| DS Mathershaw
Mathershaw Technology, currently competing in Formula Virtual as Red Bull DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw as the official works team, is an Anglo-French motorsport team and constructor. It was founded in 2013 by Robert Mathershaw.
The team's first race was the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, where the new team ran with Mercedes backing, winning their first race in Canada the same season with Adrien Simon. At the 2018 Belgian V-Prix, the team joined the other four remaining teams from the inaugural season of Formula Virtual in celebrating their 100th race in the championship. In 2016, Adrien Simon clinched the Driver's Championship with the team, while 2016 and 2018 saw the team win the Constructors' Championship.
In addition to the Formula Virtual operation, Mathershaw Technology have competed in various forms of motorsport, most notably the Virtual Endurance Championship, again with works backing from DS Automobiles.
- 1 Origins
- 2 Ownership
- 3 Racing History - Formula Virtual
- 4 Complete Formula Virtual results
- 5 Other Motorsport Activity
- 6 Outside of Motorsport
Robert Mathershaw started the team in 2013 following the formation of the F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship, formed from personnel who had previously worked alongside Mathershaw in endurance racing. The team's original factory was based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Originally the team was solely owned by Mathershaw, before Arthur Lapierre purchased a stake of 35% in the team upon his arrival as Team Principal - with that reducing to 25% when DS Automobiles invested in 2016.
Currently, the team ownership is as follows: Robert Mathershaw (50%), Arthur Lapierre (25%), DS Automobiles (25%).
Racing History - Formula Virtual
Mercedes-Benz engines (2013)
Mathershaw entered the F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship with Mercedes-Benz power for their inaugural season, with Adrien Simon and Karl Beckenbauer at the wheel for the majority of the season. The team experienced moderate success, taking two race victories during the year - both with Simon at the wheel, and finishing third in the Constructors' Championship. At the Chinese Grand Prix, Beckenbauer was banned for the remainder of the season due to reckless driving, with Downton's Marcus Thunder filling in.
Vauxhall engines and Liverpool Sponsorship (2014-2015)
For 2014, Mathershaw secured a contract with Vauxhall and Liverpool Football Club, with the team rebranding as Liverpool V-Prix Racing. Simon and Beckenbauer were retained for 2014, and results remained encouraging, with five victories (two for Beckenbauer and three for Simon) and the team finishing second in the Constructors' Championship. Arthur Lapierre was appointed Team Principal mid-season, with Mathershaw stepping back to a solely technical role.
The 2015 season saw Simon and Beckenbauer start a third season each with the team and Downton arrive as technical partner. Despite only scoring a single victory, the team once more finished in third in the Constructors' Championship.
Mid-season, Mathershaw announced that their sponsorship deal with Liverpool would conclude at the end of the season, with Vauxhall-backed Beckenbauer also signing a contract with Ocelot for 2016. Shortly afterwards, DS Automobiles bought a stake in the team, with Kip Maxwell racing for the second half of 2015 to replace the outgoing Beckenbauer.
DS Automobiles factory team (2016-present)
From the 2016 season, the Mathershaw name returned to Formula Virtual, while DS Automobiles joined the fray in a technical partnership with Downton High Performance Engines. Adrien Simon remained, while VWRS and FV2 champion Olen Inman was given his debut in the sport. The team was dominant, taking ten wins from 18 races, winning their first Constructors' title along with Simon winning the Driver's Championship. Behind the scenes, the team moved from their British factory to a facility at the Paul Ricard circuit.
For 2017, Olen Inman was not retained, moving to the FUN team. Instead, young Estonian Allar Kangur was placed alongside Adrien Simon, entering his fifth year at Mathershaw. While the success of 2016 was not replicated, the team managed three victories, including Kangur's maiden win at the United States V-Prix, and placed second in the Constructors' Championship.
Both Simon and Kangur were kept in the car for 2018, and after winning eleven of 18 races, DS Mathershaw once again won the Constructors' Championship, losing out on a second Driver's Championship by a single point.
Simon and Kangur enter their third season as teammates for 2019, while the team have moved to a state-of-the-art facility in Le Mans.
Complete Formula Virtual results
(results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
Other Motorsport Activity
Since 2014, Mathershaw Technology has collaborated with Lapierre Formule (owned by Mathershaw Team Principal Arthur Lapierre) in both junior formulae and endurance racing.
Mathershaw built the DS 9 Hybride Prototype for the Virtual Endurance Championship, which was campaigned by both Mathershaw and Lapierre.
Outside of Motorsport
Mathershaw Advanced Technologies
Mathershaw Advanced Technologies (MAT) is the engineering services arm of the business. Based in Ellesmere Port at the former site of the Formula Virtual team, the main markets for the company are automotive consultancy, renewable energy and civil aerospace.