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Joshua Dufek returns to PHM Racing for full-time move to FIA F3

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Joshua Dufek has joined PHM Racing for a full FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign, having made his debut in the final round of 2023 with Campos Racing.

After narrowly missing out on topping the Formula Regional European Championship’s rookie classification in 2022, Dufek had been one of the pre-season favourites last year. However a disappointing first half of the season led to him leaving Van Amersfoort Racing, and the championship, with four rounds to go.

He then stepped up to the F3-level Euroformula series, and took a win and six other podiums from nine starts.

“I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaming up with PHM once again,” said Dufek. “It’s an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to hit the track and show what I can do.”

The Austrian-Swiss driver came sixth in Formula Regional Middle East with PHM at the start of last year. He later reunited with the team for FIA F3’s post-season tests at Barcelona and Imola.

“The official tests at the end of last year really helped us in setting a solid baseline and I hope to build on that to make this season together a memorable one,” Dufek added.

PHM’s sporting director Roland Rehfeld said the team has followed “Joshua for a long time now” and that he “is part of our closer circle of drivers”.

“He has had a challenging 2023 at the beginning but showed his real speed and abilities in various classes before and in our post-season testing,” commented Rehfeld.

“Joshua is part of our very strong driver line-up and encourages the whole team with his positive attitude and teamwork. We are convinced to be on a very competitive level this season.”

Formula Scout understands that the PHM Academy-backed Taylor Barnard will also be joining the team in F3 this year, moving across from Jenzer Motorsport for his sophomore season.

After moving into the former Zakspeed base in Niederzissen, PHM will bring its Formula 2 and F3 operations in-house for 2024, having run out of Charouz Racing System’s facility in the Czech Republic last year.