After last nights exciting announcement stream, the details for the much anticipated ninth season have been released, with changes made to the rules, structure and of course the all important calendar! Remember you can go back and listen back to the stream on YouTube where the regular Podcast team of Gareth and Sab were joined by F2 driver and admin, and creator of the ‘Hall of Fame’ mj_coop as he discussed how and why he has compiled all these stats.
Here is a summary of last nights important information from the announcement stream;
Rules and League Structure
- The Monday night No-Assist League will be merging with the Wednesday Equal Performance F1 league – The newly branded IRL F1 League will race on Monday’s at 8pm with Gareth and Sab as the commentary team. The league will allow the racing line as an assist for season nine only, from season ten it will be turned off.
- The Performance League will continue as current but by known as the “IRL Realistic Performance League” – The commentary team will be Malc and Tim.
- Wednesday night will now be just two leagues with “IRL F2” and “IRL F3” – They will continue to be equal performance, and will allow assists (Traction control, ABS and racing line)
- All drivers will now be administered a ‘Super-license’ and for any incidents you may be involved in over the season you may be penalised with points against your license (severity dependent). Accumulating points on your license will see incremental punishments (please here for an example of penalties)
- Position penalties will be replaced by time penalties for any on-track incidents – These will range from an official reprimand to a 20 second penalty (if race was finished) with higher penalties incurring as previously discussed license points.
- We are keeping an eye on driver attendance last season after slipping standards, therefore this season you will be allowed a maximum of TWO un-notified absences (un-notified will be classed as within less than an hour before the race, or without a valid reason – “I can’t race tonight” just before the lobby opens will be classed as un-notified. On the third un-notified absence you will be removed from the league and placed as a reserve.
- You will be allowed a maximum of three notified absences (containing a valid reason) however a fourth may incur removal from the league. We encourage our drivers to let admins know in advance if you are going to miss a race, or have leave/holiday booked so we can note it against your name.
Stewards requests and decisions
- You will have 24 hours from immediately after the race until 10pm the next day to post your request into the stewards office – Please ensure you use the template and cut your video to speed up the process.
- Stewards will announce to the league PSN chat what incidents they will be reviewing after the deadline – This can be incidents not officially reported if an incident was spotted but not reported.
- The stewards will then deliberate and announce their findings in the PSN chat and on the website within 48 hours. This means all requests will be dealt with within three days
- Any appeals will then have to be made within 12 hours of the announcement, or they will not be heard.
- Appeals decisions are final, and come from a unbiased set of stewards who are impartial to the league to maintain credibility and transparency.
- At the beginning of last season we launched a premium membership “The Invictus” – This allowed members to contribute a minimum of £5 (or equivalent) with the ability of being able to attain perks, such as;
- Car choice priority – Premium members will have priority in selecting their car for the upcoming season (First come first served in terms to contribution date)
- Team-mate priority – Have an idea of a team-mate you’d like to lock down for the season? Premium members can choose their team-mate so you don’t lose out and possibly end up a solo driver.
- Entered into a draw to win a £20 (or equivalent) PSN voucher which can be redeemed in the PS Store against games/accessories/PS Plus
- Chance to join Gareth and Sab on the Invictus Podcast as a special guest to discuss F1, and much more.
- Personalised stats in the Invictus “Hall of Fame” – Highlighting your best achievements here at IRL.
- It is totally non-compulsory contribution, and no on-track advantages will be gained, but your help is going towards enhancing our website and graphics, plus funding trophies for championship winners, but most importantly making it a positive and fun environment for all members.
- As we continue to grow, and enhance our online presence, we like to celebrate out drivers. Please if not already make sure you have followed our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and have subscribed to the YouTube channel (Links attached) – This will let us tag you in the event of wins, podiums, MVP polls etc, and equally let you see the work that our hard-working social media team are putting in behind the scenes.
- When watching the YouTube videos (Live or replay) – If you ‘Like’ the video, it will enhance our channel into your/others feeds and allow us to become highlighted and recommended more often. (Of course, this is completely voluntary!)
Hall of Fame
- The Invictus Hall of Fame is now LIVE! – It is a running database of all the best stats from the history of Invictus and its leagues, it has taken around two months to compile and will be ever evolving.
- The database is split into separate league with open for overall stats
- If any stats are incorrect or missing, please contact mj_coop
- Premium members will have their own personalised statistics section.
Season Nine Calendar
- The season nine calendar will begin as usual with two pre-season races, and then five races leading up to the Christmas break, with a following seven after the new year. The calendar and dates can be found below (All dates are the weeks commencing that date)
- Team-mates and car allocations will take place before pre-season one , with Premium Members selecting their desired choices first before going into PSN chats to be finalised.
Pre-Season One – 4th November 2019
French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard
Pre-Season Two – 11th November 2019
Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka International Racing Course
Round One – 18th November 2019
Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring
Round Two – 25th November 2019
German Grand Prix – Hockenheimring
Round Three – 2nd December 2019
British Grand Prix – Silverstone
Round Four – 9th December 2019
Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom
Round Five – 16th December 2019
United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX
Round Six – 6th January 2020
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit
Round Seven – 13th January 2020
Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Round Eight – 20th January 2020
Italian Grand Prix – Monza Eni Circuit
Round Nine – 27th January 2020
Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay Circuit
Round Ten – 3rd February 2020
Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
Round Eleven – 10th February 2020
Brazilian Grand Prix – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos
Round Twelve – 17th February 2020
Mexican Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Remember you can watch the announcement stream back here!