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23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png DS Mathershaw
DSteamlogo.png
Full name Red Bull DS Automobiles
Team Mathershaw
Base Le Castellet, France
Team
principal
Arthur Lapierre
Technical
director
Robert Mathershaw
Website www.dsfvteam.com
2019 Formula Virtual season
Race drivers 21. 23px-Flag of Estonia.svg-1-.png Allar Kangur
22. 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon
Reserve driver(s) 23. 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Sebastien Vocquelin
Youth driver(s) 23px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png Carlos Zapatero
Chassis RJM-007
Engine DS Automobiles FV10-19
Tyres Goodyear
Formula Virtual World Championship career
Debut 2013 Australian V-Prix
Latest race 2018 Brazilian V-Prix
Races
entered
103 (206 starts)
Constructors'
Championships
2 (2016, 2018)
Drivers
Championships
1 (2016)
Race victories 32
Podiums 79
Career points 2177
Pole positions 27
Fastest laps 26
2018 position 1st (474 points)

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.

Origins

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.

Ownership

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)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
Mathershaw
2013 RJM-001 Mercedes
FO 108Z
B AUS MAL BHR GBR ESP CAN USA FRA GER AUT BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA MEX 247 3rd
16 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Karl Beckenbauer Ret 4 9 Ret 8 4 5 3 20 9 11 Ret 16
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Marcus Thunder 6 3 5
17 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon 14 2 6 6 6 1 8 6 3 4 Ret 1 6 4 Ret 7
Liverpool
2014 RJM-002 Vauxhall
VXR
C20XEF1
B AUS MAL BHR GBR CAN USA ESP POR FRA GER AUT BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA MEX 379 2nd
21 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Karl Beckenbauer 1 2 21 1 2 6 Ret 7 18 Ret 2 3 9 2 5 4 2
22 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon 17 3 6 2 1 7 7 2 Ret 20 Ret Ret 1 4 1 2 5
2015 RJM-003 Downton
VXR-2015
Downton
DS-2015
M AUS MAL BRA RSA ESP POR FRA GBR CAN USA GER BEL ITA MEX CHN JPN 286 3rd
21 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Karl Beckenbauer 4 2 4 1 Ret 3 Ret 12
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Kip Maxwell 7 5 5 5 5 Ret 8 Ret
22 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon 2 4 7 7 3 4 3 4 6 7 2 Ret 4 7 6 12
Mathershaw
2016 RJM-004 Downton
DS-2016
M AUS MAL CHN JPN FRA ESP GBR GER NED BEL ITA TUR BHR CAN USA MEX POR BRA 484 1st
21 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon 24 2 1 1 1 Ret 2 1 DSQ 3 7 1 2 11 23 2 11 1
22 19px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1-.png Olen Inman 3 3 3 2 14 4 1 6 1 Ret 10 3 1 1 4 14 4 2
2017 RJM-005 Downton
DS-2017
G AUS MAL JPN CHN FRA ESP GER AUT GBR BEL ITA POR TUR BHR CAN USA MEX BRA 307 2nd
1 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon 2 1 2 Ret 3 6 2 Ret 8 Ret 6 13 1 4 24 2 2 8
2 23px-Flag of Estonia.svg-1-.png Allar Kangur 3 Ret 3 8 5 9 3 Ret 11 6 8 14 Ret 2 Ret 1 16 Ret
2018 RJM-006 Downton
DS-2018
G AUS JPN CHN MAL GBR FRA ESP AUT GER SVK CAN USA BHR TUR BEL ITA MEX BRA 474 1st
21 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon 1 7 1 2 3 19 2 9 1 Ret 1 4 2 1 5 6 Ret 8
22 23px-Flag of Estonia.svg-1-.png Allar Kangur 8 2 4 Ret Ret 17 1 1 2 1 Ret 1 5 6 4 1 1 7
2019 RJM-007 DS
Automobiles
FV10-19
G AUS JPN CHN MAL GBR FRA ESP CAN USA AUT GER BHR TUR ITA BEL MEX BRA 0 n/a
21 23px-Flag of Estonia.svg-1-.png Allar Kangur
22 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon

Other Motorsport Activity

Lapierre Formule

Since 2014, Mathershaw Technology has collaborated with Lapierre Formule (owned by Mathershaw Team Principal Arthur Lapierre) in both junior formulae and endurance racing.

Sportscar 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.