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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!