|Full Name||Sasol Equipe Gauthier|
|Base||La Crau, Var, France|
|Team Principal(s)||Guillaume Gauthier|
|Technical Director||Arnaud Gauthier|
|Current Drivers|| #11 - Danny van Rijkens|
#12- Bastiaan van Nieuwenhuijzen
|Other Noted Drivers||Tomo Kazama, Ron Mignolet, Du Lei, Hansuke Shioya, Robert Anderson|
|Debut||2016 Australian Grand Prix|
|Races||33 (41 entries)|
Equipe Gauthier is a racing organisation formed by former French Formula 1 driver Guillaume Gauthier. The team competed across several categories, including F1RWRS, the Siemens Ausdauer Reject Series and the Rejects Rallycross Championship.
Following the move of DGNgineering to Formula One, a team slot opened up for a new F1RWRS team - after presenting an ambitious but ultimately grounded proposal, Gauthier won the berth and set about expanding and updating their facilities to cope with the needs of a full-fledged F1RWRS operation. They purchased Aeroracing Engineering's 2015 chassis, which Guillaume's son Arnaud Gauthier set about updating for Gauthier's needs in 2016. A 3-year works deal with PURE-Hart was signed, on the basis of the engine's tremendous qualifying package which would enable the team to be competitive in pre-qualifying from their first race. Finally, Jesus Plaza and Hansuke Shioya were both signed to drive for the team, with Benoît Voeckler and Calvin Brooks in the test driver roles, Voeckler bringing significant backing from Alstom.
The team did not get off to the best of starts at the Australian GP, as both Plaza and Shioya collided in pre-qualifying. They finally passed pre-qualifying at the British GP, and while Shioya retired from the race, Plaza held steady to record the team's first finish with a 9th. Although Italy would yield nothing but 2 DNPQ's, a superb performance in pre-qualifying for the Austrian GP saw the team exempted from pre-qualifying at Canada. Although Shioya failed to make the qualifying cut, after that, the team did not record another DNQ, and did not fall back into pre-qualifying. In the race, Plaza recorded another finish, this time improving with an 8th, but this was merely a build-up to the team's first taste of true F1RWRS glory.
Hansuke Shioya placed his car 9th on the grid for the next race, the Canadian GP, and in what turned out to be a major race of attrition, he held his nerve, and the car held together, enabling him to take a fantastic second place finish. Although Gauthier would fail to score again, as reliability would turn out to be a major issue, the points from the podium vaulted the team up the WCC, and gave the whole team a major morale boost.
However, it was not enough to alleviate all of the team's financial concerns, and so, following the Belgian Grand Prix, the team replaced both Plaza and Shioya with Danny van Rijkens, who had become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress at CR Motorsport, and F2RWRS driver Gregor Pascal, both of whom brought additional sponsorship to bolster the team's budget. This sponsorship enabled Gauthier to acquire CR's chassis in time for the Argentine Grand Prix. Combined with the powerful PURE-Hart, this enabled van Rijkens to place the car on the front row, and the South African looked like a sure bet for points before the engine expired fairly early on. This was a theme that would continue through the last 2 races, but it was enough to convince Gauthier and van Rijkens to continue their partnership into 2017.
For 2017, Gauthier continued to run Danny van Rijkens, who was joined by Tomo Kazama, winner of the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix. The team ran an updated version of the CR PP-A chassis they ran at the end of 2016, dubbed the Gauthier G2.17. Kazama was replaced early on by Du Lei when their performances were below par. Lei herself was replaced by Ron Mignolet, who briefly joined the team before being replace himself by Lei once again. Van Rijkens scored Gauthier's only podium, a second place at the season ending race in China.
Van Rijkens stayed with the team for a third season in 2018, with the South African joined by young Dutch hotshot Bastiaan van Nieuwenhuijzen. Bastiaan van Nieuwenhuijzen scored a third place on his debut, but the team folded due to financial issues after eight races.
ARWS revival (2023)
In 2023, a new consortium led by Guillaume Gauthier revived the Equipe Gauthier name for motorsport operations in the reformed AutoReject World Series.
Complete F1RGP2C Results
|1997||Tyrrell 025||Ford EDM4 3.0 V8||AUS||BRA||ARG||SMR||MON||ESP||CAN||USA||FRA||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||AUT||JPN||0||14th|
|1998||Gauthier GF1.01||Ford JD Zetec-R||AUS||BRA||ARG||SMR||ESP||MON||CAN||GBR||USA||FRA||AUT||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||JPN||2||9th|
- While Robert Anderson was retroactively disqualified from the 1997 F1RGP2C season following his actions at the Belgian GP, Gauthier Team Tyrrell were allowed to keep his results in the WCC.
Complete F1RWRS Results
|2016|| Gauthier G1.16
|Danny van Rijkens||15†||Ret||12†||Ret|
|2017|| Gauthier G2.17
|21||Danny van Rijkens||13†||DNPQ||10||Ret||Ret||Ret||Ret||12||Ret||Ret||Ret||Ret||6||6||4||2|
|2018||Gauthier G3.18||Pure-Hart PHWS-2||AUS||NSW||ITA||MOR||CAL||USA||CAN||GBR||AUT||GER||SCA||BEL||MON||RSA||BRA||ARG||JPN||CHN||6||8th*|
|11||Danny van Rijkens||Ret||15||Ret||7||9||9||17||9||WD|
|12||Bastiaan van Nieuwenhuijzen||3||7||6||Ret||Ret||19†||Ret||8|
|2019 Season ARWS Constructors|
|Former ARWS Constructors|
| Acuri - AMR - ARC - ArrowTech - Autodynamics - Bangelia - Boxtel - Calinetic - CR - DGNgineering - Dofasco - FAT - Flying Fish - Foxdale - Gauthier - Hemogoblin - HRT - Horizon |
IBR - JLD - Kingfisher - KQ - Lotus - MAN - Minardi - Mitie - Pacchia - Phoenix - Prospec - Revolution - Rosenforth - SOTL - Sunshine - Tassie - Tropico - Trueba - Virgin - West Cliff - ZimSport