challenger VeniVidiVici was unfortunate to experience terminal damage while driving for Sauber, but will be hoping to come back stronger at the Circuit of the Americas.

 

After Round 4 of the Invictus [F1] No-Assists League Speed_Queen holds onto a 13 point lead in the Driver’s Championship; with a third of the Season completed Speed_Queen is ahead by more than a one-race win. The question will be, can Speed_Queen maintain her early form to secure consecutive Driver titles in the No-Assists League.

 

 

Speed_Queen80 celebrating last night’s race victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVICTUS F2 CHAMPIONSHIP

PRESS CONFERENCE

 

 

 

Ahead of the F2 Mexican Grand Prix Sky Sport’s Ted Kravitz was able to invite the four Driver’s Championship hopefuls to the Driver’s Press Conference.

 

Ted Kravitz: “I’d like to welcome and introduce F2 driver championship contenders. From Scuderia Ferrari and current championship leader NotoriousL_I_P, representing Haas F1 Team and currently second in the championship delange93, from Mercedes and third placed driver xMikexSI and finally from McLaren-Honda forth placed driver Craig8728”.

“Welcome to all drivers. I’d like to begin with championship leader NotoriousL_I_P. You have now re-taken the lead in the Championship with a 4 point lead over Delange, a 6 point lead on Mike and a 13 point gap over Craig; how are you feeling going into the final two races of this season”?

 

 

Scuderia Ferrari driver NotoriousL_I_P reports feeling excited and nervous

 

NotoriousL_I_P: “Nervous and excited ,they’re two tracks that will have a lot of battles going on and wheel to wheel action”.

Ted Kravitz: “You and Jamiemet are in a Constructor Championship battle with Haas, can you do the double”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “If we can get lucky and get no damage we can do the double”.

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at your Championship rivals, what are their strengths and weaknesses and can you use that knowledge to gain an advantage”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “Their strengths are pace and none to very few penalties.I’m not to sure of their weakness”.

Ted Kravitz: “What are your strengths and weaknesses and what do you need to do to ensure the Championship comes home with you”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “My strengths are good pace, good tyre wear. My weakness is rain”.

Ted Kravitz: “Drivers or Constructor Title. What are you prioritising”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “My priority is of course the driver’s but it would be nice to win both”.

Ted Kravitz: “And finally, Who do you honestly see winning the Driver’s Championship”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “I think if who ever wins Mexico will win the championship”. 

 

 

delange93 remains motivated despite difficulty in China

 

Ted Kravitz: “We move onto Haas F1 Team driver delange93. You have just lost your 2 point Gap to Notorious and now trail him by 4 points with Mike hot on your heels with 2 points behind you, while Craig is closing the gap and is 9 points behind – how are you feeling at this moment and what is your game plan for Mexico and Singapore”?

delange93: “Well it was a disappointing and messy race for me. Was aiming for a podium spot but made a couple of minor mistakes and since China isn’t one of my best circuits I think I’m quite happy with the result. But still highly motivated for the last 2 races. I think Mexico will suit the car but you never know what will happen. Things getting tense”!

Ted Kravitz: “KiLo has recently moved to Haas to become your teammate, will you be hoping for his help to hold Notorious , Mike and Craig back or are you intending to go it alone”?

delange93: “Yes! Great news! I’m stoked to have KiLo as a teammate. He is a very good and fair driver and therefore I think he will be going as fast as possible whoever is behind him”. 

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at your Championship rivals, what are their strengths and weaknesses and can you use that knowledge to gain an advantage”?

delange93: “Notorious, Mike and Craig are outstanding drivers. They almost never make mistakes and are always quick. But their key to success this season is their consistency I think. Notorious has won the last race and although Mike and Craig haven’t won a race yet, they are fighting for the title. Very good to see! At this point I don’t see obvious weaknesses, their all capable of winning the title”. 

Ted Kravitz: “What are your strengths and weaknesses and what do you need to do to ensure the Championship comes home with you”?

delange93: “Where I’m most happy with are my setups and my progress I made during the season. I never expected to be fighting for the title in my first season. But for the last 2 races I’ll just take it race by race and try the best I can. A win would definitely help ;)”. 

Ted Kravitz: “Drivers or Constructor Title. What are you prioritising”?

delange93: “I’m aiming for both the titles of course. But since my former teammate unomi couldn’t attend a couple of races and KiLo just signed at Haas I think it’s best to focus on the driver title and see where the points we score as a team us takes in the standings. But I’m sure KiLo and I are able to get some good results”.

Ted Kravitz: “And finally, who do you honestly see winning the Driver’s Championship”?

delange93: “That’s a really hard one. It’s almost impossible to tell. The 4 of us could win the title. You never know what will happen. But for now Notorious is doing a wonderful job, so he is the guy to catch. I do everything I can to ruin his party”. 

 

 

Mike remains focused ahead of Mexico

 

Ted Kravitz: “We come to Mercedes driver Mike, after securing a hard-fought back to back podiums against Championship rival Craig you find yourself 6 points behind Championship leader Notorious, while delange is 2 points ahead of you with Craig trailing behind you by 7 points; how are you feeling going into the final two races”?

Mike: “A bit surreal I have to admit, wouldn’t think of it as the grid is really strong always, but chaos races like Canada did help me a lot”.

Ted Kravitz: “Mercedes are still technically in the hunt for the Constructors Championship – can you secure both Championships? Is this a goal for you this season”?

Mike: “Winning The Constructor’s wasn’t in our both plans but we secured some good points. I think we both would be very happy with a top 3 finish and I mean really happy”!

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at your Championship rivals, what are their strengths and weaknesses and can you use that knowledge to gain an advantage”?

Mike: “Hard to use any of their weaknesses directly as it’s something that is entirely up to them all are great drivers which you cannot easily force into making a mistake during the races”.

Ted Kravitz: “What are your strengths and weaknesses and what do you need to do to ensure the Championship comes home with you”?

Mike: “My weakness and a great one is qualifying performance, beginning with the 2017 cars I struggle a lot with one lap pace. My strengths could be adapting the car setup and stronger race craft than the seasons before …. Something of a mixed bag is my tendency to be a bit too cautious but actually it saved me more times so it’s kind of a strength I am not even dreaming about the championship win I will take the last races as it is the beginning of the season, If I am slow I am slow if I am quick then I am quick, so let’s wait it out”.

Ted Kravitz: “Drivers or Constructor Title. What are you prioritising”?

Mike: “Neither actually as Spud is not a rival in the championship, that enables us to take each race as it comes and focus on both scoring as much as possible and I know If Spud can help me on track he will do it, as always we didn’t ever risk anything on the track with going hard at each othter, If one of us is the quicker one the other didn’t give a hard time”.

Ted Kravitz: “Finally, who do you honestly see winning the Driver’s Championship”?

Mike: “If you would ask me at the beginning of the season I would say Craig, but now as the standings are both Delange and Notorious have a good shot at it, but i see Notorious winning it as he has a gap of 4 and 6 points which is a lot and he can go very tactically in the last two races concentrate only on myself and Delange and drive enough to take the title in Singapore”.

 

 

Craig looking relaxed ahead of Mexico

 

Ted Kravitz: “We now come to McLaren-Honda driver Craig. First of all, what are your feelings after the Chinese Grand Prix? I can imagine you feel a bit disappointed after securing pose position”?

Craig: “Yes, of course I’m disappointed that I didn’t seize the opportunity to convert pole position into the race win which would’ve pulled me closer to the top 3 drivers, but you can’t dwell on these things as they often act as a distraction. I have to remain focused on the job at hand and ensure that I give myself the best chance possible in the final two races”.

Ted Kravitz: “After securing 4th place in the Chinese Grand Prix you are closing in on Delange, but still Notorious created a 11 points gap to you. What are your thoughts of your championship chances this season and how are you preparing for the last to races”?

Craig: “I just need to give it my all in the final two races and hope to score strongly. I can only control what I can do in the race; what other contenders do is outwith my control and influence. So I just need to focus on my work-rate and performance”.

Ted Kravitz: “While you are fighting at the top for the drivers title, your team McLaren seems to have a hard time, 6th in the standings. Are you still trying to get McLaren closer to the top or are you just focusing on the drivers title”?

Craig: “I’ll do my best to help myself and the team. In terms of the Constructor’s Championship, I think that battle is over. It’s highly unlikely that my teammate will make the final races, so I’ll need to focus on my individual battles on track”.

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at Notorious, Delange and Mike what are their strengths and weaknesses throughout this season? Do you think you can take advantage out of this knowledge”?

Craig: “They are all consistent drivers, although they have made mistakes – Notorious was unable to finish the race in Monza while delange struggled in China. It will be interesting to see how all three will cope under the pressure of a Championship battle and the pressure I intend to put them under”.

Ted Kravitz: “What were your strengths and weaknesses this season? What do you need to do to make a chance for the title”?

Craig: “My biggest weakness is driving in the wet, but I’m always improving and I know where I’ve been going wrong there. My biggest advantage and it’s something I possess that they don’t have – the experience of previously winning a Championship and the intensity and pressure that brings”.

Ted Kravitz: “My final question, and you’ve probably seen this coming. Who do you honestly think who will secure the drivers & constructors title”?

Craig: “I think Haas will win the Constructor Championship. In terms of the Driver’s Title – you always have to believe that you will win the Title. Once you begin to doubt that then your season is over”.