Following the conclusion of the Italian V-Prix, DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw remained at the Autodromo Internazionale di Monza for a press event.
The team also confirmed Allar Kangur as their second driver for the 2018 season, with Belgian Thierry Xylander remaining as reserve driver alongside a junior series assault. The Estonian driver's rookie season in Formula Virtual has yielded relatively mixed results, with three podium finishes and strong races constrasting with his less impressive qualifying performances.
Arthur Lapierre was very pleased while being interviewed at the press call later in the day at the DS Store in Milan - the first in Italy: "We're delighted to announce that Allar will remain at the team for the 2018 season, particularly as we look to move forward once again with the support of DS Automobiles. He has been a great presence to have in the team, with his cold, calculated demeanour complementing Adrien's style very well. The results have been good, and we look forward to his continued development with us - it is important to remember that despite his achievement in the junior series and beyond, he is only 20 years old and brings with him a huge amount of enthusiasm. Thierry is going to stay as reserve alongside his junior team role, which will hopefully continue his fast paced development thus far."
When asked about the alternatives that the team discussed before signing Allar, Lapierre was clear:
"For sure, we considered numerous candidates for the second seat. Any team must consider every option, otherwise they aren't doing things correctly. However, Allar was always in the discussion, otherwise he wouldn't be standing here as our driver next year."
During the press event, Adrien Simon, Allar Kangur and reserve driver Thierry Xylander were all in attendance, with each of them giving passenger rides in various performance models from the DS Performance and Citroen Racing range, along with the Peugeot 308 GTI TCR car.