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.