Provisional driver line-up’s announced

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

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

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

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

 

Driver List*

No Assists (Monday 8pm)

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

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

  • Gareth (Captain_Stiff)
  • Sab  (Sab7786)

 

 

Realistic Performance (Tuesday 8pm)

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

(Reserve list x5 drivers)

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

  • Malc (F1WWFC_07)
  • Tim (Forever24_JG)

 

Equal Performance F1 (Wednesday 8pm)

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

 

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

  • Tim (Forever24_JG)

 

Equal Performance F2 (Wednesday 8pm)

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

 

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

  • Dan (energydan)

 

 

Equal Performance F3 (Wednesday 8pm)

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

(Reserve Drivers x1)

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

  • Malc (F1WWFC_07)

 

 

 

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

End of season awards

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Most Exciting League 

1st – F3

2nd – F2

3rd – Realistic Performance 1

 

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

 

Commentator of the Year

1st – Gareth (Captain_Stiff)

2nd – Malc (F1WWFC_07)

3rd – Tim

 

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

 

No-Assist Driver of the Season 

1st – BoyBetterKnowSB

2nd – Speed_Queen80

3rd – Scopefielder

 

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

Realistic Performance 1 Driver of the Season

1st – SkyZii

2nd – AaronJSpence2017

3rd – BoyBetterKnowSB

 

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

 

Realistic Performance 2 Driver of the Season

1st – Megglugpy

2nd – Scopefielder

3rd – NickLJThomson

 

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

 

Equal Performance F1 Driver of the Season 

1st – Scopefielder

2nd – Megglugpy

3rd – Nikki9095

 

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

 

Equal Performance F2 Driver of the Season 

1st – NickLJThomson

2nd – mj_coop

3rd – SirSpud72

 

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

 

Equal Performance F3 Driver of the Season 

1st – Captain_Stiff

2nd – xMIKExSI

3rd – osteven002

 

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

 

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

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

The Champs are here!

 

 

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

 

No-assists

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

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

 

Realistic Performance 

Realistic Performance 1

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

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

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

 

Realistic Performance 2

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

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

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

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

 

Equal Performance

F1

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

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

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

F2

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

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

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

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

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

F3

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

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

 

 

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

No – Assist Champion – BoyBetterKnowSB

Realistic Performance 1 Champion – SkyZii

Realistic Performance 2 Champion – Megglugpy

Equal Performance F1 Champion – Scopefielder

Equal Performance F2 Champion – NickLJThomson

Equal Performance F3 Champion – Captain_Stiff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

In memory – Niki Lauda (1949 – 2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May he rest in peace.

A message to all Invictus Racing League driver’s – 18/03/2019

Hello all,

 

After discussion with the Site Directors and league admin team, Invictus Racing League are joining with many of our friends and fellow racers in other leagues as we suggest to our communities to drive this weeks league action with a predominately black helmet in memory of F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting.

A one minutes pause will also be held at the start of all qualifying sessions, therefore qualifying will be 17 minutes long this week. We ask you all to please respect the moments quiet before qualifying.

 

Thank you for your continued support, for any questions please speak to your league admin team.

 

– Invictus Racing League

Tune in for the big announcements!

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

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

The stream will see the announcement of;

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

 

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

 

Pre-season races announced

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from Invictus!

Invictus Racing League would like to extend our warmest well wishes and positive thoughts to our drivers, admin team and viewers over this festive period.

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

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

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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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