Back to Blog
Split 5 - Bad start, ran outta gas, but stuck with it and clawed back to P6 with 4hrs to go. Unfortunately an equipment malfunction dropped our RSR back down to P9.
Split 21 - Rough start on lap 1 picking up front end damage. Dropped to 20th in class but with great 7 hr stretch through the night we battle back for a top 10.
Back to Blog
With a little help from our big brother The Orion Race Team's Davy Decorps, the Aquila Aqua team was able to pull off 6th place in the 2nd split! Davy did a masterful job qualifying the car and keeping us in contention the first few stints. From there Dino Stermin with his first race with us held steady and made up a spot. During the night Justin Coral had some monster triple stints and was able to save fuel, which put us even further up the leader board. The team had an outside chance at 5th as we were making a solid push, but sadly ran out of time.
All in all for Aquila's first major iRacing Special Event, 6th place in the 2nd split is a solid start!
Now on to Spa!
Back to Blog
Testing is in full swing, as the race grows closer. Paints are being prepped, rosters being sorted, and strategies being.... strategized. In the coming weeks we will have more details and most importantly some exciting news to announce!
Back to Blog
It was the first outing with Aquila for pilots Cameron Martineau and Daniel Muñoz who would be paired off in to different cars. After issues getting in to the server in time, both cars failed to get a qualifying lap in and would start from the back. Martineau and Jonathan Coral would start 25th, while Muñoz and St.Clair 43rd. Right off the bat Martineau got a net-code causing their BMW to suddenly appear on the inside of another car, giving them damage and dropping back even further in the field.
Muñoz made good ground on the 1st lap, but also got some damage within the first couple of laps on his RSR. Both cars now down on power, carried on and began working their way through the field. Muñoz was on a mission and had gained 9 spots in 2 laps. His charge continued up the charts in the first two stints. St.Clair took over with the Porsche now sitting 11th. After some headphone malfunctions he got in to a rhythm and was able to gain a few more positions to 8th. Then Muñoz too back over and mounted a crazy charge up to 5th with the white flag waiving. With 3 turns left to go 3rd and 4th collided while battling, which allowed the Aquila RSR Porsche through to finish on the podium! A great drive with Daniel Muñoz doing the lion share of the work to go from 43rd to 3rd!
Martineau and Coral’s race unfortunately did not go quite as smoothly. On their charge towards the front they ran in to several challenges getting around others, and collected even more damage. Cameron attempted a double stint on the tires early-midway in to the race, but the track temperature was rising quick and the gamble sadly did not pay off. The duo did not put their head down and give up, they kept scratching and despite a badly damaged car were able to bring home their BMW in 20th!
Both cars were assisted by their race engineer for the event, Justin Coral. Some solid race and pit strategy allowed both cars to move up the finishing order.
It was good practice and learning experience for the team as they set their sites on iRacing’s 24hrs of Le Mans in June.
Back to Blog
Over the weekend we raced the 24 Heures Du Quarantine. The race was held at the famous Le Mans track and was a 24-hour race with 3 car classes: GTE, LMP1, and LMP2. We started practicing 2 weeks before this race since none of us have ran on this track since new tire model was release, we had to work on a setup from scratch which took many long testing sessions along with some frustration. We ended up choosing the Porsche 911 RSR out of all the GTE’s due to the speed and the consistency we felt with it.
The Race started at 13:00 GMT and we ended up qualifying in 2nd place out of the 32 team GTE grid. Harley Haughton, our temp driver, was the one to start the race out with a double stint and did a great job by keeping us in 2nd place and putting a gap to 3rd. We decided to fuel save during the hot stints to get rid of one pit stop by the end of the race. We continued to switch out drivers every 2 stints until the nighttime arrived and the temperature cooled down.
When the cool temperatures came in, we decided to triple stints to save time in the pits as we knew the tires weren’t going to drop off from testing. Going into the night the 3rd place team put some faster drivers in and were able to overtake us and we were falling behind. In the nighttime stint we inherited some bad floor damage that was unrepairable that would make the car 1-1.5 seconds slower a lap. Even with the damage we were able to keep away from 4th place. The rest of the race was luckily uneventful, and we were able to finish on the podium in 3rd place!