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Charlie Wurz and Joshua Dufek to debut in Euroformula at Red Bull Ring

by Ida Wood

Photo: TGR NZ

There will be two new additions to the Euroformula grid at the Red Bull Ring this weekend, as Joshua Dufek and Charlie Wurz make their series debuts.

Both will be driving for German team Motopark’s Japanese offshoot CryptoTower Racing Team, and have already done some testing in the Formula 3-level Dallara 320 car.

Wurz [pictured above] will be stepping up from Formula Regional. The 17-year-old son of former Formula 1 driver Alex started 2023 by winning the FRegional Oceania title, and is currently 25th in the FRegional European Championship table.

Last year he won the Formula 4 United Arab Emirates title and was fourth in Italian F4 in what his first full year of car racing.

“I’m excited by this switch to Euroformula and a faster, lighter, more agile car,” said Wurz. “I can’t wait to get on track with CryptoTower and thank Timo [Rumpfkeil, Motopark team principal] for the opportunity.”

Dufek made his FIA F3 debut last weekend at Monza, but has primarily been competing in FRegional this year. He came sixth in the Middle East championship with two podiums, and is currently ninth in FREC although is not believed to be seeing out the campaign with the Van Amersfoort Racing team he has driven for so far. Last year he also came ninth in FREC.

“I’m extremely happy to be joining CryptoTower for the remaining rounds of Euroformula Open and am eager to be hitting the track in just a few days,” said Dufek. “The team has proven themselves to be constantly very competitive and it’ll be good to learn from them as well as show them what I can do and hopefully bring home some silverware in the process.”

Euroformula is expecting a grid of 10 cars this weekend, with six Motopark-run entries and four one-car efforts.