On Twitter over the New Year period we ran the first ‘IRL Awards’ and we celebrated the highlights of the 2019 calendar year at Invictus Racing League. We thank everyone who voted, and we have the results here!
The IRL ‘Driver of the Year’ – Scopefielder
Scope joined us in mid/late 2018, and throughout 2019 went on to win multiple championships, and in the process smashed records across the board; such as overall wins (23), consecutive wins (5) and wins in a season (6). He ended his time before a well earned break by becoming a race starting centurion, as he completed his 100th race at the end of season eight.
Congratulations to Scope, who was the runaway leader ahead of three-time champion SkyZii in second place.
IRL ‘Team of the Year’ – FPL_Charlie & BoyBetterKnowSB
Charlie and Scott were instrumental in keeping the Mercedes AMG F1 Team the team to beat in 2019. Scott had previously been constructors champion alongside friend Joel-v520v in season seven, but with the emergence of Charlie in season eight, the two teamed up, and proved to give us some brilliant team racing and ethic over the season, with strategy sharing, qualification strategy, and ultimately bringing home the the teams trophy at the end of the season.
They held off strong competition from F3’s FerociousDan and F1Richard, who themselves had been two-time constructors champion (S6 & S8), and one time runner-up (S7).
IRL ‘Rookie of the Year’ – FPL_Charlie
Charlie made it an award double over the new year, as his exploits in the former No-Assist league and Equal Performance F1 Leagues, and now into the IRL F1 League gave him the lion share of the votes. After becoming a champion at the first time of asking in No-Assists, he added two wins in the F1 League, and now in the IRL F1 League, he sits well within reach of another championship challenge.
Charlie joined us at the start of season eight, and in that time has proved to be a popular, helpful and fun member of the community, and held off the charge from The-Warislander for the award.
IRL ‘Race of the Year’ – IRL F1 League (Great Britain S9)
Coming in the final month before the end of 2019, the IRL F1 League race at Silverstone did not disappoint at all. After missing the calendar in season eight, the trio of Charlie, Hercules and Jomppalainen had a jaw-dropping battle across the majority of the race, whilst behind we saw incredible fights across the field. It was a race stacked of action, and the league did itself a true service of putting on a great show for the viewers.
The race marginally beat that of the ‘rumble in the rain’ between Mike and Gareth (Captain_Stiff) in F3’s Mexico race in season seven, where on an alternate strategy to the field, the two championship protagonists fought over the win into the final laps, with Gareth pipping Mike by less than a second at the chequered flag.
We had so many brilliant races, and one even included the closest finish of all time in IRL (0.015s) so it was so hard to choose the nominations! However, it sets us up for some great racing in 2020.
IRL ‘Moment of the Year’ – Four wide in Silverstone (Realistic Performance League 1 – S7 )
The moment of the year took us all the back to the 10th April and the Realistic Performance League 1 in Silverstone. The cars had just started the 26th and final lap, and with two incredible battles going on. The lead was under threat, and then (and now) reigning champion SkyZii, was finally on-track for a first win in the league, but was being hounded by Fascone’s Ferrari.
Whilst behind, an unbelievable fight between SirSpud, xMikexSI, Captain_Stiff and TL44S_was unravelling, and as the cars entered the Wellington Straight, and with commentator Malc’s voice raising a couple of octaves “We’ve got a three!… We’ve got a FOUR! FOUR IN A BED!”, the cars went four wide into Brooklands, and albeit a few wheel bangs later, all remained unscathed on the exit of Luffield.
It was a remarkable end to the race, and deserved it’s place ahead of the F3 title decider in Italy, which finished a close second.
These two couldn’t be kept apart in the voting, and the spoils will be shared! The-Warislander came into this year after a season of on/off performances in the Performance League, and then in the IRL F2 League in season eight he blew the field away with his pace. The Dutchman took home a league record equalling six wins, with four of them consecutively, and in the process the IRL F2 championship at the first attempt. He’s gone onto appear, and compete at the front-end of the field in IRL F1.
FerociousDan finally captured the IRL F3 title after seemingly having the pace to be champion for many seasons prior, he remains the only driver to win a race in three consecutive F3 seasons, and in season eight was the comfortable recipient of the drivers championship. He’s proceeded to move into IRL F2, and has already made two visits to the podium, while sitting fourth in the standings.
The two were superb in their individual chase for their respective titles, and with Warislander’s fast development, and Dan’s improvement from ‘almost’ man to champion means they deserve to be the ‘Most Improved’ drivers at IRL.
IRL ‘Most Exciting’ League of the Year – IRL F1
IRL F1 have really stepped up their game this year, the participation, talent level and competitiveness have increased massively, and it seems that it has impressed the voters who voted it the most exciting of the year. We have seen the former No-Assist League merge with the Equal Performance F1 League, and the outcome has been startling, we’ve seen an influx of talent added to already stacked league.
The viewing figures speak for themselves, and with multiple races this season hitting the 200 view mark, we are seeing the league become more popular than ever.
Congratulations must go to the drivers for making it a reason for others to switch on and watch!
IRL ‘Commentator of the Year’ – Gareth
Gareth joined the commentary team in April 2018 and since then has provided his voice weekly on Monday nights. Whether he was on his own, or joined by NeverMiss, Tejuarr or now Sab, he has always given his best, and has been part of the admin team behind the scenes looking to improve IRL.
The viewing figures on Monday nights have been increasing season upon season, and with the team of Gareth and Sab now in the commentary box, we hope the same will continue. He will be one of the voices on Monday nights for the foreseeable future, and will be looking at making the league a more entertaining and engaging place to watch racing.
Monday nights have been a great place to watch some of the best racing anywhere online recently. The pairing of Gareth and Sab joined forces in season seven, and have grown into a superb duo. The two have often received warm praise from several of the drivers and wider community, and with the two’s enthusiasm and passion to be professional, and equally entertaining, they have provided some great voice work on the racing on Monday’s.
This season we have had been fortunate to have three fine pairings in the commentary box, with Dan and Wout (Warislander), along with Malc and Tim. The league is going in the right direction, and luckily we have dedicated commentators who can offer some great insight into the racing.
Congratulations to Gareth and Sab, who took home 55% of the votes, which sets them up for another great year in the commentary box.
Thank you for all your support in 2019, and for those who voted in the awards. If you missed out this year, then you have 363 days to make sure your name is on the list next year!
Congratulations to all the winners, and equally to all nominee’s. We had a great 2019, and with changes on the horizon, it’s a very exciting time to be Invictus.
- IRL Admin Team