Charlie Wurz will race for ART Grand Prix in the Formula Regional European Championship this year following his campaign in the Oceania series, which he currently leads.
Wurz, son of three-time Formula 1 podium finisher and two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Alex, contested his first full year of single-seater racing in 2022 when he won the United Arab Emirates Formula 4 title with Prema and then finished fourth in the Italian championship with the team.
He took part in Formula Regional tests with ART at the end of last year before travelling to New Zealand to take part in Toyota’s rebranded FRegional Oceania. He currently leads the standings by six points over Callum Hedge after taking two wins and three pole positions from the three rounds held so far.
“I am delighted to join ART Grand Prix for the upcoming 2023 championship season,” said the 17-year-old.
“It is a team with great experience and a track record that is worth more than words can express. I can’t wait to learn from them. After driving with the team over the winter, I am looking forward to continuing our collective work throughout the year.”
Wurz is ART’s second confirmed signing for FRegional Europe this year, following its announcement on Tuesday that Laurens van Hoepen will stay with the squad for another season.
Van Hoepen will join Wurz on track in New Zealand for the final two FRegional Oceania rounds, driving for the same M2 Competition team.
“Charlie is entering his second full year in motorsport, but he already has a lot of experience through racing in several renowned championships,” ART head Sebastien Philippe said.
“As he confirmed during the winter tests, Charlie has all he needs to be a premium asset in the ART Grand Prix structure in his quest for a new title in the European Formula Regional Championship by Alpine.”