Joshua Duerksen will become the first Paraguayan driver to compete in Formula 2 when he enters the category with PHM Racing next year.
Duerksen finished 19th in FREC this season with Arden, five places lower than he managed the year before. He peaked with third place at Spa-Francorchamps for his single podium appearance of the season.
Before moving into FREC, Duerksen spent three years racing in Formula 4. A single win in the 2019 Italian F4 series helped him to fifth place, and he took further wins in the series and its German counterpart over the next two seasons.
PHM sporting director Roland Rehfeld acknowledged Duerksen’s move up to F2 “will be a massive step to manage for him and also for the team.”
Duerksen tested the team’s Formula 3 car and “convinced us with his ‘hands on’ attitude, working ethic and 100% dedication to his profession, which is essential to develop himself with the team at the highest stage of formula racing below F1,” Rehfeld added. The team will have an opportunity to run him in their F2 car in the test which follows the season finale later this month.
“Joshua has more potential as he was able to show in 2023, but through Formula 4 and Formula Regional Europe and Middle East he delivered already great performances and results. I guess a whole country will support him as being the first Paraguayan driver who is competing at this level.
“He in particular and all his supporters and partners deserve this chance and we will prepare him as best as possible to be competitive from the beginning.”
Duerksen said it will be “a huge honour and privilege to be the first Paraguayan driver in history to represent my country in FIA F2.”
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